Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 9-15, 2013 Infielders who won Gold Gloves in each league


Q.         Who is the only player to hit World Series home runs for three different teams?
Hint:     He hit 56 home runs in only 150 games in 1994 and 1995.
Hint:     Hirsute he’s not.
Twint:    He was the first player to hit two doubles in one inning in a World Series game.
A.         Matt Williams (WS HRs: 1989 w/SFG, 1997 w/CLE, 2001 w/ARI; Pate; 2 2b 2001 WS G6, 3rd inning)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB

Q.         Who is the all-time leader in career games played at shortstop?
Hint:     When he retired in 2012 he was the oldest player in the majors, the only one who had debuted in the 1980s.  (Further research reveals Jamie Moyer as the oldest in 2012, so Vizquel was just the oldest in the AL.)
Hint:     He became the oldest player ever to play shortstop in the major leagues.
Twint:    He was Greg Maddux’ 3,000th strikeout victim.
A.         Omar Vizquel (2,709 G @ SS; Last G 03‑Oct‑2012 @ 45 yrs. 162 days; Maddux K 26‑Jul‑2005)
FCR -    Mike Brandyberry, Grafton, OH

Q.         What former player platooned with Kevin Youkilis at first base and is now a roving hitting instructor for the Giants?
Hint:     His father was an NFL All-Pro wide receiver.
Twint:    He took the field on 27‑Sep‑2008 against the Dodgers, but was replaced before the first pitch so he could retire as a Giant.
A.         J.T Snow (W/BOS 2012; Jack Snow; Final “game”)
FCR -    Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA

Q.         Who replaced Nomar Garciaparra at shortstop for the World Series champion 2004 Red Sox?
Hint:     He was OC in the OC.
Twint:    Although a citizen of the United States, he announced his retirement from his native Colombia.
A.         Orlando Cabrera (Traded at the deadline, he played all 4 G of the WS; “O.C.” nickname played for the Angels 2005-07, based in Anaheim, Orange County; Retirement)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         What switch-hitting, two-time major league All-Star scored twelve runs in ten games for Team USA in the 2001 Baseball World Cup?
Hint:     He has had 370 major league teammates, 212 of whom are still active.
Hint:     He founded the C.A.T.C.H. Foundation, a 501c3 organization that seeks to provide resources and a support system for youth coping with autism.
Twint:    He is the “O-Dog”.
A.         Orlando Hudson (2001 WC; Teammates, in his 11 major league seasons, he played for 6 teams; C.A.T.C.H. Foundation)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Q.         Who slapped batterymate Jose Mesa in the face with his mitt during a 1995 game, telling Mesa to pay attention?
Hint:     The Pirates signed him as an outfielder.
Hint:     He was voted American League manager of the year for a team that was four games over .500.
Hint:     He was the winner of the first ever Jackie Jensen Spirit Award.
Twint:    He guided the Dominican team to a perfect record in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
A.         Tony Pena (Mesa incident 16‑May‑1995; WBC)
FCR -    Neil Cohen, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         What Detroit Tigers player received his U.S. citizenship at home plate at Comerica Park in 2008?
Hint:     He entered the game that day as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, but did not come to bat.
Hint:     He was the only Cardinal to pinch-hit for Mark McGwire in 1998.
Twint:    He was the 2006 ALCS MVP.
A.         Placido Polanco (Citizenship ceremony w/100 other new citizens 09‑Jul‑2008; PH 20‑Jul‑1998)
FCR -    Henry Hascup, Lodi, NJ

Q.         Who moved from third base to catcher to allow Mike Schmidt to remain at third for the Reading Phillies?
Hint:     He had played 265 minor league games at third before the switch, but only played there seven times in his nineteen-year major league career.
Hint:     His father played 510 games at third in the majors.
Twint:    He was the only catcher to throw out Rickey Henderson stealing three times in a game in 1982.
A.         Bob Boone (1971 Reading Phillies; Father Ray; 3 CS on Henderson 27‑Jul‑1982 [Erratum:  The 3rd CS was a pickoff by pitcher Geoff Zahn, so only 2 that day for Boone.])
FCR -    Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA

Q.         Who is the only American League second baseman to amass 140 runs-batted-in in a season?
Hint:     He set the American League record for most home runs in a season by a second baseman on the day Alex Rodriguez set the American League record for most home runs in a season by a shortstop.
Hint:     His brother Matt spent seven years in the minor leagues.
Hint:     His uncle Rod played for Stanford and then spent four years in the minors.
Twint:    Oh yeah, his brother Aaron, father Bob and grandfather Ray also played in the majors.
A.         Bret Boone (141 RBI in 2001 [He led the AL.]; Boone’s 34th HR 07‑Sep‑2001, A-Rod’s 07‑Sep‑2001; Matt, Rod)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA

Q.         Who was named the Baseball America College Player of the Decade for the 1980s?
Hint:     He was inducted in the first class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 in Lubbock, Texas.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit a grand slam in both ends of a doubleheader in the majors.
A.         Robin Ventura (CPD; CBHOF; GSs 20‑May‑1999 & 20‑May‑1999)
FCR -    Mike Brandyberry, Grafton, OH

Q.         What Titan regularly visited his homestead until the team advised against it for safety reasons?
Hint:     Two different teams he played for were in this year’s Little League World Series.
Twint:    He was the first overall pick in the major league draft, but never played in the majors for the team that selected him.
A.         Adrian Gonzalez (Nicknamed “Titan”, born in Tijuana; LLWS; 2000 June draft)
FCR -    No one

WEEKLY THEME – Infielders who won Gold Gloves in each league

Player                 Pos.         AL                           NL
Bo. Boone            C             78, 79                    82, 86-89
Br. Boone            2B           02-04                     98
Cabrera                SS            07                           01
Gonzalez             1B           11                           08, 09
Hudson                2B           05                           06, 07, 09
Pena                      C             91                           83, 84, 85
Polanco                2B           07, 09                    11
Snow                    1B           95, 96                    97-00
Ventura               3B           91-93, 96, 98       99
Vizquel                 SS            93-91                     05, 06
Williams               3B           97                           91, 93, 94

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jeff Bergida, Albany, NY (after the Wed. Q.)

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

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