Sunday, May 24, 2020

2020-05-18 Players whose great defense helped keep perfect games intact.

Q.        Whose hold on the major league career strikeout record by a batter was wrested from him by Willie Stargell?
Hint:     He was proud of the car he drove with OK license plate #77-7777.
Hint:     Jane played him creditably for Crystal.
A.         MICKEY MANTLE  [SABR Bio]
-  Just as Mantle had taken the top honor in Ks from Babe Ruth in 1964, Stargell topped everybody from 1978-81, when Reggie Jackson, today still unthroned, took the lead.
-  OK Lic.  (This car once zoomed past me on CA I-280.  Guess who was driving?)
-  Billy Crystal’s movie *61 starred Thomas Jane as The Mick.
FCR -  Oron Strauss, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson, Bobby Bonds

Q.        What one-time Cardinal outfielder has 85 postseason hits, none of them with St. Louis?
Hint:     He credits his thirst for perfection to being the youngest of six vying for his father’s attention.
Hint:     He is related to Clemens but not that one.
Hint:     He never played for the Warriors even though his owner thought he was one.
A.         PAUL O’NEILL  [SABR Bio]
-  Was a Cardinal when he played at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.  Played in 6 WS:  CIN 1990, NYY 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001—on the winning side each time save the last.
-  Explained his passion in a 2011 interview.
- Mark Twain A/K/A Samuel L. Clemens is a distant relative.
-  George Steinbrenner nicknamed O’Neill “The Warrior”.
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles
Incorrect guesses:  Lance Berkman, Tino Martínez, Bill Virdon

Q.        Who is the only Red Sox* catcher to record 150 assists in a season, helping his team to the World Series for the first time?
Hint:     In fact, he was the first Red Sox* catcher to record 100 assists in a season.
Hint:     As a batter, he once had ten triples in a season where his hit total was fewer than 75.
*Red Sox is what we call them today.  They’ve were the Boston Americans in the early days of the American League.  There is scant evidence that they were ever officially called the Pilgrims, but one still sees that name used for them from time to time.
A.         LOU CRIGER  [SABR Bio]
-  156 A in 1903 when BOS won the first modern WS
-  117 A in 1902 before the modern WS existed
-  1903 = 61 H, 10 3B
FCR -  Joe O’Neill, London, ON
Incorrect guesses:  Jason Varitek, Bill Carrigan, Chick Stahl

Q.        Who was reported to have hit a home run in his first major league at bat for the Texas Rangers, but light research showed it to be his second?
Hint:     In his sophomore season he hit a midseason walk-off home run so dramatic that his teammates carried him off the field on their shoulders.
Hint:     Two years later he had a midsummer week so productive (12 H, 8 R, 3 HR, .600 BA & 25 TB) that he was selected as the American League Player of the Week.
Hint:     Like most of us, his public appearances of late are restricted to Zoom.
A.         RUSTY GREER
-  He actually homered as the lead-off batter in the 2nd inning 16-May-1994 which might have led to his 1st home run’s being mis-recorded.
-  Walk-off HR off KCR’s Billy Brewer 08-Jun-1995.
-  Stats accumulated Monday, June 9–Sunday, June 15, 1997
-  Click here <> for an interview on 23-Apr-2020 by Dallas Morning News Rangers beat writer, Evan Grant w/Greer with teammates Ivan Rodriguez & Mark McLemore.
FCR -  Karen Hermele, Denver
Incorrect guesses:  Joey Gallo, Jeff Burroughs, Rafael Palmeiro, Ruben Sierra, Josh Hamilton, Sammy Sosa, Will Clark, Dave Nelson

