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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 15, 1915:

[Columbus, Ohio] City employees will be permitted to see the opening game of the season at Neil park today without the loss of salary. City council Monday night, by a vote of 14 to 2, declared a half holiday for this afternoon, which will give all of Columbus’ employees a chance to get in the Hulswitt parade.

“Hulswitt” being Rudy Hulswitt, the manager of the Columbus Senators. This was about the only fun Columbus baseball fans had that year; the 1915 Sens went 54-91 and finished dead last.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 15, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, opening day

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Newcomers make big impact on Day 1 | MLB.com

These new guys did O.K. yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day

Monday, April 06, 2015

Baseball and Fathers and Sons

I may be biased, as I am the current owner of this book, but I think every baseball fan will do well to read this inscription each spring.

deputydrew Posted: April 06, 2015 at 02:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: books, opening day, tearjerker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Judging the Royals:  Should Yordano Ventura be the Royals’ opening day starter?

During the 2014 AL Wild Card Game against the Oakland A’s, the Royals were up 3-2 going into the sixth inning. Starting pitcher James Shields gave up a lead-off single to Sam Fuld and then walked Josh Donaldson. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Ventura was brought in to face Brandon Moss….

Ventura had faced three batters, given up two hits, allowed two earned runs and finished his one-third of an inning with a postseason ERA of 54.00. According to Star columnist Vahe Gregorian’s recent profile, Yordano cried after that outing and was so despondent that he texted Rene Francisco, the Royals’ vice president for international operations, “Please tell them not to lose confidence in me.”

So what’s all that have to do with being the opening day starter?

At the beginning of the season, No. 1 starters face No. 1 starters. Each team throws their best guy out there on opening day and for a while — until days off or rainouts throw matchups out of sync — an opening day starter can assume he’ll face the best pitcher the opposition has to offer.

And that means you can pitch great and still lose.

If a pitcher is mentally strong that might not matter; he knows what he can control and how well the other guy pitches isn’t on the list. But if a guy isn’t confident it can get in his head; he feels like he’s pitched very well and is still losing.

If only we had an idea how Yordano might respond under big game pressure.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 28, 2015 at 02:03 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, royals, yordano ventura

 

 

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