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San Francisco Giants: 10 best first basemen in franchise history

SAN FRANCISCO - 1989: Will Clark #22 of the San Francisco Giants high fives teammates during a game in the 1989 season at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - 1989: Will Clark #22 of the San Francisco Giants high fives teammates during a game in the 1989 season at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO – 1989: Will Clark #22 of the San Francisco Giants high fives teammates during a game in the 1989 season at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/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. Ahead we’ll take a look at the best first basemen in club history.

The San Francisco Giants may be lacking a true power threat here during the 2019 season, but they’ve had some extremely productive sluggers over the years, particularly at the first base position.

Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Johnny Mize, High Pockets Kelly and Bill Terry are all former Giants players who are now members of the Baseball Hall of Famer.

Looking at more recent team history, how do guys like Will Clark, J.T. Snow and the current incumbent at the position Brandon Belt stack up to that legendary group?

And who takes the No. 1 overall spot?

All of that will be answered in the following article as we’ve highlighted the 10 best first basemen in Giants franchise history, 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 Roger Connor who played for the Giants from 1883 to 1894.

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