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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Baseball Trivia Time

There's an excellent baseball trivia quiz over on ESPN.com that I highly recommend checking out. If you think you know baseball, this will put you in your place. I took it and went 38/50, which disappointed me, especially because there were a few questions that I missed that I definitely would have had at some point in the past.

How did others do in comparison?

12 major leaguers and managers took the quiz. Only one (Kevin Mench) beat my score (40). The only Phillie to take the quiz, Jimmy Rollins, got 29 right. Joe Maddon, the only manager to take it, scored 31.

9 ESPN baseball analysts also took the quiz. Five of them beat me (Gary Gillette was the highest scorer, with 45 right), I tied one (Eric Neel), and beat three (Jerry Crasnick, Eric Karabell, and Steve Phillips). Disappointing to me, because, you know, I used to be a baseball researcher for ESPN. (Although I do think that if I went back to that job for a month, I would have cracked 40, no problem.)

A couple blogs I read also took the poll - Sports Reference Blog (run by Sean Forman of baseball-reference.com), which scored 40, and Baseball Musings (run by David Pinto, another former ESPN baseball researcher), which scored 38.

Take the quiz and let me know how you do.

Also, here's my favorite baseball trivia question: Eleven players have won back-to-back MVP awards - at least one for every position on the diamond and at least one for every decade since the 1930s, when the award as we know it began. Who are the 11?

Monday, July 03, 2006

Hey, I Haven't Received Mine Either

Yesterday I was working in the ticket office with a couple other interns. It was a pretty slow day. The ticket office is the least-preferred job of all the interns, and I fortunately didn't have to experience it until this weekend, thanks to my scoreboard operating duties. But anyway, there I was, sitting in the office.

One of the players walked up to the ticket window and asked me, "I haven't received my paycheck yet... Do you know anything about that?"

Well, no. No, I don't.

I told him I couldn't give him any help on his paycheck problem.

Now, some of the players aren't making much - I believe in short-season A ball, the minimum salary is $850/month, plus a per diem on the road (which isn't much), and the team sets the players up with host families. (The families are compensated, but I'm not sure if they are paid by the team or the players. It's probably the team.) Anyway, I understand that they want their paychecks ASAP - most probably live check-to-check.

However, I wonder if the players realize that, helping the team run smoothly during the season, there are 10 interns who are working for nothing more than experience and a line on a resume?

After the player had gone off in search of his paycheck, one of the other interns in the ticket office gave a mock answer to his question.

"Funny, I was wondering the same thing."