Sunday, September 14, 2014
September 8-14, 2014 Current major league teams that have never won a World Series
Q. Frank Robinson was the first person of African descent to manage in the majors, but what was the last team he managed?
Hint: Only in existence for a decade, they have already changed venues.
Twint: They’re not even the first major league team in that city with that name.
A. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
FCR - Neil Bhaerman, Pittsburgh, PA
Incorrect answers: San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Miami/Florida Marlins, New Jersey in the Atlantic League, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies
Q. What team holds the record for attendance in a single season?
Hint: Dinger admires their many dingers.
Twint: Their manager is a former Rookie of the Year Award winner.
A. COLORADO ROCKIES (4,483,350 IN 1993 @ Mile High Stadium; Mascot Dinger; Mgr. Walt Weiss, 1988 AL ROY)
FCR - Michael William, Newman, Fairfield, CT
Incorrect answers: Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox
Q. What team played in the first MLB stadium dedicated by a sitting U.S. president?
Hint: They lost what many baseball historians consider to be the most exciting postseason series of all time.
Twint: Their current stadium has been thrice re-named.
A. HOUSTON ASTROS (LBJ game 12-Apr-1965; 1980 NLCS; The Ballpark at Union Station (2000), Enron Field (2000–2002), Astros Field (February–July 2002), Minute Maid Park 2003-2014)
FCR - Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers
Q. What team played under .400 ball before their exorcism, but have played at a .550 clip since?
Hint: Their minor league affiliates include Crabs, Hot Rods and Biscuits.
Twint: Their only Hall of Famer is better known for playing for two other American League East teams.
A. TAMPA BAY RAYS(Got the "Devil" out after 2007; A Charlotte Stone Crabs, A Bowling Green Hot Rods, AA Montgomery Biscuits; Wade Boggs 11 yrs w/BOS, 5yrs /NYY, 1998-99 w/TBD)
FCR - Jeremiah Begley, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers: Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers. St. Louis Cardinals
Q. Who is the only modern [since 1961] expansion franchise to boast a career 400 HR hitter as well as a career 2,000 strikeout pitcher, both milestones accomplished with the team?
Hint: Along the way, they have managed to accumulate two MVPs, two Cy Young Award winners, three Rookies of the Year including two collected in consecutive seasons.
Twint: No team is likely to break their single-season victories record for some time.
A. SEATTLE MARINERS (Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 417 HR for SEA, Randy Johnson amassed 2,162 K for them;
MVP: Ken Griffey, Jr....... 1997
Ichiro Suzuki.......... 2001
CYA: Randy Johnson...... 1995
Felix Hernandez...... 2010
ROY Alvin Davis............ 1984
Kazuhiro Sasaki..... 2000
Ichiro Suzuki.......... 2001
In 2001, the team won 116 games in the regular season.)
FCR - Jeff Fink, Howell, NJ
Incorrect answers: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Senators/Rangers
Q. What was the last American League team to utilize four managers during the course of a season?
Hint: They were the only team to have at least one player in the starting lineup for the All-Star Game every year from 1992-2005.
Hint: They picked up a messy victory when the Indians had to forfeit on 10-cent beer night.
Twint: Vladimir Guerrero got at least one hit in each of the first 42 games he played against them.
A. TEXAS RANGERS (4 mgrs. 1977, Frank Lucchesi [31-31], Eddie Stanky [1-0], Connie Ryan [1-0], Billy Hunter [60-33]; 10¢-Beer Night game 04-Jun-1974)
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers: New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians
Q. Which is the only team to have three catchers hit for the cycle? (Not in one year—that would be a record!)
Hint: Those cycles represent three of the last seven for all catchers.
Hint: Their longest-tenured manager was "recycled" to the Tigers.
Twint: They once hosted a no-hitter that involved two (2!) of their division rivals.
A. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (George Kottaras 03-Sep-2011, Chad Moeller 27-Aprl-2010, Charlie Moore 01-Oct-1980; the other 4 since Moore: Fisk, Gedman, Kendell and B. Molina; Mgr. Phil Garner 8 years w/MIL, nicknamed "Scrap Iron" next managed DET; Cubs Carlos Zambrano's no hitter 14-Sep-2008 against HOU with venue moved to Miller Park in Milwaukee (with a roof) due to Hurricane Ike knocking out the Astros home games.)
FCR - Alex Poterack, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees
Q. Which team has had two players win the Rookie of the Year Award—one a pitcher and the other a catcher—the only team with that combination?
Hint: Their original owner grew up poor and fled Walla Walla, Washington when his father faced perjury charges.
Twint: It was with this team that Gary Sheffield won his only batting title.
Twint: The 22nd player to reach the 3,000 hit club was also with this team.
A. SAN DIEGO PADRES (ROYs Butch Metzger 1976 & Benito Santiago 1987; 1st owner C. Arnholt Smith; Sheffield .330 in 1992, his only full year with the team; Tony Gwynn got H #3,000 06-Aug-1999)
FCR - Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Incorrect answers: Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers
WEEKLY THEME – Current major league teams that have never won a World Series
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CA (after Monday!)
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Teams that played in venue that held the Olympics
Tuesday - Teams who are managed by someone who was an All Star for a different franchise
- Teams managed by someone who won a WS as a player for a different franchise
- MLB teams with the same name as a previous professional franchise in their home city
- Teams Livan Hernandez pitched for
- Never won a single World Series game
- Expansion teams that changed names
Thursday - Expansion teams that had playoff draughts for at least 10 years
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