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A Look Back at the 10 Greatest Relievers in San Francisco Giants History

Aug 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after striking out a batter during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after striking out a batter during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after striking out a batter during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after striking out a batter during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have a very rich history with great relievers, and no, not all of them were torturous to watch. 

In recent history, the San Francisco Giants have been blessed with great pitching, and even greater relief pitching.

The dynasty of 2010, 2012 and 2014 can be looked at as one of the best bullpen’s in San Francisco Giants history. But before the core four, there were even greater relievers that donned the Orange and Black.

Back in the day some relief pitchers threw 100-plus innings and they dominated out of the pen. Giants revilers on this list have:

  • Won three World Series Championships
  • 14 All-Star appearances
  • Finished in the Top-25 in MVP voting 10 times
  • Finished in the Top-10 in Cy Young voting four times

As we look back into the rich history of Giants relief pitching, we will discuss pitchers who were so feared and so intimidating that they were almost untouchable given their great stuff.

Pitchers such as Robb Nen, Rod Beck, Greg Minton, Brian Wilson, Gary Lavelle and of course members of the core four.

After a couple shaky seasons in the bullpen of late, lets dive into the good ‘ol days of San Francisco Giants relief pitching and forget all of the blown saves for just a few minutes.

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