A Look Back at the 10 Greatest Relievers in San Francisco Giants History
#5 Brian Wilson (2006-2012)
Brian Wilson, the man, the myth, the beard. This is where “torture” began folks. We can go on-and-on about Brian Wilson, but why is he No. 5 on this list?
Well, Brian Wilson was known by Giants fans for his beard and his weird personality. Wilson was everything you could ask for in a closer … kind of.
He had electric stuff, and was utterly dominant. Along with Sergio Romo, he boasted a K/9 around 10.0 as well.
Mr. Brian “Fear the beard” Wilson was untouchable in the postseason. In 11.2 innings pitched, he didn’t allow a single run.
After his eventful tenure with the Giants, and having Tommy John surgery in 2012, he joined the rival Dodgers.
Wilson did not leave the Giants on great terms, but will always be remembered for clinching the teams first World Series title in 58 years.
News of late says Brian Wilson is attempting a comeback as a starting pitcher. I might add, not just a starting pitcher, but a knuckle-ball starting pitcher.
Will the mysterious man that is Brian Wilson ever pitch in the big leagues again? The world may never know…
Wilson’s numbers with the Giants
Record: 20-20 ERA: 3.21 IP: 320 SV: 171
- Two-time World Series Champion
- All-Star: 2008, 2010 and 2011
- 7th in Cy Young Voting: 2010
- 13th in MVP voting: 2010