Monday, February 10, 2014

#325 Trevor Plouffe

#325 Trevor Plouffe
First impression of what’s going on: Yawn. Photos like this make me question why I wanted to break down E-V-E-R-Y card in the set.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 01: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the New York Yankees on July 1, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Yankees defeated the Twins 10-4. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
The Reality of the Photo: Even more boring than the photo and the caption was the search for the source photo. With this tight of a crop, there must have been dozens of similar photos I had to rule out before finding the right one. We’ve already seen in the caption that Plouffe’s Twins lost to the Yankees 10-4. Let’s see if he had a god day in the BOXSCORE.

Plouffe was the designated hitter in this game. There was no grand slam but maybe he took advantage f opportunities he had.

Nope. Pretty unremarkable. He did have a flyball to the outfield that moved teammate Ryan Doumit to third base, but didn’t get credit for a sac fly.

Nothing on the front that would make this card fit into any niches for me. Maybe the back can save this card.

On to the back:
Rookie Fact: In 2011, Trevor set a Twins rookie mark for September doubles (eight).
I’m sure I could try to figure out the old record and who held it, but that would take me longer than I willing to spend.

I’m always impressed by utility players, especially those that can do more than just the outfield or just the middle infield. Doing whatever it takes to find a spot on the team . The three positions Plouffe missed in 2012 were straight up the middle of the field, catcher, pitcher and center field.

Information I’ll be tracking:
Card Number: #325
Player Name: Trevor Plouffe
Team: Minnesota Twins
Position: Third Base
Game Date: July 1, 2013
Opponent: New York Yankees
Stadium: Target Field
Division: American League Central
Home/Away: Home
Outcome of the game: 10-4, Yankees over Twins, Loss for the player depicted
Alternate/Throwback Jersey: No
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Birthdate: 6/15/1986
Birthplace: California
Cameos by: N/A
Photographer: Brace Hemmelgarn
Niche collections this card could fit into: Former First Round Draft Pick

My Grade: This card has almost nothing going for it. Since it’s not bad so much as just boring, I’ll be generous with a C-. Here are few more photos courtesy of Getty Images that could have given this card quite a boost.

I can always appreciate a good broken bat shot:

How about someone getting caught stealing a base. Caption says he was out.

Or on the basepaths himself where the caption says he was safe. Good action.

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