Sunday, June 30, 2013

June 24-30, 2013 Rickey Henderson's Minor League Managers

Q.         Who is the only All-Star Game MVP to win four batting crowns during his career?
Hint:     His hard slide into second base one day when he was a Detroit Tiger nearly ended Tony Fernandez’ career.
Hint:     He was a Panther and Hawk (NOT a Saluki) before he was a Ranger.
Twint:    He had to share the ASG MVP honor.
A.         Bill Madlock (1975 ASG MVP, batting titles 1975-76 w/CHC, 1981, 83 w/PIT; Fernandez incident 24‑Sep-1987 3rd inning; Eisenhower HS, Decatur, IL, [Southeastern Illinois College NOT Southern Illinois U.], MLB debut with TEX 07‑Sep‑1973; Shared 1975 ASG MVP w/Jon Matlack)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who was the first shortstop to win a World Series Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     His birth name was Russell Earl O’Dey, but a whole nation game him a new middle name.
Hint:     He finished second in the Rookie-of-the-Year Award voting for his first full season.
Twint:    He appeared, wearing a swimsuit, in the September 1983 issue of Playgirl magazine.
A.         Buck Dent (1978 WS MVP; Boston fans, often referred to as “Red Sox Nation” were particularly unhappy with his performance in the 1978 playoff game, where his home run in the 7th inning provided the margin of victory.  They dubbed him Bucky F*****g Dent; 2nd in 1974 ROY voting to Mike Hargrove)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who broke Johnny Bench’s record for doubles in a season by a catcher?
Hint:     When he had an RBI in the World Series, it marked the first time that both a father and son had World Series RBIs.
Hint:        He started the All-Star Game for a team in each league, only the second catcher to do so.
Twint:     He had the only hit in Nolan Ryan's eighth career one-hitter.
Twint:    His manager, Dick Williams, once said of him, "He needed a diaper.  He would whine when he didn't feel he was getting enough attention and cry when he felt he got too much."
A.         Terry Kennedy (42 2b for the 1982 Padres; RBI in G 4 of the 1984 WS, Father Bob Kennedy drove in a run in G 2 of the 1948 WS; AS for the 1981, 83, 85 Padres & 1987 Orioles; Ryan 1-hitter 11‑Aug‑1982)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB

Q.         Who drove in the winning run for the Pirates in the deciding game of the 1971 World Series?
Hint:     He led the National League in pinch-hits in 1969, falling one short of the league record.
Hint:     He guided three teams to Puerto Rican Winter League championships.
Twint:    His surprise bunt in Game One of the 1962 World Series drove in Willie Mays, ending Whitey Ford's World Series consecutive scoreless World Series innings streak at 33.2.
Twint:    He had the highest batting average (among non-pitchers) in the 1962 World Series.
A.         Jose Pagan (8th inning RBI 2b in 1971 WS Game 7; 19 PH in 1969; ; PRWL champs Bayamon Cowboys 1975-76, Arecibo Wolves, Ponce Lions .368 [7-19] 1962 WS AVG, Jack Sanford led all batters with .429 AVG in 7 AB)
FCR -    David Girdany, Bedford, PA

Q.         Who was the first player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat for the Senators?
Hint:     He was the last player to hit a triple for the Seattle Pilots.
Hint:     It was his only triple that year.
Twint:    He had one of the Dodgers’ four hits in the final game of the 1966 World Series before they succumbed to the Baltimore Orioles.
Twint:    He was then thrown out trying to steal second.
A.         John Kennedy (Debut HR 05‑Sep‑1962; Pilots 3b 25‑Sep‑1969; WS H 09‑Oct‑1966)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         What pitcher’s heavily tattooed arms forced Major League Baseball to institute a rule requiring pitchers to cover their arms during games?
Hint:     The rule now bears his name, at least in the minds of the media and public.
Hint:     Last year he founded his Legacy Baseball/Softball and Personal Training in Clearwater, Florida.
Twint:    Originally drafted by the Giants, he chose to go to college.
Twint:    He later pitched for them in the majors, but was in the Dodgers organization when San Francisco won it first World Series.
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who was last year’s volcanic manager?
Hint:     In his first full season as a major league manager, he led his team to thirteen consecutive victories to start the season.
Hint:     That season, he won Manager of the Year awards from Baseball America and Sports Illustrated.
Twint:    He was selected by the Italian National Team to be a coach in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
A.         Tom Treblehorn (Managed the Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 2008-2012; 1987 Milwaukee Brewers)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Q.         What American League catcher had the top fielding range in both 1982 and 1983?
Hint:     This former Bulldog managed AA and AAA teams to their respective league championships.
Twint:    He hit well against the following All-Star Pitchers: Jack Morris (.450), Len Barker (.429), Dennis Eckersley (.400), Rick Sutcliffe (.333) and Charlie Hough (.300).
A.         Rick Sweet (RF 6.81 in 1982 and 6.69 in 1983; Won w/AAA 1993 Tucson Toros, 1998 AA Harrisburg Senators, led the AAA Louisville Bats to division titles 2008-10)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

WEEKLY THEME – Rickey Henderson’s minor league managers

Mgr                  Team                               Managed       Henderson’s time there
Dent                 Ft. Lauderdale Yankees    1985-86          1985
J. Kennedy       Jersey City A’s                 1978              1978
T. Kennedy       San Diego Surf Dawgs     2005-06          2005
Madlock           Newark Bears                   2003-04          2003-04
Pagan               Ogden A’s                       1979-80          1979
Sweet               Portland Beavers              2001, 02, 03   2001
Treblehorn         Boise A’s                         1976              1976
Treblehorn         Modesto A’s                    1977              1977

Henderson credits Treblehorn with refining his base stealing prowess.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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