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San Francisco Giants: 10 best catchers in franchise history

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants—and prior to that the New York Giants—have had some truly great players over the long, storied history of the franchise. In the weeks to come, we’ll be taking a position-by-position look at the best ever, starting with the catcher position.

Finding a franchise catcher is tough. Luckily, that’s not something that the San Francisco Giants have needed to worry about since the 2010 season when Buster Posey broke into the league and won NL Rookie of the Year honors.

There’s a reason J.T. Realmuto was in such high demand on the trade market and why Yasmani Grandal fetched a one-year, $18.25 million deal in free agency.

It wasn’t always so simple for the Giants.

For much of the franchise’s existence, the position has been a revolving door. Posey leads the franchise with nine Opening Day starts, while only two other catchers have made more than five Opening Day starts in 112 years worth of Giants baseball.

Still, Posey is far from the only standout to handle catching duties over the years.

Ahead we’ve highlighted the 10 best, using a combination of traditional statistics and advanced metrics.

Note: Only statistics compiled after 1892 were considered. Prior to that, there was no pitcher’s mound, just a flat box where the pitcher stood that was just 55½ feet from home plate. Suffice to say, it was a different game entirely. A tip of the cap, though, to Hall of Famer Buck Ewing who manned the crouch for the Giants during that time.

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