Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017-07-10 MVP/Cy Young Award winners

Q.        What Hall of Famer hit his first career home run in the majors off future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn?
Hint:     His career took off the year he followed his 8-13 season with a 18-13 season.
Hint:     Most people focus the 111-34 pitching victory record he posted over the next five seasons.
Hint:     A few people know he played basketball at Cincinnati.
-  8-13 in 1960 then 18-13 in 1961
-  As a Bearcat
FCR -  Jayson Stark, New Town, Pennsylvania
Incorrect answers:  Willie Mays, Bob Gibson

Q.        Who is the only living major leaguer to amass a Rookie of the Year Award, a Cy Young Award and a National League MVP in his career?
Hint:     He’d readily exchange those last two for a World Series ring that same year.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to surrender a walk-off home run in a World Series game.
ROY 1949; CYA (1st one ever awarded) 1956; NL MVP 1956 (Dodger teammates finished 2nd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 21st & 30th in the MVP voting that year.)  Newk is 91 and looking good.  Shown here with Hunter Green, the Reds’ top 2017 draft pick.
-  Dodgers lost to NYY in the 1956 WS.
-  WS HR 05-Oct-1949, 9th inning to Tommy Henrich.  It was the game’s only run.
FCR -  Madison McEntire, Bryant Arkansas
Incorrect answers:  Clayton Kershaw, ,Dennis Eckersley

Q.        In the 146 years of major league baseball, what pitcher trails only Nolan Ryan in hits allowed per 9 innings pitched?
Hint:     In walks and hits allowed per 9 innings pitched, he trails only Addie Joss.
Hint:     He owns more Cy Young Awards than those two other pitchers combined.
Hint:     When he debuted, he was the youngest player in the majors, a title he held for one full season
Hint:     Only Sandy Koufax has led the National League in ERA for more consecutive seasons.
-  H/9 inn. 6.6061 compared to Ryan’s 6.5553
-  HW/9 inn. 09977 to Joss’s 09678
-  Kershaw led the NL in ERA 2011-14, 4 straight years.  Koufax had 5 (1962-66).  The major league record is 6, held by Lefty Grove (1934-39).
FCR -  Michael Green, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers:  Steve Carlton, Don Drysdale, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, J.R. Richard, Max Scherzer, Bret Saberhagen, Bob Gibson, Mike Maddux, Warren Spahn, Christy Mathewson, Sandy Koufax

Q.        Who is the only black Hall of Fame pitcher born in a state in the Midwest?
Hint:     He was the first member of his university’s Hall of Fame.
Hint:     As a youth growing up in Depression-era poverty, he suffered from asthma, had hay fever, had a heart murmur, he contracted rickets and almost died of pneumonia.
A.         BOB GIBSON
-  Born in Omaha, Nebraska  (Fergie Jenkins was born in the Midwest, but in a province.)
-  Alumnus of Creighton University
FCR -  Bill Hays, Herrin, Illinois
Incorrect answers:  Satchel Paige, Don Newcombe

Q.        Who is the only Hall of Famer pitcher baptized a Mormon?
Hint:     If my sister-in-law is to be believed, he’s also the Hall’s best-looking inductee.
Hint:     “The Nation” gets to enjoy him more than the rest of the continent.
-  Mormon i.e., LDS, i.e., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  They claim him all the while acknowledging that he has not participated in church activities since childhood.
-  She got a point!  See?
-  Color announcer on NESN, the New England Sports Network, which broadcasts to what is often referred to as “Red Sox Nation”.
FCR -  Scott Matteson, Shawnee, Kansas
Incorrect answers:  Roger Clemens, Catfish Hunter, Ted Williams

Q.        What Hall of Fame pitcher still holds the record for the lowest ERA the year he won the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He led the Upland, California American Legion team to the U.S. national title.
Hint:     The standout on that team, he was named the American Legion Player of the Year.
Hint:     He was the only pitcher to win the World Series MVP for an entire decade.
-  ERA of 1.07 in 1981
-  Am Leg. POY in 1964
-  WS MVP 1974; No other WS MVP for a pitcher between Mikey Lolich in 1968 and Bret Saberhagen in 1985
FCR -  Madison McEntire, Bryant, Arkansas
Incorrect answers:  Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Madison Bumgarner, Randy Johnson, Orel Hershiser

