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San Francisco Giants: Top 30 players of all-time

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. 16-Mike Tiernan (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 16-Mike Tiernan (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

16. 40. . . . Mike Tiernan

NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 16-Mike Tiernan

43.8 WAR

Mike Tiernan was born in January of 1967 in Trenton, New Jersey, and he pretty much never left New York in his life because he played ball only for the New York Giants.

Tiernan was nicknamed “Silent Mike” but he wasn’t too silent with his play on the field, as he ranks 11th in Giants All-Time WAR in over 1,470 games.

Playing his entire career with the Giants, he nearly eclipsed 430 stolen bases and had a strikeout rate under 6 percent. His offensive number was impressive, as he had a .311 batting average with a .392 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage.

He never was able to win a World Series with the Giants, but he did win two National League pennants playing for manager Jim Mutrie in 1888 and 1889 when they had more wins (and fewer losses) than the Boston Beaneaters (who are now the Atlanta Braves).

In 1888 he was able to hit for the cycle on Aug. 25 and then again about two years later on June 28, 1890.

He is fourth on the all-time home runs list in the 19th century with 106 of them, tied with Dan Brouthers. In 1890 and 1891 he led the National League in home runs.

Tiernan made his final MLB appearance at the end of July in 1899 and passed away on November 7, 1918.

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