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Monday, January 22, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-22-2018

Toledo News-Bee, January 22, 1918:

Second Baseman Del Pratt and Pitcher Eddie Plank of the Browns were traded to the New York Yankees on Tuesday for five players and a cash consideration. The five players are: Catcher Nunamaker, Pitcher Cullop and Shocker, and Infielders Maisel and Gedeon. The cash consideration was not announced.

The cash consideration was eventually reported as $15,000. This was a terrible deal for the Yankees. Pratt was a good ballplayer, a second baseman who played every day and had a bat that was a bit better than league-average. Plank was great, obviously, but he was 42 years old and had retired in 1917. He never pitched another professional game.

In exchange, the Browns got a star-quality 27-year-old pitcher (Shocker), a good backup catcher (Nunamaker), three unremarkable players, and $15,000. According to the Baseball Gauge, Pratt put up 22.9 WAR after the trade. The players headed to St. Louis racked up 61.9 WAR.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 22, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5610809)
I know there were a couple seasons when he was unhittable, but it blows my mind that Ubaldo Jimenez has more than 20 career WAR. I'm not sure there's an active pitcher I'd trust less to start a big game, but there he is as the ace pitcher in the Birthday Team's rotation. Senichi Hoshino was known to punch his players in the face when they made a mistake, so I'd hate to see what Ubaldo would look like after a season playing for Hoshino.

Prince Oana is a fascinating player, sort of a poor man's Shohei Ohtani. He hit .332 with 103 extra-base hits for Portland (PCL) in 1933 and a 1.72 ERA for Fort Worth (Texas League) in 1942. I'd love to see MLEs on him - I'd expect them to show a better player than Kieschnick and possibly a better player than Ankiel, but Oana didn't get much time in the majors. He finished his MLB career with a .308/.321/.462 line (110 OPS+) in 53 plate appearances and a 3.77 ERA (95 ERA+) in 45.1 innings.

C: Carlos Ruiz (22.51 WAR)
1B: Amos Strunk (27.79 WAR)
2B: Jeff Treadway (6.15 WAR)
3B: Chone Figgins (22.02 WAR)
SS: Irv Ray (3.67 WAR)
LF: Brian Dayett (0.62 WAR)
CF: Wayne Kirby (1.85 WAR)
RF: Leon Roberts (12.07 WAR)

SP: Ubaldo Jimenez (20.79 WAR)
SP: Mike Caldwell (18.65 WAR)
SP: Jay Hughes (14.96 WAR)
SP: Dave Leonhard (2.34 WAR)
SP: Jimmy Anderson (1.37 WAR)
RP: Diomedes Olivo (2.16 WAR)

Japanese Baseball Hall of Famers: Kenjiro Matsuki (1B/Manager), Senichi Hoshino (P/Manager)
Umpire: Chris Pelekoudas
General Manager: Art Ehlers
Fun names: Jophery Brown, Ivey Shiver, Huck Geary
Fun player: Prince Oana (0.56 WAR)
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 22, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5610825)
This B-Day team may hold the record for fewest players I've heard of.
   3. Batman Posted: January 22, 2018 at 11:13 AM (#5610846)
I've heard of all the position players except Irv Ray. I grew up in Chicago in the 1980's, so Brian Dayett's career probably made more of an impression on me than it would have if he'd played anywhere else at any other time. I haven't heard of any of the pitchers other than Jimenez and Caldwell.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 22, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5610849)
I had only heard of Ruiz, Treadway, Figgins, Kirby, Jimenez, and Caldwell.
   5. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 22, 2018 at 11:38 AM (#5610863)
You have to have heard of Amos Strunk, because his name was Amos Strunk. He was also one of the outfielders for the $100,000 Infield.

Jimmy Anderson was one of the endless line of failed Pirate prospects 15 years ago. He gets beat up a lot on Pirate boards still, because he turned out to be a fat guy.
   6. esseff Posted: January 22, 2018 at 11:47 AM (#5610871)
I remember Olivo as part of the trade that brought Dick Groat to the Cardinals. Olivo is most notable, probably, for making his MLB debut at age 41.
   7. esseff Posted: January 22, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5610872)
In exchange, the Browns got a star-quality 27-year-old pitcher (Shocker), a good backup catcher (Nunamaker), three unremarkable players, and $15,000.


One of the other three players, Joe Gedeon, was connected to the Black Sox Scandal and banned for life.
   8. Batman Posted: January 22, 2018 at 12:06 PM (#5610885)
I only remember Leon Roberts because Bip Roberts's first name was Leon. It was rumored that they were not the same person.
   9. tolbuck Posted: January 22, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5611075)
I only learned of Leonhard yesterday when I stumbled across game 7 of the 1971 World Series on YouTube. Leonhard was warming up in the O's bullpen in the 8th, but didn't get into the game.

To me Wayne Kirby will always be the guy who had the walk off hit that ended the first game at Jacobs/Progressive Field.
   10. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 22, 2018 at 03:14 PM (#5611124)
One of the other three players, Joe Gedeon, was connected to the Black Sox Scandal and banned for life.


And one of the others, Fritz Maisel, led the AL in stolen bases in 1914, with 74.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 22, 2018 at 03:21 PM (#5611136)
I only remember Leon Roberts because Bip Roberts's first name was Leon. It was rumored that they were not the same person.


Leon Roberts had his career year for the terrible, 104 loss, '78 Mariners (.301/22/92), in a year when the players who were good in '77 (Ruppert Jones, Danny Meyer, Leroy Stanton), all flopped. Roberts and Enrique Romo were really the only players who made that team even remotely bearable to watch.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 22, 2018 at 03:32 PM (#5611158)
You have to have heard of Amos Strunk, because his name was Amos Strunk.

Sorry, no.

He was also one of the outfielders for the $100,000 Infield.

I got a Sporcle question on that the other day. Couldn't name any of them.

Don't know much about the deadball era.

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