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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-17-2016

Tacoma Times, November 17, 1916:

There was great interest among baseball men today in the action of the minor league board in adopting a resolution which would abolish the drafting rule. The resolution would stop drafting from the American Association, International league, and the Pacific Coast league.

Should the move be adopted by the majors, the three minors in question would be elevated to the rank of major leagues.

I know I’m looking at this from the perspective of a hundred years later, but that seems like it would have been a terrible idea. Having five major leagues sounds crazy and unworkable.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-15-2016

Pittsburgh Press, November 15, 1916:

From a trustworthy source was learned one of the reasons why Organized Baseball is trying to form a third major league comprising Buffalo, Newark, Toronto, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Toledo.

It appears that several backers of the defunct Federal league who have not yet received a dollar from Organized Baseball as part of the peace settlement arranged last winter, are threatening to make more trouble.

Organized Baseball was refusing to pay the settlement while the Baltimore Feds’ lawsuit was still active, and the former Federal League owners were threatening to start a new outlaw league. The idea behind this proposed third major league was to take away eight potential markets from the angry ex-Feds.

I guess that makes some sense as a strategy, though I’d have been inclined to invite the Feds to lose even more millions of dollars trying to pass off inferior players in inferior markets as “major league”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, terrible ideas

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-5-2016

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 5, 1916:

If the baseball magnates, and the National Commission in particular, want to help baseball and restore the confidence of the fans, let them abolish the world’s series.
...
The mad desire of magnates to have pennant-winning teams in order to get a slice of the world’s series melon does a lot of good for a few teams and satisfies the fans of a few cities, but the fans and players of the teams in seven cities in each league are bitterly disappointed year after year.

This is an excellent idea. Also, let’s stop keeping score.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 05, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history, stupid ideas, terrible ideas

 

 

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