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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-19-2018

New York Evening World, November 19, 1918:

John A. Heydler, secretary-treasurer of the National League and acting president since the resignation of John K. Tener, will be elected president without opposition when the league holds its annual meeting in [New York] on December 10. Many others have been mentioned for the vacancy, but it can be said that only Heydler’s name will come before the meeting. He is to become, like Ban Johnson, president-secretary-treasurer of his league.

This was an excellent choice. Heydler spent nearly his entire adult life working in baseball as an umpire, sportswriter, statistician, league secretary, league treasurer, and now league president. He was the guy who created Earned Run Average and decided to track batters’ strikeouts and walks.

After the Black Sox scandal, Heydler was instrumental in creating the position of Commissioner of Baseball. He was also one of the key figures in the creation of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

John Heydler was kind of a big deal.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5789149)
Today's Birthday Team isn't particularly deep. DiSarcina is playing a bit out of position at second, but the other option is Andy Sheets and his .216/.271/.321 (56 OPS+) career line.

C: Roy Campanella (34.1 WAR)
1B: Ryan Howard (15.0 WAR)
2B: Gary DiSarcina (11.2 WAR)
3B: Stu Martin (5.6 WAR)
SS: Everett Scott (16.2 WAR)
LF: Joey Gallo (5.3 WAR)
CF: Bobby Tolan (10.1 WAR)
RF: Michael Saunders (5.6 WAR)

SP: Justin Duchscherer (9.9 WAR)
SP: Denny Driscoll (3.4 WAR)
SP: Jonathan Sanchez (2.4 WAR)
SP: Al Pratt (1.5 WAR)
SP: Dickie Noles (0.3 WAR)
RP: Clay Condrey (1.6 WAR)

Manager/Not that one: Joe Morgan
Owner: Ted Turner
Umpire: Mike Winters
Backup C: Bob Boone (27.4 WAR)
Team Chaplain: Billy Sunday
Fun names: Harley Boss, Billy Zitzmann, Aurelio Monteagudo
   2. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5789164)
DC to sign Kurt Suzuki to a 2 year deal.
TB traded Chih-Wei Hu to CLE for Ginoti Turner (an athletic 2B who's still in complex ball).
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM (#5789165)
SS: Everett Scott (16.2 WAR)

Wow, Everett Scott was a terrible hitter. .249/.281/.315, 65 OPS+

For players with >5000 PA, only Tim Foli, Neifi Perez, and Ski Mellilo are worse at 64. Ed Brinkman and George McBride are tied with Scott at 65.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5789168)
DC to sign Kurt Suzuki to a 2 year deal.

Fills a gaping hole for Washington.
   5. Davo cant be eatin thirty hot dogs every day Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5789171)
From Jeff Sullivan’s Twitter:

let's check in on the Venezuelan winter league
   6. RJ in TO Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5789175)
Delmon Young is mentioned in that link. I'd really like to see him make his way back to the majors, so he can take a run at least valuable career for any player with at least 1500 hits.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:14 PM (#5789176)
Wow, Everett Scott was a terrible hitter. .249/.281/.315, 65 OPS+

And never exceeded 80 OPS+. Kind of makes you wonder why, exactly, his teams wanted him to play in those 1307 consecutive games.

(I mean, I assume he could field. But still.)
   8. JJ1986 Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5789179)
There are a lot of reports that the Mets are looking to trade Noah Syndergaard. What the ####? It probably won't happen, but why would they want that out there with a new front office with which people are already uncomfortable. Is Brodie VW looking to be hated?
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5789184)
John Heydler was kind of a big deal.


I wasn't familiar with him. Has he ever gotten any Hall support, because his array of contributions should have made him a candidate?
   10. Hysterical & Useless Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:22 PM (#5789200)
Coupla "coulda been a contender" guys on today's team. Bobby Tolan was a very fast outfielder, pretty good hitter; believe it was an Achilles tendon injury that pretty much put the kibosh on his career. And Dickie Noles was a very promising pitcher who I believe had some issues with demon rum.

