Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013 Answer Notes

Q.         Who has the highest career home run total for a player who never hit a triple?
Hint:     He was traded to bring Broadway to New York.
Hint:     He caught a perfect game the first time he and the pitcher were teamed up as battery mates.
Hint:     But there was no enduring magic because the next time they hooked up the pitcher surrendered 12 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings.
Twint:    Reports of his Blue Jays’ career were wildly exaggerated.
A.         Ramon Castro
FCR -    No one


Ramon Castro retired after the 2011 season with 67 home runs and no triples, breaking the old record of 53 home runs without a triple held by Mark Parent since 1998.  Only 12 players have hit as many as 30 career home runs without hitting a triple and the active leader is Justin Smoak with 47 home runs.

The New York Mets traded Castro, along with cash considerations to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Lance Broadway in May of 2009.  It was a good deal for the Chisox since Castro was their backup catcher for the next two years whereas Broadway got into only 8 games for the Mets, pitching 14.2 innings with a 6.75 ERA and a WHIP of 1.705 before he became a free agent after the season ended.  Here is an article about the trade:

Castro became A.J. Pierzynski’s backup after the trade to Chicago, starting ten games through 19-Jul.  Jose Contreras was the starting pitcher in seven of those games with Clayton Richard, Bartolo Colon and Gavin Floyd starting the others.  On 23-Jul, Castro caught Mark Buehrle for the first time and Buehrle threw a perfect game.  This game account confirms that this was the first time Castro caught Buehrle:

Based on Buehrle’s game log on, Pierzynski caught his first start after the perfecto on 29-Jul then Castro caught the following game on 02-Aug.

On 14-Dec- 2009 it was reported that Castro had signed a 1-year contract with the Blue Jays . This article points out that it seemed like a curious move since the Jays had already signed John Buck as a starter and Raul Chavez as the backup.:

On 30-Dec-2009 it was then confirmed that this was in error and Castro was still a free agent:

On January 12, 2010 reports came in that Castro had resigned with the White Sox. These reports turned out to be true:

Castro then got into 37 games with the Sox in 2010, hitting .278 with 8 home runs and 21 RBIs.  His .832 OPS was the third best of his career and in the top 10 that year among all players who caught at least 25 games.

Q.         Who was the first American League third baseman to have a season with 25 home runs, 25 steals, 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs?
Hint:     He replaced the 2002 Rookie of the Year in his team’s line up.
Hint:     He was later replaced by the 2002 World Series MVP.
Hint:     His bobblehead promotion had to be cancelled after he was traded.
Twint:    Reed Johnson’s bobblehead pinch hit for him.
A.         Corey Koskie
FCR -    Scott Crawford, St. Mary’s, ON


This feat has been accomplished 58 times through 2012 by 37 different players.  Barry Bonds is the record holder with seven 25/25, 100/100 seasons.  It has been done six times by third basemen including 2001 by the Twins’ Corey Koskie.  That year he hit 26 home runs, stole 27 bases, scored 100 runs and drove in 103.  This had been done previously by National League third basemen Howard Johnson (1989 and 1991), Jeff Bagwell (1997 and 1999) and Chipper Jones (1999).  Alex Rodriguez became the second American League third baseman to do this in 2004 (after doing it as a shortstop in 1998) and David Wright did it for the Mets in 2007.

Koskie was the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting third baseman at the beginning of 2005 after Eric Hinske (American League Rookie of the Year in 2002) filled that role in 2002 through 2004.  Hinske played first base and DH in 2005.  Koskie only played 76 games at third base in 2005 due to injuries and DH duties but nobody else spent more time there than he did.  Shea Hillenbrand played 52 games at third, Aaron Hill 35 and Frank Menechino 9.  The 2005 Blue Jays’ fielding stats can be found here:

In 2006 former World Series MVP Troy Glaus played 146 games at third for the Jays after Koskie had been traded.  The 2006 Blue Jays’ fielding stats can be found here:

Koskie’s bobblehead was offered as an offseason promotion for buying 2006 Flex Packs of Blue Jays tickets.  The Jays were forced to stop distributing the bobbleheads after Koskie’s trade to Milwaukee on 06-Jan-2006.

After Koskie was traded ticket purchasers were given a Reed Johnson bobblehead instead. Here is more information about the bobbleheads:

Q.         Who is the current baseball coach at the University of Houston–Victoria?
Hint:     Five of his first thirteen home runs were hit off pitches who each eventually won 300 games.
Hint:     He and Dave Concepcion were the only 1978 National League All Stars not born in the USA.
Hint:     It was the only time he was an All Star and …
Twint:    Sadly, he didn’t get into the game.
A.         Terry Puhl
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO


Puhl has been the coach at UHV since January 2007. Here is the team’s website:

Puhl homered off Tom Seaver (Puhl’s first), Gaylord Perry (twice), Phil Niekro and Don Sutton, all of whom eventually won 300 games and made it into the Hall of Fame.  This is Puhl’s home run log.

Puhl is from Melville, Saskatchewan and Concepcion was born in Venezuela.  American League All Star Rod Carew, from Panama, was the only other non-American at the 1978 All Star game.  This is the box score and play-by-play of the 1978 All Star game.

Johnny Bench, Jeff Burroughs and Puhl were the only National League position players named to the 1978 All Star team who didn’t play.

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