Monday, January 24, 2022

2022-01-17 Players with fifty games in center field and first base in the same season

MONDAY  —17-Jan

Q.  Which player, active in 2021, but with fewer than ten seasons in the majors, has won a Rookie of the Year Award, a Most Valuable Player Award, an LCS MVP Award, has played in sixty-six postseason games and owns a World Series ring?

Hint: #1  Oh, I forgot to mention the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and his being an All-Star.

Hint: #2  His father played a couple of games for the Angels.

A.  CODY BELLINGER  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  ROY in 2017; MVP in 2019; 2018 NLCS MVP; WS w/LAD in 2020.

-  #1  GG & SS in 2019; AS in 2017 & 2019.

-  #2  Father Clay Bellinger finished his career in Anaheim w/2 G after 3 seasons as a utility man with NYY.

FCR -  Matt Dicker, Chicago

Incorrect guesses:  Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Rafael Devers, Kris Bryant

 

TUESDAY  —18-Jan

Q.  After Heinie Zimmerman in 1912, who was the next Chicago Cub to win a batting title?

Hint: #1  He hit for the cycle in his first professional game.

Hint: #2  He was the first manager to be fired during Spring Training.

A.  PHIL CAVARRETTA  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Cavarretta led the majors in 1945 with a .355 batting average

-  #1  With the B-level Peoria Tractors at age 17 in 1934, Cavarretta played RF & hit for the cycle in his 1st G with them.

-  #2  He got fired during spring training in 1954 after frankly admitting that his Cubs were unlikely to finish above 5th place.  (They finished in 7th place.)

FCR -  Tony Hughes, Woodbridge, Virginia

Incorrect guesses:  Bill Madlock, Billy Williams, Bill Buckner, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Hack, Kiki Cuyler

 

 

WEDNESDAY  —19-Jan

Q.  Which one-time San Francisco Giant often wore nothing on his back during games?

Hint: #1  In the twentieth century, he was the oldest player to win his first batting title.

Hint: #2  Twice he was on teams where he and eight other teammates had one hundred hits in the same season.

A.  AL OLIVER  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Oliver had uniforms with “0” when he played for FG, LAD, TOR, PHI, MON & TEX.  He played for SFG in 1984.

-  #1  1st & only BA title was in 1982 when he hit .331 for MON.  That distinction has since been claimed by other players who were older for their 1st.

-  #2  Teams w/9 100-H players = 1972 PIT & 1976 PIT

FCR -  Joe Merrill, Montpelier, Vermont

Incorrect guesses:  Dick Groat, Barry Bonds, Bill Terry Lefty O’Doul, Matty Alou, Ted Williams, Bill Mueller

 

MIDWEEK BONUS  —19-Jan

Q.  Who was the first native of the Dominican Republic to win a batting title in the majors?

Hint: #1  He was the only player to steal a base against the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 World Series.

Hint: #2  Almost exactly a decade earlier, Whitey held him at third.

A.  MATTY ALOU  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  In 1966 Alou hit .342 for PIT and led the majors.

-  #1  In the 8th inning of G 2 of the 1972 WS, Alou stole 2nd off Tom Hall & Johnny Bench.

-  #2  He might have scored the tying run from 1B in the 9th inning of G 7 on Willie Mays’s double of the 1962 WS.  Third base coach Whitely Lockman went by the conservative “book” and held Alou at 3rd.  McCovey lined out and the G end 1-0 and the WS ended NYY 4-SFG 3.

FCR -  Art Mugalian, Minneapolis

Incorrect guesses:  Herb Washington, Felipe Alou, Marty Alou, Bert Campaneris, Rico Carty, Jesus Alou, Frank Taveras, Tony Perez

 

THURSDAY  —20-Jan

Q.  Who singled off Bob Feller in his first at-bat of the only All-Star game he ever played in?

Hint: #1  He was called "Hippity" by the press, but tabbed "Cotney" by friends and teammates.

Hint: #2  His hometown, his high school and his college all had the same name.

Hint: #3  Played with or for an amazing twenty-six Hall of Fame teammates, coaches and managers during his time in the majors.

Hint: #4  His bother played in the NFL.

A.  JOHNNY HOPP  [Wiki Bio]

-  Ans.  Started in CF in the 1946 ASG.

