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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-18-2018

Jackson County [North Carolina] Journal, October 18, 1918:

The airplane has broken into the game. Some days ago the baseball team from Brooks field at San Antonio flew all the way to Corpus Christi, Tex., to keep a date with the nine at that aviation field. The fliers from San Antonio won the game, by the way. They covered the 100 miles in nine planes in a little more than two hours. Major league clubs have gone aviating before this, but never in real airplanes.

Those teams went in fake airplanes, presumably.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, soldiers try and fail to catch baseballs dropped from 900 feet, White Wings Tebeau says baseball should add a big man like President Taft or Judge Landis to the national commission, and Philadelphia Press writer Harry Labrum has been drafted by the army. This, of course, was before you could get surgery to correct a Harry Labrum.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:43 AM (#5770111)
Today's Birthday Team has more outfielders than it knows what to do with. Not a ton of pitching though.

C: Charlie Berry (5.4 WAR)
1B: George Hendrick (29.1 WAR)
2B: Bobby Knoop (12.7 WAR)
3B: Roy Cullenbine (31.9 WAR)
SS: Hans Lobert (23.1 WAR)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (21.8 WAR)
CF/Manager: Burt Shotton (23.7 WAR)
RF: Willie Horton (26.4 WAR)

SP: Candy Cummings (36.2 WAR)
SP: Andy Hassler (6.9 WAR)
SP: Allen Ripley (0.6 WAR)
SP: Michael Tejera (0.2 WAR)
SP: Ed Farmer (-0.4 WAR)
RP: Alan Mills (6.5 WAR)

Bench bat: Walt Wilmot (14.3 WAR)
Bench bat: David Murphy (9.8 WAR)
Fun names: Boileryard Clarke, Skeeter Newsome, George Gick, Moxie Meixell, Yats Wuestling
   2. caspian88 Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5770141)
At least the team's ace will have no trouble bending the onion.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM (#5770160)
C: Charlie Berry (5.4 WAR)
Johnny B. Goode

CF/Manager: Burt Shotton (23.7 WAR)
I had always assumed that, like most managers, KOBS* was a fringe player at best (cf Alston, Sparky Anderson), but he had several productive years--3 seasons with WAR >4.5

*= "kindly old Burt Shotton" so named by Dick Young meaning to imply general incompetence and senility
   4. Batman Posted: October 18, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5770189)
If the Red Sox win the World Series, will Alex Cora manage this birthday team in 2019?
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 18, 2018 at 11:36 AM (#5770247)
Yats Wuestling


Putting up a line of .164/.233/.194 in 1930, the best hitting year of the 20th Century, is not good. His career total of -2.1 WAR in only 83 games seems spectacularly bad.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: October 18, 2018 at 11:38 AM (#5770250)
Just something I noticed farting around on BBRef last night during the Sox game...

Considering the overall bump in the MLB HR rate this decade, the active leaderboard for home runs is singularly unimpressive. Everybody in the top ten except Edwin Encarnacion may likely retire in the next 12 months [and he only had 1.9 WAR]. 11-20 is likewise an almost total wasteland, as is 21-40. The only guys in their 20's making any sort of run for 500 are Trout & Stanton [who had an off-year]. In 3 years we may have Stanton with 400, Trout with 350...and that will be it for anybody over 300.

It's just weird to have the league have such a high HR rate, while the totals for active players are so unimpressive.
   7. stanmvp48 Posted: October 18, 2018 at 01:05 PM (#5770349)
Only four active players with 1,000 walks, several of whom may retire soon.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 18, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5770387)
In 3 years we may have Stanton with 400, Trout with 350...and that will be it for anybody over 300.


I think you overlook how quickly people can climb up this particular leaderboard. Using a simple 3-2-1 weighting and figuring them to maintain that pace for the next three years, Paul Goldschmidt projects to be at 307 homers in three years, Nolan Arenado at 301, Khris Davis at 329, J. D. Martinez at 316.

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