Sunday, February 18, 2024

2024-02-12 Players from West Coast teams who were voted Rookie-of-the-Year unanimously

 MONDAY  — 12-Jan

Q.  Who is the only player in the Modern Era to post a WAR above 10.0 in his rookie season?

Hint: #1  In fact, he led the majors in WAR in each of his first three seasons and his league each of his first five.

Hint: #2  He never started a game in the Bigs without munching on a pickle or two.

A.  MIKE TROUT  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  In 2012, his WAR was 10.5.

-  #1  In 2013 & 2014, he  led MLB again with 8.9 & 7.7.  In 2015 & 2016, he left us with AL‑leading 9.6 & 10.5 WAR measures.

-  #2  Start here at 2:10

FCR -  Al Hurley, Columbia, Maryland

Incorrect guesses:  Jimmie Foxx, Ichiro Suzuki, Ted Williams

 

 

TUESDAY  — 13-Feb

Q.  Who ranks second all-time in his career production for his franchise in Games, Hits, Doubles, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, Times on Base, Sacrifice Flies and a few slightly more arcane stats YET in his fourteen years of service with them never represented them, his only team in the majors, in an All-Star Game?

Hint: #1  And he also ranks third on those lists in WAR, OBP, Extra‑Base Hits, Total Bases and Runs.  He’s also first in career Bases-on-Balls.

Hint: #2  He appeared in the Opening Day lineup for eleven straight years.

A.  TIM SALMON   [Wiki Bio]

-  Ans.  In 2nd place:    G (1,672);

H (1,674);

2B (339);

HR (299);

RBI (1,016)

XOB (2,711); &

SF (68)

-  #1  -  In 3rd place:                             WAR (40.6);

OBP (.385);

XBH (662);

TB (2,958); &

R (986).

1st place = BB (970)

 

-  #2  OD Lineup 1993-2003

FCR – Brett Moore, Studio City, California

Incorrect guesses:  Rusty Greer, Tim Wallach, Albert Pujols, Duke Snider, Carl Furillo

 

 

WEDNESDAY  — 14-Feb

Q.  Who was the first player to win the American League award for designated hitters?

Hint: #1  He is the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Award for a team that had just moved cities.

-  #2  He and Hank Aaron both hit home runs in the same game where another Hall of Famer hit four.

A.  ORLANDO CEPEDA   [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Now appropriately named the Edgar Martinez Award, it was first given in 1973 to BOS DH, Cepeda in his only year with the team.  This in spite of an inauspicious debut as he went 0 for 6 in his 1st G at DH 06-Apr-1973 while his teammates amassed 20 hits.

-  #1  Cepeda was the 1958 ROY for SFG who only the year before had been NYG.

-  #2  On 20-Apr-1961 in Milwaukee, Willie Mays homered 4 X, Cepeda once & Braves star Aaron went deep 2 X.  8 of SFG’s H that day were HRs.

FCR -  Andy McCue, Riverside, California

Incorrect guesses:  Rico Carty, Ron Blomberg

 

 

MIDWEEK BONUS  — 14-Feb

Q.  Who is the most recent National League player to be selected Most Valuable Player of two postseason series in the same year?

Hint: #1  He and his brother were both All-Stars in the majors.

Hint: #2  He has twice finished in the top three in league Most Valuable Player voting.

Hint: #3  He thrice had seasons where he hit forty or more doubles.

A.  COREY SEAGER  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Seager was MVP of the 2020 NLCS & 2020 WS.

-  #1  Seager was an NL AS in 2016 & 2017 & an AL AS in 2022 & 2023.  His brother Kyle was an AL AS in 2014.

-  #2  He as 3rd in MVP voting in 2016 & 2nd in 2023.  He also had MVP support in 2017 & 2020.

-  #3  He hit 40 2B in 2016; 44 in 2019 & 42 in 2023.

FCR – Jerry Miller, Liberty Hill, Texas

Incorrect guesses:  Justin Upton, Yadier Molina, Moises Alou, Wilson Contreras

 

 

THURSDAY  — 15-Feb

Q.  Who was the only player to hit twenty-five or more home runs in each of his final seven seasons?

Hint: #1  He hit more home runs in a season than any other player with a batting average that year lower than .190

Hint: #2  A twelve-time All-Star, three time Silver Slugger winner, he led the majors three times in slugging and OPS+.

A.  MARK McGWIRE   [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  McGwire hit 39, 52587065, 32 & 29 HR 1995-2001.

-  #1  McGwire sent 29 HR out of the yard while batting .187 in 2001, his final season in MLB.  52% of his H that year were HR.

-  #2  You’ll find his stats are well presented here.

FCR -  Thomas Nest, Ft. Myers

Incorrect guesses:  Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, David Ortiz, Dave Kingman, Frank Thomas

 

 

FRIDAY — 16-Feb

Q.  Whose double-play ground ball drove in the only run in an All-Star game?

Hint: #1  He holds the National League record for most consecutive seasons with at least one grand slam.

Hint: #2  Only he and Barry Bonds ever received as many as forty-five intentional bases on balls in a single season.

A.  WILLIE McCOVEY   [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  In what almost seemed like a scripted score to coincide with 1968’s Year of the Pitcher, McCovey’s GIDP in the 1st inning scored teammate Willie Mays who had made his way go 3rd base after singling to open the G for the NL.  Final  score:  AL-0, NL-1.

-  #1  For 9 straight seasons, McCovey hit at least one grand slam from 1964-72.  McCovey’s 18 GS are the most ever hit by a National League batter.

