TRIVIA 2020

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22/30, made some dumb choices

https://www.mlb.com/news/active-home-run-leaders-quiz

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:36 (five months ago) link

27/30

a couple of blind guesses that got lucky w/some of those rebuilding teams

omar little, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 20:01 (five months ago) link

24

lol marlins

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 20:17 (five months ago) link

24/30. Got the Jays one right, although I had to think about it a bit!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:46 (five months ago) link

25/30, a few lucky guesses--missed the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Mets, Rays, and Rangers. Yeah, the Jays was hard.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:01 (five months ago) link

22/30

i got the cardinals question wrong

;(

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!πŸ˜‚ (Karl Malone), Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:24 (five months ago) link

26... perfect until the marlins and then STL NYM and TEX fucked me up

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Thursday, 13 February 2020 11:54 (five months ago) link

25/30. I mostly just went with whoever’s been on the team longest.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 13 February 2020 13:34 (five months ago) link

things i didn't know about macho man randy savage:

Baseball career
Savage was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a catcher out of high school.[15] He was placed in the minor leagues to develop, where he mostly played as an outfielder[16] in the St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds farm systems.[5] Savage was 18 when he began playing minor league baseball; one of his teammates on the 1971 Gulf Coast League Cardinals was Larry Herndon who was also his roommate.[15] Savage would swing a bat into a hanging car tire as a regular training exercise in order to strengthen his hands and make sure he utilized his legs during swings. The technique was so effective that Herndon adopted it and used it during his own career as a baseball coach.[15] Savage injured his natural (right) throwing shoulder after a collision at home plate, and he learned to throw with his left arm instead. Savage's last season was 1974, when he played for the Tampa Tarpons.[16] He played 289 games in four minor league seasons, batting .254 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs.[15]

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!πŸ˜‚ (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:18 (four months ago) link

Oooooooooh yeeeeeeeaaahh

The Jesus Luzardo (Jimmie Lovefoxxxxxx), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:05 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Got this from a FB baseball group--I didn't know the answer, but I have a feeling it's a well-known question.

Who played for both the Pilots and the Mariners in their first games?

clemenza, Saturday, 21 March 2020 14:32 (three months ago) link

hint: His son played ~1.5 seasons for the Mariners as well.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 21 March 2020 19:14 (three months ago) link

You've got it. Also won an ERA title with a not-Seattle team.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 March 2020 00:19 (three months ago) link

I'm trying to remember him in Ball Four, and I think I can just vaguely recall one or two mentions.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 March 2020 00:20 (three months ago) link

The RadioShack (!!!) Trivia Question of the 2001 All-Star Game was: "Who are the 3 players still active from Cal Ripken's first All-Star Game in 1983?"

Can you get it?

— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) April 1, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 18:40 (three months ago) link

I guessed 2... but full disclosure I had to check that one of them ever made an all-star game and sure enough that was his only appearance.

No idea on the 3rd, even after scanning the rosters!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 18:56 (three months ago) link

rickey, rickey and rickey

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 19:09 (three months ago) link

Yeah, the other one was my guess as he had a juggernaut career spanning 4 decades.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 19:16 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

there have been 4 teams which had 3 different position players put up 7+ fWAR in a single season. what are they?
(hint: obviously one of these teams is the cardinals. sorry. i can also give you the decades for each of these 4 seasons, if wanted)

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:59 (two months ago) link

One of them must be a Gehrig-Ruth team, since there were so many seasons where those two did it.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:55 (two months ago) link

For the Cardinals, I'll guess it's a Pujols-Rolen-Edmonds team, although I'm not sure if there was a season where they were together.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:04 (two months ago) link

Man, I'm good.

I don't think the Big Red Machine ever extended beyond Morgan/Bench, although Rose may have edged over 7.0 somewhere in there, so that's my third guess. Fourth would be the 2001 Mariners.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:07 (two months ago) link

was thinking one would be griffey/a-rod/edgar but gar only put up 7 once, before a-rod debuted

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:49 (two months ago) link

before his first full season, rather

those three did combine for 24.8!!!!!!!!!!!!! in 96 though

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:52 (two months ago) link

didn't happen with the killer b's or bash bros, though biggio and bagwell both had 8+ in 97

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:01 (two months ago) link

Not any of those Reds teams either...I don't think the '98 Yankees; they were deep, but I don't think they had huge star seasons in their everyday lineup. Maybe one of the A's teams from around 1930?

clemenza, Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:20 (two months ago) link

the 27 yankees are incredible for this - ruth/gehrig/combs combined for 32.3........ and combs was still under 7

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:26 (two months ago) link

Oh--then I was wrong about the '27 Yankees. Combs is at 7.0 on Baseball Reference...and I see now the question has to do with Fangraphs.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:37 (two months ago) link

spoiler alert

it did happen 2 years later - ruth/gehrig/lazzeri did it with exactly 10 fewer WAR than the 27 trio (7.8/7.3/7.2)

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:41 (two months ago) link

what bums

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:41 (two months ago) link

Hey, trivia guy, we need two more answers.

clemenza, Monday, 20 April 2020 16:13 (two months ago) link

This gave me much to ponder on my morning walk. Possibility, which I will check after posting--wondering if Bonds/Kent/fluke-season Rich Aurilia were in alignment?

clemenza, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:54 (two months ago) link

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mookieproof, Monday, 20 April 2020 18:56 (two months ago) link

see thread for example questions

mookieproof, Monday, 20 April 2020 18:57 (two months ago) link

(xpost) No on Bonds/Kent/Aurilia, at least on Baseball Reference. '29 Yankees, '04 Cardinals...

