Just in time for Opening Day, some factoids and a pop quiz to get you up loosened up.


April 01, 2001|By Sun Staff

They say you can't tell the players without a program. But for fans of the Baltimore Orioles this season, even that might not be enough.

Sure, Cal is back, as always. Brady and Bordick and DeShields and Conine are familiar faces. But the rest of the roster is still a bit of a mystery.

So, just in time for Opening Day tomorrow, here are a few facts and figures to help acquaint you with the 2001 O's, those with the club now and assorted prospects. All facts come straight from the team's official information and record book as of spring training.

A few warm-up tosses

Homegrown?: Number of O's players born in Maryland: 2. Number born in Aruba: 3. In California and the Dominican Republic: 9 each. In Netherland Antilles: 1.

Beach boy: One of those Aruba natives is pitcher Sidney Ponson, who lists among his hobbies wind surfing, sailing, scuba diving and beach volleyball.

"War and Peace": Number of pages in official guide dedicated to Cal Ripken Jr.: 18.

Where will he run between innings now?: O's new bench coach: Former third-base coach Sam Perlozzo. New third-base coach: Tom Trebelhorn. Among his qualifications: A degree in social science and a minor in math.

Kiss and tell: Manager Mike Hargrove's wife, Sharon, is the author of "Safe at Home," a book about the life of a baseball wife.

Now the hard part

1. Name the O's only two switch-hitters.

2. With their combined years of service, they are probably the longest-serving father and two sons in the Orioles organization.

3. He was the toughest player in the American League to force into a doubleplay last season.

4. He attended Jefferson Davis Community College in Alabama.

5. He is only the fifth native of the island nation of Curacao to play in the major leagues.

6. He was a pitcher in college at UCLA.

7. He once won a slam dunk contest, signed to play basketball a Villanova University, and has a child named Diamond.

8. The only baseball player named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" of 2000.

9. His alma mater, Red Oak High School outside Dallas, named its baseball field in his honor last year.

10. He has the same name, wears the same number and plays the same position as a former Oriole, but is no relation.

11. His grandfather, father and an uncle all have been major league players.

12. What does pitcher Pat Hentgen have in common with superstars Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez and (hiss!) Mike Mussina?

13. He gave up his No. 41 to Hentgen when he arrived this past off-season. Who is he and what is his new number?

14. He was a member of last year's gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic baseball team.

15. He drove in the record-setting 23rd run in the O's 23-1 victory over the Toronto Bluejays last September.

16. He is a 1991 graduate of the Tourist Economy School in Aruba.

17. He holds the major league record for the most appearances in relief before starting a game as a pitcher. (He also has a son named Satchel.)

18. He collects baseball cards and is a historian of the former Negro Leagues.

19. He was an amateur boxer and also played professional soccer.

20. In his first major league game, he struck out the first three batters he faced: The current Yankees' Murderers Row -- Chuck Knoblauch, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams.

21. He was the 80th player ever to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.

22. His father, a pitcher, was the only player to play for both the Seattle Pilots (the team that became the Milwaukee Brewers) and the Seattle Mariners.

23. He set the NCAA record for most batters hit by a pitch in a season. (It's only coincidental that he went to Duke University.)

24. Bonus question: Pitcher who has given up three of the eight longest home runs ever hit at Camden Yards.

Answers to the Orioles trivia quiz

1. David Segui, Eugene Kingsale

2. Umpires attendant Ernie Tyler and his sons Jim (O's clubhouse manager) and Fred (visiting clubhouse manager)

3. Brady Anderson

4. Pitcher John Bale

5. Infielder Ivanon Coffie

6. Utility man Jeff Conine

7. Delino DeShields

8. Pitcher Scott Erickson

9. Relief pitcher Buddy Groom

10. Pitcher Juan Guzman, No. 57

11. Infielder Jerry Hairston

12. Eight consecutive seasons with 10 or more victories.

13. Pitcher Jason Johnson, No. 16

14. Utility player Mike Kinkade

15. Catcher Fernando Lunar

16. Pitcher Calvin Maduro

17. Chuck McElroy, 603 relief appearances

18. Pitcher Alan Mills

19. Outfielder Melvin Mora

20. John Parrish

21. Chris Richard, July 17, 2000, at Minnesota

22. David Segui's father, Diego Segui

23. Mike Trombley hit 20 batters

24. Former Oriole Mike Mussina

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