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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. 28-Matt Williams. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/ALLSPORT /

Matt Williams . 28. 40. . .

NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 28-Matt Williams

31.9 WAR

Matt Williams was drafted as the No. 3 overall pick in the 1986 MLB draft and then was a pretty reliable player in his Giants career, as he played in over 1,100 games with more than 4,490 plate appearances.

While he didn’t walk much in his career, he did have a WAR north of 30 and a slugging percentage of nearly .500 with a .264 batting average.

Williams, a four-time All-Star with the Giants, was the National League home run leader in 1994 and its RBI leader three years earlier in 1991.

Several injuries may have lessened his impact in a Giants uniform, but he was still able to produce offensively. He hit more than 30 home runs six times with more than 90 RBI.

His 1994 season was easily his best in the Bay Area. He was on pace to break Roger Maris’ home run record at the time through 115 games and then ended up finishing right behind Houston Astros slugger, Jeff Bagwell, in the MVP voting.

After his playing career, he ended up back in the dugout as a manager with the Washington Nationals when he took a Bryce Harper-led team to the postseason against the Giants in 2014. Williams is now currently coaching the Kia Tigers in South Korea to perhaps get back in the major leagues as either a coach or a manager.

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