Sunday, November 20, 2011
November 14-20, 2011 Active players with 4,000 career total bases
Q. Who is the career home run leader among active players?
Hint: He also leads in runs scored, runs batted in, total bases and extra base hits.
Twint: He’s a distant second in strikeouts.
A. Alex Rodriguez (629 HR; 1,824 R, 1,893 RBI, 5,215 TB, 1,153 XBH; Jim Thome has the K lead with 2,487 to A-Rod’s 1,916 and only trails all-time leader Reggie Jackson by 110.
First Correct Respondent – Gary Glasser, Fort Lee, NJ
Q. Whose tag of J. T. Snow at home plate ended the Giants season in 2003?
Hint: He held the ball aloft for the cameras, in a defiant, exuberant pose.
Hint: Many claim he’s the best catcher of all time.
Twint: In the history of the majors, no one has played more games at catcher.
A. Ivan Rodriguez (NLDS G 4; 2,427 G at C)
FCR - Jim Satterly, DeLand, FL
Q. What speedster outfielder plays himself in the movie Moneyball?
Hint: He was a player Billy Beane admitted he couldn’t afford to keep.
Hint: He has hit more triples that all but five other Kansas City Royals.
Twint: Per Wikipedia, his first concussion was from a hit he took from Warren Sapp in a high school football game.
Twint: His mother was born in Thailand.
A. Johnny Damon (Moneyball uses archival footage of him; 47 3b as a Royal)
FCR - Jeff Freedman, Los Angeles, CA
Q. What New Jersey native played the most games in a New York Yankees uniform?
Hint: He played for four years in the minor leagues and was MVP of the Class-A Florida State League.
Twint: I’ve heard certain members of the tender gender assert that he’s the awesomest, handsomest, humblest, greatest baseball player ever to live.
Twint: Only he and Wade Boggs hit a home run for their 3,000th hit.
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Q. Who leads all current major league first basemen in games, putouts and assists?
Hint: He has never played for the Yankees.
Twint: He is a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, four-time National League Player of the Month, and three-time Gold Glove winner.
FCR - Rod Nelson, Detroit
Q. Who is the only switch-hitter in MLB history to have a .300 career batting average and 400 or home runs?
Hint: He was the first third baseman to have 100 RBI in eight consecutive seasons.
Hint: He barely missed the mark with his totals on each end of that streak.
Twint: He is the career NLDS career home run leader.
A. Chipper Jones (.304, 454 HR; 100 RBI 1996-2003; 9 NLDS HR)
FCR - J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC
Q. Who once averaged 100 runs batted in and 100 walks and 100 strike outs over a fourteen-year period?
Hint: His lowest season strikeout total over that span was 113.
Hint: He hit only .235 during his time with the Dodgers, but the fans hated to see him go.
Hint: He was released from major league teams four times during his career.
Twint: He is putting all ten of his nieces and nephews through college.
A. Jim Thome (1995-2008 100 RBI, 104 BB, 144 K)
FCR - Matt Dicker, Arlington, VA
Q. What free swinger had more major league hits than any other player born in his country?
Hint: He played with his brother for three years on a National League team.
Hint: He played for fourteen years in the majors before it was discovered that he had lied about his age.
Twint: Few players in major league history can challenge his prowess as a “bad ball” hitter.
FCR - J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC
WEEKLY THEME – Active players with 4,000 career total bases
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Merrill, Brunswick, ME