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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, January 16, 1914:

Germans belong in the infield. The big Teutonic invasion of baseball has produced German pitchers, German catchers and German outfielders, but the place where subjects of the kaiser belong and have made their best showing is in the infield.
...
It has been held by a good many that Germans are a slow-thinking slow-acting race, but this is really far from the case.
...
They are not a warlike, but rather a military race. When Irishmen and the fighting Oriental go out and scrap because they like it, the German fights because he must.

Pass.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: casual ethnic prejudice, dugout, history

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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4640185)
Great front-line talent on today's Birthday Team, and Angels In The Outfield.

C: Marty Castillo
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Dave Stapleton
3B/Manager: Jimmy Collins
SS: Art Whitney
LF: Jack Cust
CF: Alfredo Amezaga
RF: Mark Trumbo

SP: Dizzy Dean
SP: Jack McDowell
SP: Erskine Mayer
SP: Ferdie Schupp
SP: Jim Owens
RP: Ron Villone

Would start for most Birthday Teams: Buck Jordan
Fun Ballplayer: Steve Balboni
Started in RF in 2012, relegated to PH duty since: Showboat Fisher
Most career games played by a left-handed throwing shortstop: Jimmy Macullar
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4640192)
not enough Krauts
   3. BDC Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4640199)
My clearest memory of Jack McDowell pitching was in the first inning of this game at the Ballpark, now amazingly enough 19 years ago. With a man on first, McDowell pitched Juan Gonzalez very carefully: three straight balls, further and further low and away, and if you remember Gonzalez, a pitch he wouldn't swing at had to be very low and away. Then, as if to say "ha! Got him right where I want him!" McDowell threw one up and on the inside part of the plate, and Gonzalez turned on it like a madman and hit it into the bleachers. I was never convinced of McDowell's genius after that, though he certainly had good major-league stuff. But then again, it was one data point :)
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM (#4640210)
Through age 27, McDowell won 81 games, twice won 20 games, won a Cy Young, finished 2nd in Cy Young balloting the next year. At that point, it probably wasn't unreasonable to think that if McDowell could age gracefully, he might be a HOF candidate. He was offered a lucrative contract extension, but he and his agent brother turned it down. Then the strike happened, then he gave up a big hit in the ALDS, then he got hurt with elbow and labrum issues. The guy retired at age 33, having made just 24 starts after the age of 30. I feel like if you replayed his career in a slightly different time period, he's a very good pitcher and perhaps a borderline HOFer, but dem's the breaks.
   5. just plain joe Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4640216)
Amezaga will need to cover some serious ground in CF with those guys on either side of him; Dizzy, Jack and the rest will need a lot of K's to make up for the shoddy outfield defense.
   6. Davo Dozier Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4640245)
Jimmy Collins joins Gene Alley and Tommie Agee on the "You couldn't hang around to get just one more stinkin' hit?!?!" all-star team.
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4640248)
Started in RF in 2012, relegated to PH duty since: Showboat Fisher

Uh, what? The Showboat was born in 1899. :)

Most career games played by a left-handed throwing shortstop: Jimmy Macullar

There's a self-writing headline for an article on his career fadeout.
   8. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4640270)
Showboat held the starting job on the birthday team for over 80 years. He's bitter about sitting on the bench, but nobody can figure out how to make trades possible in this league.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4640326)
Chris Getz signs a minor league deal with Toronto, my long national nightmare is over.
   10. catomi01 Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4640337)
Showboat held the starting job on the birthday team for over 80 years. He's bitter about sitting on the bench, but nobody can figure out how to make trades possible in this league.


Creative interpretation of timezones?
   11. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:46 PM (#4640362)
I still contend that birthday teams should use the DH (due to lack of trades), so he still gets PT for me...
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4640394)
Angels sign IF John McDonald

There are also reports they're not seriously after Tanaka, I don't know if that has to do with the McDonald signing though.
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: January 16, 2014 at 06:08 PM (#4640622)
I still contend that birthday teams should use the DH (due to lack of trades)

May 27 seconds the motion.
   14. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 07:17 PM (#4640647)
April 6 also throws its weight behind the DH motion.
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 16, 2014 at 07:55 PM (#4640669)
Thanks Mr. Foley, I was way too literal today.
   16. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 16, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4640689)
I still contend that birthday teams should use the DH (due to lack of trades), so he still gets PT for me...
Any rule that keeps Steve Balboni on the field is a good rule.
   17. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM (#4640722)
Apparently most of the owners think that Tanaka is going to sign with the Cubs.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:19 AM (#4640798)
Amezaga

Whoa!!

Amezaga was the player picked right before Albert Pujols -- and they have the same birthday.

That's what happens when you sort the spreadsheet by birth date and name.
   19. Chris Fluit Posted: January 17, 2014 at 09:16 AM (#4640836)
Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona found a way to get himself traded in the birthday league.

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