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Baseball IQ

Baseball IQ, MLB Network's first-ever game show, airs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian, Baseball IQ is a recall-based trivia show featuring two participants, 30 minutes and a chance to win up to $45,000 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.

Participants include front office personnel, equipment managers, scoreboard operators and museum curators. When possible, participants have been matched up opposite club rivals: think Cardinals-Cubs, Red Sox-Yankees, Dodgers-Giants and more.

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.

Sample "Test Your Baseball IQ" Questions:

Name the four pitchers to start an All Star Game for both leagues.
Display Answer
  • Vida Blue
  • Roger Clemens
  • Randy Johnson
  • Roy Halladay
Name the last 10 Opening Day starting second basemen for the Atlanta Braves.
Display Answer
  • Dan Uggla
  • Martin Prado
  • Kelly Johnson
  • Marcus Giles
  • Quilvio Veras
  • Bret Boone
  • Tony Graffanino
  • Mark Lemke
  • Jeff Blauser
  • Jeff Treadway
Name the 12 players to hit at least 40 home runs in a season in the 1980's.
Display Answer
  • Tony Armas
  • Jesse Barfield
  • George Bell
  • Jose Canseco
  • Andre Dawson
  • Darrell Evans
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Mark McGwire
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Dale Murphy
  • Ben Oglivie
  • Mike Schmidt

Tournament Schedule & Results

Move your mouse over each particpant's name and team logo to view more information about them and their respective charities.

  • Team: Cubs
  • Participant: Ryan Balogh
  • Title: Account Executive, Corporate Partnerships
  • Charity: Chicago Cubs Charities
  • Team: Royals
  • Participant: Curt Nelson
  • Title: Director of Royals Hall of Fame
  • Charity: Royals Charities
  • Team: Phillies
  • Participant: Jay McLaughlin
  • Title: Baseball Information Analyst
  • Charity: Phillies Charities
  • Team: Pirates
  • Participant: Steve Morse
  • Title: Account Manager, Premium Seating
  • Charity: Pirates Charities
  • Team: Padres
  • Participant: Fred Gerson
  • Title: Executive VP and CFO
  • Charity: Padres Foundation
  • Team: Mariners
  • Participant: Tony Blengino
  • Title: Special Assistant to the GM
  • Charity: Mariners Care
  • Team: Cardinals
  • Participant: Brian Finch
  • Title: Manager of Stadium Tours/Museum Outreach
  • Charity: Cardinals Care
  • Team: Blue Jays
  • Participant: Howard Starkman
  • Title: Vice President, Special Projects
  • Charity: Jays Care Foundation
  • Team: Hall of Fame
  • Participant: Craig Muder
  • Title: Director of Communications
  • Charity: Hall of Fame
Demmitt wins!

Rules Highlights:

  • Two players square off in a 30-minute recall-based trivia format.
  • The game begins with the "Leadoff Home Run" question. The first player to buzz in and answer the question correctly earns one run and control of the board of eight categories. If answered incorrectly, the second contestant receives the run and control of the board.
  • Each category equals one inning. From innings 1-8, participants are asked questions that generate list-based answers. Categories end when every correct answer has been exhausted, when one player answers incorrectly, repeats a previously provided answer, or 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.
  • Runs are awarded on a sliding scale, so the deeper players get into a category, the more runs that category is worth. If the players provide all correct answers then they tie the Inning and are each awarded the corresponding number of runs in that inning.
  • Once a player wins an inning, if there are at least four more answers that have not been given, he can elect to go for a "Big Inning" and add two runs to his score. To do so, he must add at least four more correct answers to the question that inning. If a player attempts a "Big Inning" and fails to get four additional answers, he will lose the runs earned in that inning. Each player can attempt a "Big Inning" once per game.
  • Mercy Rule. If after eight innings a contestant trails by more runs than can be scored in the ninth inning, a "mercy rule" will be put into effect and no ninth inning will be played.
  • In the ninth inning, participants bid on the number of correct answers they believe they can supply for that category. The bid amount also equals the number of runs at stake. The player in the lead can choose to bid first or defer the initial bid to the trailing player. Bidding ends when one player stops bidding and challenges the other player to supply the number of correct answers to match his bid in order to win the category and earn the runs. If a participant fails to supply the number of answers that matches his bid, he earns no runs and those runs go to his opponent.
  • In the event of a tie after nine innings, both players are given one question to decide the winner. The player who buzzes in first gets to answer it. If he answers correctly, he wins. If the player answers it incorrectly, his opponent wins.
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