-  #1  Cotney because of his blond "cotton-top" hair as a youth.  Hippity because, well…

-  #2  Born and raised in Hastings, Nebraska; attended Hastings High School; attended Hastings College.

-  #3  Played with and/or for Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Enos Slaughter, Stan Musial, Billy Southworth, Red Schoendienst, Billy Herman, Warren Spahn, Ralph Kiner, Honus Wagner, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, Bill Dickey, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, George Kell, Hal Newhouser, Rick Ferrell, Phil Rizzuto, Ted Lyons, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson & Duke Snider.

-  #4  Brother Harry Hopp, was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1941 and played in the NFL until 1947.

FCR -  Tal Smith, Sugar Land, Texas

Incorrect guesses:  Clint Courtney, Ben Chapman, Dave Concepcion

 

FRIDAY  —21-Jan

Q.  Which BBTL infielder/outfielder was Curt Schilling's 3,000th career strikeout victim?

Hint: #1  He was recruited to play football at Notre Dame.

Hint: #2  His father had also played in the majors.

A.  NICK SWISHER  [Wiki Bio]

-  Ans.  Curt’s K = 30-Aug-2006.  Swisher whiffed thrice that day.

-  #1  A 3-sport athlete in high school, Swisher chose to play baseball at Ohio State.

-  #2  Father Steve caught for 3 NL teams over 9 seasons.

FCR -  Jim Lubell, Hillsboro, Oregon

Incorrect guesses:  Darrel May, John Mayberry, Jr.,

 

T.G.I.F. SPECIAL —21-Jan

Q.  Which player came out of Angels Camp, but never played for the Angels in the majors?

Hint: #1  On Opening Day one year, he set a new major-league record for first basemen, committing three errors in the same inning.

Hint: #2  He actually got MVP votes playing for a last-place team.

Hint: #3  It’s interesting that his remarkable nickname is not batrachian but piscatorial.

A.  GEORGE METKOVICH  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Metkovich was born in the town of Angels Camp, California, but played his last MLB G in 1954, 7 years before LAA became a major league franchise.

-  #1  Playing for BOS on 17-Apr-1945 in Yankee Stadium, Metkovich made 3 errors in the 7th inning, 2 on 1 play!

-  #2  In 1952, with his 1.3 WAR, landed 2 votes in the NL MVP race, finishing tied for 38th, next to last.  Teammates Murray Dickson and Ralph Kiner also received votes that year.

-  #3  Metkovich’s home town, in Calaveras County, is home to the famous annual frog jumping contest, where Mark Twain’s literary career was launched.  The nickname we know him by is from his Boston teammates.  After Metkovich stepped on a catfish trying to pull the hook out of its mouth, a barbed fin went through the crepe sole of his shoe and incapacitated him during 1940 Spring training.

FCR -  Bill Henry, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Incorrect guesses:  Bob Brenly

 

SATURDAY  —22-Jan

Q.  Under whose managerial guidance did an American League Most Valuable Player winner set a single-season record for runs driven in for his new team?

Hint: #1  He was invited to train with the U.S. Olympic speed skating team, having won eight national championships as a youngster.

Hint: #2  He set a minor league (perhaps professional) record when he stole seven bases in one game.

A.  LEE MAZZILLI  [SABR Bio]

-  Ans.  Mazzilli was manager of BAL in 2004 when Miguel Tejada had 150 RBI.

-  #1  Declined the invitation to focus on baseball.

-  #2  Had 7 SB for Class A Visalia on 08-Jun-1975, just 2 years after being drafted in the 1st round by NYM.  (On 26-May-1977, an 18-year-old Rickey Henderson stole 7 bases against the Fresno Giants, setting a California League record that still stands.)

FCR -  Mark DeLodovico, Rockville

Incorrect guesses:  Eddy Alvarez, Cap Anson

 

SUNDAY  —23-Jan

Q.  Which player was caught stealing exactly once in each of ten consecutive seasons?

Hint: #1  He was the first to hit for the cycle and the first to homer three times in a game for his young franchise.

Hint: #2  His All-Star game single sent Pete Rose crashing into Ray Fosse in 1970.