Q.        Who threw the first pitch in the first game ever played in the National League?
Hint:     He was the first recorded player to hit for a “natural” cycle, meaning he got his hits in the order of total bases: first the single, then a double, then the triple and finally the home run.
Hint:     His cycle was the second ever recorded in the history of the majors.
Hint:     He once took to the water in a dinghy in pursuit of a dinger.
A.         LON KNIGHT  [B-R Wiki]
-  Pitching for the original National League Philadelphia Athletics (not a typo), Knight hurled the first-ever pitch to future Hall of Famer George Wright of the Boston Red Stockings (also not a typo) 22-Apr-1876.
-  Cycle = 30-Jul-1883; 1st cycle was by Curry Foley 25-May-1882.  ERRATUM:  The good folks at Retrosheet (A/K/A Mark Pankin) provided us with information showing that Knight’s cycle was actually the 3rd one and that Foley was next with George Hall as the first baseball cyclist accomplished on Flag Day in the Centennial Year!  See -
-  Knight was playing right field in a game at Riverside Park in East Albany, NY when a ball clobbered by 4X 19th century HR champ Lipman Pike sailed over the fence and landed in the Hudson River.  The park had no rules then about what happened after a ball went over the fence, so it wasn’t automatically a home run.  Our hero Lon, ever the determined player, jumped into a nearby boat and paddled out into the river in pursuit of the ball!  His throw in was ...alas, late.
FCR -  Matt Scribbins, Scottsdale
Incorrect guesses:  Joe Borden, Jim O’Rourke, Albert Spalding, Eppa Rixey, George Zettlein, Joe McGinnity, Curry Foley

Q.        When a certain player was suspended for the season five weeks after winning the MVP of the All-Star Game, who replaced him?
Hint:     He had been rated the best defensive outfielder in a minor league where he played at the time.
Hint:     He once made it all the way to third base on a dropped third strike.
Hint:     He retired just before spring training this year to take a job w/MLB.
A.         GREGOR BLANCO  [Twitter]
-  Melky Cabrera was having a career ear in 2012, including the ASG, but was found to violating MLB’s substance abuse policy and so was suspended for 50 games on 15-Aug.  Blanco had signed with SFG that spring and were able to move him into left where he became an important contributor in their WS win that year.
-  Baseball America had given him that defensive title while he was playing for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League in 2004.
-  On 23-May-2015, as the lead-off batter playing for ARI and facing starter Jordan Lyles of COL by striking out but made it all the way to 3rd when the pitch got away from C Nick Hundley, whose throw ended up in RF while trying to get Blanco at 1st.
-  Blanco is now employed in MLB's baseball operations department.
FCR -  Steve Berman, Bergenfield, New Jersey
Incorrect guesses:  Melky Cabrera, Dee Gordon, Dee Gordon, Curtis Granderson, Hunter Pence, Carl Crawford, Angel Pagan

Q.        What speedy outfielder once fooled an umpiring crew that he had caught a foul pop-up by pounding his fist into his glove and immediately high-fiving his teammate?
Hint:     He played for the Toronto Blue Jays on three separate occasions, none memorable.
Hint:     He signed with the White Sox as a free agent on three separate occasions.
Hint:     He pitched for both the White Sox and the Yankees and retired with a perfect 0.00 ERA.
A.         DeWAYNE WISE
-  On 26-Jun-2012 playing for NYY, he tumbled into the LF stands at New Yankee Stadium to catch a pop-up off the bat of the CLE's Jack Hannahan. He was helped out of the stands and immediately ran to the dugout, as if he had just made the 3rd out, fooling umpire Mike DiMuro.  Replays showed that Wise had dropped and not even recovered the ball, he just pumped his fist into his empty glove as if he had made the catch and then high-fived teammate Derek Jeter.
-  # 13-Dec-1999: Drafted by TOR from CIN in the 1999 rule 5 draft.
   ## 06-Apr-2011: Signed as a Free Agent with TOR.
   ### 26-Aug-2011: Selected off waivers by TOR from FLA.
-  # 05-Mar-2008: Signed as a Free Agent with CHW.
   ## 03-Aug-2012: Signed as a Free Agent with CHW.
   ### 21-Nov-2012: Signed as a Free Agent with CHW.
-  Threw ⅔ inning for NYY 29-Jun-2012 and full inning for CHW 04-Sep-2012.
FCR -  Adrian Fung, Toronto
Incorrect guesses:  Scott Podsednik, Tony Phillips

