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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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June 3, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; A baseball is thrown during warm ups in front of a the 1927 old-time four fingered baseball glove statue at the Coca-Cola fan lot before the fourth inning between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies at AT

4. Dick Bartell, 1934-1946, 27.3 WAR

Bartell spent eight of his 18 years in the big leagues playing for the Giants. Bartell was a great presence at the plate, hitting .279 with a .756 OPS in his time with the New York Giants. Bartell’s stint with the Giants took a short break for three seasons, where he spent time with both the Cubs and Tigers. He also spent 1944-1945 away from the team due to military service.

Bartell’s best season by WAR was in 1937 when he had an OPS of .836. However, he did have better years at the plate. Bartell’s career average was a .284 and a .744 OPS. Not terrible overall numbers either. With a career WAR of 40.4, it’s clear he had good ability throughout his career.

Bartell’s two years of military service might have actually hurt his overall numbers, leading to him not being inducted into the hall of fame. He had one of his better seasons the year before joining the armed forces.  Bartell never received more than .5% of votes in the Hall of Fame Voting. He fell off the ballot in 1960. He may not have had a hall of fame career, but Bartell definitely belongs on this list.

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