Favorite SF Giants by number, No. 1 - 10
No. 7 Kevin Mitchell
Kevin Mitchell ran against Marvin Benard, Donovan Solano, and Gregor Blanco and won with 44.9 percent of the vote. Blanco, who became a popular Giants player, finished in second place with 37.4 percent of the vote. interestingly, both players made unforgettable plays with the glove. Mitchell made an improbable barehanded catch in 1989, whereas Blanco made an incredible diving play to preserve Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012.
Mitchell was an offensive force with the Giants. He slashed .278/.356/.536 (151 OPS+) with 143 home runs and 411 RBI in parts of five seasons with San Francisco. This included a 1989 campaign in which he led the NL in home runs (47), RBI (125), and OPS (1.023) while taking home the NL MVP award.
No. 8 Hunter Pence
This was the first landslide win of the survey. Hunter Pence ran against Joe Morgan, Kurt Manwaring, and Joel Youngblood. He won with 91.5 percent of the vote. This should come as no surprise given the role Pence played during the 2012 and 2014 championship runs.
The Giants acquired the power-hitting outfielder at the 2012 trade deadline from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Nate Schierhtoltz and a pair of prospects. In parts of eight seasons with the Giants, Pence produced a .750 OPS with 95 home runs and 412 RBI. He is remembered for his energetic style of play and the motivational speech he gave to his teammates before Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants came back from an 0-2 deficit to take the series that eventually led to a championship parade.
No. 9 Brandon Belt
This was another close race as Brandon Belt ran against Wes Westrum, Marquis Grissom, and Matt Williams. Belt won with 51.3 percent of the vote, whereas Williams finished in second place with 43.8 percent.
Belt might be a polarizing figure in some segments of the fanbase, but there is no denying that he has exceeded any and all expectations of a fifth-round pick. He has put up strong numbers throughout his career but this has come with long slumps as well. Nevertheless, it is looking like he has a lot of good baseball in front of him as he has found a new gear over the last couple of seasons. Since the start of 2020, the left-handed bat has been one of the best hitters in baseball, posting a 165 OPS+ during that stretch.
No. 10 Evan Longoria
This was another close race. Evan Longoria ran against Buddy Kerr, Johnnie LeMaster, and Royce Clayton. Longoria won with 41.1 percent of the vote, beating out Royce Clayton by a margin of 3.6 percent.
After a long and distinguished career with the Tampa Bay Rays, the veteran third baseman came over to the Giants prior to the 2018 season in exchange for Denard Span, Christian Arroyo, and a pair of prospects. The 36-year-old had a rough first season with San Francisco where he posted a 91 OPS+ while struggling to hit at Oracle Park. Since then, Longoria has offered good power and a solid glove at third base.