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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-12-2018

New York Tribune, January 12, 1918:

The International League will be in the field in 1918, it was stated yesterday by a club owner of this Class AA organization. The circuit is not in such dire financial straits as was suspected when at the annual meeting…last month it was voted to cut former President Ed. Barrow’s salary from $7,500 to $2,500 a year.
...
The scheme to slash Barrow’s salary in such a scandalous manner was not prompted by economic necessity. It was done to intimate to Ed in no uncertain terms that he was no longer desired. He took the hint, of course, and resigned immediately.

Don’t worry about Ed Barrow. Things worked out just fine for Ed, starting with managing the 1918 world champs.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:06 AM (#5605338)
No real holes on today's Birthday Team, but also no big stars. Just a bunch of guys who were somewhere between "pretty good" and "really good".

C: Admiral Schlei (7.35 WAR)
1B: Joe Hauser (12.07 WAR)
2B/Manager: Henry Larkin (28.71 WAR)
3B: Tim Hulett (6.71 WAR)
SS: Bobby Crosby (5.38 WAR)
LF: Mike Marshall (9.99 WAR)
CF: Ed Swartwood (16.81 WAR)
RF: George Browne (7.39 WAR)

SP: Dontrelle Willis (20.26 WAR)
SP: Randy Jones (18.09 WAR)
SP: Togie Pittinger (14.14 WAR)
SP: Ivan Nova (11.17 WAR)
SP: Alex Wood (10.38 WAR)
RP: Luis Ayala (8.65 WAR)

Ballplayer or minor Flintstones character?: Phil Mudrock
Fun baseball card, sad story: Rod Craig
Fun name: Chub Sullivan
One of my favorite players of all time: Casey Candaele
Rick's "big" brother: Paul Reuschel
What did Rajon Rondo do after receiving criticism from a Bulls teammate?: Rip Wade
   2. Batman Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5605357)
Willis and Jones were briefly big stars and Hauser will be an all-time great if the team gets relegated to the minor leagues.
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5605360)
Rip Wade


You're supposed to strangle Wade.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: January 12, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5605368)
Apparently the concept of the purely anonymous middle reliever didn't start in very recent years. My page-a-day baseball calendar I got from Mrs. PRD for Christmas lists today's baseball birthdays as Randy Jones, Dontrelle Willis, Ivan Nova, and Luis Ayala.

I had never heard of Luis Ayala until this morning, only to see that he pitched over 500 games of mostly pretty good relief from 2003-2013. I guess he was one of the beta versions of today's non-closer relievers. 534 games, 554 innings, 3.34 ERA, 129 ERA+. All he was missing was the strikeouts, posting only a mere 6.0/9 in his career.
   5. Sweatpants Posted: January 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM (#5605393)
I sort of remembered Ayala. I remembered him as a solid bullpen righty for the Nationals, and I remembered that I used to confuse him with some other guy they had, but I forget who the other guy was (I looked it up - it was Saul Rivera). This really doesn't seem like it should count as remembering him.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: January 12, 2018 at 12:08 PM (#5605427)
I think Ayala joined the Mets in 2008 and was one of the only relievers they (wrongly) trusted as the bullpen blew their season late. I also have a memory of him making a comeback after having been in the Mexican league.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5605459)
By 20 years ago there were lots of anonymous middle relievers... look at pitchers with more than 60 appearances in 1997 and I'm sure several will be strangers to you. T.J. Mathews? Bob Patterson? Rich Loiselle? Mike Holtz? Darren Hall? Eric Gunderson?

But there is a big difference now in that they are truly MIDDLE relievers, having no starts and also almost nothing in the "games finished" stat. We have so many relievers in every game since starters don't go more than 6 innings.

By my count, in 1997, 98 of the top 100 pitchers in appearances had at least 10 GF (Buddy Groom and Arthur Rhodes did not). 79 of them had at least 15 GF.

In 2017, 82/100 had at least 10 GF, and 52/100 had at least 15 GF.

