Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 20-26, 2012 Players who have won 2 MVPs but are not in the Hall of Fame.

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, 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
Bonds              1990, 92, 93, 2001, 02, 03, 04
Gonzalez           1996, 98
Maris                1960, 61
Murphy             1982, 83
Pujols               2005, 08, 09
Rodriguez         2003, 05, 07
Thomas            1993, 94

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD [After the Tuesday Q.]

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

August 13-19, 2012 Batters with 0 hits in 7 at-bats in a game in 2012

Q.         Who led the Major Leagues in hits last year, edging out his new teammate by one?
Hint:     He was the first overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft.
Twint:    Although he was born in San Diego, he played for Mexico in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.
Twint:    He lives in Southern California, but has so much family in Tijuana that he has been known to cross the border several times a week.
A.         Adrian Gonzalez (tied with Michael Young @ 213 H, 1 ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury; 2000 MLB Draft)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         For whom is the pole named?
Hint:     He would have had the best batting average in the majors in his rookie were it not for his teammate Ted Williams.
Hint:     He lost three seasons in the heart of his career to service in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Hint:     He led the American League in hits in each of his first three years in the league.
Hint:     He legally changed his last name five years after joining the Red Sox.
Twint:    He and Dom DiMaggio anchored the “Talkin' Ted Williams Forum” at SABR 32 in Boston in 2002.
Twint:    His brother Vincent played in the Yankees’ minor league system.
A.         Johnny Pesky, whose passing was announced this afternoon (Pesky Pole; Name at birth John Michael Paveskovich, changed in 1947; Vincent; SABR bio)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah

Q.         Whom did Cole Hamels welcome to the majors with a fastball to the kidney?
Hint:     He stole home before the inning was over.
Hint:     It was his first stolen base in the majors.
Hint:     He was the first overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft.
Twint:    Of all the questions this week, none are of the clown variety.
A.         Bryce Harper (BHP, SB 06-May-2012; 2011 MLB Draft; 13-Jun-2012, Harper had had a solid game and was asked by an unthinking reporter is he planned to celebrate with some alcoholic beverage.  Harper, widely known by the press to be a teetotaling Mormon, not only did not dignify the question with an answer, he removed some dignity from the asker:  Video.)
FCR -    Steve Van Wagener, Bethesda

Q.         Who hit his 100th career major league home run just an hour after his younger brother hit his 100th?
Hint:     He was the second overall pick of the 2002 major league draft, ahead of Zach Greinke, Prince Fielder and Cole Hamels among others.
Hint:     His aforementioned sibling was the first overall draft pick three years later.
Twint:    He is the youngest person ever to play for Tampa Bay.
A.         B. J. Upton (HR 03-Aug-2012, brother Justin 03-Aug-2012; 2002 MLB Draft; 2005 MLB Draft; Debut 02-Aug-2004 at 19 yrs 346 days)
FCR -    Dennis Degenhardt, West Bend, WI

Q.         Who had four hits in five at-bats with two RBI and two runs scored at the XM Futures All-Star Game in Anaheim in 2009?
Hint:     He was the third overall selection in the 2008 MLB Draft, but only played in three professional games that year.
Hint:     The Miami Herald twice chose him as Florida's Baseball Player of the Year, an honor given to high school players in the state.
Twint:    Prior to this season, he was a celebrity spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.
Twint:    He didn’t duck his duty when selected to play in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic in 2007.
A.         Eric Hosmer (2008 MLB Draft, 3 G for the Idaho Falls Chukars; FBPY 2007-08; BBBS/KC; Aflac)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH (a disillusioned Royals fan)

