Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 11-17, 2015 Players with five or more Gold Glove Awards who were never All-Stars

Q.         Whose legitimate save in the 2002 postseason never made it to the stats for that game?
Hint:     That save was, however, more memorable than the 314 career saves that this player’s teammate had.
Hint:     That’s not even including their time as Griffin Greats.
Twint:    Going by his initials was easier than always being confused with his famous father.
A.         J.T. SNOW (Saved Dusty Baker’s son Darren at a dangerous play at home plate in G 5 of the 2002 World Series; Teammate Robb Nen was the team’s closer that year; They attended Los Alamitos High School and were teammates there too; First name is Jack, like his father, NFL star and later announcer, Jack Snow.)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Josh Hamilton, Tim Worrell

Q.         What Chicagoland native was selected by Rawlings as the best fielding first baseman from 1951 to 2000?
Hint:     He was cast in episodes of the television shows “The Brady Bunch”, “Matt Helm,” “McMillan & Wife” and “Police Story”, but was a regular on “All That Glitters”.
Hint:     He also had parts in movies, notably “Pleasure Cove” and “Cry from the Mountain”.
Twint:    His offense as well as his defense helped the Dodgers win the 1965 World Series.
A.         WES PARKER (B. Evanston, IL, Rawlings GG Team)
FCR -    Mike Caragliano, Flushing, NY
Incorrect answers:  Keith Hernandez, Gil Hodges, Mark Grace, Tommy Hutton, Steve Garvey, Dee Fondy, Bill Skowron

Q.         Who was carried off the field by his teammates after the deciding game of the one of the closest series in postseason history?
Hint:     He stole twenty or more bases per season for nine straight years in the majors.
Hint:     He graduated as an Owl after his baseball career, but his son was a Terp.
Hint:     He played well for Giants teams based in four different cities.
Twint:    He sacrificed some of his pro baseball career to fight in the war in Viet Nam.
Twint:    He holds an honorary doctorate from Neumann University.
A.         GARRY MADDOX (1980 NLCS; 20+ SB 1973-80; Graduated from Temple University, son Garry II, though born in Stanford, attended the University of Maryland; Salt Lake City Giants, Fresno Giants, Phoenix Giants & San Francisco Giants; ))
FCR -    Jack Sullivan, Louisville, KY
Incorrect answers:  Darryl Strawberry, Marquis Grissom, Jack Morris, Bobby Thomson, Dan Gladden

Q.         What future former Yankee was the last American Leaguer to hit for the cycle in the 20th century?
Hint:     He won his only Silver Slugger Award the same year his infield partner won the American League MVP.
Hint:     Playing for two minor league teams at two different levels and in two countries, he won the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award.
Twint:    He played with teammates who confessed their use of performance enhancing drugs.
A.         ERIC CHAVEZ (Cycle 21-Jun-2000; SS 2002 [MVP Miguel Tejada]; 1998 played for the AA Huntsville Stars & the Edmonton Trappers; Teammates Tejada and Jason Giambi)
FCR -    Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Kelly Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, Chris Singleton, Tony Fernandez, Willie Randolph, Robin Ventura, Bob Watson

Q.         Who although playing for them for only 6 of his 11 major league seasons, retired atop his original team’s leaderboard for career stolen bases?
Hint:     Stolen base percentage as well.
Hint:     He played alongside Darrell Evans, Bob Boone, Tony Fernandez and Bobby Grich, but he never played on a team where his teammates didn’t recognize him as the superior fielder.
Twint:    In a famous mix-up by the Topps card company, the picture of his younger brother graced the card with his name in it one year.
A.         GARY PETTIS (186 SB for LAA [Since passed by Chone Figgins]; SB % 79.83 [Since passed by Mike Trout]; Wrong card showing 16-years-old Lynn Pettis)
FCR -    Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tim Raines, Lance Johnson, Ralph Garr, Harold Reynolds, Vince Coleman, Luis Aparicio

