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San Francisco Giants: 10 best second basemen in franchise history

20 Oct 2001: Jeff Kent #21 of the San Francisco Giants swings for the bleachersduring the game against the Houston Astros at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Astros defeated the Giants 5-4.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
20 Oct 2001: Jeff Kent #21 of the San Francisco Giants swings for the bleachersduring the game against the Houston Astros at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Astros defeated the Giants 5-4.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
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20 Oct 2001: Jeff Kent #21 of the San Francisco Giants swings for the bleachersduring the game against the Houston Astros at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Astros defeated the Giants 5-4.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport

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 second basemen in club history.

Just 11 times in Major League Baseball history has a second baseman won MVP honors. Two of the guys from that group—Larry Doyle in 1912 and Jeff Kent in 2000—did it while playing for the San Francisco Giants franchise.

Ahead we’ve taken an in-depth look at the history of the Giants’ second base position.

Which one of those MVP winners will claim the No. 1 spot in our all-time franchise second baseman rankings? Where will Rogers Hornsby’s stellar one-year stint with the team fall in the rankings? Does current second baseman Joe Panik crack the top 10?

All of that will be answered in the following article as we’ve highlighted the 10 best second 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.

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