Archive for the ‘Trivia’ Category

Cubs Offensive WAR Leaders

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Since we had a rainout yesterday, I have nothing really to look at in terms of news. So, I have a quiz for you. We started the blog in October 2003. That means this is season # 11 for the site. Today we look at the offensive WAR leaders cumulative for the Cubs since the inception of the site. Below is the table with the names invisible, but with a link to them if you click the blank. How many can you guess.

Rk Player WAR/pos
1 Aramis Ramirez 23.3
2 Derrek Lee 22.5
3 Geovany Soto 9.3
4 Alfonso Soriano 7.9
5 Starlin Castro 7.8
6 Darwin Barney 6.2
7 Welington Castillo 6.1
8 Ryan Theriot 6.1
9 Michael Barrett 6.0
10 Carlos Zambrano 5.9
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Name That Prospect

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

If you’re like me, you enjoy trivia. There is something about rolling on at home Jeopardy that just makes you feel like king of the dorks. Today we give you that opportunity with another edition of Name That Prospect.

RULES – I give you the scouting report from an old prospect handbook in my closet and you have to identify the prospect they are talking about. Your only clue is that the player in question has ties to the Chicago Cubs organization. No other hints. Put your guess in the comments and I’ll reveal tomorrow.

“I had some suspicions about how ____________ would do at higher levels, based on his somewhat shaky strike zone judgement. I thought he could lose some points in batting average and OBP, but I didn’t think he would totally suck like he did at Daytona (OPS -6 percent). He knocked 16 homers, but otherwise he was ineffective. I have yet to hear a completely satisfying explanation as to why this happened. There was no obvious health problem. His strikeout rate wasn’t that high. My friend Jim Callis of Baseball America theorizes that _________ panicked after a slow start and tried too hard to hit for power, inhibiting his production across the board. This fits in with what Florida State League observers say, and is as good an explanation as any, although I’m not sure it’s the whole story, as ____________’s K-rate actually improved somewhat compared to 2004. Usually when a guy freaks out, lengthens his swing, and tries to hit the hell out of everything, his strikeout rate spikes. It’s important that _____________ gets his hitting back in gear, given that he doesn’t offer much in the way of defense. My guess is that he will stabilize somewhere between his ’04 & ’05 numbers.” ~ John Sickels

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Tuesday Trivia: Triple Double

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Basketball has the triple double, which is a game in which a player posts double digit stats in three of the four main counting stats (points, rebounds, assists, or steals). That got me wondering about the baseball equivalent. The first one that came to mind was a season that had double digits in doubles, triples and home runs in a season. You’d think it would have happened more often than it has, which leads us to our trivia question.

Since 1961, five Cubs hitters have posted a season in which they had at least 10 home runs, 10 triples, and 10 doubles. Can you name them?

ANSWER

To view the answers, click each player link to be taken to their baseball card. In addition, here is the link to view the individual seasons.

Please do not post the answers in the comment section. Please post how many of the five you were able to guess on your first try.

 

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Tuesday Logic Puzzle

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

I am pretty sure I posted a puzzle like this in the past. In fact, it may have been this one. That said, here is something to work on today in the wake of a slow news day.
Mike, Ed, Harry, Paul, Allen, Bill, Jerry, Sam, and Andy play on the same National League team. Using the clues below, help them identify which position they need to run out to when the season begins.

  • Andy Dislikes the Catcher
  • Ed’s sister is engaged to the second baseman
  • The center fielder is taller than the right fielder
  • Harry and the third baseman live in the same building
  • Paul and Allen each won 20 dollars from the pitcher at pinochle
  • Ed and the outfielders play poker during their free time
  • The pitcher’s wife is the third baseman’s sister
  • The catcher, pitcher, and infield except for Allen, Harry and Andy are shorter than Sam
  • Paul,  Andy and the shortstop lost 150 dollars each at the racetrack
  • Paul, Harry, Bill and the catcher lost to the second baseman at pool
  • Sam is undergoing a divorce suit
  • The catcher and the third base each have two children
  • Ed, Paul, Jerry, the right fielder and the center fielder are bachelors, the others are married
  • The shortstop, third baseman and Bill each won betting on a fight
  • One of the outfielders is either Mike or Andy
  • Jerry is taller than Bill and Mike is shorter than Bill and each of them is heavier than the third baseman
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Trivia Time: Dominant Pitching Seasons

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

It’s trivia time and today’s question highlights some pretty impressive seasons by three Cubs pitchers. I figured since we tortured you with a look at the rotation for the remainder of the year, it would be nice to look back on some positives.

