Sunday, January 9, 2011

Answers for the Week of January 3, 2011: Outfielders with five hits in a single game in the 2010 season.

Q.         What three-time All-Star was a first overall draft pick, but did not see action in the majors until eight years later with a different team.
Hint:     He was a two-time winner of the North Carolina Gatorade High School Player of the Year Award.
Hint:     His All-Star appearances were with yet a third team.
Hint:     He was a Rule 5 draftee with yet a fourth team.
Twint:    He sports substantial body art.
A.         Josh Hamilton (#1 pick 1999 draft; Gatorade winner 1998-99; Texas Rangers; Cubs with Rule 5;
First Correct Respondent - David Krassin, New York

Q.         What Milwaukee Brewers player was the fastest player in franchise history to reach 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 career home runs?
Hint:     The only season he didn’t make the All-Star team, he was named Rookie of the Year.
Twint:    His nickname is “The Hebrew Hammer”
A.         Ryan Braun (10HR in 38 G, 15 in 50, 20 in 64, 25 in 82 and 30 in 94; 2007, AS since)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Whose eye-popping outfield catch in the 9th inning kept Armando Galarraga’s perfect game intact?
Hint:     Baseball America named him the best 12-year-old baseball player in the nation, and the best 15-year-old baseball player three years later.
Hint:     Most observers thought he would be the Rookie of the Year Award winner, but he finished second to a record-setting closer.
Twint:    Though drafted 259th overall, he was offered an $800,000 signing bonus.
A.         Austin Jackson (02-Jun-2010; B.A. rankings 1999 and 2002; 2010 ROY 2010 Neftali Feliz; Bonus by the Yankees, a record signing bonus for an 8th round pick.)
FCR -      Rod Nelson, Detroit

Q.         Whose first big league home run was grand slam off of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza?
Hint:     His commonly used name is abbreviated from the back half his already hyphenated middle name.
Twint:    He became the fourth player in the past 25 years to hit his first career grand slam before his 21st birthday.
A.         Mike Stanton (18-Jun-2010; Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton; GS <21 with Jose Reyes, Andruw Jones & Alex Rodriguez)
FCR -    Bill Gemmell, Hackensack, NJ

Q.         Who hit the most total home runs in the 2007 Home Run Derby?
Hint:     Inappropriate comments to fans after he had a five-strikeout game led to a public apology.
Hint:     In 2003 he won the Double-A Eastern League MVP.
Twint:    His middle name might mislead some.
A.         Alex Rios (19 HRD HRs; Played for New Haven; Israel, but he is Puerto Rican Catholic)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         What batter holds the Dodgers all-time mark for strikeouts in a season?
Hint:     He also holds 2nd and 5th places as well.
Twint:    According to "People" magazine, he is dating pop singer Rihanna.
A.         Matt Kemp (170 K in 2010)
FCR -    Alan Work, White Plain, NY

Q.         Whom did the Pirates named him the organization's Minor League Player of the Year after his first full year as a professional?
Hint:     Bobby Cox compared him favorable to Andrew Jones at the same stage of development.
Twint:    He has no known connection to NSA.
A.         Andrew McCutchen (POY 2006; Hails from Ft. Meade [Although it’s the one in Florida, not Maryland])
FCR -    Mitchell Below, Oakland

Q.         What former Baylor Bear (not bulldog) played alongside the son of a major league All-Star in high school?
SABR Hint:       He’s played with dogs, cacti and spinners.
Twint:    He was traded to his current team in exchange for a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher.
A.         David Murphy (Josh Barfield, son of Jesse Barfield; 1999 Lowell Spinners, Portland Sea Dogs 2005, Peoria Saguaros; traded for Eric Gagne, other players and cash were involved.)
FCR -    Joe Merrill, Brunswick, ME

Q.         Who hit two home runs on Opening Day in 2010?
Hint:     The first of the two was a water landing.
Twint:    He hit 10 home runs in his first full month in with his current club.
A.         Garrett Jones (2 HR 05-Apr-2010; 1st HR landed in the Alleghany River; 10 HR in Jul-2009)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

Q.         Who caused an international incident by slamming Yang Yang?
Hint:     His father is a well-known skateboarding enthusiast.
Twint:    He batted .400 at Chabot Community College.
Twint:    Until 2010, he was one of the few major leaguers to bat without batting gloves.
A.         Nate Schierholtz (In the 2008 Olympics, he collided with China backup catcher Yang Yang at home on a sacrifice fly, a play that resulted in a confrontation between the teams.  Jim Lefebvre, manager of the Chinese team, was ejected as a result; Father Vai; )
FCR -    Weston Smith, San Francisco

WEEKLY THEME – Outfielders with five hits in a single game in the 2010 season. (Braun, Kemp as well as Prince Fielder all went pentagonal on the same day.  Jones and McCutchen, hitting 3rd and 4th in the line-up, did it in the same game!

Braun           02-Aug   @   the Cubs
Hamilton       20-Jun    @   the Astros
Jackson       30-Apr    @   the Angels
Jones           14-May   @   the Cubs
Kemp           02-Aug   vs.  the Padres
McCutchen   14-May   @   the Cubs
Murphy         20-Sep   vs.  the Angels
Rios             30-Aug   @   the Indians
Schierholtz   28-Apr    vs.  the Phillies
Stanton        11-Aug   @   the Nationals

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one.  (Not even a close guess.)

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