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Wednesday BP, 6/27/18

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Gorkys Hernandez became the 10th Giants centerfielder in the AT&T Park era to hit at least 10 home runs in a season. The full list:

1. Marquis Grissom - 22 (2004)

2. Marquis Grissom - 20 (2003)

3. Aaron Rowand - 15 (2009)

4. Randy Winn - 14 (2005) ** in 247 PA

5. Aaron Rowand - 13 (2008)

6. Denard Span - 12 (2017)

7. Marvin Benard - 12 (2000)

8. Denard Span - 11 (2016)

9. Aaron Rowand - 11 (2010)

10. Gorkys Hernandez - 10 (2018) ** in 217 PA

Willie Mays had the 10 best home run seasons by a centerfielder in SF Giants history, and accounts for 13 of the 28 times a Giants centerfielder has hit at least 10 home runs in a season. If you’re curious to know what his totals are for those 14 seasons (1958-1970), here you go: 29, 34, 29, 40, 49, 38, 47, 52, 37, 22, 23, 13, 28.

Full discolsure: I set the Play Index to “at least 80% of games played at CF”, and Mays happened to play 48 games at first base in 1971, so that’s why that season, where he hit 18 home runs, isn’t included here.

So, extracting him from the list, we’re left with this best of the rest:

Chili Davis - 24 (1987)

Chili Davis - 19 (1982)

Marvin Benard - 16 (1999)

Chili Davis - 11 (1983)

Garry Maddox - 11 (1973)

Expanding it out to the entire history of the franchise, we learn that only 44 times has a Giants centerfielder hit at least 10 home runs in a season.

Willie Mays is, again the best of all-time and holds the top 13 seasons as well as 5 more after that for 18 total; Bobby Thompson appears on it 4 times, Hank Leiber hit 22 in 1935 and 12 in 1938; Freddie Lindstrom preceded him with 15 in 1932, and Wally Berger hit 12 in 1937. The other *really* old Giants to make this list are, in reverse chronological order, Hack Wilson (10 in 1924), Benny Kauff (10 in 1919), and Mike Tiernan (13 in 1890).

Does this mean that Gorkys Hernandez is on pace to become an all-timer in Giants history?