San Francisco Giants: Who Should Win the Willie Mac Award?
By Michael Saltzman
The San Francisco Giants are approaching the end of the 2018 season, and that means we are getting closer to the announcement of the Willie Mac Award winner.
No matter what has happened each season since 1980, the San Francisco Giants have honored a player at the end of the season with an award every member of the team cares about.
Willie McCovey was one of the most beloved players in San Francisco history and with his retirement in 1980, the award was born.
Nick Hundley, who is finishing his second season with the club, won the award in 2017.
In a 98 loss season in 2017, there was not much to be excited about. However, Hundley brought a professionalism to the locker room and became an instant favorite among teammates.
Brandon Crawford (2016) Madison Bumgarner (2014) Hunter Pence (2013) and Buster Posey (2012) have also won the award among the current roster.
Mike Krukow (1985 and 1986) J.T. Snow (1997 and 2004) and Bengie Molina (2007 and 2008) are the only players to win the award twice.
The award was created to go to the most inspirational player.
2018 was a much improved season from last year, with many young Giants having breakout seasons. The entire pitching staff has performed well this season, especially since June 1.
There have also been several key injuries that could impact the results. Several players who were having strong seasons were lost for the season and ultimately might not win the award.
As we look back on the 2018 season over these last few weeks, here are the players with the best chances to win the Willie Mac Award