Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019-01-14 All-Star Pitchers coached by Mel Stottlemyre

Q.        Before Jeter, Posada and Pettitte, who was the most recent Yankee honored with a plaque dedicated to him in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium?
Hint:     His second career home run was an inside-the-park grand slam.
Hint:     He and his son account for 302 pitching victories
Hint:     He and his sons also account for 302 pitching victories
Hint:     He owned a sporting goods store in Yakima, Washington and saved display posters for a young Scott Brandon.  (Yes, that Scott Brandon!)
Hint:     He was the first Yankee pitcher to win five games in the month of April.
Hint:     He was the pitching coach for teams that won five World Series championships.
-  Was surprised with the plaque honor 20-Jun-2015.
-  ITPGS 20-Jul-1965
-  He won 164 G, his son Todd won 138 G, his son Mel, Jr. was 0-1 is his major league career.
-  Scott knew all 3 pitching Stottlemyres in his younger days.
-  Was 5-0 in Apr-1969.
-  Pitching coach for NYM in 1986 & NYY in 1996, 1998, 1999 & 2000.
FCR -  Duncan Crowl, San Juan Capistrano, California
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who was the worst victim of “He was a star, but he got old” syndrome since Frank Robinson?
Hint:     He reached 1,000 career strikeouts in the fewest games pitched.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to record two separate winning streaks of more than fifteen games each.
Hint:     His first ERA title was not secure until the final day of the season when a pitcher with a much better ERA fell short of the number of innings to qualify for the title.
A.         ROGER CLEMENS  [SABR Bio]
-  Released by BOS 05-Nov-1996.  Would go on to win 4 additional Cy Young awards.
-  1,000 K in 143 G.  Record now held by Yu Darvish @ 134 G.
-  20 in 1998-99, 16 in 2001
-  His 1986 league-best ERA of 2.48 would have been trumped by Mark Eichorn’s 1.72, but his 157 IP didn’t meet the minimum.  Eichorn finished 6th in that year’s CYA voting & 3rd in the ROY voting.
FCR -  Terry French, Kansas City
Incorrect guesses:  Ron Guidry, Yu Darvish, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Tim Lincecum, Luis Tiant, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Vida Blue, Steve Carlton

Q.        What Red Sox pitcher had been an All-Star with the Mets and Yankees, had won a Cy Young Award with a third team and won a World Series ring with yet a fourth?
Hint:     He had a stretch of 10 years between 20-win seasons.
Hint:     He once struck out 19 batters in a 9-inning game on the last day of the regular season.
A.         DAVID CONE  [SABR Bio]
-  AS w/NYM 1988 & 92; AS w/NYY 1997 & 99; CYA w/KCR 1994; WS w/TOR 1992; Played for BOS in 2001.
-  20-3 in 1988 & 20-7 in 1998
-  19K = 06-Oct-1991
FCR -  Jesse Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses:  Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Bartolo Colon

Q.        What pitcher holds the all-time postseason career records for games started, innings pitched and games won?
Hint:     Pitchers in second place on those lists would have to increase their totals by 26%, 27% and 27% respectively just to tie his.
Hint:     He was only a .500 pitcher for a National League team in the postseason.
Hint:     Five times he finished in the top 6 of Cy Young Award voting, but never took home the top honor.
-  44 GS; 276.2 IP; 19 W
-  Tom Glavine @ 35; Glavine @218.1 & John Smoltz @ 15.
-  Had a 1-1 record for HOU in 2005.
-  His close loss to Pat Hentgen in 1996 still rankles Yankee fans.
FCR -  Adam Balutis, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Whitey Ford, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Cy Young, Curt Schilling

Q.        What two-time Padre was the last 20th century pitcher to earn the win in both games of a double header?
Hint:     He was the first post-expansion pitcher to surrender home runs to brothers in the same game.
Hint:     He was teammates with 12 Hall of Famers over his 20+ year career.  (This number will certainly be larger by EOB next Tuesday.)
Hint:     He, however, garnered less than 1% of the vote in his first year of eligibility.
A.         DAVID WELLS  [SABR Bio]
-  DH = 17-Jul-1989 (1) & 17-Jul-1989 (2).  He didn’t start or finish either game.  Played for SDP 2004 & 2006-07.
-  Cal and Billy took him deep 15-Sep-1990
-  Was teammates with Roberto Alomar, Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Barry Larkin, Cal Ripken, Wade Boggs, Harold Baines, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Trevor Hoffman, Greg Maddux.
-  5 votes (0.1%) in the 2013 HOF election
FCR -  Sarah Grynpas, Toronto
Incorrect guesses:  Randy Myers, Gaylord Perry, Randy Jones, Joe Niekro, Sterling Hitchcock

Q.        Which Cy Young winner was the first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first three seasons?
Hint:     The first two of those led the majors.
Hint:     His nephew is the only slugger to join 500-home-run club playing for a National League team since Ken Griffey, Jr. did it..
Hint:     He has an honorary doctorate.
A.         DWIGHT GOODEN  [SABR Bio]
-  1984 = 276 K; 1985 = 268 K; 1986 = 200 K.  (754 in 3 years!)
-  The 200 K in 1986 didn’t make the majors’ top ten.
-  His nephew is Gary Sheffield.
-  His honorary “doc” was given to him in much the same way that Doc Adams, Doc White, Doc Crandall, Doc Parker , Doc Newton and other got theirs.
FCR -  J.P. Wanamaker, Binghamton, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Roger Clemens

