Sunday, June 17, 2018

2018-06-11 All-Star players selected in a draft round later than 10th

Q.        Who is the only pitcher to throw more no-hitters in the majors than did Sandy Koufax?
Hint:     He also played in more seasons in the majors than did Rickey Henderson.
Hint:     He also gave up fewer hits per 9 innings than any pitcher in major league history.
A.         NOLAN RYAN  [SABR Bio]
-     7 no-hitters to Koufax’ already-amazing 4
-     27 big-league seasons to Henderson’s absurdly-long 25
-     6.56 hits per 9 innings pitched.  Clayton Kershaw was once headed toward this mark, but has been trending down (up) since the end of 2016.
FCR -  Samuel Bass, Decatur, GA
Incorrect guesses:  Randy Johnson, Walter Johnson

Q.        Who is the only major league All-Star ever born in Washington state’s second-most populous city?
Hint:     He was the only 2nd-baseman to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons in the 20th century.
Hint:     Roberto Alomar broke his record for the most Gold Glove awards won by a second baseman.

-  B. 18-Sep-1959 in Spokane (spoh-KANNꞋ), behind only Seattle in size
-  30 HR in 1989, 40 in 1990
-  Alomar won 10 GGs as compared to Sandberg’s amazing 9.
FCR -  Michael Green, Las Vegas
Incorrect guesses:  Jeff Kent, Bobby Doerr, Joe Gordon

Q.        What former Wildcat passed Lee Smith to become the career MLB saves leader?
Hint:     Of all pitchers with 50 or more career saves, he ranks 3rd all-time with an 89% success ratio.
Hint:     Played his entire career with only one kidney and was the recipient of the Hutch Award.
-  Passed Smith on 24-Sep-2006 w/479th career S.  Attended the U. of Arizona.
-  Ranking behind only Mariano Rivera and Joe Nathan in career S %.
-  Had a kidney removed at 6 weeks of age.  Hutch Award in 2004.
FCR -  Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Mariano Rivera

Q.        Who owns the highest single-season batting average in the history of the Lost Angeles Dodgers?
Hint:     He beat John Smoltz by 40 rounds and Smoltz is a scratch golfer.
Hint:     LeBron may have copied him when he “took his talents…”.
A.         MIKE PIAZZA  [SABR Bio]
-  Hit .362 in 1997
-  Hall of Famer selected in the 62nd round, 40          rounds further back, for a Hall of Famer, than Smoltz who was taken in the 22nd round, the previous high.
-  Went from LAD and “took his talents to South Beach” (at least for 5 G).
FCR -  Sarah Grynpas, Toronto
Incorrect guesses:  Tommy Davis, Matt Kemp

Q.        Who has won more Gold Gloves at first base than any other player?
Hint:     According to a bio in Sports Illustrated, his childhood and youth were a nightmare because his father pushed him so hard to succeed.
Hint:     Now he teams with Clyde (not the camel) to create the corniest TV commercials in the Tri-State Area.
-  11 GG
-  Article by William Nack kin SI.  Others wrote.
-  TV ads for men’s hair product with Walt “Clyde” Frazier
FCR -  Jesse Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who has the second-most Gold Gloves of any first baseman?
Hint:     His boss today supplanted him as the most popular player on his team.
Hint:     His once-popular restaurant finally closed its doors.
A.         DON MATTINGLY  [SABR Bio]
-  9 GG
-  Currently manager of MIA, partly owned by Derek Jeter
-  “23” closed 12 years ago this month
FCR -  Barry Nelson, Guilderland, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Wes Parker, Ryne Sandberg, George Scott

Q.        What future former Yankee lost a National League batting title when his manager benched him to protect his numbers, only to see Bill Madlock go 4-for-4 and take the title by 3 points?
Hint:     In high school, where a Cooperstown Hall of Famer was also an alum, baseball was his fourth-best sport.
Hint:     It was not uncommon for him to participate in a track meet and high school baseball game literally simultaneously.
Hint:     The 151st of his career 152 home runs was by far the most famous.
A.         KEN GRIFFEY  [SABR Bio]
-  1976 Griffey hit .336 to Madlock’s .339.  He never came close again.  Played for NYY 1982-86.
-  Stan Musial was a teammate at Donora High School.  Football, track and basketball were Griffey’s priorities.
-  In the 1st inning of the game on 14-Sep-1990 in SoCal, Griffey homered, knocking in the game’s first batter, Harold Reynolds.  The next batter was his son, Jr., who looked at 3 Kirk McKaskill balls before homering to deep left-center.
FCR -  Mark Hayne, Dumfries, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Rennie Stennett

