Favorite SF Giants by jersey number, No. 11 - 20
No. 14 Vida Blue
Vida Blue ran against Jesús Alou, Atlee Hammaker, and F. P. Santangelo. He won in landslide fashion by receiving 70.7 percent of the vote. Speaking of votes, it is a shame that he struggled to get any support in the Hall of Fame voting as he never appeared on more than 10 percent of the ballots in the four years he was eligible.
The Giants and Oakland A's do not make trades often anymore, but they made a big trade nearly 50 years ago. Blue was shipped to San Francisco in a blockbuster move that sent seven(!) players back to Oakland as well as $300,000 in cash. He was elected to the All-Star team in three of his first four seasons with the Giants. Oddly enough, San Francisco shipped him to the Kansas City Royals in a transaction that brought Hammaker to the Giants. He eventually came back to the Giants where he pitched for two more seasons before retiring.
No. 15 Bob Brenly
This was a tough jersey number to consider because longtime Giants manager Bruce Bochy wore it for most of his time as the team's skipper. That said, we have been sticking with players who wore the uniform, so Bochy was not included.
Brenly ran against José Pagán, Mike Ivie, and Ken Henderson. He received 60.3 percent of the vote with Pagán coming in at second place at 24.7 percent. Brenly wore a Giants uniform each year in his nine-year career. However, he did have a brief stint with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989 before coming back to San Francisco that same season to finish out his career. In total, he posted a 106 OPS+ in his career while earning an NL All-Star bid in 1984 and collecting down-ballot MVP votes in that same season.
No. 16 Ángel Pagán
Being a key contributor during the team's championship run seems to be a consistent theme. Ángel Pagán ran against Hank Thompson, Jim Ray Hart, and Edgar Rentería. Despite Rentería's postseason heroics in 2010, Pagán won with 70.1 percent of the vote.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean was nearly flawless in trades from 2010 - 2014, and the
Pagán trade continued that trade. The Giants acquired the switch-hitting outfielder prior to the 2012 season from the New York Mets in exchange for Ramón Ramírez and Andres Torres. Pagán turned in a strong campaign in 2012, slashing .288/.338/.440 (120 OPS+) with 95 runs scored while hitting atop the lineup. This helped him secure a four-year deal to remain in San Francisco until his career came to an end after 2016. He finished with two World Series rings with one of his memorable moments being an exciting walk-off, inside-the-park home run in 2013.
No. 17 Tim Hudson
Speaking of players who helped the team during the championship run, Tim Hudson won with 75 percent of the vote. He ran against Hal Schumacher, Randy Moffitt, and Kevin Bass. The Giants signed Hudson prior to the 2014 season to a two-year deal that would eventually round out his long and distinguished career.
The veteran hurler was stellar in the first half of 2014 as he posted a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts while earning an NL All-Star bid. He helped the Giants in a key matchup against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS. He faced off against a tough Nationals lineup and limited them to just one run across 7.1 frames. Of course, that game went 18 innings with Yusmeiro Petit pitching six shutout innings and Brandon Belt blasting a solo shot to give the Giants the win. He finished his career with 222 wins and is struggling to garner Hall of Fame support. I am not saying he is a Hall of Famer, but a career that results in that many wins deserves much more support.
Favorite SF Giants by jersey number, No. 11 - 20
No. 18 Matt Cain
Sports fans struggle to gain consensus on most topics, but when it comes to Giants fans, there is no denying their love and appreciation for Matt Cain. Cain received 79.2 percent of the vote while running against Duane Kuiper, Bill Madlock, and Don Larsen.
Cain was originally drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2002 draft out of Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. Along with Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner, Cain rounded out the trio that paved the way to three World Series titles. He finished his career with three All-Star appearances while receiving three World Series rings.
For some reason, it gets overlooked, but Cain gave up zero runs across 21.1 frames during the 2010 postseason run. Using bold was absolutely necessary by the way. In the final game of his career, the right-handed hurler completed five scoreless innings while walking off to a standing ovation at Oracle Park in 2017.
No. 19 Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro ran against a tough group including Alvin Dark, Bill Laskey, and Dave Righetti. He received 52.9 percent of the vote followed by Righetti, who earn 35.7 percent. His time in a Giants uniform was brief, but Scutaro made a lasting impact.
The Giants acquired the veteran infielder prior to the 2012 deadline from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for infield prospect Charlie Culberson. This is a move that paid dividends early and often as the right-handed bat posted a .362 batting in the final two months of that season. In the NLCS, Scutaro recorded 14 hits in 28 at-bats while earning the NLCS MVP honor and giving fans this memorable scene. He drove in the clinching run of the 2012 World Series to help the Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers.
No. 20 Monte Ivrin
Monte Irvin ran unopposed despite his number being in circulation long after his retired. The Giants finally corrected this by retiring his number in 2010. The last player to wear No. 20 was John Bowker before it was removed from circulation.
He had a long and successful career with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League before signing with the New York Giants in 1949. In 10 seasons with the Giants, he registered a .333/.402/.524 line (158 OPS+) while winning a World Series in 1954 and earning an NL All-Star nod in 1952. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973.