not-at-all-trivial trivia 2013

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it's been dickey the last two years; could go either way, i guess

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:19 (four years ago) link

man the list of pirates opening day starters from like '94-'10

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/PIT/opening.shtml

it's like a list of popes between gregory i and gregory ii, only half of them are sisinnius

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:29 (four years ago) link

dennis martinez is the most surprising name on the list, for me

who is dankey kang (Karl Malone), Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:29 (four years ago) link

he was the only one of the 16 that no one in my office guessed

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:31 (four years ago) link

i don't even know who Robin Roberts is.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:33 (four years ago) link

'good morning america' anchor

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:35 (four years ago) link

jeezus man, he had 286 wins and I didn't even hafta look it up

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:41 (four years ago) link

Who is the only shortstop in history with 5000+ PA and less than ten stolen bases? (You know his name.)

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:48 (four years ago) link

he retired well over a decade before I was born! aside from that, his name never came up in trivia or anything else - looks like he was a fringy HOF'er. oh well... the more i know!
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AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:49 (four years ago) link

Led NL in WAR for pitchers every year 1950-54... Fringy!

http://joeposnanski.com/joevault/?p=116

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:03 (four years ago) link

ya - he did have a good run there – most of what he did looks like it was through sheer volume tho.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:12 (four years ago) link

I should have had Roberts (I have his autograph on an old baseball book) and Alexander; I thought Gibson and Marichal had too short a prime, but I guess they were opening-day starters for the entire duration; Sabathia somewhat of a surprise; Martinez definitely a surprise.

clemenza, Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:17 (four years ago) link

Who is the only shortstop in history with 5000+ PA and less than ten stolen bases? (You know his name.)

my guess for this was close, but no cigar (15 SBs)

who is dankey kang (Karl Malone), Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:29 (four years ago) link

at least the answer knows his limitations -- some of these dudes should have run a lot less

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:41 (four years ago) link

Nomar?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:34 (four years ago) link

nope

i read it in the new BP annual

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:35 (four years ago) link

Ah no. Nomar stole 22 bases in his rookie year alone.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:36 (four years ago) link

Somebody from the 40's and 50's? I thought of Boudreau, but it's not him (51 SB's in his career).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:38 (four years ago) link

Morb's hint "(You know his name.)" tells me it's either a modern player, or someone rather well known.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:42 (four years ago) link

active!

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:45 (four years ago) link

I finally got it after ~5 or so guesses. for some reason I forgot he was a ss

johnny crunch, Thursday, 12 March 2015 18:23 (four years ago) link

my initial guess was saint cal, who was 33-for-66

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 March 2015 18:39 (four years ago) link

What is a good filterable baseball stats site? If it's possible to home in on that answer at baseball-reference.com, I can't figure out how. Total database eejit.

WilliamC, Thursday, 12 March 2015 18:57 (four years ago) link

took me five guesses after Morbs' latest clue.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:06 (four years ago) link

i used fangraphs to find the answer (select "Career" under the "Batting Leaders" tab on the main page, click "SS" to restrict it to just SS PA's, set minimum PA's to 5000, then sort by SBs)

who is dankey kang (Karl Malone), Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:21 (four years ago) link

Jhonny Peralta was my first guess, just because i watch him play every game and can't imagine him ever stealing. but it turns out he's managed 15 successful stolen bases.

who is dankey kang (Karl Malone), Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:22 (four years ago) link

Thanking u mookie & Karl

WilliamC, Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:46 (four years ago) link

Huh, I wouldn't have gotten that without looking it up.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 12 March 2015 20:57 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I noticed Cabrera is just shy of .300/.400/.500 for his career right now, so searched out a list of players who retired with all three. Here's a Sporacle--harder than you might think. I got 17/22, with many incorrect guesses along the way. (Didn't miss anyone really obvious, though...maybe #7.)

http://www.sporcle.com/games/UnknownUser/mlb-all-time-300-400-500-club

clemenza, Saturday, 2 May 2015 15:11 (four years ago) link

Surprised Willie Mays isn't one of them!

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 2 May 2015 16:50 (four years ago) link

I got 14. Actually only one of the ,300/3000 hit/300 hr club made the list. Those four are the firsts I went with.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 2 May 2015 16:51 (four years ago) link

Willie Mays didn't walk a ton.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 May 2015 20:04 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

corey seager is 6-for-6 with six RBIs in salt lol city today

the last player to perform such a feat in the majors was . . . barves' willie harris vs. cardinals, 7/21/07

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 May 2015 21:23 (four years ago) link

(combined 25 runs on 36 hits in salt lake today: 5 homers, 7 doubles, 1 triple. joeks)

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 May 2015 21:31 (four years ago) link

who is the oldest living player of your fave franchise?

(the Met is obvious yet surprising)

http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/just-a-bit-outside/story/oldest-living-major-leaguers-mlb-teams-franchises-060215

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 18:57 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

each team's last walk-off grand slam:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJZqHyRWsAAWIky.png

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:10 (four years ago) link

I'm part of team trivia contest every winter, and I always think at least half their (100) questions aren't trivia at all. I don't know what the exact dictionary definition, but to me, trivia and general knowledge aren't interchangeable.

