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Giants' offensive leaders in 2010s: Where Posey, Belt, Crawford rank

Giants' offensive leaders in 2010s: Where Posey, Belt, Crawford rank

When you think of big offensive moments from the Giants over the past decade, you probably think of Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford, but also guys like Travis Ishikawa and Cody Ross. 

This is an organization that has had a solid core for years, but also has relied heavily on random contributions in the biggest moments. It was a recipe that led to three titles, although there were also plenty of historically dry stretches during the regular season. 

As we head for the 2020s, here's a look back at the offensive leaders of the past decade, with a few notes on surprise contributors:

GAMES PLAYED

1. Buster Posey/Brandon Crawford -- 1,251
3. Brandon Belt -- 1,084

Surprise: Joaquin Arias -- The utility infielder played 361 games for the Giants last decade, ranking ninth. That puts him ahead of Aubrey Huff, Andres Torres and Matt Duffy, among others. 

HOME RUNS

1. Posey -- 140
2. Belt -- 129
3. Sandoval -- 106

Surprise: Mike Yastrzemski -- Yaz didn't even play a full season for the Giants last year but ended up tied for 14th in Giants home runs last decade. That, uhh, tells you a lot about how little power this lineup has had in recent years. Only five Giants -- Posey, Belt, Sandoval, Crawford and Hunter Pence -- had more than 40 homers in the 2010s. Only 16 Giants position players had more homers last decade than Madison Bumgarner's 19. 

HITS

1. Posey -- 1,378
2. Crawford -- 1,055
3. Belt -- 957

RUNS

1. Posey -- 594
2. Belt -- 513
3. Crawford 483

Surprise: Gorkys Hernandez -- Ahmed Fareed's favorite player did some nice things for the Giants, but it still registers as a bit of a surprise that he scored more runs (99) than Marco Scutaro (98). That back injury was a killer. 

RBI

1. Posey -- 673
2. Crawford -- 536
3. Belt -- 472

Surprise: Who do you think drove in more runs for the Giants in the 2010s, Hector Sanchez or Michael Morse? Sanchez (87) actually had the edge by 23 RBI. 

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE (Minimum 500 plate appearances)

1. Melky Cabrera -- .390
2. Posey -- .371
3. Scutaro -- .363

Surprise: Kelby Tomlinson -- The utility infielder didn't hit for any power, but he had a .331 OBP in 687 plate appearances, which ranks 12th among Giants who had at least 500 plate appearances during the decade. When you use that as a minimum, Melky Cabrera just sneaks in. What a (brief and chemically-enhanced) run he had in San Francisco. 

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE (Minimum 500 plate appearances)

1. Cabrera -- .516
2. Burrell -- .468
3. Morse -- .462

Surprise: A lot of KNBR callers would probably be shocked to know that Brandon Belt had the fifth-highest slugging percentage (.448) among Giants last decade, and he ranks second behind only Posey (.458) if you only count Giants who had more than 560 plate appearances.

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WAR

1. Posey -- 42.2
2. Crawford -- 23.6
3. Belt -- 23.2

Surprise: Bumgarner ranked 13th among Giants in WAR if you only count what he did as a hitter. It was not a great decade for the Giants at the plate, particularly on the back end. There isn't a single Giants hitter who made his debut for the team after 2014 and provided more than five WAR for the rest of the decade.

Umpires change it up, wear masks during most recent Giants simulated game

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Umpires change it up, wear masks during most recent Giants simulated game

Just before the start of Tuesday's simulated game at Oracle Park, Giants manager Gabe Kapler jogged out to the edge of the infield to have a conversation with Bill Miller, one of the two umpires calling the action. As Kapler approached, Miller reached into his pocket and grabbed a blue medical mask that he put on for the short conversation. 

That was a change of pace from what some teams have seen from umpires thus far, and a few innings into the game, Miller and Doug Eddings took it a step further. Kapler brought them the masks that coaches and players have been wearing around camp for two weeks and both wore them the rest of the afternoon, with Eddings calling balls and strikes with a face covering underneath his protective equipment. 

This is a move teams have been hoping to see once the season starts. Kapler said he was happy that both veteran umpires were agreeable to trying it out as they got their reps in.

"Bill and Doug, I give them a ton of credit because they're super humble and open, and so our training staff had a few extra very, very comfortable masks and those guys did a great job," Kapler said. "They were open to giving these masks a try and I think everybody on the field was proud of that."