Q.         Who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated wearing the tools of ignorance above the magazine’s bold declaration, “The Perfect Catch”?
Hint:     He was drafted fifth overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Twint:    He is currently leading all American League catchers in putouts and errors.
A.         Matt Wieters (SI cover 15-Mar-2010; 2007 MLB Draft)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         Who is the dreaded member of the A’s infield?
Hint:     He might have joined his brother in the majors sooner, but he chose to attend the University of Miami.
Hint:     He was the 12th overall choice of the 2008 MLB Draft.
Twint:    He was chosen Rookie of the Month his first month in the majors.
Twint:    His first game that month wasn’t even until the 7th.
A.         Jemile Weeks (Wears his hair in dreadlocks; 2008 MLB Draft)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland

Q.         Who played as pitcher and first baseman for the U.S. champion Phenix City National Little League team in 1999?
Hint:     His total of 25 home runs in a high school season ranks only behind Bo Jackson’s for the Alabama record.
Hint:     He was chosen 28th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft.
Twint:    In 2008, he was selected to play baseball as a member of the US Olympic Team in the Beijing Olympics, but he was unable to attend due to injury.
A.         Colby Rasmus (2005 MLB Draft)
FCR -    Bob Stuart, Scarborough, ON

Q.         Who hit home runs in his first two plate appearances as a Yankee?
Hint:     He made the last put-out in old Yankee Stadium.
Twint:    He successfully jumped onto sixty inches of boxes during a spring training session.
A.         Cody Ransom (HRs 17- & 22-Aug-2008; PO 21-Sep-2008, 60”)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary

Q.         Who won a game as a pitcher after playing fifteen innings as designated hitter in the same game?
Hint:     In his first career start in right field, he robbed Chipper Jones of a certain extra base hit with a highlight-reel catch.
Hint:     He is the first Ranger to homer in his first two major league starts.
Twint:    He replaced Josh Hamilton for the Texas Rangers.
A.         Chris Davis (W 06-May-2012; catch 15-Jun-2012; Ranger HRs 27- & 29-Jun-2008; Replaced Hamilton when Hamilton suffered a fracture of the humerus bone in his shoulder diving into home plate on 12-Apr-2011.)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who leads all active first basemen in fielding percentage?
Hint:     He holds the major league record for consecutive errorless games at first base.
Hint:     He was taken by the Angels in the first round of the MLB Draft in 2001.
Twint:    With 48 plate appearances without a strikeout at the start of an Angels career, he almost doubled the previous record.
Twint:    In 2011, he led Tampa Bay in infield hits with 18.
A.         Casey Kotchman 1-13 (.9977; 274 straight games, ending 21-Aug-2010; Gus Polidor held the record with 26 G)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Whose 56th career home run was the first to launch the gaudy flamingo sculpture at Marlins Park into action?
Hint:     He lost his starting role when the Tigers acquired Carlos Guillen.
Hint:     He led the majors in fielding assists in 2011.
Twint:    He was the first Florida Marlin with extra base hits in each of the first three innings of a game.
A.         Omar Infante (HR 15-Apr-2012, HR, 2b, HR 09-Sep-2011)
FCR -    Rod Nelson, Detroit

Q.         Who currently leads his team in hits, home runs, RBI and slugging, but was not the team’s representative to this year’s All-Star Game?
Hint:     John Smoltz was the winning pitcher of the first major league game he played in.
Hint:     On his Twitter account, he describes himself as a “redneck from south GA”.
Hint:     Two spectacular outfield catches this year, against Toronto and Baltimore, have made him a fan favorite in Oakland.
Twint:    He was barely noticed in parts of three seasons in Boston.
A.         Josh Reddick (Oakland A’s; Debut 31-Jul-2009)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         Who was the first Mariners rookie to have a multi-homer game at new Yankee Stadium?
Hint:     He played for team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Hint:     He replaced Milton Bradley for the Mariners.
Twint:    He played for the Mariners before the Mariners drafted him.
A.         Michael Saunders (HRs 30-Jun-2010; Bradley was put on the restricted list for psychological evaluation and Saunders debuted 07-May-2010; Victoria Junior Mariners of the BCPBL)
FCR -    Neal Traven, Seattle

[The following questions were added AFTER the answers were sent because, hey--stuff happens.]

