Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 14-20, 2011 AL MVP winners opposite Barry Bonds


Q.         During a break in a major league game, who took the microphone and publicly proclaimed himself, “…the greatest of all time!”?
Hint:     Admittedly, he slipped a little and referred to himself in the first person.  He was probably just excited.
SABR Hint:       Nolan Ryan notched his 7th no-hitter the same day.
Twint:    His career record of 1,408 stolen bases will probably stand at least as long as Cy Young’s 749 complete games.
A.         Rickey Henderson (Self-proclamation came when he passed Lou Brock on the career steal list. 01-May-1991; Usually refers to himself in the 3rd person; Ryan)
First Correct Respondent - Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL

Q.         Who was the oldest player to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     His career was with these teams in this sequence:  Indians, Red Sox, Cubs, A's, Cardinals, Red Sox.
SABR Hint:       He threw the 200th no-hitter in major league history.
Twint:    Ron Darling said, "He's the most amazing pitcher I've ever seen.  He has the ability to throw a strike any time he wants.  Nobody else can do that.  Nobody."
A.         Dennis Eckersley (AL MVP 1992 at age 38; inNo-hitter 30-May-1977)
FCR -    Richard Nicholson, Richmond, VA

Q.         What Dominican grew up idolizing Cal Ripken and then got the chance to replace him?
Hint:     His consecutive games played streak reached to over 40% of Cal’s total.
SABR Hint:       That places him 5th all-time.
Twint:    He received a sentence of one year probation after he admitted that he’d lied to Congress.
A.         Miguel Tejeda (1,152 G to Ripken’s 2,632; Record)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         What Dominican grew up idolizing Cal Ripken and is now in second place behind him for career home runs hit by a shortstop?
Hint:     He has 14 seasons with 100 RBI, the most in history.
SABR Hint:       He and Jose Canseco are both linked to Guy Ritchie.
Twint:    He has signed the two most lucrative contracts in the history of major league baseball.
Twint:    Yes, he DOES know how popcorn works, but it’s always nice to be shown.
A.         Alex Rodriguez (344 HR @ SS; Both dated Madonna, Ritchie’s husband; Popcorn video)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Who leads a 110-year old franchise in 23 career offensive categories, but played for two other teams during his career, one of them twice?
Hint:     This according to Baseball-Reference.
SABR Hint:       He is one of only four players with a .300 batting average, 500 home runs, 1,500 RBI, 1,000 runs and 1,500 bases-on-balls.
Twint:    He was a college teammate of Bo Jackson.
A.         Frank Thomas (The other stat holders: Mel Ott, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams; played football with Jackson at Auburn University.)
FCR -    Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK

Q.         Whose 44-game hitting streak against the Texas Rangers is the longest player‑versus‑team such stat since MLB began keeping track?
Hint:     Jose Santiago said of him, "There's no way to pitch to him.  The pitches haven't been invented to get that guy out."?
Hint:     Frank Robinson said, ".  He doesn't take a back seat to anyone I've ever seen play this game.  Ever."
SABR Hint:       He just signed with his fourth major league team.
Twint:    He and his brother were once both intentionally walked in the same inning.
Twint:    In 2009, he broke the record he had shared with Frank Robinson and Jeff Kent by stroking his 19th Opening Day run batted in.
A.         Vladimir Guerrero (Streak ended 05-Aug-2006 where he was 0 for 4  but w/ a BB & 3 R; BB w/bro Wilton 07-Jul-1999 [Turns out it WASN’T the same inning and Wilton’s walk wasn’t intentional.  Other than that, my eyewitness account was completely reliable.])
FCR -    Steven Young, Middletown, MD

Q.         Who had the first at-bat in a major league game on the west coast?
Hint:     He struck out.
Hint:     His only All-Star appearance was the year before.
Hint:     Doubling his previous career high, he led the American League in triples his first year there.
Twint:    He was once traded for a player who had been Rookie of the Year in the National League.
A.         Gino Cimoli Passed away this week. (15-Apr-1958; 15 3b in 1962; AS 1957; traded for Wally Moon)
FCR -    Barry Mednick, Yorba Linda, CA

Q.         Which manager did Joe Torre replace in New York?
Hint:     As far as we know, he never fought Ali.
SABR Hint:       His four years as a player in the majors were dwarfed by his 14 years in the minors.
Twint:    He spent time in the minors on the rosters of the Triplets, the Raiders, the Barons, the Indians, the Missions and the Orioles.
Twint:    …as well as the Mounties and another version of the Indians.
A.         Joe Frazier Passed away this week. (Mets mgr. 1976-77)
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami

Q.         Whose long-standing hit record was broken this year by Matt Murton?
Hint:     He led his league in at-bats seven out of his first ten seasons.
SABR Hint:        As a young boy, his daily routine included throwing 50 pitches, fielding 50 infield balls and 50 outfield balls, and hitting 500 pitches, 250 from a pitching machine and 250 from his father.
Twint:    He holds the major league single-season record for the most hits.
Twint:    He hit the only inside-the-park home run in All-Star history.
A.         Ichiro Suzuki (214 H in 144 games in the Japanese League [NPD]; 262 H in 2004);
FCR -    P.L. Cohen, Brooklyn

WEEKLY THEME – The seven American League Most Valuable Award winners who won it the same seasons that Barry Bonds won it in the National League.

1990     Henderson  Oakland A’s
1992     Eckersley    Oakland A’s
1993     Thomas      Chicago White Sox
2001     Ichiro          Seattle Mariners
2002     Tejada        Oakland A’s
2003     A-Rod         Texas Rangers
2004     Guerrero     Anaheim Angels

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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