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Monday, December 23, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2013

Seven-year-old Christy Mathewson Jr., quoted in the December 23, 1913 issue of the Toledo News-Bee:

My papa says…you must practice your curves every day. And my papa says, too, that you have to learn to bat. And papa says you should go to all the ball games and look out for other people’s mistakes—that’s the way to be a famous pitcher.

My mama says that alligators are ornery because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 07:29 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: christy mathewson, dugout, history

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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: December 23, 2013 at 07:43 AM (#4622773)
Today's Birthday Team is one of the very few to have its own team physician. Perhaps he can treat his teammate who's suffering from Frank Eufemia.

C: Mike Grady
1B: Victor Martinez
2B: Ken Hubbs
3B: Fritz Maisel
SS: Hanley Ramirez
LF: Cody Ross
CF: Dave May
RF/Team Physician: Doc Gessler

SP: Sam Leever
SP: Jerry Koosman
SP: Frank Owen
SP: Tommy Thomas
SP: Tim Leary
RP: Brad Lidge

Manager: Jerry Manuel
Fun Names: Ox Eckhardt, Bunny Fabrique, Sam Frock, Hinkey Haines
Pitcher or illness?: Frank Eufemia
   2. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: December 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM (#4622798)
Up at THT: The dynasty that wasn't: 1918-21 Cleveland Indians. In four years, the Indians won one pennant - and nearly won three more.

EDITED to close bold tags.
   3. BDC Posted: December 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4622823)
I wonder how good a player Kenny Hubbs would have been. His records show him as a weak hitter, even for 1963 when things were starting to turn against hitters and .235 wasn't that ghastly a batting average. (The whole NL hit just .245 that year.) But Hubbs was just 22 when he died, and had a lot of room to improve on all fronts.
   4. Davo Dozier Posted: December 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM (#4622852)
I don't remember exactly what I was doing, but last night I found a Superstar That Time Forgot.

Joe Cunningham

From 1954 to 1966, playing for the Cardinals, Senators, and White Sox, Cunningham hit .291/.403/.417. His peak--from 1957 to 1959 for the Cardinals--he hit .328/.448/.484.

He never played in an All-Star game, and in November of 1961--following a year in which Cunningham hit .286/.403/.398 for the Cardinals (in limited time, even though he led the team in OBP)--he was traded to the White Sox straight-up for Minnie Minoso (who was toast). His first year in Chicago, he hit .295/.410/.428 and received a few MVP votes.

He was still just 30, but that was the end of his run as a dominant player. He'd play 250 games over the next four years (for Chicago and Washington), and, despite a .367 OBP, could only manage a 97 OPS+ as his power had completely dissipated.

Still though... He can always be the answer to the trivia question "Which St. Louis Cardinal outfielder led the team in OBP from 1957-1961?" Stan Musial, eat your heart out!
   5. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: December 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM (#4622871)
Today's Birthday Team is one of the very few to have its own team physician.


So do Oct 25, Dec 9, and Dec 28
   6. esseff Posted: December 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM (#4622919)
So do Oct 25, Dec 9, and Dec 28


And Dec. 13 has a player who won two World Series rings as a player and then two more as a team physician.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: December 23, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4622940)
Was Joe Cunningham the guy whom Bill James found the "this lazy guy just wants to take walks" quote about?
   8. greenback calls it soccer Posted: December 23, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4622965)
Today's Birthday Team is one of the very few to have its own team physician.

I'm disappointed you weren't referring to Tim Leary.
   9. BDC Posted: December 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4622977)
Cunningham is just a name to me; he'd retired by the time I was old enough to follow baseball. Various Internet sources say that he fractured his collarbone colliding with an Angels infielder named Charlie Dees mid-season 1963. Seems like everything conspired to kick the skids out from under his career at that point: he was in his early 30s, things were getting a lot tougher for hitters, and he was seriously injured.

He looks from B-Ref like an early version of Mike Hargrove or Dave Magadan, an extremely useful ballplayer. They might have been somewhat better fielders, though.
   10. JJ1986 Posted: December 23, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4623001)
Rangers claim Alex Castellanos.
Mets claim Ryan Reid.
Cubs claim Brett Marshall.
Orioles claim Liam Hendriks.
   11. Davo Dozier Posted: December 23, 2013 at 04:19 PM (#4623041)
Orioles claim Liam Hendriks.

I would love to see him succeed. He was a very highly-touted prospect as recently as 2012. (And he's always put up great numbers in the minors--just hasn't translated to the Majors at all.)
   12. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: December 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM (#4623065)
White Sox get Surkamp, my favorite of the batch on waivers. Morel on waivers to Toronto.
Ruffin, Olmsted, and Rhiner Cruz slip through waivers and are outrighted to their respective AAA teams.
   13. Davo Dozier Posted: December 23, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4623084)
Brent Morel--another one of my favorites!

From February of 2012: The Next Next Jose Bautista

Of the 10 home runs Morel hit in 2011, eight came in the final month of the season. Through August 31, his career HR/FB rate stood at just 4.9 percent; in 103 September plate appearances, that ballooned to 29.6 percent. Not to mention he slugged .553 with a .329 ISO and an are-you-kidding-me 1.474 Power Factor.

There's a big sample size caveat here and I'm not suggesting that Morel's gaudy September numbers are completely indicative of a new true talent level. But a late-season swing (pun intended) as dramatic as his shouldn't necessarily be dismissed as a fluky hot streak, especially since some of his other numbers changed towards the end of the year too. It's important to remember the huge role of luck in baseball and the dangers of reading too much into small sample sizes, but surely that Zobrist, Bautista, and Morse all broke out after huge Septembers has to mean something.


Brent Morel played a key role on my last-place Fantasy team in 2012.
   14. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 23, 2013 at 05:20 PM (#4623085)
Juan Pierre suddenly became really popular on bb-ref yesterday.
Rank Yesterday's Popular Players Hits
1. Juan Pierre 1768
2. Miguel Cabrera 1205
3. Jose Reyes 1183
4. Mike Trout 986
5. Melky Cabrera 933


   15. esseff Posted: December 23, 2013 at 08:02 PM (#4623196)
White Sox get Surkamp, my favorite of the batch on waivers.


Some head scratchers, kinda, from the Giants this offseason, giving Erik Cordier a major-league contract, claiming Jose de Paula on waivers when it's going to (eventually) cost Surkamp. And, of course, their reticence to cut bait on Angel Villalona.

They had to know that there was no way Surkamp would clear waivers.

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