Rookie Trio

With the 2015 MLB season already 3/4 done, the Giants are still in the playoff race just a few games behind the Dodgers for the NL West race. The Giants certainly have had help from a couple rookies. Those rookies, in the name of Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Kelby Tomlinson, Ryan Lollies, Jarrett Parker, and Josh Osich have helped the team one way or the other. I am extremely grateful to have got all of them except Matt Duffy.

Here are the three that I am showcasing:

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Grabs from Quarterly

I recently donated money to Jeremy Lin’s foundation through Quarterly. For all you guys who don’t know what Quarterly is, its a website that makes it so when you donate a certain amount of money, every 3 months or so, the curator, in this case, Jeremy Lin, creates and ships a box full of goods that he personally selects.

This was the 1st ever Jeremy Lin Quarterly box so with me being a superfan, I of course paid 75 dollars to see what the hype was about. Among the items was a nice Adidas backpack. Fitting because I had been looking for a nice backpack.

There were a lot of other stuff, like food and a book but the main grab was…

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I was very happy about the whole box and I’ll probably order another one next time.

Third-Base Pickups

With Giants 3B Casey Mcgehee being DFA yesterday and Matt Duffy entering the 3rd base role, there is question if Duffy is going to stick there. We take a look at potential trades the Giants can make to bolster their left side of the infield.

1. Trevor Plouffe

Twins power hitting 3B Trevor Plouffe could be an excellent addition to the Giants. He is batting .270 and has an OBP of 0.353 with 7 home runs to the mix. Plouffe offers more offense than Duffy and if added, so shift Duffy back to the utility role.

2. Todd Frazier

Frazier would be an interesting get for the Giants. Free-agent eligible at 2018, the Giants would need to give up something significant for their farm like maybe a Kyle Crick type player. Known for being a power-hitting, Frazier would give the Giants an offensive boost with his 13 home runs.

Mail Success Number #5

I really hope this is the 5th mail success. There had been too many of these that I lost count haha. Well I got this autographed card about a month ago but totally forgot about it. I went to a Giants versus Orioles game last year and tried to get one of my favorite pitcher Wei-Yin Chen’s autograph there. The reason he is many favorite pitcher is because he comes from Taiwan which is where my family is from. Taiwan has not had a good major leaguer since Chien Ming Wang when he was on the Yankees. However during that game, I was not able to get a signature.

Well I sent this card in 2014 after that game hoping to get his signature. After 8 months of waiting I finally got it back. This card, along with my Kershaw card is probably my most prized card.


2015 Giants Preview & Projections

Spring Training is just around the corner with pitchers and catchers already reporting for duty. This year, the San Francisco Giants have come off another impressive season, winning another World Series Title. However, the Giants offseason has been nothing but exciting, with the 2 biggest acquirements being Casey McGee and Nori Aoki. This year’s roster will sure be different due to the fact that star tried basemen Pablo Sandoval leaving for Boston. This year’s 25 man roster prediction is slightly easier as the only major competition is between the backup catchers. The roster projects to be:

P -Madison Bumgarner

P-Jake Peavy

P-Tim Hudson

P-Matt Cain

P-Tim Lincecum

P-Yusermiro Petit

P-Ryan Vogelsong

P-Jerermy Affeldt

P-Sergio Romo

P-Santiago Casilla

P-Jean Machi

P-Javier Lopez

P-Hunter Strickland

C-Buster Posey

C-Andrew Susac

1B Brandon Belt

2B Joe Panik

SS Brandon Crawford

3B Casey McGee

IF Matt Duffy

RF Hunter Pence

CF Angel Pagan

LF Nori Aoki

OF Gregor Blanco

OF Travis Ishikawa

Mail Success #4

Yesterday, I was greeted with a piece of mail that I had sent. I was certainly not expecting this as I did not send any mail out to any players this season. When I opened the letter, I was ecstatic to see a signed Yankee card from southpaw C.C Sabathia. I certainly was not expecting this as I sent this card over 3 years ago. I’m glad to see that Sabathia was kind enough to go sign cards from years ago. IMG_0639