The Giants brought in umpires this week to help them prepare for regular season games, and it was noticeable a day earlier when neither umpire wore masks, despite the fact that they get closer to the players than most others involved with games. There has been some concern within the game about home plate umpires leaning right behind catchers and breathing onto them for nine innings, although The Athletic reported Wednesday that MLB is planning to have home plate umpires wear shields underneath the masks they already wear as protection against foul balls. 

The MLB policy is the same for players and umpires. Wearing masks is at their discretion. Wilmer Flores wore a mask when playing first base Tuesday and most Giants wear them during drills and in the dugout. Kapler and his coaches wear face coverings at just about all times. 

"Our training staff does a tremendous job of asking our group to adhere to health and safety protocols," Kapler said. "Our players are doing a really good job of masking up. Some guys are wearing masks on the field as they're playing and we really appreciate that leadership."

Can Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson repeat last summer's hot streak?

Can Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson repeat last summer's hot streak?

The first half of the scene was familiar. Alex Dickerson got hold of one, driving it over the arcade in right field. He started his journey around the bases, and that's where it got strange. 

The Giants' left fielder circled the bases in a quiet ballpark, sending an air high-five to third base coach Mark Hallberg. He grabbed his bat from the home plate umpire and retreated to the dugout, where there were just a few solitary claps.

The "Dick!" chant, one of the defining parts of last season for the Giants, apparently is not fit for intrasquad games, and it likely will have to be reimagined. The Giants won't be able to gather en masse around one player this season, but they anticipate finding new celebrations. They're hopeful Dickerson gives them plenty more reasons to chant, too. 

Dickerson looked capable on Tuesday, hitting a soaring homer off Shaun Anderson that was the highlight of an intrasquad game. It was the kind of swing he took often last summer when he briefly turned the fortunes of the whole big league club. Dickerson batted .386 over his first 30 games with the Giants, with six homers, 10 doubles and 23 RBI. The team went 20-10, briefly sneaking into the back of the wild card pack. 

A year later, a run like that would make Dickerson an MVP candidate in a 60-game season. It would allow the Giants to actually make good on their many Summer Camp proclamations that they intend to contend. But is a repeat possible?

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"You're always striving for that," Dickerson said during a Zoom call with reporters. "You don't try to put that kind of pressure on yourself because the reason why I hit as well as I did was that I hadn't played in two years and I was just playing baseball and having fun competing. I'm trying to get back to that mindset as fast as possible. I want to get back to that point where I just feel like I'm having fun playing a game and just trying to compete again."

Whether he likes it or not, there will be more pressure this time around. Dickerson is no longer the flyer taken by Farhan Zaidi. He's now set for a heart-of-the-lineup role and will be a crucial bat against right-handed pitchers. The good news is that Dickerson also is no longer getting crushed by back pain. He said his back feels great and has throughout this unique ramp-up. 

The key, of course, is keeping it that way. Dickerson's summer charge was halted by an oblique strain and he didn't homer in 26 appearances over the final two months. To stay out of the trainer's room, Dickerson has had to adjust his routine as the Giants cut down on the amount of time players can spend at the ballpark and where they can go. 

A year ago, Dickerson would show at noon for a 7 p.m. game and do about 2 1/2 hours of maintenance work on his body. He said he has had to cut that to about an hour per day because of new restrictions, but thus far it hasn't been an issue. Dickerson said he'll likely just do more work at home and at hotels before games. 

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"The staff has been great at adjusting to that," he said. "We're all going through this. It's not going to be perfect this year and you've got to find a way to get by."

Dickerson's aim is to stay healthy over 60 games in which the Giants hope to be a dark horse. He showed last year what a game-changer he can be when right. It was a stretch that ended right as the Giants visited Gabe Kapler's Phillies at the end of July. 

Asked Tuesday about what he remembers from that series, Kapler started chuckling. He admitted that any time he's asked about Dickerson he can't help but smile simply because the outfielder has such a dry sense of humor. But Kapler wasn't laughing last summer as he tried to figure out how to prepare for a surging Giants team. 

"We were game-planning for him as especially dangerous against right-handed pitching," Kapler said. "We had to have left-handed pitching ready for him. We were a little bit aware and continue to be aware of his health history. Our number one concern is making sure that we keep him healthy.

"We think if Alex Dickerson is healthy, he is a very, very dangerous weapon against right-handed pitching."