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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after he hits a three-run walk-off home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after he hits a three-run walk-off home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (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’ victory 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’ victory 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) /

No. 1: 2010 San Francisco Giants

Starters

C Buster Posey
1B Aubrey Huff
2B Freddy Sanchez
3B Pablo Sandoval
SS Juan Uribe
LF Pat Burrell
CF Andres Torres
RF Nate Schierholtz

Key Bench Players

C Bengie Molina
1B Travis Ishikawa
SS Edgar Renteria
OF Aaron Rowand
OF Cody Ross

The 2010 season was the beginning of a dynasty.

Homegrown pieces like 23-year-old Buster Posey, 23-year-old Pablo Sandoval and 20-year-old Madison Bumgarner all emerged as key contributors, while the roster also had a good collection of veteran talent.

That all culminated in the team’s first playoff appearance since 2003 and the first championship by the Bay, and the offense played a major role.

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There were just 35 players during the 2010 season who made at least 400 plate appearances and had an OPS+ over 130. The Giants had two of them—Aubrey Huff (142) and Buster Posey (133).

Huff led the team with 26 home runs and 86 RBI after joining the Giants on a one-year, $3 million deal in free agency. Posey won NL Rookie of the Year by hitting .305/.357/.505 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI in 108 games. Shortstop Juan Uribe chipped in 24 home runs and 85 RBI.

This team also provided a renaissance for several journeyman outfielders.

Andres Torres had 67 extra-base hits and 26 steals, Cody Ross caught fire down the stretch and won NLCS MVP after he was claimed off waivers in August, and Pat Burrell posted a 136 OPS+ with 18 home runs in 96 games after he was cut loose by the Tampa Bay Rays in May.

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The 2010 season was truly an incredible year, and I get a little misty just thinking about it. The team had great pitching, but the offense was an equally important ingredient in the success of a team that became an even-year powerhouse.

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