Can You Match the MLB Star to His Current Team?

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Gavin Thagard

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

To be a star in the major leagues, a player needs to master one if not more of the attributes that make a team great: hitting, fielding, pitching and base running along with others. When you look around the league, how much do you know about the stars who have added these elements to their game? Do you even know who these stars are and where they play? Why not take this quiz and find out?

MLB is built around star power, sometimes literal power when you think about the sluggers in the league. Few teams can make a run at the playoffs let along a run at a championship without filling their rosters with such stars. Aside from a run at a title, star players also fill the stands with fans and give a city hope for the future of their franchise. 

Are you ready to test your knowledge on the MLB stars who are currently filling baseball parks around the league? From veterans like Clayton Kershaw to up and comers like Juan Soto, this quiz is filled with the best players around the league.

So while you wait for your team to take the field this week, start this quiz and see if you have star level baseball knowledge.

Recognizing his insane skill level, which MLB team signed their star player, Mike Trout, to the largest contract in baseball history before the 2019 season?

Mike Trout exploded into MLB in 2012, unanimously earning the AL Rookie of the Year Award while also finishing near the top of the MVP voting. Trout has yet to slow down since making his debut, putting up ridiculous numbers like a .306 batting average and over 200 home runs during his career with the Angels.

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Mookie Betts is coming off an outstanding 2018 MVP season as well as a World Series title for which ball club?

When Mookie Betts isn't on the baseball field for the Red Sox, you can probably find him practicing his bowling game, another sport he's involved in on a professional level. Betts, alongside his partner Tommy Jones, won the 2019 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational by defeating Terrell Owens and Pete Weber.

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A defensive showstopper with six straight Golden Glove Awards, where does Nolan Arenado play baseball?

The Colorado Rockies got one of the best players in the history of their team when they signed Nolan Arenado. Arenado currently holds several franchise records for the Rockies, including a hit streak of 28 games and becoming their youngest player to hit 100 home runs.

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Few young stars have as much fun playing baseball as Francisco Lindor, who plays where?

As a gifted switch hitter on the Indians' roster, pitchers hate when Francisco Lindor approaches the plate with that signature smile on his face. They hate it even more when he gets on base because Lindor isn't afraid to make a steal if the opportunity presents itself.

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Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the game for what team?

Max Scherzer pitched himself into baseball history on May 11, 2016 in a game against the Detroit Tigers. During the game, Scherzer strung together 20 strikeouts in only nine innings, tying a record held by two other players.

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If you needed a slugger, you'd sign Jose Altuve just like which team did?

Despite being one of the shortest players in baseball history at 5 feet, 6 inches, Jose Altuve has proven that he can send balls over the back fence as well as anyone in the game. Altuve even hit two home runs on the biggest stage as his Astros' team defeated the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.

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Christian Yelich was traded to which team in 2018, where he made his first All Star Game?

The second half of Christian Yelich's 2018 season launched him to stardom and helped the veteran right fielder earn the NL MVP award. During a 65-game stretch with the Brewers, Yelich hit .367 with 25 home runs as he showed the whole world that he had arrived.

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On what team did Jacob deGrom lead MLB in ERA in 2018?

Jacob deGrom helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series by posting a 14-8 record during the regular season. He only pitched one game during the series, which ended in a loss for the Mets. The team lost the series 4-1.

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Coming off a 310home run season, Alex Bregman is a rising star for what major league team?

Alex Bregman was drafted by the Houston Astros out of LSU, where he made a name for himself as a consistent batter. While in college, Bregman played shortstop, but the Astros put him at third base when he made his debut in 2016.

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Do you know where Jose Ramirez has been playing since making his MLB debut in 2013?

One of the best offensive weapons for the Indians, Jose Ramirez joined the 30-30 club during the 2018 season when he recorded 39 home runs and 34 stolen bases. The star Dominican third baseman was one of two players to join the club that season alongside Mookie Betts.

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Manny Machado earned a new contract with his current team at the start of the 2019 season. Which team did he sign with?

The San Diego Padres recognized that the future was bright for Manny Machado after his short stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They offered him a 10 year contract worth $300 million, and he quickly signed on to play for his new team throughout the coming decade.