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:58 (two months ago) link

The St. Louis hint makes me think it's a red-herring, like the Blues or something.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:08 (two months ago) link

errr Browns

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:10 (two months ago) link

Hey, trivia guy, we need two more answers.

shit, sorry! i thought i had this thread bookmarked, so when it didn't come up i assumed no one cared about the trivia question. OOPS!

you've got 2 of the 4:

1929 Yankees (Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri)
2004 Cardinals (Rolen, Edmonds, Pujols)

the other two are much more difficult. i'll give you two clues, once for each:

1) post-war 1940s league champion featuring a top 10 joe posnanski player
2) while mantle and maris were hogging the attention, this team with a pair of slugging outfielders was...also playing (alex trebek i am not)

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:21 (two months ago) link

1) post-war 1940s league champion featuring a top 10 joe posnanski player

evil hint, had to figure this one out through blunt force

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 23:49 (two months ago) link

and i got the last one, mostly through cheating, but i've never really been good with the early 60s.

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 00:00 (two months ago) link

None of the Williams-Red Sox, Musial-Cardinals, or Mantle/Maris-Yankees teams check out on Baseball Reference.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 00:52 (two months ago) link

those were my first two thoughts

the second one is 1961 but not expressly mantle/maris, as hinted

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:16 (two months ago) link

and only one of the 2 teams passes the threshold in rWAR

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:17 (two months ago) link

Okay, now I get it--'61 Tigers.

Going through Fangraphs is too much work; is the other one a Williams or Musial team?

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:07 (two months ago) link

nope!

it's really hard. it would be astounding if you got this (or anyone else).

all three of the players' first names are three letters long.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:11 (two months ago) link

and the legendary top 10 player was a 42-year old at the beginning of his MLB career

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:29 (two months ago) link

Ah

Joe/Ken/Lou...?

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:33 (two months ago) link

i'd never even heard of ken keltner

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:34 (two months ago) link

Me neither

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:35 (two months ago) link

1) post-war 1940s league champion featuring a top 10 joe posnanski player

That's what threw me: you don't say so, but I mistakenly assumed the Posnanski guy was one of the three players.

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 06:26 (two months ago) link

Keltner's probably most famous now for Bill James's Keltner HOF test.

http://www.cooperstowncred.com/statistics-glossary/keltner-list/

clemenza, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 06:28 (two months ago) link

the satchel paige clue was kind of evil, sorry

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 07:11 (two months ago) link

i've never really been good with the early 60s.

same here

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 07:11 (two months ago) link

I know Ken Keltner bcz he made a defensive play said to have ended DiMag's 56-game hitting streak

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:45 (two months ago) link

On August 20, 1938, as part of a publicity stunt by the Come to Cleveland Committee, Indians' catchers Frankie Pytlak and Hank Helf successfully caught baseballs dropped by Keltner from Cleveland's 708-foot-tall (216 m) Terminal Tower.[3] The 708-foot (216 m) drop broke the 555-foot, 30-year-old record set by Washington Senator catcher Gabby Street at the Washington Monument.[2]

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:28 (two months ago) link

I know that story but forgot KK was part of it

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:44 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

the marlins have thrown six no-hitters

wtf

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 17:31 (three weeks ago) link

This is probably already a well-known question, and the answer should be obvious because the wrong answer is too obvious: who was the first major leaguer to hit 66 home runs?

clemenza, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 20:13 (three weeks ago) link

you mean the first to hit 66 home runs in a single season? so...there was sammy sosa in 1998 of course. but is it answer mark mcgwire (who hit 70 that year), if he reached 66 home runs first? or is the trick trick question that it was sammy sosa, if he hit 66th before mcgwire did? i don't remember

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

^posted from my computer while logrolling down stairs^

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

sosa held onto 66 for 45 minutes before mcgwire caught him

β„Ί ☽ β‹  ⏎ (βœ–), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 23:14 (three weeks ago) link

Yes. I'd completely forgotten that--Sosa had the lead for an hour. (Got that from the ESPN documentary.)

clemenza, Friday, 19 June 2020 01:21 (three weeks ago) link

I'd estimate that the HR leaders this year will have less than 23 HRs for the season. Trivia: When is the last time that happened? (Hint: it was a tie)

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 25 June 2020 01:28 (two weeks ago) link

i think i'm wrong, but is it 1919? my reasoning is that 1920 is the year that babe ruth really broke out in a monstrous way (54 HR?) and the rest of baseball hadn't quite caught up yet. but maybe the year before that?

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Thursday, 25 June 2020 02:19 (two weeks ago) link

after that. to clarify, I mean in either league

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 25 June 2020 02:28 (two weeks ago) link

my revised guess is 1981!

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Thursday, 25 June 2020 02:29 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, the AL leaders only had 21 that year. Strike season, yada yada.

Armas OAK 22
Evans BOS 22
Grich CAL 22
Murray BAL 22

Grich did it in the least appearances with only 325 AB

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 25 June 2020 02:50 (two weeks ago) link

most HR 60 or fewer games

Player Year Games Team HR

Matt Olson 2017 59 OAK 25
Gary SΓ‘nchez 2016 53 NYA 20
Aristides Aquino 2019 56 CIN 19
Rhys Hoskins 2017 50 PHI 18
Troy Glaus 2004 58 ANA 18

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:06 (two weeks ago) link

Matty Olse! I love that

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:48 (two weeks ago) link


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