Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the SF Giants parted ways with Hunter Pence before Sunday’s game. Our own Daniel Sperry looks back over Pence’s career in orange and black to find the five best Hunter Pence moments in an SF Giants uniform.
After the SF Giants acquired Daniel Robertson from the Tampa Bay Rays, the team had to find a 40-man roster spot for the 26-year old infielder. The organization decided it was time to part with one of the most storied players on the team’s current roster: Hunter Pence.
Pence of course was first acquired by the SF Giants in a 2012 mid-summer trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. He would soon sign an extension and stay with the team through the 2018 season.
After rebuilding his swing and signing with the Texas Rangers, Pence had a resurgent 2019 campaign. In 316 plate appearances, he bashed 18 home runs along a .297/.358/.552 triple-slash line. As the SF Giants looked to improve against left-handed pitching, they decided to bring him back this offseason on a 1-year, $3MM contract.
Pence scuffled mightily in 2020 though. In 52 at-bats, he batted just .096 with just 3 extra-base hits. While SF Giants fans hope Pence can find his way back to the SF Giants organization (even if it’s just as a coach or broadcaster), it’s time to reflect on the five best moments of his time with the orange and black.