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Since hitting 52 home runs in his rookie season, Aaron Judge has been one of the most feared batters in baseball for which ball club?

The Yankees have loaded their roster with sluggers the past few season, and Aaron Judge rivals them all in terms of power. However, Judge has been injury prone since his record breaking rookie season, even suffering an oblique strain that caused him to miss part of the 2019 season.

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After starting his career as a journeyman for various teams, where has J.D. Martinez found a home in the majors?

In his first season with the Red Sox, J.D. Martinez showed the city of Boston why he was worth a five year contract despite being 30 years old. That year, Martinez earned two Silver Slugger Awards, which was a first in MLB history, as both an outfielder and designated hitter.

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Bryce Harper was booed by his old team, the Nationals, when he showed up to Nationals Park playing with what team?

When Bryce Harper made the move from the Nationals to the Phillies, he also decided to change his jersey number from No. 34 to No. 3. The number change was due to the decision of the Phillies to retire No. 34 in honor of Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in 2017.

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Despite proving he was a star for the Diamondbacks, the team traded Paul Goldschmidt to which other major league club at the end of the 2018 season?

Paul Goldschmidt displayed his incredible talent in only his second game with the Cardinals. Facing the Brewers, Goldschmidt blasted three home runs over the back fence, helping his team win the game 9-5.

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With which team did Freddie Freeman win the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2018?

Freddie Freeman had to prove his worth in the minor leagues before making his MLB debut for the Braves in September of 2010. During his official rookie season, Freeman finished behind his teammate, Craig Kimbrel, in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

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Chris Sale leads a pitching rotation for what ball club?

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Yankees and the Astros on their way to the 2018 World Series, where they faced off against the Dodgers. Chris Sale pitched in the last inning of the World Series, striking out Manny Machado to win the game.

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Where has Joey Votto been playing since he was drafted out of high school in 2002?

The Reds have certainly been loyal to Joey Votto, but Votto has honored that loyalty by establishing himself as one of the best players in baseball, even at the age of 35. Votto's play for the Reds was even recognized by his home country of Canada, who twice awarded the first baseman with the Lou Marsh Trophy.

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Giancarlo Stanton was traded from the Marlins to what team after his 2017 NL MVP season?

When New York acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, analysts within the baseball world called it a steal for the Yankees. Derek Jeter, who had bought a share of the Marlins, was involved in the trade, and he was heavily attacked because he was once a star on the Yankees.

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A veteran pitcher who spent most of his career with the Tigers, where is Justin Verlander currently racking up strikeouts?

When he was traded to the Astros in 2017, Justin Verlander hadn't been selected to an All Star Game since the 2013 season. He finally received the honor again in his second year with the Astros when he went 16-9 and recorded 290 strikeouts.

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Despite an injury plagued season in 2015, Anthony Rendon returned to form the past few years while playing with which ball club?

Anthony Rendon made sporadic appearances for the Nationals during the 2013 season, making his official debut in the middle of April. The future star played in 98 games for the team that year, racking up 93 hits and seven home runs.

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Justin Turner proved that age is just a number when he was selected to his first All Star Game while in his 30s on which team?

Justin Turner earned the NLCS MVP with the Dodgers when he helped the team defeat the Cubs in five games to advance to the 2017 World Series. During the NLCS, Turner managed to earn a .462 batting average by going six for 13 at the plate.

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Do you know where Corey Kluber won 20 games as the starting pitcher in 2018?

Known for his power pitching style, Corey Kluber was given his first of two AL Cy Young Awards while playing for the Indians in 2014. The season was definitely a high point in his career, as he struck out 269 batters, but the Indians failed to reach the playoffs.

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With only one year in the minor leagues under his belt, Aaron Nola got his chance to play in the majors on what team?

When it comes to pitching, Aaron Nola is more about craft than pure speed, occasionally using a fast ball that hits the mid 90s at best. However, craft is all this pitcher needs, as he entered the 2019 season with a 41-28 record for the Indians.

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Trevor Story has proven he can be a crafty offensive player in the majors while playing where?

Trevor Story came close to joining the 30-30 club during his 2018 season with the Rockies when he put up 37 home runs and 27 stolen bases. Despite missing out on a place in the club, Story showed that the future is bright for this young star.

