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

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