First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Abbey Garber, Dallas (after the Wednesday question)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Answers for the Week of September 13, 2010
Q. For which team did Fred Lynn win the American League Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint: He also won the Rookie of the Year Award for the same team.
Twint: He beat out a Hall of Fame teammate for both awards.
A. 1975 Red Sox (ahead of Jim Rice for both awards)
First Correct Respondent - Mike Lynch, Portland, OR
Q. For which team did Rick Sutcliffe win the National League Cy Young Award?
Hint: His Hall of Fame teammate won the National League Most Valuable Player Award the same season.
Twint: They led the team to its first postseason appearance in 39 years.
A. 1984 Cubs (MVP Ryne Sandberg; last postseason appearance 1945 WS)
FCR - Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Q. For which team did Joe Torre win his first Manager of the Year Award?
Hint: That season marked the team’s return to the World Series after a 14-year absence.
Twint: It was the last season Mariano Rivera saved fewer than 25 games.
A. 1996 Yankees (Shared the award with Johnny Oates of the Texas Rangers [Torre also won the AP Manager of the Year Award in 1982 with the Atlanta Braves, one year before the inception of the BBWAA Award.]; Yankees returned to WS for first time since 1981; Rivera had 5 saves [John Wetteland was the team’s closer])
FCR - Ken Bell, Chicago
Q. For which team did Mike Marshall first save 20 games in a season?
Hint: The only pitchers with a winning record on that team were Steve Renko, Bill Stoneman and John Strohmayer.
Twint: That season marked the first time the team did not finish in last place.
A. 1971 Expos (Renko 15-14, Stoneman 17-16, Strohmayer 7-5)
FCR - P.L. Cohen, Brooklyn
Q. For which team did Matt Williams make his Major League debut?
Hint: That season he split time at shortstop with a player formerly named Gonzalez.
Twint: The team reached the NLCS that season, but Williams did not play.
A. 1987 Giants (split time with Jose Uribe, who changed his name from Gonzalez during the 1984 season; Giants lost NLCS to the Cardinals)
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Q. What was the last American League team managed by Lou Piniella?
Hint: Two seasons later they dropped half their name.
Twint: After the abbreviation, the team made its first postseason appearance.
A. 2005 Devil Rays (shortened to Rays in 2007; 2007 postseason appearance)
FCR - Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara
Q. Which team used its first overall pick to sign Dave Roberts, and the next day inserted him into their lineup as the third baseman?
Hint: They used their first pick in the secondary phase of the draft to select Warren Cromartie.
Twint: Leron Lee was their only .300 hitter. (In fact, he was the only regular who hit above .270.)
A. 1972 Padres (drafted Roberts 06-Jun, inserted into lineup 07-Jun [12th inning]; Cromartie did not sign with Padres, which was the third of five teams to draft him)
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Q. Which team’s opening day lineup included Freddie Benavides, Jerald Clark and Alex Cole?
Hint: None of the three were with the team the following season.
Twint: Armando Reynoso was the only pitcher with a winning record for the team.
A. 1993 Rockies (Reynoso 12-11)
FCR - Robert Muse, San Diego
WEEKLY THEME – Major league teams coached by Don Zimmer
1974-76, 92 Red Sox
1983, 86, 96-2003 Yankees
2004-06 Devil Rays