Sporcle Saturday: August demigods

Good morning!

As noted around these parts many-a-time, August is the month when Jose Abreu finds another gear and is nigh-unstoppable. Out of curiosity, I looked at his splits for the month of August over his career (as I write this on Thursday afternoon) and his line is .334/.389/.607, good for an OPS of .996. Per Baseball Reference, his tOPS+ (which measures his split-OPS relative to his career OPS) is 129. The next closest month? 102, in September/October.

Yes, it’s safe to say that Abreu and August (thus far, at least) are a match made in heaven. Or, as Josh has noted, Abreu descends from the heavens to become this new creature. It did get me wondering, though: who else in their White Sox career has done well in this month?

That’s what today’s Sporcle is all about! You’ll be tasked with naming other White Sox batters to log an OPS of .850 or greater, in a minimum of 100 plate appearances. In all, there are 33 guys: how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the year(s) the player was with the Sox and their position.

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

  • Most of these players weren’t exactly fleet of foot (or just didn’t log enough time to compile additional numbers), but one guy on here leads all these players in triples (17) and stolen bases (also 17).
  • Abreu is just one of twelve players in Major League Baseball history to log an OPS of at least .990 and have at least 900 plate appearances in their career during the month of August.
  • The only other active player on that list is Giancarlo Stanton, who is .004 points lower than Abreu, at .992.
  • Here’s the list, in case you were curious.

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All data from Baseball Reference’s stathead.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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29/33, and my misses were from the 30s and 40s. I should have gotten the 1936-37 OF, and I guess I’m pleased to learn that

an old vet had some good days decades before the ‘Kenny always gets his man’ era
Rudy York caught fire with the Sox on the field as well as in his hotel room

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Always liked the 94-97 UTIL.


24/33. Definitely should have had 3 or 4 more.