Sunday, April 3, 2016

March 21-27, 2016 AL MVP's who also won the Home Run Derby


Q.       Whose image used to adorn the side of a five-story building in downtown Baltimore?
Hint:   He seemed embarrassed by it but everyone else seemed to think it was proportional to his accomplishments.
Hint:   He hit a home run in his home ballpark one season was likely replayed more than any other.
Hint:   Outside of Maryland, however, it’s now his brother a new generation is getting to know.
- 28 Light Street for 6 years in the 1990’s
- Homered off Shawn Boskie on 06-Sep-1995 an inning before breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played
- Brother Billy Ripken is an analyst of the MLB television channel
FCR - Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  Boog Powell, Cameron Maybin, Babe Ruth

Q.       Who was the first #1 overall draft pick to hit 400 career home runs?
Hint:   He is the only non-NY Yankee to collect at least 140 RBI in 3 consecutive seasons.
Hint:   He was the first American League player to hit 6 home runs in his team's first 6 games in a season.
Hint:   His home run total one year came within 10 of the total of his team’s victory that season.
A.       KEN GRIFFEY, Jr.
- Drafted 1st pick, 1st round 1987 MLB draft; 400th HR 10-Apr-2000
- 140 RBI in 1996; 147 in ‘97; 140 in ‘98 (Babe Ruth did it 1926-31; Lou Gehrig did it 1930-34)
- 6 HR 01- through 08-Apr-1997
- Lackluster SEA won 49 G in truncated 1994 season; Griffey hit 40 HR to lead AL
FCR - Michael Anderson, Maumelle, AR
Incorrect answers:  Mark McGwire, Brady Anderson, Juan Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez, Eddie Murray, Albert Pujols, Barry Bonds, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Thomas

Q.       Who was the first player to win his league’s MVP in consecutive seasons and play at least one game at designated hitter in each of those years?
Hint:   He hit the first regular-season home run in  major league history in the month of March.
Hint:   He hit it off a future Hall of Famer.
Hint:   One of his former teammates is regularly called the Greatest Athlete of the 20th century.
- MVP 1993*-94, 25 G @ DH in ‘93, 26 in ‘94
- March HR 31-Mar-1996 off Randy Johnson
- Was a teammate of Bo Jackson when both played football at Auburn and again with CHW in 1991 and 1993
*Unanimous selection
FCR - Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA
Incorrect answers:  Reggie Jackson, George Bell, George Brett, Barry Bonds, Miguel Cabrera

Q.       Who, referring to Yogi Berra, said "Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn't even the best catcher on my street!"
Hint:   During his teen years, pro scouts considered him a superior prospect to his neighbor.
Hint:   Both were sons of Italian immigrants.
Hint:   Best known as a broadcaster he was famous for his sense of humor.  For example, interviewing Aaron he said "Hank, I've been a huge fan of yours for years. Tell me, are you a right-handed or a left-handed batter?"
Hint:   He once hosted the Tonight Show with guests John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Hint:   Nothing the number of celebrities in attendance, he quipped "I was the only unknown there - and I was hosting."
Hint:   In 2014, he was named recipient of the third Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Board of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Hint:   Though his baseball career statistics were not particularly notable, he did manage to win a ring his rookie year, and he would have had a second ring had he actually played in the only series where Willie Mays got his ring.
Hint:   An enormous part of his legacy is the impact on decreasing the use of tobacco (smokeless and otherwise) among players.
A.       JOE GARAGIOLA - passed away March 23, 2016
- He grew up across the street from Yogi.
- 14-May-1968 Lennon and McCartney interview with Garagiola, The Tonight Show.
- WS ring 1946 with STL.  He was with the NYG for 5 games toward the end of the regular season, but he did not play in the 1954 WS.
- He was the face of (and force behind) NSTEP, The National Spit Tobacco Education Program.
FCR - Josiah Goodson, Raleigh, NC
Incorrect answers:  Bob Uecker

Q.       Tony Gwynn’s .313 in 1988 is the lowest batting average ever to win a National League batting title.  Ever.  Since 1876.  Whose NL batting title was next lowest?
Hint:   He was the last Twin to hit 30 home runs in three different seasons.
Hint:   He was the youngest Canadian to hit 30 HR in a season.
- Hit .318725 in 2014; Terry Pendleton hit .319113 in 1991 (Stan Hack’s .317 in 1940 would be the answer.  This bio of Debs Garms explains why his .355 made him the official winner.)
- 2006 (34 HR), 2007 (31 HR), 2009 (30 HR).  Prior to that, Harmon Killebrew had 10 such (and 2 more as a Senator)
FCR - Kellen Nielson, Blanding, UT
Incorrect answers:  Paul Molitor, Michael Cuddyer, Dick Groat, Rod Carew, Terry Pendleton, Harmon Killebrew

