Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 10-16, 2014 Pitchers who lead the league with 20+ wins but didn't throw a shutout all year


Q.         Who is the only left-handed hitting pitcher to win a Cy Young Award for the Kansas City Royals?
Hint:     It was his second stint with them.
Hint:     He had just won a World Series ring the year before, but with a different team.
Twint:    He was mistaken for Jewish when he pitched in New York.
A.         DAVID CONE (CYA 1994; KCR 1986, 93, 94; WS champ with TOR in 1993)
FCR -    Kevin Epstein, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bret Saberhagen, Danny Jackson, Paul Splittorff, Mark Davis

Q.         What former Houston Astro is the major league record holder for postseason pitching victories?
Hint:     He also has pitched the most career innings in the postseason.
Twint:    He surrendered Alex Rodriguez’ 150th career home run.
A.         ANDY PETTITTE (19 W; 276.2 IP; A-Rod HR 07-Apr-2000)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Mike Scott, Nolan Ryan

Q.         What hurler has been paid an average of $1,459,969 for each pitching victory since 2009?
Hint:     He became the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history when he signed the contract that began that year.
Hint:     His tremendous year as a rookie didn’t result in a Rookie of the Year Award because of the outstanding play of someone who had transferred from another league.
Twint:    He was recruited by UCLA to play football for them.
A.         CC SABATHIA ($132,857,142 / 91 W; 2001 ROY Ichiro Suzuki)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Barry Zito [$2,416,667], John Lackey $[1,408,667], Cliff Lee [$1,455,224], Johan Santana [$3,672,182], Clayton Kershaw [$256,387], Justin Verlander [$786,557], Roy Halladay [$1,250,000], Tim Lincecum [$1,061,184]

Q.         Who is the only Dominican-born Cy Young Award winner to suit up for both the Mets and the Yankees during his career?
Hint:     His best years, however, were not played in New York.
Twint:    He has been granted free agency six times since 2003.
A.         BARTOLO COLON (CYA 2005, NYY 2011, NYM 2014)
FCR -    Michael Caragliano, Flushing, NY
Incorrect answers:  Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Luis Tiant

Q.         What pitcher set the record for strikeouts in a game by a rookie when he struck out eighteen Cubs?
Hint:     He’s one of the few pitchers to surrender five home runs in a single game.
Twint:    He was the last 20th century pitcher to win twenty plus games in a season for the Tigers.
Twint:    He famously, publicly dealt with his diabetes as a major leaguer.
A.         BILL GULLICKSON (18 K:  10-Sep-1980; 5 HR 25-Jun-1987; 20-9 in 1991)
FCR -    Dave Mason, Ottawa, ON
Incorrect answers:  Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Dwight Gooden

Q.         Whose 319 strikeouts are the most in a season by any right-handed pitcher not in the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     A future teammate of his hit his first major league home run off him, a mammoth 446-foot shot.
Twint:    Conspicuously cruor-blemished hosiery.
A.         CURT SCHILLING (319 K in 1997 for PHI; HR by Erubiel Durazo 07-Aug-1999; Bloody red sock in the 2004 ALCS 19-Oct-2004)
FCR -    Tucker Warner, Spottsylvania, VA
Incorrect answers:  J.R. Richard, Rube Waddell, Fergie Jenkins, Mike Scott, Don Drysdale, Sam McDowell

Q.         What All-Star was the most frequent incorrect answer to Tuesday’s question this week?
Hint:     He was the A's player representative during their Moneyball season.
Hint:     The day of one of the meetings was when he was scheduled to start, so he nominated and sent a fellow rotation member in his place.
Twint:    His father composed for Duke Ellington and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra.
A.         BARRY ZITO (2002-03 Oakland A’s; Sent Mark Mulder in his place)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tim Hudson

Q.         Who was the first person to manage teams from each league in the All-Star game?
Hint:     He was the only manager to guide both major league teams in the San Francisco Bay area, winning pennants with each and a World Series with the A’s.
Hint:     He was the only player besides Jackie Robinson to win the Rookie of the Year Award when it was not league-specific, but represented all of major league baseball.
Hint:     He was the anchor of New York Giants during their championship year of 1954, playing in every game and leading the league in at-bats.
Hint:     He was the lead-off batter and later scored in the inning where Bobby Thomson famously went deep.
Hint:     He starred in three sports in college, most noticeably as a running back on the Tigers’ football team.
Twint:    He never caught a pass from Y.A. Tittle.
Twint:    As a middle infielder, he was not a great home run hitter, with 126 over his fourteen-year career.
Twint:    He did, however, manage to hit home runs off Hall of Famers Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax.
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL
Incorrect answers:  Dick Williams, Monte Irvin, Sparky Anderson

