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5 players you forgot were on the 2019 San Francisco Giants

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 06: Connor Joe #18 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Joe Panik #12 and Brandon Belt #9 after Joe scored against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on April 6, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 06: Connor Joe #18 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Joe Panik #12 and Brandon Belt #9 after Joe scored against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on April 6, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 28: Michael Reed #52 of the San Francisco Giants makes a diving on a ball hit by Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning on Opening Day at Petco Park March 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Michael Reed

Part of me thinks that Connor Joe and Michael Reed will be indelibly linked, not unlike Harry Potter and Voldemort.

They will live in infamy as the two no-names who inexplicably found themselves in the starting lineup on Opening Day for the 2019 San Francisco Giants.

Reed, 26, hit a gaudy .342/.453/.520 with 26 doubles and 11 home runs in 97 games split between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Atlanta Braves.

The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers last October, and he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for John Andreoli and cash on March 23.

If Connor Joe’s short but sour showing with the team was bad, Michael Reed’s was worse. In eight at-bats, he went hitless, striking out six times along the way before he was cut loose.

One can’t help but feel bad for the unlikely outfield duo. They were thrown into a nearly impossible situation as two guys who frankly had no business being in the starting lineup on Opening Day. They were asked to provide a spark to an offense that everyone knew was going to be bad, and when they didn’t immediately produce, it was on to the next one.

At least the two of them will live on as a fun bit of San Francisco Giants trivia.

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