Five most memorable moments of Joe Panik's career with Giants
2015 NL All-Star
Joe Panik instantly became a contributor to the Giants as a rookie in 2014. The former first-round pick hit .305 and finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.
One year later, he was an All-Star. Panik hit .308 with seven homers and an .820 OPS in the first half of the 2015 season. He finished the year with a .312 batting average and knocked one more long ball.
Panik was joined by three fellow Giants at the Mid-Summer Classic: Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner.
2016 NL Gold Glove winner
Panik dropped off at the plate in 2016, batting just .239 but hit a career-high 10 home runs. His real value, however, came on defense.
At just 25 years old, Panik won the NL Gold Glove for second basemen. He posted a 0.6 dWAR and was worth two defensive runs saved.
Panik wasn't the only Giants player to win the award that year, too. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford each took home the hardware.
2014 NLDS Game 2
Sometimes, a walk is a career highlight. Such is the case here for Panik.
With two outs and the Giants down 1-0 to the Nationals in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, Panik took some close calls and worked a walk against starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. For some reason, manager Matt Williams then took Zimmermann out of the ballgame.
Through 8 2/3 innings, Zimmermann had only allowed three hits while striking out six. Drew Storen replaced him and two batters later, Panik scored on a Pablo Sandoval double. The rest is history. The Giants won 2-1 in 18 innings to take a commanding two-games-to-none lead over the heavily favored Nationals and went on to win the series in four games.
2014 NLCS Game 5
Not known for his power, Panik flexed his muscle when needed most in 2014. The Giants were down 1-0 in the third inning against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS when Panik took starting pitcher Adam Wainwright deep down the right-field line.
It wasn't a Michael Morse game-tying home run or Travis Ishikawa walk-off dinger, but the rookie got the ball rolling in the win that sent the Giants to the World Series.
2014 World Series Game 7
Panik forever will be part of a signature World Series play. The sure-handed second baseman dove up the middle and flipped the ball with just his glove to shortstop Brandon Crawford to start an unforgettable double play in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, with the score tied at two runs apiece.
Panik and Crawford made multiple highlight-reel double plays together in their time as Giants teammates. Nothing will ever top this.