Q.         What eighteen-year-old turned down a football scholarship to ASU because he needed the money baseball offered it immediately?
Hint:     He had just become a father and felt the responsibility.
Hint:     In the majors, he usually batted second, but his first at-bat often came with his team leading 1-0.
Hint:     His cap falling off on great outfield plays became his trademark.
Twint:    His playing career ended with an unsuccessful season in Japan.
A.         DWAYNE MURPHY (With the A’s, he regularly hit right behind Rickey Henderson, MLB’s all-time record holder for leadoff home runs; Played for the Yakult Swallows with Floyd Bannister in 1990)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Willie Mays, Dave Winfield, Rick Monday, Garry Maddox, Jim Edmonds

Q.         Who was the San Diego Padres’ original, first-ever expansion draft choice?
Hint:     "Next to Clemente," All-Star teammate Chris Cannizzaro said, "Ollie had the best arm I have ever seen in a right fielder."
Hint:     He was named the Most Valuable Player in the California League the year before he debuted in the majors.
Hint:     He graduated from the same high school attended by Tony Gwynn, Chase Utley, Randy Moffitt and Milton Bradley.
Twint:    He was born in Alabama, but raised in southern California and never experienced racial prejudice until he went to his first minor league assignment in Salem, Virginia.
Twint:    When the team returned to Salem, Ollie Brown told his manager to tell the Giants to move him to another team and location or he would quit baseball.
Twint:    They did and he flourished in Decatur, IL and Fresno, CA.
Twint:    Called “The Original Padre”, his favorite nickname was “Downtown”.
FCR -    Bill Gilbert, Lakeway, TX
Incorrect answers:  Oscar Gamble, Terry Crowley

Q.         Who collected the first ever RBI against the Padres?
Hint:     His fielding was something to crow about.
Hint:     Bill James thought he would be a good manager and he did lead two teams to the postseason.
Hint;     He was the first player to win a Gold Glove Award for the Astros.
Twint:    Landmark book “Ball Four” tells of a particularly scatological prank he pulled.
A.         DOUG RADER (RBI 08-Apr-1969; GG 1970-74; Ball Four reference?  [You’ll have to read the book.])
FCR -    Jack Moore, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bill Virdon, Roger Metzger, Craig Biggio, Art Howe

WEEKLY THEME – Players with five or more Gold Glove Awards who were never All-Stars

Player        GG    Pos     Years
Chavez         6      3b       2001-06
Maddox       8      OF      1975-82
Murphy         6      OF      1980-86
Parker          6      1b       1967-72
Pettis           5      OF      1985, 86, 88-90
Rader           5      3b       1970-75
Snow           6      1b       2000-05

Arenado       2      3b       2013, 14
Cabrera        2      SS      2001, 07
Geronimo     4      OF      1974-77
Hosmer        2      1b       2013, 14
Markakis      2      OF      2011, 14
Matheny       4      C        2000, 03-05
Molina          2      C        2002, 03
Ordonez       3      SS      1997-99
Parra            2      OF      2011, 13
Reese          2      2b       1999, 2000
Simmons      2      SS      2013, 14
Stanley         4      OF      1968-70, 73

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players whose fathers played professional sports.

Tuesday   -  Slick fielding, light-hitting first basemen
               -  Six-time Gold Glovers
               -  Multi-year NL Gold Glove 1B winners
               -  First basemen who threw left and switch-hit.
               -  NL first basemen with the most Gold Gloves
               -  Switch-hitting 1Bs to win 6 consecutive GGs

Saturday -  Players who played for west coast teams who have won the most Gold Gloves
               -  Multiple gold glove winners who never made all star team

Sunday    -  Players raised in California who won five or more Gold Gloves

Questions archived here:

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 4-10, 2015 Mothers' Day Walk-Offs in the Pink Bat era

