Belated Last Chance to Win a Free Copy of THT 2014!

So, I was supposed to run the final trivia contest for The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2014 last Wednesday, but I forgot. So I pledged on Twitter to run it yesterday, but again, I forgot. So, today, I finally present this year’s final trivia contest. Sorry it took me so long!

In case you haven’t heard, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2014 is now available to purchase on ye ole internets. You can find my post on the book here, Dave Studeman’s post on the book here, and listen to Carson Cistulli’s FanGraphs Audio episode with Studes here.

After you’re done consuming those posts, you can buy it from Createspace (where we get the biggest cut of sales), from Amazon (in both print and for the Kindle) and from Barnes & Noble on the Nook.

Because we’re giving folk, and since it’s the beginning of the holiday season and all, we want to give you a chance to win yourself a free copy of the book. So today, tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll be running a trivia contest based on one of the articles in the book. The first person to post the correct answer in the comments will win a free physical copy of the book (sorry, no free Kindle or Nook versions). It’s just that simple!

Today’s question comes from the article entitled “Revisiting The Book’s ‘Mano a Mano’ Chapter,” by Steve Staude. In it, Staude explores the batter-pitcher confrontation in great detail. One of the ways he does so is to create “families” of pitchers, based on their velocity and breaking ball percentage. The grid he constructed has 18 “families,” with one pitcher designated as the head of each family. Here is the grid, with 10 names removed from it:

Staude grid

Cutting to the chase, the question before you, dear reader, is this:

Can you accurately name at least five of the 10 remaining “family” heads?

Phrase your answers as such: Low Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Barry Zito

If no one gets five correct, I’ll revisit and determine whose guesses are the best. I’ll consider any answer I get before the FanGraphs After Dark chat tonight.

Good luck!




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Paul Swydan is the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for the Boston Globe. He has also written extensively for ESPN MLB Insider. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan.


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  1. ettin says:

    C.J. Wilson, Max Scherzer, Homer Bailey, Yu Darvish, and Felix Hernandez

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    • ettin says:

      Oops.

      Wilson: Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball%
      Scherzer: High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball%
      Bailey: Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball%
      Darvish: Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball%
      Hernandez: Low Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball%

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  2. KW says:

    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Yu Darvish
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Felix Hernandez
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Max Scherzer
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price

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  3. BMMillsy says:

    LHP Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = Jamie Moyer

    RHP High Velocity, High Breaking Ball % = Yu Darvish

    RHP Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = RA Dickey

    LHP High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = David Price

    LHP High Velocity, High Breaking Ball % = Chris Sale

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  4. Ryan says:

    Jose Fernandez, Bumgardner, Cain, Lackey, Ervin Santana, Gallardo

    Feldman, Quintana, Felix Hernandez, CJ Wilson

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  5. RMD says:

    RHP Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Mariano Rivera
    RHP High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Danny Salazar
    RHP Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = AJ Burnett
    LHP High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    RHP Low Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Hiroki Kuroda

    Then again, I’m also a Low Velocity, low breaking ball user. Me and Mo have something in common.

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  6. Low velocity, low breaking ball% (RHP) = R.A. Dickey
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball% (RHP) = James Shields
    High velocity, low breaking ball% (LHP) = David Price
    Low velocity, low breaking ball% (LHP) = Cole Hamels
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball% (LHP) = Jon Lester

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  7. JustAGuy says:

    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball%, RHP = Yu Darvish
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball, LHP % = David Price
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball%, RHP = Bartolo Colon
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball%, RHP = Felix Hernandez
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball%, RHP = RA Dickey

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  8. Brandon Firstname says:

    High velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Jose Fernandez
    Low velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Scott Feldman
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball %, RHP: Ricky Nolasco
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Andrew Cashner
    Mid velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Bartolo Colon
    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Dan Haren

    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: Mark Buehrle
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: Derek Holland
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball %, LHP: C.J. Wilson
    Low velocity, high breaking ball %, LHP: Erik Bedard

