In the 2019 season, Major Leauge history was set with two pitchers doing something which had only been accomplished once in Major League history – adding a second Cy Young to a Rookie of the Year award. Can you now name the three people who have accomplished this feat? Good luck!
With the Mets hiring Carlos Beltran, they are not only bringing home one of the greatest players in team history. They are also having a future Hall of Famer try to guide the Mets to their third World Series in franchise history. Looking over the 150 years of baseball, that is a feat accomplished by only nine other Hall of Famers.
Perhaps most daunting, it was last accomplished in 1978, and it has only been twice accomplished by Hall of Famers who were not player/managers. Can you name those two managers and all nine Hall of Famers? Good luck!
In Mets history, they have played in two World Series which have gone seven games. The first time was in 1973 when Jon Matlack took the mound. Thirteen years later it was Ron Darling. Despite both of them being highly touted first round picks who had good careers, neither would win a Cy Young Award.
In World Series history, there has been 17 different times a pitcher who would win a Cy Young would start Game 7 of the World Series. Can you name the pitchers? Good luck!
The Washington Nationals are returning home after winning the first two games of the World Series in Houston. This puts them halfway towards winning the first World Series in franchise history. If they do pull it off, the MVP discussion will be interesting with Anthony Rendon, Howie Kendrick, Juan Soto, and Trea Turner each having a good case thus far.
If the Nationals do win, the MVP from this series would be the ninth World Series MVP from the NL East. Can you name the eight who have done it? Good luck!
The Mets have interviewed Carlos Beltran and Tim Bogar for their manager job. If either one gets the job, they will become the 10th former Mets player to manage the team. Can you name the nine who have done it? Good luck!
The St. Louis Cardinals jumping all over Mike Foltynewicz and Max Fried for 10 runs in the first, the Atlanta Braves were on their way to losing their eighth straight division series. While that is quite a long drought, the Braves did win five of their first six Division Series.
While that was a long drought, the most notable in the National League East was the Washington Nationals who had never won an NLDS since the team moved to Washington, D.C. That all changed when Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam off of Joe Kelly.
While that was the first NLDS victory for the Nationals, it was not the first one in team history. Steve Rogers would pitch a complete game shut out and go 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI in Game 5 of the 1981 NLDS to knock off the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.
Of course, that NLDS was the result of a strike interrupted season. We would not see the return of the NLDS until 1995. Since that time, thanks to the Dodgers, there has only been one Major League franchise who has not won a Division Series. Can you name that team? Good luck!
With the season Jacob deGrom has had he is poised to finish ahead of Max Scherzer and Hyun-Jin Ryu to win his second consecutive Cy Young Award. If he does win the Cy Young Award, he would become the 14th pitcher to win the award without having a complete game. Can you name the 13 who have accomplished that task? Good luck!
Pete Alonso and Eugenio Suarez are each on the cusp of 50 homers with Cody Bellinger having an outside chance to potentially join them in the 50 home run club. Considering this is a feat that has been accomplished only 20 times in the entire 143 year history of the National League.
Can you name the other 20 times it has happened? Good luck!
Not too dissimilar from what Todd Zeile did in 2001, Pete Alonso took it upon himself to be a leader and get cleats to honor the first responders. He did it because he knew the hats would not be permitted, and based on past MLB behavior, they would be confiscated.
Just like Zeile, Alonso deserves all the credit in the world. The same can be said for the teammates who risked punishment from Major League Baseball for defying (directly or indirectly) them. Those players should be lauded as well. Do you remember their names?
Luis Avilan Brad Brach Tyler Bashlor Robinson Cano Michael Conforto J.D. Davis Rajai Davis Jacob deGrom Edwin Diaz Jeurys Familia Todd Frazier Drew Gagnon Luis Guillorme Sam Haggerty Juan Lagares Walker Lockett Jed Lowrie Seth Lugo Steven Matz Chris Mazza Jeff McNeil Brandon Nimmo Tomas Nido Joe Panik Wilson Ramos Rene Rivera Paul Sewald Amed Rosario Marcus Stroman Noah Syndergaard Zack Wheeler Daniel Zamora Justin Wilson