Q.         Who is the only Florida (or Miami) Marlin ever to lead the league in home runs?
Hint:     Since his debut, no other National Leaguer has hit more home runs.
Hint:     There is proof, solid proof, that, unlike his “namesake”, he actually exists.
Twint:    He was once a “Mike”.
A.         GIANCARLO STANTON (2014 NL leader 37 HR; 160 HR since 08-Jun-2010 second only to AL sluggers Miggy C. (186) and Joey Batts (192); Nickname: “Bigfoot”; 2010-11 he played under the name “Mike” Stanton)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Miguel Cabrera, Fred McGriff

Q.         Who is the only player to win an MVP for the Cincinnati Red and never appear in a World Series with them?
Hint:     Only he, Barry Bonds and Rogers Hornsby have led the NL in on-base percentage for four consecutive years.
Hint:     He is the only Red to thrice lead the NL base-on-balls.
Hint:     And that was in consecutive years.
Twint:    After not missing a single game one season, the next year he missed 100 games, having to quell concerns about his attitude by saying “I didn’t elect to be injured”.
Twint:    He was probably referring to some quirk of the parliamentary system.
A.         JOEY VOTTO (2010 NL MVP, Reds not in WS since his 2007 debut; ; NL OBP leader 2009-13, Bonds 2001-4, Hornsby 1920-25 for a record 6 consecutive years; BB lead: 2011-13  110/94/135 – tied with Dan Uggla 2012; 2013 played in all 162 games, but only 62 games in 2014; He is Canadian.)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Barry Larkin, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, George Foster, Ted Kluszewski, Vada Pinson

Q.         Who was the first slugger since Mark McGwire to hit a home run in the first four games of the season?
Hint:     He is the most recent player with seven RBIs in a game to account for all of his team’s runs.
Hint:     He is the most recent Ranger to appear in the All-Star Game home run derby.
Twint:    He made the last out in the last one game Wild Card playoff.
A.         NELSON CRUZ (1-, 2-, 3-, 4-Apr-2011, McGwire March 31-Apr 4 1998; Tied by Chris Davis 2013; 07-Sep-2014 7RBIs 7-5 BAL over TBR; 2009 HR Derby, finished 2nd to Prince Fielder; 163rd game Rangers lost 5-2 to Tampa 30-Sep-2013)
FCR -    Pat Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Josh Hamilton, Chris Davis, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder

Q.         Who is the only player to appear in every one of his team's regular-season games in 2013 and 2014?
Hint:     He only missed two games in 2012.
Hint:     He is the only player to hit a walk-off homer on a one-pitch appearance by Jose Mesa.
Hint:     His first big league homer was a grand slam.
Twint:    He doesn’t wear a red cape with black polka-dots, but if you say his name really fast, you might wonder…
A.         HUNTER PENCE (His streak was broken this season; 2012 PHI 101 G, SFG 59G; b13 03-Jul-2007 5-4 HOU over PHI; First HR 05-May-2007; Spoken quickly, his name sounds like “Captain Underpants” – a superhero character in a children’s novel that wears underpants and a red cape with black polka-dots.)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Evan Longoria, Adrian Gonzalez

Q.         Who, along with Pedro Martinez and a bottle of Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice, gave what is considered the world’s largest toast at a single venue?
Hint:     His greatest contribution to baseball may have been getting walked by “Mo’” and subsequently lifted for a pinch runner.
Hint:     He was (is) a self-proclaimed “idiot”.
Twint:    “Got heeem!”
A.         KEVIN MILLAR (Celebrating Fenway’s 100th Anniversary on 20-April-2012 before 32,904 “participants”; Down 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS, he managed a Game-4 9th inning lead-off walk (against Mariano Rivera) that led to PH Dave Roberts famous steal of 2nd followed by a game tying hit that tied the score. The Sox came back to win the game and the ALCS; He called his 2004 Red Sox teammates “idiots” – a name quickly adopted by his fellow players, fans and the press; His enthusiastic signature phrase from “Intentional Talk”, on MLB Network)
FCR -    Joseph Brunn, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Johnny Damon, Bill Mueller, Mark Grace, Bill Lee

