There are a lot of ways to highlight and identify your favorite SF Giants players. We have recently begun running a poll on Twitter to choose your favorite Giants player by jersey number. This will be the first series that looks at who the winners are thus far.
Favorite SF Giants by number, No. 1 - 10
One note to mention is that there may be some recency bias present as some voters did not see some players perform before a certain era. That said, it is a fun exercise to sit back and reflect on some great players to don the Orange and Black uniform.
No. 1 Bengie Molina
Bengie Molina ran against several popular Giants to wear No. 1 including Mike Aldrete, Kenny Lofton, and Mauricio Dubón. He won with 39.3 percent of the vote, beating out Lofton who came in second place at 32.7 percent.
The longtime backstop appeared in parts of four seasons with the Giants beginning in 2007. He hit in the middle of the lineup during some lean seasons but he put up respectable numbers including a 95-RBI season in 2008. More importantly, he helped mentor a young batch of pitchers that included Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson, and Sergio Romo. He was traded to the Texas Rangers midway through the 2010 season as the keys to the team were passed on to Buster Posey.
No. 2 Randy Winn
Randy Winn ran against several Giants players to wear No. 2 including Dick Dietz, Brett Butler, and Darren Lewis. He won with 43.8 percent of the vote. He was traded at the 2005 deadline by the Seattle Mariners to the Giants in exchange for a young Jesse Foppert and Yorvit Torrealba.
The veteran outfielder immediately caught fire, slashing .359/.391/.680 with 14 home runs and 26 RBI in 231 plate appearances following the trade. The Giants re-signed him to a three-year, $23.25 million pact where he continued to put up respectable numbers from both sides of the plate. I will add that I really enjoy his understated analysis and commentary during the radio broadcasts in recent seasons.
No. 3 Bill Terry
This survey extends beyond just the San Francisco era and includes the New York Giants as well. Terry ran against Mike Sadek, Johnny Mize, and Jo-Jo Moore. He received 45.7 percent of the vote. No Giants player has worn No. 3 recently as the organization retired it back in 1984.
The left-handed-hitting first baseman played all 14 seasons with the New York Giants beginning in 1923. This included three All-Star appearances, one batting title, and a World Series ring in 1933. He won the batting title in 1930 where he posted a .401 batting average. In total, he slashed .341/.393/.506 with 154 home runs and 1,078 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954.