Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 22-28, 2016 Select winners of the NCAA World Series Most Outstanding Player Award

Q. Who is the only manager to have an 8-0 record in World Series games?
Hint: He is often called by a nickname that is the same as his father’s nickname.
Hint: This is confusing because his father also played in the majors.
Hint: He was the first manager to have played both pitcher and DH to guide a team to the World Series.
- 2004 WS - BOS 4-0 over STL; 2007 WS - BOS 4-0 over COL
- “Tito”; Few people knew the real first name of John Patsy Francona, who could hit and once led the AL in doubles.
- Pitched one scoreless inning 15-May-1989, inducing Terry Steinbach and Tony Phillips to fly out and striking out Stan Javier; Played 62 games at DH
FCR - Jimmy Goggin, Williamsburg, VA
Incorrect answers:  Bruce Bochy, Sparky Anderson, Tom Kelly

Q. Which slugger was team captain of the World Champion A's squads of 1972-74?
Hint: He thrice finished in the top 4 MVP vote getters.  Each time a teammate finished ahead of him; each time a different teammate.
Hint: He average 23 doubles per season over his 16-year career, even leading the league at one point.  (Measured per 162 games played.)
Hint: He once pitched 3 innings for the Brewers, the last two of which were hitless and scoreless.  In the first of those however, four runs scored while he toed the rubber.
Hint: His BBTR brother enjoyed a 9-year career in the majors.
- 2nd for MVP in 1972, behind only MVP winner Vida Blue; 4th in 1973 behind winner Reggie Jackson & 2 others; 3rd in 1974 behind 2nd-place finisher Joe Rudi.
- Led AL in doubles with 32 in 1973.
- Pitched in 4th, 5th & 6th innings in an 18-8 loss to the Royals on 29-Aug-1979.
- Chris Bando played 1981-89
FCR - Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect answers:  Joe Rudi, Rick Monday, Gene Tenace, Jose Canseco, Reggie Jackson, Carney Lansford

Q. Who was the losing pitcher in the 6th game of the 1986 World Series?
Hint: He and his team’s starting pitcher that night had been teammates in college.
Hint: He signed his first professional contract with the team that beat him that night.
Hint: He now coaches high school baseball in the town where he grew up.
Hint: His son, a former player of his, plays in the Seattle Mariners’ minor league system, but not before playing for his father’s university alma mater.
- 1986 WS, G 6
- Drafted by NYM in 1st round of 1983 draft, just 7 picks behind Clemens.  Schiraldi had been drafted by CWH in 1980, but chose college.
- Coaches the baseball team at St. Michael's Catholic Academy in Austin. Son Lucas pitches for the Clinton Lumberkings.
FCR - Daniel Wilson, St. Paul, MN
Incorrect answers:  Bob Stanley, Doc Gooden, David Wells, Pete Richert, Bruce Hurst, Dave Dravecky

Q. Who is the last National League right-handed batter to hit four home runs in a game?
Hint: His team only produced 2 runs outside of his production that day and managed to lost the game.
Hint: After spending a season playing in Japan, "I don't have any funny anecdotes.  Life last year was not amusing."
Hint: He was a star at second base in college.
A. BOB HORNER (who, through no fault of his own, was not Hank Aaron)
- 4-HR 06-Jul-1986 for ATL, but lost to MTL 11-8
- Played for the 1987 Yakult Swallows
- Played 2b for at ASU, and was the second baseman on The Sport News All-America team for 1977 and 1978, but never played there in the majors, only 1st & 3rd.
FCR - John Hertzler, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Incorrect answers:  Mark Whiten, Joe Adcock, Javier Baez, in the minors, Shawn Green, Davey Johnson, Rocky Colavito, Josh Hamilton, Ichiro Suzuki

Q. Who hit the first home run with a pink bat in major league history?
Hint: He hit it off a future Hall of Famer.
Hint: In his 17-year major league career, he wore the uniforms of 7 teams.
Hint: He got MVP votes in exactly one of those years.
- HR off Randy Johnson on Sunday, 14-May-2006
- Played for FLA, SDP, OAK,
FCR - Bruce Didriksen, Park Ridge, NJ
Incorrect answers: Bill Hall, Billy Bean, Manny Ramirez, Jeff Conine