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 17:05 (four years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/GaP8EfK.png

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 July 2015 04:53 (four years ago) link

At first I thought he was dumping the water on himself!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 11 July 2015 17:28 (four years ago) link

the only active player left who's homered off rick ankiel is . . . aj burnett

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 July 2015 02:02 (four years ago) link

The Mets swept their three-game series against the Diamondbacks and scored all 13 of their runs on home runs. The last such series sweep in the majors--that is, three or more games with all runs driven in by homers--was played 55 years ago, with the Orioles sweeping three games at Detroit. Baltimore scored 13 runs in the series.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 July 2015 16:22 (four years ago) link

Nathan Karns is the first AL pitcher to homer in 4 years and the first to account for the only run in a game with a home run since 1962

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:10 (three years ago) link

I wonder how often a player is a triple short of a cycle and then actually gets a triple.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:37 (three years ago) link

since 1914, there have been 244 instances of a player hitting for the cycle and 13,191 instances of a player ending up “a triple short of the cycle”

http://www.baseballessential.com/news/2015/04/16/least-likely-cycles

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:52 (three years ago) link

Pretty close but I guess what I'm getting at is obviously the triple is the hardest/least-likely part of the cycle to get, so if someone hits for the cycle, do they usually get the triple early in the process or is there no consistency about when the triple comes? Does that question make any sense?

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:56 (three years ago) link

i'm guessing there's not much consistency apart from maybe someone trying to stretch a double late if they've got the other three

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:25 (three years ago) link

I would imagine it's all random, though I wonder how many players a "triple short" try to leg out a 3B in that final at bat..

frogbs, Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:40 (three years ago) link

damn, killfiled by frogbs

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:49 (three years ago) link

for no particular reason, here are the top 50 defensive single seasons (since integration) by fangraphs' DEF metric


Season Name Team Def
1975 Mark Belanger Orioles 43.7
1999 Rey Ordonez Mets 41.1
1989 Ozzie Smith Cardinals 40.2
1999 Andruw Jones Braves 38.5
1998 Andruw Jones Braves 37.4
1968 Brooks Robinson Orioles 36.9
1964 Ron Hansen White Sox 36.7
1960 Luis Aparicio White Sox 36.2
1987 Ozzie Guillen White Sox 36
1967 Brooks Robinson Orioles 35.9
1983 Gary Carter Expos 35.6
1979 Buddy Bell Rangers 35.6
1968 Mark Belanger Orioles 35.5
1992 Devon White Blue Jays 35.1
1973 Mark Belanger Orioles 35
1998 Robin Ventura White Sox 34.4
1970 Aurelio Rodriguez - - - 34.1
1971 Graig Nettles Indians 33.9
1961 Clete Boyer Yankees 33.8
1963 Ron Hansen White Sox 33.7
1996 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners 33.5
2009 Franklin Gutierrez Mariners 33.4
2001 Rey Sanchez - - - 33.4
1976 Mark Belanger Orioles 33.1
1973 Bobby Grich Orioles 32.9
1996 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers 32.7
1959 Ernie Banks Cubs 32.4
1992 Darrin Jackson Padres 32.2
1984 Cal Ripken Orioles 31.9
1991 Cal Ripken Orioles 31.8
1962 Clete Boyer Yankees 31.8
2006 Adam Everett Astros 31.7
1967 Hal Lanier Giants 31.1
1999 Pokey Reese Reds 31
1976 Graig Nettles Yankees 30.9
1990 Cal Ripken Orioles 30.7
1964 Bobby Knoop Angels 30.7
1966 Ed Brinkman Senators 30.5
1995 John Valentin Red Sox 30.4
1974 Mark Belanger Orioles 30.4
1988 Ozzie Guillen White Sox 30.4
1965 Gene Alley Pirates 30.3
2007 Omar Vizquel Giants 30.2
1989 Barry Bonds Pirates 30.1
1956 Jim Piersall Red Sox 30.1
1969 Ed Brinkman Senators 30
1984 Kirby Puckett Twins 30
1989 Cal Ripken Orioles 29.8
1995 Cal Ripken Orioles 29.7
1954 Chico Carrasquel White Sox 29.6
1986 Jody Davis Cubs 29.6
1980 Ozzie Smith Padres 29.6
1970 Ed Brinkman Senators 29.6

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 23:25 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

probably this is not obscure trivia, but i didn't realize until this morning that in 1981 the Reds and Cardinals had the best two records in the National League, and neither team made the playoffs.

