TRIVIA 2019

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clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:51 (six months ago) link

Actually a little surprised Bobby Matthews isn't in the Hall, based on old-school metrics: won 297 games, sub-3:00 ERA. Does pretty well in WAR, too: 62.4, a couple of seasons over 10.0. Of course, who knows what the hell they were playing back then.

clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:55 (six months ago) link

It was a different game in the deadball era, but Roberts averaging 301 IP a year in the '50s is hilarious.

The low total in the '40s is cuz all (?) the best pitchers were gone 3-4 seasons.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:56 (six months ago) link

buehrle was at 2061 (but 2220 for '01 to '10)

mookieproof, Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:57 (six months ago) link

Allowing for a few blips, and the arbitrariness of the calendar, from Galvin to Verlander is a steep slope. I'm guessing 1,700-1,800 IP for the 2020s?

clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:11 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

I'm reading Fantasyland, Sam Walker's account of his entry into the Rotisserie world, written in 2007. So I don't know if this is still true (and maybe he's just repeating a commonplace bit of trivia). But: who is the only major-leaguer ever with all five vowels in his first name? Somebody who played into the late '80s.

clemenza, Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:11 (two months ago) link

(Not mentioned on his Wikipedia page, so maybe it's not that well known.)

clemenza, Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:12 (two months ago) link

Wow--another amazing bit of trivia attached to him, which I'll post later.

clemenza, Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:13 (two months ago) link

it is not true. there are three different guys with this same first name (yes i cheated)

mookieproof, Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:54 (two months ago) link

Right--the other two are involved in the other (bizarrely morbid) piece of trivia. So I guess the question is, supply the name or any one of the three players.

clemenza, Sunday, 26 May 2019 19:31 (two months ago) link

This must have been the link you landed on:

http://valueoverreplacementgrit.com/2011/12/10/5-vowel-players-a-historical-look/

Shouldn't they have renamed the site Vowels Over Replacement for that one post?

clemenza, Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:08 (two months ago) link

Six catchers in the modern era (1901-) have posted an OPS over 1.000 for a full season. Name them.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:28 (two months ago) link

mauer
piazza
yogi
bench
carter
pudge-rod

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:34 (two months ago) link

Piazza (3x) and Mauer correct, not the rest

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:26 (two months ago) link

posey?

brimstead, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:43 (two months ago) link

no

hints: 3 pre-expansion catchers and a more recent ringer

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:45 (two months ago) link

Fisk
Gibson
I feel like we're missing more of the PED/HGH era guys like LoDuca or the Molinas.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:47 (two months ago) link

I peeked and I'd barely heard of that ringer.

The Bite Game with Jim Lamprey (WmC), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:48 (two months ago) link

fwiw willson contreras is at .962 this season and it kinda seems like his WAR should be higher than it is

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:58 (two months ago) link

Pre-expansion--pre-'62 or pre-'69?

clemenza, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 23:39 (two months ago) link

I'm guessing either Dickey or Cochrane did it at least once in the '30s.

clemenza, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 23:40 (two months ago) link

Javy Lopez in 2003?

omar little, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:54 (two months ago) link

I remember grabbing him for my fantasy squad in a desperation move early in the season off waivers and he went on to just crush it that season, 43 HR and some ridiculous BA.

omar little, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:55 (two months ago) link

shit I think that may have been in a season just shy of a full season, I feel like he missed the early part of that year?? my second guess based on WMC’s comment is a guy I randomly came across recently when checking out some ‘90s orioles squads — Chris Hoiles.

omar little, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 01:04 (two months ago) link

for those of you playing at home

Dickey
Gabby Hartnett
Campanella
Chris Hoiles

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 03:51 (two months ago) link

I always use pre-expansion to mean before the first modern one, in the AL in 1961

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 03:52 (two months ago) link

Kind of a pointless distinction anyway in the context of the question--no catcher was logging a 1.000+ OPS between 1961 and 1969.

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 11:30 (two months ago) link

(Stumped on the other two; betting that one of them came out of the 1930 season.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 11:31 (two months ago) link

Piazza, Dickey, Hartnett, Campanella, Hoiles. There are technically two others, neither of which I think anyone will get--one guy goes back to the 1900s, the other is recent but only played 61 games at catcher that year (70 PA shy of qualifying for a batting title, so you may not be counting him).

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 11:44 (two months ago) link

the six answers above (cribbed from a Posnanski question) are all qualifiers.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 11:49 (two months ago) link

The non-qualifier was Napoli in 2011.

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 12:28 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

51 players have homered in their last major-league AB. After the best and most famous player to do this (easy), who were the next two best and most famous?

clemenza, Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:42 (one week ago) link

There's a guy on the list of 51 who, you could argue, was more famous than the two runners-up I had in mind. So stick with best--the other guy definitely wasn't one of the three best.

clemenza, Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:56 (one week ago) link

By overwhelming demand: Albert Belle and Jim Edmonds were the two answers I had in my mind, but I missed Mickey Cochrane. Tony Kubek was the one who might possibly be more famous than Belle or Edmonds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_players_with_a_home_run_in_their_final_major_league_at_bat

clemenza, Monday, 12 August 2019 21:54 (one week ago) link


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