David Kaplan Loses His Own Trivia Contest

Chicago media person David Kaplan got into it a bit with Cubs fans on the Twitters today because they didn’t overwhelmingly think it a grand idea to trade Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Brett Gardner:

Later, he apparently sought to demonstrate what a wonderful idea it was by setting up a trivia question that proved what a singular talent (the aging) Gardner is:

The guesses came in quickly, including multiple times from Cubs fans who thought Cubs leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler had accomplished the not-all-that-rare feat.

Kaplan dismissed the very notion:

Unfortunately for Kaplan, Baseball Reference exists – and anyone with a Play Index subscription can check for the answer in roughly 27 seconds.

Here’s the answer:

Rk Player HR SB BB Year Age Tm Lg BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Manny Machado 35 20 70 2015 22 BAL AL .286 .359 .502 .861 *5/6
2 Paul Goldschmidt 33 21 118 2015 27 ARI NL .321 .435 .570 1.005 *3/DH
3 Ryan Braun 25 24 54 2015 31 MIL NL .285 .356 .498 .854 *9/HD
4 A.J. Pollock 20 39 53 2015 27 ARI NL .315 .367 .498 .865 *8/H
5 Dexter Fowler 17 20 84 2015 29 CHC NL .250 .346 .411 .757 *8/H
6 Brett Gardner 16 20 68 2015 31 NYY AL .259 .343 .399 .742 *78/H
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/20/2015.

Oh well. Back to the drawing board.

Update:

Kaplan shifts the goal posts:

And:

Unfortunately, words mean things and his original Tweet explicitly says “this season”:

Carry on.

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