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If you get more than 50% on this impossible quiz, you’re a throwback MLB expert | MLB.com

I got 9/10. Missed #4. Darn it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:29 PM | 64 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Batman Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5625606)
I missed 7 and 9, but 3, 4, and 8 were somewhat lucky educated guesses. So I guess I really got 5/10.
   2. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:46 PM (#5625617)
The last one is the best - I can close my eyes and picture him hanging his head and walking off the mound like that. Instantly recognizable.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:53 PM (#5625622)
Instantly recognizable.

Well, other than the fact that he was lefthanded.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:57 PM (#5625626)
I got 11/10.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:03 PM (#5625631)
8 out of 10. #2 and #10 were the easiest ones.
   6. Omineca Greg Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:08 PM (#5625636)
5!
   7. . . . . . . Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:09 PM (#5625638)
I got an 8. These were pretty easy, especially the first half...I missed Jose Mesa, I don't remember him being all arms and legs like that.
   8. Rally Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:13 PM (#5625641)
7/10. I feel lucky, except for the ones where I'm looking at a lefty and only one of the choices is lefthanded.


   9. Batman Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:18 PM (#5625646)
If the hitters had been whited out, I would have gotten four of the five of them. I probably would have gotten #4 with multiple choice too.
   10. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:20 PM (#5625650)
8/10. Left-handed Kevin Appier got me. So did Jack Macdowell.
   11. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5625673)
I'm aphantasic, so I presumed that I wouldn't get any of these except through luck, but a surprising number can be deduced through context clues. 6/10
(The last one threw me off for the reason cited above - I was like, it's gotta be that guy, but the handedness...)
   12. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:53 PM (#5625675)
9 of 10. I missed the last one, and knowing now who it was, it should have been the easiest one.
   13. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5625678)
It's funny what we find easy/hard. I thought Mesa and Appier were the easiest. Appier's jerky accelerated leg kick is the key. Mesa was simply the only human being who threw anything close to that look. I didn't need choices to ID Mesa. I was fooled on Todd Jones.
   14. mathesond Posted: February 15, 2018 at 04:12 PM (#5625682)
7/10, though with a fair bit of guessing.
   15. Batman Posted: February 15, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5625685)
#1 looks a little like Dontrelle Willis's motion.
   16. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: February 15, 2018 at 04:22 PM (#5625688)
Well, other than the fact that he was lefthanded.
(The last one threw me off for the reason cited above - I was like, it's gotta be that guy, but the handedness...)

Umm...#10 is throwing lefty when I visited. Did they switch it?
   17. TJ Posted: February 15, 2018 at 04:44 PM (#5625706)
10/10, with #9 being the toughest. #1 was the easiest, but only because that pitcher is from my hometown and I knew him a little, so I watched him pitch a ton. That was a very fun little game!
   18. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 15, 2018 at 04:51 PM (#5625709)
6/10 but my excuse is I've lived in Australia for nearly 30 years and didn't see much baseball before the internet made it easy so most of those guys I didn't see a whole heck of a lot of.
   19. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:00 PM (#5625717)
16 - I thought it looked righty? I dunno.
   20. McCoy Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:02 PM (#5625721)
Missed 7 and 8.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:04 PM (#5625724)
I'm aphantasic

I learned my new word for today. That's really interesting.
   22. McCoy Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:05 PM (#5625726)
I think 1, 2, and 10 were the easiest. 1 because there was no way that was Maddux and so that basically left Avery. 2 because of the knuckleball and 10 because of the girth.
   23. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:49 PM (#5625750)
9/10. Missed #6.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:04 PM (#5625757)

16 - I thought it looked righty? I dunno.


He's only lefthanded if you're the batter.

   25. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:44 PM (#5625830)
9/10, with only #6 incorrect.

Very confused about the discussion on #10 - he's clearly throwing lefty in the one I saw.
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:12 PM (#5625842)
#10 was just as clearly righthanded when I saw it. I even went back and looked again, thinking it might have been some sort of optical illusion. And post #10 here mentions lefthanded Kevin Appier- he was a righty for me.
   27. Tim M Posted: February 16, 2018 at 02:31 AM (#5625913)
9/10, I have no idea what Todd Jones looked like. Others I got just because of LH/RH and AL/NL type stuff. Quizmakers should have listed all the same RH/LH and league.

Clicking into the "easier/earlier" quiz, wow Clayton Kershaw has a weird-ass delivery.
   28. PeteF3 Posted: February 16, 2018 at 04:39 AM (#5625919)
This crowd skews younger than I thought if the Todd Jones question was throwing so many people off. It obviously can't be Alvarez or Swindell, and no one who remembers Dennis Martinez pitching--a small guy with a huge, hands-over-head wind-up--would see him in that silhouette.
   29. I Am Not a Number Posted: February 16, 2018 at 06:26 AM (#5625923)
#10 shows a (very recognizable) guy throwing righty and offers just one (obviously incorrect) righty as a potential answer. Don't be fooled!