Q.        Who holds the Chicago White Sox record for most runs scored in a season?
Hint:     He ironically avoided a tarnished reputation as a player by being replaced at the end of the season by one of baseball’s elites.
Hint:     He is reputed to be the only centerfielder to catch a foul ball during a game.
Hint:     He attempted suicide when he was discovered having an affair with a teammate’s wife.
A.         JOHNNY MOSTIL  [SABR Bio]
-  135 R in 1925
-  After 10 G in the majors at the very end of the 1918 regular season serving as an emergency fill-in for HOF 2B Eddie Collins (who had joined the USMC in mid-August), Mostil was dropped from CHW’s infamous WS roster when Collins was allowed to return to play in the WS 6 weeks later.  Mostil played minor-league in Milwaukee of the American Association over the succeeding two years as the “Black Sox” scandal erupted around the parent club.
-  The CF foul ball catch in question reportedly occurred during a 1925 spring-training game at Nashville. According to numerous accounts, Mostil actually beat LF Bibb Falk to the ball.  (Hey—numerous accounts!)  No telling of the story has been substantiated.
-  Caught with the wife of future Hall of Famer Red Faber.
FCR -  Rich Wolfe, Scottsdale
Incorrect guesses:  Frank Thomas, Jimmy Piersall, Jim Rivera, Jim Busby

Q.        Who was the first player with six hits in a nine-inning game this decade?
Hint:     Twice his major league team gave up on him for setting a bad example with his lackadaisical play.
Hint:     He hit for the cycle on his third major league team.  They cut him loose too.
Hint:     Fourth time was the charm.
A.         ALEX RIOS
-  6-6 including a 3B on 09-Jul-2013 for CHW vs. DET.  Scored once; had 2 RBI; 2 SB.  Was pulled in 9th for defensive reasons.
-  In a stunning move, TOR placed him on waivers on 10-Aug-2009, even though he was their starting RF and had a large amount of money remaining on his contract. He wasn't hitting badly at the time: .264/.314/.427 w/25 2B and 14 HR in 108 G, but the Jays had become tired of his approach to the game.
-  Was on the KCR when they won the WS in 2015.  They released him 3 days later.
FCR -  Randall Chandler, Germantown, Tennessee
Incorrect guesses:  Jose Reyes, Jean Segura, Damion Easley, Paul Lo Duca, Damion Easley, Nomar Garciaparra, Hanley Ramirez

WEEKLY THEME – Players whose great defense helped keep perfect games intact.

Player        Pitcher                          Date                  Play details
Criger....... Cy Young................... 05-May-1904..... Nearly fell over the Boston bench grabbing a foul pop.
Knight....... Lee Richmond............ 12-Jun-1880...... A would-be single into RF in the 5th inning that Knight turned into a 9-3 putout.
Mostil........ Charlie Robertson...... 30-Apr-1922...... Made a spectacular diving catch on a liner to left by Bobby Veach in the 2nd inning
Rios.......... Phillip Humber........... 21-Apr-2012...... Dustin Ackley hit a 4th-inning line drive over the Rios’ head in RF but Ríos made a leaping catch on the warning track.

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSteve Schwartz, Chico, California (After O’Neill)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  HoF players from Oklahoma 
               -  MVPs from Oklahoma
               -  Yankees batting title winners
               -  February birthdays
               -  Players who were on the winning side of a perfect game and at least two other no-hitters

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Monday, May 18, 2020

2020-05-11 American League Rookie of the Year Award winners elected unanimously

Q.        Whom did Ivan Rodriguez pass on the all-time board for most career major league games played at catcher?
Hint:     He is the oldest player in history to collect a hit in a major league All-Star Game.
Hint:     It is believed that he used too much bleach while laundering his hosiery one day in Spring Training 1981.
Hint:     His brother was an All-Star Yankee.
A.         CARLTON FISK  [SABR Bio]
-  Pudge passed Pudge when he caught his 2,278th G on 17-Jun-2009.  Fisk had held that title for 16 of his 24 seasons in the majors.
-  Fisk was 43 years, 6 months and 14 days old when he singled in the 1991 ASG.
-  Granted free agency by the Red Sox in Feb. 1981.  Signed by the White Sox a month later.
-  Fisk’s older brother, Calvin, was captain of the soccer team and an All-Yankee Conference sweeper at the University of New Hampshire.
FCR -  Patrick Roth, Chicago
Incorrect guesses:  Smokey Burgess, Bob Boone, Al Lopez Gabby Hartnett, Ray Schalk, Luke Sewell

