Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 27-November 2, 2014 Multiple seasons of 100+ Runs, 100 RBI and Zero Stolen Bases

Q.         Who is the only league home run champion to have a son who became league home run champion?
Hint:     The success of another home run champion sent him to Japan.
Hint:     Before Mike Trout, he was the last American Leaguer to finish second in MVP voting in consecutive years.
Twint:    He won the Silver Slugger Award both those seasons.
A.         CECIL FIELDER (AL HR lead 1990 W/51 & 1991 W/44, Son Prince won NL w/50 in 2007; Was behind Fred McGriff in TOR so signed w/the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League; 2nd in MVP voting 1990 behind Rickey Henderson, 1991 behind Cal Ripken [Trout finished 2012 & 2013 behind Miguel Cabrera.])
FCR -    Joshua Murphy, Iowa City, IA
Incorrect answers:  Ken Griffey, Bob Boone, Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds, Gus Bell

Q.         Who was the first player to steal a base in the majors in four different decades?
Hint:     He was as good with a rod and reel as he was with a bat.
Hint:     He always had a good head for baseball.
Twint:    Team publicity directors often underestimate players’ weights.  This guy’s was often overestimated.
A.         TED WILLIAMS (First SB 21-May-1939—last SB 22-Jul-1960; Retirement was devoted to fishing; His children had his head cryonically frozen upon his death by Alcor Life Extension Foundation.)
FCR -    Randy Fletcher, Springfield, TN
Incorrect answers:  Ken Griffey, Jr., Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines, Minnie Minoso

Q.         Who is the only winner of the Roberto Clemente Award to ever be a teammate of Roberto Clemente?
Hint:     He was the last Pittsburgh Pirate to lead the majors in home runs for a season.
Hint:     He was born in Oklahoma, raised in Florida, but played on the same high school baseball team as future All-Star Tommy Harper.
Twint:    He was the oldest 20th century player to win a league MVP award.
A.         WILLIE STARGELL (Roberto Clemente Award 1974, the only Pirate to receive the award; HR lead 1973 w/44; SABR Bio; 1979 NL MVP @ 39 years old)
FCR -    Bradley Curtis, Roseville, CA
Incorrect answers:  Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez

Q.         What batter holds the strikeout record for a season for the Cleveland Indians?
Hint:     Ditto for bases-on-balls.
Hint:     He also holds the career strikeout record for a batter with the Cleveland Indians.
Hint:     Ditto for bases on balls.
Twint:    He holds both the season and career home run records for the Cleveland Indians.
A.         JIM THOME (Season Ks:  185 in 2001, BBs: 127 in 1999, HR 52 in 2002, Career Ks: 1,400, BBs: 1,008, HRs 337)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Al Rosen, Albert Belle, Rocky Colavito, Bob Feller, Sam McDowell, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby, Manny Ramirez, Herb Score, Mark Reynolds

Q.         Who was the first player to hit more than thirty home runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors?
Hint:     He has triplet daughters.
Twint:    He finished ahead of future All-Stars Kevin Seitzer, Matt Nokes, Mike Greenwell, Devon White, Mike Henneman and Nelson Liriano to capture the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
A.         MARK McGWIRE (30+ HR 1987-90; ROY 1987)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey, Jr., Luis Gonzalez, Ralph Kiner, Fred McGriff

Q.         What young player of strong convictions refused to stand during the playing of the national anthems.
Hint:     His new team convinced him to take a softer approach and he later won the Roberto Clemente Award.
Hint:     One year, he had an OPS of 1.019 and an OPS+ of 161, and it wasn’t even his best season.
Hint:     Three seasons of forty home runs won him the Silver Slugger Award for each of those years.
Twint:    He was the first position player to have a salary of over $15 million dollars a year.
A.         CARLOS DELGADO (Actually, it was during the singing of “God Bless America” that he lodged his silent protest; RCA 2006; NYM engineered attitude turn-around; Stats years: 2000 beats 2003; SS 1999, 2000, 03; $ in 2002)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Miguel Cabrera, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Q.         Who is the only player to amass over 120 RBI with fewer 125 hits in a season?
Hint:     It was the first time his franchise’s history that anyone had reached 120 RBI in a single year.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit for the cycle for his franchise.
Twint:    His cover photo on Sports Illustrated won him millions of fans.
Twint:    For corporate appearances, call 1.888.246.7141.
A.         JAY BUHNER (1995:  121 RBI, 123 H; Cycle 23-Jun-1993)
FCR -    Geehoon Hong, Bayside, NY
Incorrect answers:  Todd Helton, George Brett, Dante Bichette

Q.         What three-time Gold Glove first baseman with 262 career home runs (over twenty of them this season) inscribes a verse (Psalms 27:1) from the Bible on his bats?
Hint:     He once led both leagues in bases-on-balls for a season playing on a team that finished twenty games out of first place.
Twint:    He was born in a different country from his parents and visits on a limited basis due to safety concerns.
A.         ADRIAN GONZALEZ (Bat inscription; 119 BB 2009, B. in San Diego, much of his family is still in Tijuana, Mexico.)
FCR -    Vince Granieri, Cincinnati, OH
Incorrect answers:  Adam LaRoche, Mark Reynolds, Mark Teixeira

WEEKLY THEME – Players with multiple seasons with 100+ Runs & RBI and exactly 0 Stolen Bases

Last            Year        Team         R          RBI        SB
Buhner        1996        SEA        107        138          0
                  1997        SEA        104        109          0
Delgado     2000        TOR         115        137          0
                  2003        TOR         117        145*         0
Fielder        1990        DET         104        132*         0
                  1991        DET         102        133*         0
Gonzalez     2007        SDP        101        100          0
                  2008        SDP        103        119          0
McGwire     1996        OAK        104        113          0
                  1999        STL         118        147*         0
Stargell       1971        PIT          104        125          0
                  1973        PIT          106        119*         0
Thome        1999        CLE         101        108          0
                  2001        CLE         101        124          0
                  2003        PHI          111        131          0
                  2006        CHW        108        109          0
Williams      1946        BOS        142*       123          0
                  1947        BOS        125*       114*         0
*Led league

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Wed        -  Players who led league in HR and RBI but did not win MVP award that season

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