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  9. camdenhu says:

    LHP
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Wandy Rodriguez
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Gio Gonzalez
    RHP
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Yu Darvish
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Stephen Strasburg
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Tim Hudson
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Bronson Arroyo
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Zack Greinke

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    • camdenhu says:

      RHP
      Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Dan Haren
      Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = James Shields
      Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Felix Hernandez
      LHP
      Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = CJ Wilson

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  10. JPKK says:

    LHP
    Low V, Low BB: Jason Vargas
    Low V, High BB: Mark Buehrle
    Mid V, Mid BB: C.J. Wilson
    High V, Low BB%: Derek Holland

    RHP
    Low V, Low BB: Bartolo Colon
    Low V, High BB: R.A. Dickey
    Mid V, Low BB: Dan Haren
    Mid V, Mid BB: Zach Greinke
    High V, Low BB: Stephen Strasburg
    High V, High BB: Yu Darvish

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  11. JPKK says:

    Double post as I realized I typoed my email address in the first as I hit post.

    LHP
    Low V, Low BB: Jason Vargas
    Low V, High BB: Mark Buehrle
    Mid V, Mid BB: C.J. Wilson
    High V, Low BB%: Derek Holland

    RHP
    Low V, Low BB: Bartolo Colon
    Low V, High BB: R.A. Dickey
    Mid V, Low BB: Dan Haren
    Mid V, Mid BB: Zach Greinke
    High V, Low BB: Stephen Strasburg
    High V, High BB: Yu Darvish

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  12. Los says:

    High velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Scherzer
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball%, RHP = Anibal
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: Price
    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: Mark Buehrle
    Mid Mid, LHP: Lester
    Low Velocity, High Breaking, RHP: Fister
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball%, RHP = King Felix

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  13. Aaron says:

    LHP:
    Low velo, low BB%: Mark Buehrle
    Low velo, high BB%: Bruce Chen
    Mid/mid: Madison Bumgarner
    High velo, low bb%: David Price

    RHP:
    Low velo, low BB%: Doug Fister
    Low velo, high BB%: Bronson Arroyo
    Mid velo, low BB%: John Lackey
    Mid/mid: James Shields
    High velo, low BB%: Jeff Samardzija
    High velo, high BB%: Yu Darvish

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  14. George says:

    LHP:
    Low breaking ball %, low velocity: Mark Buerhrle
    Low breaking ball %, high velocity: David Price
    Mid breaking ball %, mid velocity: Patrick Corbin
    High breaking ball %, low velocity: Wandy Rodriguez

    RHP:
    Low breaking ball %, low velocity: Dan Haren
    Low breaking ball %, mid velocity: Bartolo Colon
    Low breaking ball %, high velocity: Kyle Kendrick
    Mid breaking ball %, mid velocity: Roy Halladay
    High breaking ball %, low velocity: Bronson Arroyo
    High breaking ball %, high velocity: Edwin Jackson

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  15. KCDaveInLA says:

    LHP
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Jeff Locke
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Jon Lester
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Chris Sale
    RHP
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = R.A. Dickey
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Justin Masterson
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Max Scherzer
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Andrew Cashner
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Jose Fernandez

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  16. MDL says:

    LHP, Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle
    LHP, Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = RA Dickey
    LHP, High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    LHP, Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = CJ Wilson
    RHP, High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Yu Darvish
    RHP, High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Matt Harvey
    RHP, Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    RHP, Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Hisashi Iwakuma
    RHP, Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Dan Haren
    RHP, Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Felix Hernandez

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  17. diegosanchez says:

    LHP
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Jamie Moyer
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Casey Fossum
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Daisuke Matsuzaka

    RHP
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Yu Darvish
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Brad Penny
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Greg Maddux
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Mike Mussina
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Kyle Lohse

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  18. JR says:

    High velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Yu Darvish
    Low velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Bronson Arroyo
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball %, RHP: Rick Porcello
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Andrew Cashner
    Mid velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Bartolo Colon
    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: R.A.Dickey