Q.         Who holds the record for the most RBI in a single postseason?
Hint:     He was the final guy to qualify for this week’s theme.
Twint:    He could have played baseball for Mizzou, but ended up being a Missouri hero.
A.         David Freese (21 RBI in 2011; University of Missouri, 2011 NLCS & WS MVP)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         Who won the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award who is a teammate of the current title holder?
Hint:     He’s won the Silver Slugger Award four out of the last six seasons.
Twint:    Without him the Colorado Rockies would almost certainly not have won their first pennant.
A.         Matt Holliday (Teammate: David Freese)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         Who, with his debut in 2010, bumped Limb McKenry off the Double Uniques list, when McKenry had held sway since 1915?
Hint:     The high school where he played baseball won the Tennessee state titles in State Titles in 1982, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Twint:    He was originally named to the USA roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup, but was injured and replaced by Lucas May before play started.
A.         Michael McKenry
FCR -    No one

WEEKLY THEME – Batters with no hits in seven at-bats in a single game to date in the 2012 season.  Thanks to reader Bill Chuck for the idea and the research here.

Davis                06-May
Freese              19-Aug
Gonzalez           06-May
Harper              16-Jun
Holliday            19-Aug
Hosmer             16-May
Infante              16-Jun
Kotchman         05-Apr
McKenry           19-Aug
Ransom            17-Jun
Rasmus            05-Apr
Reddick            30-Jul
Saunders          07-Aug
Upton               30-Jul
Weeks              30-Jul
Wieters             16-May

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago (on only his second guess)

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

August 6-12, 2012 AL pitchers w/a hit after the advent of the DH in 1973 & before Interleague Play in 1997

Q.         Which pitcher holds the record for most strikeouts in the American League?
Hint:     In 1997, he became the first American League pitching Triple Crown winner since World War II.
Hint:     He is the only starting pitcher in either league to win a Most Valuable Player Award between Vida Blue and Justin Verlander.
Twint:    Not only was he the first Blue Jays pitcher to win fefteen consecutive decisions, he was the first Red Sox pitcher to win the fourteen starts at the beginning of a season.
A.         Roger Clemens (4,167 K in AL; 1997 21 W, ERA 2.05, K 292; 1986 AL MVP; 15 W for Toronto 1998, 14 W for Boston 1986)
FCR -    Phil Heffler, Frederick, MD

Q.         Who is the winningest black pitcher in major league history?
Hint:     He is the last pitcher to string together six consecutive twenty-win seasons.
Hint:     In none of the six years did his team reach the postseason.
Twint:    No Texas Ranger has won more games in a season.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to give up home runs to all three Alou brothers.
A.         Fergie Jenkins (284 W; 20 W 1967-72; 25 W for Texas 1974; Felipe 25-Apr-1968, Matty 05‑Sep‑1971, Jesus 23-Jul-1967 & 31-May-1973)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins?
Hint:     He was also the first pitcher to shut out the Kansas City Royals.
Hint:     His Hall of Fame manager once opined, "He's the Robin Roberts of the generation. He's a grinder. He's got a tremendous ERA. He's consistent.  He's great to play behind because he gets rid of the ball."
Twint:    He was shot in the foot by his brother while duck hunting.
A.         Catfish Hunter (No-no 08-May-1968; ShO 11-Apr-1969; HOF Mgr Dick Williams)
FCR -    Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL

Q.         What pitcher set a record when he homered in four consecutive starts?
Hint:     He claimed it was really five and that a blown call turned his homer into a double
Hint:     He is still the youngest pitcher ever to appear in a World Series game.
Twint:    At age 15, he helped the El Segundo All-Stars capture the 1964 Babe Ruth League national championship.  In that tournament, he no-hit a team from New Orleans.  Although he walked seven, he struck out ten and did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield.
Twint:    His brother was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
A.         Ken Brett (HRs 09-, 13-, 18- & 23-Jun-1973;19 yrs 2 mos in the 1967 WS; Brother George)
FCR -    Bob Bogart, Glen Rock, PA

