(Note: I’ll be posting several articles that I had partially written since Friday but didn’t have time to finish. Please check back often for the rest! As, always, I’ll be tweeting @calltothepen. Follow me there or subscribe to my posts using the button on the sidebar!)
Last week, I posed some random Twins trivia questions to Twitter. Not many people guessed them. Anyway, I thought it was a lot of fun (for me, not for the people guessing them wrong), so I decided to do the same thing, but with more questions that were more difficult. I think I succeeded in the difficult part. So, without further ado, the questions and answers!
- We’ll start off with an easy one. Who was the most recent Twins player to win Rookie of the Year? Answer: Marty Cordova, 1995.
- There is only one Twins pitcher in the top ten list of the most single-season losses by a Twins starting pitcher that appears more than once, and he appears four times. Who is that pitcher? Answer: Bert Blyleven, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988.
- Who was the only Twin in the last ten years to strike out more than 140 times in one season? Answer: Carlos Gomez
- What is the largest number of sacrifices (bunts or otherwise) made by one Twins player in a single game in Twins history? Answer: 3, Bert Blyleven.
- What Twins pitcher finished the most games in a single season in Twins history (including non-save situations)? Answer: Mike Marshall, 84, 1979
- How many innings was the longest game in Twins history? Answer: 22 innings (8/31/1993)
- Within 10, what is the largest number of double-plays turned by a Twins team in a single season? Answer: 203
- How many left-handed hitters were in the first-ever Twins starting lineup – on April 11, 1961 at Yankee Stadium? Answer: One. There was a switch-hitting pitcher that day, but the other pitcher was a lefty, so he would have likely hit righty.
- Who is the longest-serving Twins Manager? Answer: Tom Kelly (1986-2001)
- In what season did the Twins boast their lowest average game attendance? Answer: 1981 (7,690)
- What is the largest winning margin ever boasted by the Twins in a regular-season game? Answer: 21 runs
- What pitcher holds the Twins record for the most balks in a single game? Answer: Joe Niekro (4/19/1988)
- Name the top two Twins pitchers based on single-season strikeouts. Answers: Johan Santana, Bert Blyleven
- What Twins pitcher holds the record for the most consecutive strikeouts? Answer: Jim Merritt (7/21/1966)
- Who holds the single-season Twins record for most at-bats? Answer: Kirby.
- Easy question to raise the curve a bit – name the three venues that the Twins will have called home at the end of the 2010 season. Answers: Metropolitan Stadium, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Target Field
- What is the largest number of home runs hit in a single game by a Twins player? Answer: 3
- Can you name the last five pitchers to pitch a Twins home opener? Answers: Francisco Liriano (2009), Livan Hernandez (2008), Johan Santana (2007), Brad Radke (2006), Kyle Lohse (2005)
- Who are the top two players when measured by most saves in a single season? Answers: Joe Nathan, Eddie Guardado
- Finally, one Twins pitcher almost doubled the next highest total number of wild pitches in a Twins career. Who was it? Answer: Jim Kaat
Name the first ever Twins manager, giving both his real first and last name and his nickname. Answers: Harry Arthur “Cookie” Lavagetto
Based on the 13 answers I got, the winner is: TOPPER ANTON of Curve for a Strike! Topper got 18 of the 20 questions correct, and the next best was 8 of 20. For his success, he will receive his name up on the sidebar and a Twins prize of my choosing once I have time to look! Thanks for everyone who participated! Topper, I’ll be in touch…