Brandon Kyle Belt... Nicknames include Baby Giraffe, Bob, and The Captain... Married his high school sweetheart from Hudson High, Haylee Stephenson, on Dec. 3, 2010...The couple have two sons, Greyson and August...August was named in honor of August “Augie” Garrido, who coached Belt at the University of Texas... Attended the University of Texas from 2008-2009...During the 2009 campaign, batted .323 with 28 extra-base hits and 43 RBI in 63 games, eventually losing to LSU in the College World Series finals...Played 1,192 career games at first base for the Giants, trailing only Willie McCovey (1,775) for the most in the San Francisco era of the franchise (1958-present)...His 37 career postseason games as a first baseman are the most in Giants franchise history... Hosts an annual charity fishing tournament, called the Brandon Belt 100K Grand Slam, benefiting The Father’s Heart of Brazil, an orphanage providing endangered children with immediate safe refuge as it also seeks to find long-term solutions for them and their families... Set the MLB record for most pitches seen in a single at-bat with 21 against LAA starting pitcher Jaime Barria on April 22, 2018...The at-bat lasted 12 minutes and 45 seconds, contained 16 foul balls, and ended with a fly out to right field.
Limited to just 78 games in what was his 12th Major League season in a Giants uniform, as a recurring issue with his right knee kept him out at different times throughout the year and eventually ended his 2022 campaign...Was his fewest games played over a full season since 2014 when he only appeared in 61 contests... Made his 11th Opening Day roster and made his 11th Opening Day start, tying Robby Thompson for fourth-most in the SF-era... Posted an. 837 OPS with four home runs in 17 April games before landing on the COVID-related IL with a positive test April 29...Was out of action until May 7... Played in nine games after returning from the injured list before going back on it with right knee inflammation May 22 (retro to May 19)...Missed 23 games... Reinstated from the IL on June 14 and went on to slash .203/.315/.327 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI before landing back on the injured list for the final time on Aug. 24 with right knee soreness... Hit his 7th career pinch-hit home run July 8 at SD, a two-run shot off Nick Martinez in the top of the ninth... Underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery Sept. 3, ending his season...Dr. Ken Akizuki performed the procedure in San Francisco.
Smashed a career-best 29 homers, hitting the 20 homer mark for the first time in his career and surpassing his previous career total of 18 in both 2015 and 2017...also set career bests in OBP, SLG and OPS for a full season...Averaged a home run every 11.21 at-bats, the best ratio of his career (his previous best was 16.56 during the shortened 2020 season)...His 12.6 walk percentage was in the top-10 percent of players in the Majors while his 17 percent barrel percentage was in the top six percent of players in the Majors...The last Giants first baseman to hit 29 homers was Will Clark, who also hit 29 in 1991...Played in 97 games after missing 54 total games for various injuries (left oblique strain, right knee inflammation and a left thumb fracture)...his thumb fracture on Sept. 26 at Colorado ended his season...Over his final 21 games of the season, Belt hit .361 with five doubles, nine homers, 18 RBI and 23 runs scored...Owns a .988 OPS since the start of the 2020 season...that figure is fourth-best in the Majors (min. 500 PA) behind Juan Soto (1.042), Bryce Harper (1.021) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (.989)...Clubbed 18 homers in his last 41 games ...his 18 homers since Aug. 6 were tied for third-most in MLB with NYY's Giancarlo Stanton and most in the NL in that span...only trailed KC's Salvador Perez (21) and TOR's Marcus Semien (20).
Had one of his best years yet in the shortened season, as he hit a career-best .309 with 13 doubles, one triple, nine homers, 30 RBI and 30 walks in 51 games...Started 41 games, all at first base, and committed just two errors in 308 total chances...Hit .350/.456/.659 against righties, compared to .115/.281/.269 vs. southpaws...His 46.9% hard-hit rate was his highest in any season of his career tracked by Statcast since 2015...his 16.8 barrel percentage according to Statcast was 10th-best among qualified Major Leaguers...Started the season on the 10-day IL with right achilles tendinitis...was reinstated from the IL on July 30... Recorded a season-best four hits on Aug. 25 vs. Los Angeles-NL while hitting two homers and driving in five runs...it marked his fifth career multi-HR game...His 9th-inning game-tying HR off Kenley Jansen on Aug. 25 at Oracle Park was the first game-tying HR by a Giants player vs the Dodgers in the 9th inning or later since Mark Lewis on July 12, 1997, in LA...it was the first at home since Barry Bonds on June 20 that season, both off Todd Worrell... Became just the third Giants player since the team moved to SF in 1958 to reach base safely five times and hit two home runs in a game, along with Barry Bonds (2002) and J.T. Snow (2004)(Elias)...Reached base safely in 11-consecutive plate appearances Aug. 22-25...marked the longest such streak by a Giant since Barry Bonds did it in 11-straight from June 23-27, 2006 (Elias)...the MLB record is 17...Has played in 1,036 career game at first base...he's the seventh player in Giants franchise history to appear in 1,000+ games at first base with the team, joining Willie McCovey (1,775), Bill Terry (1,579), J.T. Snow (1,137), Will Clark (1,124), Fred Merkle (1,040) and Roger Connor (1,002).
