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Baseball IQ

Baseball IQ

  • Premiered: 
    January 24, 2012
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  • Network: MLB Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Quiz
  • Tags: baseball

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Plot Synopsis

Thirty-two participants -- one each from all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum -- answer baseball trivia questions in a single-elimination, bracket-style competition as they compete against each other trying to win money for charity. Questions will cover all things baseball -- from current players and managers to World Series champions, MVPs, Cy Young Award winners, Hall of Famers, milestones and more. Each 30-minute episode begins with a "Leadoff Home Run" question, followed by nine innings of play, with one category per inning. For the first eight innings, participants are asked questions that generate list-based answers, and the inning ends when: (a) every correct answer has been exhausted, (b) when one player answers incorrectly, (c) repeats a previously provided answer, or (d) cannot provide an answer. However, if the first player to answer answers incorrectly, then the other player must provide at least one correct answer in order to win the inning. Players are awarded runs for winning an inning, with runs awarded on a sliding scale, so the deeper players get into a category, the more runs that category is worth. The players enter the ninth inning, unless the mercy rule is invoked because the losing player has no chance of winning, where participants must bid on the number of correct answers they believe they can supply for that category and bidding ends when one player stops bidding and challenges the other player to supply the number of correct answers to match his bid. Participants are matched up in a bracket opposite their clubs' rivals, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Texas Rangers. The winning player of each episode will win $5,000 for the organization's charity they represent. The championship episode will award $25,000 for the winner's charity and $15,000 to the runner-up's charity. Contestants include (in alphabetical order by team's city): Mark Lehman (Corporate Partnerships Manager; Atlanta Braves); Josh DeFamio (Supervisor, dbTV Graphics; Arizona Diamondbacks); Jay Moskowitz (Coordinator, Baseball Information; Baltimore Orioles); Billy Broadbent (Video Coordinator; Boston Red Sox); Ryan Balogh (Account Executive, Corporate Partnerships; Chicago Cubs); Rich Linville (Scoreboard Operator; Cincinnati Reds); Jeff Stocker (Season Ticket Account Executive; Cleveland Indians); Aaron Heinrich (Director of Retail Operations; Colorado Rockies); Dan Fabian (Director of Baseball Operations; Chicago White Sox); Ron Wade (Director of Marketing; Detroit Tigers); Benjamin Coburn (Ticket Sales Representative; Houston Astros); Curt Nelson (Director of Royals Hall of Fame; Kansas City Royals); Shane Demmitt (Assistant Equipment Manager; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim); Seth Bluman (Director of Ticket Operations; Los Angeles Dodgers); Dan Noffsinger (Assistant Director of Pro Scouting; Miami Marlins); Jeff Hibicke (Senior Account Executive, Client Services; Milwaukee Brewers); Craig Nordquist (Guest Services; Minnesota Twins); Ben Baumer (Statistical Analyst; New York Mets); Brian Richards (Museum Curator; New York Yankees); David Nosti (Account Manager; Oakland A's); Jay McLaughlin (Baseball Information Analyst; Philadelphia Phillies); Steve Morse (Account Manager, Premium Seating; Pittsburgh Pirates); Brian Finch (Manager of Stadium Tours/Museum Outreach; St. Loius Cardinals); Fred Gerson (Executive VP and CFO; San Diego Padres); Greg Marinec (Manager of Client Relations; San Francisco Giants); Tony Blengino (Special Assistant to the GM; Seattle Mariners); Shawn Hoffman (Assistant, Baseball Research & Development; Tampa Bay Rays); Chuck Morgan (Senior Vice President, Ballpark Entertainment; Texas Rangers); Howard Starkman (Vice President, Special Projects; Toronto Blue Jays); Samuel Mondry-Cohen (Baseball Operations Analyst; Washington Nationals); Cory Schwartz (VP of Statistics;; and Craig Muder (Director of Communications; National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum).