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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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

24

lol marlins

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 20:17 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

22/30

i got the cardinals question wrong

;(

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:24 (one year ago) link

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Thursday, 13 February 2020 11:54 (one year 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 (one year 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!😂 (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:18 (one year ago) link

Oooooooooh yeeeeeeeaaahh

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

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

clemenza, Sunday, 22 March 2020 00:19 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

rickey, rickey and rickey

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 19:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:49 (one year ago) link

before his first full season, rather

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:52 (one year ago) link

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:01 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:26 (one year 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 (one year 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)

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link

what bums

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link

Hey, trivia guy, we need two more answers.

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

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

see thread for example questions

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

errr Browns

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:10 (eleven 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 (eleven 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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 23:49 (eleven months ago) link

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 00:00 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) link

those were my first two thoughts

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:16 (eleven months ago) link

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

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:17 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) link

Ah

Joe/Ken/Lou...?

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

i'd never even heard of ken keltner

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 04:34 (eleven months ago) link

Me neither

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

george brett

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 August 2020 03:51 (seven months ago) link

bill buckner through the legs
the pine tar game
kirk gibson 1988 WS homer

?

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Sunday, 23 August 2020 03:54 (seven months ago) link

ozzie smith's NLCS HR in 1985 ("go crazy folks, go crazy!" call by jack buck) is a famous one in cardinals lore, but i don't think it surpasses any of those in terms of fame

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Sunday, 23 August 2020 03:55 (seven months ago) link

Has to be a rookie Gibson. I can’t imagine Buckner on the cover.

syphilitic wolf prose errata (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 23 August 2020 03:59 (seven months ago) link

Gibson.

KM's three signature moments are exactly the three I had in mind--so it comes down to Gibson or Brett.

Bizarre thing I found out: in '81, SI used an identical Brett/Schmidt cover twice.

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/tAUAAOSwMnJc9b8y/s-l500.jpg

clemenza, Sunday, 23 August 2020 04:02 (seven months ago) link

Those aren't alternate covers...okay, duh, I just realized; that was the strike year.

clemenza, Sunday, 23 August 2020 04:03 (seven months ago) link

81 strike broke my heart. That is the last run of the Big Red Machine, they somehow had best record in baseball and missed the playoffs. That's so totally Cincy.

earlnash, Sunday, 23 August 2020 06:27 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

You'd think this would be easy, but my first four guesses were wrong: who are the four players who hit HR at 19 and after turning 40? (From a FB group.)

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 20:21 (four months ago) link

Of the four, only one is obvious.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 20:22 (four months ago) link

hmm

guesses:

alex rodriguez

not sure if they played when they were 19:
ted williams
barry bonds

not sure if they played when they were 40:

mel ott

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:08 (four months ago) link

A-Rod is the easy one. (So easy, he wasn't one of my guesses...) The other three, no.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:11 (four months ago) link

yarg, i missed another kind of obvious one that i almost mentioned (an old schooler)

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:11 (four months ago) link

Bonds went to college (ASU) so nope.

I was thinking Rickey, Hornsby & Cobb but those are way too obvious so I really have no idea.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:12 (four months ago) link

I had no idea A-Rod was still playing at age 40!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:13 (four months ago) link

Meaning you checked? Cobb, yes, the only one I got right--I actually don't he's obvious. My joke on FB was that those were the only two homers he hit, spaced 21 years apart.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:14 (four months ago) link

"don't think"

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:15 (four months ago) link

barry, mel ott?

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:28 (four months ago) link

No to both.

A-Rod, Cobb, two more (neither in the HOF).

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:34 (four months ago) link

wait, neither one in hall of fame?

...oh shit! i was thinking babe ruth was an answer, because he played when he was 19. but he didn't hit a HR that year.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:37 (four months ago) link

Somewhat misleading--one may end up there. (The other a Veteran's Committee-type guy whose moment has passed.)

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:39 (four months ago) link

ok, I have some time now and I was pretty damn close with my incorrect guesses!:

Rickey: first HR came at age 20, last at 44
Hornsby: first HR came just after his 20th birthday (+17 days), last at age 41

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:12 (four months ago) link

one of my other guesses was close too (KGriffeyJr), but just checked and he had no HRs in his final season as a 40 year old.