Q.        Who was the first Cy Young award winner to be traded during the season after he won the award?
Hint:     Exactly one month after the trade, having gone to the other league, he faced the other Cy Young Award winner as they both started the same game.
Hint:     He was the pitcher who gave up Rod Carew’s 3000th hit.
A.         FRANK VIOLA
-  1988 CYA winner
-  Faced the Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser 28-Aug-1989.  Viola pitched a 3-hit, 9-inning shutout and the Mets won 1-0.
-  #3000 for Carew 04-Aug-1985
FCR -  Larry Hayes, San Francisco
Incorrect guesses:  CC Sabathia, Rick Sutcliffe, Nolan Ryan, Mark Davis, Gaylord  Perry, Tom Seaver, David Cone

Q.        Who was the losing pitcher in David Cone’s perfect game?
Hint:     Entering his first stint with the Yankees, The Hardball Times selected him as their “consensus pick for the Cy Young”.
Hint:     He has a victory against every major league team.
Hint:     He was the first Hispanic pitcher to get three shutouts in the new millennium.  (Not so much a hint as just a stray fact, I know.  I know!)
-  Cone’s perfecto 18-Jul-1999
-  First played for NYY in 2004.
-  3rd ShO 28-Aug-2001; Freddy Garcia’s 3rd was 18-Sep
FCR -  Larry Hayes, San Francisco
Incorrect guesses:  Lui Tiant, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Orlando Hernandez, La Troy Hawkins Hoyt Wilhelm, Bartolomeo Colon

Q.        Who is the only pitcher, born and raised in Hawaii, with 300 major league starts?
Hint:     Thrice in his fifteen-year career, he led his league in fewest hits per nine innings, the first two of those leading the majors.
Hint:     In four seasons, he made not a single error and so tied for the league lead in fielding percentage.
Hint:     His heritage is mostly Portuguese, with some Irish and Maori.
A.         SID FERNANDEZ  [SABR Bio]
-  GS = 300 on the nose
-  H9 in 1985 = 5.7; in 1988 = 6.1; in 1990 = 6.5
-  1.000 % fielding in the NL in 1985, 88 & 89 and in NL in 1994.
FCR -  Frank Stephenson, Rome, Georgia
Incorrect guesses:  Ron Darling, Charlie Hough, Danny Graves, Atlee Hammaker, Mike Cuellar, Milt Wilcox

Q.        Who holds the American League record for highest one-season earned run average by a pitcher with a inning record?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to win a Cy Young Award when he was a teammate of Barry Bonds.
Hint:     He flinches when you mention Sil Campusano.
A.         DOUG DRABEK
-  ERA of 5.74 in 1997, W/L of 12-11
-  CYA 1990; Bonds w/PIT 1986-92
-  The Phillies’ Campusano got a hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th for the G’s 1st H on 03‑Aug‑1990.
FCR -  Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect guesses:  Jim Bouton, Tim Lincecum

Q.        What pitcher tossed eleven collegiate no-hit inning in an NCAA playoff game, only to lose the game in the twelfth inning?
Hint:     He grew up speaking French, Chinese, and English.
Hint:     He wrote a book whose title is about not the stats of baseball, but the stats of A baseball.
A.         RON DARLING  [SABR Bio]
-  Pitched for Yale vs. Frank Viola & St. Johns on 21-May-1991.
-  Spent his early years in Hawaii
-  Wrote “108 Stitches
FCR -  Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect guesses: 

WEEKLY THEME – All-Star starting pitchers coached by Mel Stottlemyre Sr.

Player            Yrs/Teams under Stott                   Career WAR
Clemens............. 2001, 03 NYY................................. 139.0
Cone................... 1988, 92 NYM; 1997, 99 NYY.......... 61.7
Pettitte................ 1996, 2001 NYY............................... 60.7
Wells................... 1998 NYY......................................... 53.8
Gooden............... 1984-86, 88 NYM............................. 48.2
Viola................... 1990-91 NYM.................................... 47.4
Vazquez............. 2004 NYY......................................... 43.6
Fernandez.......... 1986-87 NYM.................................... 31.5
Drabek................ 1994 HOU......................................... 27.7
Darling................ 1985 NYM......................................... 19.0

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme¯\_()_/¯

Sure, now. But that doesn't mean that Clemens didn't do it too.  The hint didn't say "...holds the record..."
Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Pitchers who won 20 games in a season under pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.
               -  Mel Stottlemyre (RIP) was their pitching coach with the late 90s Yankee
               -  Players who have testified in Congress
               -  Pitchers who have testified in Congress

Wed        -  Yankees pitchers who made All-Star team under pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.
               -  Pitchers coached by Mel Stottlemyre
               -  Pitchers for the 1999-2000 Yankees
               -  Pitchers who started at least 30 games for the Yankees in 1999
               -  Pitchers who hold a strikeout record for the Yankees
               -  Has to do with 1990s-era Yankee pitchers
               -  And they all won a world series when he was the pitching coach

Thurs      -  Pitchers who won the World Series while being coached by Mel Stottlemyre.
               -  They all had Mel Stottlemyre as their pitching coach with the Yankees

Friday     -  Something to do with pitchers coached by Mel Stottlemyre

Sunday   -  Pitched for a NY team in the 90s, on either the winning or losing side of a no-hitter
               -  Pitched a CG Shutout for a NY team in the 90s

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