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San Francisco Giants: 10 best shortstops in franchise history

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants to complete the double-pay looks to get his throw off over the top of Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on May 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants to complete the double-pay looks to get his throw off over the top of Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on May 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 6: Rich Aurilia #35 of the San Francisco Giants throws the pitch during game three of the National League Western Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on October 6, 2002 at the Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 8-3. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 6: Rich Aurilia #35 of the San Francisco Giants throws the pitch during game three of the National League Western Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on October 6, 2002 at the Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 8-3. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

10. Al Bridwell (1908-11), New York Giants

Stats: 109 OPS+, .283/.372/.329, 480 H, 0 HR, 180 RBI, 214 R
WAR: 15.2 rWAR/15.6 fWAR
Accolades: N/A
WS Titles: 0

In his three full seasons with the Giants, Bridwell piled up 192 walks against just 58 strikeouts, and he averaged 4.6 WAR during that span on the strength of his on-base skills and glovework.

Bridwell originally joined the team in an eight-player blockbuster deal with the Boston Doves.

That trade sent shortstop Bill Dahlen, who just missed making the list, the other way.

9. Chris Speier (1971-77, 1987-89), San Francisco Giants

Stats: 93 OPS+, .248/.333/.360, 924 H, 70 HR, 409 RBI, 445 R
WAR: 20.2 rWAR/20.2 fWAR
Accolades: 3x All-Star
WS Titles: 0

After debuting as a 21-year-old in 1971, Speier hit .269/.361/.400 with 25 doubles, 15 home runs and 71 RBI in his second season to post 6.1 WAR and earn a spot on the NL All-Star team.

He posted a 102 OPS+ while averaging 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 66 RBI and 3.5 WAR during the four-year span from 1972 to 1975.

The Giants eventually traded him to the Montreal Expos midway through the 1977 season in exchange for fellow shortstop Tim Foli, who finished out the season as the everyday shortstop before being sold to the New York Mets during the offseason.

8. Rich Aurilia (1995-2003, 2007-09), San Francisco Giants

Stats: 98 OPS+, .275/.327/.431, 1,226 H, 143 HR, 574 RBI, 574 R
WAR: 14.8 rWAR/19.8 fWAR
Accolades: 1x All-Star, 1x Silver Slugger
WS Titles: 0

A 24th-round pick by the Texas Rangers in the 1992 draft, Aurilia was acquired by the Giants in exchange for starter John Burkett prior to the 1995 season.

He took over as the team’s everyday shortstop in 1999 when he posted a 101 OPS+ with 22 home runs and 80 RBI, and he peaked two years later when he led the league in hits (206) and tallied 37 doubles and 37 home runs in a 6.7 WAR season to win Silver Slugger honors and finish 12th in NL MVP voting.

After departing following the 2003 campaign, Aurilia returned to the Giants for three seasons at the end of his career, hitting .283/.332/.413 with 21 doubles and 10 home runs as a 36-year-old.

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