Q.        Who was the first future manager to be a member of the Baseball Digest All-Rookie Team?
Hint:     He was the first player in the now 45+-year-old history of his franchise to get 200 hits in a season.
Hint:     Led the league in plate appearances the same year he played every one of the 162 games on the schedule.  Never did either again in his 18 years as a player in the majors.
Hint:     Jack Morris gave him his 2,500th hit in the majors, but he was the 2,500th strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan.
A.         BUDDY BELL
-  2nd year the award was given, 1972, Bell made it for CLE.  Managed DET, COL & KCR 1996-2007.
-  200 H in 1979.  No Ranger or Senator (2.0) had done it before.
-  Same season had 200 H.
-  Ryan’s K #2,500 12-May-1978; H #2,500 off Morris, 04-Apr-1989 (Opening Day of Bell’s last season)
FCR -  Dan Silverberg, Aventura, Florida
Incorrect guesses:  Joe Torre, Paul Molitor, Lou Piniella, Toby Harrah, Robin Ventura, Dave Martinez

Q.        What Big Apple native was the first Seattle Mariner to collect six hits in one game?
Hint:     The next season, he became the first 21st-century Mariner to hit a home run and steal home in the same game?
Hint:     He was the first out of the first triple play ever turned at Tropicana Field.
Hint:     His beautiful home in the northwest recently made news.
A.         RAUL IBANEZ
-  6 H = 22-Sep-2004 ; B. 02-Jun-1972 New York, NY
-  HR/SBH = 12-Sep-2005
-  TP  = 02-Sep-2006
-  Issaquah home for sale at $4.4 mil.
FCR -  John Burbridge, Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses:  Dave Valle, Edgar Martinez

Q.        Who won the Rookie of the Year Award the same season George Brett came in 3rd in ROY voting?
Hint:     He won the first game of the World Series and scored the winning run in the second game, contributing in his team’s first ever World Series championship.
Hint:     He was the first post-WWII National League right fielder to handle eleven fielding chances in one game.
Hint:     His father played in the Negro Leagues and was a teammate of Satchel Paige.
A.         BAKE McBRIDE  [SABR Bio]
-  1974 NL ROY; Brett was 3rd in AL ROY voting.
-  1980 WS
-  11 chances = 11-Sep-1978
-  “They called my father ‘Bake’.  I didn’t know why.  They started to call me Little Bake and it’s been Bake all my life,” he said.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Gary Matthews

WEEKLY THEME – All-Stars originally drafted later than the 10th round.

Player             Year         Round        Pick*         MLB Yrs     Career WAR
Bell................. 1969......... 16th......... 15/375............. 18........... 66.3
Griffey............ 1969......... 29th......... 13/682............. 19........... 34.5
Hernandez..... 1971......... 42nd.......... 1/785............. 17........... 60.4
Hoffman......... 1989......... 11th......... 20/299............. 18........... 28.1
Ibanez............ 1991......... 54th......... 14/1,375.......... 19........... 20.4
Mattingly......... 1979......... 19th......... 20/473............. 14........... 42.4
McBride.......... 1970......... 37th........... 5/811............. 11........... 22.7
Piazza............ 1988......... 62nd.......... 2/1,390.......... 16........... 59.6
Ryan............... 1965......... 12th......... 20/295............. 27........... 81.8
Sandberg....... 1978......... 20th......... 20/511............. 16........... 68.0
*Pick number in that round/Overall pick in that draft

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one.

