The 3 longest-tenured Giants will make historical past in combination on Thursday in Seattle as catcher Buster Posey, shortstop Brandon Crawford and primary baseman Brandon Belt are all making their tenth occupation Opening Day begins.
The trio joins an unique membership that includes simplest 8 different Giants gamers courting all of the as far back as when Opening Day lineups have been first tracked in 1901.
Willie Mays (20), Mel Ott (16), Willie McCovey (15), Barry Bonds (14), Larry Doyle (11), Robby Thompson (11), Invoice Terry (10) and Juan Marichal (10) are the opposite Giants with no less than 10 occupation Opening Day begins.
After Posey elected to sit down out the 2020 season because of well being issues for his circle of relatives and Belt ignored Opening Day because of a heel damage, Crawford is the one member of the crowd making his tenth consecutive get started in a season opener. He joins Mays, Bonds and Thompson as one in every of 4 Giants to look in 10 immediately Opening Day lineups on the identical place.
Posey and Crawford at the moment are the Giants’ leaders in Opening Day begins at their respective positions whilst Belt trails McCovey and is tied with Terry for probably the most in the beginning base.
Even with Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales at the mound, Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler selected to depart a couple of right-handed hitting choices on his bench and feature Crawford and Belt within the lineup in opposition to Seattle. The second one-year supervisor stated Wednesday the Giants sought after to be respectful of Crawford and Belt’s standing as veterans and praise them with a get started.
With Kevin Gausman slated to start out at the mound, Kapler’s lineup for the season opener looks as if this:
- Austin Slater, LF
- Mike Yastrzemski, RF
- Donovan Solano, 2B
- Evan Longoria, 3B
- Brandon Belt, 1B
- Wilmer Flores, DH
- Buster Posey, C
- Brandon Crawford, SS
- Mauricio Dubón, CF
With Slater beginning in left box and Alex Dickerson to be had off the bench, an notorious Giants’ streak will proceed. Slater turns into the 14th other Opening Day left fielder for the Giants within the 14 seasons since Barry Bonds remaining performed the location, which highlights the franchise’s incapability to draft and broaden a hit homegrown outfielders.
Slater, who used to be the Giants’ 8th spherical draft pick out in 2014 out of Stanford, is simplest the 3rd Opening Day left fielder within the remaining 14 years who used to be drafted by means of the group, becoming a member of 2009 starter Fred Lewis and and 2017 starter Jarrett Parker.
Since Bonds remaining began on Opening Day in 2007, the record of left fielders contains Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts (2008), Lewis (2009), Mark DeRosa (2010), Pat Burrell (2011), Aubrey Huff (2012), Andres Torres (2013), Michael Morse (2014), Nori Aoki (2015), Angel Pagan (2016), Parker (2017), Hunter Pence (2018), Connor Joe (2019) and Dickerson (2020).
Gausman turns into the fourth other Opening Day beginning pitcher for the Giants within the remaining 4 seasons, following Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner and Ty Blach. Thursday’s get started will mark the second one time Gausman has began the primary sport of the season as he earned the nod for the Baltimore Orioles in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017.
Dubón, who began at 2d base in remaining 12 months’s season opener in opposition to the Dodgers, will turn out to be the primary Giants participant since Jim Ray Hart to make an Opening Day get started for the Giants within the outfield a 12 months after doing so within the outfield. Hart made 4 immediately Opening Day begins at 3rd base from 1963-1967 earlier than beginning in left box on Opening Day in 1968-1969.
The remaining Giants participant to make an Opening Day get started within the outfield one season and the infield the next 12 months used to be Willie McCovey, who began in left box in 1963-1964 earlier than making 9 immediately Opening Day begins in the beginning base from 1965-1973.
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