San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy has made quite a name for himself this year. First, he takes over the starting role at the hot corner by storm, then becomes the Giants everyday number three hitter in the order, and now he is in contention for the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year.
Apparently, Duffy not only proved he is relentless on the field, but he also proved be a great teammate off the field. Maybe you thought because the season was over that players get a break at having to back their teammates. Well, the off-season is not stopping the “Duffman” from anything.
After WNBA star Maya Moore led her Minnesota Lynx to their third championship in five years, ESPN’s SportsCenter account on Twitter congratulated the former University of Connecticut Huskie with this tweet:
Wow! Those are some pretty impressive credentials. But, wait a minute! Don’t they look oddly familiar? Is Moore really the only professional athlete ever to accomplish this feat?
Well, as I mentioned before, Matt Duffy doesn’t have an off-season when it comes to having his teammates’ backs. Here’s what Duffy responded with:
Of course that’s why these credentials look familiar because our own Buster Posey has these same accomplishments. Lets do a Posey checklist here:
3 titles: 2010, 2012, and 2014 ✔︎
MVP award: 2012 ✔︎
Rookie of the Year Award: 2010 ✔︎
All completed within: 2010-2014, five seasons ✔︎
Here is what SportsCenter had to respond:
Yes, they are absolutely correct in saying that Posey played in 7 games in 2009. But, how could he have won the Rookie of the Year award in 2010 if he played a season in 2009? That is because the MLB Official Rule Book states that:
“A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list).”
So, there you have it, ESPN made a mistake and the “Duffman” came flying to the rescue just in time. Maybe I can add this to my list of Top San Francisco Giants Tweets of 2015. As you can imagine, some Giants fans were not all too pleased with the response from the so-called national sports leader–ESPN:
Perhaps this just gives television viewers another reason to flip the channel over to MLB Network. Unfortunately, almost every national sports media producer is going to have a good amount of East Coast bias. With that being said, be careful with what you put on social media because mistakes are almost irrevocable.
Props to the “Duffman” for once again showing the public that the San Francisco Giants clubhouse is more than just unique.