Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 14-20, 2014 Played for 5 different teams in the postseason

Q.         Who has played for the Oakland A’s four discrete times?
Hint:     His namesake had a lot of hits as well.
Twint:    1,406
A.         RICKEY HENDERSON (A’s stints:  1979-84, 89-93, 94-95, 98; Ricky Nelson; Career MLB stolen base record)
FCR -    Andy Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Dave Stewart, Miguel Tejada, Pete Rose, Kenny Rogers, Andy Parrino

Q.         Who is the only California Angel to win the Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     He recently (and very publicly and awkwardly) broke his leg.
Twint:    He was the first player to be thrown out stealing twice in an inning.
A.         DON BAYLOR Salmon [Vladimir Guerrero won in 2005, but the team had changed its name.] (AL MVP 1979; Broken leg; 9th inning 15-Jun-1974)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tim Salmon, Rod Carew, Kendrys Morales, Dean Chance, Jim Fregosi

Q.         Who is the single-season and career home run leader for the Cleveland Indians?
Hint:     As a child, he jumped from the stands into the Cubs dugout in an attempt to get Dave Kingman's autograph, only to be hoisted back into his seat by Cubs catcher Barry Foote.
Twint:    He hit an 11th-inning, come-from-behind, game-winning two-run home run on the day his team gave away his bobblehead dolls.
A.         JIM THOME (52 HR in 2002, 337 career; Game winner:  21-Apr-2001, bobblehead)
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Cory Snyder

Q.         Who receives $1,193,248.20 annually from his one-time team, just as he will every July 1 through 2035, even though he retired in 2001?
Hint:     He was the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to switch-hit home runs in a game.
Hint:     He once hit a postseason grand slam that landed two rows in front of me.*
Twint:    "He…reminds me of both Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell." ~ Washington Post baseball writer Thomas Boswell
A.         BOBBY BONILLA (Pay day; Switch-hit HR 03-Jul-1987; Postseason GS 01-Oct-1996)
FCR -    Tommy Bennett, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Alex Rodriguez, Mo Vaughn, Eric Byrnes
*My good friend (and reader) Jim Nelson was the one who got the tickets for us.  It's the only postseason game I've ever attended.  A Baltimore native, he is a veteran of games in October.

Q.         Whose frequent career moves were once subject of a wry television ad by international express package carrier DHL?
Hint:     His career lasted eleven years longer than that of the man who beat him out for Rookie of the Year.
Hint:     He was nicknamed "Sugar Loaf" by his teammates.
Twint:    He hit the first home run against the Washington Nationals.
Twint:    It was one of only two he hit that season.
FCR -    Zack Murphy, Folsom, CA
Incorrect answers:  Harry "Suitcase" Simpson, Eric Hinske

Q.         Who was the "Baseball America" NCAA Player of the Year in 1988?
Hint:     So dominant a pitcher and hitter was he in college, that the National Collegiate Hall of Fame award for the best two-way player is named for him.
Hint:     In one amazing stretch, he reached base fifteen times in fifteen straight plate appearances, a National League record.
Hint:     He shares the record with Barry Bonds.
Twint:    He won the Gold Glove at First Base the year after Rafael Palmeiro's controversial win.
Twint:    He is the only Seattle Mariner to win a Gold Glove Award at First Base.
A.         JOHN OLERUD (POY List; 15/15 PA: 16 to 22-Sep-1998; Played for Washington State, The John Olerud Award; GGs 2000, 02, 03)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Brooks Kieschnick, Ben Sheets, Albert Belle

Q.         Who was hit-by-pitch in the eighth inning 13-Apr-1994, ending Pedro Martinez' bid for a perfect game, then charged the mound, hypothesizing that it had been intentional?
Hint:     He is a member of the exclusive 300/300 club.
Hint:     He hit at least thirty home runs in a season for two different National League teams.
Hint:     He hit at least twenty home runs in a season for five different National League teams.
Hint:     He hit at least ten home runs in a season for seven different major league teams.
Twint:    He went to the World Series with three different teams, taking home a ring once.
A.         REGGIE SANDERS (HPB game; 300 HR/300 SB)
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Ron Gant, Rickey Henderson, Gary Sheffield, Steve Finley, Kevin Mitchell, Gerald Williams, Bobby Bonds, Dante Bichette, Mike Piazza, Carl Everett

