Since there is no football this week (and no, the Pro Bowl doesn’t count) and it is about -10 degrees everywhere in the country at this point, here is some baseball sports trivia to help get you ready for the upcoming season. Pitchers and catchers report in only 3 weeks.
1. This player, known as the Big Donkey, is the active leader in career strikeouts. Who is he?
2. The New York Yankees have the most World Series titles with 26. Which AL West team has the second most titles?
3. This suspected steroid-user holds the record for most career MVP awards with 7.
4. This player, who holds the record for most stolen bases, also holds the record for most leadoff home runs in a career.
5. What player, who held a press conference to announce that he was not gay, holds the record for most HRs by a catcher?
6. What player, who started his career in 1982, became the oldest player to hit a HR when he hit one for the Braves in 2007 at the age of 48?
7. This Hall of Fame pitcher holds the records for most walks in a career?
8. This player, who’s brother was on a famous baseball card, shares the record for fewest errors in a season by a SS with Omar Vizquel.
9. What NL 2nd baseman, who just missed getting into the Hall of Fame, holds the record for most times hit by pitch in modern MLB history.
10. Since 1990, this Colorado Rocky has the highest batting average for one full season.
11. What team did each of these players finish their career with?
- Jeff Bagwell
- Albert Belle
- Manny Ramirez
- Gary Sheffield
- Roberto Alomar
I’ll give you the answers after a couple of memorable baseball brawls.
…and then this Windy City fight.
1. Adam Dunn – 2,220
2. Oakland A’s with 9
3. Barry Bonds (1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
4. Rickey Henderson with 81
5. Mike Piazza – 396
6. Julio Franco
7. Nolan Ryan – 2,795
8. Cal Ripken Jr. had 3 errors in 1990.
9. Craig Biggio – 285 HBP
10. Larry Walker – .379 in 1999 (Tony Gwynn, who batted .394, only played in 110 games in the strike-shortened 1994 season)
11. Jeff Bagwell – Houston Astros, Albert Belle – Baltimore Orioles, Manny Ramirez – Tampa Bay Rays, Gary Sheffield – NY Mets, Roberto Alomar –Chicago White Sox