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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-3-2014

Connie Mack responds to Eddie Plank signing with the Federal League, Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 3, 1914:

“I wish him the best of luck,” said Connie Mack [last night], when told that Eddie Plank had signed a Federal League contract.

“Are you sorry to see him go?” Mack was asked.

“Oh, no,” he replied. “I was through with him. He was after the money, and he was willing to go to the Federals…He was a wonderful pitcher and he is a good one yet.”
...
Mack startled the baseball world shortly after the world’s series by announcing he had asked waivers on Plank, [Chief] Bender, and [Jack] Coombs.

Plank, as you might expect, dominated the inferior talent in the Federal League in 1915, winning 21 games while leading the league in ERA+, FIP, WHIP, HR/9, BB/9, and K/BB ratio.

Gettysburg Eddie still had it when the Federals imploded and he came back to the American League as a 40-year-old, putting up a 125 ERA+ in 366.2 innings in two seasons before retiring.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-31-2014

United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 31, 1914:

A sensation was sprung in baseball circles on Saturday when Connie Mack, manager of the Athletics, announced that he had asked waivers on Pitchers Bender, Plank and Coombs. These three men were the mainstay of the Philadelphia machine when it was at the height of its power.

There were unconfirmed reports [in Philadelphia] on Saturday that the three famous pitchers had been negotiating with the Feds and that this influenced Mack in his decision to dispose of them. As a result of Mack’s asking for waivers, any club may obtain any one of the trio for $1,500, the waiver price.

Bender and Plank both wound up in the Federal League, Coombs landed with the Franchise Eventually Known As The Dodgers, and the Athletics went 43-109 in 1915.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 16, 1914:

MACKMEN DUE FOR SHAKEUP

Plank, Bender, Oldring and Coombs Are Likely to Be Dropped from Athletics’ Roster

...And now it can be set down indisputably that changes in Connie Mack’s team are coming. The lineup of 1915 will most likely miss the burly form of big Rube Oldring, of the veteran Eddie Plank and some few of their teammates.
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Early in the present season it is alleged that Mack stated that he wished neither Plank, Coombs nor Bender was connected with his twirling string. In the case of at least two of this trio Mack’s wishes will probably be fulfilled.
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[The presence of Plank and Bender] on the team serves as a sort of a handicap to Mack as it retards the youngsters development.

Hindsight is 20/20, but that seems like a really good problem to have: “My two Hall of Fame ace starting pitchers are making it harder for me to develop young pitching.”

Anyway, Mack did completely blow up his roster over the coming offseason, and the Athletics went 43-109 in 1915. 96% of the innings thrown by the Athletics in 1915 came from pitchers who were 25 years old or younger.


 

 

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