Trivia Time! Players assigned ’00’ uniform in 2012

Jones is responsible for an unlikely trend.

The trivia question that popped up the other day got a decent response and was an enjoyable brain-teaser, so I thought I’d construct one that I actually know all of the answers to.

Did you know that Ruppert Jones was the first player in NPB history to don the ’00’ uniform back in 1988? Playing for the Hanshin Tigers, the two-time MLB All-Star had previously won a World Series in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers as an outfielder and DH.

He joined the last-place Hanshin Tigers in the summer of 1988 after playing in 50 games for the Texas Rangers’ Triple A affiliate. He returned to the Rangers in 1989, but he never made it past Triple A after that.

The number of players wearing ’00’ has grown over the years in NPB, and this season there are no less than ten players with the number.

Can you name the NPB players wearing uniform number ’00’ in 2012?. (←Click the link to go try the trivia quiz!)

The rules here are simple: follow the above link and try to name as many players as possible in five minutes. When you’re finished, post your score in the comments below, but DON’T comment on any specific answer until after 2PM January 23rd (Tokyo Time) so that everyone has a chance to try.

This quiz is pretty difficult, so I’m guessing that the average score will be around five or so. However, there may be a couple of you who can guess all ten. If that’s the case, then post both your score and time in the comments section below.

There are no prizes involved, so keep it clean by not doing any ‘research’.


About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Funnyball

    However, I’d probably feel more embarrassed if this quiz were only about Swallows players. 

  • Kozo

    I haven’t taken the quiz but I know I’ll only get 1 right. Our 00!

    • Yeah, it’s definitely not an easy one. Maybe I should have picked an easier theme. 

      Hopefully, somebody out there can get at least four or five of them right. Actually, come to think of it, I’m not sure that I can even do that (and I’m the one who created the quiz)!