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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1914:

Armando Marsans of the Cincinnati Reds was suspended last night on a charge of causing dissension among the team. This action by Manager Herzog followed receipt of letters from the Cuban outfielder and Dave Davenport, a young pitcher, that they would quit the club unless given new contracts.
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Herzog immediately ordered both players to get out of their uniforms and off the diamond. Davenport was later excused in the belief that he was led into the matter by Marsans.

Regardless of who the ringleader was, Davenport was in the Federal League by the middle of June 1914. He had an absolutely absurd workload in the 1915 Federal League: 55 games, 46 starts, 30 complete games, 10 shutouts, 392.2 innings pitched, and 1497 batters faced while putting up a 145 ERA+. Davenport was never the same again, but to be fair, he had never been the same before.

This was the second time in two months that Herzog and Marsans got into it. This time Marsans jumped to the Federal League, playing nine games before an injunction forced him onto the sidelines pending the outcome of the Reds’ court case against him for jumping his contract. More than a year later, Marsans was permitted to rejoin the St. Louis Terriers, but the time away from baseball had apparently eroded his skills and ruined his career.


Monday, April 07, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-7-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 7, 1914:

Armando Marsans, the Cuban outfielder, who was ordered out of a game with Louisville last week by Manager Herzog, of the Cincinnati team, and who refused to play in games since then, had a long conference with Herzog [yesterday] and will rejoin the team [today] if a game can be played.

Marsans had been quoted as saying that he would jump to the Federal League or return to Havana.

As I mentioned last week, Marsans was a second-tier star at this point. In addition to being the first Cuban player with a significant career, he had hit .307 as a regular over the past two seasons and gotten MVP support both years.

His return to Cincinnati wasn’t a happy one, though. By June, Marsans and Herzog were at each others’ throats again. I’m sure I’ll follow the story closely as it unfolds in a couple months, but the Readers’ Digest version is that Marsans jumped to the Federal League, the Reds took it to court, and it pretty much ruined his career.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 08:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Friday, April 04, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-4-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 4, 1914:

Armando Marsans, left fielder of the Cincinnati Reds, deserted the team [yesterday] following a clash with Manager Herzog.
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On Wednesday Marsans was slightly injured sliding into a base, and was unable to take part in the contest against Louisville on Thursday. [Yesterday] afternoon Herzog ordered Marsans to play left field, but the Cuban stated that he was not in condition to play.

“Go out and play just the same,” said Manager Herzog. “I’m tired of all this stalling among you players.”
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As [Marsans] went through the gates he was heard to say: “I am through with the Reds for good. Guess that I will jump to the Federals, as they have been anxious to secure me all year.”

This was a pretty big deal. Over the past two years as a semi-everyday player, Marsans had hit .307 and had gotten some MVP support.

He was back with the Reds within a week or so, but jumped to the Federal League at midseason.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 14 comment(s)
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