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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-23-2014

Lafayette [Louisiana] Advertiser, January 23, 1914:

Prof. McNaspy, director of athletics at the Institute [now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette] sends us the following letter which is self-explanatory:

Does Lafayette care to see the Cincinnati Reds in action this season? I have been corresponding with Manager Herzog of this team and they have offered to play the Institute team an exhibition game of baseball on the Institute campus Friday, Mar. 27th, for the sum of $200. The price of admission in case we play them will be 50c to the grand stand. If there are 400 people who are willing to buy a ticket please communicate with me and the arrangements will be definitely settled.

Someone should get a Kickstarter up and running to pay the Marlins $200 and travel expenses to play an exhibition game in Vladivostok. I bet Loria would be willing to do it, even if the MLBPA would stop it from happening.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 06:54 AM (#4644910)
Relief pitchers out the wazoo on today's Birthday Team.

C: Paul Ratliff
1B: Erubiel Durazo
2B: Bill Regan
3B: Kurt Bevacqua
SS: Chico Carrasquel
LF: Wily Mo Pena
CF: Sam Jethroe
RF: Charlie Spikes

SP: Red Donahue
SP: Frank Sullivan
SP: Randy Gumpert
SP: Don Nottebart
SP: Bobby Burke
RP: Mark Wohlers
RP: Juan Rincon
RP: Alan Embree

Manager: Joey Amalfitano

Not that one: King Lear
Wide receiver: Jeff Samardzija
Left-handed catcher: Benny Distefano
Could be the name of a crappy superhero: Speed Walker
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 23, 2014 at 09:14 AM (#4644928)
Not that one: King Lear

That hit my funny bone, Dan. Thanks.
   3. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4644947)
That hit my funny bone, Dan. Thanks.
O, that way madness lies; let me shun that;
No more of that.

Also, thanks.
   4. BDC Posted: January 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4644948)
Charles Lear was a Princeton man, it seems. And that was the most hilarious nickname the chaps at his eating club could come up with? :)

Sam Jethroe, like Monte Irvin, was a player whose career was split between the Negro Leagues and the majors – unusual in that he was a few years older than Jackie Robinson; few of the NeL players older than Robinson got to the majors. He was a really good ballplayer.

And Don Nottebart condenses the futility of the 1969 Cubs in a single player.
   5. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4645023)
Not that one: King Lear

That hit my funny bone, Dan. Thanks.


Definitely my favorite "not that one" of all time.

On a general note, Dan, thanks for always doing the birthday teams. It's something I look forward to every morning.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4645049)
Mariners promote Kevin Mather to President.
   7. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4645069)
My pleasure, guys. I love learning about obscure nuggets of baseball history - I've learned so much just from reading about Birthday Players and old newspapers.

In other, utterly unrelated news, David Aardsma to Cleveland. He'd (obviously) supplant Fred Abbott as the first Indian, alphabetically. Columbus is gonna be stacked.
   8. Davo Dozier Posted: January 23, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4645070)
Sam Jethroe wins an award for putting up the two most similar seasons to start a Major League career.

His rookie year of 1950: 641 plate appearances. 100 Runs. 159 Hits. 28 Doubles. 18 Homers. League-leading 35 Steals. 52 Walks. 93 Strikeouts.

His second year of 1951: 645 plate appearances. 101 Runs. 160 hits. 29 Doubles. 18 Homers. League-leading 35 Steals. 57 Walks. 88 Strikeouts.
   9. JJ1986 Posted: January 23, 2014 at 01:19 PM (#4645073)
Is there anywhere to get KBO stats for past seasons? I'm mostly interested in non-Koreans in the league and how they've done.
   10. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4645082)
BB-Ref has a bunch of KBO stats. I'm not sure how far back they go, but they're here.
   11. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4645098)
Sam Jethroe wins an award for putting up the two most similar seasons to start a Major League career.

His rookie year of 1950: 641 plate appearances. 100 Runs. 159 Hits. 28 Doubles. 18 Homers. League-leading 35 Steals. 52 Walks. 93 Strikeouts.

His second year of 1951: 645 plate appearances. 101 Runs. 160 hits. 29 Doubles. 18 Homers. League-leading 35 Steals. 57 Walks. 88 Strikeouts.


Honorable mention to Johnny Pesky. Bonus points for those two seasons coming 4 years apart. Take to first 3 years and he wins hands down.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:09 PM (#4645100)
Twins send P Andrews Albers to Korea

Bryan LaHair released by the Fukuoaka Soft Bank Hawks in Japan
   13. JJ1986 Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4645110)
Matt Garza signs with Brewers (4y/$52m).

I'll bet Jimenez, Santana and Arroyo sign very quickly now. No one wants to get stuck with Paul Maholm as the best pitcher left.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4645122)
Balfour to the Rays.

Great signing by the Brewers, although I'm not really sure what direction they are heading in. But $13 mill for a solid #2 like Garza and only having to go 4 years, and not giving up a draft pick is a nice deal IMO.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4645124)
2007: Jeff Suppan, 4/$42M
2010: Randy Wolf, 3/$30M
2013: Kyle Lohse, 3/$33M
2014: Matt Garza, 4/$52M
   16. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4645192)
Sam Jethroe wins an award for putting up the two most similar seasons to start a Major League career.

His rookie year of 1950: 641 plate appearances. 100 Runs. 159 Hits. 28 Doubles. 18 Homers. League-leading 35 Steals. 52 Walks. 93 Strikeouts.

His second year of 1951: 645 plate appearances. 101 Runs. 160 hits. 29 Doubles. 18 Homers. League-leading 35 Steals. 57 Walks. 88 Strikeouts.

it wasn't at the beginning of his career, but Eddie Murray's OPS+ from 1981-84:
156
156
156
157


do you realize how hard that is to do?!
   17. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4645207)
Fred Lynn season HR totals, 1982-1988: 21, 22, 23, 23, 23, 23, 25
   18. dlf Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4645214)
In other, utterly unrelated news, David Aardsma to Cleveland. He'd (obviously) supplant Fred Abbott as the first Indian, alphabetically.


I'm stilled pissed that Aardsma leapfrogged Hank Aaron as the first MLBer. This obviously points to PED use by Aardsma.
   19. EddieA Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4645250)
Jethroe was a better Jet on the basepaths than Chet Lemon for sure. Probably not nearly as good a centerfielder though.
   20. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4645255)
So, this is weird: Maddux & LaRussa HoF plaques will be blank / logo-free.
LaRussa I could see, but Maddux? How does he not go in as a Brave?
   21. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4645256)
Adam Dunn HR/RBI totals 2005-2010:
40/101, 40/92, 40/106, 40/100, 38/105, 38/103

He was rock-solid guaranteed 40/100 man for the roto-types.

   22. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4645306)
Speed Walker - featuring a guy that went on to bigger and possibly better things. I miss Almost Live!
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:53 PM (#4645313)
Minor league deals:

BAL - LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Tyler Colvin
CLE - RHP David Aardsma
KCR - RHP Jon Rauch
LAA - 3B Ian Stewart
LAD - IF Chone Figgins
MIL - 1B Lyle Overbay
SEA - OF Endy Chavez
TBR - IF Jayson Nix

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