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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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10. Gus Mancuso (1933-1944)

Stats: 88 OPS+, .270/.330/.353, 765 H, 36 HR, 328 RBI, 238 R
WAR: 10.1 rWAR/8.3 fWAR
Accolades: 2x All-Star
WS Titles: 1

Mancuso was the catcher for the 1933 World Series winning team. He finished sixth in NL MVP voting that season, behind teammates Carl Hubbell (1st) and Bill Terry (4th).

He was an All-Star in 1935 and 1937, and he posted a career-high 3.7 WAR during the 1936 season when he again finished in the top 10 in MVP voting.

9. Shanty Hogan (1928-1932)

Stats: 107 OPS+, 627 H, .311/.363/.439, 48 HR, 333 RBI, 205 R
WAR: 10.7 rWAR/11.6 fWAR
Accolades: N/A
WS Titles: 0

The Giants traded 32-year-old future Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby to the Boston Braves prior to the 1928 season for a package that included Hogan. In his first season with the Giants, he hit .333/.406/.477 with 25 doubles, 10 home runs and 71 RBI to finish eighth in NL MVP voting.

He played five total seasons with the Giants and put up solid offensive numbers throughout his time with the team before he was sent back to Boston for the sizeable sum of $25,000. To put that into perspective, Babe Ruth was the highest paid player in the league in 1932 with a $75,000 salary.

8. Dick Dietz (1966-1971)

Stats: 130 OPS+, 262/.384/.431, 428 H, 62 HR, 271 RBI, 200 R
WAR: 11.6 rWAR/13.1 fWAR
Accolades: 1x All-Star
WS Titles: 0

Dietz topped 400 plate appearances just twice in his six seasons with the Giants.

However, he put together one of the best offensive seasons in franchise history by a catcher in 1970 when he hit .300/.426/.515 with 36 doubles, 22 home runs and 107 RBI en route to 4.5 WAR.

7. Bob Brenly (1981-1989)

Stats: 108 OPS+, .250/.333/.408, 632 H, 90 HR, 327 RBI, 312 R
WAR: 13.3 rWAR/13.2 fWAR
Accolades: 1x All-Star
WS Titles: 0

For a player who did not make his MLB debut until his age-27 season, Brenly put together a nice run with the Giants, particularly during a four-year span from 1984-87 when he posted a 116 OPS+ while averaging 22 doubles, 18 home runs and 62 RBI.

He was a 3-WAR player in three of those four seasons, with his best performance coming in 1984 when he hit .291/.352/.464 for a 131 OPS+ with 20 home runs and 80 RBI to earn his lone All-Star appearance.

6. Wes Westrum (1947-1957)

Stats: 94 OPS+, .217/.356/.373, 503 H, 96 HR, 315 RBI, 302 R
WAR: 13.3 rWAR/14.9 fWAR
Accolades: 2x All-Star
WS Titles: 1

Westrum spent all 11 seasons of his MLB career with the Giants, and for a four-year stretch from 1950-53, he was one of the better catchers in baseball.

During that time, he logged more walks (328) than strikeouts (307) for a .376 on-base percentage while averaging 17 home runs and 54 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1952 and 1953.

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