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After being acquired from Florida during the Marlins' clearance sale of '97, Nen averaged 41 saves over five seasons. He led the NL in saves in 2001 and helped San Francisco to the '02 World Series, saving seven of his team's 10 postseason victories. He's the only Giant with more than 200 career saves, and his 2.43 ERA and 10.78 strikeouts per nine innings are the best for any San Francisco hurler with more than 100 career innings.
1,976 games, 1,951 hits, .312 avg., 586 HRs, 1,440 RBIs
Sure, he hit 73 home runs in 2003, but he also tied his father, Bobby Bonds, with a San Francisco Giants—record 263 stolen bases, won five Gold Gloves between 1993 and '98 and was regarded as the best defensive leftfielder in baseball history. He hit an unprecedented 268 home runs after turning 36, won two batting titles (.370 in '02 and .362 in '04) and led the league in on-base percentage eight times while in San Francisco, drawing a big-league-record 120 intentional walks in '04. Here, he's hitting career homer 756 for the alltime lead.
THE NEW YORKERS
IN 1958, AFTER 74 YEARS IN MANHATTAN, THE GIANTS moved from the banks of the Harlem River to the shores of San Francisco Bay. How good was New York's version from 1883 to 1957? At the time of the westbound departure, no other modern NL team had a better winning percentage (.553) or had appeared in more World Series games (82). More evidence? Every player on this list of the greatest New York Giants is a Hall of Fame inductee. (Statistics are for New York only.)