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Hunter Pence could be first outfielder since 2007 to start every game

Sep 9, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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No outfielder since Jeff Francoeur in 2007 has started every game in a season, yet Hunter Pence is on pace to do that this season for the Giants, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports.

If he does so, he’ll be the first Giant to start every game in a season since shortstop Alvin Dark in 1954.

Pence has been in right field for all 143 Giants games this season and hit .287/.339/.468 with 19 homers, 73 RBI and 21 steals. Barring something unexpected, this will be his sixth straight season of at least 154 games played. He’s been on the DL just once as a major leaguer, that coming as a rookie in 2007 when he suffered a fracture in his wrist while sliding into second base.

  1. mrpinkca - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Almost certainly now jinxed.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    “Aww…Good for you, champ.”

    -Cal Ripken, Jr.

  3. hcf95688 - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Why is their a giants related story every day? They’re about to finish off the worst title defense since Michael Spinks, but another day, another giants story.

    • Anoesis - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      You gotta post positive stories about the Giants this year. They’re so few and far between.

    • Gamera the Brave - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Is there really a Giants story every day? Or even every other day? They appear in HBT (by my incredibly objective, non-scientific research) about as often as the Twins and A’s.

      Next you’ll probably note the paucity of Red Sox and Yankee posts…

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I wonder if the giants try and resign him. He obviously stay healthy so its a goof gamble 3-4 year deal

    • hcf95688 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Goof gamble indeed.

    • stex52 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Love the kid. He gives it everything he’s got. Really cares and loves the game. But don’t give him a 3-4 year deal. You want a better outfielder for only a .800 OPS. Average range, mediocre instincts which he overcomes with talent, spotty throwing arm, prone to streaky play. Keep him around until you have a lot better, but not four years. Reward him handsomely for the next two years.

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