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Trivia Time: MLB Network Set To Premiere New Game Show "Baseball IQ" Tonight
Published January 24, 2012
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IN HIS BLOOD: Vasgersian has quite the background in game shows -- both as contestant and host. He co-hosted FSN’s “Sports Geniuses” from ’99-’00, and was a contestant on both “The Dating Game” and “Supermarket Sweep.” In addition, Vasgersian’s mother appeared on “Password” when he was just six years old. He said, “I think that’s how I got hooked in, subliminally.”
FROM THE CONSTANTS THEMSELVES: THE DAILY spoke with several “Baseball IQ” contestants to get their take on the show.
Q: How did you get the honor of representing your franchise on the show? Did you volunteer? Nominated? Lost a bet?
Giants Manager Of Client Relations Greg Marinec: There were two tests given. I scored in the top four of the first test, and was the high-man on the 2nd test, and off to Secaucus I went!
Rangers Senior VP/Ballpark Entertainment Chuck Morgan: More of volunteer, most of PR people were busy with other things. ... I was kind of next on the list.
Braves Corporate Partnerships Manager Mark Lehman: Volunteered to take a baseball trivia test with about a dozen other Braves front office staff and scored the highest -- won by one point.
Tigers Dir Of Marketing Ron Wade: It was a pretty intense process. The Tigers sent an e-mail to all staff letting us know if we wanted to participate that we'd have to take a written exam. ... The top five scorers moved on to a second set of harder questions. I had the highest score after it was over.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your baseball IQ going into filming?
Wade: Probably a six-and-a-half. I'm an American League fan, so I had to do a lot of studying on the NL.
Morgan: Baseball IQ from 1960 to 1975, probably an 8 or a 9 ... from 1976 to 2011, probably around a 5.
Q: What did you do to prepare for this challenge?
Marinec: Spent a lot of time on the Baseball Almanac and Baseball-Reference.com websites.
Wade: Besides drive my wife crazy by asking her to ask me questions? I re-watched most of the Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary, spent some quality time with MLB.com and Baseball-Reference.com, had my co-workers fire random questions at me.
Lehman: Borrowed some record and trivia books from our media relations department and studied “a little” over the holidays. However, mainly just went into this with what I already knew and didn’t know.
Q: Were there any subject areas you felt particularly confident in? Any subjects you hoped wouldn’t come up?
Marinec: I felt confident being able to answer questions about events and/or players that have taken place during my lifetime (since 1970). Not so much about stuff before that.
Morgan: Older trivia, more concerned about current questions than older trivia.
Wade: I was pretty confident with the Hall of Famers and I memorized a lot of milestone "clubs." There are so many possible subjects to cover, that I didn't fear one -- I feared them all!
Q: Was there anyone you looked to for guidance before heading on the show -- a Yoda of baseball trivia, if you will?
Lehman: Just my dog Charlie, asked him to wish me good luck as I headed out to participate.
Marinec: There really was not as I am the biggest baseball nerd I know.
Q: Going into filming, who did you see as your biggest competition?
Lehman: All of the baseball statistical analysts that represented a number of the other clubs. Couple of Ivy Leaguers in that group.
Wade: I thought going against someone from the Baseball Hall of Fame would be intimidating just because they had every team's history at their fingertips.
Q: Are your colleagues trying to break you down to find out how far you made it on the show?
Lehman: I'm just telling them to watch the show. I need ratings to launch my next career in television!
Marinec: Yes but at the same time, they realize I am unable to reveal. Only my wife knows so far.
Morgan: Not really, (they are) too busy getting ready for the 2012 season.
Wade: Yes. I hear "How did you do? or "Did you win?" at least five times a day.