Major League Baseball Knowledge #2

Do you have what it takes to answer these trivia questions about Major League Baseball?
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What village in New York state is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame?
Cooperstown
Who was the Yankees' shortstop from 1995 to 2014?
Derek Jeter
Who are the three best players (by career WAR) that are not in the Hall of Fame?
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens
Alex Rodriguez
Who is the best player not in the hall that hasn't been accused of steroid use?
Pete Rose
What is the name of the area where relief pitchers warm up?
The Bullpen
What was the last Major League stadium to not have stadium lights - hosting only
day games until 1988?
Wrigley Field
What team lost a record 120 games during their inaugural season in 1962?
New York Mets
What pitcher has the most career wins following a Tommy John surgery?
Tommy John
When Upper Deck launched its baseball card business in 1989, what rookie did it choose to
feature on its first card?
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Who became, in 2012, the only knuckleballer to win a Cy Young award?
R.A. Dickey
Who was the first Negro League player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Satchel Paige
Whose baseball card was sold for a record $3.12 million in 2016?
Honus Wagner
What Yankees stars of the 1960s were known as the "M&M boys"?
Mickey Mantle
Roger Maris
What manager won World Series titles with both the Athletics and the Cardinals?
Tony LaRussa
Who hit 521 home runs despite missing over three years serving as a pilot in WWII
and the Korean War?
Ted Williams
What current Japanese player is notable for playing both as a pitcher
and as designated hitter?
Shohei Ohtani
The early 20th century pitcher Mordecai Brown was missing parts of two fingers, enabling
him to throw an exceptional curveball. What was his nickname?
Three Finger
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Level 88
Jul 24, 2018
Did Tommy John have a surgery named after him? Never heard that term before.

Also, the 4th question reminds me of all the weird deep statistics they read out at games.

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Level 58
Jul 25, 2018
Tommy John surgery is indeed named after Tommy John, the first baseball player to successfully recover from UCL reconstruction. Not only did he come back from what was a career-ender (at the time) he actually became better (at least statswise) after the surgery.
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Level 83
Jul 24, 2018
The question about players with the highest WAR is a bit disingenuous. Alex Rodriguez (while a technically correct answer) is not yet even eligible to be in the Hall of Fame. Players must be retired for at least 5 years before becoming eligible.
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Level 58
Jul 25, 2018
When I first saw the question I immediately thought Bonds (not in the hall because of PEDs) Clemens (PEDs) and Rose (Gambling.) Rodriguez didn't enter my head, because as pctjunkie says, he's not eligible, and won't be until 2021.

Side note: it would be hilarious (at least to me) if Rodriguez got in the HOF over Bonds, considering Bonds has better stats and Rodriguez is an admitted PED user whereas Bonds' use is circumstantial.

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Level 80
Sep 28, 2018
There are two insurmountable problems with the question and its answers. First is that WAR is a garbage stat that shouldn't be taken seriously. Second is that none of those players can be characterized as being among the "best" when their entire careers are tainted by their fraudulent statistics, which wouldn't exist without their long-term cheating.
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Level 64
Sep 28, 2018
WAR is not a garbage stat, it's the closest thing we have to a single numerical representation of a player's value. Let me guess, you think RBI is a more useful stat
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
@JeromesNiece: Wrong on both counts.
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Level 54
Jul 25, 2018
Mantle and Maris were not referred to as the M&M Boys in the 1950s and 60s. Maris did not join the Yankees until 1960.
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Level 65
Sep 5, 2018
I was surprised at this comment until looking up Roger Maris. He did indeed only play from 1960-66. They were, however, referred to as the M&M boys in the 60s.
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Level ∞
Sep 10, 2018
Okay, I changed the clue.
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Level 54
Jul 25, 2018
Three-finger Brown. We're likely to refer to players by their disabilities today. In the 1890s you also had Dummy Hoy and Dummy Taylor, so nicknamed because they were deaf.

Ernie Lombardi was known as Schnozz because of his large nose. He was quite sensitive about that.

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Level 54
Sep 23, 2018
I did not pick A Rod because he is not eligible to be in the HOF yet-which I assumed would have excluded him. Fun quiz though, thanks.
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Level 81
Sep 28, 2018
I like the Tommy John question.
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Level 59
Sep 28, 2018
What kind of subjective BS is this?

Who is the best player not in the hall that hasn't been accused of steroid use?

(Also, that player can get f***ed)

Ray Fosse Forever

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Level 76
Sep 28, 2018
Based on WAR. You may disagree that the stat indicates greatness, but the question is not subjective. Rather, the question is definitively objective based on the criteria of WAR and non-PED accusations.
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Level 83
Sep 28, 2018
Except he doesn't have the highest WAR among non PED using non Hall of Famers eligible for the Hall of Fame. Mike Messina 83.0 vs Rose's 79.7. If you include players not eligible due to retirement date like the question above Beltre and Pujols both have significantly higher WARs.
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2018
The question doesn't say anything about WAR. It just says "who's the best player?" That is subjective by definition, and impossible to answer. I probably could have come up with Pete Rose, but I didn't even bother trying because the question gives absolutely no context as to who the answer is. It's just the quizmaker's opinion. It's ridiculous. What about Clayton Kershaw? Ichiro? Mike Trout? Miguel Cabrera? Mariano Rivera? Verlander? Scherzer? All of those guys could fit the clue as written, depending on your opinion of which is the best player.
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Level 80
Sep 28, 2018
That player only attained those stats because he hung around long enough for the sole purpose of doing so. He's one of the most overrated players in modern baseball history.
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Level 79
Dec 31, 2019
Try hitting .325 at age 40, or getting 185 hits every year for 13 straight seasons....then we can talk about "overrated".
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Level 83
Sep 28, 2018
I totally agree. Why is Arod on the list above since he's not eligible? If you are going to include players ineligible due to retirement date on the questions about the Hall of Fame then it is certainly reasonable that Albert Pujols and Adrian Beltre are better than Rose and neither has ever been reasonably linked to PEDs. Both (Pujols: 100 Beltre: 95.7 have significantly higher WARs than Rose (79.7). Heck Mike Mussina (83.0) has a higher WAR than Rose and he definitely has never been accused of juicing. If you want Rose to be the answer consider rewording the question to "Who is the the best player not in the hall of fame that is ineligible for the Hall for a reason outside of retirement date."
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Level 59
Sep 28, 2018
Hey you kids...get your newfangled statistics off my lawn!!!!
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Level 43
Sep 28, 2018
Before he was a Dodger, Jackie Robinson played in the negro leagues, and was inducted into the HOF in 1962 -- 9 years before Satchell Paige was. So how is Paige the first Negro League player to inducted into the Hall of Fame?
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Level 65
Sep 28, 2018
Jackie Robinson was inducted for his accomplishments in the MLB, not what he did in the Negro League. Paige did play in the MLB, but he was long-past his prime by the time he got there. He was inducted for what he accomplished in the Negro League. You're right that Jackie Robinson is correct to the question as worded, but (at least to me) it was intending to ask which player was the first to be enshrined based on what he did in the Negro League.