I still have no idea who the other ones are.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:15 (four months ago) link

One of my incorrect guesses, Kaline, was close at the other end: hit his first HR at 18, his last two months shy of 40.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:22 (four months ago) link

Also guessed Aaron: last HR at 42, first one a little over two months past his 20th birthday.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:24 (four months ago) link

Beltre, another incorrect guess, wasn't quite as close: first at 19, but his last was seven months shy of his 40th. My fourth, Yaz, wasn't close: 44 (!) when he hit has last, but his first didn't come till he was almost 22.

clemenza, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:30 (four months ago) link

julio franco?

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:55 (four months ago) link

should have been andruw but alas

mookieproof, Friday, 11 December 2020 01:20 (four months ago) link

Someone else guessed him...no. I'm going out for a bit; let me know if you want the last two (or, it's searchable on Google).

clemenza, Friday, 11 December 2020 01:21 (four months ago) link

The other two (the only time I will ever use this): Rusty Staub, Gary Sheffield. The second might make you think "Yeah, of course"; I doubt anyone would think of the first.

clemenza, Friday, 11 December 2020 17:27 (four months ago) link

That was a good question. Had me sifting through my memory banks for sure.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 11 December 2020 17:34 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Most HR under each president

Biden: tied at 0
Trump: Trout 134
Obama: Pujols 272
W Bush: A-Rod 364
Clinton: Griffey 351
HW Bush: McGriff 137
Reagan: Schmidt 259
Carter: Schmidt 152
Ford: Schmidt 87
Nixon: Aaron 218
Johnson: Mays 181
Kennedy: Killebrew 139
Eisenhower: Mathews 313

— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) January 20, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 22:27 (two months ago) link

i was hoping, and phew:

Most HR under each president:

Truman: Kiner 294
FDR: Foxx 353
Hoover: Ruth 182
Coolidge: Ruth 289
Harding: Ruth 119
Wilson: G Cravath 106
Taft: F Schulte 47
Roosevelt: H Davis 59
McKinley: B Freeman 46
Cleveland (both): S Thompson 85
Harrison: H Stovey 51

Who will lead Biden’s?

— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) January 20, 2021

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 22:31 (two months ago) link

Juan Soto

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 23:27 (two months ago) link

That's neat...Best matches: Ruth/Hoover (roaring '20s), Griffey/Clinton (harder to explain...dot.com boom, home-run boom). Weirdest pairing: McGriff/H.W. Bush.

clemenza, Thursday, 21 January 2021 08:28 (two months ago) link

Crime Dog : War Criminal

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:56 (two months ago) link

My guess for Biden: Acuna

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 21 January 2021 14:01 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I found this fun, hope you will, too!

Longest gap between plate appearances in batter vs pitcher matchup since 1990:

6,233 days: Gary Sheffield vs Roger Clemens

Faced each other on July 25, 1990 (MIL/BOS)

Next time they faced off? Aug. 18, 2007 (DET/NYY)

(h/t @EliasSports)

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) February 10, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:24 (two months ago) link

Interleague didn't start until 1997

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:39 (two months ago) link

...so I feel like that anything prior and after should be treated as Different Times.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 10 February 2021 16:40 (two months ago) link

Fact is still fun motion denied

✖, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 18:05 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

this was posted to reddit, thought i'd share here:

There's a group of six players who all have something that only they have in common. I'll give you five of them, you try to answer with who the sixth player is and what it is they share.

Hank Aaron
Barry Bonds
Rickey Henderson
Mickey Mantle
Jim Thome

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:38 (one month ago) link

First thought was "power/speed?" Nope, Thome doesn't fit. "Late-career accomplishment?" Mantle doesn't fit.

clemenza, Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:10 (one month ago) link

so - if it helps the 6th person is Lance Berkman

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 27 February 2021 01:24 (one month ago) link

I looked, still no idea.

clemenza, Saturday, 27 February 2021 15:16 (one month ago) link

Has to do with home runs

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 27 February 2021 15:45 (one month ago) link

I feel like there are some edge cases having to do with switch-throwers but I'm too lazy to look up the #s rn lol.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:44 (one month ago) link

You’re close!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:47 (one month ago) link

Haha, no I saw the answers but felt like the list was incomplete because it doesn't include such edge cases^^.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 28 February 2021 04:08 (one month ago) link

I looked at the Reddit thread. I could have sat here for five years and not figured that out--an easy concept, but the kind of lateral thinking I'm not great at.

clemenza, Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:35 (one month ago) link

I’m terrible of keeping track of who’s right or left and would have never gotten it.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 28 February 2021 19:31 (one month ago) link


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