A Look Back at the 10 Greatest Relievers in San Francisco Giants History
#7 Javier Lopez (2010-2016)
Javier Lopez will go down in history as one of the most beloved Giants. What Lopez has done for this organization, and continues to do, is incredible.
One of the most underrated bullpen arms of his time, Lopez posted career numbers with the Giants. One of the very few players in baseball history to win four World Series Championships, Lopez was a huge part of all three with the Giants.
Lopez was well known for pitching just one or two batters, or better known as a LOOGY (Left-handed One Out Guy). He did that job as well as anyone, especially in the postseason.
In the playoffs, Lopez only allowed two earned runs in 12.1 innings pitched. Lopez’s ability to come in against lefties and provide a calming presence to the bullpen, allowed for Giants fans to watch comfortably amidst the “Torture” years.
Lopez retired after his 2016 season with the Giants, and is still a big part of the Giants community. Lopez’s work with the team, charities, and other organizations speaks for itself.
Javier is currently on the broadcast team with the Giants, alongside Jeremy Affeldt.
Lopez’s numbers with the Giants:
Record: 17-8 ERA: 2.47 IP: 251.0
- Four-time world series champion (BOS, SF)