Was his ninth season in a Giants uniform and his ninth Opening Day roster.... Played in 156 games, matching his career-high mark from 2016.... His .234 average and .403 slugging percentage were the lowest marks of his career over a full season.... Walked 83 times to lead the team, the second-highest total of his career and the 10th-most in the NL in 2019.... Reached base safely in 18-consecutive games from May 23-June 15.... Played in his 1,000th career game on June 22 at Arizona. Batted in the leadoff spot for the second time in his career on June 25 vs. Colorado (also August 19, 2018 at CIN)...appeared in 34 games as the team's leadoff hitter, batting .224 (30-for-134) with a .314 OBP.... Walked 24 times in June, the most by a Giants player in a month since Barry Bonds had 28 in June 2007...the last non-Bonds Giant with that many walks in a calendar month was Darrell Evans with 24 in July 1979.... Hit his third career pinch-hit home run on July 30 at Philadelphia off RHP Nick Pivetta.... Hit his second career grand slam on August 17 at Arizona off RHP Taylor Clarke...marked his first slam since April 7, 2017 at San Diego...matched his career-best for RBI in a game with six in that contest (other six RBI game came September 14, 2013 at LAD).
Was named NL Player of the Week on May 21 after hitting .444 with eight runs scored, 12 hits, two doubles, five homers and 11 RBI over seven games...among his counterparts, Belt finished the week first in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits (seven), runs scored, slugging percentage (1.074) and total bases (29); third in batting average; and tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.500)...Was one of five candidates on the Final Vote campaign, joining STL's Matt Carpenter, MIL's Jesus Aguilar, LAD's Max Muncy and WSH's Trea Turner...finished second in the voting to the Brewers' Aguilar...Slugged his 100th career homer on April 18 at Arizona in the 10th inning to give the Giants a 4-3 victory...Homered in four consecutive games from April 18-22, the first Giant to do so since Hunter Pence homered in four straight from September 12-15, 2013...Once again homered in four straight games from May 14- 17 (all at home), the first Giant to have two such streaks in the same season since Barry Bonds did so in 2004... was the first Giant to homer in four straight home games since Randy Winn did so from Sept 16-30, 2005...Had a 21-game on-base streak from April 17-May 9, the third-longest streak of his career and the secondlongest by a Giant in 2018...Andrew McCutchen had a 24-game streak from April 18-May 14...Hit .287 with 13 homers and 42 RBI in 81 games prior to the All-Star break...hit .155 with one home run and four RBI in 31 games after the break...Had 13 defensive runs saved at first base, second-most in the Majors (min. 850 innings) behind OAK's Matt Olson... Recorded a 21-pitch at-bat in his first AB on April 22 at LAA vs. Jaime Barria, the most pitches in a single plate appearance in the last 30 years (since 1988)...The at-bat lasted 12 minutes, 45 seconds and was the longest at-bat in MLB history since at least 1988, the year accurate pitch counts began being recorded throughout baseball...Belt fouled off 16 pitches before lining out to right field...On the 10-day injured list from June 2-16 after recovering from an emergency appendectomy on June 1...left the June 1 game vs. PHI after one at-bat and playing 2.0 innings and was rushed to the hospital to be evaluated for appendicitis...Was ejected on July 14 vs. OAK, his second career ejection (ejected for arguing a check swing) ... Batted in the leadoff spot for the first time in his MLB career on August 19 at CIN...marked the first Giants first baseman to bat leadoff since David Bell on July 6, 2002 at ARI and the first left-handed first baseman to do so since Mike Aldrete on May 4, 1987 at STL...On the 10-day injured list from July 26-August 14 with a hyperextended right knee suffered while running the bases at SEA on July 25... Underwent season-ending surgery September 21 to clean up the articular cartilage and meniscus in his right knee... team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki performed the surgery
Hit .241 (92-for-382) with 27 doubles, 18 home runs and 51 RBI in 104 games...His 18 home runs matched his career-high...Led the club in home runs, walks (66) and finished second with 48 extra-base hits despite missing the final 51 games...Hit his first career grand slam on April 7 at San Diego, off Padres' RHP Luis Perdomo...he homered again in the 8th for his fourth career multi-homer game...Sustained his fourth concussion in eight years on Aug. 4 after he was hit in the head by a 78 mph curveball from Diamondbacks pitcher Anthony Banda...he was placed on the sevenday DL and did not play the rest of the season.
