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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-12-2017

Giants outfielder Benny Kauff, quoted in the New York World, October 12, 1917:

The series looks good to me now. I grabbed a bet of $2,000 to my $200 that we would win four straight. Looks good to me.

Nothing to see here, just a ballplayer writing about betting on his own team in the World Series against the late-1910s white Sox.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 12, 2017 at 10:34 AM (#5551032)
OCTOBER 12 HAS A PRETTY GOOD BIRTHDAY TEAM, MR. PRESIDENT.

C: Rick Ferrell (29.84 WAR)
1B: Phil Weintraub (9.93 WAR)
2B: Glenn Beckert (15.52 WAR)
3B: Pop Smith (13.1 WAR)
SS/Manager: Joe Cronin (66.36 WAR)
LF: Jose Valentin (31.58 WAR)
CF: Tony Kubek (18.3 WAR)
RF: Pete Hill (0 WAR, Negro leagues star)

SP: Sid Fernandez (32.77 WAR)
SP: Dixie Davis (14.3 WAR)
SP: Al Smith (8.31 WAR)
SP: Erv Brame (5.78 WAR)
SP: Tanyon Sturtze (4.6 WAR)
RP: Tony Fiore (1.33 WAR)

Writer: Murray Chass
Broadcaster: Dick Stockton
Fun names: Malachi Kittridge, Dutch Holland, Bub Kuhn, Chub Collins, Bobo Osborne
Not that one: John Kennedy
Spent a year playing for a team that didn't exist: Rupert Mills
   2. TDF, FCL Posted: October 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM (#5551088)
Bopping around on BBRef yesterday, I went to Kevin Youkilis' page.

Why, exactly, was he considered "The Greek God of Walks"? He walked, but he wasn't exactly an outlier - top-10 only once, and his walk rate wasn't out line either (only once in the top-20 during his seasons as a full-time player).
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 12, 2017 at 11:15 AM (#5551097)
Writer: Murray Chass

Don't you mean "Blogger"?
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM (#5551119)
Why, exactly, was he considered "The Greek God of Walks"?

Probably due to his minor league numbers:

2001: 73 BB in 276 PA (!!!!)
2002: 92 BB in 603 PA
2003: 104 BB in 549 PA
   5. Fat Al Posted: October 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM (#5551120)
Tanyon Sturtze! Man, I haven't thought about him in a dog's age. He wasn't good, but he has a great name.
   6. esseff Posted: October 12, 2017 at 12:15 PM (#5551187)
Benny Kauff ended up banned from baseball, not for his gambling on games but because he was charged with car theft and Judge Landis didn't agree with his acquittal.
   7. Richard Posted: October 12, 2017 at 12:24 PM (#5551202)
Rupert Mills had an interesting, though short, life. Always loved that story about him fulfilling his contractual obligations in 1916.
   8. Fat Al Posted: October 12, 2017 at 02:04 PM (#5551331)
So what does the Yankees ALCS rotation look like?

Something like:

Tanaka v Keuchel
Severino v Verlander

CC v McCullers
Gray v Morton

But that has CC at home and Tanaka on the road, which are their bad splits.
   9. eric Posted: October 14, 2017 at 10:58 AM (#5553810)
Why, exactly, was he considered "The Greek God of Walks"?

Probably due to his minor league numbers:

2001: 73 BB in 276 PA (!!!!)
2002: 92 BB in 603 PA
2003: 104 BB in 549 PA


By my memory, it was his minor league numbers combined with his Greek-sounding name that lead (I want to say it was) Theo Epstein to call him that at one point when he was promoting/defending his prospects/younger players.

Update to look at wikipedia: Known for his ability to get on base, while he was still a minor leaguer, Youkilis was nicknamed Euclis: The Greek God of Walks in the best-selling book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.

So maybe it was Billy Beane's fault.

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