Sporcle Saturday: Opening Day starters, part II

Welcome to part deux of our Opening Day starters series. As a reminder, each Saturday leading up to Opening Day, you’ll be quizzed on a group of positions; then, the Saturday after Opening Day will be a cumulative exam in which you’ll be asked to fill out each Opening Day lineup going back to 1990. So, class, pay attention. This week, we’ll be examining the players who started at second base and shortstop. There are a lot of familiar names on there! There are also some which may make you dig into the ol’ memory bank in order to achieve that elusive A+. Last week, KenWo and asinwreck ruined the curve for everybody by achieving perfect scores. Perhaps this week it will be you! You never know until you play. As Herm Edwards would say, “You play to win the game.” Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As always, first and last names accepted, in addition to just the last names.
  • I’ve given you ten minutes to attempt completion.
  • As hints I’ve provided the date and the position of the player, and names are grouped by year.

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

  • The high-water mark for WPA on this list was not terribly impressive, just .186 by shortstop in 1992. That was a 2-5 effort with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored in a 10-4 rout of the Angels.
  • The low-water mark was -.2, also by shortstop in 1997. That was an 0-5 with zeroes across the board in all categories. The Sox still won, though, 6-5 over the Blue Jays.
  • If you were to add up all the home runs on this list hit by a second baseman or a shortstop, it would amount to zero. That’s right: since 1990, no shortstop or second baseman has hit a home run on Opening Day.

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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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54/56. Embarrassed. Missed the 2015 and 2016 2B man

Patrick Nolan

56/56 with 6:54 to spare whattttuuuuupppppp


My bro got them all with 7:22 to spare. The sun shines on horses asses once in a while.

Brett R. Bobysud

56/56. Had to think for a bit about the 2B from 1992.


50/56. Forgot ’14 and ’09 2B; should have had ’01-02 SS; never would have remembered ’03-’04 2B.


I got 52! I would have never gotten the 2003 2B.


You and me both. I don’t even remember the name after seeing it. Complete blank for me.


10/56 not good

Right Size Wrong Shape

53/56. That was frustrating. For some reason I couldn’t think of 2014’s name. I also thought 2003 and 2004 was going to be the same guy, and I couldn’t remember his name either (even though I couldn’t stand

and you would think that vitriol would lead to me actually remembering his name). So I spent all of my time trying to think of him and forgot about


48/56. This is fine.

Plenty of 2B blind spots. 90, 91, 92, 03, 04, 15, 16
Only missed 16 SS


56/56, but this has more obscure players than the corner sporcle did. It inspires a possible future sporcle: How many opening-day White Sox later went to work for the team as managers, coaches, or members of the front office?


Once again, thank you Ted. I appreciate the time and effort it must take to put these together. You perform a great service for us.


46. The 90s were easier than the last five years. How the hell anyone remembers who started at SS in 2016 is beyond me. 

Josh Nelson

Oh man. How could I forget the *spoiler* years


I got them all! I bet the most obscure player for most people is the 2003 2B. I remember him only because I attended a Sox game in Oakland when this obscure player, with the bases loaded in the first inning and Buehrle on the mound, dropped a short outfield pop-up, allowing all runners to score. It was such a little league play and I’ll always remember him for it. Checked my memory against the article published the day after, and my memory seems to be mostly accurate. Mulder on mound for A’s.

Trooper Galactus

44/56. Would have been over 50 if I’d taken a little longer to think about a couple names from the early aughts.