Q.         Among the regular starters, which player for the World Champion 2007 Red Sox went the entire regular season without being hit by a pitch?
Hint:     Also, he didn’t receive an intentional base on balls the same season.
Hint:     Perhaps this was because he wasn’t feared as an offensive threat.
Twint:    The same season, however, his base stealing did contribute as he led the team in the category.
Twint:    As a result, he and Coco Crisp became the first Red Sox duo to each steal over 25 bases in the same season since 1914.
Twint:    ¡Mes mas caliente!
A.         JULIO LUGO (Red Sox 2007 stats; 2007 stats all lowest for starters that season; 33 SB – the second highest season total of his career (39 in 2005); 1914 Tris Speaker (42) and Al Janvrin (25) accomplished the feat; Julio also means July in Spanish.)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

Q.         Who replaced Jose Reyes at shortstop after Reyes was granted free agency?
Hint:     He lost the starting job the year after that, but regained it this past season, only to lose it again this season.
Hint:     When he came up to the majors, he was the 3rd youngest player.
Twint:    His only 2012 homer was a lead-off home run against Matt Cain, who had pitched a perfect game just seven weeks earlier.
A.         RUBEN TEJADA (Reyes free agent end of 2011 season went from NYM to MIA; Omar Quintanilla started 2013 NYM; 2015 NYM Wilmer Flores is the regular SS; HR off Cain: 01‑Aug‑2012.)
FCR -    Michael William Newman, Fairfield, CT
Incorrect answers:  Wilmer Flores

Q.         Who is the only player to hit 30 homers in a season with a batting average under .200?
Hint:     He averaged over 200 strikeouts per season.  (Tom Seaver only averaged 190!)
Hint:     Only one player, with his suspect total of 57, has hit more home runs in a season for the Arizona franchise.
Twint: the only slugger in the past 40 years to lead his league in strikeouts 4 consecutive seasons.
A.         MARK REYNOLDS (2010 BA .198 with 32 HR; 201 K/162 G avg.; 44 HR in 2009 vs. Luis Gonzalez w/57 in 2001; K leader 2008-10 ARZ and 2011 BAL since Reggie Jackson 1968-71.)
FCR -    Mike Massaroli, Staten Island, NY
Incorrect answers:  Mark Trumbo, Adam Dunn, Dave Kingman, Rob Deer, Richie Sexton, Matt Williams, Graig Reynolds, Gorman Thomas, Brady Anderson

Q.         Who was the only opposing player never retired in either of Justin Verlander’s no hitters?
Hint:     He had the lowest batting average, OBP, OPS and fewest total bases of the Brewers starters in their first National League postseason.
Hint:     His first homer as a regular starter resulted in the bat earning a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Twint:    Two years after leaving the Brewers, he had a perfect performance.
A.         BILL HALL (12-Jun-2007 issued 3 BB in 3 PA, 07-May-2011 all players retired at least once [Hall did not play.]; 2008 Brewers lost LDS 3-1 to eventual WS Champion PHI; 2006 he became the regular starting 3B and his first HR was the Opening Day for the new STL Busch Stadium 10-Apr-2006; 28-May-2010 he pitched a perfect 9th inning for BOS with 11 pitches and only one ball in a 12-5 loss to KCR)
FCR -    Mark Pattison, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Prince Fielder, J.P. Arencibia, Rickie Weeks, Justin Verlander

