Sunday, January 8, 2017
2017-01-02 Teams paying MLB Luxury Tax in 2017
Q. Joe Torre was a major league manager for 15 years before managing a team that he had not previously played for. What team was that?
Hint: Only 4 American League franchises have been in their cities longer.
Hint: They have played under other names than their current one.
- Torre had managed the …
Mets 1977-81; played 1975-77 (Player/manager 1977)
Braves 1982-84; played 1960-68 (2nd in ROY voting 1961)
Cardinals 1990-95; played 1969-74 (MVP - 1971)
… before becoming skipper of NYY 1996-2007. Finished w/LAD 2008-10.
- NYY franchise began in 1903. BOS, CHW, CLE & DET began in 1901.
- AKA: Hill Toppers, Highlanders
FCR - Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect answers: Braves, Mets, Dodgers
Q. Which franchise is the only one that can claim 25 Hall of Famers played in its uniform?
Hint: Their nickname used to be the nickname of the city they played in.
Hint: One year this team put together the highest team batting average of the 20th century.
Hint: The Yankees beat them once is a World Series, even though they had more hits, more doubles, triples, home runs and RBI than the Yankees.
- 20 NYG + 5 SFG went into the Hall as Giants. Another 32 in the Hall played with them at some time or other, like Randy Johnson.
- In 1930 they hit .319, led by their leader Bill Terry’s .401.
- 1962 WS
FCR - Richard Lerner, Silver Spring, Maryland
Incorrect answers: Yankees, Dodgers, Braves
Q. Who was the first team in the modern era to win World Series in consecutive seasons?
Hint: The first player to accumulate 3,000 major league hits, hit them for that team.
Hint: A player on this team had more hits than any other major leaguer 1990-1999.
Hint: A player for that team holds the one offensive record that Babe Ruth said, “…would never be broken.”
A. CHICAGO CUBS
- Cap Anson with 3,012 hits for the Cubs; 3,435 overall. His 11th hit in 1894 was his 3,000th.
- Mark Grace had 1,754 hits for the Cubs in that decade.
- Ruth spoke of Hack Wilson’s 190 RBI in 1930. Modern research has verified that the number is actually 191. So far, the Babe’s prediction is holding true.
FCR - Rich Trachtman, Potomac, Maryland
Incorrect answers: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Athletics
Q. Which was the first non-New York-based team to lead its league every day of the season?
Hint: It was the first team with four players to hit 40 doubles in the same season.
Hint: One of the three major leaguers who homered thrice on an Opening Day, did it for this team.
Hint: No American League team has ever lost more games in a single season.
- 1929 DET; Charlie Gehringer 45, Roy Johnson 45, Dale Alexander 43 and Harry Heilmann 41. Johnson’s 45 was a career high. He and Gehringer tied for the league lead.
- Dmitri Young hit 3 HR’s Opening Day 04-Apr-2005 (The other two are George Bell 04-Apr-1988 and Tuffy Rhodes 04-Apr-1994. All 3 performed this feat on the 4th of April.)
- 119 losses in 2003
FCR - Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Q. What was the first team to have a starting outfield consisting entirely of former-MVP winners?
Hint: They are the owners of the smallest players winning share in modern World Series history.
Hint: They called the same ballpark home for over a hundred years.
Hint: The pitcher with the record for lowest ERA in a season by a lefty, did it for this team.
- They were the starting BOS outfield on 03-Sep-1979 [Extra thanks to Bud Drapeau of Manchester, Connecticut for his research help on this]. Carl Yastrzemski LF (MVP 1967), Fred Lynn CF (MVP 1975) and Jim Rice (MVP 1978). NOTE: Reader John Bukovinsky from Oakhurst, New Jersey found an earlier occurrence by another team. See 13‑May‑1961.
- 1918 Boston Red Sox ($1,102.51 per player) The only modern WS played entirely in the month of September. World War I was still raging, although it ended exactly two months to the day after the Series.
- Fenway Park, built in 1912 and in use by the Red Sox continuously ever since.
- Dutch Leonard had a not-to-be-believed ERA of 0.96 in 1914. Only Tim Keefe’s 0.86 in 1880 is better.
FCR - Terry French, Kansas City
Incorrect answers: Reds, White Sox, Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Spiders
Q. What major league franchise has played under eight (8!) different names?
Hint: They have retired 10 uniform numbers.
Hint: They have won championships in every city they have played in.
Hint: Ten of their managers are now in the Hall of Fame.
Hint: One of their relief pitchers still holds the record for consecutive chances converted into saves.
Los Angeles Dodgers (1958 - 2016)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1932 - 1957)
Brooklyn Robins (1914 – 1931)
Brooklyn Superbas (1899 - 1910, 1913
Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888 - 1890, 1896 - 1898)
Brooklyn Grooms (1891 - 1895)
Brooklyn Grays (1885 - 1887)
Brooklyn Atlantics (1884)
- Uni Nos. 1- Pee Wee Reese
2- Tommy Lasorda
4- Duke Snider
19- Jim Gilliam
20- Don Sutton
24- Walter Alston
32- Sandy Koufax
39- Roy Campanella
42- Jackie Robinson
53- Don Drysdale
- HOF Mgrs
Monte Ward (1891-92)
Ned Hanlon (1899-1905)
Wilbert Robinson (1914-31)
Max Carey (1932-33)
Casey Stengel (1934-36)
Burleigh Grimes (1937-38)
Leo Durocher (1939-46, 48)
Walter Alston (1954-76)
Tommy Lasorda (1976-96)
Joe Torre (2008-10)
FCR - Jake Hopper, Houston
Incorrect answers: Braves, Phillies, Reds, A’s, Yankees, Orioles
WEEKLY THEME – The record six MLB teams who will pay the Luxury Tax in 2017
LAD $31.8 million
NYY $27.4 million
BOS $4.5 million
DET $4.0 million
SFG $3.4 million
CHC $3.0 million
Incorrect theme guesses:
Sunday - Teams with the most retired numbers
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