Monday, December 31, 2018

218-12-24 Players with 200 stolen bases for the Astros

Q.        Who is the only second baseman to win back-to-back MVP awards?
Hint:     He was the first (and so far only) player to hit two home runs on his 40th birthday.
Hint:     He played five career games at DH, all in his final season.
Hint:     After retiring as both a player and broadcaster, he became Vice Chairman of the Hall of Fame.
A.         JOE MORGAN
-  1975-76 NL MVP
-  2 HR 19-Sep-1983
-  5 DH games for 1984 A’s
FCR -  Steve Newton, New Castle, DE
Incorrect guesses:  Pete Rose

Q.        Which Hall of Famer was the only player to appear in 160 or more games each year from 1996-99?
Hint:     He led the league in plate appearances three of those four years and was second in PA the fourth year—one behind the leader.
Hint:     He won his final two Gold Gloves and final two Silver Sluggers during those years.
Hint:     He went to the NLDS during three of those seasons, batting a combined .119, and his team did not advance in any of those series.
-  162 G 1996-97, 160 G 1998-99
-  Led NL in PA 1997-99, 2nd in 1996 to Lance Johnson
-  GG 1996-97, SS 1997-98
FCR -  Sarah Grynpas, Toronto, ON
Incorrect guesses:  Jeff Bagwell, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin

Q.        Who is the only player since Ichiro to lead the league in hits for four consecutive seasons?
Hint:     Based on his official height, upon his debut he became the shortest player to appear in a major league game since Freddie Patek in 1981.
Hint:     An online calculator allows you to measure home runs based on his height.
A.         JOSE ALTUVE
-  Led AL 2014-17
-  Listed at 5’6”, Patek listed at 5’5”
FCR -  Bill Helm, Camp Verde, AZ

Q.        Along with Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, who is the only other player to have 140 runs and 140 walks in the same season?
Hint:     Within a five-year span he won Eastern League MVP, Rookie of the Year and MVP.
Hint:     After retiring as a player he became his team’s hitting coach.
-  143 R, 149 BB in 1999; Ruth 1920-24, Williams 1942, 46, 49
-  EL MVP 1990, NL ROY 1991, NL MVP 1994
-  Astros coach starting in 2010
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota, FL
Incorrect guesses:  Barry Bonds, George Brett, Joe DiMaggio, Bud Harrelson, Rogers Hornsby, Ryan Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Mark McGwire, Dustin Pedroia, Frank Thomas

Q.        Before Glenn Davis in 1986-87, who was the last Astros player to hit 25 home runs in consecutive seasons?
Hint:     He and Doug Rader were the only players to win five Gold Glove awards while playing for the Astros.
Hint:     At ages 20 and 21 he led the league in doubles, but never led the league in any batting statistic after that.
Hint:     At age 22, Leo Durocher claimed he was “as good or better than Willie [Mays] was at the same age.”
-  25 HR in 1973, 26 HR in 1974
-  GG 1972-76; Rader 1970-74
-  40 2B in 1971, 39 2B in 1972
FCR -  Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT
Incorrect guesses:  Lance Berkman, Enos Cabell, Lee Maye, Rusty Staub, Bob Watson, Jim Wynn

Q.        Among Puerto Rico natives, which player appeared in the most games, had the most hits and scored the most runs in the 1980s?
Hint:     His career All-Star batting average is .000 but his All-Star on-base percentage is .667.
Hint:     He placed as high as third in MVP voting, and his brother was once third in Rookie of the Year voting.
A.         JOSE CRUZ, Sr.
-  1,188 G, 1,227 H, 548 R from 1980-89
-  0-1, 2 BB in 1985 AS game
-  3rd place 1980 MVP vote behind Schmidt & Carter; Hector Cruz 3rd in 1976 ROY vote behind co-winners Metzger & Zachry.
FCR -  Michael McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect guesses:  Roberto Alomar, George Bell, Carlos Beltran, Tony Fernandez, Pedro Guerrero, Vladimir Guerrero

Q.        Who had the highest batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS in the 1986 NLCS?
Hint:     He was exclusively used as a pinch-hitter in that series.
Hint:     He was named to the 1978 All-Star team but did not play.
Hint:     He managed in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
A.         TERRY PUHL
-  .667 AVG, .667 OBP, .667 SLG, 1.333 OPS
-  Managed Team Canada in 2008 Olympics
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles, CA
Incorrect guesses:  Lee Mazzilli, Biff Pocoroba, Ernie Whitt

WEEKLY THEME – Players with 200 stolen bases for the Astros

Cedeno           487
Biggio              414
Cruz                288
Altuve              248
Morgan            219
Puhl                 217
Bagwell           202

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  Hall of Fame second basemen
Wed        -  Astros All-Star second basemen (x8)
               -  Astros/Colt .45 second basemen with…
               -  Guys who played second base for the Astros (x13)
               -  All-Star players shorter than 5’10”
               -  All-Star second basemen who hit at least 22 home runs while hitting over .300 in their All-Star year
Thurs      -  Astros who succeeded in some baseball measure
-        Astros who have played second base
-        Astros who…
Sunday   -  Top 10 Astros in MVP voting

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