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Sporcle Saturday: Royal Sox

As noted last week, the White Sox added some coal to the lukewarm hot stove via their three-way deal with the Royals and the Dodgers. The addition of Joakim Soria from the Royals will make him the 85th player to appear in a game for both franchises. By now, you can see where this is leading. Your mission for today, should you choose to accept it: name the players who have appeared in the most games for both the White Sox and the Royals. Now, allow me to help slow your quickening pulse: no, you do not have to name all 85 players. To make the list *more* manageable, I’ve set some limits:

  • For batters: to qualify, a batter must have logged at least 80 games with each team.
  • For pitchers: to qualify, a pitcher must have logged at least 20 games as a starter, 40 relief appearances, or a combination of both, with each team.

Good luck!

Other quiz parameters

  • As usual, last names only are accepted, in addition to both first and last.
  • I’ve given you ten minutes to attempt completion.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the player’s length of tenure with the White Sox, and the primary position that they played.

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

  • The batter who played the least for each team? Angel Sanchez, with one game (2 ABs in 2013) with the Sox and 8 games (27 ABs in 2006) with the Royals.
  • On the pitching side, Rich Saveur (1996/1992) and Pete Filson (1986/1990) are tied with 3 appearances apiece for the Sox and 8 with the Royals.
  • 249: the most combined home runs for a player on this list.

Direct link to quiz here

All data from baseballreference.com


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Trooper Galactus
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Didn’t even know Bannister pitched for the Royals.

Brett R. Bobysud
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Brett R. Bobysud

I think this list is missing a player.

I won’t name him, but he played for the Sox in ’07, though I’m pretty sure many of us would rather forget that he did.

steely3000
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steely3000

Also the 1991-97 guy was a RP as far as I remember. Not that it matters as I likely wouldn’t have gotten him anyway.

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Right Size Wrong Shape

If he’s the one I’m thinking of, it looks like he only played 13 games for the Royals

Brett R. Bobysud
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Brett R. Bobysud

According to his baseball reference page, the player I’m referring to appeared in 132 games for the Royals and 19 for the Sox.

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Right Size Wrong Shape

Definitely a different guy then 🙂

Brett R. Bobysud
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Brett R. Bobysud

My Mistake!

tony962
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tony962

Pods?

steely3000
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steely3000

I sucked at this one. I got 7. I got the first 5 and the last 2.

VAChisox
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VAChisox

I got 13, which I guess is ok; the only ones that I did not get that I should have were the 91-97 pitcher (which is a RP not a SP), the 09-13 OF (why do I always forget him), and the 71-76 OF. The rest I never would have remembered

KenWo4LiFe
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KenWo4LiFe

16. Kicking myself for one more. I felt like I did bad on this quiz but after looking at the answers maybe not so much. And yes 1991-1997 was a RP not a SP. I got him anyway.

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Right Size Wrong Shape

14/27

Great quiz!

Didn’t feel too bad about it.  One from the 70’s that I really should have got, and one of my favorite names from the early 80’s that I just didn’t realize played for the Royals.

With the MiGo signing I thought that today’s quiz was going to be Sox who had multiple stints with the team (no idea how hard that would be to compile, though).

asinwreck
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asinwreck

24/27, missing a gospel singer, a guy who wasn’t actually a SP that helped the Sox win the AL West in 1993 (and I had no idea ever pitched in Kansas City), and I plumb forgot a guy whose name was part of a Stephen King book title was on the Sox.

Brett R. Bobysud
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Brett R. Bobysud
Trooper Galactus
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He only made 19 relief appearances for the White Sox, so he didn’t qualify, though I did guess him.

katiesphil
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katiesphil

13, and as always, missed at least two I should hang my head over. Others, well, maybe not so much.

Kvothe
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Kvothe

I’m ashamed of how well I did. (19/28)

Patrick Nolan
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I got 16/18 from the 90s on.

I kept trying Jason Frasor over and over again but didn’t read the criteria.