Baseball appearance leaders by BruceM

Champion(s):

SteveWilliams


Runner(s)-Up:

KearnsT


Quiz Description

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how often you play the game. Name these pitchers with at least 1,000 career major league games played.

Full Results:

Rank Player Total %ile 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Money Value (% Incorrect): 10 43 18 05 10 53 45 78 25 55 13 25 08 30 48 15
1 SteveWilliams 494 98 15
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2 KearnsT 491 96 15
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3 JeziorskiM 486 93 15
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4 SochackiA 469 91 15
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5 thorsleyd 456 88 15
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6 twarner50 441 86 15
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7 hoyalawya76 428 83 15
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8 GoodmanDL 426 81 15
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9 ztucker 423 78 15
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10 MBlumenfeld 416 76 15
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11 GarciaD 406 73 15
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12 BoyerA 381 71 15
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13 randalleng 379 68 15
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14 Ryno23 376 66 15
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15 EverettJ 371 62 15
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15 bev48 371 62 15
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17 jsparkyp 364 58 15
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18 KPope 351 56 15
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19 davedean 346 53 15
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20 Matto 343 51 15
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21 HomerS 336 48 15
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22 GrahamJ 326 46 15
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23 SchroederS 315 43 15
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24 Longford 306 41 15
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25 ChrisRosenberg 303 37 15
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25 WeikleB 303 37 15
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27 classicroadster 291 33 15
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28 akambour 263 31 15
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29 HightB 253 28 15
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30 Commodore 235 26 15
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34 SeigelK 166 16 15
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Questions:

This lefty is the all-time leader in appearances (1,252). After striking out Marty Barrett to end the 1986 World Series, he tossed his glove into the air and fell to his knees.

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Jesse Orosco

This lefty (1,178 games) debuted with the Atlanta Braves in 1989. He was traded to Boston in July 1995 but won three championship rings with the Yankees. According to Baseball Reference his actual first name is William; his middle and last name happen to be shared by an active outfielder (no relation to him).

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Mike Stanton

This lefty (1,119 games) with 424 career saves was a Red from 1984 to 1989 and then a Met until 2004. He pitched (badly) for the 2005 Astros but not in the postseason. This St. John's alumnus grew up in Brooklyn as the son of a sanitation worker.

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John Franco

This righty (1,115 games) had a career playoff ERA of 0.70 in 141 post-season innings. (8-1, 42 saves.) Thanks to the honor bestowed on Jackie Robinson, he is (and presumably always will be) the final MLB wearer of #42.

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Mariano Rivera

This righty (1,071 games) was a starter for the Indians, Red Sox, and Cubs before his move to the bullpen. He is now a studio analyst for NESN, where he has apparently feuded with David Price.

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Dennis Eckersley

This righty (1,070 games) didn't reach the majors until his age 29 season, but kept pitching until his age 49 season thanks to his knuckle ball.

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Hoyt Wilhelm

This lefty (1,064 games) began his career in Milwaukee (1986-1992), where he was a three-time all-star. He was the last Phillies pitcher to take the mound at Veterans Stadium, and has been an MLB Network analyst since 2009.

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Dan Plesac

This righty (1,058 games) began his career in Toronto in 1991 and ended it in Boston in 2008. He and Paul Spoljaric were traded to Seattle for Jose Cruz.

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Mike Timlin

This righty (1,050 games, famously none of which were starts) with a submarine delivery notched three saves in the 1979 World Series. Your smith's regret of leaving him out of the Pirates quiz is the biggest reason this quiz exists.

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Kent Tekulve

This righty (1,042 games) broke in with the 1995 Twins; Minnesota made him a full-time reliever in 2000. Like Torii Hunter, he joined the Twins broadcast team in 2017. In his final season (2015) he went from Colorado to Toronto as part of the Troy Tulowitzki deal.

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LaTroy Hawkins

This righty (1,035 games) was the first pitcher to reach 600 career saves and was the all-time saves leader from 2006 until 2011. He allowed a three-run homer to Scott Brosius in his only World Series appearance (1998, Game 3).

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Trevor Hoffman

This righty (1,022 games) was the subject of this passage from Omar Vizquel's autobiography:

""The eyes of the world were focused on every move we made. Unfortunately, [his] own eyes were vacant. Completely empty. Nobody home. You could almost see right through him. Not long after I looked into his vacant eyes, he blew the save and the Marlins tied the game."

This Dominican vowed vengeance against Vizquel and hit Vizquel with pitches on three subsequent occasions.

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Jose Mesa

This righty (also 1,022 games) grew up in Northern Louisiana and is often called by his full name, [BLANK] Arthur [BLANK]. Although he became baseball's all-time saves leader in 1993 (holding the distinction until 2006), in 2017 he fell well short of the Hall of Fame vote (34%) in his 15th year on the ballot.

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Lee Smith

This righty (1,010 games) from Santurce, Puerto Rico, broke in with the 1991 Chicago White Sox. In 1997 he, Wilson Alvarez, and Danny Darwin all were dealt to San Francisco in the "White Flag Trade." In 1999 he saved 43 games for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (who only won 69 games). His Wikipedia page refers to him as "(relief pitcher)" to distinguish him from the player previously known as Fausto Carmona.

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Roberto Hernandez

This righty started 7 games for the 1987 Phillies before moving to the bullpen (and to Seattle). He saved 79 games in two seasons for the 1998-99 Cleveland Indians after taking the closer role from the player in question #12. He shares his first and last name with a far more famous person who died in 2009.

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Michael Jackson

This righty (1,002 games) had been a White Sock and a Pirate before signing with the Yankees as a free agent before the 1978 season. This nine-time all-star helped the 1984 Padres reach the World Series. An outspoken critic of modern usage patterns, he inspired a boutique stat now used on Five Thirty Eight (and sort of named after him) to track effective relief appearances.

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Goose Gossage