Which Giants player is next to have his number retired?
By Dzintars Grinfelds
After adding Barry Bonds’ No. 25 to the franchise’s list of retired jersey numbers in 2018, who could be next to have their jersey number retired by the San Francisco Giants?
In a ceremony held on August 11, 2018, the San Francisco Giants broke a long-standing franchise tradition. They retired the number of a former Giants player who had not yet been enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame when they retired No. 25 in honor of Barry Bonds.
Despite not meeting the team’s own past requirement of being enshrined in Cooperstown, he retired as the all-time leader in home runs, walks, and intentional walks. He was also a seven-time MVP, eight-time Gold Glove winner, and a 14-time All-Star. With credentials like that and inching closer to being enshrined in the Hall of Fame as he overcomes his connections to “Steroid Era” baseball, it is easy to see why the storied franchise changed the rules for Bonds.
That gesture by the franchise not only immortalized one of the best sluggers in baseball history, but it also opened the doors to something more. The Giants may now be more willing to look at additional honorees who have had an impact on the team.
Many former Giants line the exterior walls of Oracle Park with their names, faces, and contributions detailed on bronze plaques. But who will be the next Giant to be granted the honor of never having their number worn again?
The Giants have many deserving options after their dynastic run through the 2010s, so let’s take a look at who may be considered.