Giants’ Greatest Hitting Trios

When Josh Hamilton was signed by the Los Angeles Angels this off-season, many expected the teaming of Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Hamilton in the same lineup to create an opportunity for them to put up historic numbers and become one of the greatest hitting trio of teammates. They still might do so, although it is unlikely they will reach the heights of Ruth/Gehrig/Name-Your-Third-Yankee. All this, though, got me to thinking about great hitting trios in the Giants’ history, and so I went through, year by year, and created a big table.  I’ve winnowed that down to the best ten single-season performances by a trio of Giants, measured by Baseball Reference’s batting runs above average, which measures the number of runs better or worse than average a player was solely as a hitter.

The table:


Best Hitting Trios Since 1900 by Batting Runs
Year Total Rbat Name Rbat Name Rbat Name Rbat
2001 185 B Bonds 116 R Aurilia 40 J Kent 29
2000 165 B Bonds 62 J Kent 58 E Burks 45
2002 162 B Bonds 109 J Kent 46 R Sanders 7
1930 159 B Terry 64 M Ott 52 F Lindstrom 43
2004 144 B Bonds 106 J Snow 26 R Durham 12
1963 143 W Mays 56 O Cepeda 46 W McCovey 41
1927 136 R Hornsby 65 G Harper 39 B Terry 32
1970 127 W McCovey 54 D Dietz 39 B Bonds 34
1993 127 B Bonds 73 R Thompson 28 M Williams 26
1965 124 W Mays 62 W McCovey 38 J Hart 24
1989 124 K Mitchell 60 W Clark 55 R Thompson 9


No, you haven’t miscounted.  There are eleven years here, only because I couldn’t bring myself to choose between one of Mays’s greatest seasons and the pennant-winners of 1989.  Barry Bonds just broke the game of baseball, didn’t he?  2001 and 2002 were monster seasons where he accounts for about two thirds of what the trio accomplishes.  2000, with Kent and Burkes helping, is more evenly distributed. (That’s Barry’s dad Bobby in the 1970 trio.) Rogers Hornsby is part of a trio in his only season in a Giants uniform.  Some of the Mays and McCovey teams of the 1960s make the list.  So does 1930, when Terry hit .401.  It should be noted that a lot of the Terry/Ott teams of the 1930s and the Mays/McCovey/Cepeda teams of the 1960s make the list at 12-20.

By the way, the 2001 Giants trio ranks eighth on the all-time top ten.  The rest of the spots on that top ten are taken up by Ruth/Gehrig/Combs-Meusel-Lazzeri-Chapman.



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3 Responses to Giants’ Greatest Hitting Trios

  1. Kiwiwriter says:

    I liked the 1993 crew, which I got to see live in six home games…Clark, Bonds, and Williams. Off-year for Clark, but I loved that trio.

  2. Charles Johnson says:

    Lucky you, Kiwiwriter! I was living in Asia in 1993, so only saw the trio on VHS tapes my brother-in-law occasionally sent me. Would have been fun to some of that season from the stands at Candlestick!

  3. Ki says:

    I was living in Japan, myself, but I took a couple of weeks of leave and went to San Francisco to meet friends and watch the Giants play the Mets. My pals (from New York) rooted for the Mets, while I cheered on the Giants.

    The food and customer service at the ‘Stick was great, but the men’s room urinals were troughs. Didn’t like that.

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