Signed a six-year contract on April 9, which covered his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency...Hit .302 (92-for-305) with 27 doubles, 10 home runs and 47 RBI during the first-half of the season...Was chosen by fans as the winner of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, receiving 10.4 million votes...Struggled after the All-Star break, hitting .241 (57- for-237) with seven HRs and 35 RBI in 69 games...Among National League leaders finished fourth in walks (104) and fifth in on-base pct. (.394)...His 103 walks were the most in one season for any Giants hitter since Barry Bonds in 2007 (132)...Hit the Giants' 69th "Splash Hit" HR and the fifth of his career on June 8 vs. Boston off LHP David Price.
Completed his fifth season with the Giants, batting .280 with a career-best 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 137 games...Missed SF's final 15 games of the season with a concussion, his third in six years (had one when he played ball at Texas)...Started 130 games (117 at first base, 13 in left field) and led all NL first basemen with a .997 fielding pct....Suffered a right groin strain in just the second game of the season on April 7 at Arizona...while playing first base in the bottom of the 4th inning, Belt turned and ran to chase a Nick Ahmed foul pop up...he immediately pulled up as the ball fell well beyond second baseman Joe Panik's reach...a trainer and manager Bruce Bochy came onto the field and after he tried to run a bit, he was taken out of the game...underwent an MRI exam the next day (April 8) that showed a low grade strain... Missed four games with the injury and was back in the starting lineup April 12 at San Diego.... Recorded at least one double in five consecutive games from May 3-7, tied for the second-longest such streak in SF Giants history (Jeff Kent owns record with seven straight games with at least one double)....From May 15-17, became the second Giants player in the modern era (since 1900) to tally at least three hits, including a home run, in three consecutive games...Barry Bonds had a three-game streak of that kind in May 2000 against the Expos....Hit the 34th upper deck home run in Coors Field history on May 22, hitting a two-run shot off Kyle Kendrick in the 6th inning…the estimated distance of the home run was 475 feet, the longest of his career....Recorded three hits in four consecutive road games from May 15-22, matching the longest such streak in Giants franchise history (since 1912)...the only other Giants to have such a streak were: Jim Davenport (1958), Willie Mays (1958), Willard Marshall (1942) and Freddy Leach (1929).... On June 25 vs. SD, became the second Giants player with two triples in a game at AT&T Park, joining Omar Vizquel (July 31, 2006)....Recorded his second career multi-homer game on Aug. 1 at Texas...hit a solo homer off LHP Cole Hamels, who was making his Rangers debut, then homered in the 11th inning to help the Giants defeat the Rangers 9-7....Registered his third career multi-HR game Aug. 11 vs. Houston, hitting two HRs off Scott Kazmir.... Was kneed in the head while sliding into second base on Sept. 15 vs. Cincinnati that caused concussion-like symptoms....Was pulled from the game in the 9th inning on Sept. 18 vs. Arizona because he had trouble focusing during the game... passed one round of concussion tests, but was tested again and was diagnosed with a concussion....Flew to Pittsburgh to meet with concussion specialist Michael Collins Sept. 24...was shut down the remainder of the season.... Following the season had surgery to repair a torn meniscus...had played through the injury most of the season and was often seen walking through the clubhouse with a big ice pack on his knee.
