This past decade was an extremely successful one for the San Francisco Giants. With 2019 in the books, it’s time to select the club’s 2010s All-Decade team.
The San Francisco Giants have turned in three straight losing seasons, but the 2010s as a whole were an extremely memorable decade for the franchise.
With World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and another postseason appearance in 2016, the team enjoyed significant success and a number of players establishing themselves as franchise icons along the way.
Now that the 2010s have come to a close, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the decade that was by selecting our All-Decade Team.
Before we get started, let’s establish a few parameters.
The All-Decade team consists of a full 25-man roster, with a basic framework of 13 position players and 12 pitchers. The bench had to include a backup catcher and a reserve capable of playing the shortstop position, while the bullpen had to include at least one multi-inning swingman and one lefty.
In order to be considered for a starting spot on the team, position players had to record at least 500 plate appearances with the team during the 2010s. Likewise, starting pitchers had to make at least 50 starts and relievers had to appear in at least 50 games to earn a roster spot. The five bench spots had to requirements.
Wins Above Replacement (WAR) will be referenced frequently throughout this article. However, it was not the be-all, end-all stat. Instead, it was simply another tool to help compare players and make an informed decision.
Simply put, the idea here was to build a team that was a perfect blending of the three World Series winners and aptly represented the decade as a whole. Some decisions were extremely easy, like choosing the starting catcher. Others were a bit more difficult, like selecting the starting outfield and trimming back the pitching staff.
In the end, these 25 players got the nod as the best of the decade. We look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comment section and on Twitter.
Let’s get started.