Sunday, August 7, 2022

2023-08-01 Pitcher who have won multiple Cy Young Awards for expansion teams

 MONDAY  —01-Aug

Q.  Who ranks behind only Cy Young and Walter Johnson in career WAR for pitchers?

Hint: #1  He passed Red Ruffing on the career pitching victories list in the same game where he passed Tom Seaver on the career strikeout list.

Hint: #2  His son hit three times more home runs than doubles in his major league career.

A.  ROGER CLEMENS  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Young = 165.6 WAR in 7,356 IP & Johnson = 152.3 WAR in 5,914 ⅓ IP.  Clemens = 138.7 pWAR in 4,916 ⅔ IP.

-  #1  On 23-Jul-2001 , vs. TOR, Clemens got his 274th W & his 3,641st K.  He would then get more than 1,000 additional Ks before retiring not to mention 80 more Ws.

-  #2  Kody Clemens has accumulated 3 HR and 1 2B in the 30 MLB G he has played so far.

FCR -  Rob Emerson, Lowell, Massachusetts

Incorrect guesses:  Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson

 

TUESDAY  —02-Aaug

Q.  Which hurler reached 3,000 career strikeouts in the fewest innings pitched?

Hint: #1  He led the majors one season, but didn’t even lead the league.

Hint: #2  He is the most recent Hall of Famer to surrender four home runs in an inning.

A.  RANDY JOHNSON  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  3,000 K reached on  w/2,468th IP.

-  #1  In 1998, Johnson had 213 K w/SEA & 166 K w/HOU (then in the NL), traded 31-Jul for a total of 329 for the year.  He lead neither league, but led the majors.

-  #2  On 21-Aug-2005, in the 4th inning, pitching for NYY, Johnson surrendered HRs to CHW’s Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand, Paul Konerko & Chris Widger.

FCR -  Gerald Price, Lancaster, California

Incorrect guesses:  Bert Blyleven, Fergie Jenkins

 

IN MEMORIAM  —03-Aug

Q.  Who was the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history?

Hint: #1  In one of the first games he broadcast, his team played an exhibition game against Connie Mack and the A's.  Overlapping with Mack that day, those two accounted for 130 continuous years of major league service.

Hint: #2  He called Don Larsen's, Sandy Koufax's and Dennis Martinez's perfect games.

Hint: #3  He broadcast Don Drysdale's 58⅔-inning scoreless streak as well as Orel Hershiser's 59 scoreless innings to break Drysdale's record.

Hint: #4  Among the most treasured calls in baseball history, his call of Hank Aaron's 715th home run stands out: “A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol.  It is a great moment for all of us and particularly for Henry Aaron.”

Hint: #5  He received the Ford C. Frick Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, both in 1982.

Hint: #6  In 2016 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hint: #7  “Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be.”

A.  VIN SCULLY  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Radio/television broadcaster for the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, 1950-2016)

-  #1  Connie Mack 1886-1950, Scully 1950-2016

-  #2  Larsen's gemKoufax's gemMartinez's gem

-  #3  Hershiser's record-setting inning

-  #4  Aaron’s 715th

-  #5  Frick Award speech; Star w/details

-  #6  Freedom medal ceremony

-  #6  Farewell, Vin, wherever you may be.

FCR -  Michael McCroskey, Sugar Land, Texas

Incorrect guesses: 

 

WEDNESDAY  —03-Aug

Q.  Who was the first pitcher to surrender three home runs to one player on Opening Day?

Hint: #1  Four years earlier, to the day, he became the youngest player to appear in a major league game for his young franchise.

Hint: #2  There is no truth to the rumor that he was going to change his name to reflect his dedication to baseball’s history.

A.  BRET SABERHAGEN  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  On 04-Apr-1988, George Bell homered thrice off Saberhagen in Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City.

-  #1  On 04-Apr-1984, at 19 years, 11 months, 24 days old, Saberhagen became the youngest player in Kansas City Royals history and the first teenager.  He pitched 4⅔ innings in relief of Paul Splittorff.

