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Contest: Win Tickets To Giants World Series Ring Ceremony Ring Replica Game

Posted on March 28th, 2013 by admin in King of Cali Blog

2012WorldSeriesChampsHey San Francisco Giants fans, it’s that time of the year! The season is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a pair of tickets to the Giants World Series Ring Ceremony Ring Replica game on Sunday April 7?!?!

Our partners at TiqIQ have generously donated a pair of tickets (Sunday April 7th) for our contest, and entry is simple!

First, go to here.

Fill out the entry form, and answer ONE simple question:

Can the Giants be back to back World Series champions? Tell us why or why not, and one winner will be chosen to win a pair of tickets for Sunday April 7th!

Simple, right?

I personally think the Giants have a shot to go right back to the World Series and win it all. They’re bringing back the same team, and players like Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford will have more experience under their belt. Let’s not forget they’re also having a full year with Marco Scutaro, and I’m sure Hunter Pence will provide more offense this year! Let’s also not forget that we have our same starting rotation coming back, and look for Tim Lincecum to have a bounce back year. He’s in a contract year, so he should be pretty motivated!

Don’t forget to share your opinion with us here, and enter yourself for a chance to win two tickets!

~Steven Robles


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TiqIQ Is Offering Fans A Chance To Win Tickets!

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by admin in King of Cali Blog

 

TiqIQ is offering fans a chance to win great tickets to future games!

TiqIQ is offering fans a chance to win great tickets to future games!

Do you want a chance to win great tickets to a future San Francisco Giants game? Share your plans on attending or watching any Giants games, and you’ll be eligible to win $200 in tickets from our ticket partner, TiqIQ. They select one winner a month!

You don’t even have to be attending a game to RSVP! There’s also an “I’m watching” option, which allows every fan (local or remote) to participate. Fans can see and message other fans that are going/watching the game via their Facebook feed on the page. Next time you’re going or watching a Giants game, let us know, and you’ll be eligible to win!

RSVP and see who else is going or watching!

~Steven Robles


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TiqIQ.com: SellerDirect (Sponsored Post)

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by admin in King of Cali Blog

Ticket Sellers: Try this great free ticket selling service, limited slots available

Our ticketing service partner TiqlQ.com introduced a free ticket selling service called SellerDirect, and they’re opening it up to 5 sellers per team for the rest of the season.

You can reach thousands of local fans looking to buy tickets without paying fees (unlike StubHub) and it’s a lot more transparent and trustworthy than Craigslist.

Not only will your tickets get premium placement on TiqIQ.com right next to sellers like the TicketsNow and eBay, but I’ll help in promoting your listings to my readers through Twitter.

Reserve your spot here: SellerDirect

An added bonus: New sellers from my site will be entered to WIN $200 in Free Tickets!

For more information, check out these articles on TiqIQ.com & its ticket selling service, SellerDirect:

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/tiqiq-the-kayak-of-live-event-tickets/

http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/04/tiqiq-launches-100-free-ticket-marketplace-for-fans-think-craigslist-except-it-doesnt-suck/

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Barry Bonds, The Hall of Fame Should Be Chanting Your Name

Posted on January 9th, 2013 by admin in King of Cali Blog

BarryBonds1993It’s that time of the year again, everyone is going to put in their two cents about which players should or shouldn’t be voted into the Hall of Fame. With that said, here’s my argument for one of the greatest baseball players to ever put on spikes. Yes, I’m sure you already knew I was talking about Barry Bonds.
 
I can give you 762 reasons as to why the Home Run King should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but I’m not going to start with the All-Time Home Run Record. Let’s go back to the beginning…

Bonds made his major league debut on May 30, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and that’s the day that baseball fans were introduced to one of the greatest players of All-Time. Bonds didn’t win Rookie of the Year, but did manage to lead all National League rookies with 16 homers.

It wasn’t until 1990 when Bonds really started to show us he was on another level than other Major League players. Bonds hit .301 with 33 homers, 52 stolen bases, 104 runs scored and 114 RBI. It was the year for a lot of firsts for Bonds. He was selected to his first All Star Game (14-time All Star), first Gold Glove Award (8-time Gold Glove Award), first Silver Slugger Award (12-time Silver Slugger Award), and first MVP Award (7-time NL MVP winner).

Bonds continued to dominate year in and year out for the Pirates. He went on to sign as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants on December 8, 1992 (six year, $43.75 million). Which made him the highest paid player at that time.

1990 – 1999 (Pirates, Giants)

It’s been speculated that Bonds started using steroids in the early 2000′s. Which is why, I just want to point out his numbers in the 90′s.

