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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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SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 03: Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants bites his red thong underwear during the Giants’ vicotry parade on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of Giants fans lined the streets of San Francisco to watch the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 2010 World Series victory over the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 03: Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants bites his red thong underwear during the Giants’ vicotry parade on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of Giants fans lined the streets of San Francisco to watch the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 2010 World Series victory over the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

First Base – Aubrey Huff (2010)

Brandon Belt has a 22.7 career WAR as a San Francisco Giant, but the best single season in Bochy’s tenure belongs to Huff.

Giants fans have had some issues with Huff since he retired from the game for his behavior off the field, but there was no denying his impact in San Francisco in 2010.

Signed to a one year, $3 million deal in free agency because most in baseball didn’t see him as an every day first baseman anymore, Huff thrived for the Giants.

Not only did he lead the offense in nearly all offensive categories in the middle of the lineup, but he also was a huge reason the Giants took a chance on Pat Burrell when he was released during the season.

His impact in the locker room helped lead a “band of misfits” all the way to the World Series.

Huff’s 5.7 WAR was as big a reason as any for the Giants making it to October.

Second Base – Joe Panik (2015)

Second base is one of the most fascinating positions of the Bochy era because there was a different man at second for each championship.

In 2010, Freddy Sanchez was the man, and his veteran leadership was crucial on the field and in the lineup, especially in October.

Speaking of October, nobody had a bigger impact in the most important month of the season than Marco Scutaro had in 2012.

Nicknamed “blockbuster” by his teammates for having a similar impact as Hanley Ramirez did for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he shined when it mattered most.

His National League Championship Series MVP cemented his place in Giants history.

However, looking at the numbers, nobody had a better overall season than Panik did in 2015. After his 2014 call up shored up what had been a mess after an injury to Scuataro, Panik was even better in his first full season.

His 3.3. WAR included a .312/.378/.455 for an OPS of .833.

Panik, like Posey, has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and heads into a big 2019 campaign to try to get back to the player he was becoming in 2015. If he can do that, he can help send Bochy into the sunset with another strong season from his best second baseman.

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