Q.         Who was called up to the majors to replace the injured Mike Piazza?
Hint:     He proceeded to hit six home runs in his first seven games with the team.
Hint:     He joined Adam Dunn and Jason Giambi as the only players this century to lead their leagues the same year in strikeouts and bases on balls.
Twint:    He led his league three consecutive years in strikeouts.
Twint:    He now runs a baseball academy in New Jersey with his father.
A.         JACK CUST (Joined the A’s 06-May-2007; 2008 Cust 197 K/111 BB, 2003 Giambi 140 K/129 BB, 2012 Dunn 222 K/105 BB; Led AL in Ks 2007-09; Diamond Nation Management)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Mike Jacobs, Jason Phillips, Todd Hundley

Q.         Other than Andrew McCutcheon, who was the only other position player from the Pirates to make the 2014 All-Star Team?
Hint:     His batting average led the Bucs that same season.
Hint:     He also led in triples and doubles.
Twint:    In 2014 he was featured on the MLB Channel’s “Plays of the Week” with plays made while playing 4 different positions.
Twint:    J-Hay
A.         JOSH HARRISON (Tony Watson pitched 0.1 innings and all Pirates got playing time; 2014 PIT STATS .315BA, 38 2B/7 3B; nicknamed J-Hay)
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Neil Walker, Russell Martin, Tony Watson, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte

Due to circumstances related to today’s action, we are required to add additional players that fit this week’s theme.

Q.         Who was the White Sox third baseman since Robin Ventura to make the Topps Rookie All-Star team?
Hint:     Among position players, he had only the second highest vote total for Rookie of the Year despite having a higher batting average, OBP, SLG, and more HR, RBI’s and walks.
Hint:     He and his father played quarterback for the same private Atlanta High School.
Hint:     He led the team to its only undefeated season, breaking his father’s single season record for touchdown passes by one.
Twint:    He went on to become a Bulldog, and his junior year was SEC Player of the Year – the 4th shortstop to do so.
Twint:    He had an angelic dalliance.
A.         GORDON BECKHAM (Topps Rookie 3B AS Robin Ventura 1990, Beckham 2009; Elvis Andrus was 2nd overall despite the weaker offensive performance, and Beckham was 5th, but 2009 ROY Andrew Bailey and two other pitchers took 1st, 3rd and 4th place; Both he and his father attended The Westminster Schools; attended U. of Georgia and was SEC POY 2009; On CHW his whole 7-year career save 26 games last year with LAA)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Joe Crede

Q.         Of the currently active National League catchers (min 200 career games), who has the lowest career batting average this century?
Hint:     Despite his weak offensive production, he once literally ripped the cover off a ball getting a single when the fielder’s throw “dribbled” to first.
Hint:     The previous year he had a cup of coffee appearing in three games, striking out in his only at bat.
Twint:    He came up to the majors his official rookie season to replace a catcher who had a suitcase dropped on his wrist by his wife.
A.         MARTIN MALDONADO (BA.219, 222G from 2011-current; He was brought up 2012 – his official rookie season – when Jonathan Lucroy suffered a wrist fracture due to a “luggage incident”; 17-Sep-2011 faced Travis Woods t9th; 18-Aug-2014 he hit the ball to the PIT 3B Pedro Alvarez who would have easily thrown him out if not for the mangled ball cover)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Yasmani Grandal

Q.         Who is the last player to qualify for this week’s theme?
Hint:     He is the only San Francisco Giant to go yard off Boone Logan.
Hint:     As of today, this is the only homer off Boone this season.
Hint:     Last year he became a utility infielder, helping the Giants to replace the injured Marc Scutaro.
Twint:    He was a Lancer, as was Damion Easley and over a dozen other major leaguers.
Twint:    One man’s opinion, but he doesn’t LOOK like a major leaguer.
A.         MATT DUFFY (Logan’s HR log from 15-Apr-2015, b8 in a losing cause for SFG; Duffy stayed with the team this year and last as an ample utility fielder; KCR v DET only in the 2nd inning; Attended)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Joe Panik

WEEKLY THEME – Guys with walk-off hits on Mothers’ Day in the pink-bat era, beginning in 2006.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No on