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to throw an Immaculate Inning in the World Series?
Hint:     Three seasons later, he finished second in the Cy Young Award voting to a pitcher who got all the first-place votes.
Twint:    He pitched for three teams in the World Series, on the winning side twice.
A.         DANNY JACKSON (Immaculate Inning 1985 WS, G 5, 24-Oct [K’d Terry Pendleton, Tom Nieto & Brian Harper in the 7th]; 1988 CYA votes; WS:  1985 KCR, 1990 CIN & 1993 PHI)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  David Price, Orel Hershiser, Randy Johnson, Johnny Podres

Q.         Who ranks behind only Larry Walker and Todd Helton for the best season WAR in the history of the Rockies?
Hint:     He hit home runs in 39 different major league stadiums.
Hint:     Twice in his career, he had season slugging averages of over .600.
Hint:     He currently works in the front office of the team he played for 2001-03.
Twint:    He attended tiny Ranger College.
Twint:    Former Chicago Cub outfielder Roosevelt Brown is his cousin.
A.         ELLIS BURKS (WAR of 7.9 in 1996; Slugged .678 in 1994 & .639 in 1996*; Works today for the Cleveland Indians; Ranger College, Ranger, TX) *Led the NL
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga, Matt Holiday, Vinny Castilla, Troy Tulowitzki

Q.         Who holds the season records for home runs by a shortstop on the Montreal Expos?
Hint:     He homered in his first at-bat with the Red Sox.
Hint:     It was a good omen.
Twint:    He is second only to Edgar Renteria for seasons played in the majors among natives of Colombia.
A.         ORLANDO CABRERA (17 HR ins 2003; BOS HR 01-Aug-2004->BOS won WS that year; 15 yrs in MLB [Renteria, 16])
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco. CA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Lansing, Hubie Brooks, Wil Cordero, Tim Foli, Spike Owen, Tim Wallach

Q.         What pitcher recorded the final out of the 2004 ALCS?
Hint:     He once won a major league game without throwing a single pitch.
Twint:    He is the pitching coach for the Elks.
A.         ALAN EMBREE (ALCS G 7 20-Oct-2004; No-pitch W:  07-Jul-2009, the antepenultimate G of his career.  He only threw 12 more pitches in the majors; Pitching coach for the Bend (Oregon) Elks in Bend.)
FCR -    Don Masi, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers:  Keith Foulke, Derek Lowe, Curtis Leskanic, Tim Wakefield

WEEKLY THEME – Players with postseason experience with five teams

Baylor          5:  BAL, CAL, BOS, MIN, OAK
Bonilla          5:  PIT, BAL, FLA, NYM, ATL
Burks           5:  BOS, CHW, COL, SFG, CLE
Cabrera        5:  BOS, CAL, CHW, MIN, CIN
Embree        5:  CLE, ATL, SFG, BOS, SDP
Henderson    5:  OAK, TOR, SPD, NYM, SEA
Jackson       5:  KCR, CIN, PIT, PHI, STL
Lofton          6:  CLE, ATL, SFG, CHC, NYY, LAD
Olerud          5:  TOR, NYM, SEA, NYY, BOS
Sanders       5:  CIN, ATL, ARI, SFG, STL
Thome          5:  CLE, CHW, LAD, MIN, BAL

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Stanley Cohen, Washington, DC

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Players who held records that Derek Jeter passed (Henderson held Yankees career stolen base record until Jeter broke it)
               -  MVP's who led League in Runs Scored the same year

               -  Players who got traded after the All-Star break
               -  Went to PO's with every team they played for
               -  Career Playoff OBP over .300

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