-  #2  It’s S-A-B-E-Rhagen and was never SABRhagen.

FCR -  Steve Berman, Bergenfield, New Jersey

Incorrect guesses:  George Bell, Dwight Gooden, Karl “Tuffy” Rhodes, Joe Nuxhall

 

THURSDAY  —04-Aug

Q.  Who won his three hundredth career pitching victory thirty-seven years ago today?

Hint: #1  He once famously said, “l learned more in one year at _____ under Coach ______ than I would have in two or three seasons in the low minors.”

Hint: #2  Ken Griffey, Jr. broke a record of his that many thought would never be broken.

A. TOM SEAVER  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  300th W = 04-Aug-1985 (He won his 283rd G on 04-Aug-1984.)

-  #1  Seaver played for USC in his home state of California under college Hall of Fame coach Rod Dedeaux.

-  #2  The percent of Hall of Fame ballot that put Seaver in the Hall of Fame in 1992, 98.8% stood as the highest until Griffey’s 99.3% in 2016.  Even that has now been topped twice.

FCR -  Doug Christy, Sarasota

Incorrect guesses:  Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Tom Glavine, Steve Carlton

 

FRIDAY  —05-Aug

Q.  Which pitcher led all three triple crown categories, not just for his league, but for the majors, and couldn’t even break into the top five in MVP voting in his league?

Hint: #1  He had the third-most league MVP votes on his own team!

Hint: #2  He wanted to be an outfielder, but scouts and coaches found his arm to valuable and switched him to the mound.

Hint: #3  Before the outfield, he had been a standout at shortstop until he discovered that there are no left-handed shortstops in the majors.

A.  JOHAN SANTANA  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  IN 2006 Santana had a 19-6 record, an ERA of 2.77 & 245 Ks but came in 7th in AL MVP voting.

-  #1  Finished behind Justin Morneau, who won, & 6th place finisher Joe Mauer.  Neither had any dark ink in the categories most used for such evaluations.

-  #2  Apparently he adapted well.

-  #3  The last left-handed thrower to play shortstop on defense in a major league game happened a quarter century before Santana was born.  Check out this 1954 G.

FCR -  Benjamin Chase, Huron, South Dakota

Incorrect guesses:  Sam McDowell, Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton, Lefty Grove, Dave Stieb, Hal Newhouser, Bob Lemon, Lefty Gomez, Don Sutton, Whitey Ford, Warren Spahn

 

SATURDAY  —06-Aug

Q.  Who was the most hatted Rookie of the Year?

Hint: #1  The tiny college he attended also produced another multiple-time All-Star pitcher.

Hint: #2  His brilliance on the mound has often been interrupted by physical ailment that often required medical attention and lengthy stretches out of the rotation during the season.

A.  JACOB DeGROM  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  NL ROY in 2014.  Played for the Stetson University Hatters in college.

-  #1  Stetson has four campuses with a total of 4,000 enrolled students.  Corey Kluber attended, slight before deGrom.

-  #2  (I’ve lost count.  His agent probably knows.)

FCR -  A.J. Manuzzi, Indianapolis

Incorrect guesses:  Joe Charboneau, Mark Fidrych, Zack Greinke, Chipper Jones, Stephen Strasburg, Corey Kluber, Todd Worrell, Dave Righetti

 

SUNDAY  —7-Aug

Q.  Who pulled ahead of Pedro and will catch Roger with the next one?

Hint: #1  He is the final entrant in this week’s theme.

Hint: #2  The theme is open-ended.  It’s complete for now but it could be added to in the future.

A.  MAX SCHERZER  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Scherzer has struck out at least 10 batters in a game 109 X, 5 X this year.  Until yesterday’s G, he was tied with Pedro Martinez at 108.  The next highest is Roger Clemens who has 110 such.  Scherzer is a threat to strike out every time he toes the rubber.

