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San Francisco Giants: Top 10 Shortstops In Franchise History

Aug 15, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) dives for a ground ball single hit by Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman David Freese (not pictured) at AT&T Park the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 8 to 5. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) dives for a ground ball single hit by Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman David Freese (not pictured) at AT&T Park the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 8 to 5. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A major league baseball rest in the grass prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A major league baseball rest in the grass prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

10. Al Bridwell , 1908-1911, 15.3 WAR

Bridwell is the beginning of a big trend in the shortstop position, rankings. Most of them are all New York Giants. In fact, only two players on this list ever played a game in a San Francisco Giants uniform. Bridwell had a solid four seasons in New York, averaging 3.8 WAR per season. Not too shabby. Bridwell’s numbers with the Giants are pretty good as well with a .283/.372/.329/.701 slash-line.

Notice that on-base percentage, it’s higher than his slugging percentage! Bridwell struck out only 68 times in four years with the Giants! He accumulated 225 walks, giving him a BB/K ratio of 3.3/1. That is pretty incredible.

Bridwell played in a time where there were teams known as the Terriers, Rustlers, Beaneaters, and Doves. The early 20th century baseball teams were full of quite odd mascots. Bridwell was not a hall of fame player, and his career numbers reflect that. While having a 15.3 WAR for the Giants in four seasons, Bridwell only had a 4.0 WAR in his eight seasons not in New York. However, he did possess a career OBP 90+ points higher than his career batting average with twice as many walks as strikeouts. Impressive patience for Bridwell.

The next guy on our list might be a little familiar to you guys though.

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