A. JIM HICKMAN [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  1 CS in 1964-73

-  #1  1st cycle for NYM = 07-Aug-1963; 1st 3-HR G = 03-Sep-1965.

-  #2  1970 ASG 14-Jul-70 Riverfront Stadium.  It was Hickman’s only All-Star appearance in his 13-year MLB career.

FCR -  Mark Kanter Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Incorrect guesses:  Nate Colbert, Cesar Cedeno, Amos Otis

 

WEEK’S FINALE  —23-Jan

Q.  Which third baseman once completed a double play by throwing out a batter who had just struck out?

Hint: #1  He was one-for-one in All-Star competition, his hit coming off a two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer.

Hint: #2  The teams he played in included those in Montreal, Oakland and Milwaukee.

A.  BERT HAAS  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Haas was playing third base and there were runners on first and third.  The batter K’d, but the ball eluded the C.  The runner on 3rd was out trying to score.  The alert Haas threw the ball to 1st to get the batter out, since he had not advanced after the 3rd strike. Baseball-reference notes that it's rare for a batter who has struck out to be thrown out at 1st, by the 3rd baseman, completing a double play.

-  #1  Pinch-hitting for Ewell Blackwell in the 1947 ASG, Haas singled off Hal Newhouser.

-  #2  Haas played for the 1940 Montreal Royals, the 1951 Oakland Oaks & the 1938 Milwaukee Brewers.

FCR -  ¯\_()_/¯.

Incorrect guesses:  Sal bando

 

 

WEEKLY THEME – Players with fifty games in center field and first base in the same season.

 

Player             Year            Team             G@1st           G@CF          WAR

 Alou................ 1971........... STL................ 57................ 73.............. 23.0

Bellinger......... 2018........... LAD............... 78.............. 110................ 16.7

Cavarretta...... 1942........... CHC............... 61................ 67............... 37.0

Haas............... 1947............ CIN................ 53................ 61................ 5.4

Hickman......... 1970........... CHC............... 74................ 53................ 13.0

Hopp.............. 1946........... BSN............... 68................ 58................ 26.4

Mazzilli........... 1980........... NYM............... 92................ 66................ 15.6

Metkovich....... 1944........... BOS............... 50................ 83.................. 6.0

Joe Pepitone...1966........... NYY............... 119................ 55.................. 9.8 

Oliver.............. 1973............ PIT................ 50.............. 109  ................ 43.6

Swisher.......... 2008.......... CHW............... 71................ 79   ................ 21.4

Note:  Pepitone not included in week's questions.

 

FCR identifying theme – Philip Trostler, Norwich, Connecticut  (after Cavarretta)

 

 

Incorrect theme guesses:

 

Monday       -   Most total bases by a rookie in a single postseason

 

Tuesday   -     Never made the top 5 (or some other number) in the MVP vote except the year they won

 

Wed         -     Players who played first base and outfield only on defense

 

 

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Monday, January 17, 2022

2022-01-10 Batters who struck out 199 times or more in a season without leading the majors that year

MONDAY  —10-Jan

Q.  What infielder/outfielder who won an MVP one single vote from being unanimous, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the eighteenth round?

Hint: #1  His Rookie of the Year vote was unanimous.

Hint: #2  When he was drafted by the Cubs in the first round, he received the highest signing bonus of any player in that entire draft.

A.  KRIS BRYANT  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Drafted player #546 overall by TOR in the 2010 Draft.  He chose instead to attend and play for the University of San Diego.  In the NL MVP voting for 2016, Bryant received 29 1st-place votes.  Daniel Murphy received 1.

-  #1  All 30 of the NL ROY votes in 2015 were his.

-  #2  There were 1,216 players drafted in 2013, 40 rounds.  Bryant was #2 overall and was paid $6,708,400 for signing with CHC.

FCR -  Dave Williams, Glastonbury, Connecticut

Incorrect guesses:   Josh Donaldson, George Bell, Shawon Dunston, Robin Yount, Kerry Wood

 

TUESDAY  —11-Jan

Q.  Who is the only Philadelphia Phillies player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award the very next season after winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award?

Hint: #1  He broke his own record for longest home run at Citizens Bank Park.

Hint: #2  Hitting that home run, he had accumulated one hundred career home runs in fewer games than anyone in major league history, a record that still stands.