Q.         Who holds the modern era record for retiring the most consecutive batters faced in his major league debut?
Hint:     He was originally drafted out of high school in the 43rd round by the Cardinals.
Hint:     He chose instead to attend college, later becoming the University of Missouri’s first ever first-round pick.
Twint:    Although very intelligent and only once-in-a-while angry, he’s neither “Smart” nor “Mad”.
A.         MAX SCHERZER (13 BF 29-Apr-2008 v HOU; 2003 drafted by STL; 2006 by ARZ, out of Mizzou’; Neither Mad Max nor Maxwell Smart)
FCR -    Steven Coleman, Belleville, IL
Incorrect answers:  Pete Reichert, Rick Henninger, Mike Boddicker

Q.         Which pitcher holds the Florida Marlins franchise record for the most strikeouts in the postseason?
Hint:     In his first two postseason years, not only did he get rings, he won an NLCS MVP and a World Series MVP.
Hint:     He was awarded Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, The Sporting News and USA Today.
Twint:    He was the only Manatee ever to achieve even one of these awards.
A.         JOSH BECKETT (47 Ks, Livan Hernandez 2nd with 26; 2003 WS MVP/2007 ALCS MVP; Minor League POY 2001 BA, TSN and USA)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Kevin Brown, Livan Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez, A.J. Burnett, Dontrelle Willis, Alex Fernandez, Brad Penny

Q.         What former Blue Devil was the most recent San Francisco Giants pitcher to win as many as 24 games in a season?
Hint:     His total would have topped the majors were it not for a certain knuckleballer.
Hint:     His performance earned him Cy Young Award and MVP consideration, but he won neither and was out of baseball two years later.
Twint:    His downslide into a swimming pool coincided with his career downslide.
A.         RON BRYANT (24W 1973, Davis Senior High School Blue Devils; Wilbur Wood also 24W 1973-74;  A gash while taking a slide into a pool led to his poor post 1973 league leading season)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Billy Swift, Jack Sanford

Q.         What pitcher surrendered the first All-Star game home run hit by a National Leaguer?
Hint:     He was nicknamed after America’s first administrator of the draft lottery.
Hint:     He was stationed in Siberia twice during World War I.
Twint:    He was the last Washington Senators pitcher to lead the league in wins for consecutive years.
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Grover Cleveland Alexander, Bill Hallahan, Lefty Gomez, Urban Shocker

Q.         Who was the first African American to play a professional game in the Boston Red Sox organization?
Hint:     Given the racially charged atmosphere of the team, it should be no surprise that he batted .400 and was named “Camp Rookie of the Year” during spring training of the year and made it to the Bigs, but not until the end of July that year.
Hint:     Not that they couldn’t have used him—they were in last place.
Hint:     With him on the team, they managed to climb to third by the end of the season.
Hint:     In his last year in the majors, he would hit a home run that made him the last pitcher to get homers in both leagues prior to CC Sabathia’ s accomplishment in 2008.
Twint:    He is the all-time career batting leader for home runs hit by pitchers in the post-expansion era.
A.         EARL WILSON (Signed and played in the minors in 1953, Elijah “Pumpsie” Green wasn’t signed until 1956*; SABR BIO indicates that GM Manager Bucky Harris might have brought Wilson up, but owner Tom Yawkey, not exactly a model of liberalism, was convinced by Pinky Higgins to keep Wilson in the minors; his 1 HR with the Padres.)
            *Walt Cherniak of Dayton, Maryland, first among equals, pointed out to us that Wilson was preceded by several years under the Red Sox aegis by Piper Davis who signed with them in 1950.  Wilson, however, aligns correctly with all the remaining hints.
FCR -    Steve Basford, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Pumpsie Green, Reggie Smith, Willie Tasby, Piper Davis

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who lead the league in wins, but failed to get even a single shutout (20 W min.)

