Sporcle Saturday: Cleanup hitters

Last Friday saw Yolmer Sanchez batting cleanup for the White Sox, which made him the 42nd player to begin a game batting cleanup for the team since 2000. Before I go any further, though, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due: the idea for today’s Sporcle came from KenWo and pnoles on Twitter:

Thanks, KenWo and pnoles!

So, I ask of you, the reader: how many of those 42 players can you name? There are a lot of easy ones everybody will get: there are also, ah, a few that will prove to be quite the challenge. Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As always, last names accepted in addition to first and last.
  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • As hints, I’ve provided the position of the player and their length of tenure on the Sox (which does not necessarily correspond with when they batted cleanup)

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or confuse your friends:

  • Since 2000, just two players have batted cleanup while playing second base for the Sox.
  • Likewise, just one shortstop made the list.
  • Unsurprisingly, DH is the position most represented on this list, with 16 names.

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All data from baseballreference.com

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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39/42. This is the most Kenny Always Gets His Man Sporacle possible.


36/42. Very embarrassed. My quiz and I dropped the ball like this. 3 of them I should’ve gotten no problem!


I forget

Alex Rios
every single time he’s on one of these.

Lurker Laura

Me, too.

Right Size Wrong Shape

33/42. Almost everyone I missed was a smack-yourself-in-the-forehead one. The most random:

Brian Daubauch


23/42 I forgot a few of these were even on the Sox.


Covey has had a couple of really nice games at Charlotte. When I see him in the majors, I wonder how that is possible.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I feel like everyone’s been too hard on him. The only reason he was on the team last year was because he was Rule 5, and he obviously wasn’t ready to pitch in the big leagues. Give him some time to develop normally, and you never know.

I’m not an expert. I just don’t understand what he does well. I don’t see stuff, I don’t see control.


I hope I’m wrong and I very well could be.

Patrick Nolan

38/42. This was very challenging. Missed Morneau, Johnson, Borchard, and Liefer.