Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 8-14, 2013 Players who appeared in 500 Major League games without ever coming to bat

Q.         Who was the last Orioles pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in a season in which the O’s went to the World Series?
Hint:     He lost his first five and last four decisions, going 167-134 in-between.
Hint:     He coined the term “Horn,” after teammate Sam Horn, for striking out six times in a game.
Hint:     Seven strikeouts, he insists, should be called a “Horn-a-Plenty”.
Hint:     He had the most starts in the American League from 1977-87, even though he suffered a severe knee injury and torn Achilles tendon during that span.
Twint:    He was one of four Orioles pitchers to combine on a no-hitter.
A.         Mike Flanagan (1979 AL CYA; “Horn” debut 29‑Jul‑1991 Sports Illustrated; combined w- Bob Milacki, Mark Williamson & Gregg Olson on 13‑Jul‑1991)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Highland, MD

Q.         Who was the first left-handed pitcher to earn 20 saves in a season for the Orioles?
Hint:     He was the only pitcher to earn 100 saves for the Orioles from 1976-85.
Hint:     His only postseason victory sent the Orioles to their last World Series appearance.
Twint:    He is the only Orioles pitcher to earn more than one save in a World Series.
A.         Tippy Martinez (21 SV in 1983; 104 SV from 76-85; W 1983 ALCS Game 4; 2 SV in 1983 WS)
FCR -    Mark Lewers, Blacksburg, VA

Q.         Which submariner surrendered Manny Ramirez’s 500th career home run?
Hint:     He would pitch 44 more games before giving up another home run.
Hint:     He only faced 163 batters in those 44 games, an average of just 3.7 BF/G.
Hint:     He is the only right-handed pitcher to appear in 500 career games while facing fewer than four batters per game.
Twint:    He was one of the players featured in the book Moneyball.
A.         Chad Bradford (Manny’s 500th 31-May-2008; Next HR surrendered 25-Sep-2008 to Curtis Granderson; 3.89 BF/G [2180 BFP in 561 G])
FCR -    Dick Adams, Ellicott City, MD

Q.         Who is the only American League pitcher to appear in 70 games for six straight seasons?
Hint:     The game that gave him the sixth consecutive 70-appearance season was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s final major league game.
Hint:     It was also the last game of the season—his last opportunity to achieve the record.
Hint:     His career in the majors spanned fourteen years and saw him in the uniform of six different teams.
Twint:    Dallas-born, he attended two different universities in Texas before his professional days.
Twint:    Actually achieved seven consecutive 70-appearance seasons and two more of 60 each following those.
A.         Buddy Groom (Streak 1996-2002; Cal’s final G 06‑Oct‑2001; Pitched for the Tigers, Marlins, A’s, Orioles, Yankees & D’Backs; Carl Albert State College & University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)
FCR -    Dave Pugh, Baltimore, MD

Q.         Who was once on a pitching staff that included Jack McDowell, Kevin Brown and Erik Hanson?
Hint:     California born, he grew up in Hawaii, but attended a known surfing school on the mainland.  (…perhaps THE surfing school.)
Hint:     He currently shares the microphone with a teammate who once imitated him in a major league game.
Twint:    His Samoan ancestry may or may not have been instrumental in his choice of school.
Twint:    He is currently Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President & GM for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A.         Mike Fetters (He, McDowell, Brown and Hanson pitched for Team USA in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup; B. 19‑Dec‑1964 Van Nuys, CA, attended Pepperdine University; Teammate on the field and in the booth: Mark Grace, who aped Fetters’ distinctive delivery.)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Who threw the infamous pitch that Mookie Wilson dribbled up the first base line?
Hint:     He has pitched in more games than any other player in Boston Red Sox history.
Twint:    Historians now agree that Schiraldi was probably more to blame for the game six loss.
A.         Bob Stanley (G6 1986 WS; 637G)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to win the Rolaids Relief Award playing for the Seattle Mariners?
Hint:     He probably wasn’t cheering for the Cardinals on Monday.
Twint:    In his only All-Star appearance, he gave up two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
A.         J.J. Putz (RR Award 2007; Alumnus of the University of Michigan, whose basketball team played the University of Louisville Cardinals for the NCAA championship on Monday night 08‑Apr‑2013.  On the previous Monday night 01‑Apr‑2013, his big league team, the Diamondbacks, faced the St. Louis Cardinals; ASG 2007)
FCR -    Paul Sekula, Arlington, VA

Q.         What former Governor crossed the picket lines in 1994?
Hint:     He led the American League in pitching appearances one season over a decade later.
Twint:    In 2003, he was inducted into the Austin Peay State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
A.         Jamie Walker (Austin Peay University’s mascot is the Governors, Walker played (or was willing to play) during the MLB work stoppage of 1994-95; AL G leader w/81 w/ the Orioles in 2007;
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY

Q.         Who surrendered Jim Thome’s first career home run?
Hint:     He is one of only two American University alumni to make the majors.
Hint:     In his first year with the Yankees, he pitched 27 consecutive scoreless innings during a streak of fourteen straight saves.
Twint:    In 1990, despite having a 1.98 ERA over 57 appearances and 13 wins, he did not receive a single vote for the Cy Young Award.
A.         Steve Farr (Thome HR 04‑Oct‑1991; Mark Smith is the other AU graduate; Streaks in 1991.)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Players who appeared in 500 Major League games without ever coming to bat.

Player          MLB Gs
Bradford         561
Farr                509
Fetters            620
Flanagan        526
Groom            786
Martinez          546
Putz               517
Stanley*          637
Walker            545

*Did have a postseason at-bat in G 2 of the ’86 World Series.  He struck out.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago, IL

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