Player                      Pink Bat/Mother’s Day Walk-off Hit
Millar             14-May-2006
Hall                14-May-2006        HR with his mother in the stands
Cust              13-May-2007
Cruz               13-May-2007
Lugo              13-May-2007
Pence            09-May-2010
Votto             13-May-2012        Grand Slam
Harrison         13-May-2012
Stanton          13-May-2012        Grand Slam
Reynolds       11-May-2014
Tejada           11-May-2014
Beckham       10-May-2015
Maldonado    10-May-2015
Duffy             10-May-2015

Incorrect theme guesses:

Wed.   -  All Star players with the lowest batting average against the Red Sox
           -  Current players who have hit walk-off Home Runs against the Yankees

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Apr 27-May 3, 2015: Yankees who have appeared on "Saturday Night Live"

Q.         Who called Dave Winfield “Mr. May”?
Hint:     He is also quoted as saying "Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next."
Hint:     Ironically, he also said: “I will never have a heart attack.  I give them.”
Twint:    It turns out “The Boss” was, sadly, wrong about that statement.
A.         GEORGE STEINBRENNER (The two men later reconciledQuote in reference to how he ran the NYY; Heart attack quote was supposedly his “favorite line”;Steinbrenner passed away from a heart attack July 13, 2010 from NY Times Obit )
FCR -    Brad Sherry, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin

Q.         Whose clutch-catch of a Jackie Robinson pop-up is credited as the series-saving play of a World Series?
Hint:     The next year he led the World Series by batting .500 in 24 a-bats, claiming the “unofficial” MVP crown.
Hint:     Though he was only 20 years old, he was still one of the “Nine Old Men”.
Twint:    He wasn’t too friendly with marshmallow salesmen.
A.         BILLY MARTIN (1952 WS Game 7, b7 bases full catch preserving NYY 4-2 win; There was no official WS MVP until 1955; Casey Stengel managed the Minor League Oakland Oaks, known as the Nine Old Men, to a PCL Championship.  The next year he was ascended to NYY skipper; he “sucker punched” a marshmallow salesman who kept quiet until Martin was fired by Steinbrenner in 1979)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo MI
Incorrect answers:  Bobby Richardson, Yogi Berra, Dusty Rhodes

Q.         Who has the most career hits by an American League player who played for only one team in that league?
Hint:     His career ended when his manager made a slashing motion at his throat.
Hint:     He once missed 91-games spanning two parts of different seasons with a fractured ankle, missed another 17 days with a quad sprain, and then hit a home run on the first pitch thrown to him.
Hint:     It was the only homer he hit that season.
Twint:    “Seeing Home” was a goal he certainly achieved.
A.         DEREK JETER (3,465 H, all with the NYY, Musial has more hits for one team (STL) at 3,630 in the NL; Mgr. Girardi made the motion after Jeter finished his career hustling out an infield single; HR on return 28-Jul-2013; Jeter Publishing put out Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story.  A true story soon to be a “major motion picture”.)
FCR -    Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX
Incorrect answers:  Carl Yastrzemski, Ty Cobb, Nap Lajoie, Paul Molitor, Kirk Gibson, George Sisler

Q.         Whose perfect game set the mark for the team with the most perfect games?
Hint:     It was the last perfect game of the 20th Century.
Hint:     He appeared in six games in five World Series and pitched in over 29 innings without yielding a home run.
Twint:    He took a strike and converted it into a Cy Young Award.
A.         DAVID CONE (NYY three perfect games Larsen (‘56WS), Wells 17-May-1988, Cone 18-Jul-1999; It would be five years (2004) before Randy Johnson threw the next perfecto; WS ’92, ’96, 98, 99, 2000 went 2-0; 1994 work-stoppage year AL CY winner)
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Greg Maddux, David Wells, Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Felix Hernandez