A.  RYAN HOWARD  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  NL ROY 2005; NL MVP 2006

-  #1  Longest HR = 505' on 27-Jun-2007, surpassing his 496' blast on 23-Apr-2006

-  #2  HR #100 was in his 325th G, breaking the 385 G record set by Ralph Kiner on 18-Jul-1948(2).

FCR -  Barry Lipinski, Somerset, New Jersey

Incorrect guesses:  Mike Schmidt, Bryce Harper, Dick Allen

 

WEDNESDAY  —12-Jan

Q.  Who has hit the most home runs in a season since Bonds set the single-season record?

Hint: #1  He had thrice led his league in slugging and has led the majors once.

Hint: #2  He once led the league in total bases with a number that was only his third-best total.

A.  GIANCARLO STANTON  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Hit 59 HRs. in 2017.  Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001.

-  #1  Slugging = .608 in 2012; .555 in 2014; & .631 in 2017.

-  #2  Led the NL w/299 in 2014.  Had 377 & 314 in 2017 & 2018 respectively.

FCR -  J.P. Wanamaker, Binghamton, New York

Incorrect guesses:  Mark McGwire, Manny Ramirez, Aaron Judge, Alexander Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Mike Trout, Ryan Howard

 

MIDWEEK BONUS  —12-Jan

Q.  Which BLTR infielder/outfielder Texan holds the National League record for the most home runs in any month of his rookie season?

Hint: #1  No one has hit more career home runs on Opening day.

Hint: #2  In the history of his franchise, which boasts seven Hall of Fame sluggers, he is the only player with 100 runs, 100 runs batted in and 100 walks in consecutive seasons.

Hint: #3  In each season however, he also led the majors in strikeouts.

A.  ADAM DUNN  [B-R Bio]

Ans.   Bats Left/Throws Right; Born in Houston; Hit 12 HR in Aug-2001 (Guess why nobody noticed!)

-  #1  Dunn is tied with Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey, Jr.  Each rang up 8 HR on Opening Day.

-  #2  For CIN in 2004, Dunn had 105 R, 102 RBI & 108 BB.  In 2005, he posted 107 R, 101 RBI & 114 BB

-  #3  2004 = 195 K.  2005 = 168 K.

FCR -  Doug Christy, Sarasota

Incorrect guesses:  Jim Thome, Frank Robinson, Joey Gallo, Eddie Mathews 

 

THURSDAY  —13-Jan

Q.  Which BLTR infielder/outfielder Texan home run champion was drafted in the fiftieth, thirty-fifth and fifth rounds?

Hint: #1  His team made him a three-time Roberto Clemente nominee.

Hint: #2  No other player has hit more home runs onto Eutaw Street.

A.  CHRIS DAVIS  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Bats Left/Throws Right; Born in Longview; Drafted by NYY in the 50th round in 2004; by LAA in the 35th round in 2005; & TEX in the 5th round in 2006, each in the MLB June Amateur Draft.

-  #1  The Orioles nominated Davis for the Clemente award in 2017, 2018 & 2019.  Davis works actively with multiple charities in the Baltimore community, among them the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, Casey Cares, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS), Christian Youth Athletics and the Orioles REACH Gameday Experience Program.

-  #2  Reached Eutaw St. in OPACY 11 X.

FCR -  Adam Foldes, New York City

Incorrect guesses:  Rafael Palmeiro, Jim Thome, Eddie Murray, Lance Berkman, Greg Vaughn

 

FRIDAY  —14-Jan

Q.  Which All-Star Gold Glover, after going undrafted out of high school, went on to play for Tuffy’s vaunted baseball program?

Hint: #1  He (not Tuffy) has won the MLB Platinum Glove Award in consecutive seasons.

Hint: #2  He was the high school teammate of another multiple Platinum Glove winner who amazingly, won the award at the same position.

A.  MATT CHAPMAN  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Tuffy the Titan is the mascot of Cal State Fullerton, winner of the D-1 NCAA college baseball championship in 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004 & was runner-up in 1992.  Chapman won the Gold Glove Award in 2018, 2019 & 2021 & was an AL All-Star in 2019.

-  #1  Won Platinum Glove in 2018 & 2019, same years as Arenado.

