Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 10-16, 2014 Pitchers who lead the league with 20+ wins but didn't throw a shutout all year


Q.         Who is the only left-handed hitting pitcher to win a Cy Young Award for the Kansas City Royals?
Hint:     It was his second stint with them.
Hint:     He had just won a World Series ring the year before, but with a different team.
Twint:    He was mistaken for Jewish when he pitched in New York.
A.         DAVID CONE (CYA 1994; KCR 1986, 93, 94; WS champ with TOR in 1993)
FCR -    Kevin Epstein, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bret Saberhagen, Danny Jackson, Paul Splittorff, Mark Davis

Q.         What former Houston Astro is the major league record holder for postseason pitching victories?
Hint:     He also has pitched the most career innings in the postseason.
Twint:    He surrendered Alex Rodriguez’ 150th career home run.
A.         ANDY PETTITTE (19 W; 276.2 IP; A-Rod HR 07-Apr-2000)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Mike Scott, Nolan Ryan

Q.         What hurler has been paid an average of $1,459,969 for each pitching victory since 2009?
Hint:     He became the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history when he signed the contract that began that year.
Hint:     His tremendous year as a rookie didn’t result in a Rookie of the Year Award because of the outstanding play of someone who had transferred from another league.
Twint:    He was recruited by UCLA to play football for them.
A.         CC SABATHIA ($132,857,142 / 91 W; 2001 ROY Ichiro Suzuki)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Barry Zito [$2,416,667], John Lackey $[1,408,667], Cliff Lee [$1,455,224], Johan Santana [$3,672,182], Clayton Kershaw [$256,387], Justin Verlander [$786,557], Roy Halladay [$1,250,000], Tim Lincecum [$1,061,184]

Q.         Who is the only Dominican-born Cy Young Award winner to suit up for both the Mets and the Yankees during his career?
Hint:     His best years, however, were not played in New York.
Twint:    He has been granted free agency six times since 2003.
A.         BARTOLO COLON (CYA 2005, NYY 2011, NYM 2014)
FCR -    Michael Caragliano, Flushing, NY
Incorrect answers:  Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Luis Tiant

Q.         What pitcher set the record for strikeouts in a game by a rookie when he struck out eighteen Cubs?
Hint:     He’s one of the few pitchers to surrender five home runs in a single game.
Twint:    He was the last 20th century pitcher to win twenty plus games in a season for the Tigers.
Twint:    He famously, publicly dealt with his diabetes as a major leaguer.
A.         BILL GULLICKSON (18 K:  10-Sep-1980; 5 HR 25-Jun-1987; 20-9 in 1991)
FCR -    Dave Mason, Ottawa, ON
Incorrect answers:  Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Dwight Gooden

Q.         Whose 319 strikeouts are the most in a season by any right-handed pitcher not in the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     A future teammate of his hit his first major league home run off him, a mammoth 446-foot shot.
Twint:    Conspicuously cruor-blemished hosiery.
A.         CURT SCHILLING (319 K in 1997 for PHI; HR by Erubiel Durazo 07-Aug-1999; Bloody red sock in the 2004 ALCS 19-Oct-2004)
FCR -    Tucker Warner, Spottsylvania, VA
Incorrect answers:  J.R. Richard, Rube Waddell, Fergie Jenkins, Mike Scott, Don Drysdale, Sam McDowell

Q.         What All-Star was the most frequent incorrect answer to Tuesday’s question this week?
Hint:     He was the A's player representative during their Moneyball season.
Hint:     The day of one of the meetings was when he was scheduled to start, so he nominated and sent a fellow rotation member in his place.
Twint:    His father composed for Duke Ellington and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra.
A.         BARRY ZITO (2002-03 Oakland A’s; Sent Mark Mulder in his place)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tim Hudson

Q.         Who was the first person to manage teams from each league in the All-Star game?
Hint:     He was the only manager to guide both major league teams in the San Francisco Bay area, winning pennants with each and a World Series with the A’s.
Hint:     He was the only player besides Jackie Robinson to win the Rookie of the Year Award when it was not league-specific, but represented all of major league baseball.
Hint:     He was the anchor of New York Giants during their championship year of 1954, playing in every game and leading the league in at-bats.
Hint:     He was the lead-off batter and later scored in the inning where Bobby Thomson famously went deep.
Hint:     He starred in three sports in college, most noticeably as a running back on the Tigers’ football team.
Twint:    He never caught a pass from Y.A. Tittle.
Twint:    As a middle infielder, he was not a great home run hitter, with 126 over his fourteen-year career.
Twint:    He did, however, manage to hit home runs off Hall of Famers Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax.
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL
Incorrect answers:  Dick Williams, Monte Irvin, Sparky Anderson