Q.        Who was the first 21st century rookie pitcher to earn 15 victories out of his team's first 125 games?
Hint:     On July 4th of his rookie season, he and both his relievers all reached triple-digits on the radar gun.
Hint:     Much of the reason for his team’s not winning the World Series that year is due, many feel, to the sub-par fielding of the pitching staff, with him not excluded.
Hint:     In Little League, some children would start crying in the on-deck circle when they saw how fast he was throwing.
-  Ended up w/a 17-9 record.
2006 WS; He was the losing pitcher in the 1st & last G of the Series with an E1 in each game.
-  2006 ROY
-  100+ MPH X 3 G:  04-Jul-2006 w/Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney
FCR -  Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Kerry Wood, Mar Prior, Herb Score

Q.        Who broke Gaylord Perry’s record as the most superannuated Cy Young Award winner?
Hint:     He never, however, had a 300-strikeout season, his best effort only ranking 70th all-time.
Hint:     His career numbers tell a different story.
-  Age 41 in 2004 time of his 7th and final CYA, then w/HOUPerry was 39 when he won his 2nd w/SDP in 1978.
-  Best season 292 K was w/TOR in 1997.
-  His career total of 4,672 ranks him 3rd all-time, behind only Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Randy Johnson (4,875).
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers:  Don Sutton, Bert Blyleven, R.A. Dickey, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro

Q.        Who is the only native to Puerto Rico to win a Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He earned, in the same season, the saves in each of his team’s games that clinched the division, pennant and World Series.
Hint:     His consideration for the Hall of Fame consisted of 2 votes out of 460 possible in his only year of eligibility. (0.4%)
Hint:     He never received even a single CYA votes other than in the year he won.
-  B. in Aguada, Puerto Rico; CYA in 1984
   Division save: 18-Sep; pennant save 05-Oct; World Series save 14-Oct-1984 for DET.
FCR -  Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        Who is the only pitcher to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award unanimously?
Hint:     His father-in-law had also won an MVP.
Hint:     He played his last game the same day a future Hall of Famer played his first.
Hint:     SABR reports that if a batter hit the ball hard off him, the next time up the batter would often get the same pitch in the same location as if to say, “Here you go, let’s see you hit it again.”
A.         DENNY McLAIN
-  Unanimous MVP 1968 (Carl Hubbell did it in the NL in 1936.)
Lou Boudreau 1948 AL MVP (Came within 2 votes for Joe D. of also being unanimous).  McLain married Boudreau’s daughter Sharon in 1963.
-  Last G 12-Sep-1972 ; Mike Schmidt debuted 12-Sep-1972 (5 hours later and 787 miles away)
FCR -  David Ramsden, Barcelona
Incorrect answers:  Vida Blue, Al Rosen, Trevor Rosenthal

Q.        What pitcher holds the modern record of 14 games started with 0 wins?
Hint:     He once had a season with 300+ strikeouts, but didn’t exceed even 200 in any other of the remaining 16 seasons of his career in the majors.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to start an All-Star game in each league.
Hint:     He’s one of only a handful of pitchers with 6 victories in a single month of April.
A.         VIDA BLUE
-  14 GS, 0 W 1983 pitching for KCR
-  301 K in 1971, next best season 189 in 1975
-  ASG starter for AL 1971; for NL 1978
-  6-1 in April 1971
FCR -  Bill Deane, Cooperstown
Incorrect answers:  Sam McDowell, Gaylord Perry, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Roy Halladay

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who won a Cy Young Award and league MVP the same season

Blue                1971
Clemens          1986
Eckersley        1992
Fingers            1981
Gibson            1968
Hernandez      1984
Kershaw          2014
Koufax            1963
McLain            1968
Newcombe      1956
Verlander        2011

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeChaunce Venuto, Tooele, Utah (after Newcombe)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Dodgers Cy Young winners
               -  Dodger MVP’s
-              Dodger pitchers who have appeared in an All-Star game
-              Dodger pitchers who won CYA & MVP in same season
-              Pitchers That Won a Cy Young and pitched in post season

Wed        -  All Star pitchers who have won an MVP award.

