Sporcle Saturday: DH dingers

As Greg outlined on Thursday, DH is a position of need entering the offseason. Sox hitters, were, uh, not good in that position over the course of the 2019 season, so hopefully they’ll upgrade over the winter and 2020 will be a story of better…well, everything.

Enter today’s Sporcle! Yes, home runs don’t tell the whole story of a DH, but it does help if they hit them. (Which, if you read Greg’s article, means no 2019 Sox DH met the minimum for today’s Sporcle.) Still, Baseball Reference’s sOPS+ put the Sox *generally* above league average if they hit 10 home runs or more out of the DH spot in the lineup. And that’s your task: of the players to hit home runs as a DH, how many hit 10 or more in 1 season? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 7 minutes for completion attempts. There are several repeat names.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season, number of games in which they appeared as a DH, and the number of home runs hit.
  • Just to reiterate, the home run must have been hit when the player was in the DH spot of the lineup.

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

  • The average triple-slash from this list is: .259/.351/.479
  • 59 players in Sox history have hit at least 1 home run as a DH.
  • David Ortiz holds the MLB record for most home runs out of the DH spot, with 47 in 138 games in 2006.

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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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Right Size Wrong Shape

That was really weird. I got 34/37, but I missed

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Davidson
and
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Canseco
, who should have been fairly obvious.

asinwreck

37/37.

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Deron Johnson
was a shot in the dark, but he seemed more plausible than
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Mark Kotsay
,
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Adam LaRoche
, or
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Yonder Alonso
.

Guesses I made who did not make the cut include

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Bo Jackson, Jose Canseco, Carlos Martinez, Ivan Calderon, and Greg Walker
.

KenWo4LiFe

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Canseco
is on there

asinwreck

Ha, I was typing and didn’t notice the name popped up. I entered him right after

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Everett
and before
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Dunn
, so maybe the bulk results for the latter made me forget.

VaChisox

Got 36 in less than two minutes. It took me another 2:00 to guess the 1975 guy. I got the right last name but was thinking of

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Lamar and got Deron

KenWo4LiFe

36/37

Pissed I missed 

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Carlos May 

roke1960

35/37. Just drew a blank on two fairly easy ones.

As Cirensica

31 out 37…not bad.
I missed

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Julio Franco

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Kittle

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May

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Johnson

As Cirensica

btw… I didn’t even bother to try

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Adam LaRoche

Trooper Galactus

Given there’s no 2015 entry, of course not.

As Cirensica

I actually didn’t pay attention to the years