Monday, July 10, 2017

2017-07-03 South Atlantic League MVPs

Q.        What overall first-round draft pick starred for both the Dodgers and Padres?
Hint:     He won Gold Glove Awards at first base for both teams.
Hint:     He led the majors in hits, bases-on-balls and RBI, but in three separate seasons.
Hint:     Five times did he ground into double plays more than 20 times in a season and has over 200 such for his career.
Hint:     He was born in the U.S., but 4 times has represented the country of his ancestors in the World Baseball Classic.
-  He was the 1st overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft by FLA
-  GG for SPD in 2008, 2009 & 2011; for LAD in 1014
-  213 H in 2011; 119 BB in 2009 & 116 RBI in 2014
-  201 GIDP so far in career
-  Played for Mexico in WBC in 2006, 2009, 2013 and the 2017.
FCR -  Derek Granger, Chandler, Arizona
Incorrect answers:  Steve Garvey, Mike Piazza, Logan Forsythe 

Q.        Who was the first teenager to hit a home run in a League Championship Series game?
Hint:     He was the first native of Curaçao to be selected to an All-Star team.
Hint:     No other member of his 140-year-old franchise ever hit more home runs in a season.
-  LCS HR G 7 17-Oct-1996; B. 23-Apr-1977
-  51 HR in 2005 for the Braves (Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron are next highest, both with 47 in 1953 & 1971 respectively.)
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Incorrect answers:  Xavier Bogaerts

Q.        Who holds the American League record for most total bases in one game?
Hint:     He shares a last name with a Hall of Famer and was once projected to be a can’t-miss Hall of Famer himself.
Hint:     He set a record a decade ago that might never be broken.
-  On 8-May-2012 Hamilton hit four home runs and racked up 18 bases in one game in Baltimore against the Orioles.  Each HR was with 1 man on.
Billy Hamilton (no known relation) was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1961.
-  Josh’s record of 28 home runs in the opening round of the 2008 Home Run Derby seems out of reach.  The next highest is Bobby Abreu’s 24 in 2005.
FCR -  Jim Turner, Tallahassee
Incorrect answers:  Fred Lynn, Shawn Green, Barry Bonds, Jim Bottomley, A-Rod

Q.        What teammate of Derek Jeter’s stole and sold Jeter’s playing glove?
Hint:     The fact that he returned it quickly did not stop the Yankees from giving him his unconditional release.
Hint:     He played 7 more seasons in the majors and even faced the Yankees in the World Series.
Hint:     He represented his native country in the World Baseball Classic twice.
-  He sold the glove to a memorabilia dealer for $2,500.
-  Played for SPD in the 1998 WS.
-  Played for Panama in the WBC in 2006 & 2009.
FCR -  Adam Fund, Toronto
Incorrect answers:  Gerald Williams, Ben Rivera, Bombo Rivera, Jim Rivera

Q.        Who did Houston call up to replace the recently departed Hunter Pence?
Hint:     He was the first alum in the majors who got to go to “Doesn’t go” University.
Hint:     His name might indicate his college degree.  (It doesn’t.)
Hint:     He homered in each of his first two postseason games, the 1st DET to do that.
Hint:     He was raised with 5 sisters.
A.         J.D. MARTINEZ
-  MLB debut 30-Jul-2011.  Pence had been traded to PHI the day before.
-  Had attended Nova Southeastern University.  In Spanish, “no va” means it doesn’t go.  (Yes.  Yes.  I know it means “new” in Latin.)
-  J.D. = Juris Doctor, the degree granted by most U.S. law schools
-  HRs 02-Oct-2014 & 03-Oct-2014 in the ALDS (Won by BAL)
-  Born and raised in Florida of Cuban parents
FCR -  Bill Carle, Lee’s, Summit, Missouri
Incorrect answers:  George Springer

Q.        What Oklahoma native is the only person to play on a MLB World-Series-winning team and an NBA title-winning team?
Hint:     He was the first player to earn Minor League Player of the Year honors twice.
Hint:     He attended high school in the Tri-Cities and college very close by.
Hint:     He was also the winning pitcher in the 1955 All-Star Game for his hometown Milwaukee Braves.
Hint:     In addition to playing for the Braves, he was proud of his Amerind heritage.
Hint:     He was the losing pitcher of record in the ’54 game.
Hint:     After striking out Ted Williams and Yogi Berra in yet a 3rd All-Star game, he was voted the BBWAA Comeback Player of the Year.
Hint:     He and his wife Katie established and operated an industrial supplies company for 35 years after his playing days.
A.         GENE CONLEY also pic who passed away on July 4th
-  With MLN in 1957 and with the Boston Celtics for their NBA championships in 1959, 1960 & 1961.  When he played with the Celtics in their championship years, only Bill Russell was taller.  Click here to see him trying to defend Wilt Chamberlain.
-  “Sporting News” Minor League POY in 1951 when he was MVP of the Eastern League and then again in 1953 when he was also the American Association’s MVP.          
-  Attended Columbia High School (now Richland HS) in Richland, Washington and then Washington State University in Pullman.
-  He was part Cherokee Indian.
1959 ASG; Named CPOY by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. After the season he signed two contracts, one with the Phillies and another with the Celtics.
-  They ran the Foxboro Paper Company.
FCR -  Mary Shea, Milwaukee
Incorrect answers:  Clint Hurdle, Warren Spahn