Q: In Cubs history, only three pitchers have ever started at least 30 games, striking out at least 175 and walking 50 or less. Name them.

Highlight below for the answer:

1. Mark PriorLink to Season

2. Jon LieberLink to Season

3. Fergie JenkinsLink to Season

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Useless Trivia: Cubs Hitting Streaks

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Today’s useless trivia revolves around hitting streaks. Since 1989, the first year I really followed the Cubs as an 11 year old, there have been 10 Cubs to amass a hitting streak of more than 15 games. Can you name them?

HIGHLIGHT BELOW FOR THE ANSWER:

Jerome Walton

Derrek Lee

Alfonso Soriano

Mark Grace

Aramis Ramirez

Sammy Sosa

Rondell White

Ryne Sandberg

Marlon Byrd

Jose Vizcaino

View the streaks

No need to post your guesses in the comments since the answer is in the post, but I would like to know how many you guessed before looking at the answer.

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Tuesday Puzzle

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Today I present something a little different than normal. A logic puzzle for you to work on as you seek refuge from your job during the day. If anyone asks, it’s not my fault you got fired for working on a silly puzzle on company time. Here are the clues. Use them to name each player that fields each of the nine positions on the diamond.

Clue # 1 – Andy dislikes the Catcher

Clue # 2 – Ed’s sister is engaged to the second baseman

Clue # 3 -  The center fielder is taller than the right fielder

Clue #  4 – Harry and the third baseman live in the same building

Clue # 5 – Paul and Allen each won 20 dollars from the pitcher at pinochle

Clue # 6 – Ed and the outfielders play poker during their free time

Clue # 7 – The pitcher’s wife is the third baseman’s sister

Clue # 8 – The catcher, pitcher, and infield except for Allen, Harry and Andy are shorter than Sam

Clue # 9 – Paul, Andy and the shortstop lost 150 dollars each at the racetrack

Clue # 10 – Paul, Harry, Bill and the catcher lost to the second baseman at pool

Clue # 11 – Sam is undergoing a divorce suit

Clue # 12 – The catcher and the third base each have two children

Clue # 13 – Ed, Paul, Jerry the right fielder and the center fielder are bachelors, the others are married

Clue # 14 – The shortstop, third baseman and Bill each won betting on a fight

Clue # 15 – One of the outfielders is either Mike or Andy

Clue # 16 – Jerry is taller than Bill. Mike is shorter than bill. Each of them is heavier than the third baseman

Who plays each position?

Answer

To view the answer, highlight the space below this sentence

Catcher = Allen
Pitcher = Harry
Short Stop = Ed
1st = Paul
2nd = Jerry
3rd = Andy
Left = Sam
Center = Bill
Right = Mike

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Tuesday Trivia: Name That Pitcher

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Leave all your guesses in the comment section. I’ll try to update periodically throughout the day. Good luck. Here are your clues:

  1. I was not born in the continental United States
  2. I pitched in three different decades, but only appeared for four different teams
  3. I was an All Star one time during my career and gave up all my team’s runs in my appearance.
  4. I never received a Cy Young vote, despite winning more than 150 games in my career.
  5. I led the league in batters faced twice and innings pitched once.
  6. My career winning percentage was .500 with an ERA of 3.75

Help me remember my name.

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Morning Cup O’ Joe: Tuesday Trivia

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Let’s get right down to business today with the trivia question. As always, put your guesses in the comment section and I’ll respond throughout the day.

Q: Four active players have 2000+ hits, but less than 100 HR. Name them.

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