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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-25-2012

El Paso Herald, January 25, 1912:

Here we have been priding ourselves on the American national game of baseball and how scientific it has become in its development in the last quarter of a century and right in the face of it all, two learned highbrow archaeologists of London and Berlin…try to show that a game similar to our baseball existed in 1800, B.C.
...

This must have been before Jim McGuire and Cy Young broke into the game.

...but just after Jamie Moyer debuted.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 04:30 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 04:40 AM (#4045264)
This may just be the worst offensive Birthday Team we'll see all year. The top hitter in OPS among players with more than 150 career plate appearances is Ed Goodson, who put up a career line of .260/.297/.374. Or, to put it another way, Jose Macias is third on today's Birthday Team career leaderboard in hits, home runs, RBI, walks, and OPS (min 150 career PA). He's second in runs and stolen bases.

This team's not going to score a whole lot of runs.

C: Les Nunamaker
1B: Ray Schmandt
2B: Danny Richardson
3B: Ed Goodson
SS: Ted Kazanski
LF: Junior Moore
CF: Jose Macias
RF: Gary Holman

SP: Vern Ruhle
SP: Fred Glade
SP: Wally Bunker
SP: Brian Holman
SP: Ed Head
RP: Dale Mohorcic
RP: Derrick Turnbow

Designated Australian: Shane Lindsay
Given first name is Hawatha: Terrell Wade

Turnbow is the only member of today's team to have been named to the All-Star team, and he somehow did that during a season in which he had an ERA up around 5 at the break. Coincidentally, it was the only ASG I've ever attended.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:19 AM (#4045325)
Dan, I like your handle (I've probably not noticed for several days, huh?)

If you are a parent with the last name of Head, your kid will get harassed enough about the last name without giving him the first name of Ed.
   3. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:33 AM (#4045334)
Gracias, Edmundo. Yeah, I was thinking that too. Is there a name that doesn't sound horrible with the surname Head? Some sound worse than others, I guess.

There's gotta be some sort of Body Parts All-Star Team I can put together. Greg Legg is tanned, rested, and ready. Unfortunately, Reggie Tongue played the wrong sport.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4045341)
I think with a name like Head, you have to go classy, like Alistair. Alistair Head -- puts the focus on the first name when introduced.
   5. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:38 AM (#4045342)
This may just be the worst offensive Birthday Team we'll see all year.

But a good birthday day in the broadcast booth. Happy 93rd b-day to the late Ernie Harwell.

Up at THT today, an odd anniversary: 40th anniversary: Dave Winfield and the NCAA basket-brawl. 40 years ago today, the Minnesota players (including Winfield, a multi-sport star in college) suddenly and w/seemingly no provocation, attacked the Ohio State players. Three OSU guys ended up in the hospital, one in intensive care. Two U-MN players were suspended (neither Winfield). The THT piece links to the footage of the incident up at Youtube.

Then comes a list of "day-versaries" and anniversaries, which includes Ray Kroc buying the Padres, the Rangers trading Gaylord Perry to the Padres, and MacPhail/Topping/Webb buying the Yankees.
   6. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4045344)
The Body Parts All-Stars, still in progress:

C: Barry Foote
1B:
2B: Greg Legg
3B:
SS: Chin-Lung Hu
LF: No Neck Williams
CF: Lip Pike
RF: Shin-Soo Choo

SP: Three Finger Brown
SP: One Arm Daily
SP: Ed Head
SP: Bill Hands
SP: Rich Hand
RP: Elroy Face
RP: Rollie Fingers

I'm open for 1B/3B suggestions and trying my damnedest not to resort to guys named Richard.
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4045345)
Roy Face
Shin-Soo Choo


Ear-ly Wynn
Ed Armbrister
Sixtoe Lezcano?

A beverage to Dan.
   8. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4045349)
I'm open for 1B/3B suggestions.

Dick Allen.
   9. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4045353)
I was thinking the same thing, Dag. Trying not to go there...not that there's anything wrong with that.
   10. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:46 AM (#4045354)
I really shouldn't do this
   11. Kiko Sakata Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:47 AM (#4045355)
I'm open for 1B/3B suggestions and trying my damnedest not to resort to guys named Richard.


