Sporcle Saturday: 200+ home runs

Paul Konerko (Keith Allison)

With the Edwin Encarnación signing finally official, the Sox have fashioned their lineup into one that has the potential to be a legitimate power threat. Are they likely to bang out 307 home runs like the Twins did last year? No, probably not. Will they broach the 200 home run barrier? Yes, they probably will, and that would make them the first Sox team to do so since 2012.

The bigger question is, can they break the franchise record for team home runs in a season –242– set in 2004? That’s what today’s Sporcle will be testing you on: how many of the players from that team who hit a home run can you name? There are 18 players, good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted just 6 minutes for completion attempts.
  • I’ve provided the number of home runs and the position of the player as hints.

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

  • Nine Sox teams have hit 200+ home runs in a season, all from 2000 or later.
  • The first team in MLB history to cross the 200 dinger barrier was the 1947 New York Giants, with 221. Johnny Mize accounted for 51.
  • Just two current franchises have not crossed the 200 home run threshold: the Kansas City Royals (closest is 2017, with 193) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (closest is 171, in 1999).

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All data from baseballreference.com


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Patrick Nolan

Got 15, only really regret missing one.

VaChisox

12/18. Got the obvious but drew blanks on the others. Even after the names were revealed, I am confident that I never would have remembered them. 

asinwreck

17/18. I got those 17 quickly and then spent four minutes failing to remember

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Valdez
(if I ever really knew he was on the team).

It took me a couple of seconds to get

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Perez because I kept entering his name just as Timo. He should be just Timo, like Ichiro is Ichiro.

Right Size Wrong Shape

16/18. I don’t remember

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Valdez
at all. Also missed
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Borchard
, who I should have had.

tommytwonines

Only 9. 

By the way, looks like the 2004 team changed four starting positions going into 2005 (the championship year) – two outfielders, the catcher, and another upgrade. Sound familiar. Go Sox!

KenWo4LiFe

17/18. I could picture the last guy.  I guessed plenty of names similar to his. Stupid Boomer was 18/18. Chalk one up for the jabronie. 

Right Size Wrong Shape

Boomer is on a bit of a streak, is he not?

Brett R. Bobysud

16/18

Missed

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Valdez

and

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Davis

neither of whom I remember ever existing.

asinwreck

I remember being hopeful for

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Davis because he was a former first-round pick, but he did not have a productive career. As touted late-90s catching prospects from the NL West named Ben go, he had a less tragic story than the Rockies’ Ben Petrick.

roke1960

16. Forgot who replaced Mags in right.

Foulkelore

16/18 – Missed

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Ben Davis
and
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Wilson Valdez
, and I don’t remember either, so I’m ok with that.

Wellin17

Missed

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Davis
and
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Valdez
. I was surprised by
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Borchard
, largely because I thought he was a C, not RF. Shows what I know. Does he still hold the record for longest HR at home? I think it hit the concourse on the fly.