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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-16-2018

Harrisburg Telegraph, January 16, 1918:

Grover Cleveland Alexander has been drafted for government service, and the deal between the Phillies and Chicago Cubs, which stirred the baseball world, may be declared off, causing the Philadelphia club to lose the bulk of the $50,000 reported as the burchase price for Alexander and Killefer.
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In commenting upon the news, Alexander said the drafting would make little difference to him, as he did not intend to play with Chicago unless he received a share of the purchase money. When asked if he was ready to go with the troops, Alexander replied, “I’m no slacker.”

The deal remained in place. Alexander appeared in three games for the 1918 Cubs before heading to the army and eventually the front lines in France. His time in the war left Sgt. Alexander with deafness in his left ear, shrapnel in his right ear, muscle damage in his pitching arm, and almost certainly caused the PTSD that led to his alcoholism.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2018 at 10:14 AM (#5607158)
Today's Birthday Team features two Hall of Famers and an obvious future first-ballot Hall of Famer. I wasn't sure what to do with right field; Cust is the better player but Trumbo's career was/is much longer. I went with quality over quantity. It's not like either one of them would win a defense-based tiebreaker.

C: Marty Castillo (-0.8 WAR)
1B: Buck Jordan (10.5 WAR)
2B: Dave Stapleton (2.0 WAR)
3B/Manager: Jimmy Collins (53.2 WAR)
SS: Art Whitney (3.0 WAR)
LF: Albert Pujols (99.4 WAR)
CF: Alfredo Amezaga (3.2 WAR)
RF: Jack Cust (9.3 WAR)

SP: Dizzy Dean (44.9 WAR)
SP: Jack McDowell (28.2 WAR)
SP: Erskine Mayer (13.9 WAR)
SP: Ferdie Schupp (4.7 WAR)
SP: Jim Owens (4.3 WAR)
RP: Ron Villone (3.9 WAR)

Defensively-challenged bench bat: Mark Trumbo (9.0 WAR)
Fun names: Moxie Divis, Pip Koehler, Jeff Manship, Zelous Wheeler
Fun players with fun names: Colter Bean, Showboat Fisher
Fun player: Steve Balboni
Designated Aussie: Warwick Saupold
   2. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: January 16, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5607484)
I once dated a Las Vegas cocktail waitress named Moxie Divis. And Colter Bean was my 6th grade gym teacher.
   3. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: January 16, 2018 at 03:59 PM (#5607550)
I enjoyed watching Colter Bean pitch, having a soft spot for massive sidearmers and submariners. Here's a NYT piece on him and the struggles of being a guy with solid stats but weak stuff.
   4. Hank G. Posted: January 16, 2018 at 05:50 PM (#5607644)
LF: Albert Pujols (99.4 WAR)


Last year, Albert Pujols had 101.1 WAR. I don’t believe someone can play themselves out of the Hall of Fame, but if Pujols plays out his contract and the Angels continue to put him on the field, it’s going to be an ugly end to a great career.
   5. Batman Posted: January 16, 2018 at 06:15 PM (#5607657)
Pujols has four years left on his contract. I think Chuck Klein (-1.3 WAR) is the only Hall of Fame hitter who was more than a game below replacement over his last five years. Rabbit Maranville, Andre Dawson, and Lou Brock were each -2 WAR or worse over their last three years.
   6. Batman Posted: January 16, 2018 at 06:39 PM (#5607669)
Klein was right around replacement in his fifth-to-last season. That was his last full season. He had very limited plate appearances in his last four years, which were 1941-1944.

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