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SF Giants catcher Buster Posey will very likely follow Madison Bumgarner by signing with another franchise after next season. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SF Giants catcher Buster Posey will very likely follow Madison Bumgarner by signing with another franchise after next season. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 17-Art Fletcher (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 17-Art Fletcher (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Art Fletcher . 17. 40. . .

NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 17-Art Fletcher

41.1 WAR

First, it was Art Devlin and now Art Fletcher.

Fletcher actually was a part of two New York teams–the Giants and Yankees (as a coach)–but he’s known for playing for the New York Giants.

In 1909, Fletcher debuted with the Giants after just a single season the minor leagues so he was able to develop pretty quickly in the eyes of his manager.

He never won a title with the Giants, but he did go to four World Series in 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1917. Fletcher seemed to be a magnet because he is the Giants franchise leader in hit by pitches with 132 and ranks inside the top 30 of MLB’s all-time HBP list.

After his Giants career, he went on to be the manager of the Phillies and then a coach for the Yankees. Most notably, Fletcher was on the coaching staff for what is arguably the best Yankees team ever in 1927 headlined by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

He, unfortunately, serves as the interim Yankees manager in 1929 after the manager, Miller Huggins, was stricken with pyemia and erysipelas.

Fletcher ended up passing away on February 6, 1950, due to a heart attack.

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