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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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Jun 1992: Second baseman Robby Thompson of the San Francisco Giants leaps into the air as Tony Fernandez of the San Diego Padres slides toward the base beneath him. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport /

4. Robby Thompson (1986-1996), San Francisco Giants

Stats: 105 OPS+, .257/.329/.403, 1,187 H, 119 HR, 458 RBI, 671 R
WAR: 33.9 rWAR/28.31 fWAR
Accolades: 2x All-Star, 1x Silver Slugger, 1x Gold Glove
WS Titles: 0

The Giants drafted Robby Thompson in 1983 out of the University of Florida.

By 1986, he was the team’s starting second baseman, hitting .271/.328/.370 with 37 extra-base hits and 3.4 WAR to finish second to Todd Worrell in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

Interestingly enough, future Giants Kevin Mitchell (third) and Barry Bonds (sixth) also appeared on NL Rookie of the Year ballots that year, along with another Giants rookie named Will Clark (fifth).

Thompson wound up spending his entire 11-year MLB career with the Giants, making a pair of All-Star appearances and putting together a memorable 1993 campaign.

That year, he hit .312/.375/.496 with 39 doubles, 19 home runs and 65 RBI to win Silver Slugger honors and finish 15th in NL MVP voting. He also won the Gold Glove that year and posted a career-high 6.3 WAR.

He also played a major role in the Giants reaching the 1989 World Series, going 5-for-18 with two home runs in the NLCS victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Thompson briefly served as the Giants first base coach in 2000 and 2001 following his retirement.

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