#8. Pablo Sandoval
Fans owe the Panda a standing ovation the next time Boston comes to San Francisco. For any animosity they may have over him choosing to leave the Bay Area, should to be trumped by the three championships he was a part of. As the MVP of the World Series in 2012, he became an instant legend with three home runs in Game 1, joining the likes of Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson. However, it’s his overall playoff performances that are truly outstanding.
In 2010, 2012 and 2014 he slashed a .344/.389/.545/.935 postseason line. Sandoval also has the 2nd highest WAR among hitters since 2010 among Giants.
For all the weight issues, contract disputes, and slumps, Sandoval was most productive when it mattered most. That can’t ever be forgotten.
#7. Hunter Pence
Despite only being a part of two of the three championships, it’s hard not to rank Pence even higher than 7th for what he means to the team on and off the field. He is the heartbeat of the Giants and the team is always better with him in the lineup. The effort Pence gives on ground out to 2nd base is why he leads the Giants every season in infield hits. The passion Pence plays with is why the team always seems to find ways to win.
His speech in Cincinnati with the Giants on the brink of elimination was the stuff of legends, and the fact that it led to winning six elimination games that post-season is tremendous.
His speech to the fans at the end of the 2014 regular season will forever make him a San Francisco icon. Do the fans believe in value of Hunter Pence? YES! YES! YES!