Monday, June 6, 2016

May 30 -June 5, 2016 Expos/Nationals 3X All--Stars

Q. Who was the first overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft?
Hint: He was a Rookie of the Year two years later.
Hint: ...and MVP three years after that.
- 2012 NL ROY
- 2015 NL MVP
FCR - Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON
Incorrect answers:  Josh Donaldson, Anthony Rizzo, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Trout (a surprising number of times)

Q. Which National League player hit the most home runs in a season in the 1980s?
Hint: He was also the NL player with the most RBI in a season during that decade.
Hint: ...and total bases (TB).
Hint: You could say he had a very dominant year.
- 49 HR, 137 RBI, 353 TB in 1987
FCR - Michael Green, Las Vegas, NV
Incorrect answers:  Brady Anderson, George Foster, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Kevin Mitchell, Mike Schmidt, Daryl Strawberry

Q. Alex Rodriguez led the American League with 124 runs scored in 2003 and 2005. Who led the AL in runs scored in 2004, with--you guessed it--124?
Hint: He supplanted Julio Franco as the career hits leader among Dominican Republic natives.
Hint: He has since been passed by Adrian Beltre.
Hint: In 2009 he became the fourth player to collect 1,000 hits in the American League and 1,000 hits in the National League.
- 2,590 H (Franco 2,586, Beltre 2,823 and counting…)
- 1,375 AL H, 1,215 NL H
FCR - Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Bobby Abreu, Carlos Delgado, Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez

Q. Which Hall of Famer won the 7-year-old division of the inaugural Punt, Pass & Kick competition in 1961?
Hint: He won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award but finished second to John Montefusco for the National League Rookie of the Year.
Hint: He hit two home runs over the Green Monster in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series.
Hint: Merriam-Webster credits him with popularizing the term “f-bomb.”
- 1986 G4, 4th & 8th innings
FCR - Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers: Dennis Eckersley, Darrell Evans, Keith Hernandez, Jim Rice, Robin Yount

Q. Who is the only player to compile six consecutive seasons with 70+ stolen bases?
Hint: He had stolen bases in four decades.
Hint: He played for six different major league teams, including the A’s and Yankees.
Hint: He won a World Series ring with the Yankees.
- 70+ SB from 1981-86
- Registered SB 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s
- Played for MON, CHA, NYA, OAK, BAL & FLO
- 1996 WS ring
FCR - Jerry Kahn, Queens, NY
Incorrect answers:  Rickey Henderson, Omar Moreno

Q. Who was the bench coach for Don Mattingly in both LA and Miami?
Hint: He won the Golden Spikes Award in 1979.
Hint: He was drafted 10th overall in the 1979 draft and started his pro career with a bang, hitting a home run in his first professional at-bat.
Hint: He duplicated the feat when he reached the majors, hitting a homer in his first ML AB (though not his 1st plate appearance).
- Dodgers bench coach 2014-15, Marlins bench coach 2016
- HR in 1st ML AB 06-Sep-1980 (he walked in his first PA)
FCR - Tom Zocco (via Facebook)
Incorrect answers:  Mark McGwire, Charlie Spikes

Q. Who was the last player to hit 50 doubles for the Expos/Nationals franchise?
Hint: He is the only player to appear in 1,000 games at second base for the franchise.
Hint: He was also the first DH for the franchise.
- 51 2B in 2000
- 1,036 G @ 2B
- DH 16-Jun-1997 vs. BAL
FCR - Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Delino DeShields, Julio Franco, Mark Grudzielanek, Ron Hunt, Mike Lansing, Mark Loretta, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach

Q. Who, after spending six years in the minors, finally reached the majors when he was promoted to Astros bullpen coach in 2013?
Hint: He won the 1976 International League pitching triple crown and was named Pitcher of the Year.
Hint: His countrymen call him El Chirizo.
Hint: He said, of Roberto Clemente, “I took him as an example. He got me to think more about helping your neighbor, helping children, which was his goal and now mine too.”
FCR - Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Craig Bjornson

Q. Who intervened in an argument between GM Charlie Fox and shortstop Chris Speier, earning a punch to the jaw from Fox?
Hint: He was twice thwarted at a border crossing before embarking on his major league career.
Hint: He was one of four players directly involved in negotiations with owners during the 1981 players strike.
Hint: He has worked for MLBPA since 1999.
- 21-Jul-1978 argument in Expos clubhouse
- Stopped at Canadian border crossing and, failing to produce a signed copy of his contract, was turned away. Went down the road to the next border crossing, which checked with the original border crossing agent and was again turned back. He entered the country legally the next day.
- 1981 player negotiators Bob Boone,Doug DeCinces, Phil Garner and Rogers
FCR - Isaac Handy, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tony Clark, Tito Fuente, John Montefusco

THEME FOR THE WEEK - Players who were All-Stars three or more times while playing for the Expos/Nationals franchise.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Warren Campbell, Toronto, ON (after the Thursday Thunder question)

Incorrect theme guesses:
Tuesday - Players who won the ROY & MVP but no WS ring
Players who led the league in OBP & OPS before age 24 or 25 since 1901
Expos/Nationals to hit 40 HR in a season
Something to do with top overall draft picks
Wednesday - Most career HR for Expos/Nationals franchise
Expos/Nationals with 7+ WAR seasons
Expos franchise theme of some sort
Montreal/Washington players who led the league in HR during their career
Thursday - MLB MVPs originally drafted by the Expos
Expos/Nationals with 30 HR in a season
Top leaders in offensive WAR for the Expos/Nationals franchise
Friday - Expos/Nationals to start multiple All-Star Games
Single season WAR leaders for the Expos/Nationals franchise
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Sunday -
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