Had an injury-riddled 2014 campaign that saw him land on the DL on three separate occasions, first with a broken left thumb (was HBP from LHP Paul Maholm May 9 at LA), then suffered a concussion that landed him on the DL twice after the All-Star break (was hit by a ball thrown by Marco Scutaro in the face while taking throws at first base during batting practice July 19 at Miami)...Overall, missed a total of 96 games (missed 50 games with the broken left thumb and 46 games with a concussion)...Batted .243 (52-for-214) with 12 home runs and 27 RBI in just 61 games during his fourth season in a Giants uniform...Was sent to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Aug. 18 to visit Dr. Mickey Collins, who is considered one of the preeminent experts in sports concussions, in the hopes of gaining more clarity on his recurring concussion symptoms...Visited Dr. Mickey Collins again Sept. 11 and received clearance to accelerate his baseball activity...was removed from DL Sept. 16...Started eight games at first base after his return from the DL and went 8-for-28 (.286) with a homer and three RBI in 10 games.
In just his second full season in the big leagues, batted .289 with 39 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 150 games. His 39 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI were all careerhighs. His 16 home runs as a first baseman were the most by a Giant since J.T. Snow slugged 19 in 2000. Started 132 games, all at first base and committed eight errors. His 13 game winning RBI were tied for the eighth-most in the National League. His 31 RBI in the 7th inning or later were the third-most in the NL. Hit .330 (77-for-233) with 20 doubles, eight home runs and 38 RBI in 67 games against the NL West. Finished second on the club with a .360 on-base pct. and .481 slugging pct...led the team with a .841 OPS. Had a fantastic spring, hitting .410 (32-for-78) with eight HRs and 19 RBI in 24 games...tied KC's Billy Butler for the most RBI in the Cactus League and ranked second in HRs (Michael Morse, 9). Made his third career Opening Day start for the Giants at first base. Started on Opening Day at Los Angeles, but then missed the next two games with a stomach virus...lost 11 1bs due to the virus and started off the season in a 0-for-13 skid. Recorded his first career game-ending hit on April 22 vs. Arizona, driving in Andres Torres with the winning run from second base with one out in the 9th inning in the Giants' 5-4 victory...had entered the game in the top of the 9th as part of a double-switch. A day after he collected his first career game-ending hit, he recorded his first career pinch-hit home run, hitting a game-tying two-run shot in the 9th inning off Arizona closer J.J. Putz. Went hitless in eight PA s on July 8, becoming the first Giants player to go hitless in that many plate appearances in a game since Jose Uribe went 0-for-8 on June 11, 1985 at Atlanta...also struck out five times, becoming the third player in SF-era history with five-plus K's in a game (also: Glenallen Hill, Aug. 20, 1995 at PHI and Steve Whitaker, April 14, 1970 at ATL). Hit .346 (66-for-191) with seven HRs and 28 RBI following Aug. 1...his .346 clip during this span was the thirdhighest mark in the NL. Was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending Aug. 11...collected hits in each of his seven games, compiling a .440 (11-for-25) batting average, which was the eighth-highest mark among National Leaguers...led the NL in total bases (20) and runs scored (eight), tied for second in home runs (two) and hits, and posted the eighth-best slugging percentage (.800). Matched a career high with an 11 game hit streak from Aug. 5-16, batting .432 (19-for-44) with four HRs and nine RBI during the stretch. Recorded his second-career game-ending hit on Sept. 9 vs. Colorado with a single in the 10th inning. Posted a career-high five hits and six RBI on Sept. 14 at Los Angeles-NL. Became the first Giants player in franchise history to have a five-hit, six-RBI and four runs scored game...accomplished this on Sept. 14 at Los Angeles in the Giants' 19-3 victory.
Finished his first full season in the big leagues by batting .275 (113-for-411) with 27 2Bs, seven HRs, 56 RBI and going 12-for-14 in stolen bases attempts in 145 games for the Giants. His 12 stolen bases as a first baseman were the most by a Giant since Will Clark stole 12 in 1992. Hit .237 (57-for-241) with four home runs and 33 RBI in his first four months (April-July). However, combined to hit .329 (56-for-170) with three HRs and 23 RBI over the last two-plus months. Hit right-handed pitchers at a .290 clip (82-for-283). Was 31-for-128 (.242) vs. left-handers, but had 16 hits in his last 81 ABs (.198) against southpaws. Made 106 starts (102 at 1st, four in LF)...his .992 fielding pct. as a first baseman was the sixth-best in the NL.