Bonds batted .302 and hit 361 homers in the 90′s. He averaged 34 stolen bases, 108 RBI, 109 runs and 36 homers a season. In 1996, Bonds joined Jose Canseco in the 40-40 club (40 homers, 40 stolen bases). Let’s also not forget his 8 All Star appearances, 8 Gold Glove awards,  7 Silver Slugger awards, and 3 MVP awards in the 90′s.

In 2001, Bill James had ranked players through the 1999 season, and ranked Bonds as the 16th greatest player of All-Time. He also said Bonds was the best player in the 90′s by a huge margin, and the most unappreciated superstar of James lifetime.

If you look up all the numbers yourself, you will see that Bonds was a lock to be in the Hall of Fame prior to the steroid era. After 22 seasons of giving his life to baseball, Bonds enshrinement into the Hall of Fame now rests in the hands of the writers.

When it was all said and done, Bonds career numbers included a .298 batting average with 762 homers, 1,996 RBI, 2,227 runs scored, 514 stolen bases, and 2,558 walks.

Bonds contributed more to his team/baseball than any other player did in their career during the same era. That alone, should have him locked in to be a first ballot Hall of Famer!

Don’t forget to go to the SF Giants Rumors Facebook page to share your thoughts on Bonds and the Hall of Fame!

~King of Cali (Steven Robles)

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SF Giants Rumors Does It Again, Another Free Giveaway!

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by admin in King of Cali Blog

With Christmas right around the corner, we’re feeling a little giving around here. We decided to play Santa and give a lucky San Francisco Giants fan some baseball DVD’s that any fan would love!
 
You now have another chance to win a copy of The World Series: History of the Fall Classic Deluxe Giftset, and 2010 San Francisco Giants: The Official World Series Film. The folks at A&E Sports were kind enough to sponsor another giveaway for SF Giants Rumors!

All you have to do is click the “Contact Us” tab/link and request to be added to our email list. Every person in our email list is entered to win, so if you’re already receiving our email alerts. That means you don’t have to do anything at all. Just kick back and enjoy all the latest Giants News/Rumors!

We will be picking a random winner on Monday (12/17)at 8 p.m. Pacific time. The winner will be announced Tuesday (12/18) on the site, an invalid email means you forfeit your winnings (we then select another random winner). Good luck Giants fans!

~King of Cali (Steven)

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Winter Meeting Signings: Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro

Posted on December 7th, 2012 by admin in King of Cali Blog

The Winter Meetings has come and gone… Your San Francisco Giants went in with a simple game plan, and that was to sign outfielder Angel Pagan, and infielder Marco Scutaro.
 
However, the game plan wasn’t that easy to execute. Both of these players were attracting a lot of attention in the free agent market. In the end, they both decided to return to the Giants.

Pagan was the first to agree to terms with the Giants, and it’s a four-year deal, worth $40 million. Pagan will receive a $5 million signing bonus, $7 million in 2013, $9 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015, and $10 million in 2016.

Some fans have voiced their concerns about Pagan blocking the path for Giants prospect Gary Brown. I don’t see this as a problem. When Brown is ready to take over the center field job at AT&T Park. The Giants can then move Pagan to left or right field depending on which position is open at the time. Hunter Pence is coming back in 2013, but he’s a free agent in 2014. There is no guarantee that he will return beyond 2013.

Scutaro agreed to a three-year deal, worth $20 million. Scutaro will receive a $2 million signing bonus, $6 million in 2013, $6 million in 2014 and $6 million in 2015. I had suggested a two-year, $12 million deal, but it looks like Scutaro wanted that third year in order to lock him in a Giants uniform.

Scutaro will be 40 years old when this contract is completed. I don’t see any signs of him slowing down. He has been clutch ever since putting on a Giants uniform, and a big thing to being clutch is he just always puts the ball in play. Doesn’t try to do to much besides make contact. Which easily made him the best free agent number two hitter and second baseman available.

I put my stamp of approval on these two signings. Pagans contract isn’t anything outrageous, and Scutaro can lock down second for a few more years. The Giants don’t have anyone knocking on the door to push Scutaro away from second base at this time.

What’s your thoughts on the two signings? Leave a comment below, and go to SF Giants Rumors Facebook page to share your thoughts as well.

~King of Cali (Steven)

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Buster Posey Wins The 2012 NL MVP Award!

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by admin in King of Cali Blog

It’s official, Buster Posey has won the 2012 National League MVP! Everyone speculated that Posey would win the NL MVP award, but you never know how things play out till their official.
 
Posey won the NL Batting Title with a .336 average while also launching 24 homers, racking up 103 RBI, and having a .408 on base percentage.

That’s just Posey on offense. Lets not forget that job he does behind the plate and the way he handles the Giants pitching staff.

There is still time to enter the SF Giants Rumors Giveaway!

