HA! Boy do I, and plenty of others wish it was Kelby Tomlinson. Maybe in 50 years we’ll look back on “specs” career with the Giants and he’ll be on this list. But today, Kelby isn’t number one anymore.
Number One: Larry Doyle, 1907-1920, 42.8 WAR
Larry Doyle has the benefit of playing 14 seasons in a Giants uniform to get to this number. Still, the longest tenured second baseman in club history, and the highest WAR in a Giants uniform for all second baseman is easily enough to get him number one on our list.
Doyle played nearly his whole career with the Giants, spending a season and a half with the Chicago Cubs. Doyle finished in the top three of MVP Voting twice, winning the award once in 1912. Overall, Doyle accumulated a career line of .290/.357/.408/.765. In 1622 games, he had 1751 hits and stole 291 bases in a Giants uniform.
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