As the San Francisco Giants head into another uncertain season, knowing it’s manager Bruce Bochy‘s last chance at a winner, it is important to reflect on what his teams accomplished.
From 2010 to 2014, the Giants won three World Series championships and in every run, they were considered underdogs.
The unlikely champions had plenty of motivation heading into each series to prove doubters wrong and there was no shortage of doubts.Whether it was a “band of castoffs and misfits” or a group with a “never say die” attitude, these Bochy led teams did something few thought possible.
As we look back on their accomplishments throughout Bochy’s last run, here is a look at the players on the field who had the biggest impact on the championships.
We have selected the 32 most important players to the three title runs. Some were part of all three titles and played vital roles, like Jeremy Affeldt, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Buster Posey, Sergio Romo and Pablo Sandoval.
Some were huge for just one championship, whether it was Pat Burrell, Edgar Renteria, Cody Ross, Freddy Sanchez, Andres Torres, and Jose Uribe in 2010, Marco Scutaro in 2012 or Tim Hudson, Mike Morse, and Jake Peavy in 2014.
With March Madness on the horizon, we have broken up the top 32 players into a madness style bracket. With two groups of 16, we have seeded them according to their overall wins above replacement during the five year run, their rings, and their impact on the field.
Here’s a look at the seeding and the match-ups for the San Francisco Giants Madness. Voting will be posted @CandlestickWill on Twitter.