-  #2  Nolan Arenado was 2 years ahead of Chapman at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California.  Arenado has never NOT won a Gold Glove award in any of his 9 MLB years and also won the Platinum Glove a total of 5 X, including 2017, 2020 & 2021.

FCR -  Mark Wendling, Prince George, BC

Incorrect guesses:  Nolan Arenado, Ozzie Smith

 

SATURDAY  —15-Jan

Q.  Which BLTR infielder/outfielder needed the two more besides the ones he hit for the Crawdads to become the first teenager with forty home runs in a minor league season?

Hint: #1  He went on to become the fastest batter in American League history to pile up one hundred home runs.

Hint: #2  He is a multiple-time All-Star and a multiple-time-Gold-Glove-Award winner.

A.  JOEY GALLO  [B-R Bio]

-  Ans.  Bats Left/Throws Right.  Actually hit 38 for the 2013 Hickory (NC) Crawdads and 2 for the Rookie League Rangers in Surprise, Arizona, becoming the 1st teenager with 40 HR in a minor league season.

-  #1  Hit his 100th career HR in his 377th MLB career G, a record since passed by NYY’s Gary Sanchez who did it in 355 G.

-  #2  Was on the AL AS squad in 2019 & 2021.  Earned GGs in 2020 & 2021.

FCR -  Jim Lubell, Hillsboro, Oregon

Incorrect guesses:  Ken Phelps, Gary Sanchez, Mark McGwire, Robin Yount, Tony Conigliaro, Alex Rodriguez

 

SUNDAY  —16-Jan

Q.  Who tied Nolan Arenado for a major honor the most recent time the Cubs won the World Series?

Hint: #1  His nickname calls to mind an African pachyderm.

Hint: #2  Only five major leaguers have struck out in a single season more than he did.

A.  CHRIS CARTER  [Wiki Bio]

-  Ans.  Carter & Arenado led the NL w/41 HR in 2016.

-  #1  Nickname: “Rhino”

-  #2  He struck out 213 X in 2013, good for 6th all-time.

FCR -  Robert Heckman, Alexandria, Virginia

Incorrect guesses:  Javier Baez, Yoan Moncada, Bryce Harper

 

 

WEEKLY THEME – Batters who struck out 199 times or more in a season without leading the majors that year.

 

Batter              Ks             Year          MLB Leader               Ks                WAR

Bryant............. 199........... 2015......... Chris Davis................ 208.............. 28.7

Carter............. 206........... 2016......... Chris Davis................ 219................ 2.6

Chapman....... 202........... 2021......... Joey Gallo.................. 213.............. 23.2

Davis.............. 199........... 2013......... Chris Carter............... 212.............. 11.6

Dunn.............. 199........... 2010......... Mark Reynolds........... 211.............. 17.9

Howard........... 199........... 2008......... Mark Reynolds........... 204.............. 14.7

Gallo............... 207........... 2018......... Yoan Moncada........... 217.............. 14.4

Stanton........... 211........... 2018......... Yoan Moncada........... 217.............. 44.1

 

First Correct Respondent identifying theme – ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

 

Incorrect theme guesses:

 

Monday  -  Players with 3 home runs in a game in consecutive innings

 

Tuesday -  ROYs who won MVP in their sophomore season

               -  Players who won ROY and MVP in back-to-back seasons

               -  Players who won MVP and World Series in their first three seasons

               -  MVPs who struck out more than 150 times in their MVP season

               -  Players who won rookie of the year and then MVP the next year

 

Wed        -  Ten players who won NL MVP and Hank Aaron Award in the same season

               -  Players with 150+ strikeouts during their MVP season

               -  Players who have the most strikeouts in a season for a respective franchise

 

Thursday-  Players who have struck out 199 times in a season

               -  Players that didn't lead the league in strikeouts in the season they set a team record for strikeouts in a season

               -  Players who have struck out 199 times in a season and drove in 99 in the same year

 

Friday     -  Players who had more than 50% of their plate appearances in a season where they did not put the ball in play (HR, K or BB)

               -  Players who have had 199+ strikeout seasons who have also been all-stars

 

Sat          -  Players who finished SECOND in strikeouts the season they set a team record for strikeouts in a season

 

Sunday   -  Players who have hit both 40 home runs and 200 strikeouts in a season

 

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