Win a Free Copy of THT 2014!

Just as we did yesterday, we’re giving you a chance to win a free copy of The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2014. If you miss out today, don’t worry, there will be one more trivia contest tomorrow.

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 “Shifty Business, or the War Against Hitters,” by Jeff Zimmerman. In it, Jeff uses data from Inside Edge to break down how teams and players shifted and were shifted against, respectively, and what the ramifications of said shifts were. It’s a great read, and in it we find the nugget for today’s trivia question. Jeff found that seven players successfully bunted a ball in play against a shift more than once. Of those seven, just one player reached base four or more times. So the question before you, dear reader, is this:

Who was the only player to successfully reach base via a bunt against a shift four or more times during the 2013 season?

If no one is able to answer that question correctly, then the secondary question is:

Name as many of the seven players who successfully bunted a ball in play multiple times against a shift in 2013.

You might want to try to answer both questions, just for funsies.

Good luck!




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Paul Swydan is the co-managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for ESPN Insider. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan.

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  1. dpv926 says:

    Brian McCann

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  2. semperty says:

    Brett Gardner

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  3. MFG says:

    Carlos Gomez

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  4. pinch says:

    Robinson Cano

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  5. _C1V says:

    Adrian Gonzalez

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  6. camdenhu says:

    Jason Kipnis

    Robinson Cano
    Carlos Santana

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  7. Darryl says:

    Ichiro reached base via a bunt 4 times against a shift.

    Ichiro, Norichika Aoki, Brett Gardner, Will Venable, Jason Kipnis, Gerrardo Parra and Leonys Martin are answers to part 2

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  8. Dan says:

    David Ortiz

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  9. Simon Daillie says:

    Carlos Beltran

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  10. dgruss says:

    Starling Marte

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  11. Los says:

    Starling Marte

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  12. FishMonster says:

    Josh Reddick.

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  13. Los says:

    Leonys Martin

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  14. Brandon Firstname says:

    Joe Mauer

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  15. MDL says:

    Leonys Martin

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  16. Marcus A says:

    1) Joey Votto

    2) Ortiz, Gonzalez, Mccan, Fielder, Votto, Granderson

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  17. BucN says:

    Gregor Blanco

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  18. BucN says:

    Alejandro DeAza

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  19. elkabong says:

    Ben Zobrist

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  20. Marcus A says:

    Matt Joyce

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  21. BucN says:

    Shane Victorino?

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  22. elkabong says:

    Carlos Santana

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  23. Brandon Firstname says:

    To answer the second question:

    Gardner, Aoki, Parra, Ichiro, Venable, Gregor Blanco, Kipnis

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  24. Lenard says:

    Eric Young

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  25. Brandon Firstname says:

    Carlos Santana!

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  26. BucN says:

    Gerardo Parra

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  27. blobby says:

    Juan Pierre.

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  28. Rick says:

    Jason Giambi

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  29. DaveOB says:

    Shane victorino

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  30. steve says:

    chase utley?

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  31. Caveman Jones says:

    Carl Crawford

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  32. Saint Paul Apostle says:

    Carlos Beltran

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  33. Rick says:

    Matt Joyce

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  34. Brandon Firstname says:

    Alexei Ramirez

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  35. DetroitMichael says:

    Manny Machado?

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  36. Paul Swydan says:

    No one has got it yet!

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  37. Daniel says:

    Pedro Alvarez

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  38. Ben Hall says:

    Jed Lowrie

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  39. camdenhu says:

    Astrubal Cabrera

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  40. Dan says:

    Chase Utley

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  41. Doctor Internet says:

    Ian Desmond

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  42. KW says:

    Josh Hamilton.

    Hamilton, Beltran, Cano, Ortiz, Matt Adams, C. Santana, C. Davis.

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  43. camdenhu says:

    Michael Brantley

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  44. DaveOB says:

    Prince fielder

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  45. RJ Garcia says:

    Kyle Seager

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  46. Vitaly says:

    Robinson Cano

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  47. QuinnM says:

    Coco Crisp?

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  48. MDL says:

    Erick Aybar

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  49. steve says:

    raul ibanez

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  50. quickn says:

    Desmond Jennings?

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  51. FishMonster says:

    Seth Smith.

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  52. MDL says:

    Michael Bourn

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  53. DaveOB says:

    Paul goldschmidt

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  54. Beau Hammel says:

    Daniel Nava

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  55. Christian says:

    1) Michael Saunders
    2) Saunders, Zobrist, Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce, Luke Scott, Jon Jay, Michael Brantley

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  56. Mat says:

    logan schafer

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  57. camdenhu says:

    Shin-Soo Choo

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  58. RJ Garcia says:

    Ike Davis

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  59. BucN says:

    Andrelton Simmons

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  60. olethros says:

    Juan Pierre

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  61. BucN says:

    Jean Segura

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  62. semperty says:

    Elvis Andrus

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  63. BucN says:

    Asdrubal Cabrera

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  64. Damian Di Giulio says:

    Texiera

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  65. George says:

    Carlos Gonzalez?

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    • Paul Swydan says:

      WELL HOT DOG, WE HAVE A WIIIIIIIEEEEEEEENNNEERRRRR! Congratulations, George! That turned out to be a good one.

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      • Brandon Firstname says:

        He didn’t have enough at-bats to be “Qualified” and so he didn’t show up on the BUH default leaderboards.

        Cheeky, cheeky.

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        • George says:

          It actually took me a while to locate bunt hit statistics, and I eventually found them at baseball reference. There were 54 players with 4 or more bunt hits in 2013, and Cargo was the name that immediately stood out given he’s a lefty and hits for power (Puig would have been my second guess, but I’m not sure how much one can actually shift against a right handed hitter)

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        • George says:

          Of course, I just realized what you were talking about in that Fangraphs has Custom Leaderboards with BUH. I probably would have forgotten to eliminate the Qualified Min PA restriction as well, so I guess it’s a good thing I wasn’t resourceful enough to look through the Custom Leaderboards.

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  66. Rick says:

    Granderson

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  67. Mat says:

    brandon crawford

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  68. semperty says:

    Pete Kozma

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  69. BucN says:

    Jose Iglesias

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  70. BucN says:

    Jarrod Dyson

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  71. DaveOB says:

    Adrian gonzalez

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  72. BucN says:

    Junior Lake

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  73. BucN says:

    Emilio Bonifacio

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  74. BucN says:

    Scooter Gennet

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  75. ElJosharino says:

    Hosmer

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  76. ElJosharino says:

    Will Venable

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  77. BucN says:

    Pedro Florimon

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  78. BucN says:

    Jonathan Villar

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  79. great bay says:

    david lough

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  80. great bay says:

    Chris Getz

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  81. great bay says:

    jordan schafer

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  82. Rick says:

    gregor blanco

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  83. JoJo says:

    carlos pena

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  84. Rick says:

    Luke Scott

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  85. Brian says:

    Some of these guesses are funny.

    I’ll go with Joey Votto

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  86. Rick says:

    Lance Berkman

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  87. McCovey44 says:

    1- David Ortiz

    2- Robinson Cano

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  88. Andy Odenwald says:

    Norichika Aoki

    Ichiro, prince fielder, joey votto, jean segura, brett gardner

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  89. jpg says:

    Atlee Hammaker

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  90. Chocoman says:

    Leonis Martin

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