With the 2017 All-Star Game upon us, we’ll take a look at some of the best performances from San Francisco Giants in an All-Star Game.
Buster Posey will be the lone representative for the San Francisco Giants in the 2017 All-Star Game. It will be his fifth All-Star game appearance.
Posey has gone hitless in his first four All-Star games, but he’s walked twice and scored 2 runs. Maybe he’ll get his first All-Star Game hit on Tuesday night.
The San Francisco Giants have actually had six players win the All-Star Game MVP award.
Willie Mays won the award twice. In 1963 he was 1-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He won the award again in 1968 when he went 1-4 with a run scored.
Juan Marichal won the All-Star Game MVP award in 1965. He pitched three scoreless innings and allowed just 1 hit. His performance in 1967 might have been even better when he struck out three in three scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit. And in 1968 he struck out three in 2 perfect innings.
Willie McCovey won the award in 1969, meaning a San Francisco Giants player won the All-Star Game MVP award four times between 1963 and 1969. McCovey went 2-4 in that 1969 game with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. That is the best All-Star Game performance from a San Francisco Giants player.
Bobby Bonds only played in two All-Star Games for the San Francisco Giants, but he won an MVP as a Giant in 1973. He went 2-2 with a home run, 1 run scored and 2 RBI.
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In his only All-Star Game appearance as a Giant, Melky Cabrera won the All-Star Game MVP award in 2012. He went 2-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
Before MVP trophies were presented at All-Star games, Larry Jansen pitched 5 shutout innings in the 1950 game allowing just 1 hit, while striking out six as a member of the New York Giants.
There were two All-Star games in 1960, and Willie Mays was spectacular in both. He went 3-4 in both games. In game one he had a double and a triple. Then he added a home run in the second game to complete the cycle.
All-in-all, Mays has six multi-hit All-Star games with the San Francisco Giants.
Barry Bonds had a couple of very good All-Star Game performances. in 1993 he went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles. Then in 1998 he hit the first of two All-Star Game home runs.
The San Francisco Giants have a long history of great performances in the All-Star Game. Hopefully Buster Posey adds to that history on Tuesday night.