Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 6-12, 2015 2014 major league managers who had been All-Stars as players


Q.         Who had more base hits in a single season than any other New York Yankee?
Hint:     He’s also atop the Yankees‘ all-time list for doubles in a season.
Hint:     Yes, it was the same year.
Twint:    He shares the major league record for grand slams in a season.
Twint:    Those were the only grand slams of his fourteen-year, 200+ home run career.
A.         DON MATTINGLY (238 H in 1986; 53 2b; 6 GS in 1987, tied by Travis Hafner of the 2006 Indians [Pronk had 6 additional GS in his 12-year career.])
FCR -    Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect answers:  Derek Jeter, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Joe DiMaggio, Wade Boggs, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Ichiro Suzuki, Steve Sax, Mickey Mantle, Nick Etten

Q.         Who ranks behind only Roberto Alomar for the number of Gold Glove Awards won by a second baseman?
Hint:     He was the last second baseman to win a league home run crown.
Hint:     He won All-America honors in football while in high school.
Hint:     He was also All-State in basketball.
Twint:    … and in baseball.
Twint:    His parents named him after a major leaguer pitcher who was feared by many of his contemporaries.
A.         RYNE SANDBERG (9 GG 1983-92; Led NL w/40 HR 1990; Named for Ryne Duren, a heavily-bespectacled hurler who pitched in the majors 1954-65.)
FCR -    Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX
Incorrect answers:  Joe Morgan, Jeff Kent, Frank White, Craig Biggio, Bill Mazeroski, Davey Johnson, Robinson Cano

Q.         Who is the only batter to hit World Series home runs for three different teams?
Hint:     His four Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers attest to his all-around baseball prowess.
Hint:     However, in 214 trips to the plate in the postseason, he had nary a single triple.
Hint:     His grandfather played in the majors for the Robins and Nats.
Twint:    He’s known for being by the book, but he used to be a Rebel.
A.         MATT WILLIAMS (WS HRs 1989 for SFG, 1997 for CLE & 2001 for ARI; GG 1991, 93, 94, 97, SS 1990, 93, 94 97; Grandfather Bert Griffith; Attended UNLV, the home of the Rebels)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY
Incorrect answers:  Reggie Jackson, Robbie Alomar, David Justice, Eddie Murray, Aaron Boone, Graig Nettles

Q.         Who is the only third baseman to win a Gold Glove Award playing for the Chicago White Sox?
Hint:     In the history of the Chicago White Sox he is the only third baseman to hit collect 100 RBI in a season.  He did it twice.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit grand slams on both ends of a major league double header.
Twint:    He was named the College Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
A.         ROBIN VENTURA (GG 1991, 92, 93, 96, 98; 100+ RBI 1991, 96; GSs 20-May-1999)
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Bill Melton, Buck Weaver, Ron Santo,

Q.         Who played more games at catcher than any other in the history of the Dodgers’ franchise?
Hint:     He is one of only two people to beat the Yankees in a postseason series as a player and as a manager.
Twint:    He was not the fastest of runners.  Tommy Lasorda once said of him: "If he raced his pregnant wife he'd finish third."
Twint:    He was drafted in the first round and now his son has been drafted and plays in the minors.
A.         MIKE SCIOSCIA (1,395 G @ C [No G @ any other position or for any other team]; Beat NYY in the 1981 WS and as a mgr in the 2002 ALDS & 2005 ALDS—Billy Southworth beat NYY as a player in the 1926 WS & as a mgr in the 1942 WS, [It’s worth noting that Rogers Hornsby did it in the same WS, 1926, because he was the Cards’ Player/Manager]; Drafted 1st round [19th overall] by the Dodgers in 1976, Son Matt was recently traded for Wayne Gretzky’s son Trevor.)
FCR -    Mike Caragliano, Flushing, NY
Incorrect answers:  John Roseboro, Steve Yeager, Johnny Oates, Joe Crede, Pete Ward

Q.         Who gets the nod by many (if not most) baseball writers as the most underrated player in baseball history?
Hint:     He is the only American League shortstop to win the World Series MVP (who wasn’t a Yankee).
Twint:    He finished a strong second in the league MVP voting three years later.
Twint:    He and a teammate share one of baseball’s most respected records.
A.         ALAN TRAMMELL (WS MVP 1984, AL MVP 1987 2nd to George Bell; He and double-play mate Lou Whitaker played an American League record 1,918 games together.)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Luis Aparicio, David Eckstein, Lou Boudreaux, Robin Yount, Arky Vaughn, Edgar Renteria, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bert Campaneris, Roger Peckinpaugh

