The greatest offensive franchise in MLB history

The Yankees have the championships.

The Dodgers have the pitching.

The Cardinals have the defense.

But the offense…?

Well, that distinction belongs to the Giants (especially in regards to power).

Don’t spit up your coffee, Dodgers fans; use an inside voice to express your disbelief and anger, Yankee Nation; we see your Fargo-mindset bubbling underneath your MidWest niceties, Cardinals… It’s just plain facts. And numbers. And- ultimately- scoreboard.

To set a baseline for discussion/debate, let’s start here:

Of the four baseball organizations that have the most pennants, highest winning percentage and most playoff appearances in major league history (Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals), here’s how things shake out on the offensive side of the diamond:

Home Runs (all time):  Yankees #1, Giants #2, Dodgers #12, Cardinals #13
Runs (all time):  Giants #2, Cardinals #3, Dodgers #7, Yankees #9
300/300 Club Members:  Giants 3, Yankees 1, Dodgers 0, Cardinals 0
400/400 Club Members:  Giants 1, Yankees 0, Dodgers 0, Cardinals 0
500/500 Club Members:  Giants 1, Yankees 0, Dodgers 0, Cardinals 0

If these stats don’t jump out at you- let’s turn to the Hall of Fame for some perspective. If you take away the Giants pitchers who are in the HOF, the Giants still would have more offensive players in the Hall than the Yankees, Dodgers or Cardinals (even if they include both hitters and pitchers).

Another factor to consider: if you apply the corrective lens of “modern baseball” to this query, the Yanks drift further down the list– since a good portion of their individual offensive firepower is generated by Babe Ruth (who retired in 1935, a full dozen years before Number 42 broke the color barrier, when there were only 16 teams in all of baseball). The core of the Giants offensive star system is entrenched in the modern baseball era, beginning in the early 50s.

And, another more philosophical point of data to add to the mix:  any discussion of the “greatest” players of all time always seems to find its way back to the Giants. Many consider Willie Mays to be the GOAT, and cases mos def can be made for Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth and Ted Williams (along with, like it or not, Barry Lamar Bonds). Don’t take my word for it, google it (Bonds populates most all time Top 10 lists out there, with the majority of them placing him in the Top 5 and Top 3)…

This elite Godfather / Godson dynamic of Mays and Bonds makes it rather difficult to discard the Giants when the topic of greatest players, and thus offensive teams, comes up for debate…

As Det. Alonzo Harris likes to say:

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