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Wednesday BP: The best catchers in Giants history

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An online poll shows Giants fans are almost unanimous in their choice.

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Giants.com beat writer Maria Guardado posed a question to fans on Twitter asking who are the best five catchers in Giants history.

Not surprising, but one Giant completely dominated the rest. Here are the results:

Guardado does a good job explaining just how good Posey has been for San Francisco. He has a 52.& WAR since his first game back in 2009.

Here is what else Guardado wrote about the Giants catcher:

“His arrival heralded the beginning of the championship era in San Francisco, culminating in a trio of World Series titles in ‘10, ‘12 and ‘14. Posey quickly established himself as a franchise cornerstone for the Giants, winning the ‘10 National League Rookie of the Year Award and emerging as a steadying influence in the clubhouse.

Posey was limited to only 45 games in 2011 after a home-plate collision left him with a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle, but he came back to win the NL MVP Award in ‘12 after batting a career-high .336 with a .957 OPS, 24 home runs and 103 RBIs. His resume also includes six All-Star selections, four Silver Slugger Awards, a Gold Glove Award and the ‘12 NL batting title. Posey’s 961 starts behind the plate are the most in Giants history, and he ranks within the top 10 in several offensive categories in the San Francisco era, including batting average (.302), games played (1,258), hits (1,380), doubles (270) and RBIs (673).”

While Posey is cleat-cut choice at No. 1, who else do you think should be in the top 5? Are there any players missing off of Guardado’s list that you would have added?


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