Pitcher           Year     W        L      ShO
Bryant            1973      24    12       0
Zito                2002      23      5       0

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave Washburn, Marietta, GA (after Gullickson Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  NYY career wins leaders
               -  Yankees' late 90's dynasty
               -  Left handers who won a World Series with the Yankees

Tuesday   -  Yankees left handed pitchers to win 20 games
               -  Pitchers who have had 20-win seasons with the Yankees
               -  Postseason with 2 teams and WS win with the Yankees
               -  Hurlers traded the year after they won the Cy Young Award
               -  Pitchers who won their 200th game after 2000 who pitched for the Yankees

Wed.       -  Pitchers who the Yankees have signed as free agents
               -  Pitchers who won their 200th game after 2000 who pitched for the Yankees
               -  Cy Young and WS winners who have pitched for both the Mets and the Yankees
               -  Pitchers who won 20 games in a season after leaving the Expos
               -  Pitchers who won 20 games but not a Cy Young

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 3-9, 2014 Teams with 100 victories but no postseason

Q.         What season began the Cubs’ current fruitless run of no World Series championship?
Hint:     It was player/manager Frank Chance’s first full season as skipper where the team didn’t at least go to the World Series.
Hint:     The ERA for the entire pitching staff that year was a microscopic 1.74, second best all-time in modern day play.
Hint:     The record, BTW, was set by them, two years earlier.
Twint:    Only two players on the team hit more than two home runs that year.
A.         1909 CHICAGO CUBS (Last WS championship W:  1908; 1907 ERA 1,73; 4 HR ea:  Frank Schulte, Joe Tinker)
FCR -    Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO
Incorrect answers:  1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1915

Q.         Playing on which team did Maury Wills set the single-season plate appearances record that would stand for over a decade?
Hint:     They also had the first ever Cy Young Award winner from a team in their time zone.
Twint:    Wills also broke Ty Cobb’s single-season, modern era stolen base record that year.
A.         1962 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (759 PA, broken by Pete Rose in 1974; CYA Don Drysdale, Pacific Time Zone; 104 SB to Cobb’s 96 in 1915)
FCR -    Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC
Incorrect answers:  Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos

Q.         No team that Casey Stengel managed, ever won as many games as his 1962 Mets lost.  Which team came closest?
Hint:     A rookie pitcher won twenty games for them to lead the team that year.
Hint:     In his seven additional seasons in the majors, that young pitcher would never again come close to that performance.
Twint:    They were the first Yankee team to have a league MVP without winning the pennant.
A.         1954 NEW YORK YANKEES (1962 NYM lost 120, 1954 NYY won 103; Bob Grim, 20-6; MVP: Yogi Berra)
FCR -    Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA
Incorrect answers:  1952 NYY, 1953 NYY, 1956 NYY, 1858 NYY, 1961 NYY, 1962 NYY

Q.         Which of manager Dusty Baker’s twenty teams won the most games?
Hint:     A home run by Mike Piazza on the final day of the regular season took the wind out of their sails.
Hint:     Two members of that team have become successful major league managers.
Hint:     Another has become one of the most respected pitching coaches.
Twint:    It was the last year before the advent of the Wild Card.
Twint:    It was Baker’s first year as a manager.
A.         1993 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (103 W; Mgrs. Matt Williams, Bud Black;  Pitching coach Dave Righetti; Wild card put in place in 1994, first implemented in 1995)
FCR -    Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO
Incorrect answers:  1991 SFG, 2001 SFG, 2003 SFG, Frank Robinson, Tony LaRussa

Q.         What team finished only three games behind the Yankees, yet the only league leader they had in ANY offensive category was in Fewest At-bats per Strikeouts?
Hint:     The four pitchers in their starting rotation averaged nineteen wins apiece.
Hint:     Their staff leader took home the Cy Young Award, the sixth time this franchise had boasted that honor.
Twint:    Their manager and two of their players would end up in the Hall of Fame.
A.         1980 BALTIMORE ORIOLES (Rich Dauer 29.3 AB/K; Pitchers’ Ws:  Stone 25, McGregor 20, Flanagan 16, Palmer16; HOF’ers:  Mgr. Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer)
FCR -    Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  1953 CLE

