Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 10-16, 2011 Active players who hold a major league franchise's all-time record for home runs in a seaso

Q.         Who ruptured his Achilles tendon on his team’s final play of 2011?
Hint:     He totaled 100 career home runs faster than anyone in major league history.
Hint:     A week before winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award, he was name the MVP of the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series.
SABR:  His injury was sustained while playing his “home town team”.
Twint:    He was the first player to win a $10,000,000 arbitration award in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
A.         Ryan Howard (Injury on the final play of NLDS in Philadelphia 07-Oct-2011; 100th HR in 325th game 27-Jun-2007; MPV of MLBJASS 08-Nov-2006, NL MVP announcement 20‑Nov‑2006; arbitration award)
First Correct Respondent – Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who was the first Cleveland Indian to hit thirty home runs a year for six consecutive seasons?
Hint:     He was also the first one to do it seven times.
Hint:     He was named the Best Teammate in Major League Baseball with over three times the votes of any other player.
Hint:     He was traded that very off-season.
SABR:  He set a major league record by scoring in each of the White Sox's first seventeen games one season.
Twint:    His college alma mater awarded him an honorary degree and named their baseball stadium after him.
Twint:    He also played college basketball.
Twint:    He, like many well-tested products, played in Peoria.
A.         Jim Thome (30 HRs 1996-2002; Tribune Co. survey in 2005; R in 17 straight G for 02-Apr-2006 thru 22‑Apr‑2006; Illinois Central College; Thome’s native Peoria, Illinois is a traditional test market for new products and ideas.)
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX

Q.         Who became the youngest player to homer in a World Series on Mickey Mantle’s 65th birthday?
Hint:     For good measure, he hit another one.
Hint:     He twice won the “Baseball America” Minor League Players of the Year Award.
Twint:    He carries a scar from a childhood iguana bite on his chest.
A.         Andruw Jones (19 years, 180 days 20-Oct-1996; MLPOY 1995-96)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         What Ontario native holds the record for postseason home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers?
Hint:     He hit a batting practice home run in Tiger Stadium when he was only twelve years old.
Twint:    His first career hit was off Hideo Nomo, but he never homered off him.
Twint:    He is the youngest player ever to hit 50 home runs in a season.
Twint:    He and his father are the only father/son combination each to hit 50 home runs in a season.
A.         Prince Fielder (4 postseason HR, Ontario, California; 50 HR 2007; Father Cecil Fielder 51 HR 1990)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         Who was given a plaque by his team’s owner declaring him "The greatest clutch hitter in the (100+ year) history of the team"?
Hint:     He still plays for that team.
Hint:     He was the last 20th century American League position player to go an entire season (minimum at-bats) without a hit.
Hint:     Only three other players in the entire century equaled that mark.
Twint:    He led the American League in run batted in for consecutive seasons.
Twint:    The year before he had 139, but that was only good for second place, behind La Gua Gua.
A.         David Ortiz (Red Sox owner John Henry & president Larry Lucchino on 06-Sep-2005; Larry Littleton [0-23 in 1981], Kevin Elster [0-20 in 1994], Ortiz [0-20 in 1999] [Eddie Tucker] went 0-20 for Cleveland Indians in 1995; Miguel Tejada w/150 RBI in 2004)
FCR -    Joe Merrill, Brunswick, ME

Q.         Who was the last Colorado Rockies batter to hit forty home runs in a season?
Hint:     He came within one first place vote of winning the Rookie of the Year Award.
Twint:    Only he, Lou Gehrig and Chuck Klein have totaled 100 extra base hits in a season twice.
Twint:    He was the highest-paid National League position player in 2011.
A.         Todd Helton (49 HR 2001; ROY 1998 Kerrie Wood; XBH Gehrig [1927, 30], Klein [1930, 32], Helton [2000-01]; $19,000,000 [partly deferred])
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who holds the all-time record for the most All-Star votes received by a player in a single season with 7,454,753?
Hint:     Only once before in his eight-year, five-team major league career had he received serious All-Star consideration.
Hint:     His accent belies his nationality.
Twint:    Joey Bats right-handed.
A.         Jose Bautista (AS votes 2011)
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Arlington, VA

Q.         Whose career .239 batting average over eleven seasons seems at odds with his 2011 $10,000,000 salary?
Hint:     He has played for six different teams in the majors over that span, not counting seven different teams in the minors.
Hint:     That does not count the six minor league teams he played before reach the majors.
Hint:     He also played in the Cape Cod League.
Twint:    He was both a Husky and a Raider.
A.         Carlos Pena (Wareham Gatemen; Northeastern University and Wright State University)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

WEEKLY THEME – Active players who hold a major league franchise's all-time record for home runs in a season.

Slugger     HRs      Year/Team
Jones         51       2005 Braves
Ortiz           54       2006 Red Sox
Fielder        50       2007 Brewers
Pena           46       2007 (Devil) Rays
Bautista      54       2010 Blue Jays
Helton         49       2001 Rockies
Thome        52       2002 Indians
Howard       58       2006 Phillies

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

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