Sunday, June 18, 2017

2017-06-12 Current MLB stadiums that have never hosted a World Series


This week’s theme, questions, hints and answers come from longtime reader
John Michael Pierobon of Fort Lauderdale.
Q.        Which is the northernmost baseball park in the major leagues?
Hint:     It is where Cal Ripken, Jr. hit his last home run in an All-Star game.
Hint:     Adrian Beltre hit the first inside-the-park home run at this venue.
1250 First Avenue South, Seattle, Washington  98134-1216
-  AS HR off Chan Ho Park 10-Jul-2001
-  IPHR 23-Jul-2006 off Mike Timlin
FCR -  Adrian Fung, Toronto
Incorrect answers:  Rogers Center, Metrodome, Target Field

Q.        Which ballpark hosted the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game?
Hint:     Ken Griffey, Jr. holds the distinction of having the first hit in this stadium's history.
Hint:     It is within walking distance of the Ohio River.
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio  45202-4109
-  39.0875 Lat, 85.50667 Long
-  Griffey doubled 31-Mar-2003, but the Reds were clobbered by PIT
FCR -  Ralph Fessler, Ellicott City, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  PNC Park, Cinergy Field, Three Rivers Stadium

Q.        Where have Daryle Ward, Garret Jones, and Pedro Alvarez each hit the ball out of the park and its surrounding grounds?
Hint:     This ballpark is near a famous bridge.
Hint:     It is within walking distance of the Ohio River.
A.         PNC PARK
115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15212-5740
FCR -  John Rudy, Cooperstown
Incorrect answers:   Heinz Field, The Great American Ballpark, Three Rivers Stadium, Riverfront Stadium

Q.        Which is the southernmost baseball park in the major leagues?
Hint:     This fishy park has an aquarium behind home plate on the first base side.
Hint:     Carlos Beltran holds the distinction of having the first major league hit in this stadium's history.
501 Marlins Way, Miami, Florida  33125-1121
-  Latitude: 25.783638°, Longitude: -80.221315°
-  Beltran’s inaugural H 04-Apr-2012
FCR -  Bob Bogart, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
Incorrect answers:  Tropicana Field, Pro Player Stadium

Q.        Which is the northernmost baseball park in the major leagues with neither roof, canopy nor dome?
Hint:     It hosted the 2014 All-Star game.
Hint:     In 2010, ESPN The Magazine ranked it as the #1 baseball stadium experience in North America.
Hint:     Marco Scutaro holds the distinction of having the first major league hit in this stadium's history.
1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55403-1418
-  Latitude: 44.9793305°, Longitude: -93.2805701°
Scutaro’s inaugural H 12-Apr-2010
FCR -  Richard Lerner, Silver Spring, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Safeco Field, AT&T Park, Fenway Park

Q.        Which ballpark hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game less than 16 months after it opened?
Hint:     Rick Sutcliffe threw the first pitch in front of a crowd of nearly 45,000.
Hint:     It is the first MLB park since Ebbets Field to have the outfield wall made up entirely of straight segments.
Hint:     A specially-colored seat marks when and where Ernie Banks’s record was broken.
            333 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201-2577
-  First game 06-Apr-1992 w/44,568 in attendance; ASG 13-Jul-1993
Murray’s 500th HR 06-Sep-1996 off Felipe Lira
-  On 15-Jul-1993 Cal Ripken hit his 278th career HR, for most by a SS.  The seat where the HR ball landed commemorates the event and is located at Section 86, Row FF, Seat 10.
FCR -  Adrian Fung, Toronto
Incorrect answers:  Wrigley Field, Shea Stadium, Globe Life Park

Q.        Where did a former Cy Young Award winner hit his only home run in 500+ career games with more than 300 plate appearances?
Hint:     Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run there to tie Hank Aaron's record.
Hint:     It has hosted several World Baseball Classic games over multiple tournaments.
A.         PETCO PARK
100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, California  92101-7405
-  Bartolo Colon homered there off James Shields 07-May-2016
Bonds’s 755th off Clay Hensley 04-Aug-2007
-  Hosted WBC games in 2006, 2009 and 2017
FCR -  Justin Zeleny, Columbia, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Dodger Stadium, The Astrodome, Coors Field, AT&T Park, Citi Field, Qualcomm Stadium

