San Francisco Giants: All-Time Fan Favorite Team Position-by-Position
While it's nice to recognize Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, and the other Giants who helped bring a championship home to San Francisco in 2010, it's also nice to recognize those who brought the most joy to fans as well.
So let's take a look back and pick the Giants all-time fan favorite team.
Starting Pitcher: Juan Marichal
Just squeezing ahead of Tim Lincecum for the title of most popular starting pitcher, Juan Marichal has one of the best resumes of any pitcher, to go along with his wacky delivery.
Marichal, who represented the Giants for 13 seasons, won 238 games and had a career ERA well under 3.00.
The "Dominican Dandy" is forever set in stone, with his high-kicking statue currently resting outside AT&T Park on Willie Mays Plaza.
Catcher: Buster Posey
Baby-faced Buster Posey, whether he is currently playing or not, will be the Giants fan-favorite catcher by the time his career ends.
Posey has such a bright future and has already done so much for the organization in his short time with them. Last season's horrible accident against the Florida Marlins showed how much he truly means to the Giants and to the community.
First Base: J.T. Snow
J.T. Snow was one of the most exciting defensive players to ever put on a Giants uniform.
Snow has a very likable personality, and that transferred well to his job as a broadcaster for the team.
In fact, Snow was so likable that the Giants signed him to a one-day contract on September 27 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, just so he could retire as a Giant.
Second Base: Tito Fuentes
Another Giant who came back to the organization as a broadcaster, Tito Fuentes was one of the highest-energy second baseman of his time.
His on-field performance had energy of its own, and his two-run homer helped the Giants win their only game of the 1971 NLCS.
Fuentes played for the Giants for nine years, setting defensive fielding percentage records along the way.
Shortstop: Omar Vizquel
Omar Vizquel only played for the Giants for four years, but he made a huge impact. After many years of sub-par defensive play, Giants fans got a treat when Vizquel came to San Francisco from the Cleveland Indians.
He brought with him one of the best gloves in baseball, and won two Gold Glove awards with the team in 2005 and 2006.
Vizquel's defense brought roars of excitement from the fans, and I consider him an all-time fan favorite.
Third Base: Kevin Mitchell
I wanted to squeeze Kevin Mitchell at third base, because he did play the hot corner for the Giants for quite a while, although his best year was after he got moved to outfield.
Mitchell is known for his crazy bare-handed catch at Busch Stadium, and the powerful crack of his bat. He also won the NL MVP in 1989, making him a permanent fan favorite.
Outfield: Barry Bonds
Hmm, what's there to say about Barry Bonds?
Well, while playing for the Giants, he set the single-season and career home run records, if that means anything to anyone.
Even with all the steroid issues surrounding Bonds, anyone who saw him play in person knows exactly how much the fans loved him, and still do. There is no way he's anything but an all-time fan favorite.
Outfield: Willie Mays
Willie Mays may be the greatest player to ever put on a Giants uniform, and is in the discussion for the greatest player in the history of baseball.
Mays was a 24-time All-Star, a 12-time Gold Glove award winner, a two-time MVP winner, and has one World Series ring.
Mays is a fan favorite just based on his resume, and he gets a standing ovation every time he enters the ballpark.
Outfield: Jack Clark
Jack "The Ripper" Clark played in 10 seasons for the Giants, and was a two-time All-Star during those years.
Clark was the first recipient of the Willie Mac Award, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies spirit and leadership that Willie McCovey was known for.
His joy on the field translated to fan gratitude off the field.
Relief Pitcher: Brian Wilson
I just had to include Brian Wilson somewhere in this article.
Who knows where Brian Wilson's career will take him but he is loved by fans everywhere at the moment, and not just ones in San Francisco.
Wilson's beard might be loved more than the actual player himself! (Just kidding).
While Wilson has been one of the best closers in baseball over the past few years, his charisma and personality make him one of the most liked players of all time.