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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2017

Albuquerque Journal, December 18, 1917:

Harold Janvrin, utility infielder of the Boston American league baseball team, became a member of trhe signal corps at Camp Devens [yesterday]. His enlistment leaves Larry Gardner and Everett Scott the only infielders on the team.

The Butte Post reports on the same day that

[Stuffy McInnis] has decided to enlist as a yeoman in the Charlestown navy yard, where Barry, Shorten, McNally, Gainer, Maranville and other players are performing clerical duties.

The good news was that the Sox were able to acquire the quality first baseman who was already planning to spend 1918 in Boston. The bad news was that they had to part with Larry Gardner in the deal, and at this point Gardner was a much better player than McInnis.

The 1918 Red Sox were able to solve a lot of their issues with position player depth by moving a pitcher to left field on the days he wasn’t on the mound. This is almost never a good idea, but just this once it was the right move.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5594266)
Not much on today's Birthday Team past Ty Cobb. (Admittedly, Ty Cobb was a hell of a player.) It would be interesting to see if Manager Cobb could put his pride aside and realize that Buxton's defense may well be good enough to move Outfielder Cobb to one of the corners.

C: Dave Oldfield (-0.41 WAR)
1B: Bill Skowron (26.89 WAR)
2B: Joe Randa (21.29 WAR)
3B: Roy Howell (10.86 WAR)
SS: Zoilo Versalles (12.46 WAR)
LF: Lance Richbourg (6.34 WAR)
CF: Byron Buxton (7.21 WAR)
RF/Manager: Ty Cobb (151.08 WAR)

SP: Jim Clancy (21.28 WAR)
SP: Dick Coffman (6.45 WAR)
SP: Willie Blair (2.49 WAR)
SP: Taylor Jungmann (1.14 WAR)
SP: Buddy Napier (0.2 WAR)
RP: Rex Brothers (4.63 WAR)
RP: Lance Carter (3.3 WAR)
RP: Jeremy Accardo (1.96 WAR)

Fun names: Coaker Triplett, Gino Cimoli, Jim Czajkowski, Hub Knolls
Not that one or that one: Chris Carter
Umpire: Drew Coble
   2. esseff Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM (#5594271)
Fun names: Coaker Triplett,


Used as a pinch-hitter, and occasional platoon partner, for Stan Musial when Musial was a rookie in 1942.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:48 AM (#5594273)
Not much on today's Birthday Team past Ty Cobb.

Looks like Cobb has more WAR than the rest of the team combined :-) That must be unique.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:50 AM (#5594278)

Used as a pinch-hitter, and occasional platoon partner, for Stan Musial when Musial was a rookie in 1942.
Obviously, not much of a future in that gig.
   5. DaVoice of DaPeople Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:57 AM (#5594286)
In 2012, an undistinguished and utterly unremarkable 27-year old rookie starter named Mike Fiers pitched brilliantly for the Brewers, winning 9 games with a
3.73 ERA in 22 starts. The next year, though, he forgot how to play base all, going 1 and 4 with a 7.25 ERA.

In 2015, an undistinguished and utterly unremarkable 25-year-old rookie starter named Taylor Jungmann pitched brilliantly for the Brewers, winning 9 games with a 3.77 ERA in 21 starts. The next year, though, he forgot how to play baseball, going 0 and 5 with a 7.76 ERA.

In 2016, an undistinguished and utterly unremarkable 31-year-old rookie starter named Junior Guerra pitched brilliantly for the Brewers, winning 9 games with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts. The next year, though, he forgot how to play baseball, going 1 and 4 with a 5.12 ERA.

...What I’m getting at is, whatever stock you own in the undistinguished and utterly unremarkable 27-year-old rookie Brewers starter Brent Suter (after his 3.42 ERA in 22 games in 2017): SELL SELL SELL!!!
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 18, 2017 at 10:58 AM (#5594287)
The 1918 Red Sox were able to solve a lot of their issues with position player depth by moving a pitcher to left field on the days he wasn’t on the mound.

Thanks to the box score event files at Retrosheet, I've been able to write a parser to get close-enough approximations to pitcher and hitter platoon splits such that I'm working on a homebrew set of super-advanced Strat-O-Matic cards for the 1918 season and will later take the 1918 season disk I made for Diamond Mind and update it with full L/R splits. Maybe I'll do it again next year for 1919 and see if Strat wants to offer it through their website for the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox World Series.
   7. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 18, 2017 at 11:04 AM (#5594294)
It would be interesting to see if Manager Cobb could put his pride aside and realize that Buxton's defense may well be good enough to move Outfielder Cobb to one of the corners.

Something tells me the positional tension might not be the only source of conflict between Cobb and Buxton.
   8. Batman Posted: December 18, 2017 at 11:20 AM (#5594317)
According to bb-ref, Moose Skowron (5'11", 195 lbs) and Joe Randa (5'11", 190) were essentially the same size. Today I learned that the nickname "Moose" wasn't from his size. It was short for "Mussolini."
   9. AndrewJ Posted: December 18, 2017 at 07:21 PM (#5594756)
A veteran Skowron also started ahead of a young Joe Pepitone in the early-1960s Yankees lineup. Some of Joe's "legitimate businessmen" neighborhood pals promised that Skowron would have "an accident," but Joe called it off.

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