Best Supporting Actor
This was a year where the Giants seemed to struggle everywhere. They didn’t have power in the middle of their lineup, defense in their outfield, consistency in their starting staff or set roles in their bullpen.
Despite all the struggles, a few key supporting cast members did shine for the Giants in 2017.
Dyson was basically given to the Giants in July after a rough start to his 2017 season. The Giants, who had plenty of troubles of their own, figured it couldn’t hurt to trade for a guy who had 38 saves in 2016 and a dominant sinker when he was right. The move paid off and Dyson became the team’s closer when Mark Melancon was injured.
For all the struggles of the bullpen, Gearrin quietly had a strong season, posting a Wins Above Replacement over 2, which is impressive for any relief pitcher. While other pitchers received more attention before during and even after the season, the former left fielder had as good a season as any pitcher on the staff.
The man referred to as Specs for his black rim glasses, resembles Clark Kent on the diamond. It was his play during the 2017 season and throughout his career that really has Giants fans excited. He has improved not only at the plate, but also in the field. While he may never become Superman, he has become an important piece to the puzzle of building a 25 man roster.
In his first season with the Giants, he received the team’s highest honor at the end of the season, winning the Willie Mac Award. It is hard for a part time closer, an underrated relief pitcher and a man known as much for his glasses as his play to defeat a man the entire team honor.
Nick Hundley is your WINNER of the 2017 Giants Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.