Q.         Who holds the modern era record for retiring the most consecutive batters faced in his major league debut?
Hint:     He was originally drafted out of high school in the 43rd round by the Cardinals.
Hint:     He chose instead to attend college, later becoming the University of Missouri’s first ever first-round pick.
Twint:    Although very intelligent and only once-in-a-while angry, he’s neither “Smart” nor “Mad”.
A.         MAX SCHERZER (13 BF 29-Apr-2008 v HOU; 2003 drafted by STL; 2006 by ARZ, out of Mizzou’; Neither Mad Max nor Maxwell Smart)
FCR -    Steven Coleman, Belleville, IL
Incorrect answers:  Pete Reichert, Rick Henninger, Mike Boddicker

Q.         Which pitcher holds the Florida Marlins franchise record for the most strikeouts in the postseason?
Hint:     In his first two postseason years, not only did he get rings, he won an NLCS MVP and a World Series MVP.
Hint:     He was awarded Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, The Sporting News and USA Today.
Twint:    He was the only Manatee ever to achieve even one of these awards.
A.         JOSH BECKETT (47 Ks, Livan Hernandez 2nd with 26; 2003 WS MVP/2007 ALCS MVP; Minor League POY 2001 BA, TSN and USA)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Kevin Brown, Livan Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez, A.J. Burnett, Dontrelle Willis, Alex Fernandez, Brad Penny

Q.         What former Blue Devil was the most recent San Francisco Giants pitcher to win as many as 24 games in a season?
Hint:     His total would have topped the majors were it not for a certain knuckleballer.
Hint:     His performance earned him Cy Young Award and MVP consideration, but he won neither and was out of baseball two years later.
Twint:    His downslide into a swimming pool coincided with his career downslide.
A.         RON BRYANT (24W 1973, Davis Senior High School Blue Devils; Wilbur Wood also 24W 1973-74;  A gash while taking a slide into a pool led to his poor post 1973 league leading season)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Billy Swift, Jack Sanford

Q.         What pitcher surrendered the first All-Star game home run hit by a National Leaguer?
Hint:     He was nicknamed after America’s first administrator of the draft lottery.
Hint:     He was stationed in Siberia twice during World War I.
Twint:    He was the last Washington Senators pitcher to lead the league in wins for consecutive years.
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Grover Cleveland Alexander, Bill Hallahan, Lefty Gomez, Urban Shocker

Q.         Who was the first African American to play a professional game in the Boston Red Sox organization?
Hint:     Given the racially charged atmosphere of the team, it should be no surprise that he batted .400 and was named “Camp Rookie of the Year” during spring training of the year and made it to the Bigs, but not until the end of July that year.
Hint:     Not that they couldn’t have used him—they were in last place.
Hint:     With him on the team, they managed to climb to third by the end of the season.
Hint:     In his last year in the majors, he would hit a home run that made him the last pitcher to get homers in both leagues prior to CC Sabathia’ s accomplishment in 2008.
Twint:    He is the all-time career batting leader for home runs hit by pitchers in the post-expansion era.
A.         EARL WILSON (Signed and played in the minors in 1953, Elijah “Pumpsie” Green wasn’t signed until 1956*; SABR BIO indicates that GM Manager Bucky Harris might have brought Wilson up, but owner Tom Yawkey, not exactly a model of liberalism, was convinced by Pinky Higgins to keep Wilson in the minors; his 1 HR with the Padres.)
            *Walt Cherniak of Dayton, Maryland, first among equals, pointed out to us that Wilson was preceded by several years under the Red Sox aegis by Piper Davis who signed with them in 1950.  Wilson, however, aligns correctly with all the remaining hints.
FCR -    Steve Basford, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Pumpsie Green, Reggie Smith, Willie Tasby, Piper Davis

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who lead the league in wins, but failed to get even a single shutout (20 W min.)

Pitcher           Year     W        L      ShO
Bryant            1973      24    12       0
Zito                2002      23      5       0

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave Washburn, Marietta, GA (after Gullickson Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  NYY career wins leaders
               -  Yankees' late 90's dynasty
               -  Left handers who won a World Series with the Yankees

Tuesday   -  Yankees left handed pitchers to win 20 games
               -  Pitchers who have had 20-win seasons with the Yankees
               -  Postseason with 2 teams and WS win with the Yankees
               -  Hurlers traded the year after they won the Cy Young Award
               -  Pitchers who won their 200th game after 2000 who pitched for the Yankees

Wed.       -  Pitchers who the Yankees have signed as free agents
               -  Pitchers who won their 200th game after 2000 who pitched for the Yankees
               -  Cy Young and WS winners who have pitched for both the Mets and the Yankees
               -  Pitchers who won 20 games in a season after leaving the Expos
               -  Pitchers who won 20 games but not a Cy Young

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