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San Francisco Giants Player Review: Hunter Pence

November 20th, 2012 at 4:29 PM
By Michael Almonte

'ESPNWeekend2011-084' photo (c) 2011, Jeff Kern - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ 

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is one unique individual perfectly suited for this team and the city of San Francisco displaying an infectious attitude rallying this team together in the postseason.

Pence was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 31 during the trade deadline making his Giants debut the very next night opening the month of August. He solidified the right fielder position settling into the fifth spot in the battling lineup upon his arrival. Pence managed 10 multi-hit games and two three-hit games playing in 59 games with the team. He batted .219 smacking 48 hits, scoring 28 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 45 RBI's and drawing 19 walks. He produced a .287 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage reaching a .671 OPS. He started 58 games in right field committing just two errors producing a .982 fielding percentage.

'2012 World Series Game 1 066' photo (c) 2012, Eric Golub - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Pence had his moments of trouble during the postseason batting just .210 in 16 games connecting with 13 hits, two doubles, one homer, four RBI's and scored seven runs. He recorded three multi-hit games in the postseason committing no errors in the outfield making some spectacular sliding catches. 

The biggest contribution Pence gave this Giants team was a willingness attitude to play for one another and live to see another day evident before Game 3 of the Division Series. The Giants trailed 2-0 facing the talented Cincinnati Reds and needed an emotional spark that would unite this whole team. Pence huddled the team together showing an emotional tenacity giving a furious speech rallying them together. You don't see too many pregame speeches or teams huddling together in the dugout before a playoff game. Pence is one different guy who tried a different approach invigorating this team as they rallied from a 0-2 deficit. Pence would continue his motivational pep talks the rest of the way helping the Giants win the World Series.

'The Reverend Hunter Pence (detail)' photo (c) 2012, btwashburn - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Pence is signed through the 2013 season and even though he struggled at times in a Giants uniform look for him to rebound with a great season in 2013. If the Giants need another emotional spark next season look no further to Pence to rally these World Champion Giants together. Pence was born to play and live in San Francisco known for its diversity and acceptance. 

 

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