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San Francisco Giants: Worst Double Play Combos in Franchise History

The San Francisco Giants have many strengths.

Their pitching is phenomenal—from ace Tim Lincecum to closer Brian Wilson. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was an All-Star last year and is primed for a breakout season. Even the outfield, while unproven, is looking improved with newcomer Melky Cabrera and potential left fielder Brandon Belt in the fold.

The biggest glaring weakness is the middle infield. Giants fans will note this not a new issue for the club, having hosted a rotating door of declining veterans and green prospects for the last several seasons. At present, former everyday second baseman Freddy Sanchez will be starting 2012 on the disabled list. The most likely scenario will be Manny Burriss stepping in for Sanchez and Brandon Crawford manning shortstop.

Crawford is gifted on the defensive front, but his offense is lacking. Given Bruce Bochy's eternal flame for giving time to veteran bench players over their younger competition, it's entirely likely Ryan Theriot could make some starts when Crawford's lack of bat becomes too much to bear. This brings us to a solemn question: does a Theriot/Burriss double play combo rank amongst the worst of all time?

Follow along as we take a trip down (a better forgotten) memory lane with five of the worst double play combos in San Francisco Giants' history.

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