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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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7. Eddie Stanky (1950-1951), New York Giants

Stats: 119 OPS+, .274/.431/.391, 285 H, 22 HR, 94 RBI, 203 R
WAR: 13.4 rWAR/12.7 fWAR
Accolades: 1x All-Star
WS Titles: 0

An All-Star during his time with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves earlier in his career, Stanky was already 34 years old when was acquired in a six-player trade with the Braves that also brought shortstop Al Dark to the Giants.

Stanky hit .300 and led the NL in on-base percentage (.460) and walks (144) during his first season with the Giants, earning his third career All-Star nod and finishing third in NL MVP voting in an 8.0 WAR season

He was a 5.4 WAR player the following season before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, just ahead of his decline and eventual retirement.

6. Rogers Hornsby (1927), New York Giants

Stats: 175 OPS+, .361/.448/.586, 205 H, 26 HR, 125 RBI, 133 R
WAR: 10.1 rWAR/10.4 fWAR
Accolades: Hall of Fame (1942)
WS Titles: 0

Widely regarded as the greatest second baseman in MLB history, Hornsby spent just one of his 23 MLB seasons with the Giants.

After spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Cardinals, he was traded to the Giants in exchange for fellow second baseman Frankie Frisch (more on him in a bit) and pitcher Jimmy Ring.

Hornsby hit .361/.48/.586 with 26 home runs, 125 RBI and 133 runs scored in his lone season with the Giants to finish third in NL MVP voting.

He was then traded again, this time to the Braves in exchange for catcher Shanty Hogan and center fielder Jimmy Welsh.

So while his time with the Giants was but a brief pit stop in his Hall of Fame career, Hornsby was still impressive enough to earn a spot just outside the top five.

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