Tony Blengino Appears on Baseball IQ Tonight

[Blog Update – Tony won his first-round match-up, earning $5,000 for Mariners Care. He will move on to face Shane Demmitt from the Angels in Round 2. MLB Network has announced the episode will air Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. PT. Way to go Tony!]

When you work for a Major League team, it is always good news if someone says you have a high “Baseball IQ”.

Tony Blengino, a Mariners special assistant to the General Manager, is putting that to the test, representing the club on the MLB Network’s first-ever game show, Baseball IQ.

Mariners Special Assistant to the GM Tony Blengino will compete on Baseball IQ tonight on the MLB Network.

The show – which airs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights on the MLB Network – is a head-to-head trivia contest pitting a player from each of the MLB teams (as well as the Hall of Fame and against one another in a single-elimination bracket format with a chance to win cash for charity. Tony is representing Mariners Care, the club’s non-profit foundation.

Blengino’s first-round match-up (versus David Nosti, an account manager for the A’s) airs tonight at 6:30 pm PT.

Think you’ve got a high Baseball IQ? Here’s a couple of sample questions (answers at the bottom of this post):

  1. Name the four pitchers to start an All-Star Game for both leagues.
  2. Name the last 10 Opening Day starting second basemen for the Atlanta Braves.

Need a hint? Both answers include at least one former Mariner.

The winning player of each episode wins $5,000 to be donated to their organization’s designated charity. The championship episode will award $25,000 for the winner’s charity and $15,000 to the runner-up’s charity.

More information is available by visiting the Baseball IQ page at

Answers: 1. Vida Blue, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay; 2. Dan Uggla, Martin Prado, Kelly Johnson, Marcus Giles, Quilvio Veras, Bret Boone, Tony Graffanino, Mark Lemke, Jeff Blauser, Jeff Treadway.

– TH

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