Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 14-20, 2011 Active players with 4,000 career total bases

Q.         Who is the career home run leader among active players?
Hint:     He also leads in runs scored, runs batted in, total bases and extra base hits.
Twint:    He’s a distant second in strikeouts.
A.         Alex Rodriguez (629 HR; 1,824 R, 1,893 RBI, 5,215 TB, 1,153 XBH; Jim Thome has the K lead with 2,487 to A-Rod’s 1,916 and only trails all-time leader Reggie Jackson by 110.
First Correct Respondent – Gary Glasser, Fort Lee, NJ

Q.         Whose tag of J. T. Snow at home plate ended the Giants season in 2003?
Hint:     He held the ball aloft for the cameras, in a defiant, exuberant pose.
Hint:     Many claim he’s the best catcher of all time.
Twint:    In the history of the majors, no one has played more games at catcher.
A.         Ivan Rodriguez (NLDS G 4; 2,427 G at C)
FCR -    Jim Satterly, DeLand, FL

Q.         What speedster outfielder plays himself in the movie Moneyball?
Hint:     He was a player Billy Beane admitted he couldn’t afford to keep.
Hint:     He has hit more triples that all but five other Kansas City Royals.
Twint:    Per Wikipedia, his first concussion was from a hit he took from Warren Sapp in a high school football game.
Twint:    His mother was born in Thailand.
A.         Johnny Damon (Moneyball uses archival footage of him; 47 3b as a Royal)
FCR -    Jeff Freedman, Los Angeles, CA

Q.         What New Jersey native played the most games in a New York Yankees uniform?
Hint:     He played for four years in the minor leagues and was MVP of the Class-A Florida State League.
Twint:    I’ve heard certain members of the tender gender assert that he’s the awesomest, handsomest, humblest, greatest baseball player ever to live.
Twint:    Only he and Wade Boggs hit a home run for their 3,000th hit.
A.         Derek Jeter (2,426 G; Minors 1992-95, FLS MVP 1994; 3,000th H 09-Jul-2011)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Who leads all current major league first basemen in games, putouts and assists?
Hint:     He has never played for the Yankees.
Twint:    He is a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, four-time National League Player of the Month, and three-time Gold Glove winner.
A.         Todd Helton (2,001 G, 17,382 PO, 1,577 A)
FCR -    Rod Nelson, Detroit

Q.         Who is the only switch-hitter in MLB history to have a .300 career batting average and 400 or home runs?
Hint:     He was the first third baseman to have 100 RBI in eight consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He barely missed the mark with his totals on each end of that streak.
Twint:    He is the career NLDS career home run leader.
A.         Chipper Jones (.304, 454 HR; 100 RBI 1996-2003; 9 NLDS HR)
FCR -    J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC

Q.         Who once averaged 100 runs batted in and 100 walks and 100 strike outs over a fourteen-year period?
Hint:     His lowest season strikeout total over that span was 113.
Hint:     He hit only .235 during his time with the Dodgers, but the fans hated to see him go.
Hint:     He was released from major league teams four times during his career.
Twint:    He is putting all ten of his nieces and nephews through college.
A.         Jim Thome (1995-2008 100 RBI, 104 BB, 144 K)
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Arlington, VA

Q.         What free swinger had more major league hits than any other player born in his country?
Hint:     He played with his brother for three years on a National League team.
Hint:     He played for fourteen years in the majors before it was discovered that he had lied about his age.
Twint:    Few players in major league history can challenge his prowess as a “bad ball” hitter.
A.         Vladimir Guerrero (Dominican Republic; 2,590 H; Brother Wilton, Montreal Expos 1998-2000)
FCR -    J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC

A-Rod         5,215
Damon       4,146
Guerrero     4,506
Helton         4,028
I-Rod          4,451
Jones         4,579
Jeter           4,430
Thome        4,595

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeJoe Merrill, Brunswick, ME

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