Sunday, January 4, 2015
December 29, 2014-January 4, 2015 Player who played BEFORE their debuts
A big thanks to David Vincent for the original research that inspired this week.
Q. What pitcher racked up fifteen victories each season from 1988-2004?
Hint: He climbed to fourth place on the career games-started list.
Hint: In his debut season he was the youngest player in the majors.
Twint: He had two separate stints with each of the Cubs and Dodgers.
Twint: His brother preceded him to the majors by three months.
A. GREG MADDUX (740 GS behind only Young, Ryan & Sutton; 20 years old in 1986, 2 weeks younger than Ed Correa, youngest in the AL that year; Cubs 1986-92 & 2004-06, Dodgers 2006 & ’08; Brother Mike debuted 03-Jun-1986)
FCR - Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers: Mike Mussina, Don Sutton, Curt Schilling, Jamie Moyer
Q. Who held the career saves record for ten months, from 13-Jun-1992 through 13‑Apr‑1993?
Hint: He holds the Expos/Nationals record for most career saves.
Hint: He was the first pitcher to save 40 games in a season for three franchises, the Nationals, Twins and Red Sox.
Twint: He and Tom Henke shared a nickname.
A. JEFF REARDON (Passed Rollie Fingers 13-Jun-1992, passed by Lee Smith 13-Apr-1993; 152 saves for MON; 41 SV for MON in 1985, 42 SV for MIN in 1988, 40 SV for BOS in 1991; Henke also nicknamed ‘The Terminator’)
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers: Lee Smith, Bill Campbell, John Wetteland, Woodie Fryman
Q. Who was the first player to sign a free agent contract?
Hint: He was the only player chosen in the first round of the 1966 June Secondary Phase Draft to become an All-Star.
Hint: He finished in the top-5 in Cy Young balloting the two years before he became a free agent but never received vote after.
Hint: He briefly used the nickname “Channel”.
Twint: He served two stints as head coach at another Cabrillo College.
A. ANDY MESSERSMITH (signed with the Braves 10-Apr-1976; 2nd place CYA 1974, 5th place CYA 1975; Cabrillo College head baseball coach 1986-91 & 2006-09; original Braves uniform back read “Channel 17”, effectively advertising Braves owner Ted Turner’s TV station)
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers: Catfish Hunter, Curt Flood, Mike Marshall, Rich Gossage, Tom Seaver, Dave McNally, Rick Monday
Q. After Roberto Clemente in 1966, who was the next Pirates player to win the NL MVP Award?
Hint: He was the oldest player on the 1990 Brewers but still led the team in RBI that year.
Hint: He has committed the most career errors by a right fielder since the statistic was first tracked by outfield position (in 1954).
Hint: Garry Matthews committed one more error than him in 1980, interrupting what would have been a seven-year run as league leader in errors committed.
Twint: In three of those years he won Gold Glove awards.
A. DAVE PARKER (1978 NL MVP; 92 RBI at age 39 for 1990 MIL; 134 E as RF; led NL RF in E 1975-79, 81; GG 1977-79)
FCR - Gregory Collins, Lehigh Valley, PA
Incorrect answers: Willie Stargell, Andrew McCutchen, Bobby Bonilla, Rob Deer
Q. Whose Mets record for career wins was broken by Tom Seaver in 1969?
Hint: He twice had season records of 8-20 for the Mets.
Hint: He was the winning pitcher in the only two Mets victories over Bob Gibson before 1967.
Twint: He pitched for the 1967 Cardinals and 1969 Mets but never appeared in the postseason.
A. AL JACKSON (43 Mets W; 8-20 in 1962 & 1965; beat Gibson 27-Jul-1962 [g1] & 02-Oct-1964, both shutouts)
FCR - Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers: Roger Craig, Jack Fisher, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Galen Cisco
Q. Who was the last player to retire with exactly 200 home runs?
Hint: He claimed, “When I’m at bat I’m in scoring position.”
Hint: He made his major league debut one year after being chosen in the 16th round of the draft.
Twint: The Yankees traded him to the White Sox for Bucky Dent.
A. OSCAR GAMBLE (Don Mincher [ret. 1972] & Bill Freehan [ret. 1976] also had 200 HR; chosen in 16th round [363rd pick] of 1968 draft, debuted 27-Aug-1969; traded NYA to CHA)
FCR - Geehoon Hong, Bayside, NY
Incorrect answers: Billy Williams, Rickey Henderson, Bill Freehan
Q. Which player, in the last 17 years (10,218 PA) of his career had exactly one sacrifice bunt?
Hint: He played against 29 teams during his career, missing only the Indians.
Hint: He faced 606 different pitchers at least 6 times during his career. Of those, only one retired him every time.
Twint: The distance traveled in his career bases-on-balls is more than 43 miles.
Twint: …and that’s just to first base!
A. BARRY BONDS (1 SH from 1990-2007, on 23-Sep-1998 [P Chris Peters insists Bonds was trying to bunt for a hit but the bunt advanced Rey Sanchez so it counted as a sacrifice]; 0-6 [1 K] vs. Geremi Gonzalez; 2,558 BB = 43.6 miles)
FCR - Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers: Eddie Murray, Jim Thome, Julio Franco, Hank Aaron, Sammy Sosa, Derek Jeter, Bobby Bonds
Q. Who was replaced as Dodger manager by one of the most berated skippers in Boston history?
Hint: He played for Chicago and for the Whales.
Twint: Was voted manager of the year for a different team in the same division, even though at the helm for just over 70% of that season.
