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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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7. Dick Bartell (1935-38, 1941-43, 1946), New York Giants

Stats: 108 OPS+, .279/.355/.400, 858 H, 60 HR, 293 RBI, 434 R
WAR: 27.3 rWAR/27.1 fWAR
Accolades: 1x All-Star
WS Titles: 0

Bartell spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Giants in a trade prior to the 1934 season that sent four players and cash the other way.

He had the best season of his 18-year career in 1937 when he hit .306/.367/.469 with 38 doubles and 14 home runs. That year, he earned his only All-Star nod, finished sixth in MVP voting and tallied a career-high 6.6 WAR.

The Giants traded Bartell to the Chicago Cubs before the 1939 season in a six-player trade, but he found his way back to the team to end his career.

6. Dave Bancroft (1920-23, 1930), New York Giants

Stats: 111 OPS+, .310/.382/.413, 670 H, 11 HR, 189 RBI, 397 R
WAR: 22.5 rWAR/23.7 fWAR
Accolades: Hall of Fame (1971)
WS Titles: 2

A Hall of Famer who split his time between the Phillies (six seasons), Giants (five seasons), Braves (four seasons) and Dodgers (two seasons), Bancroft posted 48.5 WAR and tallied 2,004 hits and 1,048 runs scored during his career.

He served as the Giants starting shortstop for the team’s back-to-back World Series titles in 1921 and 1922, and it was his standout glove that made him such a valuable player during a time when offensive production was spiking around the league.

During his three full seasons with the Giants, he averaged 179 hits, 33 doubles, 14 steals and 106 runs scored.

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