Q.        Which American-born player has appeared in more games at shortstop than any other; more even than Cal Ripken, Alan Trammell, Pee Wee Reese or Ozzie Smith?
Hint:     He was the first player in the post-expansion era to lead his team in hits for each of his first six full seasons.
Hint:     No shortstop in history has more major league hits.
Hint:     His father played at Fisk.
A.         DEREK JETER  [SABR Bio]
-  Jeter spent 2,674 G at SS, bested only by Venezuelan native Omar Vizquel at 2,709.  Ripken (2,302), Trammell (2,139), Reese (2,014) & Smith (2,511) are 5th, 11th, 19th and 4th on the list of Players with Most G @ SS.
-  Led NYY in H in 1996 (183),
                              1997 (190),
                              1998 (203),
                              1999 (219*),
                              2000 (201) &
                              2001 (191).
-  Has 3,465 H, 6th all-time.  Honus Wagner is 8th on that list w/3,420.
-  His father, Sanderson Charles Jeter, had played shortstop at Fisk University in Tennessee
*Led majors
FCR -  John Haeussler, Hancock, Michigan
Incorrect guesses:  Omar Vizquel, Lou Brock, Gary Templeton, Nomar Garciaparra, Jimmy Rollins, Barry Larkin, Don Kessinger, Rico Petrocelli, Honus Wagner, Robin Yount

TUESDAY – 12-May
Q.        Who is the Angels career leader in home runs?
Hint:     His franchise lead in many other categories never, however, landed him a spot on an All-Star team, not even as a replacement.
Hint:     After he was signed by Joe Maddon, he won the Minor League Player of the Year honors playing for a Canadian team.
A.         TIM SALMON
-  Salmon’s franchise-leading HR total is 299.  Mike Trout w/285, has averaged 35 HR during his 8 full seasons w/LAA.  It seems inevitable that Trout will swim upstream to catch Salmon.
-  His was one of the more accomplished careers, never to have had (IMHO) an appearance on the Midsummer Classic.
-  Maddon worked for the Angels then.  Salmon was the 1992 The Sporting News & Baseball America Minor League Player of the YearEdmonton TrappersPacific Coast League.
FCR –  Frank Ittner, Atlanta
Incorrect guesses:  Wally Joyner, Garret Anderson, Albert Pujols

Q.        Who was the last player in the twentieth century with 10 RBI in a single game?
Hint:     He won the Silver Slugger Award at his position in his rookie season.
Hint:     He finished second in MVP voting after he’d played only two full seasons.
-  10 RBI 10-May-1999 vs. SEA. (It has happened 5 X since then.)
-  SS at SS in 1997
-  2nd in MVP voting in 2nd year 1998
FCR -  Chuck McGill, Westford, Vermont
Incorrect guesses:  Alex Rodriguez, Mike Trout, Ryan Howard, Anthony Rendon, Mark Whiten, Danny Tartabull, Nate Colbert, Carlos Baerga, Mike Greenwell, Juan Gonzalez

Q.        Who holds the record for hitting the most home run in Yankee Stadium in a single season?
Hint:     He was born the same day the last time the Rangers swept a double header from the Red Sox in Boston.
Hint:     He was adopted the very next day.
Hint:     He received MVP votes in his first two seasons in the majors.
A.         AARON JUDGE
-  33 HR in Yankee Stadium in 2017.  Lou Gehrig (1934) and Roger Maris (1961) previously co-held the record with 30.
-  Born 26-Apr-1992.  Tex over BOS 3-1 in G 1 and 4-2 in G 2.
-  2nd in MVP voting in 2017 and 12th in 2018.  In 2018, he finished one place ahead of the player who was #1 in ’17.
FCR -  Frank Stephenson, Rome, Georgia
Incorrect guesses:  Babe Ruth, Dave Winfield, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira

Q.        Who is the youngest player to join the thirty-thirty club?
Hint:     He is already the career WAR leader on his sixty-year old franchise.
Hint:     He proposed to his now wife by having a sky-writer write the question across a clear blue sky.
A.         MIKE TROUT
-  Hit 30 HR and stole 49 bases in 2012 at age 20.
-  His 72.8 WAR (in 8+ yrs.) far exceeds Chuck Finley’s 2nd-place 51.8 (in 14 yrs.).
-  After 11 years of courtship, Jessica Tara Cox said yes to this question from her high-school sweetheart.
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect guesses:  Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Howard Johnson, David Wright, Vlad Guerrero, Jr., Ronald Acuna,

