Sunday, June 19, 2011

Player Profile: Jeremy Affeldt

I have one card of Jeremy Affeldt, from 2005 Topps.

Playing career: Jeremy Affeldt has been primarily a middle reliever for the Royals, Rockies, Reds and Giants since 2002. He pitched in the 2007 and 2010 World Series, and earned an MVP vote in 2009, remarkable as he won two games, saved none, and struck out less than a batter an inning.

Where he is now: In the Giants bullpen. He has already appeared in 33 games this season and is 1-0 with a save and 3.81 ERA. He last pitched on June 16th, hurling two scoreless innings in a loss to Arizona.

My Memories: I was aware of him as a pitcher for the Royals and Giants. I had no memory of him with the Rockies or Reds, nor that he was good enough to merit MVP consideration.

Interesting stories: Affeldt is very involved with charity work, particularly in the area of human trafficking. He donates $100 to an organization called Not For Sale for every strikeout that he records. He also gives a great deal of time and money to this organization. The website has a section called Free2Play where children and adults can join Affeldt, Matt Holliday and others to make similar sports related donations, like 25 cents for every basket made in youth basketball. He also founded Generation Alive, a Christian which aims to get youths working with others, and the Jeremy Affeldt Foundation, a youth ministry.

Google Autocomplete Results: He is fourth when you type in Jeremy A, between Jeremy Allen White Age (the actor from the show Shameless is 20) and Jeremy Abelson, President of Urban Hostess. There do not appear to be any other prominent Jeremy Affeldts.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Benny Agbayani.

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