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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-10-2012

Pittsburgh Press, January 10, 1912:

Chicago, Jan. 10.—A rumor is going the rounds here that Harry Lord, captain of the White Sox, and peerless third baseman of the American league, is to return to his old love this year and once more cavort around the third cushion for the Boston Red Sox. The consideration is said to be Tris Speaker, the great Boston center fielder.

In related baseball news, I hear the Cardinals are rumored to be trading David Freese and Yadier Molina for Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, and I hear the Giants may trade Ryan Vogelsong and Aubrey Huff for Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 10, 2012 at 05:20 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 10, 2012 at 05:30 AM (#4032924)
Birthday team's pretty good - two HOFers and a bunch of solid MLB regulars*. Just make sure you declare the clubhouse a Carbolic Acid Free Zone.

C: Johnny Peacock
1B: Willie McCovey
2B: Del Pratt
3B: Adam Kennedy
SS: George Strickland
LF: Bob Brower
CF: Harry Wright
RF: Chick Stahl

SP: Jim O'Toole
SP: Richard Dotson
SP: Chuck Dobson
SP: Cliff Chambers
SP: George Pierce
RP: Ted Bowsfield

Not that one: John Houseman
Not running for president: Matt Roney
On the Indians bench of my youth: Dan Rohn and Pat Keedy
Tidewater Tides middle infield: Kevin Baez and Kelvin Torve

* - not much in left field, though. Choosing between Jim Lindeman and Bob Brower is a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
   2. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 10, 2012 at 05:43 AM (#4032925)
Also 100 years ago today, from the Pittsburgh Gazette Times:
Tommy Corcoran, formerly star shortstop of the New York, Cincinnati, and Brooklyn National League nines, was arrested here today charged with knocking out four teeth of Melvin Hepburn, a neighbor, with whom he quarreled in front of the bar at a Meadow street hotel.
M.C.A. was with it and he's my ace
So I grabbed the piano player and I punched him in the face
The piano player's out the music stopped
His boy had beef and he got dropped
   3. Walt Davis Posted: January 10, 2012 at 06:44 AM (#4032933)
cavort around the third cushion

I usually get slapped in the face when I try that.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: January 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM (#4032934)
The "peerless" Mr. Lord 1909-1911: 118 OPS+, -8 Rcavort, age 30 entering 1912
Larry Gardner, Bos 3B 1909-1911: 118 OPS+, + 9 Rcavort, age 26 entering 1912

Gardner went on to be a starting 3B through 1922 and put up an extremely nice 43 WAR, 36 after 1911. Lord was out of the game after 1915 and had just 16 WAR for his career, 4 after 1911.

Forget Lord for Speaker, Lord for Gardner would have been one of the worse trades in history. I've never heard of Gardner before but over 1600 games at 3B and 6 more WAR than Traynor.
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: January 10, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4032982)
Apropos of well and truly nothing, the guy sitting across from me on the subway this morning--reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, if that matters--was an absolutel dead ringer for Terry Francona.
   6. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4033024)
Holy moly. I just saw a headline on the AP wire that was something like 'Orioles Sign LHP Chen To 3-Year Contract'.

I almost fainted from the sheer insanity of such a move, then I realized it wasn't Bruce. Carry on.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4033098)
Yea, Bruce Chen only signed a two year deal!
   8. kthejoker Posted: January 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4033203)
We should note that Harry Wright is in the Hall of Famer as an executive - he wasn't much of a player.
   9. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: January 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4033221)
I usually get slapped in the face when I try that.

As you should be! I know it's easy to get excited when you're around a cushion but you can't just be jumping up and down running around each one you see. A gentleman doesn't cavort.
   10. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4033254)
Did the cushion give consent? Explicitly?
   11. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: January 10, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4033462)
We should note that Harry Wright is in the Hall of Famer as an executive - he wasn't much of a player.

In fairness, he was a league-average CF bat at age 36. I suspect his career numbers would look much better if they weren't 100% decline phase.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: January 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM (#4033839)
I know it's easy to get excited when you're around a cushion but you can't just be jumping up and down running around each one you see.

I don't! Only every third cushion.

Did the cushion give consent? Explicitly?

Take it to the Petco thread.

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