Heck of a catching tandem though.
   11. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5789201)
According to his SABR bio, there was a movement to induct Heydler in 1943, but he stopped that when he asked not to be inducted - he was apparently the sort of guy who's really uncomfortable being the center of attention.

I could get behind a movement to induct him now, but I can also see the merit in respecting Heydler's wishes and leaving him out.
   12. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:26 PM (#5789202)
Delmon Young is mentioned in that link. I'd really like to see him make his way back to the majors, so he can take a run at least valuable career for any player with at least 1500 hits.
I wondered what had happened to him. The Melbourne Aces in the Australian league made a big deal about re-signing him for the 2018-19 season a few months ago, but he hadn't played for them yet.

Can't play in Victoria when you're in Venezuela.
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:42 PM (#5789215)
Can't play in Victoria when you're in Venezuela.

I'm pretty shocked the Venezuelan Winter League is still going on given the turmoil and famine in Venezuela. If I ran an MLB team, I certainly wouldn't let my prospects go there.
   14. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:56 PM (#5789227)
Scott's career high in walks was 32, and for his career his walk rate was 3.8%; coupled with a lack of power, this leads to an empty average, and when that average is .249, your OPS+ is not going to be good. He had more sacrifices than walks in his career, but I doubt that many people noticed his lack of walks back then. He was durable, had a reputation as a very good fielder, and his batting average, while not good, was within the rage of what was acceptable in those days for a good fielding shortstop.
   15. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:08 PM (#5789230)
Everything I've seen on Syndergaard just seems to indicate that when asked about trading him, Mets personnel haven't completely dismissed the possibility. One of the Wilpons was quoted a couple of days ago as saying that a deal would have to be "lopsided." That doesn't sound like they're particularly shopping him. (And if his agent, whoever that now is, gets upset, they ought to be able to smooth it over by saying "of course we're not trading him, but you know how media-speak works; if it will make you feel better, we'll take the step of answering unequivocally next time.")
   16. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:57 PM (#5789256)
TB traded Chih-Wei Hu to CLE for Ginoti Turner (an athletic 2B who's still in complex ball).
Cleveland drafted Turner in 2018 - has MLB eliminated the rule that organizations can't trade a player within a year of being drafted?

Seems like a totally reasonable trade for both teams; the Rays didn't seem all that into Hu so they turned him into a lottery ticket. The Indians need human beings who can throw competent bullpen innings, so they turned a teenager they picked in the 27th round into a relief pitcher.
   17. Master of the Horse Posted: November 19, 2018 at 03:06 PM (#5789261)
2--who is being paired with Suzuki? Can't think a 35 year old guy can catch 100 plus games, right?
   18. Davo cant be eatin thirty hot dogs every day Posted: November 19, 2018 at 03:12 PM (#5789264)
16- Yes, they eliminated that rule a few years ago. Right after the Trea Turner deal, iirc.
   19. Eric L Posted: November 19, 2018 at 03:14 PM (#5789267)
If you look at Everett Scotts career, he had some value during the deadball era. After that, nope.
   20. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: November 19, 2018 at 05:47 PM (#5789345)
James Paxton dealt to the Yankees for Justus Sheffield, Dom Thompson-Williams, and Erik Swanson.
Sheffield is one of the top 15 pitching prospects in baseball and could help in the rotation as soon as the M's are ready to let him. Swanson is a AAA rotation type who emerged as a prospect this season and needs to be added to the 40 - throws strikes, okay stuff, homer prone. (I think NYY sold high.) DTW is athletic and showed plus power and solid speed this year in high-A Tampa, but needs refinement, particularly w/ the glove; does not have to be put on the 40 yet.
   21. Yanigan Posted: November 19, 2018 at 05:56 PM (#5789347)
Everett Scott played 11 full seasons and earned about 2 dWAR per year, putting him in the top 50 lifetime. It doesn't compensate for an OPS+ of 65, but it ain't bad.

   22. AndrewJ Posted: November 19, 2018 at 09:00 PM (#5789411)
On the sartorial front, the Cardinals are bring back 1980s-era powder blue jerseys for an alternate road uniform...

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