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

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

Javy Lopez in 2003?

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

The non-qualifier was Napoli in 2011.

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 12:28 (three 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 (five days 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 (four days ago) link

that can't be correct...

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

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

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

...twice! 1991 & 1992.

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


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