-  #1 &2  See below

FCR -  Terry Sloope, Cartersville, Georgia

Incorrect guesses:  Justin Verlander, Charlie Morton, Clayton Kershaw 

 

 

 

WEEKLY THEME – Expanders X 2 CYA.  Pitchers who’ve won more than one Cy Young Award with a team that came into existence since 1960.

 

Pitcher             Team               Dates of CYAs          Career WAR

Clemens............... TOR............ 1997, 1998*.............................. 139.2

deGrom................ NYM............ 2018, 2019.................................. 42.4

Johnson............... ARI.............. 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002*.......... 101.1

Saberhagen......... KCR............ 1985, 1989.................................. 58.9

Santana................ MIN............. 2004*, 2006*............................... 51.7

Scherzer............... WSN............ 2016, 2017.................................. 69.2

Seaver.................. NYM............ 1969, 1973, 1975...................... 109.9

*Unanimous (Both of deGrom’s were 1 vote shy of unanimous.)

Year Bolded means led league or MLB in WAR for pitchers

 

 

First Correct Respondent identifying theme – Nary a soul.

 

 

Incorrect theme guesses:

 

Mon     -  Players from The Simpsons “Homer at the Bat” episode

            -  Oldest pitchers to win ERA titles

 

Tues    -  Pitchers who won 20 games for a last place team

 

Wed    -  Pitchers with > 3000 strikeouts

-   Winners of 3 or more Cy Young awards

 

Thurs   -  Pitchers with multiple Cy Young awards who have also pitched for a New York team

-   Won the CYA and WS in the same year

 

Fri        -  Pitchers to play for a NY team and win two or more career Cy Young Awards

-   Pitchers with multiple Cy Young Awards

-   Pitchers to win the CYA and the clinching game of the World Series in the same season

-   Won multiple Cy Young awards for the same team

-   Multiple CYA award winners

 

Sat       -  Multiple Cy Young award winners who were on the same team as other multi-year Cy Young award winners

-   Multi-Cy Young award winners who have led MLB in ERA since 1970

 

Sun      -  Multiple Cy Young winners who pitched for the Metropolitans during their careers

-   Pitchers with over 1000 innings and have averaged more than 9 strikeouts per inning.\

-   Pitchers who have more than 1500 strikeouts in their first 200 starts.

 

 

 

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Monday, August 1, 2022

2022-07-25 Players who appeared in centerfield within twenty games of 2,000 or more

MONDAY  —25-Jul

Q.  Who hit more doubles in the major leagues than anyone else ever has or likely, anyone else every will?

Hint: #1  It is just as likely that his record for outfield assists will stand the test of time.

Hint: #2  Babe Ruth called him, “…the finest defensive outfielder I ever saw.”

A.  TRIS SPEAKER  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  792 2B

-  #1  He had 449 career outfield assists

-  #2  Legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice called Speaker, “perfection on the field.”

FCR -  Charlie Riordan, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Incorrect guesses:  Ty Cobb, Harry Hooper, Willie Mays, Paul Waner, Earl Webb

 

TUESDAY  —26-Jul

Q.  About whom did a contemporary Hall of Famer say, “I think anybody who saw him will tell you that [he] was the greatest player who ever lived.”?

Hint: #1  Another contemporary Hall of Famer said, “[He] is the greatest ballplayer I’ve ever seen.  I never saw Joe DiMaggio play, but if Joe DiMaggio was better than [he is], he belongs in Heaven.”

Hint: #2  An eleven-year major leaguer (non-Hall of Fame, non-contemporary) is quoted as saying, “I’ve seen Speaker, Cobb, Hooper—oh all the greats—but I’ve never seen anyone who was any better than [him]. . .  [He] can throw, field, hit, run, anything.”

Hint: #3  The eternally irascible Ty Cobb said, “[He] is the only man in baseball I’d pay to see play.”

A.  WILLIE MAYS  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Quote from teammate Monte Irvin who also said Mays at shortstop was as good as Ozzie Smith.

-  #1  Quote from Roberto Clemente

-  #2  Quote is by Al Bridwell

-  #3  Yes, THAT Ty Cobb.

