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Friday, January 20, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-20-2012

Providence Evening Tribune, January 20, 1912:

Organized baseball will be fought under the Sherman Anti-trust law if it attacks the new Columbian Baseball League, according to John T. Powers, President of the new organization.

“We are not fighting capital with capital and do not seek a fight with any person or combination,” said Powers. “But we have the statutory right to exist and compete with the ‘Baseball Trust.’”

There is more in the threat of the new outlaw league in the west to fight organized baseball under the Sherman Anti-trust law than appears on the surface, or the average fan believes.
...

The fly in the ointment lies in the fact that the trust law was designed to prevent restriction of business and commercial activities, and did not refer to amusement enterprizes [sic], such as baseball and theatricals.

As it turns out, organized baseball did exactly what it should have done with regard to the Columbian League: They sat back and watched it collapse all by itself before it ever played a game. The postscript, though, is that John T. Powers spent the next offseason getting the Federal League off the ground. The Federal League, of course, eventually led to Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which indeed revolved around baseball and the Sherman Act.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 05:17 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 05:35 AM (#4040971)
One thing you can say about today's Birthday Team is that it wouldn't be boring. Maybe Joe Dobson can ask his friend Marilyn to drop by.

C: Geovany Soto
1B: Everett Mills
2B: David Eckstein
3B: Ernie Courtney
SS/Manager: Ozzie Guillen
LF: Jimmy Outlaw
CF: Marvin Benard
RF: Brian Giles

SP: Tony Mullane
SP: Camilo Pascual
SP: Joe Dobson
SP: Big Bill James
SP: Julio Santana
RP: Bill Scherrer

Ponch's Partner: John Baker
Poor man's Miguel Dilone: Cecil Espy
Shane Spencer before Shane Spencer was Shane Spencer: Kevin Maas
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 20, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4041019)
I was thinking about this yesterday with the discussion of the last Expo in relation to Cabrera's retirement but is Ron Mahay the last active "scab?" Wikipedia has a list and with a quick scan I don't see any other names that jump at me. And of course "active" is a relative term since he didn't pitch in MLB last year and is only an NRI for the Reds this year.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: January 20, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4041024)
Alex Ramirez is still active, but that's in Japan.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM (#4041050)
Some free agents about whom I've heard nothing this offseason:

Brad Penny
Livan Hernandez
Kosuke Fukudome
Carlos Guillen
J.D. Drew

Is there any news on any of them? Retiring? Back to Japan?
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM (#4041054)
I remember reading a couple weeks ago that Fukudome's agent called the Reds. It's never a good sign for the future of your career when you're calling teams instead of the other way around.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM (#4041063)
The Royals supposedly had interest in Guillen, for reasons that defy my understanding.

Drew is mulling retirement.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4041222)
Carlos Pena signs a 1-year deal with Tampa Bay.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: January 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM (#4041238)
The Royals supposedly had interest in Guillen, for reasons that defy my understanding.


Defensive replacement for Betancourt?

Pena is a nice pickup for Tampa.
   9. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4041267)
Chris Snyder to HOU (makes sense). Pena deal reportedly for $7.25M.
   10. Sweatpants Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4041291)
Why is Javier Vazquez retiring? Is he just burnt out?
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4041499)
Indians sign OF Ryan Spilborghs to a minor league deal and acquire RHP Kevin Slowey from the Rockies for minor league RHP Zach Putnam. Slowey had been acquired by Colorado earlier this winter from the Twins.
   12. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4041525)
Indians sign OF Ryan Spilborghs to a minor league deal and acquire RHP Kevin Slowey from the Rockies for minor league RHP Zach Putnam.


Guess they think Fausto Carmona isn't coming back any time soon.

-- MWE
   13. Dock Ellis Posted: January 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM (#4041623)
Why is Javier Vazquez retiring? Is he just burnt out?

There's certainly a reason, isn't there? He can still pitch and he wouldn't be offered peanuts. Guys rarely actually retire; they just stop getting job offers to their liking.
   14. puck Posted: January 20, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4041661)
acquire RHP Kevin Slowey from the Rockies for minor league RHP Zach Putnam. Slowey had been acquired by Colorado earlier this winter from the Twins.


That seemed a bit odd from the Rockies. They have plenty of starting depth now, but I thought they move someone for an infielder.

Edit: and the Rockies are supposedly sending some money to Cleveland...that makes it even weirder.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4042027)
Rox get IF Marco Scutaro from Sox for P Clayton Mortensen. Scutaro will play 2B.

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