A. JIM TRACY (Replaced as Dodgers’ manager after 2005 season by Grady Little; Played for the Cubs 1980-81, played for the 1983-84 Yokohama Taiyo Whales; MOY for the 2009 Rockies, his record: 74-42)
FCR - Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers: Grady Little, Casey Stengel, Dave Johnson, Johnny Evers, Wilbert Robinson
Q. Of the seven players from Miami-Dade College selected in the 1967 draft, who was the only one to reach the Majors?
Hint: He was nicknamed “Special Weapon,” but the weapon was only twice deployed in 100 games in a season.
Twint: His 1.327 OPS led all batters (min 5 PA) in the 1984 WS.
A. KURT BEVACQUA (Other Miami-Dade players drafted: Joseph Arnold, Edgardo Avila, Eddie Bravo, Alfred Crawford, Ronald Hunt and Eugene Rinaldi; 104 G for 1975 Brewers, 114 G for 1979 Padres)
FCR - Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers: Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, Herb Washington
Q. Who was the first Boricua to homer in the World Series?
Hint: In fact, he was the first one to play in the World Series.
Hint: He was elected to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Hint: He was the first manager of the Arecibo Lobos, who played in a stadium named after him.
Twint: His nickname, El Jibaro, is loosely translated as “The Hillbilly,” but is uttered with reverence in the Caribbean.
A. LUIS OLMO (Boricuas are natives of Puerto Rico; HR in 1949 WS; Paid $6,750 in 1945, jumped to MX Lg for $10K/yr contract, returned to BRO for $12K/yr; managed Arecibo 1961-62, playing home games in Estadio Luis Rodriguez Olmo)
FCR - Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers: Bobby Avila, Vic Power, Jose Santiago, Hiram Bithorn
Q. Who was the eighth and final second baseman for the San Francisco Giants in 2014?
Hint: His back-hand flip to start a double play in the World Series, was, many claim, the defensive play of the year. Wikipedia implies it was “one of the most spectacular plays in World Series history”.
Hint: It resulted, eventually, in the first appealed-and-overturned play in World Series history.
Hint: Hosmer should have run through the bag.
Twint: Although teammate Brandon Crawford stole the show with a grand slam, his three-for-five hitting performance in the NL Wild Card game was a large part of why the Pirates’ season ended that day.
Twint: His home run in game five of the NLCS help clinch the pennant for San Francisco.
A. JOE PANIK (SFG 2nd basemen in 2014: Tony Abreu, Ehire Adianza, Joaquin Arias, Matt Duffy, Brandon Hicks, Marco Scutaro, Dan Uggla; WS DP 29-Oct-2014, Eric Hosmer slid into first on that play; NLWC 01‑Oct‑2014; G NLCS HR 16-Oct-2014)
FCR - Eric Stone, Los Gatos, CA
WEEKLY THEME – Select players who played in the resumption of a suspended game which started before their debut. In effect, they played before they debuted.
Player Debut Susp Game Resumed Team
Bob Finley 04-Jul-1943 13-Jun-1943 06-Aug-1943 Phillies
Howie Schultz 16-Aug-1943 18-Jul-1943 13-Sep-1943 Dodgers
Joe Vitelli 30-May-1944 21-May-1944 05-Jul-1944 Pirates
Frank Drews 13-Aug-1944 02-Jul-1944 14-Aug-1944 Braves
Vince Shupe 7-Jul-1945 17-Jun-1945 04-Aug-1945 Braves
Ed Stevens 09-Aug-1945 20-Jul-1945 15-Sep-1945 Dodgers
Bill Harrelson 31-Jul-1968 13-Jun-1968 04-Aug-1968 Angels
Joe Lis 5-Sep-1970 04-Sep-1970 05-Sep-1970 Phillies
Mike Anderson 02-Sep-1971 01-Aug-1971 07-Sep-1971 Phillies
Manny Muniz 03-Sep-1971 01-Aug-1971 07-Sep-1971 Phillies
Bud Anderson 11-Jun-1982 09-Jun-1982 24-Sep-1982 Indians
Carmelo Castillo 17-Jul-1982 09-Jun-1982 24-Sep-1982 Indians
Kevin Rhomberg 01-Sep-1982 09-Jun-1982 24-Sep-1982 Indians
Barry Jones 18-Jul-1986 20-Apr-1986 11-Aug-1986 Pirates
Bill Moore 19-Jul-1986 13-Jul-1986 24-Jul-1986 Expos
Ramon Tatis 6-Apr-1997 05-Apr-1997 06-Apr-1997 Cubs
Alberto Castillo 8-Jul-2008 28-Apr-2008 25-Aug-2008 Orioles
Luis Montanez 5-Aug-2008 28-Apr-2008 25-Aug-2008 Orioles
Chris Getz 12-Aug-2008 28-Apr-2008 25-Aug-2008 White Sox
Brooks Brown 6-Jul-2014 22-May-2014 01-Sep-2014 Rockies
Ben Paulson 21-Jul-2014 22-May-2014 01-Sep-2014 Rockies
Andrew Susac 26-Jul-2014 22-May-2014 01-Sep-2014 Giants
Matt Duffy 01-Aug-2014 22-May-2014 01-Sep-2014 Giants
Terrance Gore 02-Sep-2014 31-Aug-2014 22-Sep-2014 Royals
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Players who received over 97% of the vote on their first year of eligibility
- Guys with high WAR not in the Hall of Fame
Thursday - Guys who were the highest paid at some point
Friday - The names of toy manufacturers
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