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Also, last week’s results which give us not one, but TWO entirely forgotten players at first.

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Last week’s results

A bit of a marathon task, made harder by the recent domination at first-base of a single name, leaving mere scraps through the end of 2018 for everyone else to fight over. This was reflected in a low tally of 29% across 96 attempts: yes, close to three-quarters of the names to start a game at first for the D-backs were forgotten on average. No prizes for guessing who was most remembered: Adam Rosales’s one start clearly seared onto our collective unconscious. Oh, who am I trying to kid? The real #1 was, of course, Paul Goldschmidt, though I’m curious about the one person who still whiffed. Mark Grace and Christian Walker, the World Series and most recent regular starter, rounded out the top three, both over 80%.

Those were, very much, the exceptions. Only a dozen got a passing grade above 50%, and the lower tier was a wasteland. No less than fifteen came in below 10%. Only one person remembered Ryan Wheeler. But that’s still one person more than the entirely-forgotten names of Kyle Jensen and Jamie d’Antona - the latter was one of the “Three Amigos” from the 2003 draft along with Conor Jackson and Carlos Quentin. Here are the full results, with the number of starts each person made at 1B.

  • 1059 - Paul Goldschmidt - 99%
  • 225 - Mark Grace - 87.5%
  • 178 - Christian Walker - 82.3%
  • 323 - Conor Jackson - 77.1%
  • 246 - Travis Lee - 68.8%
  • 202 - Chad Tracy - 64.6%
  • 176 - Erubiel Durazo - 62.5%
  • 43 - Xavier Nady - 61.5%
  • 162 - Tony Clark - 60.4%
  • 100 - Lyle Overbay - 56.3%
  • 31 - Jake Lamb - 52.1%
  • 175 - Shea Hillenbrand - 51%
  • 5 - Pavin Smith - 47.9%
  • 157 - Greg Colbrunn - 41.7%
  • 23 - Mark Reynolds - 41.7%
  • 1 - Yasmany Tomas - 39.6%
  • 143 - Adam LaRoche - 37.5%
  • 23 - Richie Sexson - 34.4%
  • 13 - Adam Dunn - 33.3%
  • 7 - Kevin Cron - 33.3%
  • 46 - Juan Miranda - 30.2%
  • 10 - Shawn Green - 28.1%
  • 40 - Brandon Allen - 27.1%
  • 12 - Daniel Descalso - 27.1%
  • 4 - Wilmer Flores - 25%
  • 3 - Jay Bell - 25%
  • 1 - Chris Herrmann - 20.8%
  • 2 - Ildemaro Vargas - 19.8%
  • 2 - Eric Chavez - 18.8%
  • 43 - Mark Trumbo - 17.7%
  • 3 - Alan Zinter - 15.6%
  • 17 - Rusty Ryal - 13.5%
  • 12 - Andy Fox - 12.5%
  • 29 - Josh Whitesell - 11.5%
  • 17 - Carlos Baerga - 10.4%
  • 2 - Eric Hinske - 10.4%
  • 12 - Alex Cabrera - 7.3%
  • 1 - Jarrod Saltalamacchia - 7.3%
  • 10 - Jordan Pacheco - 6.3%
  • 5 - Brent Brede - 6.3%
  • 1 - Danny Dorn - 6.3%
  • 3 - Mike Jacobs - 5.2%
  • 12 - Russell Branyan - 4.2%
  • 1 - Adam Rosales - 4.2%
  • 1 - Kristopher Negron - 4.2%
  • 6 - Chris Burke - 3.1%
  • 4 - Phil Gosselin - 2.1%
  • 1 - Nick Evans - 2.1%
  • 2 - Ryan Wheeler - 1%
  • 1 - Kyle Jensen - 0%
  • 1 - Jamie D’Antona - 0%

This week’s quiz

We move to second-base this week. There’s been no-one with even close to half the number of starts there that Goldie made at first, though I’m not sure if this will make things easier or harder. Again, it’s going to be the “long tail” which I suspect is going to be troublesome, with exactly half of the 52 players having made single-digit starts at second. The initials, again, should prove helpful, and at least this time you won’t have to worry about how to spell Saltalamacchia... But if you can reach one-third of these, give yourself a pat on the back, and go have a leftover slice of turkey or whatever. As usual, last names only are fine, and there are no tricky special characters this time either!

Here’s the quiz, or this is the link for those on mobile.