FRIDAY – 15-May
Q.        What BLTR Cuban’s first taste of professional baseball was orange?
Hint:     Twenty years before he was born there, his hometown had it named shortened from something quite elegant to something considerably more prosaic.
Hint:     He was called up to the majors late because of the strength of his franchise.  They struggled to find a place for him even though it was evident that he was MLB-ready.
Hint:     In his first few weeks in the majors he broke an eighty-year-old record held by a Cooperstown icon.
-  His first experience in organized baseball came in 2016 with the DSL Astros Orange of the Dominican Summer League where he hit .341 in 16 games.
-  Las Tunas is a city and municipality in central-eastern Cuba. It is the capital of the Las Tunas Province and was named Victoria de las Tunas from 1869 to 1976, after which Cuba reorganized its provinces from 6 to 15.  Las Tunas does not refer to the fish, but to the prickly pear cactus abundant in the region.  Alvarez was born there in 1997.
-  Not promoted to the big club until the second week of June, Alvarez quickly made up for lost time.  By At the end of his 45th game, he had accumulated 51 RBI, beating the previous record of 47 set by Ted Williams in 1939.
FCR -  Ryan Palencer, Clayton, Indiana
Incorrect guesses:  Ichiro Suzuki, Barry Bonds, Yasiel Puig, Alex Rodriguez

T.G.I.F. BONUS – 15-May
Q.        Who broke Wally Berger’s major league record for home runs by a rookie, set in 1930?
Hint:     The Montreal Expos drafted him to pitch for them.
Hint:     For twenty years he held the record for home runs in his Little League.
A.         MARK McGWIRE
-  True Frank Robinson tied Berger’s 38 in 1956, but McGwire shattered it in 1987 w/49 playing for OAK.
-  Drafted in 1981 by MON out of Damien High School in Los Angeles County because of his pitching.  He was only an 8th round pick so he accepted a baseball scholarship to USC.
-  Claremont (Calif.) Little League 1974 – 13 HR
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Brady Anderson, Pete Alonso, Darryl Strawberry, Fred Lynn, Frank Robinson, Alvin Davis

Q.        Who was the first black general manager in major league history?
Hint:     He was the first player in history to hit for the cycle in both leagues.
Hint:     He replaced Frank Robinson as Vice-President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.
Hint:     Milt May drove him in for one of the most celebrated runs in MLB history.
Hint:     He was nicknamed “The Bull” during his playing days.
Hint:     He played for Boston and attended the same high school as a Red Sox Hall of Famer.
Hint:     Playing for the Yankees, he homered in his first World Series at bat, the first player over the age of 35 to do so.
A.         BOB WATSON  [NY Times obit]
-  He was the GM of NYY when they won it all in 1996.  Left the job because of the pressure applied by owner George Steinbrenner of being fired at any time.
-  Cycles 24-Jun-1977, for HOU vs. SFG in The Astrodome; 15-Sep-1979, for BOS vs. BAL in Memorial Stadium.
-  Replacement happened when Robinson became manager of MON.
-  The HR RBI from May allowed Watson to score MLB’s 1,000,000th run 04-May-1975.
-  Got the Bull nickname during his days with the Astros.
-  Attended John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles whose HOF alum was Bobby Doerr.
-  HR for 1st WS AB = G 1 20-Oct-1981 at 35 years, 193 days.  Also homered in G 3.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Bill White, Leon Durham

Q.        Which rookie led his team in hits, doubles, home runs, runs-batted-in, slugging, on-base percentage, OPS and total bases in spite of Adam Dunn being on the same team?
Hint:     He did not, however, lead that team in WAR.
Hint:     A Heineken helped him secure his contract.
A.         JOSE ABREU
-  Led CHW H (176), 2B (35), HR (36), RBI (107), OBP (.383) , SLG (.581), OPS (.964) & TB (323) in 2014.  Dunn did lead them in BB w/65.
-  2014 CHW WAR leader was Chris Sale w/6.1 to Abreu’s 5.8.
FCR -  Rich Wolfe, Scottsdale
Incorrect guesses:  Austin Kearns, Joey Votto

