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Yes, friends, now there shall be prizes.  Each "winner" of Name That Ballplayer! will receive points toward a monthly prize, TBD.

Previous games do not count - this is the real thing and not practice now.  First the rules.  There are 10 clues regarding a ballplayer from the past, and a photo of said player that is blacked out.  With the revelation of each clue after the first a section is revealed.  Players may ask questions to help them toward their goal of guessing the player in under 10 clues.  The answer to those questions will be given at the judge's (me) discretion - you'll catch on as to what that means soon enough.  The number of clues given before a correct guess corresponds to the amount of points awarded on a 10=1, 9=2, etc. scale.

There is only one winner per round and only one player receives points each round.

Stay tuned - this week's game starts shortly!

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Mike Gallego!

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First clue and the mystery photo!

1. I could catch in a pinch.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Mike Gallego!
No.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Mike Greenwell
You're getting warmer, but no.

Think about the phrase "I could catch in a pinch"

I've made this harder.  There are clues, riddles, double-meanings...etc.

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lobo316 wrote: Jimmy Foxx
No.

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BigJ wrote: dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Mike Greenwell
You're getting warmer, but no.

Think about the phrase "I could catch in a pinch"

I've made this harder.  There are clues, riddles, double-meanings...etc.

Did/does he play for the Red Sox?

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Yes, he did play for the Red Sox.

Note - the goal of this game for me has changed - not to stump completely, but to make difficult and challenging.

Someone has to win, it can't be a 4 way tie at 0 points.

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BigJ wrote: Yes, he did play for the Red Sox.

Note - the goal of this game for me has changed - not to stump completely, but to make difficult and challenging.

Someone has to win, it can't be a 4 way tie at 0 points.

In which era does/did he play?

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: BigJ wrote: Yes, he did play for the Red Sox.

Note - the goal of this game for me has changed - not to stump completely, but to make difficult and challenging.

Someone has to win, it can't be a 4 way tie at 0 points.

In which era does/did he play?

The modern era.  That's the best I'm going to share.

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lobo316 wrote: Steve Lyons
No.

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It's time for another clue, since the game's rolling along...

1.  I could catch in a pinch.

2.  If only my combined career stats could have been one season, I might have lasted longer in the bigs.


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lobo316 wrote: Jim Leyritz
No.

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No and no.

Another clue

1.   I could catch in a pinch.
2.    If only my combined career stats could have been one season, I might have lasted longer in the bigs.
3.    I was born on one coast but attended college on the other.


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Nope.

Come on guys, you can do better than this.  Ask some questions.

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Did he also play for the A's or the Giants?

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Did he play in the National League ?

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Did he also play for the A's or the Giants?
No, smartass, he didnt.

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lobo316 wrote: Did he play in the National League ?
Never.

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At which position did he play the majority of his games?

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Is he still playing?

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lobo316 wrote: Is he still playing?
No.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: At which position did he play the majority of his games?
3B.

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Did he have more than 1000 career at bats?

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Played primarily in what decade?

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Carney Lansford?

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Did he have more than 1000 career at bats?
No.

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Gone_Fishing wrote: Played primarily in what decade?

I won't go that far, but I'll narrow down the era to post 1940's.

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thunderbolt wrote: Carney Lansford?

Didn't play for the A's, so no.

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It's Larry Wolfe, boy.



Who's yer daddy?

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: It's Larry Wolfe, boy.



Who's yer daddy?


Nice job.  Correct - you can lay off the who's yer daddy shit though.  I'll start docking points for fucking with the gamesmaster.  Your research is admirable, but your head is large.  I suggest changing your avatar to hot Britney too, not bald Britney.

7 points for you.  DFG takes the lead after the first real contest.  Stay tuned for another one, when I fucking feel like it!

 

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BigJ wrote: you can lay off the who's yer daddy shit though.  I'll start docking points for fucking with the gamesmaster.  Your research is admirable, but your head is large.  I suggest changing your avatar to hot Britney too, not bald Britney.



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Here are the remainder of the clues:

1.    I could catch in a pinch.

2.    If only my combined career stats could have been one season, I might have lasted longer in the bigs.

3.    I was born on one coast but attended college on the other.

4.    I am a righty, but apparently not the “right” fit for two different big league clubs.

5.    I am the definition of utility infielder…like I said before, I even caught a game!

6.    I was #1!  For a little while, anyway.

7.    I may have been the most successful 9th round draft pick the year I was drafted.

8.    I played in 2 different decades

9.    I was traded for a guy in 1979 who never made the big leagues again.  I wasn’t around much after that either.

10. I retired in 1981 following a brief stint with what then amounted to a Reds minor league team, the Indians.


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BigJ wrote: Here are the remainder of the clues:

2.    If only my combined career stats could have been one season, I might have lasted longer in the bigs.

Wasn't his career average around .230? How could that allow him to stay in the bigs?

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Benlen wrote: BigJ wrote: Here are the remainder of the clues:

2.    If only my combined career stats could have been one season, I might have lasted longer in the bigs.

Wasn't his career average around .230? How could that allow him to stay in the bigs?

For a small stature utility infielder his RBI #s werent bad for the era.  Look at his whole line.

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BigJ wrote: Benlen wrote: BigJ wrote: Here are the remainder of the clues:

2.    If only my combined career stats could have been one season, I might have lasted longer in the bigs.

Wasn't his career average around .230? How could that allow him to stay in the bigs?

For a small stature utility infielder his RBI #s werent bad for the era.  Look at his whole line.

You've gotta remember too that Wolfie played in an era of the slap hitting infielder.    His career line (161 games, 361 AB's, 7 HR, 50 RBI's, .230 BA), is on par with the 162 game average of other middle infielders of that era who had much longer careers.  For example:

Johnnie Lemaster (498 AB's, 3 HR's, 36 RBI's, .222 BA, 12 Seasons)

Dick Schofield Jr. (509/7/42/.230, 14 Seasons)

Mario Mendoza (316/4/24/.215, 9 Seasons)

So, by no means a Hall of Famer, I would agree with Mr. J's assessment that Wolfie could've had a longer career had his career stats been more on par with a single season stat.

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Middle infielders are freaks now.  Back in my day a guy built like Mark Ellis hits maybe 3 HR or so.  He's probably gonna hit 20 this year and he's an afterthought in the league.

 

I like the old way better.  Gimme Alfredo Griffin.

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BigJ wrote: I like the old way better.  Gimme Alfredo Griffin.

For whatever reason, I loved the Griffin/Damaso Garcia middle infield back in the mid '80's.  To this day, that combo remains one of my all-time favorite middle infields.

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: BigJ wrote: I like the old way better.  Gimme Alfredo Griffin.

For whatever reason, I loved the Griffin/Damaso Garcia middle infield back in the mid '80's.  To this day, that combo remains one of my all-time favorite middle infields.


When i was a kid and first started watching the A's it was all about Griffin and Tony Phillips.  Donnie Hill was in there too sometimes but my dad said he looked like something out of Children of the Corn so I never much cared for him.  Eyes too close together, y'know?

 

 

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I loved Bobby Gritch and Tim Foli. 

The Tigers had the smooth combo of Sweet Lou Whitiker and Alan Trammell for years.

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The Ultimate Sin wrote: I loved Bobby Gritch and Tim Foli. 

The Tigers had the smooth combo of Sweet Lou Whitiker and Alan Trammell for years.

Foli looked like a doofus though.

Whitaker/Trammell both belong in the HOF

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True on Foli, but he was a smooth fielder and great at moving up runners.



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