Left Out: The Candidates and Their Chances for the Giants Left Field Spot

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Left Out: The Candidates and Their Chances for the Giants Left Field Spot
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Where were you on August 7, 2007?

For 15 years, Giants managers were blessed with one of the easiest lineup decisions in history—putting Barry Bonds in left field. And for 15 years, it was a position that didn't need to concern fans or coaches—if you had a five-year-old making the lineups for the San Francisco Giants, they would, without fail, know who to put in left field. 

Then they had Fred Lewis, Randy Winn, Eugenio Velez, John Bowker, and Brian Horwitz. That's right, those guys.

Last year the Giants found Pat Burrell but also discovered that Aubrey Huff could lumber around out there. 

Which brings us to 2011. The year of versatility. If you want to get technical, the Giants currently have seven people on the roster who can play the left field position. If you want to theorize, you could add Aaron Rowand and Nate Schierholtz to that bunch as well, but manager Bruce Bochy has all but ruled those last two out of a position change.

The lucky seven?

2010 starting first baseman/left fielder Aubrey Huff.

2010 starting left fielder/right fielder Pat Burrell.

2010 starting disabled list wiffle ball champion Mark DeRosa.

2010 NLCS MVP and right fielder Cody Ross.

2010 fastest man alive winner and starting center fielder Andres Torres.

2010 defensive replacement of the year Travis Ishikawa.

2013 World Series MVP Brandon Belt. 

Let's get right into it.

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