SUNDAY – 17-May
Q.        Who is the only American Leaguer who has hit a home run in the regular-season, the All-Star game, the League Division Series, the League Championship Series and the World Series in the same year?
Hint:     The only MVP votes he ever received in his two-decade-long MLB career were that same season where he tied with a future Hall of Famer.
Hint:     He was the first player to compile a thirty-game hitting streak in more than ninety years for his franchise.
A.         SANDY ALOMAR, Jr.  [SABR Bio]
-  During regular 1997 season hit 21 HR; HR in 1997 ASG; homered in G 1 & G 4 of LDS vs. NYY; homered in G 4 of ALCS vs. BAL; and homered in G 2  &  G 5 of WS vs. FLA.  (Barry Bonds accomplished the same HR string during 2002.)
-  Placed 14th in AL MVP votes in 1997, tied w/Edgar Martinez.
-  30 G streak in 1997—it’s the longest ever by an AL catcher.  Nap Lajoie had 31-G streak in 1906.
FCR -  Jesse Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses:  Jose Altuve, Chipper Jones, Keith Hernandez, Paul Molitor, Willie Stargell

Q.        What former Dirtbag led his MLB franchise in career Home Runs, WAR, Offensive WAR, Defensive WAR, RBI, Doubles, Total Bases, Walks, Extra-Base Hits and was easily considered the face of the franchise only to be traded with multiple years left on his long-term contract.
Hint:     The team of the city he was traded to had at one time considered relocating to the city of the team he was the “face” of.
Hint:     The highlight game of his career began with a dramatic late-inning, pinch-hit performance.
-  He had attended Long Beach State University in California and although all their athletic teams are known as the 49ers, the baseball team is affectionately called the Dirtbags.  From 2010 to present day, more active MLB ballplayers are alumni of Long Beach State than of any other school.  On 20-Dec-2017, after 10 year of service with them, was traded by the Tampa Bay Rays with cash to SFG for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span and 2 minor leaguers.  To see how he still dominates the Rays’ offensive career records, click here:  Longo  (NOTE:  Since Longoria’s trade to SFG, Kevin Kiermaier has taken over the franchise lead in the Rays’ career Defensive WAR.)
-  In 1992, the San Francisco Giants actually were sold by owner Bob Lurie to a group from Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida for $115 million.  However, NL owners disapproved the relocation, found a new local SF buyer and gave Lurie ten days to accept its $110 million offer.  Lurie accepted the lower offer from an investment group headed by Peter Magowan.  What’s 5 mil among friends?
-  On the last day of the regular season in 2011, after Longoria had earlier homered to pull them within 1 run, Rays’ PH Dan Johnson completed the erasure of the 7-run deficit with his dramatic 2-out, 9th inning HR vs. NYY.  Longo later hit the game winner with a walk-off HR in the 12th.  That swing ended the Rays’ regular season and their win and BAL’s defeat of BOS left the Sawks out of the postseason.
FCR -  Josh Flowerman, Flanders, New Jersey
Incorrect guesses:  Troy Tulowitzki, Kirk Gibson, Pete Rose, Larry Walker, Willie Mays

WEEKLY THEME – American League Rookie of the Year Award winners elected unanimously, meaning they received 100% of the 1st-place votes for the award that year.

Abreu................ 2014
Alomar............... 1990
Alvarez.............. 2019
Fisk................... 1972
Garciapara........ 1997
Jeter.................. 1996
Judge................ 2017
Longoria............ 2008
McGwire............ 1987
Salmon.............. 1993
Trout.................. 2012

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeKen Kirk, Corning, New York (after Jeter)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  Players who collected 1000+ hits and 100+ HRs for each of two or more teams
               -  Major leaguer with two generations of major league family
               - Hall of Famers who won Rookie of the Year, but never won an MVP
               -  Players who made an All-Star team after the age of 40

Tuesday -  Rookies of the year. Who have the most of something
               -  All 3 won the Rookie of the Year unanimously.  None won the MVP, but there are probably too many of those.  Jeter and Fisk’s numbers were retired.  Salmon’s number has not been retired, but he was the last one to wear it, so unofficially it is retired.

Wed        -  Players to win Silver Slugger and Rookie of the Year awards
               -  Players who won Rookie of the Year in the AL, but also won some other award in their rookie years like Judge winning the Home Run Derby.

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