Monday, July 10, 2017

2017-07-03 South Atlantic League MVPs

Q.        What overall first-round draft pick starred for both the Dodgers and Padres?
Hint:     He won Gold Glove Awards at first base for both teams.
Hint:     He led the majors in hits, bases-on-balls and RBI, but in three separate seasons.
Hint:     Five times did he ground into double plays more than 20 times in a season and has over 200 such for his career.
Hint:     He was born in the U.S., but 4 times has represented the country of his ancestors in the World Baseball Classic.
-  He was the 1st overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft by FLA
-  GG for SPD in 2008, 2009 & 2011; for LAD in 1014
-  213 H in 2011; 119 BB in 2009 & 116 RBI in 2014
-  201 GIDP so far in career
-  Played for Mexico in WBC in 2006, 2009, 2013 and the 2017.
FCR -  Derek Granger, Chandler, Arizona
Incorrect answers:  Steve Garvey, Mike Piazza, Logan Forsythe 

Q.        Who was the first teenager to hit a home run in a League Championship Series game?
Hint:     He was the first native of Curaçao to be selected to an All-Star team.
Hint:     No other member of his 140-year-old franchise ever hit more home runs in a season.
-  LCS HR G 7 17-Oct-1996; B. 23-Apr-1977
-  51 HR in 2005 for the Braves (Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron are next highest, both with 47 in 1953 & 1971 respectively.)
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Incorrect answers:  Xavier Bogaerts

Q.        Who holds the American League record for most total bases in one game?
Hint:     He shares a last name with a Hall of Famer and was once projected to be a can’t-miss Hall of Famer himself.
Hint:     He set a record a decade ago that might never be broken.
-  On 8-May-2012 Hamilton hit four home runs and racked up 18 bases in one game in Baltimore against the Orioles.  Each HR was with 1 man on.
Billy Hamilton (no known relation) was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1961.
-  Josh’s record of 28 home runs in the opening round of the 2008 Home Run Derby seems out of reach.  The next highest is Bobby Abreu’s 24 in 2005.
FCR -  Jim Turner, Tallahassee
Incorrect answers:  Fred Lynn, Shawn Green, Barry Bonds, Jim Bottomley, A-Rod

Q.        What teammate of Derek Jeter’s stole and sold Jeter’s playing glove?
Hint:     The fact that he returned it quickly did not stop the Yankees from giving him his unconditional release.
Hint:     He played 7 more seasons in the majors and even faced the Yankees in the World Series.
Hint:     He represented his native country in the World Baseball Classic twice.
-  He sold the glove to a memorabilia dealer for $2,500.
-  Played for SPD in the 1998 WS.
-  Played for Panama in the WBC in 2006 & 2009.
FCR -  Adam Fund, Toronto
Incorrect answers:  Gerald Williams, Ben Rivera, Bombo Rivera, Jim Rivera

Q.        Who did Houston call up to replace the recently departed Hunter Pence?
Hint:     He was the first alum in the majors who got to go to “Doesn’t go” University.
Hint:     His name might indicate his college degree.  (It doesn’t.)
Hint:     He homered in each of his first two postseason games, the 1st DET to do that.
Hint:     He was raised with 5 sisters.
A.         J.D. MARTINEZ
-  MLB debut 30-Jul-2011.  Pence had been traded to PHI the day before.
-  Had attended Nova Southeastern University.  In Spanish, “no va” means it doesn’t go.  (Yes.  Yes.  I know it means “new” in Latin.)
-  J.D. = Juris Doctor, the degree granted by most U.S. law schools
-  HRs 02-Oct-2014 & 03-Oct-2014 in the ALDS (Won by BAL)
-  Born and raised in Florida of Cuban parents
FCR -  Bill Carle, Lee’s, Summit, Missouri
Incorrect answers:  George Springer

Q.        What Oklahoma native is the only person to play on a MLB World-Series-winning team and an NBA title-winning team?
Hint:     He was the first player to earn Minor League Player of the Year honors twice.
Hint:     He attended high school in the Tri-Cities and college very close by.
Hint:     He was also the winning pitcher in the 1955 All-Star Game for his hometown Milwaukee Braves.
Hint:     In addition to playing for the Braves, he was proud of his Amerind heritage.
Hint:     He was the losing pitcher of record in the ’54 game.
Hint:     After striking out Ted Williams and Yogi Berra in yet a 3rd All-Star game, he was voted the BBWAA Comeback Player of the Year.
Hint:     He and his wife Katie established and operated an industrial supplies company for 35 years after his playing days.
A.         GENE CONLEY also pic who passed away on July 4th
-  With MLN in 1957 and with the Boston Celtics for their NBA championships in 1959, 1960 & 1961.  When he played with the Celtics in their championship years, only Bill Russell was taller.  Click here to see him trying to defend Wilt Chamberlain.
-  “Sporting News” Minor League POY in 1951 when he was MVP of the Eastern League and then again in 1953 when he was also the American Association’s MVP.          
-  Attended Columbia High School (now Richland HS) in Richland, Washington and then Washington State University in Pullman.
-  He was part Cherokee Indian.
1959 ASG; Named CPOY by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. After the season he signed two contracts, one with the Phillies and another with the Celtics.
-  They ran the Foxboro Paper Company.
FCR -  Mary Shea, Milwaukee
Incorrect answers:  Clint Hurdle, Warren Spahn