~King of Cali (Steven)

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SF Giants Rumors Giveaway!

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by admin in King of Cali Blog

Hey San Francisco Giants fans it’s contest time! Have you ever been curious about the history of the World Series, or do you want to relive the 2010 magic of the Giants first World Series win in San Francisco?
 
Well here is your chance to win a copy of The World Series: History of the Fall Classic Deluxe Giftset, and 2010 San Francisco Giants: The Official World Series Film. A&E Sports was kind enough to sponsor this giveaway for SF Giants Rumors!

I’m sure you’re wondering how to win, right? It’s simple, all you have to do is leave a comment below with what moves you would make this offseason if you were Brian Sabean. That’s all you have to do to enter the random drawing for a chance to win!

Check out SF Giants Rumors Facebook page and @SFGiants_Rumors Twitter account for another chance to win. We will be doing a simalir contest there soon!

Please remember that you only get one entry for this contest by leaving a comment. You will not get multiple entries by leaving multiple comments. The last day to leave a comment will be Tuesday November 20th.

~King of Cali (Steven)

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Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards: 2012 NL Votes

Posted on October 12th, 2012 by admin in King of Cali Blog

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), I get a vote for five annual awards.  It’s similar to the Baseball Writers Association, but our ballots are visible to the public. Keep in mind that since I cover the San Francisco Giants. My votes will only be for the National League. The runners up are my 2nd and 3rd selections.
 
Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year, awarded October 15)

Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals is my selection for the NL manager of the year award. Johnson found a way to leapfrog over the Braves and Phillies in the standings from 2011 to 2012. The Nationals finished 2011 with 80 wins (21.5 GB ), and finished 2012 with 98. That’s a 18 game difference, and not only did they win the NL East, but they also managed to grab the number 1 seed in the playoffs. My hat’s off to you Johnson, even though I’m not on board with your organizations Stephen Strasburg (shutdown) decision.

Nationals Record 98-64 (1st in NL East)

Runners up: Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants, and Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds.

Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year, awarded October 16)

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is my selection for the rookie of the year award. Harper is 19 years old, and plays the game with a very impressive hustle. Harper brings a lot of energy day in and day out for the Nationals. He’s lived up to the hype and played some great ball with all of the media watching him through a magnifying glass. He’s the only rookie that had that kind of pressure from day one to perform.

G 139, AVG .270, HR 22, RBI 59, R 98, SB 18,

Runners up: Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds.

Goose Gossage Award (Top Reliever, awarded October 17)

Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is my selection for the top reliever in the National League. Kimbrel is just flat out ridiculous. He has 116 K’s in 62.2 IP. That’s 16.7 K’s per 9 IP. His WHIP is 0.911. How can he not be the top NL reliever?

Runner up: Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds, and Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants.

Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young, awarded October 18)

R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets gets my vote for the Cy Young award. His team only won 74 games this year, and 20 of them were his. The knuckleballer carved up 230 K’s in 233.2 IP. If you just look at his numbers and take the team out of the equation. He would be the Cy Young Award winner any way you slice it.

Runners up: Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, and Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds.

Stan Musial Award (MVP, awarded October 19)

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is my pick for the NL MVP. Not only did Posey come back from his injury in 2011, but he also came back with authority! Posey is a skilled catcher behind the plate, and also is big producer with the bat. Posey won the batting title this year, and guided the Giants to win the NL West. Posey hit .336 with 24 homers, 103 RBI and scored 78 runs. He should be the NL MVP, hands down!

Runners up: Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and David Wright of the New York Mets.

Don’t forget to go to the SF Giants Rumors Facebook page to share your thoughts on who you would have voted for.

~King of Cali (Steven)

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History Comeback To Win The NLDS, Next Stop Is The NLCS!

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by admin in King of Cali Blog

The San Francisco Giants have just done the unthinkable! They managed to run the table in Cincinnati, and win three games in a row to advance to the National League Champion Series. They’re the first National League team to come back from an 0-2 hole to win the National League Division Series!
 
The G-men are now waiting to find out if they will play the Cardinals or the Nationals.

If the Giants face the Cardinals, the series will start in San Francisco, as the Giants will have the higher seed and will have home field advantage. However, if the Nationals end up winning the series. The G-men will travel to Washington to start the series there.

This series wasn’t the best looking series for the Giants, but it sure did take a lot of heart to comeback and win three games on the road. These guys can really start clicking on all cylinders come NLCS time!

Special shout out to catcher Buster Posey for hitting a BIG grand slam off Mat Latos to give the Giants a 6-0 lead at the time. Now that sounds like something an MVP player would do!

Don’t forget to go to the SF Giants Rumors Facebook page to share your thoughts on the Giants history comeback to advance to the NLCS!

~King of Cali (Steven)

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