Quiz – Curious Connection (solved)
These batters are connected by dint of a certain career batting accomplishment that only they have achieved since 1946. What is it?
- Joe Medwick
- Bob Elliott
- Del Ennis
- Stan Musial
- Joe Adcock
- Dick Groat
- Hank Aaron
- Dave Winfield
- Eddie Murray
Hint: Derek Jeter could be the next player to make this list.
Congratulations to RJ! He correctly identified that these are the only players since 1946 who were active leaders in career GIDP without leading the majors in that category in any season. More after the jump.
Since GIDP were consistently recorded starting in 1933, these are the active career leaders in GIDP, showing also when each was the seasonal major-league leader.
|Ernie Lombardi||1933-47||1933-34, 1938|
|Bobby Doerr||1949-51||1947, 1949|
|Carl Yastrzemski||1978-83||1962, 1964|
|Julio Franco||2002-07||1986, 1989|
|Miguel Tejada||2012-13||2006, 2008-09|
Derek Jeter, who has never had a season leading the majors in GIDP, currently ranks 3rd in career GIDP among active players, but is only 5 behind Miguel Tejada and only three behind previous seasonal leader Paul Konerko. If he stays healthy, I would expect Jeter to play considerably more than either of the players ahead of him, so he could well be on this list by season’s end.
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