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  Starters whom began career as relief pitchers

Tuesday -  First ballot HOFers who played in both 80s and 90s
               -  Famous Ryne/Ryans

Sunday, June 10, 2018

2018-06-04 MLB managers who had coached on Felipe Alou-managed teams

Q.        Under what manager what the consecutive-saves record set?
Hint:     He joined the Colorado Rockies part-way through the season then did well enough to win the National League Manager of the Year Award?
Hint:     He was an All-American Marietta College.
A.         JIM TRACY
-  Eric Gagne saved his 47th straight save opportunity, breaking Jose Mesa’s record on 08-Aug-2003.
- Tracy joined the Rockies for their 47th G of 2009, replacing Clint Hurdle.  A week later he guided them to an 11-game win streak, finishing 74-42 to a spot in the NLDS and cop the 2009 NL MOY.
-  Marietta College is an NCAA D-III school in Marietta, Ohio.
FCR -  Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect guesses:  Clint Hurdle, Don Baylor

Q.        What division-winning manager managed the White Sox to 500?
Hint:     He now heads up MLB’s Diversity Taskforce.
Hint:     His son-in-law was a major league All-Star who played in the majors for 15 seasons.
-  Manuel won exactly 500 games as manager of the White Sox 1989-2003.  He had a .5i5 winning percentage to go with the very round other number.  He managed the Mets to a .489%.  Not bad considering that a mere 6 more wins stood between him a break-even numbers.
-  Commissioner Selig appointed him in April of 2014.
-  Son-in-law is Rondell White.
FCR -  Jess Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses:  Tony LaRussa, Doug Rader, Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen

Q.        What baseball author and motivational speaker is the only manager to win a major league division title with a team that had a losing record?
Hint:     He received the most first-place votes in the Manager of the Year voting the very next season.
Hint:     He was a high school teammate of a Hall of Fame centerfielder.
-  When a strike put a premature end to the 1994 season, the Kennedy-led Texas Rangers were atop the AL West ten games under .500.  (That might have been an even better reason than Matt Williams to let the season continue.)  Kennedy is the author of “Twice Around the Bases”.  Hire him as a speaker for you event.
-  2nd to Lou Piniella 86 to 74 in overall MOY voting in 1995, even though outpolling him 11 to 9 in first-place votes.
-  An L.A. native, he graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California in 1972, a classmate of Robin Yount.  Yount spent 42% of his MLB playing career in CF [although 55% @ SS].
FCR -  Josh Murphy, Cedar Rapids
Incorrect guesses:  Chuck Tanner, Bruce Bochy, Joe Torre, Don Baylor, Tony LaRussa

Q.        What catcher’s quality defensive skills behind the plate allowed him to put together a 9-years career in the majors in spite of hitting BELOW the Mendoza Line for his career?
Hint:     He did almost hit .240 one season.
Hint:     He’s only one step from the Hall of Fame in three different ways:
A. He was once replaced by a now Hall of Famer.
B. He once platooned with a probable future Hall of Famer
C. He is the cousin of a sure-fire future Hall of Famer.
A.         LUIS PUJOLS
-  Hit .192 collectively for the Astros, Royals & Rangers.
-  Hit .239 in 1981 for HOU.
-  A. He cede managerial duties of DET following the 100-loss season of 2002 to Alan Trammell.
   B. He platooned with Bruce Bochy at catcher with HOU in his rookie season of 1978.
   C. His is a cousin of CAL 1st baseman Albert Pujols.
FCR -  Chaunce Venuto, Tooele, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Wes Westrum, Johnny Edwards, Bill Bergen, Mike Matheny, Jose Molina, Benji Molina, Jeff Torborg, Johnny Pesky

