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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-29-2017

El Paso Herald, November 29, 1917:

The frequently made statement that president Weeghman of the Cubs is “about to close a deal for Rogers Hornsby of the Cardinals,” is repeated [in Chicago] and this time with more definite detail. In exchange for Hornsby and catcher Snyder, so the statement goes, Larry Doyle is to go to St. Louis as manager and Fred Merkle will be sent along to play the outfield for the Cardinals.

The deal didn’t happen. This was perhaps because Branch Rickey wasn’t the sort of guy who would trade one of the greatest young players in the history of the sport for a fading former star and a mediocre first baseman who was famous for screwing something up.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2017 at 12:04 PM (#5582658)
A bunch of strong bats on today's Birthday Team, not to mention an unhittable relief ace.

Also, I don't think the two Fun Named Pyles are related - one was born in Nebraska, the other appears to have lived virtually his entire life in Reading, PA.

C: Bill Freehan (44.69 WAR)
1B: Otto Velez (9.89 WAR)
2B: Dick McAuliffe (37.5 WAR)
3B: Howard Johnson (22.14 WAR)
SS: Joe Orengo (1.53 WAR)
LF: Minnie Minoso (50.16 WAR)
CF: Irv Noren (14 WAR)
RF: Mike Easler (12.85 WAR)

SP: Jake Weimer (26.97 WAR)
SP: Carl Weilman (23.83 WAR)
SP: Long Tom Hughes (16.77 WAR)
SP: Joe Price (8.34 WAR)
SP: Bill Sowders (1.98 WAR)
RP: Mariano Rivera (57.1 WAR)

-4.06 career WAR: Dan McGinn (-4.06 WAR)
Fun names: Buddy Crump, Harlan Pyle, Shadow Pyle
Not that one: Pedro Martinez
2.6 WAR in his Rookie of the Year season, 0.0 WAR during the rest of his career: Bob Hamelin
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: November 29, 2017 at 01:27 PM (#5582732)
I thought Mike Easler was a decent outfielder for a while with the Pirates, for a guy who didn't have any natural gifts in that part of the game. After a while, though, he started trying to cut off or catch balls he couldn't reach or making unwise throws, and eventually became a DH or nothing type of fielder.
   3. Wilson Posted: November 29, 2017 at 02:01 PM (#5582762)
Vin Scully turns 90 today - would think he'd be worth a spot on the Birthday Team!
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2017 at 02:28 PM (#5582803)
Argh, absolutely he is. I just forgot to add him.
   5. Batman Posted: November 29, 2017 at 02:29 PM (#5582805)
Hamelin turns 50 today. I'm starting to think he might not become a star.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 29, 2017 at 02:40 PM (#5582816)
I feel like I mention this at least once a year, but I love Hamelin's method of retirement: He grounded out in AAA ball, turned right at first base, went to the clubhouse, got dressed, and went home.
   7. RJ in TO Posted: November 29, 2017 at 02:45 PM (#5582823)

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