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Can you remember where Javier Baez has been playing since he made his majors debut in 2014?

Before his career in MLB began with the Cubs, Javier Baez had to learn the sport in Florida, where his skills developed after leaving Puerto Rico with his family in the mid 2000s. Though he lost his father at a young age, his pursuit of baseball as a career stems from his father's interest in the sport.

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Few players have received the accolades awarded to Clayton Kershaw, who plays pitcher for which MLB team?

Clayton Kershaw's entire career is tied to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he debuted in 2008. Over the course of that career, Kershaw has been honored with three NL Cy Young Awards and even earned a Triple Crown in 2011.

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After seven years with the Royals, Lorenzo Cain returned to the team that drafted him in 2018. Which team is it?

The Brewers scored one of the best center fielders in baseball when they signed Lorenzo Cain to a five year contract in 2018. Despite being up in age, Cain is still putting up catches that could fill a highlight reel, while maintaining one of the highest catch probabilities in baseball.

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Though Blake Snell is coming off a 2018 season where he won the Cy Young Award, he has struggled so far in 2019 while playing where?

Blake Snell is much too good a pitcher to continue his struggles as the 2019 season progresses. The Tampa Bay Rays know this, which is why they continue to place him on the mound despite a 2-3 record to start the season.

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On which MLB team has Matt Chapman proven he's a defensive stud?

Though he's still a rising star in the league, Matt Chapman is already receiving consideration as the greatest third baseman of all time. His short career so far with the Athletics proves why, as he earned the Platinum Glove in his first full season in MLB.

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Which ball club took their future star, Carlos Correa, with the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft?

It didn't take Carlos Correa long to establish himself as a star in MLB. After earning the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2015, he made his first All Star Game in 2017, while also winning the World Series with the Astros. Clearly, the future is bright for this gifted player.

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Matt Carpenter has proven his versatility on defense by playing several infield positions for what team throughout his career?

Matt Carpenter has been a consistent player for the Cardinals over the years, which is why the team has kept the veteran on their squad for his entire major league career. Carpenter's .272 batting average and 136 home runs show why the Cardinals value his contributions.

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Where did Kris Bryant win a World Series in only his second season in the majors?

If you want to see a player establish himself in MLB, look no further than Kris Bryant's 2016 season. Not only did he win the NL MVP award, but he also helped the Cubs defeat the Indians in the World Series to give Chicago their first title since 1908.

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Coming off a Rookie of the Year season, which team is relying on Ronald Acuna Jr. to put them back into championship contention?

When Ronald Acuna Jr. was added to the Braves roster in 2018, he was the youngest player in the league. However, he was already well polished with a great offensive game, which is one of the reasons he was named Rookie of the Year.

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At only 19 years old, where did Juan Soto make his MLB debut in 2018?

Juan Soto was an international free agent when he finally signed with the Nationals at the age of 16. He worked his way through the minors, where he quickly established himself as a star prospect.

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Charlie Blackmon has spent his entire career as an outfielder on what MLB team?

While playing against the Washington Nationals in 2018, Charlie Blackmon earned a hit for the cycle by smacking a single, double, triple and home run in one game. It was the only time in his career that he accomplished the feat.

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You won't find a more well rounded star than Mitch Haniger, who plays where?

Though he made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks, the Mariners were the first team to give Mitch Haniger a real shot in the majors. Haniger has not disappointed, even making the All Star Game during his second season with the team.

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Do you remember which team traded for Tommy Pham in the middle of the 2018 season?

Tommy Pham's time with the Rays has been very brief so far, but he has shown why he was projected as a star in this league. In just 39 games with the team in 2018, he earned a batting average of .343 and knocked seven home runs out the park.

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Eugenio Suarez is an All Star caliber infielder for what ball club?

It took an injury to the Reds' starting shortstop Zack Cozart for Eugenio Suarez to finally earn a regular starting spot on the field. When Cozart finally returned, Suarez was moved to third base rather than being put back on the bench.

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After leaving the Cuban National Series, Jose Abreu signed with which MLB team?

Before signing with the White Sox, Jose Abreu rose to stardom playing for the Cienfuegos in the Cuban National Series. Knowing his future was in MLB, Abreu left Cuba in 2013 for the Dominican Republic where he became a free agent.

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