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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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Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; A general view of a baseball and base on the field prior to a spring training game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; A general view of a baseball and base on the field prior to a spring training game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

#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

Lavell’s accomplishments

  • Two-time All Star: 1977, 1983
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