Q.         Who replaced Donny Baseball at first base?
Hint:     Later he replaced Big Mack at the #3 position.
Hint:     The Machine then took over.
Twint     Despite not being on the winning team, he was the first MVP of the Baseball World Cup.
A.         TINO MARTINEZ (Mattingly retired 1995, with Tino joining the NYY 1996; He joined the Cardinals in 2002 to replace an aging Mark McGwire, and by 2004, he was gone and Pujols moved full time from the outfield to first base; Up, it was known as the Amateur World Series.  USA finished 2nd to Cuba)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Will Clark, Paul O’Neill

Q.         Who was the first Blue Jays pitcher to earn fifteen victories in a season before the All-Star break?
Hint:     He and Jack Morris are the only Blue Jays to win twenty games in a season with an ERA over 4.00.
Hint:     He is the last of two Pointer Dogs to pitch perfect games in the majors.
Twint:    He and Marge had their issues.
A.         DAVID WELLS (15th W 8-Jul-2000, 2000 ASG 11-Jul-2000; 1992 Morris 21-6 w/4.04 ERA, 2000 Wells 20-8 w/4.11; Don Larsen also attended Point Loma High School in San Diego; Wells, a known free spirit, Wells bristled under the tight, autocratic misguided leadership of Reds owner Marge Schott)
FCR -    Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Mark Buehrle, Dave Stieb, Roy Halladay, Dennis Martinez, Pat Hentgen, Juan Guzman, Roger Clemens

Q.         Who led the Twins in games, homers, doubles, RBIs, on-base percentage, walks, OPS+ and strikeouts the last season they won the World Series?
Hint:     When he retired, only two switch-hitters had more career home runs.
Twint: He is the first native of Jamaica to play in the majors.
Twint:    He is currently the hitting coach for the Red Sox.
A.         CHILI DAVIS (1991 Twins, with Puckett leading in BA, hits and runs; 350 HR, Mantle & Murray led the pack.  Davis retired in 1999.  Since then, switch-hitters Lance Berkman, Chipper Jones, Carlos Beltran & Mark Teixeira have passed him on the list. Debut 10‑Apr‑1981)
FCR -    Charles Saeger, Minneapolis, MN
Incorrect answers:  Paul Molitor, Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, Kent Hrbek, Chuck Knoblauch. Tony Olivia, Joe Mauer, Gene Larkin

Q.         Who was the pitcher in the first All-Australian battery in the majors?
Hint:     No other left-handed pitcher ever made more appearances in a season for the Montreal/Washington franchise.
Hint:     In the middle of his career in the majors, he once had an ERA of 17.47.
Hint:     That same year, he gave up no runs and only one hit with no walks over eight post-season games to help his team capture their first World Series in 18 years.
Hint:     In thirteen career postseason appearances involving seven series, he gave up NO runs and only two hits.
Twint:    He ended up with two rings, but then the bombers gave him up with a homer and a boomer to get a rocket.
A.         GRAEME LLOYD (1st Aussies: 14-Apr-1993; 84 G in 2001; Bad ERA/good postseason w/1996 NYY; WS Rings NYY of 1996 & 98, traded with David Wells and Homer Bush for  Roger Clemens)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Grant Balfour, Mark Hutton

WEEKLY THEME – Yankees who have appeared on Saturday Night Live

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave Washburn, Marietta, GA

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Biggest gas bags in BB history
               -  Baseball figures who were convicted felons
               -  Native Clevelanders who owned successful sports franchises in other cities.

Tuesday   -  Yankees to appear in commercial
               -  People with a plaque in Yankee Stadium Monument Park

Wed        -  leading characters of The Evil Empire! (George as the Emperor, Billy as the Mini-Darth Vader, Jeter as a Storm Trooper)
               -  Baseball figures who have hosted Saturday Night Live

Thursday  -  New York Yankees who have appeared in TV commercials

Saturday  -  Players who ended up playing for the New York Yankees in the 1990s
               -  People affiliated with the New York Yankees during perfect games with multiple WS rings and are not yet in the HOF

Questions archived here: