The San Francisco Giants have had some of the best players in MLB history.
They have all helped build the generations of Giants history that spans on both coasts.
Since moving to San Francisco, the team has had five players inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Who are three other players who could potentially earn a spot in Cooperstown?
In this article, we will take a look at some players who carry Hall of Fame resumés and should be representatives of the Giants’ franchise.
1. Barry Bonds
Without a doubt, Bonds is one of the most talented and prolific players in MLB history.
8x Gold Glove
Does Barry Bonds belong in the HOF? pic.twitter.com/Yrn1QA9aEA
— ESPN (@espn) June 15, 2020
He arguably had the most talent of any other player that has stepped onto the diamond, and his career stats back this up.
However, the elephant in the room with Bonds is the issue of steroids.
In an era when performance enhancing drug use was rampant in the sport, Bonds became the primary figure for it.
This was because of the otherworldly numbers he posted after turning 35, including a 73-home run season in 2001.
Prior to his reported PED use beginning in 1998, Bonds already was putting together a Hall of Fame track record.
From 1986-1998, Bonds had 411 career home runs, 445 stolen bases, 1,216 RBI and a .966 OPS.
He was on a rapid pace towards putting together one of the best careers of any player in baseball.
On top of this, though Bonds used steroids, he was significantly better than any other play who used during the era.
His talent deserves recognition, and his resumé should speak for itself.
A seven MVP award winner deserves to be in Cooperstown.
2. Jeff Kent
While Kent played for six different clubs throughout his career, his best stretch came with the Giants.
He was a unique talent to the second base position, being a source of power that wasn’t normal from that spot.
Jeff Kent turns 52 today. MVP, most HRs for 2B, 21st most doubles ever, only 2B to have 6 consecutive seasons of 100+ RBIs, .290/.356/.500 career hitter. Put him in the HOF. pic.twitter.com/K5fZ5zGOp4
— Stirrups Now! (@uniformcritic) March 7, 2020
In his career, Kent had 2,461 hits, 377 home runs and a .290 batting average.
His 377 home runs are the most of any second baseman in MLB history.
He also won an MVP award with the Giants in 2000, where he hit 30 home runs with a .334 average.
His career WAR of 55.4 is solid as well, certainly deserving merit for a Hall of Fame selection.
Now, Kent is approaching his eighth time on the voting ballot and has seen a small bump in his voting percentages.
He deserves more consideration, and his stats indicate that he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
3. Will Clark
Clark was a smooth swinging left-handed bat that became one of the smoothest and most natural hitters of his time.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) April 8, 2020
He had a relatively short career of just 15 years, and he left when he was still at the height of his production.
By the end of his career, he had 2,176 hits, 284 home runs and a .303 lifetime average.
He wasn’t a traditional power-hitting first baseman, but he was a pure hitter from the left side.
In the final season of his career, he hit 21 home runs with a .319 average, arguably the best season of his career.
This showed that he could have continued that level of performance for more time.
Because of all this, he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.
For their eras, these three players were some of the better players in the MLB.
While they haven’t gotten much love for the Hall of Fame so far, they are certainly candidates to make it in some day moving forward.
Don’t be surprised if any of them make it to Cooperstown some day.