Q.         What pitcher’s first two major league home runs were off Hall of Famers?
Hint:     He had played for both the Mineral Area College and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Hint:     His career batting average of .238 was as impressive as his 4.27 ERA over 199 games in “The Show”.
Twint:    His first World Series was also the first World Series of the franchise he played for.
A.         Tim Lollar (Seaver HR 28-Apr-1981, Niekro HR 23-Apr-1982; Mineral Area College, U. of Arkansas; 1984 WS, San Diego Padres)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY

Q.         What pitcher attended Ohio University shortly after Mike Schmidt had played there?
Hint:     He helped them reach the College World Series in 1970.
Hint:     He ended his professional playing career in 1989 in the Senior Professional Baseball Association, playing for the St. Lucie Legends.
Twint:    He accumulated 68 wins and 59 saves during the twelve years of his major league career.
A.         Tom Murphy (OU; Col. WS 1970; Sr Pro Baseball Assn, Legends)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Q.         What quarterback led his Division One football team to a 7-1 record as a sophomore before being sidelined for the season?
Hint:     The team went 1-4 without him, but he was still named second-string all-conference quarterback.  He was also second team all-conference in baseball.
Hint:     He practiced Mondays and Tuesdays with football, then spent the remainder of the week with baseball during the spring.
Twint:    Having retired from athletics, he sells healthcare to incarcerated prisoners.
A.         Ryan Hancock (BYU 1992; Regional mgr for Conmed Healthcare Management)
FCR -    No one

Q.         Who is the only major leaguer besides Torii Hunter to graduate from Pine Bluff (Arkansas) High School?
Hint:     His ten years in the majors are balanced by twelve years in the minors.
Hint:     He also played college ball for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Hint:     He twice blew saves that would have resulted in Nolan Ryan wins.
Twint:    He has been the head coach at Texas Wesleyan University since 2002.
A.         Mike Jeffcoat (Pine Bluff HS; LA Tech; Blown saves 11-May-1990, 19-Sep-1990; Texas Wesleyan U., Ft. Worth, TX)
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York

Q.         Who capitalized on his only career plate appearance to hit a triple?
Hint:     He had six more years in the majors, but never got a chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
Hint:     According to, he is the only player ever to retire with an OPS+ above 1,000.
Twint:    He played for the Caguas Creoles and the Mayagüez Indians of the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League.
A.         Eduardo Rodriguez
FCR -    Stephen Roney, Ladera Ranch, CA

Q.         Who is the only remaining player who qualifies for this week’s theme?
Hint:     He was born in Hamilton, Ontario but went to high school in Houston, Texas.
Hint:     He split his childhood between two countries before his family moved to Houston when he was a teen.
Hint:     The two major league teams he played for were also in those two countries.
Hint:     He was drafted by the Padres in 1985, but never played for them in the majors.
Twint:    Although he lists himself as being on the staff of the Proway Baseball Academy, his name does not appear on their web site.
A.         Matt Maysey (Alief Hastings High Schoool; He lived in Hamilton & Buffalo; 7th round in 1985; Proway)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

WEEKLY THEME – American League pitchers who got a hit in a game played after the advent of the Designated Hitter in 1973, but before Interleague Play started in 1997.

Pitcher/Batter         Date             Off
Brett                 20-Aug-1976*    Wayne Garland
Clemens           23-May-1996     Norm Charlton
Hancock           09-Jun-1996      Julian Tavarez
Hunter               24-Sep-1973*    Bill Hands
Jeffcoat            02-Aug-1991      Edwin Nunez
Jenkins             02-Oct-1974      Jim Hughes
Lollar                12-Aug-1986      Dan Quisenberry
Maysey             24-Aug-1993      Kelly Downs
Murphy             12-Jun-1974      Marty Pattin
Rodriguez         03-Sep-1973      Jerry Johnson

*Pinch-hitter—did not pitch that day

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

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