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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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Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of a Major League Baseball on Opening Day prior to the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A general view of a Major League Baseball on Opening Day prior to the game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Rod Beck (1991-1997)

Rodney “Shooter” Beck was one of the most feared relief pitchers in the game. A big, burly guy with a gnarly handle bar mustache held the title as the Giants all-time saves leader. That was until Robb Nen came around…

Rod Beck was not a low-ERA guy, he gave up his share of runs back in the day. For the most part, Beck was fairly consistent, throwing at least 50-plus innings, while boasting ERA’s in the 2’s and 3’s.

Beck and Robb Nen closed out games for years, and were the last two elite closers, before the core four came around.

Rod Beck started his career with the Giants in 1991 and played in San Francisco for seven years before moving on to Chicago, Boston and San Diego.

Unfortunately in 2007, at the age of 39, Rod Beck passed away in his Ariona home. Beck’s death was a tragic loss to the Giants family, but his legacy will always be remembered.

Beck’s numbers with the Giants

Record: 21-28 ERA: 2.97 IP: 463 SV: 199

Beck’s accomplishments

  • Hall Of Fame: 2008
  • All Star: 1993, 1994, 1997
  • Top 24 in MVP voting: 1993, 1997
  • Top 10 in Cy Young voting: 1994
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