Q.         Who became the oldest player to debut as a starter in the All-Star game?
Hint:     He was originally drafted by the Orioles.
Hint:     His time as a Tar Heel considerably improved his draft position.
Twint:    His high school baseball field now bears his name.
Twint:    His eventual replacement was also Rookie of the Year.
A.         WALT WEISS (1998 ASG @ age 34; Drafted by BAL in the 10th round of the 1982 amateur draft; Taken 11th overall by OAK in 1985; Alum of Suffern High School; Replaced at SS by Rafael Furcal, ROY 2000, Weiss ROY 1988)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Mike Cuellar, Dennis Martinez, B.J. Surhoff, Warren Spahn, Tim Stoddard, Lou Piniella, Barry Bonds, Tim Wakefield, Matt Harvey, Hoyt Wilhelm

Q.         Who established the charity “Catch 25”?
Hint:     A former Wildcat, he has a degree in engineering.
Hint:     He caught a no-hitter and a perfect game.
Twint:    He was a catcher on Team USA in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup.
Twint:    He collected four hits in each of his first three Wednesdays of the 1995 season.
A.         JOE GIRARDI (Catch 25; Gooden’s no-no 14-May-1996, Cone’s perfecto; Wed 26-Apr 4/7, Wed 03-May 4/5, Wed 10-May 4/4—When he woke up the next morning, he was batting .426)
FCR -    Joshua Murphy, Iowa City, IA
Incorrect answers:  Brad Ausmus, Ron Hassy, Jim Leyritz, Jeff Torborg, Buster Posey

Q.         Who was the last 20th-century catcher to hit two triples in one game?
Hint:     He tied Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi for the National League record of most double plays grounded into in one season.
Hint:     He is the only player to win a Gold Glove Award for his team at his position.
Hint:     He has a degree in government from an Ivy League university.
Hint:     He has a perpetual five-o’clock shadow to go with his baby face.
Twint:    He hit a game-tying home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the fourth game of the 2005 NLDS into extra-innings.
Twint:    He was the first catcher to wear the Fox Sports Catcher-Cam.
A.         BRAD AUSMUS (Two 3b 06-Jul-1999; GIDP #30 on 21-Sep-2002; GG @ C 2001, 02, 06; Graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 Government with no grade lower than a B; Postseason HR 09‑Oct‑2005)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez, Bengie Molina, Bruce Bochy, Mo Berg, Joe Torre

WEEKLY THEME – 2014 major league managers who had been All-Stars as players

Name             2014 Mgr       AS years
Ausmus         Tigers            1999
Girardi           Yankees        2000
Mattingly        Dodgers        1984-89
Sandberg       Phillies           1984-93
Scioscia        Angels           1989, 90
Trammell        D-Backs        1980, 84, 85, 87, 88, 90
Ventura          White Sox      1992, 2002
Weiss            Rockies         1998
Williams*        Nationals       1990, 94, 95, 96, 99

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Current managers who won multiple Gold Gloves
               -  Player to wear #23
               -  80's all-stars who became managers
               -  Theme current major league managers who led their league in an offensive category
               -  Former league MVPs to become managers
               -  MVP's who went on to become managers
               -  Current managers who were all stars
               -  MVPs who played their entire career with one team
               -  MVP and multi GG winners who never played in the fall classic

Wed        -  Multiple-time All Stars who are currently managing in the majors
               -  Multiple All Star infielders who are currently managing
               -  Current managers who won Gold Glove award
               -  Third basemen who became managers?
               -  Managers who played in an AS game and won a Gold Glove in the '80's
               -  Former all-stars that currently serve as big league skippers.

Thursday  -  Current managers ranked by their lifetime MLB batting average
               -  Current managers to have won multiple gold gloves
               -  One manager who played at each position who won a Gold Glove and played in an ASG
               -  Managers who played in an AS game and won a Gold Glove in the '80's

Friday      -  Current managers who won Gold Glove award

Saturday  -  Players from the 1990s who went on to become managers.

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