Inspired by the Baseball Quick Quiz in Baseball Digests of yesteryear, this quiz will test your MLB knowledge. Answers can be found below the second picture, so don’t scroll down until you’re ready to check. Test yourself and then leave your score in the comments below. Questions are worth 10 points unless noted otherwise. It’s out of 100, and according to Baseball Digest, “If you score 80 or better, you earn an expert’s rating; 70 or better, superior; between 60 and 70, good; and between 40 and 60, average.”

  1. Reggie Jackson is known as Mr. October for his clutch postseason performances, stepping up when it mattered most. However, that wasn’t always the case. In which round of the playoffs did he have a career negative WPA (win probability added): ALDS: ALCS, World Series?
  2. Boston’s 2013 and 2018 World Series-winning managers, John Farrell and Alex Cora, both won another Boston championship – the 2007 World Series. In what ways did each contribute? Five points each.
  3. Who won the 2001 World Series MVP for the Diamondbacks?
  4. Who is the only #1 draft pick to win World Series MVP?
  5. Which one of these former NL MVPs never played in the postseason: Jeff Kent, Barry Larkin, Joe Torre, or Andrew McCutchen? 
  6. Fittingly, Mariano Rivera holds the career postseason saves record at 42. Who is #2 on that list?
  7. Of the top five players in career postseason hits, four are Yankees: Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Derek Jeter. #3 on the list is a former New York Giant and St. Louis Cardinal. Who is he? 
  8. The Houston Astros have appeared in four of the last six World Series. What year was their only other appearance in franchise history? 
  9. Who appeared in more postseason games: Ryan Howard or Chase Utley? 
  10. Mr. November Derek Jeter appeared in 158 postseason games, almost another entire season’s worth of games. Did he have a higher career OBP in the regular season or the postseason?

  1. Jackson had a career -0.23 WPA in 45 career ALCS appearances. 
  2. Farrell was the pitching coach, Cora was a utility infielder
  3. Both Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling won, sharing the award. They combined for all four of Arizona’s wins; Johnson had three of them.
  4. Stephen Strasburg
  5. Joe Torre
  6. Kenley Jansen 
  7. Frankie Frisch 
  8. 2005
  9. Chase Utley played in 68 games for the Phillies and Dodgers, Ryan Howard played in 46 for the Phillies
  10. Regular season: .377, postseason: .374

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