So you'd probably prefer somebody other than Pete LaCock at 1B?
   12. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:48 AM (#4045358)
I dunno, Kiko. Pete LaCock is such a ridiculously goofy name that I think I need to pencil him in. The Hollywood Squares connection is a bonus.
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:51 AM (#4045362)
Pinky Higgins at 3B
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4045363)
Any room for Ricky Bones on the staff? Or does the pronunciation preclude him from the team?
   15. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 09:55 AM (#4045367)
Nice! We have a tentative Nine:

C: Barry Foote
1B: Pete LaCock
2B: Greg Legg
3B: Pinky Higgins
SS: Chin-Lung Hu
LF: Shin-Soo Choo
CF: Lip Pike
RF: Charles Tebeau

SP: Three Finger Brown
SP: Ricky Bones
SP: Ed Head
SP: Bill Hands
SP: Rich Hand
RP: Elroy Face
RP: Rollie Fingers
Other candidates: No-Neck Williams, Nails Dykstra, and Art, Jeff, Jim, and Neal Ball.

I don't love the idea of using nicknames*, so I booted One Arm Daily in favor of Bones. I could be convinced that Brown has no place in the rotation as well.

(* - Other than Charles Tebeau's nickname, which is awesome. And vulgar. And awesome.)
   16. Matthew E Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4045382)
Brandon Backe.
Tom Cheek as a broadcaster.
Jack Armstrong.
Jim Palmer.
Corey Hart. Jim Ray Hart.
Joel Skinner.
   17. Der-K is really digging the new Tame Impala album. Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM (#4045386)
I was adding Backe and Cheek too.
Miles Head may join the team in a few years.
Bartolo Colon!
Bryan Lahair and Dave Beard? Scott Brow?
Felix Pie?
   18. Craig in MN Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM (#4045390)
Does Tony Armas take 4 roster spots, or just one?
   19. Craig in MN Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4045396)

I think with a name like Head, you have to go classy, like Alistair. Alistair Head -- puts the focus on the first name when introduced.


With a name like that, you can get the bonus of being able to sneak in an alternative pronunciation....make "head" sound like "heed", and say it's Welsh or something. No one would know any different.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4045401)
Paul Assenmacher?
   21. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4045403)
Or you could go with something that sounds so tough that nobody would make fun of you, like Illinois baskeball legend Luther Head.
   22. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM (#4045407)
I suppose that Hyman Cohen won't make the, um, cut.
   23. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM (#4045410)
Ryan Langerhans?
   24. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4045413)
I suppose that Hyman Cohen won't make the, um, cut.

nope--neither will Rocky Cherry
   25. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4045414)
   26. just plain joe Posted: January 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4045421)
If you are a parent with the last name of Head, your kid will get harassed enough about the last name without giving him the first name of Ed.


Richard is a name you would want to avoid as well.
   27. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4045430)
No Bartolo Colon? Chien Ming Wang? Randy Johnson?
   28. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 25, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4045549)
Tigers sign Brad Eldred. As if all the DHs they have playing the field weren't enough.
   29. Bob Evans Posted: January 25, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4045564)
Ray Blades
Jim Bottomley
   30. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4045570)
White Sox sign LHP Scott Olsen
   31. Bob Evans Posted: January 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4045580)
Team's beat reporter: Arch Ward.
   32. kthejoker Posted: January 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4045650)
If we're allowing for dirty euphemisms, there are a few Willies who'd vastly improve your team.

Heinie Manush
Wally Backman
   33. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4045679)
Reds acquire IF Wilson Valdez from the Phils for LHP Jeremy Horst

Marlins sign OF Austin Kearns to a minor league deal
   34. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4045704)
Reds acquire IF Wilson Valdez from the Phils for LHP Jeremy Horst


Good deal for the Reds. Valdez has beaten the Reds every time he's pitched against them.
   35. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM (#4045725)
Not that Wilson Valdez is the difference between making and not making the playoffs, but if the Phils don't do anything that means Michael Martinez backs up a fragile bunch of IFs. They must be chasing Keppinger or The Riot. They must, please, please! We've seen enough MiniMart.
   36. i'm only STEAGLES when it's complicated Posted: January 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM (#4045774)
Not that Wilson Valdez is the difference between making and not making the playoffs, but if the Phils don't do anything that means Michael Martinez backs up a fragile bunch of IFs. They must be chasing Keppinger or The Riot. They must, please, please! We've seen enough MiniMart.
they have wigginton, galvis, and i believe charlie is high on harold garcia, as well.

plus, i may be wrong, but i thought jayson nix can play 2B in a pinch.
   37. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4045781)
Galvis needs to play every day in AAA. Wigginton can stand at 3B. Garcia's a non-prospect; he's pretty much just a 2B, right? Sorry, STEAGLES, your suggestions do not make me feel any better. :)
   38. ajnrules Posted: January 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4045799)
I did a double take on Chin-Lung Hu, because I still think of his name as being Golden Dragon, which is what it is in Chinese.

Anyways, Vern Ruhle was the first player I knew of that shared a birthday with me, so it was tough to see him lose in high fight with cancer five years ago. :(
   39. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4045805)
Rays are supposedly close to signing Keppinger.

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