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San Francisco Giants: Top 10 Second Baseman in Giants’ History

Oct 10, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits a walk-off RBI double against the Chicago Cubs during the thirteenth inning during game three of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants won 6-5 in thirteen innings. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits a walk-off RBI double against the Chicago Cubs during the thirteenth inning during game three of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants won 6-5 in thirteen innings. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 13, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; View of AT&T Park from the south of the stadium before the game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Number 6. Eddie Stanky, 1950-1951,13.4 WAR

Stanky’s name definitely does not describe his play in two seasons with the Giants. Eddie Stanky averaged above 6.5 wins per season with the Giants, which so far is the highest on this list.

At first glance, an OPS of .822 is the second highest on this list. While it might scream “power hitter” it’s quite the opposite. Stanky only hit 71 XBH in his two seasons. So how on earth does that OPS get that high with such a little amount of XBH?

Well, his career OBP was a whopping .410. In his two years with the Giants, he had 271 BB and only 113 K’s. Averaging just under 190 hits a season, Stanky was a consistent on base threat during his two years, and that definitely helped shoot his WAR up to these levels.

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