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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-19-2018

Chicago Eagle, January 19, 1918:

MATTY TO PITCH IN SEASON OF 1918

Christy Mathewson, manager of the Reds, is coming out of his retirement as a hurler. Big Six will take the mound next season, he announced the other day. As his club will have to get along with six pitchers, he will keep himself in condition and be ready to go on the slab when his services are needed. The veteran hardly can be expected to take his regular turn or pitch many games, but he plans to aid as a relief hurler and pitch full games if necessary.

Matty didn’t pitch in 1918. He managed the first 118 games of the season before enlisting in the army. Unfortunately, his time in the military went almost as poorly as it could have gone.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 19, 2018 at 10:08 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 19, 2018 at 10:12 AM (#5609392)
Today's Birthday Team features a postseason hero (Chris Sabo), a postseason goat (Byung-Hyun Kim), and a postseason match fixer (Chick Gandil). Also of note: Jon Matlack's middle name is Trumpbour.

C: Phil Nevin (15.81 WAR)
1B: Chick Gandil (19.44 WAR)
2B: Chris Stynes (8.17 WAR)
3B: Chris Sabo (16.44 WAR)
SS: Dib Williams (3.09 WAR)
LF: Rip Radcliff (7.43 WAR)
CF: Fred Valentine (3.59 WAR)
RF: Orlando Palmeiro (2.72 WAR)

SP: Jon Matlack (39.7 WAR)
SP: Byung-Hyun Kim (10.8 WAR)
SP: Arlie Pond (7.25 WAR)
SP: Ken Frailing (3.03 WAR)
SP: Rich Gale (1.89 WAR)
RP: Shawn Tolleson (2.0 WAR)

Manager: Brad Mills
Fun name: Ricky Pickett, Dolly Stark
Not that one: Jack White, Dan Boone
The rookie: Jim Morris
Unimaginative nickname: Mac MacArthur
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 19, 2018 at 10:13 AM (#5609395)
I should mention that Kim's disastrous postseason ended with a World Series ring, so he's not too much of a goat.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: January 19, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5609407)
3B: Chris Sabo (16.44 WAR)
I wore Sabo-style sports goggles for a year or 2 of little league.
   4. Batman Posted: January 19, 2018 at 10:40 AM (#5609410)
1988 doesn't seem all that long ago, but, according to bb-ref, Sabo's salary his rookie year was $62,500. Darryl Strawberry made $36,000 five years before that.
   5. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 19, 2018 at 11:05 AM (#5609425)
I saw that the O's released Aaron Myers, an unheralded but generally decent A-ball reliever who has been old for his leagues, who they acquired for international slot money last summer. While that the O's habitually trade away their ifa slots is well documented, has anyone studied the return they've gotten for those slots relative to what other teams have received?
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 19, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5609428)
Sabo is now a baseball coach at IMG Academy in Florida and is still apparently unable to open his eyes. He's had a pretty remarkable baseball career, considering that.
   7. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 19, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5609438)
Looks like Sabo has upside-down mouth eyes.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 19, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5609443)
Kim went on to work in the Rockies rotation for a couple of years, to no great success, although I loved watching him work and always hoped he would turn things around.

It's also interesting to note that the collapses in the 2001 Series didn't seem to have much effect on him. His best season by far was 2002.
   9. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: January 19, 2018 at 01:43 PM (#5609583)
As a kid I used to mix up Jon Matlack and Jerry Koosman all the time. Don't know why
   10. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 19, 2018 at 01:56 PM (#5609602)
As a kid I used to mix up Jon Matlack and Jerry Koosman all the time. Don't know why.


Both were lefty #2 starters behind Tom Seaver, with multiple All-Star selections, on some good Mets teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: January 19, 2018 at 05:27 PM (#5609830)
As a kid I used to mix up Jon Matlack and Jerry Koosman all the time. Don't know why

I still mix up Jon Matlack and Doc Medich and am not entirely convinced they are two separate pitchers. Have they ever been photographed together???
   12. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 19, 2018 at 08:20 PM (#5609896)
Ah, just like I used to mix up Rick Helling and John Burkett.
   13. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 19, 2018 at 09:11 PM (#5609911)
Until AJ Burnett reaches Pittsburgh, he's merged with Josh Beckett for me. There's also a first baseman named Karrokleskonerko who played 25 years and hit about 600 homers.
   14. Hank Gillette Posted: January 20, 2018 at 02:42 AM (#5609979)
I used to mix up Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. Apparently, so did their wives.
   15. Mike Webber Posted: January 20, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5610021)
Should have posted this yesterday, but if anyone is in Kansas City today, would be happy to see you at this meeting.

Monarchs Chapter SABR Day meeting (Kansas City, MO)
SABR's Monarchs Chapter will have three top guest speakers at our SABR Day meeting from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road in Kansas City, Missouri. All baseball fans are welcome to attend this free event.

SABR member John Bauer who will talk about his recent article on the 1953 St Louis Cardinals ownership change which was featured in the recent book about Sportsmans Park. Rustin Dodd is the Kansas City Royals beat writer for the Kansas City Star, who will discuss the past season and the 2018 outlook and the future of the Royals. Curt Nelson is Director of the Royals Hall of Fame and he will discuss the 50 years of the Royals and what activities are planned for this year. All baseball fans are welcome to attend!

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