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San Francisco Giants:One Hit Blunders (Part One)

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Sep 27, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A cap and glove sits in the New York Mets dugout during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sport

Tsuyoshi Shinjo

This one really bugged the fanbase, because not only was Shawn Estes traded to the New York Mets for Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Desi Relaford, but Shinjo was immediately miscast. And everyone knew it.

Were the Giants really expecting a leadoff hitter to emerge from a guy who hit .268 with an on-base percentage of .320? And how about just four stolen bases with New York, is that really leadoff material?

The answer was no, no, and one more time, No!

The man had amazing range in the outfield. He could close on balls better than most I have seen. He also had a cannon for an arm, and that is a plus for a center fielder. But he was also a little too overzealous at times, and ended up making the most errors by a center fielder that year with 6.

Offensively, he hit .238 with 9 home runs in 118 games before they got Kenny Lofton, and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

That is until he was added to the playoff roster, instead of a power hitter like Damon Minor. And then, to make matters worse, he was inserted as the DH in the first game. He did get a hit in his three plate appearances, but that was the only one. And it goes to show what little options the team had at that time.

Next: Cruz Jr

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