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

1971 Expos

1972 Padres

1974-76, 92 Red Sox

1983, 86, 96-2003 Yankees

1984-86 Cubs

1987 Giants

1993-95 Rockies

2004-06 Devil Rays

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Abbey Garber, Dallas (after the Wednesday question)

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