The San Francisco Giants were founded in 1883. They have won more games than any team in Major League baseball history. This is one of many all-time lists we’re producing this offseason.
The San Francisco Giants have had some amazing short stops in their history. Thanks to Baseball Reference, we have the ability to compare players from different eras and from different centuries. We will be able to compare Giants from both New York and San Francisco, dating back to the beginning of our national pastime.
Off the top of our heads, there are some fantastic short-stops we’ve had in recent history. Omar Vizquel, Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, and Rich Aurilia. One thing they all have in common? Not being on the top ten all time list. I know. Shocking right? I was definitely surprised, especially with Aurilia. He came in 12th all time on the list. Another fun one is Juan Uribe had a higher WAR with the Giants than Omar Vizquel.
We used WAR (wins above replacement) as the main stat to look at, because really that’s the only all-encompassing stat that we have to date. Personal preference may have others ahead, but we’re strictly looking at on-field performance here. This list only has two players who ever suited up in a San Francisco Giants uniform, so the “eye test” is much more difficult when we have players who were playing for the “Gothams” in the 19th century.
I’m sure you’re wondering about Brandon Crawford since I mentioned Aurilia. Well, you’ll just have to keep reading and see where he lands!