Sporcle Saturday: Guys from the D.R.

Leury Garcia (Portrait by Carl Skanberg)

Good morning!

This is somewhat of a belated Sporcle. Entering the season, I noticed that Leury Garcia was pretty high up on the list of games played for the White Sox by a player from the Dominican Republic, sitting in third place all-time. Well, 29 games ago (for him), he took sole possession of second place and now sits at 509 games played with the franchise entering Friday night’s matchup against the Astros. Not too shabby, considering he was the PTBNL in the Alex Rios trade with the Rangers that was (to my recollection, anyway) primarily about clearing payroll.

Every player deserves a turn in the spotlight, and today is Leury’s (barring some major offensive accomplishment in the coming months). It’s Dominican Republic week on Saturday Sporcle: who from that country has played for the White Sox over the years? To qualify, a position player must have appeared in at least 20 games with the team, while a pitcher must have appeared in at least 10. That gives us 58 guys: how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I think this quiz is pretty challenging, so I’ve allotted the full 20 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I provided the player’s tenure with the team, number of games played, and their position. The quiz is ordered by games, most to fewest.

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

  • The most games played by a player from the Dominican Republic is currently Adrian Beltre with 2,933. Albert Pujols is likely to surpass that, however, as he is currently at 2,910.
  • On the pitcher side, Jose Mesa owns the record, appearing in 1,022 games.

(Portrait by Carl Skanberg)

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41/58. This is a tricky one, and the cavalcade of relief pitchers from the 21st century makes it tougher.

The quiz is a reminder that the White Sox have never been particularly strong about scouting in the Dominican Republic. This list is dominated by guys who were acquired in trades or as free agents later in their careers. I’d be curious to see how a similar quiz for Venezuelan-born players would shake out, though obviously the top slots on that quiz would involve a couple of guys who started their MLB careers with the Sox.

As Cirensica

Right on the top of my head, I can think of at least 4 Venezuelan players that started their careers in Chicago. Three are famous SS, and another one is an OF with a famous hair.


Well, two famous SS started their US careers with the Sox. The SS who managed was acquired for a former Cy Young winner after coming up in the Padres’ organization as a minor-league teammate of John Kruk (though he did make his MLB debut in Chicago). Can you imagine the dugout chatter with those two as young men?

It is interesting that the Sox did a pretty good job of scouting Venezuela in the 50s and 90s when they weren’t covering the Dominican Republic nearly as effectively.

Last edited 2 years ago by asinwreck

Venezuela and Cuba will be fun. Panama and Brazil will be very short lists.

A Mexico quiz could be very interesting, especially if the criteria was not whether the player was born in Mexico, but if he ever played for a Mexican League team.

As Cirensica

Got 30, and today I learned that

This outfieder
Nomar Mazara
was from Rep. Dom.

Last edited 2 years ago by As Cirensica

32/58. Most of my misses were the relief pitchers.