Q. Whose nickname derives from his chief offensive weapon?
Hint: Of his 1,328 career games played in the outfield, only one was not played in left.
Hint: He was the first overall draft pick in the year of the tiger.
Hint: He achieved  a difficult 20/20 eight times in his 12-year career in the majors, where he hit at least 20 home runs and 20 doubles in the same season.
- Pat “The Bat”
- Played RF 17-Jun-2009
FCR - Bruce Didriksen, Park Ridge, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Sammy Sosa, Steve Balboni, B. J. Surhoff, Shotgun Shuba, Ned Yost, Carl Yastrzemski

Q. Who was the last Hall of Famer to hit for the cycle playing for a team in the American League?
Hint: He had won his only ring before he got his 3,000th major league hit.
Hint: He got his 3,000th career hit off a Hall of Famer.
Hint: He was the first 40-year-old in MLB history to record 100 RBI in a season.
- Cycle playing for CAL 24-Jun-1991; Biggio’s cycle 08-Apr-2002 playing for HOU
- WS ring won with TOR in 1992
- H #3,000 off Dennis Eckersley on 16-Sep-1993, driving in Kirby Puckett in the bottom  of the 9th, tying the game and sending it to extra innings
- 108 RBI in 1992
FCR - David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Wade Boggs, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Cal Ripken, Craig Biggio

Q. What former All-Star has managed Wolves, Hens, Flyers and Aces?
Hint: He used to come to bat in the majors accompanied by  "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth.
Hint: In the majors, he played at least 100 games at each of catcher, first base, third base, outfield and designated hitter.
Hint: Before going pro, he was a Hawk and a Titan.
- All-Star in 2001; Managed the
- 483 G @ 3B,
 349 G @ 1B,
 128 G in the OF,
 118 G @ DH and
 109 G @ C
- Played for the Hawks of El Dorado High School (Placentia, CA) and the Titans of Cal State Fullerton
FCR - Michael Anderson, Maumelle, AR
Incorrect answers:  David Dellucci, Larry Herndon

Q. Who is the only Longhorn to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint: His name might indicate he’s on the road to success.
Hint: His father was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the amateur draft.
Hint: His brother played in the Athletics system.
Hint: His  oldest son is named for a popular Hall of Famer.
- Many U.S. cities have significant thoroughfares names “Houston Street”
- Father, James Street, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round of the 1970 amateur draft.  He was the QB for the Texas football team won the 1969 Cotton Bowl and national championship.  Obituary.
- Brother, Juston Street, played in the Athletics system in 2008 and 2009
- Eldest son is name Ripken Street.
FCR - Richard Lerner, Silver Spring, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Ben Grieve, Roger Clemens

THEME FOR THE WEEK - Select players voted Most Outstanding Player in the annual NCAA College World Series

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bruce Didriksen, Park Ridge, NJ (after Bando)

Player Year School
Bando 1965 Arizona State
Burrell 1996 Miami
Francona 1980 Arizona
Horner 1977 Arizona State
Kotsay 1995 Cal State Fullerton
Nevin 1992 Cal State Fullerton
Schiraldi 1983 Texas
Street 2002 Texas
Winfield 1973 Minnesota

Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday   - Golden Spikes Award winners
- Managers who later managed the team they beat in the World Series

Tues - College World Series Most Valuable player who were in the major leagues the year after winning the MVP award

Wed - Players who played their college ball in Arizona
- Guys who later appeared in the World Series with a college teammate: Bando/Reggie, Schiraldi/Clemens, Tito/Brad Mills (trick question, as they were on the Red Sox staff together).
- Won college baseball championship and world series
- College players of the year who won the world series
- Something to do with Italian ancestry

Sun - 1st round draft picks who....won the College World Series and an MLB World Series

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