Q.       What multiple-time-league-MVP winner used to be the brother-in-law of All-Star catcher Javy Lopez?
Hint:   He is the only player to hit 2 home runs on Opening Day in different decades.
Hint:   In the expansion era, only he and Alex Rodriguez have had a 50-double season, a 150-RBI season and multiple home run crowns. (A very select club.)
Hint:   His nickname is one he gave himself at age 9, copying that of a professional wrestler.
- Married to Elaine Lopez; 8-Apr-1994; Divorced 11-Oct-1994; Gonzalez now has 4 former wives.
- Opening Day HR’s:  05-Apr-1993 & 02-Apr-2001
- 50 2b in 1998 to lead the league; His 157 RBI that same year also led the league.  His league-leading 43 & 46 HR campaigns were in 1992 & ‘93.
- Self-nicknamed “Igor” because of his fascination at age 9 with professional wrestler "Mighty Igor”.
FCR - Larry Hayes, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Andres Galarraga, Manny Ramirez, Frank Robinson, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera

Q.       After Ted Williams in 1954-57, who was the next major leaguer to have an on-base percentage of a least .475 for consecutive seasons?
Hint:   In fact, they are the highest two on-base percentage seasons in the history of his franchise, dating back to 1901.
Hint:   Also over the same span, he is the only one to hit four grand slams in a single season.
Hint:   His brother was on the wrong side of one of the most famous plays in postseason history.
- 2000: .476 OBP; 2001: .477 OBP
- 4 GS in 2000
- Brother Jeremy Giambi tagged out from a back-hand flip from Derek Jeter to Jorge Posada in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS.  NYY won that game 1-0.
FCR - Alex Poterack, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers:  Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Mickey Mantle

Q.       Who was the first American League shortstop to hit 3 home runs in a game more than once?
Hint:   He and his teammate were the first shortstop/third baseman combination to hit 30 home runs apiece in the same season
Hint:   Only Vern Stephens has ever had more RBI in a single season as a shortstop.
Hint:   He twice 200 hits in a season without one of the hits being a triple.
- 3-HR G’s 11-Jun-1999 & 30-Jun-2001; Alex Rodriguez tied that mark in 2002.  No shortstop has done it a third time.  (A-Rod has had three additional 3-HR games since then, but while playing 3rd or DH’ing.)
- Teammate Eric Chavez hit 32 HR’s in 2001 when Tejada hit 31.  They both topped 30 again in 2002.  Chavez never reached that total again in his 12 remaining years in the majors.  Tejada hit 34 round-trippers with Baltimore in 2004.
- He drive in 150 runs in 2004, his first year with the Orioles and finished 5th in MVP voting.  Stephens led the league with 159 RBI in 1949 with the Red Sox.
- 2002 w/OAK, he had 204 H & 0 triples; In 2006 w/BAL, he had 214 H & 0 triples.
FCR - Damian Begley, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jim Fregosi, Nomar Garciaparra, Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken, Alan Trammel, Robin Yount, Ernie Banks, Honus Wagner

Q.       Which player dropped out of school in the 5th grade when his school was turned into an emergency shelter for 3 years following a hurricane that had destroyed much of his town?
Hint:   He once observed, "If I hadn't been a big leaguer, I don't know where I'd be right now.  I don't know how to do anything else."
Hint:   His Hall of Fame manager mused, "Every day I find myself saying, 'I can't believe he just did that !'  He hits balls harder than anyone I've ever seen!"  He went on to add, "No pitcher can ever feel safe or comfortable releasing the ball toward him.  He doesn't take a back seat to anyone I've ever seen play this game.  Ever."
Hint:   He still holds the single-season and career batting average record for his 47-year-old franchise.
Hint:   He finished with the Orioles, but announced his retirement as a Blue Jay.
- Early end to education.  His attendance before that wasn’t exactly exemplary.
- HOF Mgr Frank Robinson with his thoughts on Vlad when he managed him on the 2002-03 Expos.
- Hit .345 in 2000;  Career .323 with Expos is the Montreal/Washington best by over 20 points
FCR - Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, John Olerud, Tim Raines, Carlos Delgado, George Brett, George Bell

THEME FOR THE WEEK - American League MVP’s who also won the  All-Star Game Home Run Derby

Slugger       MVP                 HRD
Gonzalez      1996, 1998        1993
Thomas        1993, 1994        1995

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bruce Didriksen, Park Ridge, NJ

Incorrect theme guesses:
Tuesday   - Sons of mlb players
            - All-Star game mvp’s
            - Famous juniors who outplayed their daddies
            - 1990's MVPs by position

Wed     - Won mvp and Silver slugger in same year

Sat       - American League Home Run Derby winners
            - Players who have won both the MVP award and the Home Run Derby
            - Players who Frank Thomas finished just behind for MVP awards
            - Players with family members that played in the league that have lead the league in
 consecutive years.
            - Mvps who lead their teams in career games played.

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