Q.        Where, until this year, was the venue the farthest south that the NHL Winter Classic had ever been held?
Hint:     It’s a stadium known for power.
Hint:     Its original plan featured an enormous, interior-lit, rotating baseball globe atop a rotating restaurant.
Hint:     To ensure that the large analog clock no longer give inaccurate times, the club simply removed the clock’s hands.
1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, District of Columbia  20003-3599
- Held the NHL Winter Classic on 01-Jan-2015.  Latitude 38.873093 Longitude -77.007573  (2916 site St. Louis Busch Stadium is Lat 38.622644 Long -90.192813, less than 17 miles farther south)
-  Located in the national capital, the seat of power
-  The rotating globe would, according to the original idea, be able to morph into a globe of the world or alternately project scores and replays.  It turned out to be cost-prohibitive.  The restaurant/bar did get built.
   -  Former clock now just a large logo.
FCR – Tom Di Iaconi, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Washington, Houston, Wrigley Field, AT&T Park, Busch Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Coors Field, Safeco Field

Q.        In what major league stadium can you purchase Sharp’s?
Hint.     The Arctic Tailgate is an annual event.
Hint.     It was where we saw Torii Hunter turn a Barry Bonds home run into a long out.
Hint:     The club claims that “… (has) unique dimensions are designed to maximize every aspect of watching - and playing - America's Pastime.”
A.         MILLER PARK
1 Brewers Way, Stop 4, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214-3691
-  Sharp’s is the Miller Brewing Company’s low-alcohol brewed beverage
Hunter catch in the 2002 ASG.  Bonds homered 2 innings later.  It was the 1st of Hunter’s 5 ASF appearances.
FCR – Mark Kell, Columbia, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Target Field, Safeco Field, Comerica Park

Q.        About which stadium did architect Earl Santee predict that it will feel “twice as intimate as (the then current stadium in the same city)”?
Hint:     The construction of the stadium and adjacent accommodations topped $1 billion.
Hint:     The head county officer for the location of the new stadium called the project “Operation Intrepid”.
755 Battery Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia  30339-3017
-  Cozier than Turner Field was the claim.
-  Adjacent accommodations include The Battery Atlanta.  Total cost exceeded $1.3 billion.
-  Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee
FCR – Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers:  Marlins Park, Petco Park, AT&T Park, Comerica Park

WEEKLY THEME - Active major league venues that have never hosted a World Series game.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme - Vince Granieri, Cincinnati (After SAFECO!!)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  Trivia about MLB ballparks

Tuesday -  Stadia that have been the site of a no-hitter in the current decade
               -  Home ballparks of the two Griffeys.
               -  Ballparks that have hosted an All-Star game
               -  Highest rated ballparks by fans
               -  Ballparks within 1/4 mile of a major body of water.

Wed        -  Ballparks located next to bodies of water.
               -  Parks in which Junior Griffey homered the most
               -  MLB Parks whose points -- when connected by straight lines -- form a polygram that encloses the largest land area and has the longest perimeter.
               -  Ballparks that replaced multipurpose stadiums
               -  Call parks opened in the last 20 years.  Newest ballparks
               -  MLB ballparks built in this century

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017-06-05 Batters with multiple 3-home-run games in a season

Q.        Who is the only player to capture a World Series championship for an American League team with a walk-off home run?
Hint:     Few remember him as a Cub, Padre, Oriole or Giant.
Hint:     He was the first 30/30 player for the Cleveland Indians.
Hint:     The year prior, he had led the majors in runs batted in.
A.         JOE CARTER
-  1993 WS, HR 9th inning, G 6
-  W/PDA in 1990; w/CHC in 1983 for 23 G
-  32 HR/31 SB in 1987 w/CLE
-  121 RBI w/CLE in 1986
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers:  Chris Chambliss, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Boone