Q.         What team’s leading hitter had an average that was more than 70 points higher than any he’d had before and any he would have later in his seventeen-year major league career?
Hint:     The highest previous average for a year belonged to Ted Williams.
Hint:     Some credited the diluted talent because of the league that year, but that doesn’t explain why most other players didn’t experience similar performance spikes.
Hint:     Their pitching staff had three in the top six in the league in wins.
Hint:     The team had made two dramatic, historic trades in the prior two years with the team closest to it geographically.
Twint:    No team in the history of their franchise had won more game at that point.
A.         1961 DETROIT TIGERS (Norm Cash .361 [Williams hit .388 in 1958.]; Winning pitchersFrank Lary 23, Jim Bunning 17 & Don Mossi 15; Trade with the Indians. Harvey Kuenn for Rocky Colavito after the 1959 season.  Manager Jimmy Dykes for Joe Gordon during the 1960 season.; 101-61)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  1978 BOS

Q.         What team traded an All-Star catcher, an All-Star shortstop to the Pirates in exchange for shortstop who would make it to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     Among their eight starting position players were four future Hall of Famers.
Hint:     Three of the remaining four finished in the top ten of MVP voting for that season.
Hint:     The eighth starter would play on four future All-Star teams and receive MVP votes in six of his eighteen major league seasons.
Twint:    Their Hall of Fame manager had managed and played in each of the three previous seasons, but sat himself down this year.
A.         1942 BROOKLYN DODGERS (BRO traded Pete Coscarart (SS) and Babe Phelps (C) to PIT for Arky Vaughan.  BRO HoFers: Billy Herman, Pee Wee Reese, Joe Medwick and Vaughn, Mickey Owen, Pete Reiser & Dolph Camilli received MVP votes that year; 8th player was Dixie Walker; Mgr. Leo Durocher)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  1940 BRO, 1928 WSH

Q.         On which team did Baby Doll, Hooks, Pug and Razor all play?
Hint:     Two teammates of theirs would later square off as managers of the 1st and 2nd place teams in one of the American League’s closest races ever.
Hint:     Another teammate would go to eject more players from World Series games than any other umpire.
Twint:    The manager and two outfielders were also Cooperstown-bound.
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers:  1922 SLB, 1927 SLB

WEEKLY THEME – Teams with 100 or more wins in a season and no postseason games played.

Team                              Year     Wins      Winner  Wins
Chicago Cubs                 1909     104        PIT       110
Detroit Tigers                  1915     100        BOS     101
Brooklyn Dodgers          1942     104        STL      106
New York Yankees          1954     103        CLE      111
Detroit Tigers                  1961     101        NYY     109
Los Angeles Dodgers     1962     102        SFN      103
Baltimore Orioles            1980     100        NYA     103
San Francisco Giants      1993     103        ATL      104

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Robert Workman, Ashburn, VA

Incorrect theme guess:  The theme must be years the sum of whose digits is a prime number. 1+9+0+9=19

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 27-November 2, 2014 Multiple seasons of 100+ Runs, 100 RBI and Zero Stolen Bases

Q.         Who is the only league home run champion to have a son who became league home run champion?
Hint:     The success of another home run champion sent him to Japan.
Hint:     Before Mike Trout, he was the last American Leaguer to finish second in MVP voting in consecutive years.
Twint:    He won the Silver Slugger Award both those seasons.
A.         CECIL FIELDER (AL HR lead 1990 W/51 & 1991 W/44, Son Prince won NL w/50 in 2007; Was behind Fred McGriff in TOR so signed w/the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League; 2nd in MVP voting 1990 behind Rickey Henderson, 1991 behind Cal Ripken [Trout finished 2012 & 2013 behind Miguel Cabrera.])
FCR -    Joshua Murphy, Iowa City, IA
Incorrect answers:  Ken Griffey, Bob Boone, Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds, Gus Bell

Q.         Who was the first player to steal a base in the majors in four different decades?
Hint:     He was as good with a rod and reel as he was with a bat.
Hint:     He always had a good head for baseball.
Twint:    Team publicity directors often underestimate players’ weights.  This guy’s was often overestimated.
A.         TED WILLIAMS (First SB 21-May-1939—last SB 22-Jul-1960; Retirement was devoted to fishing; His children had his head cryonically frozen upon his death by Alcor Life Extension Foundation.)
FCR -    Randy Fletcher, Springfield, TN
Incorrect answers:  Ken Griffey, Jr., Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines, Minnie Minoso

Q.         Who is the only winner of the Roberto Clemente Award to ever be a teammate of Roberto Clemente?
Hint:     He was the last Pittsburgh Pirate to lead the majors in home runs for a season.
Hint:     He was born in Oklahoma, raised in Florida, but played on the same high school baseball team as future All-Star Tommy Harper.
Twint:    He was the oldest 20th century player to win a league MVP award.
A.         WILLIE STARGELL (Roberto Clemente Award 1974, the only Pirate to receive the award; HR lead 1973 w/44; SABR Bio; 1979 NL MVP @ 39 years old)
FCR -    Bradley Curtis, Roseville, CA
Incorrect answers:  Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez

