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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-17-2013

Toledo News-Bee, December 17, 1913:

Jack Slattery, the backstop, who worked in the A.A. several years ago, will introduce a bamboo bat into the game next year. The light war club is the idea of a Boston man and is said to be “just the thing” by Slattery.

I don’t know if it was a rule in 1913, but today, Rule 1.10 (A) prohibits the use of bamboo bats because they aren’t “one piece of solid wood”, but instead are made of multiple bamboo stalks.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 09:11 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 09:13 AM (#4619421)
A deep pitching staff on today's Birthday Team, though there's not much offense once you get past Utley.

C: Charlie Sands
1B: Kent Hadley
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Leo Cardenas
SS: Jerry Adair
LF: Ray Jablonski
CF/Manager: Rebel Oakes
RF: Marvell Wynne

SP: Cy Falkenberg
SP: Bob Ojeda
SP: Bill Hutchinson
SP: Roy Patterson
SP: Steve Parris
RP: Rollie Sheldon
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4619462)
Birthday catcher Charlie Sands got a ring with the 1971 Pirates. With the team the whole season, he got into 28 games, 24 as a pinch hitter. He got an at-bat in the Series.
   3. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4619479)
Rennie, what was the deal with Sands? He kind of looks like a proto-Ken Phelps with a bit less power and a catcher's mitt. That's no Piazza, but that's obviously a guy who should have gotten more than 145 career AB. Was he just not a good defensive catcher?
   4. Steve N Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4619483)
I once had an autograph of Jerry Adair.
   5. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4619492)
I once got in a fistfight with Cy Falkenburg.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4619494)
No, that was Brian Falkenborg.
   7. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM (#4619495)
Tribe signs John Axford for 1/$4.5. Because, I guess, their "unreliable and streaky proven closer with facial hair" roster spot was open after the departure of Chris Perez.

Bringing in mid-level and castoff players paid off big-time in 2013 with Raburn, Gomes, Albers, Kazmir, and Rzepczynski, but I hope the Axford deal is more a "we need another guy who can throw baseballs" decision than a reflection of a larger strategy of building a roster full of guys nobody else wants.
   8. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM (#4619496)
I once hit a winner on a trifecta at the Rebel Oakes.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4619499)
JP Howell to the Dodgers - 2/$11.25

Matt Albers to the Astros - 1/$2.45

John Axford to the Indians - 1/$4.5 + incentives

Minor league deals:

ARI - RHP Jose Valverde, C Henry Blanco
BAL - 1B Chris Marrero
BOS - RHP John Ely, RHP Miguel Celestino
CHC - OF Ryan Kalish, C John Baker
CLE - RHP Shaun Marcum
KCR - IF Brian Bocock, OF Johermyn Chavez
LAD - 3B Josh Bell
PIT - IF Michael Martinez
TOR - IF Jared Goedert

RHP Jairo Ascencio to Korea
   10. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4619500)
Sands' defensive numbers, minors and majors, were pretty bad and he was mostly a DH, even in the minors, as of age 26. Still, nice bat for a guy who seems to have retired at age 28 (after hitting .293/.496/.578 in AAA).
   11. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4619502)
Marcum, on the other hand, is a nice move. Low risk, moderate potential reward.
   12. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4619515)
Solid birthday rotation, indeed.
   13. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:03 PM (#4619593)
11 - I like that move as well. IIRC, Marcum gets a mil if he makes the opening day roster, the ability to opt out if he doesn't, and up to 3m more incentives. Not sure how healthy his shoulder is + the declines in his already subpar velocity are troubling but I endorse.
   14. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 17, 2013 at 01:14 PM (#4619602)
Henry Blanco has to be like 56 years old by now, isn't he?
   15. puck Posted: December 17, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4619691)
When does Dag do his HoF prediction thing? Does it jibe with Bill Deane's?
   16. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM (#4619812)
Rennie, what was the deal with Sands? He kind of looks like a proto-Ken Phelps with a bit less power and a catcher's mitt. That's no Piazza, but that's obviously a guy who should have gotten more than 145 career AB. Was he just not a good defensive catcher?


I don't know. He'd been in the minors for five seasons with the Orioles and Yankees without hitting anything, then was part of a 6 player Yankees-Pirates minor league trade in the 1970-71 offseason. The Pirates kept him on the roster after he hit .229 and .226 in the two previous minor league seasons. The Pirates weren't much for walks then, either. I don't remember Murtaugh having a fetish for a third catcher, but Bob Oldis got a ring in 1960 by batting 20 times in the course of a full season.

Edit: Sands did start hitting in the minors, but after his year in the majors.
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 17, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4619819)
Henry Blanco is now the oldest non-Giambi in the majors. The only other players over 40 currently with a team are Ichiro!, Bartolo!, and LaTroy!, I believe.

Raul Ibanez is sure to sign somewhere. Not so sure about Ramon Ortiz, Tim Byrdak, or Jose Contreras.
Lowe, Oliver, Pettitte, Rivera, and Helton are all retired.

PIT - IF Michael Martinez

OH THANK GOD he's gone
   18. esseff Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4619864)
Raul Ibanez is sure to sign somewhere. Not so sure about Ramon Ortiz, Tim Byrdak, or Jose Contreras.


Contreras signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4619870)
Raul Ibanez is sure to sign somewhere. Not so sure about Ramon Ortiz, Tim Byrdak, or Jose Contreras.


Supposedly there is some buzz about 40 year old Brett Tomko who is suddenly throwing in the mid 90s and is looking to make a comeback.
   20. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 17, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4619904)
This is a thread that's just crying out for a Paul Kilgus cameo.
   21. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 17, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4619917)
Jose Veras to the Cubs.
   22. ptodd Posted: December 18, 2013 at 01:47 AM (#4620031)
Some bamboo stalks are as large as 6 in diameter

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