Unless he really is throwing lefty and my brain is confused like the gold dress/blue dress thing from a few years ago. And the silicon chip inside my head gets switched to overload...
   30. Batman Posted: February 16, 2018 at 08:40 AM (#5625956)
David Wells is the dress from that picture a few years ago.
   31. Captain Supporter Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:29 AM (#5625979)
8/10 for me. Missed John Wetteland and Jose Mesa
   32. JJ1986 Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:32 AM (#5625982)
I saw the bottom 5 all throwing with the wrong hand.
   33. BDC Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5625993)
I wouldn't have the slightest idea who any of these were, except process of elimination via handedness (and as people have been saying, there seems to be a glitch there).

I have not watched much TV baseball – really, ever. I used to listen to a lot of games on the radio, and I go to the park a lot. But at the park you of course don't get that true CF-camera angle. So all these iconic deliveries mean nothing to me.
   34. dejarouehg Posted: February 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM (#5626005)
Missed Wetteland. Narrowed that one down to Wetteland and other. I went with other.

Todd Jones was a lucky guess for me in that I didn't remember Swindell and I didn't see a Fu Manchu mustache outline
   35. SoSH U at work Posted: February 16, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5626010)

I saw the bottom 5 all throwing with the wrong hand.


That's what I was getting at in 24. It's possible to see the silhouettes without a batter as throwing at you, rather than from the centerfield angle as you would with the first five. But I also find it difficult to try to envision him throwing with the other hand once you've seen it a certain way.
   36. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 16, 2018 at 10:55 AM (#5626024)
I saw the bottom 5 all throwing with the wrong hand.

I had to go back and look at it. I saw them all throwing with the correct hand. I guess without a frame of reference you can see it either way.
   37. Tim M Posted: February 16, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5626080)
How on earth are people mistaking RH/LH? The only way you could mix them up is if you envisioned the silhouette throwing toward 2B.
   38. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: February 16, 2018 at 12:55 PM (#5626100)
I see 6-9 throwing correct-handed away from me, although with some effort I can get my brain to invert #8 and have him look like a lefty throwing at me for a brief moment between his windup and his delivery, but he flips back as soon as he extends his arm.

But #10 is the most interesting -- when I first look at it he appears correct-handed throwing away, but after a split-second my brain flips him around and it becomes impossible for me to see him as anything but a righty throwing at me, unless I stop looking at it for a long time. But even as a righty he's still instantly recognizable.

Overall I got 7/10, and was surprised at how little I had to guess about the 7 I got right.
   39. SoSH U at work Posted: February 16, 2018 at 01:04 PM (#5626105)

How on earth are people mistaking RH/LH? The only way you could mix them up is if you envisioned the silhouette throwing toward 2B.


You can't mistake it on the first five. But without the batter serving as a backdrop, you can easily see the silhouette throwing toward you rather than away from you. But as Non-Youks notes, it's really difficult for an individual to see it both ways.
   40. PeteF3 Posted: February 16, 2018 at 01:05 PM (#5626106)
Explanation for the silhouette confusion.

If anyone here has ever seen Mystery Science Theater 3000, the same phenomenon occurs there where it can appear that Crow's silhouette is looking toward the camera and not the movie.
   41. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 16, 2018 at 01:38 PM (#5626129)
But without the batter serving as a backdrop, you can easily see the silhouette throwing toward you rather than away from you. But as Non-Youks notes, it's really difficult for an individual to see it both ways.

Wow, I just went back and, with a little effort, was able to see each of them as throwing with either hand. LH Kevin Appier looks a little like Aroldis Chapman, actually. It's not easy to stare at the same one and mentally switch back and forth between hands, but it can be done.
   42. dlf Posted: February 16, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5626154)
8/10. Maybe if I hadn't just seen the prior clips, but I had no problem assuming they were throwing "away" in the 2D picture
   43. A Dying Soul Posted: February 16, 2018 at 02:26 PM (#5626161)
10/10. Only one i was iffy on was #4. I knew it wasn't Sele or Langston, but couldn't remember Tapani's windup. But guessed right with Radke.

The others were easy for me, although to be far i had just watched a clip of Todd Jones getting the last out at Tiger Stadium last night so #7 was easy.

   44. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 16, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5626205)
#40 - Great reference! I'm guessing if servo had a bigger beak we'd see it too.

Again on Wells - we're all in agreement that if he is throwing away from us (like all of the first 5!) then it's clearly a lefty, right? I just cannot see it as a RHP no matter how hard I look.
   45. Tim M Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:00 PM (#5626235)
Why they'd suddenly flip to umpire-cam for 6-10, that is an odd take!

It is an amazing trick of optics and mental trickery though - if you haven't seen The Spinning Dancer do take a look. People almost kill each other insisting it can be only their way, when in fact she can be spinning either direction w/ identical "correctness".
   46. SoSH U at work Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:06 PM (#5626240)
Why they'd suddenly flip to umpire-cam for 6-10, that is an odd take!


