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MLB 2012: Which team?
Can you name the MLB team that accomplished this feat in 2012?
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Gave up the most home runs and gave up their manager to a division rival after the season?
John Farrell took the Boston job after the season.
Won the AL West?
They beat the Rangers in the final game to clinch the division.
Was the only AL team to win a playoff series in fewer than 5 games?
They beat the Yankees in the ALCS, 4 games to 0.
Employed the NL ERA leader for the 2nd straight year?
Clayton Kershaw's 2.53 ERA was slightly higher than in 2011 (2.28)
Won two no-hitters, and lost one?
That includes being on the winning and losing side of a perfect game.
Had the fewest wins?
They went 55-107.
Employed a player that pitched a perfect game and ended up with an ERA of 6.44?
That would be Philip Humber.
Had a run to the playoffs that spawned the phrase 'BUCKle up'?
Led by Buck Showalter, they made the playoffs for the first time since '97.
Had 12 different players start a game on the mound, en route to the worst record in the AL?
They finished 66-96.
Had the worst team ERA in MLB?
I guess we can keep blaming the altitude.
Signed a power hitter to a huge 10-year contract, only to see him hit zero HRs in the first month?
Albert Pujols finished with 30 HRs.
Littered their field while protesting a call in the NL Wild Card game?
They lost to STL, 6-3.
Had another miraculous playoff comeback, reminiscent of last year's World Series?
They scored 4 in the 9th to oust the Nats in a decisive Game 5.
Was 3rd in the AL in hits and struck out the least, despite finishing 72-90?
They also led the AL in at-bats, if anyone cares.
Scared other NL teams, drawing the most intentional walks?
Votto, Hanigan and Bruce got to know first base quite well.
Had a closer (2nd in the AL in saves) with the habit of shooting fake arrows after earning saves?
Fernando Rodney (0.60 ERA, 48 saves) had a fantastic season.
Had a player who finished second behind Miguel Cabrera in 2 of the Triple Crown categories?
Josh Hamilton was 2nd in HR, T-2 in RBI, and Adrian Beltre was 3rd in batting average.
Had the most regular season wins?
They went 98-64.
Had a no-hitter for the first time ever, breaking a streak of 8,020 games without one?
Johan Santana blanked the Cards.
Barely missed the playoffs in 2011, but was 12 games under .500 in 2012?
They won 21 fewer games this year.
Employed the NL hit leader, but again failed to finish above .500?
Andrew McCutchen also finished 2nd (behind Buster Posey) in NL batting average.
Had a player that led the NL in home runs?
Ryan Braun hit 41.
Won 102 games in 2011 but only went .500 in 2012?
A little bit of a dropoff.
Also finished .500 after making the playoffs in 2011?
Nothing much else to say.
Hit the fewest home runs in MLB? (It didn't stop them from earning a more important prize.)
That bigger prize was the World Series title.
Opened a new ballpark?
Including a beautiful home run sculpture...
Extended their World Series drought to 104 years?
And it wasn't very close...
Employed Carlos Quentin, who was hit by a pitch more than any other NL player?
Kevin Youkilis and Prince Fielder were also hit 17 times.
Had the worst run differential in the AL, but didn't finish last in their division?
They were 48 runs worse than the next-worse team.
Led the AL in home runs (as a team)?
They hit 31 more than 2nd place Baltimore.
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