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MLB Pop Quiz: Name That Scouting Report!

baseball-hall-of-fameJeff Idelson, the current MLB Hall of Fame President, tweeted out pictures this week of three old scouting reports that will be featured in an upcoming exhibit in Cooperstown.

You could go to his Twitter page and find all the answers easily, but then the “quiz” aspect of this blog is completely ruined. So don’t do that. Don’t be that guy. Let’s do this without cheating, huh?

Let’s just break it down one photo at a time to test your baseball knowledge. I’ll put the three scouting reports below (with names deleted), and give three hints about each.

If you guess the correct player without hints, give yourself 4 points. For each hint you need to use thereafter, take off one point and only reward yourself with points if you guess the player correctly before the end. (Example: If I guess the first player after reading two of the hints, I’m down to two points total for that photo.)

At the bottom, you can see answers to all three and add up your total to determine what level of baseball awesome you really are. If those instructions are too unclear still, there’s nothing I can do to help you. And sorry, no prizes. We don’t make money. So you just get the honor of knowing you are a brilliant human being and baseball fan.

Let’s get this thing started. First, Idelson tweeted this ancient report on a young shortstop who ended up in the Hall of Fame after a long, successful career (4 points):

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Hint #1 (3 points): This player was his team’s first black player and formed the first-ever black double play combination in MLB history.

Hint #2 (2 points): He won the NL MVP in 1958 and 1959 and retired with 512 home runs, yet never won a World Series ring.

Hint #3 (1 point): The mystery player above was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1977 and is one of only six players in franchise history to have his number retired (#14).

Did you figure that one out? Let’s skip ahead a few decades to the only current player on this quiz. Like our first player, this guy has played his entire career with the same team and will likely end up in Cooperstown as well. Remember, the team listed on each report isn’t necessarily the team they were drafted to  (4 points):

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Hint #1 (3 points): The Houston Astros’ failure to draft him first overall in the 1992 draft (Phil Nevin was their eventual choice) caused one of their best talent evaluators and scouts, Hal Newhouser, to quit his job in protest. This player went later in the first round to the team he still plays for today.

Hint #2 (2 points): Despite numerous top-ten finishes in the MVP voting, this player has never won the hardware. He has, however, won a Rookie of the Year award, All-Star Game MVP, World Series MVP, five Gold Gloves, five Silver Sluggers and the Hank Aaron Award so far over his career.

Hint #3 (1 point): This player has been his team’s captain since 2003, and holds the franchise record for hits and stolen bases. The five-time World Series winner registered his 3,000th career hit off David Price in 2011 and is commonly known as “Mr. November.”

That one was a bit easier, huh? If you didn’t get the answer right, chances are you’re either a toddler or very, very lost in the blogosphere right now. The last entrant is our only pitcher, who also entered the Hall of Fame after an illustrious career with three teams (4 points):

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Hint #1 (3 points): This 1983 Hall of Fame inductee won more games than any other pitcher in the 1960’s, but was often overshadowed by Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson during that time frame. Though the report lists him as “Cuban or Puerto Rican,” he is actually Dominican.

Hint #2 (2 points): Well known for intimidation techniques involving throwing at batters’ heads, this backfired on the pitcher in a 1965 game against a rival club. After he threw at a player early in the game, tensions rose and a brawl ensued, in which this pitcher used a bat to hit the un-helmeted head of the opposing team’s catcher.

Hint #3 (1 point): The ten-time All-Star threw a no-hitter in 1963 and had his number (#27) retired by the team he spent all but two of his professional seasons with. That same team now honors this pitcher with a statue outside its ballpark on the West Coast, depicting his iconic leg kick.

 

There you have it! Add up your points from the three reports and follow this graph below to determine how baseball savvy you really are:

11-12 points: You ARE a demi-god. Like Yoenis Cespedes, but with baseball trivia instead of a bat.

9-10 points: You are Mr. Consistency. Pretty much Todd Helton, minus the DUI (we assume).

7-8 points: You are a scrapper, much like Bryce Harper. Very impressive, but still room to improve.

4-6 points: You really let us down. We might as well call you Matt Bush, Jr.

1-3 points: You can’t be serious. You strike out more often than Mark Reynolds blindfolded.

0 points: You need to leave. Exit our blog, right now.

 

Thanks for taking our scouting report pop quiz! We appreciate all feedback, positive or negative, in the comments section below!

 

ANSWERS:

1. Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs)

2. Derek Jeter (New York Yankees)

3. Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers)

 

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Episode 41 – Today’s Recipe: One Greinke Collar Bone With A Side Of Fantasy Pickups

Three Up, Three Down took in the first week of baseball and found out a few things. The Atlanta Braves are very good at baseball like activities, and that Zack Greinke isn’t as big as Carlos Quentin.  We recap our thoughts on the brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres and touch on the other injuries around baseball. The classic “3U3D Fantasy Special” is back and you might like what we have to say, especially if you’re already a cellar dweller in your league. Check it out and thank us when you start your climb to the top!