-  #2  McCovey matched his 45 IBBs with his 45 HR in 1969, his MVP year.  Bonds did it in 3 straight years, all MVP years as well.  Shown here.

FCR -  Brett Moore, Studio City, California

Incorrect guesses:  Sammy Sosa, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Wilie Mays

           

 

SATURDAY — 17-Feb

Q.  Which one-time Rookie of the Year played five seasons in the majors without ever playing even half the games of a normal major league schedule in any season?

Hint: #1  In college, he was named an All-American, Baseball America's College Player of the Year and won the Golden Spikes Award.

Hint: #2  He was drafted ahead of Bo Bichette and Pete Alonso, among others.

A.  KYLE LEWIS   [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Lewis was ROY in 2020, but from 2019 through 2023, his G played totals were 18, 58*, 36, 18 & 16 respectively.  *Lewis played 58 of 60 in the 2020 COVID-truncated season.

-  #1  He won his collegiate accolades in  2016.

-  #2  Kyle was, 11th overall, taken by SEA in the 1st round in in 2016.  Bichette & Alonso weren’t taken until the 2nd round.

FCR -  Obrey Brown, Tallahassee

Incorrect guesses:  Bob Horner, Devin Williams, Mickey Moniak

 

 

WEEKENDS BONUS — 17-Feb

Q.  Who was the first native of the Dominican Republic to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award?

Hint: #1  In his second full season he was named an All-Star and won a Gold Glove.

Hint: #2  His son won more World Series rings than he did.

Hint: #3  After baseball, he served as mayor of his home town.

A.  RAUL MONDESI   [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Mondesi was NL ROY in 1994.  Fellow countryman Alfredo Griffith was AL’s co-ROY in 1979.

-  #1  He was on the 1995 NL AS team & won the 1st of his 2 GGs.

-  #2  Adalberto Mondesi won a WS ring playing for 2015 KCR before he had played his 1st regular-season G in MLB.  Father Raul never had any WS playing time.

-  #3  His political career did not go as well as his baseball career.

FCR -  Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, Missouri

Incorrect guesses:  Sandy Alomar, Alfredo Griffin, Felipe Alou

 

SUNDAY  — 18-Feb

Q.  Who holds the record for longest hitting streak by a catcher?

Hint: #1  He holds the record for longest hitting streak by a rookie.

Hint: #2  He holds the record for the longest hitting streak by any San Diego Padres player.

A.  BENITO SANTIAGO   [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.; #1, #2   Santiago’s 34-G hitting streak in 1987 lasted from 25-Aug to 02-Oct.

FCR -  Steve Krevisky, Middletown, Connecticut

Incorrect guesses:  Butch Wynegar, Terry Kennedy, Jason Kendall

 

WEEK’S FINALE — 18-Feb

Q.  Which twenty-eight-year old multi-All-Star and Silver Slugger winner, owner of an enviable résumé replete with league MVP, Rookie of the Year, League Championship MVP and Comeback Player of the Year honors is currently not on a major league team?

Hint: #1  His father, a former major leaguer, was his coach when their team went to the Little League World Series.

Hint: #2  He had committed to play college baseball but chose a professional career after he was drafted.

A.   CODY BELLINGER  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  After completing his 2023 1-year agreement with CHC in satisfactory manner, Bellinger & his agent (the redoubtable Scott Boras), are looking for a long-term contract with a compensation level so rich that interested franchises (there are several) have hesitated to offer anything close to their multi-year asking price.

-  #1  Cody’s father, Clay Bellinger, played for NYY during some of their most dominant seasons: 1999-2002.  Cody was the standout for the Gilbert, Arizona team that was eliminated in the quarter-finals by teams from Texas & that year's eventual LLWS champion from Georgia.

-  #2  He had committed to play for the University of Oregon, but signed with LAD who took him in the 4th Round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft.

FCR -  Doug Greenwald, San Francisco

Incorrect guesses:  Corey Seager

 

 

 

WEEK’S THEME

 

Players from West Coast teams who were voted Rookie-of-the-Year unanimously.

 

Year   Rookie                   Team                    Career WAR

2017... Bellinger.................... LAD........................ 22.1

1958... Cepeda...................... SFG........................ 50.1

2020... Lewis......................... SEA.......................... 1.9

1987... McGwire..................... OAK....................... 62.2

1959... McCovey.................... SFG........................ 64.5

1994... Mondesi..................... LAD........................ 29.5

1993... Salmon....................... CAL........................ 40.6

1987... Santiago..................... SDP........................ 27.4

2016... Seager....................... LAD........................ 32.0

2012... Trout.......................... LAA........................ 85.2


Bold = Active in 2023

Underlined = Hall of Fame

This guy also qualifies, but we had him just last week -

1993... Mike Piazza............... LAD........................ 59.5

All Achieved All-Star status except Salmon.

 

First Correct Respondent identifying themeJoe Cohen, Holden, Massachusetts (After Mondesi)

 

 

Incorrect theme guesses:

 

Mon     -  Most chances by a CF without an error in a season

            -  Players with fish names

 

Tues    -  Either a piscine or cherubic theme

-   AL Rookies of the Year with 30 or more home runs in that season

-   AL Rookies of the Year with the most home runs that season


Wed     -  ROY for a California based team with the most HR their rookie year

-   Unanimous Rookie of the Year selections

-   Weekly theme: California ROYs?

-   Unanimous ROYs from CA


Thur     -  Something to do with the Olympics

 

Fri        -  Highest career WAR for a unanimous ROY from a California-based team

 

Sat       -  ROY for team that have relocated

 


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