Sunday, June 2, 2013

May 27-June 2, 2013 Manager of the Year Award winners who had played for that same team.

Q.         Who said, "I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky."?
Hint:     In 1977 and 1978, he became the only National League manager to win pennants his first two seasons (managed minimum ½ season).
Hint:     Because of him, Kirk Gibson showed the world his now famous fist pump.
Twint:    He managed the men’s USA Olympic baseball team to its only gold medal.
Twint:    Perhaps to counter the Dodger blue quote, Gaylord Perry said, “Wait until (he) meets the Lord and finds out he’s wearing pinstripes.”
A.         Tommy Lasorda (First complete seasons Dodgers lost both WS to Yankees; Lasorda pinch hit the ailing Gibson allowing him to hit the walk-off in G 1 1988 WS; 2000 Beijing Olympics)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         Which manager, after winning his 3rd World Series title, retired at the end of the 2011 season in third place for career wins?
Hint:     Bud Selig, reportedly citing the first All-Star Game where John McGraw came out of retirement to manage the National League, allowed him to manage the 2012 National League All-Star team.
Hint:     The Cardinals retired his uniform number 10.
Twint:    He graduated from Florida State University law school in 1978.
Twint:    He is quoted in Wikipedia as saying, “I’d rather ride the buses in the minor leagues than practice law for a living.”
A.         Tony LaRussa (2,728 W, behind both Mack [3,731] and McGraw [2,763]; 2012 ASG NL won 8-0; Retired 11‑May‑2012; Passed the FL Bar exam 1979)
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH

Q.         Which Boston Red Sox manager was blamed for their historic 1978 collapse?
Hint:     This was despite the fact he did not throw a single pitch to Bucky Dent.
Hint:     Ironically, he may be best remembered as the Yankees bench coach that lost a “fight” with the Red Sox Pedro Martinez during the 2003 American League Championship Series.
Twint:    He managed the Yankees the first 36 games of the 1999 season.
A.         Don Zimmer (1978 lost a 14-game lead; lost one game playoff to NYY with Bucky Dent providing GWRBI; Pedro threw him to the ground in the brawl; 21-15 to start the 1999 season)
FCR -    Mark Lewers, Blacksburg, VA

Q.         In whose first year as manager of the Giants, did they compile a 100-61 record?
Hint:     This was the third most wins for the club since it moved.
Hint:     They won the division that year by 15.5 games over the second place Dodgers.
Twint:    They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Marlins.
Twint:    It was his only post-season appearance during his four-year tenure with the Giants.
A.            Felipe Alou (2003 100-61; 1993 and 1962 seasons won 103; 2003 Dodgers 85-77; Lost 3-1 to Marlins in 2003 NLDS; Giants MGR 2003-2006)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Who managed the Mets to their best season ever with 108 wins?
Hint:     He won the World Series that year which was best known for the events of Game 6.
Hint:     He is the only manager to lead the Washington Nationals to the post-season.
Twint:    He will probably never forget the Alamo.
A.         Davey Johnson (Managed 1986 Mets and won the 1986 WS vs. the Red Sox where an error by Bill Buckner cost the Sox Game 6 and eventually the series; 2012 NLDS 3-2; Attended Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio, TX)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas, TX

Q.         Who was the first Latino manager to lead his team to a World Series Championship?
Hint:     In 2012, he professed admiration for Fidel Castro in a Time magazine article.
Hint:     His team suspended him for five games for this remark.
Twint:    After being ejected from a game in 2011 against the Yankees, he tweeted his objection to the ejection with the game still in progress which garnered him a two game suspension.
Twint:    He and Bryce Harper have their own pine tar incident.
A.         Ozzie Guillen (B. Venezuela 1964 and won the 2005 WS; Castro remark followed by suspension; 27-Apr-2011 NYY game ejection; 15-Jul-2012 tirade)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who in 2003 with a 3-2 NLCS lead, came within one fateful game of managing the Cubs to the World Series?
Hint:     Some people blame Steve Bartman for the Cubs downfall.
Hint:     This manager did not blame Bartman, and wanted to win a Cubs World Series to exonerate him.
Twint:    The year before the incident, he won the National League pennant but then lost the World Series after being up three games to two.
Twint:    He has managed in the majors almost continuously since then, but has not appeared in a World Series.
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who was replaced as Phillies manager after managing them through 160 games of the 2004 season?
Hint:     This was despite a winning record and a 2nd place finish in the National League East.
Hint:     John Kruk labeled him with several expletives, but said the best thing to happen to him “was him becoming my manager”.
Twint:    He was third base coach for the Yankees and then the Dodgers over 5 consecutive seasons.
Twint:    In his only other Managerial job, he was replaced in the early part of the 1988 season by Jack McKeon.
A.         Larry Bowa (85-75 record, replaced by Gary Varsho; finished 2nd to the Braves; from Kruk’s book I Ain’t An Athlete Lady)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC

Q.         Who has spent all nineteen seasons of his managerial career in the National League West, winning three pennants with two different teams?
Hint:     He was the winning manager of the first ever All-Star Game at Chase Field.
Hint:     He has the most managerial wins for a person born outside the United States.
Twint:    The year prior to achieving that record, he replaced as manager the person he surpassed.
A.         Bruce Bochy (managed 12y SDP 7y SFG pennants 1998 SDP, 2010 and 2012 SFG; 2011 ASG ; broke the record set by Felipe Alou had 1,454 end 2012 season; replaced Alou after SFG 2006 season)
FCR -    John Null, Sugarland, TX

Q.         Who managed the Twins to their most recent two World Series titles?
Hint:     They overcame 3-2 deficits to win both series.
Hint:     They didn’t win a single road game in either series.
Twint:    He was drafted by the Seattle Pilots in the 1968 amateur draft.
Twint:    He is the only major league manager born in Minnesota to manage in Minnesota.
A.         Tom Kelly (Twins WS 1987, 1991; Defeated 1987 Cardinals and 1991 Braves with home field advantage for both series; Born Aug15th,1950; Drafted in the 8th round.)
FCR -    Gary Glasser, Fort Lee, NJ

Q.         Who went from being his team’s color commentator to the team’s manager in 1997?
Hint:     The decision was widely panned, but his team won the division in four of his five seasons he was at the helm.
Hint:     He made his major league debut on his eighteenth birthday and struck out Willie Mays in the first inning (looking).
Twint:    He was temporarily replaced as manager 13‑Jun‑1999 due to a seizure in mid-game.
Twint:    That game was suspended, but the game was resumed with him back as manager on 15-Jul‑1999.
A.         Larry Dierker (Astros broadcaster; skeptical response because he had retired as a player in 1977; Debut 22‑Sep‑1964; 13‑Jun seizure vs. Padres)
FCR -    Bob Dorrill, Kingwood, TX

WEEKLY THEME – Manager of the Year Award winners who had played for that same team.

Plyr/Mgr      Team/Year MOY         Year(s) played for team
Alou           94 Expos                   73 Expos
Baker          93, 97, 2000 Giants     84 Giants
Bochy         96 Padres                  83-87 Padres
Bowa          2001 Phillies               70-81 Phillies
Dierker        98 Astros                   64-76 Astros
Guillen        2005 WSox                85-97 WSox
Johnson     97 Orioles                  65-72 Orioles
Kelly           91 Twins                    75 Twins
LaRussa     88, 92 A’s                  63, 68-71 A’s
Lasorda      83, 88 Dodgers          1954-55 (Brooklyn)
Zimmer       89 Cubs                     60-61 Cubs

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave Raglin, McLean, VA (@ 1:47 P.M. EDT today at Camden Yards)

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

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