Q. Whom did Chipper Jones pass for most games played in an Atlanta Braves uniform?
Hint: He participated in the All-Star game after just completing a three-year Mormon mission.
Hint: Before Barry Bonds, he was the only player to play left field in consecutive MVP seasons.
Hint: He was the last player to reach base seventeen times in a regular-season series.
Twint: Not everybody remembers his five consecutive Gold Glove Awards.
A. Dale Murphy (1,926 G, Jones 2,465 G; 2000 ASG as honorary NL captain; Series vs. L.A. 09-, 10-, 10-, 11- & 12‑Sep‑1985, 10 H, 7 BB; 1982-83; GG 1982-86)
FCR - Gene Rudzinski, Buffalo
Q. Who hit the first regular-season home run in major league history in the month of March?
Hint: He is the first player to win two Silver Slugger Awards at each of two different positions.
Hint: Though he is in the exclusive 500 home run club, he never led the league in home runs in his 19-year career.
Twint: He owns five of the top ten best offensive WAR seasons in the history of the Chicago White Sox.
A. Frank Thomas (HR 31-Mar-1996 off Randy Johnson; SS @ 1b 1993, 94, @ DH 1994, 2000; WAR)
FCR - Arieh Siegal, Austin
Q. Who was the first National League player to hit thirty home runs in a season for ten consecutive years?
Hint: He was the oldest player to lead his league in home runs.
Hint: He won the Home Run Derby contest the only time it was held in Philadelphia.
Twint: He was the first player to hit fifty home runs in a season using a maple bat.
Twint: His lead in career intentional bases-on-balls is so great that he has over twice as many as the player in second place.
A. Barry Bonds (30 HRs 1992-2004; 37 in 2001, dob 24-Jul-1964; HRD 1996; Maple bat in 2001; 688 IBB to Hank Aaron’s 293)
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Q. Who is the only former Cleveland Indian to hit fifty home runs in a season?
Hint: He was the last player to hit an inside-the-park home run and a grand slam in the same game.
Hint: He represented the A’s at the All-Star game in spite of missing 45 games that spring.
Hint: He set a record with seven RBI in a single game of the minor leagues’ Junior World Series.
Hint: His ethnic roots are the same as Johnny Pesky’s, and as Pesky did, legally changed his last name.
Twint: His career as a Sooner running back lasted less than a semester, though he was on a team that won the Orange Bowl.
A. Roger Maris (HR 61 in 1961, played for CLE 1957-58; 2 HR playing for the Kansas City A’s 03-Aug-1958; Jr. WS 1956 with the Indianapolis Indians; Croation background; 1953 Oklahoma Sooners football)
FCR - Jason Hoagland, Columbus, OH
Q. Who owns the most 100-runs-batted-in seasons?
Hint: His career batting average is in the Willie Mays range, but could slip to the Mickey Mantle range if his hand doesn’t get better.
Twint: He has more career home runs than any other player of Hispanic descent.
A. Alex Rodriguez (14 seasons w/100 RBI; Mays .302, Mantle .298, A-Rod currently at .301; 644 HR, passing Sammy Sosa’s 609)
FCR - Bob Dorrill, Kingwood, TX
Q. What Angel is an angel, at least according to the people his Down syndrome foundation has helped?
Hint: He is the active leader in career batting average.
Twint: For the past three seasons, his most similar player, according to the statistical similarity scores of www.baseball-reference.com, is Jimmie Foxx.
A. Albert Pujols (Pujols Family Foundation; .325; Similarity Scores)
FCR - Steven Elsberry, Windsor Heights, IA
Q. Who was the first American League player to hit his 400th career home run in the 21st century?
Hint: He twice hit two home runs on Opening Day.
Hint: At home games, he appeared to the sounds of the "Imperial March," Darth Vader's theme music.
Twint: They nicknamed him “Gone” because so many of the balls he hit were exactly that.
A. Juan Gonzalez (HR #400 05-Jun-2002; OD HRs 1993, 2001)
FCR - Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
WEEKLY THEME – Players who have won two Most Valuable Player Awards but are not in the Hall of Fame.
Player MVP Years
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD [After the Tuesday Q.]
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