And there are so many of them.
# of pitchers with at least 40 appearances:
1997: 140
2007: 170
2017: 189
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 12, 2018 at 02:08 PM (#5605546)
Loiselle was the closer for the 1997 Pirates who finished under .500 but were still alive after 159 games. He was a rookie starter who was in the bullpen because the Pirates unaccountably came up with a rotation, worked his way into the closer role and picked up 29 saves. He hurt his elbow the next year, and hung around ineffectively for a while after that.
   9. Batman Posted: January 12, 2018 at 02:08 PM (#5605547)
I ran a search for pitchers who had the most appearances in a season without starting or finishing a game and, as expected, it's mostly guys named Steve that I don't remember. One of the pitchers on the list that I do remember is Cliff Politte. His bb-ref page led me to the 2005 White Sox, where I learned bb-ref apparently doesn't have a picture of Aaron Rowand.
   10. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 12, 2018 at 02:43 PM (#5605582)
the Pirates unaccountably came up with a rotation

With a talented young rotation of Jon Lieber, Jason Schmidt, Esteban Loaiza, Francisco Cordero, and Steve Cooke (who?), the 1997 Pirates were surely headed for a bright future!
   11. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 12, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5605585)
where I learned bb-ref apparently doesn't have a picture of Aaron Rowand


Maybe they don't have one prior to this
   12. salvomania Posted: January 12, 2018 at 02:51 PM (#5605593)
I wonder if any other Cy Young-winning SPs ever struck out fewer than 100 batters, as Randy Jones did in 1976 (93 K in 315-!!!--ip, just 2.7/9).
   13. Batman Posted: January 12, 2018 at 02:55 PM (#5605598)
Maybe they don't have one prior to this
His picture should be a closeup of a smudge on the wall.
   14. Batman Posted: January 12, 2018 at 03:02 PM (#5605604)
I wonder if any other Cy Young-winning SPs ever struck out fewer than 100 batters, as Randy Jones did in 1976 (93 K in 315-!!!--ip, just 2.7/9).
I don't think any have. The next lowest was Pete Vuckovich, who had 105, in 1982. He pitched 223 innings, so his K rate was 4.2 K/9. Vuckovich's walk rate was 4.1 that year.
   15. salvomania Posted: January 12, 2018 at 03:06 PM (#5605608)
The most distinctive thing about Jones in those days was his huge perm, which was quite the fad. Between the perm trend, some NL teams' pillbox hats that year, the White Sox pajamas (and shorts), and the Indians' all-red combos, 1976 has to be one of the goofiest-looking years in baseball.
   16. salvomania Posted: January 12, 2018 at 03:08 PM (#5605610)
Don Sutton was a guy who I remember going to the perm in the mid-1970s, and then never letting it go... I think he still has one.
   17. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 12, 2018 at 03:14 PM (#5605613)
1976 also saw an epidemic of baby blue unis instead of grey, including this iconic Mike Schmidt image. Check out Bill Madlock. Of course the Cubs' baby blue pinstripes later in the decade were even worse.

If you like late-70s perms check out the Phillies' twin titans of Randy Lerch and Warren Brusstar.

Dan Epstein published a book specifically about the 1976 season this year, which is top on my baseball shopping list. The same guy who wrote "Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s" five years ago.
   18. crict Posted: January 12, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5605646)
Luis Ayala also had an "hidden" perfect game, retiring 27 straight hitters over several games in May 2003 with the Expos.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 12, 2018 at 04:06 PM (#5605654)
Dan Epstein published a book specifically about the 1976 season this year, which is top on my baseball shopping list.

Definitely pick it up - it's a fun read.
   20. Moeball Posted: January 12, 2018 at 07:34 PM (#5605759)
As a long time Padres fan, I have to give a birthday shout out to RJ, who was fun to watch BITD. Saw at least one game of his that came in under 2 hours. If he was pitching against Jim Kaat, they could even aim for 90 minutes!
   21. esseff Posted: January 12, 2018 at 09:11 PM (#5605787)
Randy Jones also taught Barry Zito how to pitch when Zito was a kid.
   22. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: January 13, 2018 at 04:01 AM (#5605859)
My gramps knew Joe Hauser, a Milwaukee boy. Looked promising until he broke his leg.
One of his good seasons overlapped with the debut of Milwaukee's finest, Al Simmons.

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