FCR -  Dan Silverberg, Aventura, Florida

Incorrect guesses:  Oscar Charleston, Joe Jackson, Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Napoleon Lajoie, Sam Crawford, Buck O’Neill

 

TUESDAY, A LITTLE LATER ON  —26-Jul

Q.  Who was Charlie Gehringer’s first manager in the majors?

Hint: #1  He (not Gehringer) played spring training games with lead insoles so his shoes would feel light during the season.

Hint: #2  He needed the fewest games to join the 3,000 hit club.

A.  TY COBB  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Joined DET in 1924 where Cobb had been managing since 1921.

-  #1  He is reputed to be the first to swing multiple bats while on deck during games.

-  #2  Got his 3,000th H in his 2,135th G.

FCR -  Michael Schneider, Wilmington, Delaware

Incorrect guesses:  Sam Crawford, Tris Speaker, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins

 

 

WEDNESDAY  —27-Jul

Q.  Which future Chicago White Sox outfielder began his unanimous Most Valuable Player season hitting six home runs in his team's first seven games?

Hint: #1  He once batted in eight runs in a single game.

Hint: #2  He comes from Alberta.

A.  KEN GRIFFEY, Jr.  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Hit 3 HR in 41 G playing for CHW in 2008.  AL MVP = 1997.  6 HR = 01-Apr-, 04-Apr-, 05-Apr-, 06-Apr- & 08-pr-1997.  Homered neither 02-Apr-  nor 07-Apr-.

-  #1  8 RBI = 08-Jul-2000

-  #2  His mother’s first name is Alberta although she goes by Birdie.

FCR -  Tal Smith, Sugar Land, Texas

Incorrect guesses:  Orlando Cepeda, Larry Walker, Jose Abreu, Justin Morneau, George Bell, Dick Allen, Jose Canseco

 

THURSDAY  —28-Jul

Q.  Who was the last American Leaguer to steal at least seventy-five bases in a season?

Hint: #1  He once stole five bases in one game.

Hint: #2  In one seven-year stretch, he played for nine major league teams.

Hint: #3  Playing for the first of those, he led them to a pennant.

A.  KENNY LOFTON  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  75 SB in 1996 for CLE.

-  #1  5 SB = 03-Sep-2000

-  #2  Between 2001 & 2007, he suited up for CLE, CHW, SFG, PIT, DGD, NYY, PHI, LAD & TEX.  Before that string, he had also played for HOU & ATL.

-  #3  He had played for CLE 1992-96 & 1998-2001 appearing with them in the WS in 1995.

FCR -  Doug Christie, Sarasota

Incorrect guesses:  Rickey Henderson, Rickey Henderson, Otis Nixon, Brian Hunter, Lonnie Smith

 

FRIDAY  —29-Jul

Incorrect guesses:  Smokey Joe Wood, Luke Appling

 

T.G.I.F SPECIAL  —29-Jul

Q.  Which Expos and Rangers speedster also played for two teams in the same market?

Hint: #1  He won Most Valuable Player awards in consecutive seasons.

Hint: #2  He was once tagged out at first bae by Willie Mays.

A.  WILLIE DAVIS  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  In addition to MON & TEX, Davis began and ended his time in the majors with 2 Los Angeles teams, LAD & CAL.  He also played for STL, SDP as well as the Lions and Dragons in Japan and the Red Eagles in Mexico.

-  #1  Davis won MVP honors in 1959 in the C-level California League (Later A) w/the Reno Silver Sox.  Moving up to the AAA Spokane Indians in 1960, he was named MVP of the PCL and debuted in the majors.

-  #2  Mays playing first base for the first time in his major league career is shown tagging out Davis on a 3rd-inning pick-off on 01-May-1964.

FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota

Incorrect guesses:  Joe Morgan, Al Oliver, Vladimir Guerrero, Harold Baines, Tim Raines

 

SATURDAY  —30-Jul

Q.  Who was the first batter Roger Clemens pitched to in a major league game?

Hint: #1  The only players caught stealing more than he was, are in the Hall of Fame.