Q.         What batter holds the strikeout record for a season for the Cleveland Indians?
Hint:     Ditto for bases-on-balls.
Hint:     He also holds the career strikeout record for a batter with the Cleveland Indians.
Hint:     Ditto for bases on balls.
Twint:    He holds both the season and career home run records for the Cleveland Indians.
A.         JIM THOME (Season Ks:  185 in 2001, BBs: 127 in 1999, HR 52 in 2002, Career Ks: 1,400, BBs: 1,008, HRs 337)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Al Rosen, Albert Belle, Rocky Colavito, Bob Feller, Sam McDowell, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby, Manny Ramirez, Herb Score, Mark Reynolds

Q.         Who was the first player to hit more than thirty home runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors?
Hint:     He has triplet daughters.
Twint:    He finished ahead of future All-Stars Kevin Seitzer, Matt Nokes, Mike Greenwell, Devon White, Mike Henneman and Nelson Liriano to capture the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
A.         MARK McGWIRE (30+ HR 1987-90; ROY 1987)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey, Jr., Luis Gonzalez, Ralph Kiner, Fred McGriff

Q.         What young player of strong convictions refused to stand during the playing of the national anthems.
Hint:     His new team convinced him to take a softer approach and he later won the Roberto Clemente Award.
Hint:     One year, he had an OPS of 1.019 and an OPS+ of 161, and it wasn’t even his best season.
Hint:     Three seasons of forty home runs won him the Silver Slugger Award for each of those years.
Twint:    He was the first position player to have a salary of over $15 million dollars a year.
A.         CARLOS DELGADO (Actually, it was during the singing of “God Bless America” that he lodged his silent protest; RCA 2006; NYM engineered attitude turn-around; Stats years: 2000 beats 2003; SS 1999, 2000, 03; $ in 2002)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Miguel Cabrera, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Q.         Who is the only player to amass over 120 RBI with fewer 125 hits in a season?
Hint:     It was the first time his franchise’s history that anyone had reached 120 RBI in a single year.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit for the cycle for his franchise.
Twint:    His cover photo on Sports Illustrated won him millions of fans.
Twint:    For corporate appearances, call 1.888.246.7141.
A.         JAY BUHNER (1995:  121 RBI, 123 H; Cycle 23-Jun-1993)
FCR -    Geehoon Hong, Bayside, NY
Incorrect answers:  Todd Helton, George Brett, Dante Bichette

Q.         What three-time Gold Glove first baseman with 262 career home runs (over twenty of them this season) inscribes a verse (Psalms 27:1) from the Bible on his bats?
Hint:     He once led both leagues in bases-on-balls for a season playing on a team that finished twenty games out of first place.
Twint:    He was born in a different country from his parents and visits on a limited basis due to safety concerns.
A.         ADRIAN GONZALEZ (Bat inscription; 119 BB 2009, B. in San Diego, much of his family is still in Tijuana, Mexico.)
FCR -    Vince Granieri, Cincinnati, OH
Incorrect answers:  Adam LaRoche, Mark Reynolds, Mark Teixeira

WEEKLY THEME – Players with multiple seasons with 100+ Runs & RBI and exactly 0 Stolen Bases

Last            Year        Team         R          RBI        SB
Buhner        1996        SEA        107        138          0
                  1997        SEA        104        109          0
Delgado     2000        TOR         115        137          0
                  2003        TOR         117        145*         0
Fielder        1990        DET         104        132*         0
                  1991        DET         102        133*         0
Gonzalez     2007        SDP        101        100          0
                  2008        SDP        103        119          0
McGwire     1996        OAK        104        113          0
                  1999        STL         118        147*         0
Stargell       1971        PIT          104        125          0
                  1973        PIT          106        119*         0
Thome        1999        CLE         101        108          0
                  2001        CLE         101        124          0
                  2003        PHI          111        131          0
                  2006        CHW        108        109          0
Williams      1946        BOS        142*       123          0
                  1947        BOS        125*       114*         0
*Led league

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Wed        -  Players who led league in HR and RBI but did not win MVP award that season

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