A Look Back at the 10 Greatest Relievers in San Francisco Giants History
#4 Gary Lavelle (1974-1984)
Gary Lavelle is our second member of the trio of lights-out bullpen arms that consisted of Randy Moffitt and Greg Minton.
Lavelle was known for his consistency as a middle reliever. He was an innings eater, he threw some of the most innings any Giants bullpen arm has ever thrown.
Lavelle was a true work horse out of the bullpen. He was consistently finishing seasons with ERA’s in the 2.00’s, only to go above 3.00 just three times in his 11-year career.
Gary played with the Giants for more than a decade. He topped Christy Mathewson in the franchise record for most games, with 647.
Lavell’s versatility in the bullpen was unmatched. He not only ranks in the top-10 in saves, but also ranks in the top-10 in wins in Giants franchise history.
Just two years removed from playing, Lavelle took to the high school fields to coach Greenbrier Christian Academy. He’s been coaching ever since, but just recently retired.
Currently on the Giants Wall of Fame, Lavelle will be remembered as one of the most effective and intimidating closers in Giants history.
Lavelle’s numbers with the Giants
Record: 73-67 ERA: 2.82 IP: 980.1 SV: 136
- Two-time All Star: 1977, 1983