Q.        Who was the first player in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals’ franchise to homer right-handed and left-handed during the same major league game?
Hint:     He led the National League in stolen bases as a rookie, but never did again.
Hint:     He won a serious challenge when, in he beat his teammate for the league lead in  doubles.  That teammate ended his career with the National League leading in all-time doubles.
Hint:     He, himself, set amazing records of longevity, including playing for the Cards for 15 seasons, coaching them for another 20 and finally managing them for 14 years which included two pennants and a World Series Championship.
Hint:     He played in 3 World Series, 8 All-Star Games and won and received league MVP votes in 10 separate seasons, showing how much baseball valued his performance.
Hint:     He was the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame when he passed away on Tuesday.
-  Ambidextrous HRs off Pittsburgh’s righty Ted Wilks and their lefty Paul LaPalme on Sunday, 08-Jul-1951 after having played all 8 innings of the double-header’s game one of the double-header they played that day.
-  26 SB in 1945
-  43 2b in 1950 (41 for Musial)
-  95 when he passed.
FCR -  Adam Balutis, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        What former Owl was deemed not wise enough to reverse the Curse?
Hint:     His replacement became one of the least popular ever in that position.
Hint:     He was a major league coach for 20 years.
-  Attended Temple University and managed the Red Sox, but not to a World Series championship.
-  Was replaced as BOS manager by Grady Little who took Pedro at his word and also didn’t win a World Series.
-  His coaching career began in 1983 when he was named the bullpen coach for MON. From 1987-1991. In 1992, he was named pitching coach them. From 1997-2001 he did the same for the BOS.  Kerrigan later served as pitching coach for PHI and was hired as the bullpen coach for the NYY in November 2005, helping them to consecutive playoff seasons. In October 2008, he became the pitching coach for the PIT, where he stayed until August, 2010.
FCR -  Richard Giovanoni, Morton Grove, Illinois
Incorrect guesses:  Grady Little

Q.        Whose starting job did Robin Yount take in his rookie season with the Brewers?
Hint:     He (not Yount) was the first player to strikeout 80 times without hitting a home run that year.
Hint:     He took the concept of a fantasy league to a whole new level.
Hint:     He is the Tigers’ manager this year.
A.         TIM JOHNSON
-  Johnson was the MIL starting SS in his rookie season of 1973, but went from 136 G to 93 G went Yount came up to the Brewers from Newark for good in ’74.
-  As a rookie, Johnson struck out 93 times in 510 plate appearances.  He never hit a single home run in his 7-year major league playing career.
-  Johnson concocted a completely false biography of himself for public consumption, including that he was a nationally-sought high school basketball star and that he had served in the warfare trenches of the Viet Nam war.  It was all an elaborate fabrication.
-  Currently manages the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League.
FCR -  Phil Ross, Denver
Incorrect guesses:  Ron Gardenhire, Rick Auerbach

Q.        Who was the first person to give Andrew McCutchen a congratulatory hand slap after McCutchen homered off Stephen Strasburg Friday night in Washington, D.C.?
Hint:     Members of Congress want him repealed.
Hint:     He led the Captains to the league title.  A majority of their hits that year were ‘Texas Leaguers’.
A.         RON WOTUS
-  Wotus is the Giants’ third-base coach.  McCutchen homered in the 1st inning Friday night.
-  Waters of the United States (WOTUS) is currently a political football.
-  In 1995 he was the manager of the Shreveport Captains when they won the championship of the Texas League with a record of 88-47.
FCR -  Roy Glasser, Valrico, Florida
Incorrect guesses:  Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford

Q.        Who finished managing the season for three different National League teams?
Hint:     He replace three managers fired during the season.
Hint:     He is the only major league infielder to attend Curtis Granderson’s alma mater.
Hint:     Tyler Detmer went there too.
-  Replaced Lloyd McClendon in PIT in 2005;
      replaced Jerry Narron in CIN in 2007; &
      replaced Ryne Sandberg in PHI in 2015.
-  Detmer, no relation to the Heisman Trophy winner.
FCR -  Tom Lewis, Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses:  Jim Riggleman, Leo Durocher, Frank Robinson

WEEKLY THEME – MLB managers who had coached on Felipe Alou-managed teams

Manager                Managed                Coached under Alou
Tracy.............. LAD, PIT, COL........ MON 1995-98
Manuel........... CHW, NYM............. MON 1992-96
Kennedy......... TEX, BOS............... MON 1992
Pujols............. 2002 DET................ MON 1993-2000
Kerrigan......... 2001 BOS............... MON 1992-96
Johnson......... 1998 TOR............... MON 1993-94
Mackanin........ 2005 PIT................. MON 1997-2000
................... 2007 CIN, 2015 PHI
Wotus............. 2006 SFG............... SFG 2003-06
NOTE: recognizes Ron Wotus as having managed in the majors, whereas acknowledges him only as an interim manager.

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSarah Grynpas, Toronto (After Pujols)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  MLB players/managers born in Hamilton, OH.

Tuesday -  managers who managed the most games without managing in a World Series game?