Hint: #2  A member of the Premiere Speakers Bureau, he has been honored with the Lou Gehrig Award, the Branch Rickey Award, the New York You Gotta Have Heart Award, the Arete Award for Courage, the American Cancer Society Award and was his team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award two years running.

A.  BRETT BUTLER  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Clemens debut = 15-My-1984.  Butler grounded out to 1st base.

-  #1  CS = 257 X in 815 attempts.  Those with more are Rickey Henderson (335) & Lou Brock (307).

-  #2  PSB bio

FCR -  Rich Ottone, Sykesville, Maryland

Incorrect guesses:  Ricky Henderson, Robin Yount, Bert Campaneris, Dave          y Lopes

 

SUNDAY —30-Jul

Q.  Which former Angel is the only major league All-Star to play for all five teams in the National League West division?

Hint: #1  He once hit a triple and home run in the same inning.

Hint: #2  He was a key element of one of the last big trades of the twentieth century.

A.  STEVE FINLEY  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  AS in 1997, 2000.  Was on LAA in 2005.  Played for SDP 1995-98; ARI 1999-2004; LAD in 2004; SFG in 2006; & COL in 2007.  Pitcher Matt Herges is the only other one to play for all 5.

-  #1  H R+ 3B = 07-Sep-1999 (6th inning HR off Carle Dale to lead off then 3B off Eric Plunk as the inning’s last H)

-  #2  On 28-Dec-1994, Finely was traded by the HOU w/ Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams & a PTBNL to SDP for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez (Not that one!), Phil Plantier & Craig Shipley.  HOU sent Sean Fesh to SDP to complete the trade.

FCR -  Mary Hums, Louisville

Incorrect guesses:  Gary Sheffield, Eric Young, Sr.,

 

WEEK’S FINALE  —31-Jul

Q.  Whose record for most times leading the American League in at-bats, did Ichiro Suzuki break in 2011?

Hint: #1  Paul Richards was his last manager.

Hint: #2  He is the final player to qualify for this week’s theme.

A.  DOC CRAMER  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Cramer led the AL on AB 7 X between 1933 & 1942 for DET, all but 1 of those also leading MLB.  Ichiro led 8 X.

-  #1  Richards was his manager on the 1950 Seattle Rainiers.

-  #2  (For theme, see below.)

FCR -  John Salvino, Denver

Incorrect guesses:  Minnie Minoso, Nellie Fox

 

 

 

WEEKLY THEME – Players who appeared in centerfield within twenty games of 2,000 or more

 

Centerfielder              # of games                 WAR

Mays............................. 2,829............................. 156.1

Cobb............................ 2,194............................. 151.5

Speaker........................ 2,691............................. 134.7

Griffey.......................... 2,145............................... 83.8

Lofton.......................... 1,984............................... 68.4

Ashburn....................... 1,980............................... 64.2

Davis............................ 2,239............................... 60.7

Butler........................... 1,987............................... 49.7

Finley........................... 2,314............................... 44.2

Cramer......................... 2,027............................... 13.4

 

First Correct Respondent identifying themePhilip Trostler, Norwich, Connecticut (After Davis)

 

 

Incorrect theme guesses:

 

Mon     -  Most inside-the-park home runs in a career

            -  People with Grey in their nickname

            -  People whose last names are jobs

            -  People who are uniques in that there are no others in MLB history with their first name

            -  Won a WS as a player and with a different team as manager

 

Tues    -  Most putouts in CF

            -  Center fielders with most career hits

            -  HOF centerfielders with a 300 or better career batting average

            -  Players with 10,000 AB, 3000 Hits and Slugging .500 or above

 

Wed     -  Hall of Fame players whose last name is a noun

-   Most career triples by a CF

-   Top 10 in career putouts at CF

 

 

Thur     -  Top 10 single season WAR by a CF

-   CF with most career putouts

 

Fri        -  Centerfielders with WAR above 64

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