    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: Felix Doubront
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: David Price
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball %, LHP: Mike Minor
    Low velocity, high breaking ball %, LHP: Mark Buehrle

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  19. Jim says:

    RHP Low Velocity, Low BB% = Bartolo Colon
    RHP High Velocity, Low BB% = Max Scherzer
    RHP High Velocity, High BB% = Yu Darvish
    RHP Low Velocity, High BB% – AJ Burnett
    LHP High Velocity, Low BB% = David Price

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  20. JR says:

    Oops:
    High velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Yu Darvish
    Low velocity, high breaking ball %, RHP: Bronson Arroyo
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball %, RHP: Rick Porcello
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Andrew Cashner
    Mid velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: Bartolo Colon
    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, RHP: R.A.Dickey

    Low velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: Mark Buehrle
    High velocity, low breaking ball %, LHP: David Price
    Mid velocity, mid breaking ball %, LHP: Mike Minor
    Low velocity, high breaking ball %, LHP: Eric Stults

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  21. rzt101 says:

    LHP:
    Low BB%/Low Velocity: Mark Buehrle
    Low BB%/High Velocity: David Price
    Mid BB%/Mid Velocity: Madison Bumgartner
    High BB%/Low Velocity: Eric Stults

    RHP:
    Low BB%/Low Velocity: RA Dickey
    Low BB%/Mid Velocity: Zack Greinke
    Low BB%/High Velocity: Jeff Samardzija
    Mid BB%/High Velocity: Felix Hernandez
    High BB%/Low Velocity: Doug Fister
    High BB%/High Velocity: Jose Fernandez

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  22. Christian says:

    LHP
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Gerrit Cole
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Wandy Rodriguez
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Erik Bedard
    RHP
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Jeff Samardzija
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Matt Harvey
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = AJ Griffin
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = James McDonald
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = RA Dickey
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Doug Fister

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  23. Paul Swydan says:

    FYI, three different people have correctly guessed four of the answers. Who is going to bring it home?

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  24. JoJo says:

    Low Velo / Low BB% – Joe Saunders
    Low Velo / Low BB% – Bartolo Colon
    Low Velo / High BB% – Mark Buerhle
    Low Velo / High BB% – RA Dickey
    High Velo / Low BB% – Derek Holland
    High Velo / Low BB% – Stephen Strasburg
    High Velo / Low BB% – Yu Darvish
    Mid Velo / Mid BB% – Andy Pettitte

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  25. KW says:

    RHP:
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Yu Darvish
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Felix Hernandez
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Max Scherzer
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = Matt Cain
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Bronson Arroyo

    LHP:
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Cole Hamels
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Wandy Rodriguez

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    • Paul Swydan says:

      WELL HOT DOG, WE HAVE A WIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENER!!!!

      Congrats to KW.

      For the record, he correctly guessed Scherzer, Arroyo, Price, Buehrle and Rodriguez.

      Thanks to everyone for playing!

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  26. Tracy says:

    LHP
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Doug Fister
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Andy Pettite
    RHP
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = AJ Burnett
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Jake Peavy
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Freddy Garcia
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Jeremy Hellickson
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Bronson Arroyo
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Ryan Vogelsong

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  27. CLW says:

    RHP:
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Bartolo Colon
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Yu Darvish
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Matt Cain
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Max Scherzer
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = James Shields
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Bronson Arroyo

    LHP:
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = David Price
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball% = Jason Vargas
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball% = Cole Hamels
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball% = Mark Buehrle

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  28. William Wallace says:

    LHP
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = Mark Buehrle
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = David Price
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball % = CJ Wilson
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball % = Bruce Chen
    RHP
    Low Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = RA Dickey
    Mid Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = Bartolo Colon
    High Velocity, Low Breaking Ball % = Jeff Samardzija
    Mid Velocity, Mid Breaking Ball % = James Shields
    Low Velocity, High Breaking Ball % = Bronson Arroyo
    High Velocity, High Breaking Ball % = Mat Latos

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