Belt was Giants' top prospect entering 2011 season and began year on club's Opening Day roster, but was transferred back and forth from Major League level to minors on 6 different occasions (optioned to minors 3 times, recalled 3 times). ... Batted .225 (42-for-187) with 9 home runs and 18 RBI in 63 games with San Francisco. ... Started 50 games (30 in left field, 19 at 1st base, 1 in right field)...committed just 4 errors at all 3 positions. ... Was named Giants' Harry S. Jordan award winner for being best player in his 1st spring camp. ... Was Giants' Opening Day 1st baseman, becoming 1st player to make his debut at 1st base for defending World Champions since Ryan Jackson started at 1st for 1998 Marlins (Elias). ... At 22 years and 345 days old, became 5th youngest Giant to start at 1st base on Opening Day since Will Clark in 1986 (22 years, 26 days). ... Recorded his 1st ML hit (off Clayton Kershaw) in his 1st career AB with single to 1B James Loney on March 31 at Los Angeles. ... Hit his 1st big league HR in his 5th career AB and 6th career plate appearance on April 1 at Los Angeles, hitting 3-run HR to dead center off RHP Chad Billingsley in 4th inning...became 7th Giants rookie to hit his 1st career HR at Dodger Stadium, joining Jack Hiatt (1965), John Montefusco (1974), Mark Leonard (1990), Armando Rios (1998), Todd Linden (2003) and Jason Ellison (2004). ... Was optioned to triple-A Fresno on April 20 as Cody Ross was reinstated from DL...hit .196 (10-for-51) in his 1st 16 games with SF. ... Was recalled from Fresno on May 26 when Giants placed Buster Posey, Mike Fontenot and Darren Ford all on DL. ... Sat out 4 games after getting hit by pitch on his left wrist from Cardinals' Trevor Miller on May 31 at Busch Stadium...X-rays originally came back negative, but it was later found that he had hairline fracture in his wrist...was placed on 15-day DL on June 4, activated July 7 and optioned to triple-A Fresno. ... Was recalled from Fresno for 2nd time on July 19, taking place of Miguel Tejada (DL)...with Aubrey Huff's back bothering him, Belt was recalled...started at 1st base that night vs. Los Angeles and homered in his 1st at-bat off RHP Rubby De La Rosa, giving Giants 1-0 lead in 2nd inning...marked his 1st career home run at AT&T Park. ... Was optioned back to Fresno for 3rd time on Aug. 4. ... Was recalled to big leagues for 3rd and final time on Aug. 13, taking place of Andres Torres (DL). ... Started at 1st base on Aug. 14 at Florida and recorded his 1st career multi-HR game, hitting solo shot to left-center off RHP Chris Volstad in 6th inning, then hitting another solo shot to right field off LHP Michael Dunn in 8th...it was 1st home run that Dunn had ever given up to lefthanded batter in his career (151 plate appearances). ... Set career-high with 4 hits, including 3-run HR on Aug. 21 at Houston...Texas native was playing in front of several family and friends. ... Combined to hit .320 (57-for-178) with 8 HRs and 36 RBI in 53 games with triple-A Fresno and Class A Advanced San Jose. ... Played winter ball in Dominican Republic, playing for Escogigo and batted .300 (30-for-100) with 3 HRs and 11 RBI in 28 games.
Made quite an impact in his 1st professional season, batting .352 (173-for-492) with 43 2Bs, 23 HRs and 112 RBI in 136 games between 3 different levels in SF's system...Named by Baseball America as Minor League All-Star...Led minor leagues with 1.075 OPS, finished 2nd in batting avg. (.352) and on-base pct. (.455) while ranking 4th in RBI (112) and 7th in slugging pct. (.620)...Spent season rocketing his way through Giants system...began campaign at Class A Advanced San Jose and batted .383 (103-for-269) with 62 runs, 10 HRs, 62 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 77 games...Hit safely in season-high 18-straight games from April 11-30, then collected hits in 16-consecutive games from June 9-28...Led California League in on-base pct. with .492 mark, despite having just 333 plate appearances...MLBAM, official statistician for minor league baseball, recognized Belt based on Rule 10.22(a)...Named CAL mid-season All-Star and garnered CAL Player of Week honors for week ending June 21...Moved on to double-A Richmond, where he played in 46 games and batted .337 (59-for-175) with 9 HRs and 40 RBI...Appeared in 13 games at triple-A Fresno, going 11-for-48 (.229) with 4 HRs, 10 RBI...Had MVP-caliber Fall League campaign, batting .372 (32-for-86) in 22 games to help lead Scottsdale Scorpions to AFL Championship title...played in AFL Rising Stars Game (best of the best).