Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 5-11, 2014 Phillies with mullets from the 1993 team

Q.         Who is the only right-handed pitcher since J.R. Richard to strike out 300 batters in each of consecutive seasons?
Hint:     Not only did he not win the Cy Young Award either season.  The second year, he got no votes at all.
Hint      He was part of one of the most famous trades the Astros ever made.
Hint:     He was the 4th-youngest player in the majors as a rookie and 7th oldest by the time he retired.
Twint:    He’s the only native of Alaska to appear in an All-Star game.
Twint:    He’ll be of the Hall of Fame ballot next year for the third time.
A.         Curt Schilling (319 K in 1997, 300 in ’98, Richard 303 in 1978, 12 votes in ’97; 4th in CYA voting in 1997; Traded from BAL to HOU 10-Jan-1991 with Steve Finley & Pete Harnisch for Glenn Davis; ASG appearances 1997, 99, 2002 [starter])
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Mike Scott, Larry Dierker, Dwight Gooden

Q.         Who was traded to the Cubs when a movie was released that gave him a nickname he never really wanted?
Hint:     That movie now frequently appears on lists of favorite sports movies.
Hint:     He’s a California native, but was drafted out of high school in Oregon by the Padres.
Hint:     He and his putative nemesis are long-time bowling aficionados.
Twint:    He is too often called "The Bill Buckner of pitchers".
A.         Mitch Williams ("Major League", nickname "Wild Thing”, with a tie to the hit single by the Troggs from 1966; B. 17-Nov-1964 in Santa Ana, CA, Drafted 3rd pick of the 8th round of the 1982 Amateur Draft; Williams owned a bowling alley and Joe Carter is an accomplished bowler.)
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Leon Durham, Dave Kingman, Mark Grace, Rick Sutcliffe

Q.         Who broke Pete Rose's record for most plate appearances in a season?
Hint:     Jimmy Rollins set the new standard when he had 778 in his MVP season.
Hint:     He once stole 105 bases in a single minor league season.
Twint:    He was frequently interviewed with a wad of bubbled gum permeated with chewing tobacco
Twint:    Perhaps it was chewing tobacco that gained structural integrity by being mixed with bubble gum.
A.         Lenny Dykstra (His 773 in 1993 passed Rose's 771 set in 1974; SB for Lynchburg Mets in 1983; Tobacco/gum mélange)
FCR -    Makato Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY
Incorrect answers:  Vince Coleman, Rickey Henderson, Willie Wilson, Juan Samuel, Omar Moreno, Ichiro Suzuki, Dave Cash, Lou Brock, Carlton Fisk

Q.         What catcher was reported to be the first to suggest that pitchers cover their mouths with their gloves during mound discussions?
Hint:     He was the first regular-season DH in the history of his franchise.
Hint:     The year he led the league in runs-batted-in, he won his only Silver Slugger Award.
Twint:    His official site lists a "library".  It has no entries.
A.         Darren Daulton (Mouth-covering suggestion during the 1993 World Series; DH 16‑Jun‑1997; 109 RBI, SS 1992; Daulton Site)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Hal McRae, Darrell Porter, Mike Piazza, Joe Girardi, Carlton Fisk, Gene Tenace, Thurman Munson, Javier Lopez

Q.         Who still owns the single-season NCAA home run record?
Hint:     He is also the leader in career home runs in Division I collegiate play.
Hint:     He also still leads in single-season RBI and total bases, career and single-season slugging and a jaw-dropping career slugging percentage of .915.
Hint:     A major league rule named for him states that a franchise cannot trade a drafted player until he has been under contract to them for at least one year.
Twint:    He was drafted but refused to play in the minors so his drafting team traded him.
Twint:    His team thought that was kind of a Cowboy move, so they traded him to TEX the same day they signed him to a contract.
Twint:    The rule that now prevents major league teams from doing that is name in his honor.
A.         Pete Incaviglia (Single-season NCAA records set in 1985 at Oklahoma State:  48 HR, SLG 1.140, 148 RBI, TB 285, Career HR 100; Drafted by MTL in 1985; Incaviglia Rule)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Rick Monday, J.D. Drew, Barry Bonds, Bob Horner, Rick Reichart, Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire, Phil Nevin

