Quiz – Milestone Pitchers

You got the last quiz in less than 10 comments, so this one is tougher.

The pitchers in this quiz have done something that has happened in the AL only 13 times since 1930. That something is an event within a game.

The common thread connecting these pitchers is related to a career milestone most recently achieved in the 2011 season.

The list of pitchers is after the jump. What did these pitchers do?

The quiz has been solved in 82 minutes. The listed pitchers are those who, in an AL game since 1930, have surrendered the final career hit to a member of the 3000 hit club.

Congratulations to Topper009! And, honorable mention to stealofhome who was right on Topper’s heels.

Dave Roberts  Hank Aaron
Bud Anderson Carl Yastrzemski
Doug Jones Paul Molitor
Danny MacFayden Eddie Collins
Frank Castillo Cal Ripken
Tom Henke George Brett
Jug Thesenga Paul Waner
Dave Stewart Robin Yount
Melvin Bunch Dave Winfield
Dave Schmidt Rod Carew
Joe Blanton Rafael Palmeiro
Sean Lowe Wade Boggs
Jim Palmer Al Kaline

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Voomo Zanzibar
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While we are stumped for the moment, I can contribute this non-essential information: Five strikeouts in one inning has never occurred in a regulation Major League Baseball game. It has occurred at least three times in the minor league level. Mike Schultz of the Lancaster JetHawks struck out five batters in one inning on July 16, 2004, and Garrett Bauer of the Rockford RiverHawks struck out five batters in one inning on July 1, 2008. The only instance of a Major League pitcher accomplishing five strikeouts in one inning was when Houston Astros Joe Niekro did so in an exhibition… Read more »
Voomo Zanzibar
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It is NOT related to batting by pitchers.
NOT related to HBP.

The answer can be easily narrowed down here, as Jug only had 5 games:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=theseju01&t=p&year=1944

Voomo Zanzibar
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And what of the milestone achieved in 2011?
Javier Vasquez got to 2500 SO.
Is it about achieving a “good” milestone without actually being good?

John Autin
Editor

Now, now, Voomo — one can be a bad Yankee and still be a good pitcher!

Voomo Zanzibar
Guest

I know. That was just a stock Vasquez joke. I personally like him as a pitcher. He seemed to be doomed by public perception before he even pitched a game for NY.

John Autin
Editor

It can’t be anything about Game Scores, since Henke never started a game.

stealofhome
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Trying to compare Thesenga and Bunch, since they have the fewest games. Thesenga’s games don’t include play by play action so doesn’t seem like it’s a 4 hits in a row type of event

John Autin
Editor

It’s not about HRs allowed or HBP, as Jug had neither. Nor can it be about allowing doubles or triples, since no such stats were kept for Jug’s games.

stealofhome
Guest

Does it have something to do with 13 baserunners? I found a few pitchers that have games where they allow 13 BRs.

topper009
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It looks like Jug gave up Paul Waner’s last career hit in this game.

However, no one reached the 3000 hit club in 1995 or 1999, Bunch’s only seasons.

topper009
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I should say no one in the 3000 hit club played their final season in ’95 or ’99.

This must be somehow related to the answer due to Jeter reaching 3000 hits last year.

stealofhome
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Eddie Murray (95), Gwynn and Boggs (99)

stealofhome
Guest

Whoops, never mind

topper009
Guest

Nevermind, Bunch gave up Dave Winfield’s last hit.

stealofhome
Guest

Sean Lowe was in the game for Boggs last hit

oneblankspace
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Is it a milestone for the pitcher, or did they give up a milestone to a batter?

topper009
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Bud Anderson = Carl Yastrzemski

topper009
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Dave Roberts = Hank Aaron

stealofhome
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Joe Blanton = Rafael Palmeiro

topper009
Guest

I missed the AL thing, the answer must be pitchers that gave up the final hit to 3000 hit club members playing in the AL?

stealofhome
Guest

So gave up the last career hit to a player with at least 3,000 career hits?

John Autin
Editor

Just for the record, could someone lay out the proof that Thesenga allowed Waner’s hit?

Doug
Guest

Incidentally, as of today over at B-R, the game-searchable era now includes 1918.

Voomo Zanzibar
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Milestone Pitchers:

On April 2nd, 2012, a pitcher with a losing record signed a six year, 127 million dollar contract.

🙂

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