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Episode 36 – Standing in the Hall of Fame

Our off-season podcast series continues with the Hall Of Fame recap where we break down our 1st Annual 3U3D Hall of Fame Ballots and discuss why some of the other players didn’t get in.  We also hit on the tough subject of what to do with the PED players. Should they get in? Will they get in? Take a listen and find out!

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Episode 30 – Playoff Push – Dead or Alive

The gang is back in playoff form as a few teams clinched last night.  We also play ‘Dead or Alive’ with the teams who are still in the chase. For you fortunate enough to be in your fantasy baseball finals, we give you some last week smart starts to push you to victory!

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Episode 21 – Shots On Me

This week we do a few quick hits on the post All Star Game series’ around baseball and look forward to the ups and downs of the second half. Hope you enjoy it and keep listening!

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Episode 14 Is Extremely Pristine

Three Up, Three Down comes back this week to recap the big news in baseball.   We hit the DL and also attack ‘Mapes Too Early Awards’.  It also wouldn’t be a “Three Up, Three Down” without our 3U3D Fantasy segment, which continues to provide you with some very good picks.  Sit down, grab your favorite beer, and take a listen to this week’s episode. Thanks for listening!!

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Episode Eleven Sounds Like Heaven

Three Up, Three Down recaps all of baseball last week with talk about Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, and the dreaded Disabled List. The “3U3D” segment features some interesting players in lieu of injuries around the league and we get some heated debate for the match ups of the week.

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We’re At It Again With Episode Ten!

The gang recaps the last week in baseball, debuts “KP’s Brewers Injury Korner”, talks about their “Mount Rushmore of Yankees”, and has a few match-ups to be sure to watch this week. We also give you closers a plenty in this weeks “3 Up, 3 Down” Fantasy outlook. Thanks for tuning in for ten episodes!

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Offensive Thrills vs. Pitching Skills

As the past few weeks have panned out in Major League Baseball with multi-HR games, a cycle, a perfect game, and a no-hitter, it got me thinking as to what people like to watch: Offensive Thrills? or Pitching Skills?

I looked up a few stats and made some comparisons based on rarity and difficulty.

No Hitter vs. Hitting for the Cycle

There have been 274 no-hitters in MLB history (including Perfect Games).  Watching Jered Weaver go through the flimsy Minnesota Twins offense in just under 2.5 hours with 121 pitches was masterful to say the least. Obviously throwing a no-hitter is magical.  The other team is forced to sit there and watch the pitcher mow down batter after batter with that big goose egg sitting on the scoreboard.  Some days the pitcher just has “it” and there’s nothing you can do about it. Line drives are hit right at people and your deep fly balls always seem to run out of steam at the warning track.

On the flip side of the comparison, there have been 293 players to hit for the cycle, a mere 19 higher than the no-hitter total.  People don’t seem to get quite as excited for this feat, yet it is almost just as rare as shutting down an entire team.  Scott Hairston was the first to accomplish it this season on April 27.   I might play devils advocate here, but I think that hitting for the cycle needs to be celebrated a lot more.  Arguably the hardest part to get is the triple, and rightfully so, not many players have the speed to get that elusive extra base hit.  There have been 147 triples hit this year by 108 players.  That list is quite small and will continue to be small year after year.  That means that while one of those players hits the elusive triple, they also have to compile the other three parts of the cycle. Not an easy feat and definitely shouldn’t be overlooked.

Perfect Game vs. 4-HR in One Game

Philip Humber took on another lowly offense against the Seattle Mariners and set down 27 straight in 2:17 only using 96 pitches.  Not a single Mariner got to set their foot on that pearly white square down the first base line.  They hardly deserved to after Humber made them look silly through 9 innings of incredible pitching prowess.  Humber had great defense behind him and showed the rest of the MLB how it’s done and got his name onto the elusive list with 20 other Perfect Games.

Ryan Braun’s onslaught at Petco Park last week with 3 Homeruns in that park made this argument come about.  His deep triple to the right field fence as his fourth hit almost put him in an elite club of people that have hit 4 home runs in one game.  There have only been 15 batters to ever accomplish this feat, most recently being Carlos Delgado in 2003.  To argue these two points is more of an opinion matter.  I think seeing a pitcher calmly set down 27 in a row is peaceful, while having a batter mash balls 4 times over 350 feet is quite aggressive and violent, however both are quite incredible.

I’m curious to see what you think about these offensive/defensive comparisons.  Fill out the poll, comment below, and let me know why on Twitter (@FalconKP)

-KP

Episode 9 Featuring San Diego Padres Pitcher Anthony Bass!

Hey everyone! This week the fellas of Three Up, Three Down recap the last week of baseball and bring you up to speed on injuries and call-ups. If you need any fantasy help, they also give you some players that are on the rise and fall in the “3 Up, 3 Down” segment.
The most exciting part is having their first Major League guest on the show, as San Diego Padres starting pitcher Anthony Bass (@anthonybass45) joins them for some questions and insight into the mind of a Major League pitcher.

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