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Writer’s Roundtable: Who makes the franchise Mount Rushmore?

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 2: Left fielder Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants waits for his at bat in the on-deck circle during in Game one of the National League Divisional Series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on October 2, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Giants won 8-5. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 2: Left fielder Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants waits for his at bat in the on-deck circle during in Game one of the National League Divisional Series against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on October 2, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Giants won 8-5. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 8: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 8, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Madison Bumgarner (1 vote)

Haille Saal: Bumgarner was vital in the last three World Series wins, especially in 2014 when he picked up the win in Game 1 and Game 5, and the save in Game 7. This year marked his fifth career Opening Day start, tying Juan Marichal for the most since the Giants moved to the Bay. Not only are batters scared of hitting against him, but pitchers are also scared to throw to him. He’s tied with Cy Young for 16th all-time among pitchers with 18 career home runs.

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Mel Ott (1 vote)

Hiren Patel: Ott was a slight 5’9″, 170-pound right fielder who debuted at the age of 17 in 1926. What he did over his next 22 years for the New York Giants is baffling. He hit 42 bombs as a 20-year old, posted seven seasons with an OPS over 1.000, and made 12 straight All-Star Games. All told, Ott hit 511 homers—playing half his games in the Polo Grounds—with 2876 hits, and he helped bring home a 1933 World Series title.

Buster Posey (1 vote)

Nick San Miguel: Buster has got to go on there because when he showed up the Giants won three championships in five years. He’s on pace to be a Hall of Famer and he also won an NL MVP. The Giants are not the team with the most championships this decade (the Red Sox can still tie for most) without his leadership and performance at and behind the plate.

Bobby Thomson (1 vote)

Steve Klein: Thomson, like Mays, is a player from the golden era of Giants baseball that was the 1950’s. He’s at the center of arguably the most famous moment in baseball history, as the man who hit the “Shot Heard Round The World” to clinch the NL pennant for the Giants in 1951. A very special figure in Giants history, he’s also very special to fans from across the pond because he was born in the UK.

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So there you have it, the Around the Foghorn team’s picks for the Giants’ franchise Mount Rushmore. Who would you choose? Leave a comment or send us your tweets @RoundTheFoghorn.

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