Q.        What Georgian ginger grew up halfway between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, but attended neither?
Hint:     Last season was the first in the last five that he has not played in the postseason.
Hint:     He was the American League Player of Week 3 separate times in three different seasons, the last of these likely influencing his selection on the All-Star team (where Craig Kimbrell struck him out in his only plate appearance).
Hint:     He hit his first major league home run in Japan.
Hint:     He is one of 48 players to homer against every single team currently in MLB.
-  From Loganville, about 45 minutes from both Tech and UGA.  Instead, he was drafted out of high school.
-  Made the postseason with the A’s 2012-14 and with STL in 2015.
-  POTW 17-Jun-2012, 01-Sep-2013 & 18-May-2014.  AS in 2014.
-  1st HR hit in the Tokyo Dome 25-Mar-2008, off Huston Street, to tie the game in the 9th.
FCR -  Benjamin Chase, Huron, South Dakota
Incorrect answers:  Josh Reddick, Brian McCann

Q.        Who has played in the Little League World Series (twice, winning it all once), the world Baseball Classic and in the MLB postseason?
Hint:     When the MLB Channel ranked all the major league prospects, he came in at #1.
Hint:     Now used almost exclusively as a utility substitute, he hasn’t yet played 100 games in any of his 4 seasons in the majors.
Hint:     His 1 double play turned as a left fielder this season puts him tied for the lead in the American League.
2004 & 2005 LLWS, WBC for The Netherlands in 2013 & 2017 and for the Rangers in the 2012 AL Wild Card game.
-  MLB Network rank the Top 100 and Profar beat out Dylan Bundy and many other notables.
-  Participated in a DP on Opening Day 03-Apr-2017.  Tied with 10 other AL left fielders with one each.
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles
Incorrect answers:  Todd Frazier, Leury Garcia, Eddie Rosario

Q.        Whose first home runs in the majors was a grand slam off future teammate Mike Hampton?
Hint:     He suffered a concussion a week prior to the only All-Star game he was ever selected to.
Hint:     In his best season, he had a streak of hits in nine consecutive at-bats, one short of the National League record.
Hint:     His 145 doubles between 2003 and 2006 were the most of any NL second baseman.
Hint:     His older brother, a two-time All-Star, had a career in the majors that started earlier and lasted longer.
-  1st HR 15-May-2001
AS in 2003
-  9 straight H 28-Jul & 29-Jul-2003
FCR -  Benjamin Chase, Huron, South Dakota
Incorrect answers:  Bret Boone, Aaron Boone, Danny Valencia, Ronnie Belliard, Freddy Sanchez

Q.        Whose nicknames were “3TO” and “…The Muscle”?
Hint:     He was the last 20th Century player to hit at least 15 home runs in a season during which he had 200 or fewer at-bats.
Hint:     Though he only stole 16 bases in his 14-year career, after his playing days, he was convicted of trespassing.
Hint:     On 21-Aug-2010, he christened the 4th deck of Yankee Stadium with an impressive home run.
-  3TO stands for three true outcomes, for his propensity to either draw a walk, strike out, or hit a home run.  “Russell The Muscle” is obvious once one has seen his physique.
-  In 2000, his had 193 AB and 16 HR.
-  On 30-Oct-2015, Branyan was arrested for breaking into the home of his ex-wife, Jill, in Tennessee while she was asleep.  The warrant also accuses him of tampering with the home’s thermostat, making it extremely cold.
-  Yankee Stadium HR
FCR -  Barry Nelson, Guilderland, New York
Incorrect answers:  Mike Simms

WEEKLY THEME – AAA South Atlantic League MVP’s

Player           MVP Yr  Team
Branyan        1996       Columbus Red Stixx
Giles             1998       Macon Braves
Gonzalez      2001       Uh-Oh!  (Should not be on that list !)
Hamilton       2000       Charleston River Dogs
Jones           1995       Macon Braves
Martinez       2010       Lexington Legends
Moss            2004       Augusta GreenJackets
Profar           2011       Hickory Crawdads
Rivera           1994       Greensboro Bats