Monday, December 14, 2015

December 7-12, 2015 Natives of Puerto Rico who have been Rookie of the Year honorees

Q.         Who had no fewer than seven teammates receiving MVP voting points the year he won the award unanimously?
Hint:     It was his first full year with the team.
Hint:     Their year was capped off with a World Series championship.
Twint:    A trunkful of an illegal substance delayed his election to the Hall of Fame.
-  1967 MVP.  Also receiving votes were
#2  Tim McCarver   (136.0 vote points);
#7  Lou Brock         (49.0);
#9  Julian Javier      (41.0);
#13 Curt Flood          (24.0);
#15 Nelson Briles      (20.0);
#17 Dick Hughes      (10.0); and
#22 Bob Gibson         (5.0)
-  Traded from SFG 08-May-1966 for Ray Sadecki
1967 STL won the whole thing
FCR -    Russ Lake, Champaign, IL
Incorrect answers:  Frank Robinson, Roger Maris, Johnny Bench, Fernando Valenzuela, Joe Morgan, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Roger Clemens, Willie Mays, Fred Lynn

Q.         Who tied Hal Trosky’s record for most total bases in a season by a rookie?
Hint:     He holds the all-time record for extra-base hits in a season for his franchise.
Hint:     Only Ty Cobb, Ichiro Suzuki, Kirby Puckett and he have led the American League in hits for a minimum of three straight campaigns.
Twint:    For the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins franchise, only Harmon Killebrew received more career intentional bases-on-balls.
Twint:    He never played for any other team in the majors.
A.         TONY OLIVA
-  1964, 374 TB
- 84 EBH, also in 1964
Led AL in H 1964-66
-  131 IBB (Killebrew was walked on purpose 156 times)
FCR -    John Wilson, Mesa, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Wade Boggs, Ted Williams, George Sisler

Q.         Who was the only National League catcher to throw out the same baserunner three times in one game?
Hint:     It was not rare for him to throw out baserunners from a squatting or kneeling position.
Hint:     The first time he led the league in errors and passed balls, he won the Silver Slugger Award.
Twint:    He hit the Marlins’ first-ever home run.
Eric Young was CS X 3 on 01-May-1993 NOTE:  Additional research show that this was not a unique occurrence:
-  ERR & SS: 1987
-  1st HR 12-Apr-1993
FCR -    Vince Granieri, Cincinnati, OH
Incorrect answers:  Johnny Bench, Tony Pena, Bo Diaz, Manny Sanguillen, Mike Piazza, Ernie Lombardi, Ivan Rodriguez

Q.         Who is the first player in the history of the majors to hit a home run in:
      1.) The regular-season;
      2.) The All-Star game;
      3.) The League Division Series;
      4.) The League Championship Series; and
      5.) The World Series …
                        …In the same season?!
Hint:     A teammate of his from his first big league season went on to play in the All-Star Game representing four different franchises.
Twint:    He was traded FOR a player his brother was later traded WITH.
-  HR’s in 1997 (Barry Bonds did it in 2002; David Ortiz did it in 2004.)
-  Teammate = brother Roberto from 1988 SDP (AS w/SDP, TOR, BAL, CLE)
-  Trades for Joe Carter
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Andruw Jones, Jim Thome, Joe Carter, Cal Ripken, Miguel Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols

Q.         Who was the first 21st-century player to play a complete All-Star Game?
Hint:     He was the first Kansas City Royal to rack up three 20/20 seasons.
Hint:     He was the first player to join the 30/30 club while playing in both leagues in the same season.
Hint:     He was also the first player to have 50 RBI in each league in the same season.
Twint:    He was married three days before being named Rookie of the Year.
-  1999, 2001, 02
-  15HR/14 SB for KCR & 23 HR/28/SB for HOU in 2004; total: 38/42
-  51 RBI for KCR & 53 RBI for HOU in 2004 (Placing 5th & 7th on each team respectively)
- Married Jessica Lugo 06-Nov-1999; 1999 AL ROY
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Greg Vaughn, Jermaine Dye

Q.         Who was the most recent Chicago Cubs draftee to make the All-Star team as a catcher?
Hint:     Though he had debuted earlier, when he was named Pacific Coast League MVP, he was called up to the Cubs for good.
Hint:     “And ___ ___ bed”  ~ Pepys.
Twint:    His wife’s first name could be mistaken for what the Cubs would always like to do to the Cardinals in the NL Central race.
-  Debut 23-Sep-2005; PCL MVP 2007, Playing for the Iowa Cubs           
-  Famous English diarist Samuel Pepys often ended daily entries with the words “and so to bed”.  Please click on his bio if you think Pepys is “obscure”.
-  His wife’s first name is Luzem. (Lose ‘em.)
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect answers:  Russell Martin, Mario Soto

Q.         Who played in only 61% of his playoff-bound team’s games in 2015, yet led the team in slugging, OPS an OPS+?
Hint:     He was also second in RBI and batting average.
Hint:     He was the youngest player on the team.
Twint:    In spite of his offensive output, many believe defense is the best part of his game.
Twint:    He received more MVP voting points than did David Ortiz, Alex Rodrigues or Brian Dozier.
Twint:    He stands 10” taller than his double-play partner.
-  SLG .512; OPS .857; OPS+ 132
-  BA .279;
-  Turned 21 on 22-Sep-2015
Fielding was excellent. 
-  Received 2.0 MVP vote points.  Big Papi, A-Rod and Dozier each received 1.0.  However, he received 124.0 voting points for Rookie of the Year and took the award home.
FCR -    Mark Hayne, Dumfries, VA
Incorrect answers:  Kris Bryant, Vinegar Bend Mizell, Francesco Lindor. Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant        

WEEKLY THEME – All were natives of Puerto Rico who won the Rookie of Year Award.  (Cuban Tony Oliva was included because otherwise it would have just been too easy and we would have been one question short for the week.)

Correa             AL        2015
Soto                 NL       2008
Beltran             AL        1999
Alomar            AL        1990
Santiago          NL       1987
Oliva                AL        1964
Cepeda           NL       1958

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jack Sullivan, Louisville, KY

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players who drove in 100 runs for 3 different teams

Tuesday   -  1st Designated hitter for each 1973 American League franchise
               -  Rookies who led the league in doubles
               -  First basemen who have won MVP awards
               -  Players whose careers were extended a few more years because of the advent of the designated hitter in the American League.

Wed        -  First players to win ROY award in the city where their respective franchises currently reside
               -  Latin American players in a league leading category.
               -  All-Stars that had an "A" at the end of their name
               -  First Caribbean players to win Rookie-of-the-Year award for their particular franchise.
               -  Rookies of the Year from Latin America
               -  Hispanic or Latino players who were rookie of the year

Friday      -  Latin America ballplayers who had 200 hits in both leagues

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