Karl Malone, Friday, 28 December 2018 17:00 (six months ago) link

Not only that, but the NL team with the 3rd best record (Los Dodgers) won the World Series, with a killer team:

Opening Day Lineup

Davey Lopes Second baseman
Ken Landreaux Center fielder
Dusty Baker Left fielder
Steve Garvey First baseman
Ron Cey Third baseman
Pedro Guerrero Right fielder
Mike Scioscia Catcher
Bill Russell Shortstop
Fernando Valenzuela Starting pitcher

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 28 December 2018 17:11 (six months ago) link

most of the lower minor leagues play half-seasons like this, which sort of makes sense because there's so much roster turnover but also makes no sense at all because any decent players from the first-half champs will have been promoted and minor league playoffs are entirely pointless anyway

mookieproof, Friday, 28 December 2018 20:41 (six months ago) link

Yup, minor league allstars are the kings of cockblock.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 28 December 2018 21:25 (six months ago) link

I don't agree that they're pointless. Obviously, a team can be upended at any time by call-ups, but it's otherwise like any other competitive team sport - you try to win, try to beat your rivals, etc. I don't believe it's pointless to the players or to the fans of teams.

timellison, Friday, 28 December 2018 22:38 (six months ago) link

Due to a strike in mid-season, the season was divided into a first half and a second half. The division winner of the first half (denoted E1, W1) played the division winner of the second half (denoted E2, W2).

wow, I never knew about this! crazy

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Friday, 28 December 2018 23:01 (six months ago) link

The Reds/Cardinals story was one of the many subplots in the split-season book I just finished. I knew about that, but what I'd forgotten was that baseball had boxed itself into a situation where, for the first time ever, it was theoretically possible that certain teams might benefit towards the end by throwing a game--either in picking their opponent for the extra playoff round, or even in determining whether or not they made the playoffs. Herzog and LaRussa were both asked by reporters if they would intentionally lose game if doing so would ensure a playoff spot, and both, without hesitation, said they would. Which of course sent Bowie Kuhn around the bend.

They scrambled around and came up with some fix that sort of worked.

clemenza, Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:15 (six months ago) link

I don't agree that they're pointless. Obviously, a team can be upended at any time by call-ups, but it's otherwise like any other competitive team sport - you try to win, try to beat your rivals, etc. I don't believe it's pointless to the players or to the fans of teams.

when MLB rosters expand on sept 1, most teams (well, not the mets or white sox or blue jays) call up their best triple-a and double-a players. so everyone else slides up a level to fill the vacuum, and suddenly you have minor league playoff teams whose rosters barely resemble what they were two weeks previously, let alone months earlier.

not to mention the things like josh donaldson 'rehabbing' for double-a akron in their playoffs, and the fact that school's back in and no one comes to the games -- triple-a columbus has actually let people in free for playoff games the last few years just so they might buy food.

winning is better and more fun than losing, sure, and players are obviously competitive. but team records and titles in the minors have no correlation to major league success. the point of playing in the minors is not to help the class a team win, it's to move up and help the big league team win get fucking paid

mookieproof, Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:51 (six months ago) link

Your argument was that they are "entirely pointless," though, and I think they're clearly not, nor should they be. I understand that AAA playoff rosters can be affected even more by call-ups than a team normally is. But is there not a core of a team that generally remains? In any case, I am sure there's fun in the competition regardless and I am sure that the players enjoy that aspect of it, as do fans. There seems to be an element to your argument that minor league baseball in general is irrelevant, that the games are not "the point" of the whole enterprise, but I see no reason to put that negative slant on the whole thing and if I lived in a town with a minor league team it would be a lot more fun to root for them than not to bother.

timellison, Saturday, 29 December 2018 01:38 (six months ago) link

Actually, I do live in a town with a minor league (AHL) hockey team. Players get called up and it affects things. There are pretty big rivalries between some of the teams in their division.

timellison, Saturday, 29 December 2018 01:45 (six months ago) link

There seems to be an element to your argument that minor league baseball in general is irrelevant

feeling very seen lol

if fans derive pleasure from their local minor league teams winning, then that is wonderful; perhaps i am too cynical

mookieproof, Saturday, 29 December 2018 02:08 (six months ago) link

Actually, I do live in a town with a minor league (AHL) hockey team.

The Gulls??!?!?!?! I recall sitting in the stands next to Kim Alexis, who at my 17 year old self, had never seen such a beautiful woman in such close proximity. She was very kind to us nerds!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 29 December 2018 05:32 (six months ago) link

Yes! Their biggest rival is Ontario.

timellison, Saturday, 29 December 2018 06:09 (six months ago) link

By bWAR, Paul Goldschmidt has been seven times as valuable as any other #246 draft pick in baseball history. Oh, hang on. My mistake. He has been seven times as valuable as EVERY other #246 draft pick in baseball history, COMBINED. https://t.co/5vwR9t7ikt

— AZ SnakePit (@AZSnakepit) January 2, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:29 (six months ago) link

I remember we talked a bit about that two years ago, and karl malone linked to this SI piece:

http://www.si.com/mlb/strike-zone/2014/06/09/mike-piazza-keith-hernandez-albert-pujols-late-round-draft-picks

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:50 (six months ago) link

Goldschmidt's "DROP," by the way, has moved to 1964.9, which would put him 5th on the SI list, just shy of Kenny Rogers at 4th. If he puts up 4.0 WAR this year, he'd move up to 3rd. Catching Pizza for first (another 35 WAR) highly unlikely.

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:03 (six months ago) link


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