Q.        Which slugger hit a first-inning home run for his career 300th and then proceeded to hit three more in the same game?
Hint:     He is the Toronto Blue Jays franchise career leader in:
- Offensive WAR,
- Slugging %,
- Plates appearances,
- Runs Scored,
- Total Bases,
- Home Runs,
- Runs Batted In,
- Bases on Balls,
- Strikeouts   and
- …almost every other more-recently-developed offensive measure.
Hint:     He was the 4th player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in each of 10 consecutive seasons.
Hint:     Many of his contemporaries claimed that he had baseball’s best smile, by a mile.
-  4 HR 25-Sep-2003
-  O-WAR 39.1, SLG % .556, 6,018 PA, 889 R, 2,786 TB, 336 HR, 1,058 RBI, 827 BB & 1,042 K.  (Any record he doesn’t hold is owned by Tony Fernandez.)
-  10+ HR 1997-2006.  Preceding him with this feat were Gehrig, Foxx, Bonds & Sosa.  Pujols & A-Rod have done it since.
-  Delgado grin
FCR -  Josh Flowerman, Flanders, New Jersey
Incorrect answers:  Jose Bautista, Shawn Green, George Bell, Fred McGriff, Joe Carter, Vernon Wells, Edwin Encarnacion, Dave Winfield

Q.        Which player hit a career-high 35 home runs for the Tigers, then hit over 50 home runs the next season, after switching teams and leagues?
Hint:     Of all the major leaguers with a season with 50 MLB home runs, he is the only one of them who has a son who also hit 50 homers in a major league season.
Hint:     Bob’s first grand slam is his.
Hint:     He was twice runner-up in league MVP voting.
-  38 HR for the 1989 Hanshin Tigers after parts of 3 seasons w/TOR.  51 HR in 1990 w/DET; Prince Fielder 50 HR in 2007
-  Actually, that’s BOB, the Bank One Ballpark. (Now Chase field.)  GS  09-Jun-1998, off Willie Blair
-  2nd in MVP voting 1990, 1991
FCR -  Adrian Fung, Toronto
Incorrect answers:  Prince Fielder, Luis Gonzalez, Albert Belle

Q.        Which original Marlin was accused, over 7 years after his MLB playing career, by pitcher Jason Grimsley of using anabolic steroids in a federal agent's affidavit?
Hint:     His son plays baseball for the NAIA Indiana Tech Warriors.
Hint:     He was a double unique for exactly 1 year 153 days.
Hint:     He sometimes shouts his own name when cliff-diving.
-  D-U until 18-Sep-2001 when Angel Berroa debuted for KCR
FCR -  Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect answers:  Gary Sheffield, Benito Santiago, Bryan Harvey, Cliff Floyd, Jeff Conine Cesar Geronimo

Q.        What slugger is the only member of the 500-home-run club with fewer than 800 career strikeouts?
Hint:     He appeared once on the Home Shopping Network.
Hint:     He was pleased to be in the company of Fred Astaire and Katherine Hepburn.
Hint:     He thrice won consecutive batting titles.
-  521 HR, 709 K
-  He was on HSN in 1991 for Grand Slam Enterprises, led by his son, John-Henry Williams, and Brian Interland.
-  Declined an honorary degree from Harvard because he said he didn't earn it.  When told that Fred Astaire and Katherine Hepburn also turned down Harvard, Ted replied that he was in pretty good company.
-  Won AL batting championships in 1941-42, 1947-48 and 1957-58.
FCR -  Mike Friednash, Denver
Incorrect answers:  Albert Pujols, Joe DiMaggio, Mel Ott, Johnny Mize, Jimmy Foxx

Q.        Whose league-leading 359 total bases vaulted him to second in the 2016 American League MVP voting, behind only MVP winner Mike Trout?
Hint:     He also had more at-bats than any other major leaguer in 2016.
Hint:     He was named the Tennessee boys Bowler of the Year in 2010.
Hint:     His uncle played 14 years in the majors and provided considerable guidance in his baseball development.
-  672 AB
-  Uncle Terry Schumpert
FCR -     Steve Krevisky, Middletown, Connecticut
Incorrect answers:  Jose Altuve

