One would expect a team with a nickname of Giants to be associated with the long ball. And through the years, this franchise has had its fair share of home run hitters. Before the turn of the century, the big fellow Roger Connor cracked some mighty blasts over the fences and around the yards. John McGraw wasn't exactly in love with thin handles but Mel Ott sure was. He and owner Horace Stoneham loved their bruisers, guys like Johnny Mize, Willard Marshall, Walker Cooper and Bobby Thomson who helped the franchise earn the nickname, The Window Breakers.
Mays, McCovey and Cepeda hit their fair share of circuit shots as did the Pacific Sock Exchange trio of Clark, Williams and Mitchell. The Giants as a team have kept the reputation going in the past several years with Bonds and help from Jeff Kent and others.
This year, so far, there’s a noticeable power outage. Park factors for that beautiful cathedral they used to call Pacific Bell explains some of it. But other than the mighty Barry's nine trots around the bases, the Giants have a total of eight taters.
It’s still a small sample size of course, and their total of 17 is only two behind the league average. But the lads have to get going. If they keep up their current pace of a .386 slugging percentage, their new nickname will be The Heart Breakers.