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Bruce Bochy’s Greatest San Francisco Giants Team

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants, holding the Commissioner's Trophy waves to the crowd along the parade route during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade on October 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals to win the 2014 World Series. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants, holding the Commissioner's Trophy waves to the crowd along the parade route during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade on October 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals to win the 2014 World Series. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 28: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the tenth inning to win the World Series in 4 straight games. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 28: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the tenth inning to win the World Series in 4 straight games. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Catcher – Buster Posey (2012)

Bengi Molina had some great years for the Giants, but nobody has played catcher quite like Buster Posey in Giants history.

His 7.6 Wins Above Replacement in 2012 is by far his best year as a Giant. In his 2012 MVP season, he had a slashline of .336/.408/.549 for a OPS of .957.

With 24 home runs and 39 doubles, it was his best offensive season by far.

Even in a down year where he was limited to 113 games from injury, Posey had a WAR of 2.9 last season.

To put that number in perspective, Molina’s best season under Bochy was a 1.9 WAR in 2008.

Posey’s career WAR of 41.3 stands head and shoulders above any other catcher in San Francisco Giants history.

Not just in Bochy’s tenure, but all-time.

What is most remarkable about Posey in his Giants tenure is that he has five of the top ten WAR seasons among Giants since 2007. His 2012-2016 seasons each rank in the top ten.

Now, coming back into 2019 healthy, Posey will try to get back to the success from that five year run.

Bochy was been lucky to manage some great catchers in his day, and while we all have some fond memories of Molina, Posey is by far his best.

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