Q.        Who was the first National League player to twice hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break?
Hint:     Instead of using a weighted donut on his bat, he used to warm up in the on-deck circle with a sledgehammer.
Hint:     His team retired his uniform number while he was still an active player.
Hint:     He was the first batter to homer into the 600 level of Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
-  In 1971, hit his 30th HR 10-Jul.  ASG 13-Jul; In 1973, hit his 30th HR 22-Jul.  ASG 24-Jul.
Sledgehammer (Weird connection with Sister Sledge, who sang “We Are Family” the Pirates’ theme song in 1979.  Probably no connection with Peter Gabriel.)
-  No. retired 6-Sep-1982.  He played 16 more games then retired at the end of the year.
-  Philly HR 25-Jun-1971 (section 601 exit ramp) off Jim Bunning
FCR -  Lincoln Mitchell, New York City
Incorrect answers:  Ralph Kiner, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski. Dick Allen, Dave Parker, Gary Sheffield, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa

Q.        Who was the first left-handed hitter in National League history to hit 50 home runs in a season?
Hint:     He was the first player to play in the All-Star Game for one team and then play in the World Series for a team in the other league.
Hint:     He was the first St. Louis Cardinal slugger to lead the NL in homers in back-to-back seasons.
Hint:     He was replaced by Walter Alston.
A.         JOHNNY MIZE
-  51 HR for NYG in 1947
1949 ASG for NYG; 1949 WS for NYY
-  28 HR in 1939; 43 HR in 1940
-  In the final G of Mize’s rookie season on 27-Sep-1936, Mize was ejected and replaced at first base by Alston.  It was the only time Alston ever played in a major league game.
FCR -  Adam Balutis, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect answers:  Mel Ott, Gil Hodges

Q.        Which Angels scout recommended the team sign his daughter's boyfriend?
Hint:     That boyfriend went on to lead his team to a World Series championship and was named that World Series MVP.
Hint:     That scout hit a home run in HIS first World Series at-bat.23 years earlier.
Hint:     He was brought up on his first team to replace a retiring Hall of Famer then was traded 9 years later to make room for another Hall of Famer.
A.         DOUG DeCINCES
Troy Glaus, recommended by DeCinces in 1997.  Named 2002 WS MVP.
-  DeCinces WS HR 10-Oct-1979
-  Rookie with the 1979 Orioles to replace Brooks Robinson.  Traded to make room for Cal Ripken.
FCR -  Bill Deane, Cooperstown
Incorrect answers:  David Machemer, Tom Kotchman, David Eckstein, Mike Fitzgerald, Lee Lacy, Rick Dempsey, Richie Sexson

Q.        Who is the only player in major league history to hit three home runs in a game three times in one season.
Hint:     His record-setting accomplishment got scant attention at the time because of a contemporaneous home run accomplishment by a different player.
Hint:     He also holds the record for most home run hit in a single month of October in the regular season.
Hint:     He is first among equals in his hometown.
A.         SAMMY SOSA
-  3 HR/G X 3 in 2001, same year Barry Bonds hit 73 HR
-  20 HR in June 1998; York hit 18 in August 1937
-  5 HR in Oct. 2001
-  Hails from San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic, birthplace and home town of nearly a hundred major leaguers.
FCR -  David Krassin, New York City
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey, Jr., Joe Carter

WEEKLY THEME – Batters with multiple 3-home-run games in a season

Berroa             22-May-1996         12-Aug-1996
Betts                31-May-2016         14-Aug-2016
Carter              24-Jun-1989          19-Jul-1989
DeDinces        03-Aug-1982         08-Aug-1982
Delgado           04-Apr-2001          20-Apr-2001
Fielder             06-May-1990         06-Jun-1990
Mize                13-Jul-1938           20-Jul-1938
Sosa                09-Aug-2001         22-Aug-2001         23-Sep-2001
Stargell            10-Apr-1971          21-Apr-1971
Williams           08-May-1957         13-Jun-1957

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – David Washburn, Marietta, Georgia (After Berroa)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  Jays inducted into the team's Level of Excellence
               -  Names on the Level of Excellence at Rogers Stadium (formerly SkyDome)
               -  Blue Jays who hit historic homers
               -  Toronto Blue Jays all-time HR leaders

Wed        -  10+ HR or 30        HR 1997 - 2006? (Answer says 10+)
-        Players who participated in the July 6, 1996 Blue Jays at Tigers game
-        Players who've played first base for the Blue Jays
-        2012 Texas Ranger roster
-        Players attached to the Blue Jays
-        Yankee killers

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