Sunday, October 6, 2013

September 30-October 6, 2013 Outfielder winners of the Willie Mac Award

Q.        To whom should Lasorda not have let Niedenfuer pitch?
Hint:     His bankruptcy in 1992 was a public embarrassment, but he successfully righted his situation.
Hint:     He twice exceeded 130 bases-on-balls in a season.
Twint:   He led the National League in GW RBI in 1980.
Twint:   1977 through 1983, he was double-digits outfield assists every year but one.
A.         Jack Clark (Homered w/ 1st base open in the 9th inning of the G 6 of the 1985 NLCS;
FCR -   Jeff Fink, Howell, NJ

Q.        What former Astros All-Star has been called “…a mechanical disaster.”?
Hint:     His diving outfield catch help secured Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter.
Hint:     Making an equally heroic play would have been the 27th out of a perfect game for another teammate.
Hint:     He was drafted just ahead of Dustin Pedroia.
Twint:   He recently signed a $90M contract extension.
A.         Hunter Pence (AS 2009, 2011, Awkwardness quote [He’s not above self parody:  Video]; Lincecum no-no 13‑Jul‑2013; Near no-no by Yusmeiro Petit 06‑Sep‑2013; 2nd round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft; Contract extension)
FCR -   Herb Whalley, Houston, TX

Q.        Who played in the postseason with five different teams in six different seasons, but never with a team that won even a single series in those years?
Hint:     He was one of the sixteen players with forty home runs in 1996.
Hint:     He has the Silver Slugger Award in each league.
Twint:   Though not a likely Hall of Famer himself, he was teammates with Carlton Fisk, Wade Boggs and Roberto Alomar.
Twint:   His hometown was the site of a famous battle.
A.         Ellis Burks (1988 ALCS w/BOS, 1990 ALCS w/BOS, 1993 ALCS w/CHW, 1995 NLDS w/COL, 2000 NLDS w/SFG, 2001 ALDS w/CLE, Battle of Vicksburg)
FCR -   Dayton Headlee, Omaha, NE

Q.        After Willie Mays in 1960, who was the next Giants batter to hit more than ten triples in a season?
Hint:     He was also the last 20th century Tigers batter with more than ten triples in a season.
Twint:   He did not appear in the field or at bat until his 10th major league game.
A.         Larry Herndon (11 3b for 1980 SFN; 13 3b for 1982 DET; PR 04-, 07-, 08-, 09-, 11- [1], 13- [1], 17- [2], 18- & 19-Sep-1974)
FCR -   Mark Camps, Albany, CA

Q.        Who ended Vince Coleman’s six-year run as National League stolen base leader?
Hint:     He is one of four major league alumni of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Twint:   Among those he ranks second in major league G, AB, R, H, HR & SB.
A.         Marquis Grissom (76 SB in 1990 [Coleman was in 7th place with 37]; other FAMU alumni: Coleman, Andre Dawson & Hal McRae)
FCR -   Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY

Q.        Who was the last batter at Candlestick Park?
Hint:     Earlier in the game he became the last Giants batter to hit a home run there.
Hint:     He and teammate F.P. Santangelo were collectively nicknamed “The Fighting Hydrants” due to their stature and fiery competitiveness.
Twint:   He was named in the Mitchell Report and admitted to using steroids a few years later.
A.         Marvin Benard (grounded out 30-Sep-1999; given the nickname by Giants announcers Duane Kuiper and MIke Krukow [Armando Rios was the third member of The Fighting Hydrants.]; admitted to using steroids after knee surgery in 2002)
FCR -   Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CA

Q.        Whose 10.37 100-meter dash time is second only to Deion Sanders’ among major league players?
Hint:     He had the most extra-base hits and the only stolen base for the Giants in the 2010 World Series.
Hint:     He suffers from ADHD and is currently a spokesperson advocating for others with the disability.
Twint:   He was born in New Jersey but raised in Puerto Rico.
A.         Andres Torres (Sanders ran the 100 in 10.26; 4 2B, 1 HR, 1 SB in 2010 WS)
FCR -   Rich Klein, Plano, TX

Q.        Who was the last player to wear #25 for the Giants before Barry Bonds?
Hint:     In 1987 he and Paul Molitor became the first Brewers teammates steal 30 bases in the same season.
Twint:   He was the only Brewer other than Molitor to steal 30 bases in a season during the 1980s.
A.         Mike Felder (wore #25 1991-92, Bonds started wearing it in 1993; 34 SB, Molitor 41 SB in 1987)
FCR -   Damian Begley, New York, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Outfielder winners of the Willie Mac Award

Year        Player          Position
1999       Benard        Center fielder
2000       Burks           Right fielder
1980       Clark            Right fielder
1992       Felder         Center fielder
2003       Grissom       Center fielder
1981       Herndon      Left fielder
2013       Pence          Right fielder
2010       Torres         Center fielder

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara (after the Burks Question)

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

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