It is odd, but I doubt the people who saw it that way really thought of it like that. They instantly saw the pitcher throwing with the one hand, and their brain wouldn't let them see it any other way (as the Spinning Dancer fights demonstrate). I know mine wouldn't let me.






   47. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5626246)
Why they'd suddenly flip to umpire-cam for 6-10, that is an odd take!

Even odder is that my brain apparently kept the CF cam for 6-9, but then switched for 10. But then again, I think we've known for a while that my brain is odd.
   48. Cris E Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5626251)
9/10. Missed #6

I would have had more trouble with the early ones if the batter hadn't offered clues a couple times.
   49. cardsfanboy Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5626252)
I have never really paid attention to pitchers or batter stances, it's just not something that interests me....and yet I got 5 out of 10. (two of them because of the situation or handedness helped... I mean the choices shouldn't have had both left and right handed pitchers)
   50. PreservedFish Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:29 PM (#5626253)
I'm right with you ElRoy. I knew it was David Wells and was even aware that I might be experiencing an optical illusion. Stared at it for a full minute or two trying to make him left-handed in my brain and couldn't do it.
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:32 PM (#5626255)
Something must be wrong with my brain, because the first nine of these look like they are clearly shown from a camera angle from behind the pitcher, the front foot is a dead giveaway.

But I'm looking at 10 and can't figure out how that is David Wells, (even though I guessed it was him by the body and the post throw action) but he is clearly throwing right handed towards the batter to me.
   52. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:40 PM (#5626258)
I think it has something to do with the positioning of the legs. If I focus on the legs, I can only see Appier and Wells either way. For the other three, it's pretty clear which leg is the front one. Maybe with Wells, it's nothing more than we had just seen 4 righties, so that's what we were condition to expect, and without a clear cue from the legs, our brains just went with righty.
   53. I Am Not a Number Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:48 PM (#5626261)
Ack. My brain allowed me to see #10 pitching lefty just once. Now it's gone. Now he's a righty every time.
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: February 16, 2018 at 06:09 PM (#5626266)
There is no way that number ten is not a reverse image... the leg and the cap and the lack of a butt all indicate he's facing the batter....it has to be a reversed image or a lie about it being David Wells.Considering the fact that the article is trying to make it harder as it moves on, then it does seem likely that the last option is going to be a full on mind-f--k.
   55. nick swisher hygiene Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:23 PM (#5626309)
Yeah, 10 is a righty, we are behind home plate, and I do not see how it's ambiguous.

If I try to imagine a lefty throwing away from me, I can get it to work for the initial footwork and stride, but the arm coming over throws me out of the illusion every time....
   56. Endless Trash Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:37 PM (#5626313)
Yeah I was baffled by appier because it looked like a lefty. But then if you focus on the feet, its clearly a righty.

Just one of those optical illusions that makes the quiz a little harder.

The last one looked clearly like a lefty and seemed immediately obvious who it was.
   57. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:41 PM (#5626314)
After spending far to much of my workday staring at the silhouette of Boomer, I have now trained my brain to be able to switch between the lefty pitching away and the righty pitching towards me. I can also now get Appier to be a lefty up until the point where he falls away from the mound, at which point my brain invariably switches him back to a RHP.

This is fascinating stuff.

Yeah, 10 is a righty, we are behind home plate, and I do not see how it's ambiguous.

That's the thing -- it never looks ambiguous. When you see him as a righty it seems inconceivable that you could ever see it any other way, until your brain makes the switch and then it seems just as plain and obvious that he's a lefty and always has been.
   58. nick swisher hygiene Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:56 PM (#5626317)
57--No, I understand you: it's just.....if I focus on the legs I can get my brain to where the windup and stride looks like a righty, but once the arm comes over the top I see lefty every time.
   59. Endless Trash Posted: February 16, 2018 at 11:06 PM (#5626320)
Wait til you guys see the blue / white dress.
   60. Stormy JE Posted: February 17, 2018 at 04:07 AM (#5626344)
Explanation for the silhouette confusion.
The more important question was whether the silhouette of Wells was blue and black or white and gold.
   61. baerga1 Posted: February 17, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5626387)
Somewhat shockingly I got 10/10, although there was plenty of luck. Agreed that #10 was easy. And #3 was easy for this Tribe fan..
   62. McCoy Posted: February 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5626389)
As others says if you watch #10's foot work it looks like a left hander but then gets confusing as it then looks like he is throwing at you. But if you focus on his throwing arm and picture him throwing away from you you'll see it a left hander.
   63. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 17, 2018 at 12:33 PM (#5626391)
8 of 10!

Missed Nos. 7 and 8.
   64. Lars6788 Posted: February 17, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5626472)
10 of 10 - watched lot of baseball highlights, collected a lot of junk baseball cards and there were clues whether the listed guys threw lefty and righty - give me players from other than the past 25-30 years and I'd get a lot less.

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