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Monday, December 30, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-30-2013

Toledo News-Bee, December 30, 1913:

Fred [Merkle] says he has been out on the Maumee River in a brisk wind, but the muss kicked up was nothing to what he experienced on the way across the Pacific with the world’s touring ball players.

Fred says their boat, the Empress of Japan, had never encountered such a hurricane in its 25 years on the briny deep…Waves were 52 feet high and the boat was almost swamped a dozen times.
...
Some of [the players] didn’t eat a square meal from the time the boat left Vancouver until it arrived in Japan…Merk says Sam Crawford was hit pretty hard and at times didn’t care whether the ship floated or sank. “To be truthful,” writes Fred, “there were several occasions when Sam pulled for the shipwreck thing. He told me he preferred quick drowning to slow death.”

Man, that would have been horrible. Both the experience on the ship and the prospect of a shipwreck killing a few dozen of the best players in baseball.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 30, 2013 at 07:44 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, fred merkle, history, sam crawford

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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 30, 2013 at 08:58 AM (#4626222)
Today's Birthday Team leads the league in guys whose last names end in X.

C: A.J. Pierzynski
1B: Frank Torre
2B: Bob Schroder
3B: Jim Viox
SS: Ed Caskin
LF: 1970s Jose Morales
CF: LaRue Kirby
RF: Twitchy Dick Porter

SP: Sandy Koufax
SP: Tom Murphy
SP: Clarence Currie
SP: Ray Prim
SP: Sean Gallagher
RP: Grant Balfour

Fun Name: Ovid Nicholson
   2. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: December 30, 2013 at 09:43 AM (#4626233)
Up at THT: 10 things I didn't know about THT before 2013. My annual round-up at the end of the year.

In the 10th point I noted that I'm getting burnt out of it and don't expect to be on the weekly grind much longer.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM (#4626358)
Minor League Ball: Useful Minor League FA Infielders

Scott Sizemore should be a hot commodity IMO.
   4. BDC Posted: December 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM (#4626371)
Weekly grinds are abrasive, Dag. Write more books! I want to read them.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4626736)
Oh goody.

Yankees Plan To Shatter Int'l Spending Record

A source with direct knowledge of the Yankees plans says they aim to spend $12-15 million in bonuses on international amateurs this year, which would trigger penalties of about $10-12 million per to the 2-year old rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that limit international spending.

The total outlay of about $25 million would blow away a record the Texas Rangers set in 2011 of about $15 million, of all penalty-free bonuses.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4626742)
PIT trades P Miles Mikolas (who they got from SDP a few weeks ago) to TEX for 1B Chris McGuinness.
   7. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: December 30, 2013 at 07:58 PM (#4626796)
Half of the Monkees can perform for today's birthday team. Well, one of them can. The other isn't really available anymore.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 30, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4626818)
Apropos of nothing, I noticed that all the Venezuelan Winter League stats are on MLB.com. Here's the roster of the Cardenales de Lara. Tomas Perez! Who turned 40 yesterday! And Mike Moustakas!

This team has Manny Corpas on it! And Boof Bonser! And Carlos Monasterios!
   9. esseff Posted: December 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4626897)
Today's Birthday Team leads the league in guys whose last names end in X.


Ends in X Team would have a heck of a rotation:

Koufax, Maddux, Haddix, Hendrix and Danny Cox, maybe others.

Also a surfeit of centerfielders: Maddox, Landreaux, Devereaux, Junior Felix

C-Larry Cox
1B-Jimmie Foxx
2B-Nellie Fox, backed by Steve Sax
SS-Billy Cox
3B-Elliott Maddox
LF-Landreaux or Devereaux
CF-Garry Maddox
RF-Pete Fox

Bench has the Nix bros, all other manner of Coxes and Foxes, Felix, Dave Sax, aforementioned Viox.

Manager: Bobby Cox
Play-by-play: France Laux
EDIT: BTF poster: See #8

I'm sure I'm missing some, since I have no idea how to search bbref for just names ending in the letter X.
   10. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM (#4626925)
Fun name ending in X: Billy Joe Robidoux
   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 31, 2013 at 12:27 AM (#4626928)
Edit not working above: from stuff I never knew, former USC coach Rod Dedeaux got in two games with the Dodgers in 1935
   12. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM (#4626935)
Milt Wilcox, of course. Pitcher Al Mamaux and infielder Jim Viox had decent careers around 1920.
   13. esseff Posted: December 31, 2013 at 02:21 AM (#4626953)
This ends in x guy had one of the best outfield throwing arms I ever saw, certainly among players who didn't make the majors. Also had a successful college coaching career.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4627021)
Here's the roster of the Cardenales de Lara.


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