Sunday, October 14, 2012
October 8-14, 2012 Pitchers who have surrendered 2 HRs in a game to Ichiro Suzuki.
Q. Who tweets about his charitable activities from @JLester31?
Hint: He was diagnosed with Lymphoma late in the 2007 season.
Twint: He received the “Heroes Among Us” award from the Celtics in 2008.
A. Jon Lester
FCR - Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON
Q. Which young Texan hurler was the second overall pick in the 1999 draft and was named 2001 Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today?
Hint: He was included in a mega-deal salary dump in 2012’s biggest deal after the trade deadline.
Twint: He won the ALCS MVP four years after he won the World Series MVP as a National Leaguer.
A. Josh Beckett (traded w/Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford & Nick Punto [combined $260M salary]; 2007 ALCS MVP, 2003 WS MVP)
FCR - Jeff Korell, Van Nuys, CA
Q. Who decided to remove the two periods in his nickname soon after being traded to Milwaukee?
Hint: Since 2005 he has donated $100 for each batter he strikes out (over $150,000 total) to Barry Zito’s “Strikeouts for Troops”.
Hint: He won a Cy Young Award three years before his first twenty-win season.
Twint: Three of his children have the same alliterative initials as their father.
A. CC Sabathia (Traded to Milwaukee from Cleveland 07-Jul-2008 with Michael Brantley for Rob Bryson (minors), Zach Jackson and Matt LaPorta. Strikeouts for Troops; CYA 2007, 21-7 in 2010; children Carsten Charles III, Carter Charles & Cyia Cathleen [along with daughter Jaden Arie])
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Q. What pitcher was lifted with two out in the 7th inning in the first game after the 1994-95 players strike, even though he had not yet give up a hit?
Hint: His manager’s reasoning was that he did not want his star pitcher to throw too many pitches.
Hint: The strategy must have worked since that was the only season in his sixteen-year career when he was an All-Star.
Twint: He was traded straight-up for former MVP Mo Vaughn.
A. Kevin Appier (6.2 no-hit IP on 26-Apr-1995; traded from the Mets to the Angels for Vaughn 27-Dec-2001)
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Q. Who was the first pitcher in modern National League history to give up ten hits in under six innings pitched without allowing a run?
Hint: He did it in 2011.
Hint: He was the 30th pitcher in Major League history to reach 2,500 career strikeouts.
Hint: He retired after the 2011 season to spend more time with his family.
Twint: He is a well-known collector of Puerto Rican art.
A. Javier Vazquez (10 H, 0 R/ER in 5.1 IP on 21-Jun-2011; 2,500th K )
FCR - John Null, Sugarland, TX
Q. Who was chosen immediately before fellow Mt. St. Joseph High School alum Mark Teixiera in the 2001 draft?
Hint: After pitching in parts of four seasons in the majors, his 2008 win total was more than double his previous career total.
Twint: He led the American League in batters hit by pitch in 2012.
A. Gavin Floyd (#4 pick in the 2001 draft; 17 W in 2008, 8 career wins entering the season; 14 HBP in 2012)
FCR - Andy Bradley, Washington, DC
Q. Who was the only American League pitcher to face 1,000 batters in 2002?
Hint: He also led the league’s pitchers in hits, bases on balls, earned runs and losses, results which call into question why he was allowed to face so many batters.
Hint: The Braves signed him to a $750,000 contract in 2007.
Hint: He would have earned an additional $350,000 if he spent even a single day on the active roster, but he spent the entire year on the Disabled List, missing out on the bonus.
Twint: He became an insurance salesman after retiring from baseball.
A. Tanyon Sturtze (1,008 BFP, 271 H, 89 BB, 129 ER & 18 L in 2002)
FCR - Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX
WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who have surrendered two home runs in a game to the redoubtable and lissome Ichiro Suzuki.
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN
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