Q.         What player retired after hitting a first-inning single in Camden Yards in the middle of his 10th season, knowing he was then eligible for election to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     In the nearly two decades since that single, he has failed to secure election to the Hall.
Hint:     He received exactly one (1) vote for the Hall.
Twint:    Before he was married, he had a fateful bachelor party.
A.         John Kruk (Last G 30-Jul-1995; 1 HOR vote 2001; Drive home from infamous bachelor party resulted in injury and more for teammates Dykstra & Daulton)
FCR -    Makoto, Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jim Eisenreich, Albert Belle, Rafael Palmeiro, Billy Ripken, Jeff King

Q.         Who resigned as head coach of Valparaiso High School baseball to take a job in the Phillies farm system?  [Indiana, not Chile]
Hint:     In major league history, only three major league second basemen had career fielding percentages better than his at the time of his retirement.
Hint:     Hearing his name pronounced by the late, great Harry Kalas was one a baseball's great aural pleasures.
Twint:    In the space of one second, he once single-handedly retired Andy Van Slyke, Barry Bonds and Jeff King.
A.         Mickey Morandini (Resignation 2010; Retired in 2000 w/Fielding % .9887 [Scott Fletcher .9898, Ryne Sandberg .9894, Tom Herr .9890]; [Sorry.  Could not find Kalas/Morandini sound clip.]; Triple play 20-Sep-1992, the first one in the NL since 1927)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Damon Berryhill, Larry Bowa, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Jim Fregosi, Richie Ashburn, Juan Samuel

Q.         What All-Star had his major league career ended by a spider bite?
Hint:     He did play nine more games, but it was over, his condition exacerbated by his diabetes.
Hint:     Teammate Curt Schilling once said this about him: "Intense?  He's pretty intense when he sleeps.  He chews bricks!"
Twint:    In 2004, he joined Hall of Famers Warren Spahn, Ray Dandridge and Jimmy Collins when he was elected to the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame.
A.         Dave Hollins (AS 1993, Spider bite; GBHOF)
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Glenallen Hill, Jim Eisenreich, Danny Jackson, Ron Santo, Larry Bowa

Q.         What veteran hitting coach won minor league MVPs six years apart?
Hint:     In 2008, he joined Dave Hollins in the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame.
Twint:    During his stint as the Pirates batting coach he helped Juan Batista realize his batting potential.
Twint:    In college, he was wise.
A.         Jeff Manto (Texas League 1988 MVP [AA], International League 1994 MVP [AAA]; GBHOF; Attended Temple University: the Owls)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Doug Lindsey, Milt Thompson, Greg Gross, Steve Henderson, Charlie Lau, Roger Freed

WEEKLY THEME – The Phillies of 1993 with mullets.

[Click each name to see image.]

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Pitchers who were WS MVPs
               -  Pitchers with highest strikeout to walk ratio.
               -  Pitchers with highest W-L Pct in the post-season.
               -  Pitchers with most career post-season wins.
               -  Pitchers with most post-season wins in one year.
               -  Pitchers with most post-season wins in one year in the 21st century.
               -  All Stars that were given away in bad trades by the Houston Astros

               -  Pitchers on Phillies World Series teams
               -  Pitchers from the ’93 Phillies
               -  All-Star pitchers who played for both the Phillies and Astros

               -  Philadelphia Phillies All-'90's team
               -  Members of the 93 Phillies who received MVP votes during their careers
               -  93 NL Champs Phillies

               -  Each received Comeback Player of Year at some point
                  Each received individual honors after the ’93 season
               -  Members of the 1993 Phillies who played in the postseason with another team
               -  Might this week's theme be 1993 Phillies who earned more than $1 million in 1993
               -  Each had lowest fielding pct at their positions.
               -  1993 Phillies who made an All-Star team with another teams
                    -   In their Opening Day starting lineup

               -  Members of the 93 Phillies who were All-Stars
               -  Members of the 93 Phillies eligible for HOF induction
               -  The most recent inductees into the Phillies Hall of Fame

               -  Starting lineup of 93 Phils
               -  Members of the 1993 Phillies team that also were on the Phillies All 1990's team
               -  Phillies 1993 NLCS Game One lineup

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