TRIVIA 2019

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

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

mauer
piazza
yogi
bench
carter
pudge-rod

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

posey?

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

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

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

Javy Lopez in 2003?

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

The non-qualifier was Napoli in 2011.

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

one month passes...

Billy Beane & Barry Bonds share the same middle name: Lamar

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 17:49 (two months ago) link

Looking at players been on three World Series winners, I don't think it occurred to me until I saw it that John Lackey is the only player to win with three different clubs (Angels, Red Sox & Cubs).

earlnash, Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:27 (two months ago) link

that can't be correct...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:57 (two months ago) link

ah sorry, your criteria was 3 and only 3 (ie, not >3) world series winners.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:59 (two months ago) link

...but even so... still not correct!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:00 (two months ago) link

5 others (3 if you don't count BRO/LAD):

Dave Stewart (LAD,OAK,TOR)
Lonnie Smith (PHI,STL,KCR)
Bullet Joe Bush (PHA,BOS,NYY)
Clem Labine (BRO,LAD,PIT)*
Roger Craig (BRO,LAD,STL)*

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:03 (two months ago) link

Smith played for a 4th team (ATL) in the WS but they lost.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:09 (two months ago) link

...twice! 1991 & 1992.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:10 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

only got 28/48 here (missed some very obvious contemporary mgrs)

https://www.sporcle.com/games/minnmich/played-and-managed-in-a-world-series?t=baseball

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:38 (two months ago) link

ALDS was the first time this season that Arron Boone used the same lineup for more than two consecutive games.

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 21:07 (two months ago) link


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