Q.        What Georgian ginger grew up halfway between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, but attended neither?
Hint:     Last season was the first in the last five that he has not played in the postseason.
Hint:     He was the American League Player of Week 3 separate times in three different seasons, the last of these likely influencing his selection on the All-Star team (where Craig Kimbrell struck him out in his only plate appearance).
Hint:     He hit his first major league home run in Japan.
Hint:     He is one of 48 players to homer against every single team currently in MLB.
-  From Loganville, about 45 minutes from both Tech and UGA.  Instead, he was drafted out of high school.
-  Made the postseason with the A’s 2012-14 and with STL in 2015.
-  POTW 17-Jun-2012, 01-Sep-2013 & 18-May-2014.  AS in 2014.
-  1st HR hit in the Tokyo Dome 25-Mar-2008, off Huston Street, to tie the game in the 9th.
FCR -  Benjamin Chase, Huron, South Dakota
Incorrect answers:  Josh Reddick, Brian McCann

Q.        Who has played in the Little League World Series (twice, winning it all once), the world Baseball Classic and in the MLB postseason?
Hint:     When the MLB Channel ranked all the major league prospects, he came in at #1.
Hint:     Now used almost exclusively as a utility substitute, he hasn’t yet played 100 games in any of his 4 seasons in the majors.
Hint:     His 1 double play turned as a left fielder this season puts him tied for the lead in the American League.
2004 & 2005 LLWS, WBC for The Netherlands in 2013 & 2017 and for the Rangers in the 2012 AL Wild Card game.
-  MLB Network rank the Top 100 and Profar beat out Dylan Bundy and many other notables.
-  Participated in a DP on Opening Day 03-Apr-2017.  Tied with 10 other AL left fielders with one each.
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles
Incorrect answers:  Todd Frazier, Leury Garcia, Eddie Rosario

Q.        Whose first home runs in the majors was a grand slam off future teammate Mike Hampton?
Hint:     He suffered a concussion a week prior to the only All-Star game he was ever selected to.
Hint:     In his best season, he had a streak of hits in nine consecutive at-bats, one short of the National League record.
Hint:     His 145 doubles between 2003 and 2006 were the most of any NL second baseman.
Hint:     His older brother, a two-time All-Star, had a career in the majors that started earlier and lasted longer.
-  1st HR 15-May-2001
AS in 2003
-  9 straight H 28-Jul & 29-Jul-2003
FCR -  Benjamin Chase, Huron, South Dakota
Incorrect answers:  Bret Boone, Aaron Boone, Danny Valencia, Ronnie Belliard, Freddy Sanchez

Q.        Whose nicknames were “3TO” and “…The Muscle”?
Hint:     He was the last 20th Century player to hit at least 15 home runs in a season during which he had 200 or fewer at-bats.
Hint:     Though he only stole 16 bases in his 14-year career, after his playing days, he was convicted of trespassing.
Hint:     On 21-Aug-2010, he christened the 4th deck of Yankee Stadium with an impressive home run.
-  3TO stands for three true outcomes, for his propensity to either draw a walk, strike out, or hit a home run.  “Russell The Muscle” is obvious once one has seen his physique.
-  In 2000, his had 193 AB and 16 HR.
-  On 30-Oct-2015, Branyan was arrested for breaking into the home of his ex-wife, Jill, in Tennessee while she was asleep.  The warrant also accuses him of tampering with the home’s thermostat, making it extremely cold.
-  Yankee Stadium HR
FCR -  Barry Nelson, Guilderland, New York
Incorrect answers:  Mike Simms

WEEKLY THEME – AAA South Atlantic League MVP’s

Player           MVP Yr  Team
Branyan        1996       Columbus Red Stixx
Giles             1998       Macon Braves
Gonzalez      2001       Uh-Oh!  (Should not be on that list !)
Hamilton       2000       Charleston River Dogs
Jones           1995       Macon Braves
Martinez       2010       Lexington Legends
Moss            2004       Augusta GreenJackets
Profar           2011       Hickory Crawdads
Rivera           1994       Greensboro Bats

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