Sunday, July 28, 2013

July 22-28, 2013 Pitchers who won the Dick Howser Trophy

Q.         Who surrendered the home run that was Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit?
Hint:     He was the first overall pick of the 2007 draft.
Twint:    He has finished 2nd and 1st in the two years he received Cy Young Award votes.
A.         David Price (09‑Jul‑2011; CYA 2012, 2nd 2010)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

Q.         What former Dirtbag led the American League in winning percentage in 2012?
Hint:     It’s estimated that he forfeited as my as $60,000,000 by re-signing with his current team, saying, “Come on, it's $85 million. It's more money than I ever thought I would make in my life.”
Twint:    He has finished in the top five in Cy Young Award voting in each of past three years.
A.         Jered Weaver (Long Beach Statue U. Dirtbags, .800, 20-5, tied with David Price; Signed a 5-yr, $84+ million deal in Aug-2011; CYA voting: 5th, 2nd, 3rd)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, San Diego, CA

Q.         Who was called “the most-hyped pick in draft history” by ESPN?
Hint:     His favorite number is not 160.
Twint:    In spite of not playing his team’s full schedule, he won the Silver Slugger Award that year.
A.         Stephen Strasburg (#1 overall pick 2009; Nationals management limited him to 160-180 innings in 2012 to aid him in his recovery from “Tommy John” surgery.  His season ended at 159.1 innings and the Nationals lost in the first round of the playoffs; Silver Slugger awarded to the best offensive player at each position in each league.)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Against what pitcher did Adam Dunn tie then break the single-season record for strikeouts by a batter?
Hint:     It’s a standard that had lasted for almost as long as Roger Maris’ home run record did.
Hint:     He was a high school basketball teammate of Carlos Quinton and Luke Walton.
Twint:    Since being an All-Star in his sophomore season, he has played in the minors for four different organizations.
Twint:    He only played for one team in the majors.
A.         Mark Prior (Dunn K #190 30‑Sep‑2004 in the 7th inning, the 3rd time that game Prior had struck him out, breaking the mark of 189 set by Bobby Bonds in 1970;
FCR -    Dan Laquet, Belleville, IL

Q.         What former Tiger was the first overall pick in the 1996 draft?
Hint:     He pitched more than 400 innings in his first two seasons in the majors.
Hint:     Just this year, his estranged wife donned a bullet-proof vest, armed herself with several lethal weapons and broke into his home and confronted him for money.
Twint:    In July 2005, his wife was ejected from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for excessive cursing.
A.         Kris Benson (1996 Draft, Clemson University Tigers; 199.2 IP in 1999, 217.2 IP in 2000; Wife Anna)
FCR -    Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CAs

Q.         Which former Marlins pitcher has a baseball field named after him in Hialeah, Florida?
Hint:     He is the last White Sox pitcher to pitch seven innings in eight consecutive starts.
Hint:     At the University of Miami in 1989, he no-hit the University of Maine and was named Baseball America "Freshman of the Year".
Twint:    No other Miami alum has more pitching victories in the majors.
Twint:    His son currently plays on the Miami baseball team.
A.         Alex Fernandez (Field; 7‑inning Gs 26‑Aug, thru 01-Oct‑1995; Son Alex Fernandez, Jr.)
FCR -    Jim Blue, Pittsburgh, PA

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout and hit a home run in his major league debut?
Hint:     His 16-8 record won him Rookie-of-the-Year honors, beating out a player who has already appeared in this week’s questions.
Twint:    He was the first pitcher to win a game 1-0 at Coors Field.
Twint:    He was also a standout for the Bears.
A.         Jason Jennings (Debut 23-Aug-2001; ROY 2002, beat Prior et al; W 09‑Jul‑2005, Baylor Bears 1997-999)
FCR -    Joe LeBritton, Dripping Springs, TX

Q.         Who was the highest ever draft pick out of Conference USA, chosen just behind Evan Longoria?
Hint:     He is the only University of Houston player to win the American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year Award.
Hint:     He had Tommy John surgery after pitching only six games as a professional and missed the entire 2007 season.
Twint:    His major league debut was with the Pirates.  He was the starting pitcher but had two hits in three at-bats.
Twint:    Although he surrendered five earned runs in six innings, he escaped with a no-decision.
A.         Brad Lincoln (Pick #4 in 2006, Conf. USA; ABCA; Debut 09‑Jun‑2010)
FCR -    Rod Nelson, Detroit, MI

Q.         Which Longhorn was a first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011 after being a first-team Freshman All-American in 2009?
Hint:     As a freshman he was also a member of the College World Series All-Tournament Team.
Hint:     He started his 2011 college season by throwing two complete-game shutouts.
Twint:    He was unanimously selected Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2011.
Twint:    In high school he was a baseball letterman at two schools and was named to the Texas All-State team all four years.
Twint:    He has yet to pitch in the majors.
A.         Taylor Jungmann (2009 CWSATT; ShOs vs. U-Maryland 18‑Feb‑2011 & vs. U-Hawaii 25‑Feb‑2011; Big 12 POY 2011; Georgetown HS & Rogers HS)
FCR -    Tommy Garber, Austin, TX

Q.         Who is the only the second player in 26 years to win the Dick Howser Award while attending a junior college?
Hint:     He was not recently traded to the Orioles.
Hint:     He was drafted as a shortstop by the Red Sox but converted to a pitcher when he moved up to A ball.
Twint:    He is a native of Brooklyn and his most recent professional team was in 2008 for the Newark Bears, at the time members of the Atlantic League.
A.         Frank Rodriguez (Howser Award 1991 playing for Howard College [Alex Fernandez won in 1990 representing Miami-Dade Community College]; His namesake, Frankie Rodriguez was traded from the Brewers to the Orioles on Wednesday of this week; Drafted 2nd round 1990; Newark Bears, now in the Can-Am League)
FCR -    Eric Frost, Pearland, TX

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who won the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, considered by many to be the Heisman Trophy of baseball.

Benson          1996       Clemson
Fernandez      1990       Miami-Dade Community College
Jennings        1999       Baylor
Jungmann      2011       Texas
Lincoln           2006       Houston
Price              2007       Vanderbilt
Prior              2001       Southern California
Rodriguez      1991       Howard College
Strasburg       2009       San Diego State
Weaver          2004       Long Beach State

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

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