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Monday, January 27, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2014

Milwaukee Journal, January 27, 1914:

“Rube” Andrew Foster, Chicago, who opened his theatrical career in [Cleveland] last week, attempted to show how he won an exhibition game from the White Sox by a slide, ended by falling into the music, and put the entire orchestra out of business. The instruments that were not broken could not be played because the musicians who played them had to be carried out, as they laughed into hysterics. The audience fairly rolled on the floor and said they would freely pay for going out of the house, as they were well satisfied. Foster left the city as soon as he got himself together.

Splat. The Rube was not a small man.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 07:08 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 07:11 AM (#4646632)
Another lousy Birthday Team:

C: Ken Huckaby
1B: Buck Etchison
2B: John Lowenstein
3B: Gil Hatfield
SS: Angel Berroa
LF: Bibb Falk
CF: Charlie Duffee
RF: Phil Plantier

SP: Milt Gaston
SP: Gavin Floyd
SP: Fred Heimach
SP/Umpire: Bob Emslie
SP: Sleepy Bill Burns
RP: Rusty Meacham

Manager: Eric Wedge
Designated Francophone: Pete LaForest
Israel Alcantara's least favorite pitcher: Julio Teheran
Does not produce eggs: Mike Overy
Cool name: Mother Watson
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4646669)
   3. Davo Dozier Posted: January 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4646671)
Frank Demaree appears to be the only player in baseball history who, by making an out in his final plate appearance, dropped his career batting average from .300 to .299.
   4. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4646678)
Does not produce eggs: Mike Overy


Awesome.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4646680)
Man, if these prospect pundits know what they are talking about, the Phils (with a 50-something and a 90-something) don't have much to rebuild with as the old team will come crashing down.

There seems to be very little hope of being good in this decade, and I don't have very many decades left. :(
   6. BDC Posted: January 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4646682)
Bibb Falk was a heck of a hitter – vaguely like Nick Markakis, decent average, LHH with doubles power, could get by in the outfield. (Markakis's current career OPS+, 113, is coincidentally the same as Falk's – I actually didn't get to the comp by searching for OPS+ …) And of course the baseball field at UT-Austin is named (partly) for him, so he is a very current name in Texas baseball circles, despite having been a teammate of Ray Schalk and Eddie Collins on the Cleansed Sox.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4646683)
Man, if these prospect pundits know what they are talking about, the Phils (with a 50-something and a 90-something) don't have much to rebuild with as the old team will come crashing down.

There seems to be very little hope of being good in this decade, and I don't have very many decades left. :(


And Clay Davenport projects them to win 72 games. A lot to be excited about in Philly.
   8. Davo Dozier Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4646740)
#7--from 2001 to 2012, they never won fewer than 80 games. They won the NL East 5 time, two pennants and one World Series. They had a helluva run--time to give someone else a chance!
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4646741)
Optimist!

Of course there is no elm_n Young, so there is that.
   10. esseff Posted: January 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4646749)
despite having been a teammate of Ray Schalk and Eddie Collins on the Cleansed Sox.


You'll want to keep him away from fifth starter Sleepy Bill Burns.
   11. Mike Webber Posted: January 27, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4646751)
Of course there is no elm_n Young, so there is that.


I didn't know the nanny censored that name, but I approve of it's position.
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 27, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4646756)
Mike, it used to be elmon, as in no D and little o, but the o pretty much evaporated last year.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4646760)
Brewers sign Joe Thurston and Jeremy Hermida to minor league deals.

I was surprised to learn Hermida is only 30. Other guys you might be surprised to learn will turn 30 this year:

Joel Guzman
Kila Ka'ahuie
Adam Loewen
Scott Kazmir
JoJo Reyes
Emiliano Fruto
Joel Zumaya
Jeff Francoeur
Yusmeiro Petit

Seems like these guys have been around forever.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4646892)
Minor league deals:

ARI - OF Shelley Duncan
BAL - IF Scott Savastano
BOS - OF Scott Cousins, LHP Jose Mijares
CLE - C Luke Carlin
COL - IF Paul Janish
LAA - C Anderson de la Rosa
LAD - OF Trayvon Robinson, 2B Ryan Adams, RHP Mark Pope
MIA - IF Ty Wigginton
MIL - IF Pete Orr
NYM - RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
OAK - C Dusty Brown
PHI - RHP Barry Enright
PIT - IF Blake Davis, C Erick Fernandez
SEA - RHP Mark Rogers
TOR - LHP Erick Hurtado
   15. JJ1986 Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4646933)
IF Scott Savastano, RHP Mark Pope, C Erick Fernandez, LHP Erick Hurtado


I have never heard of these players.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4646940)
I assure you, they are not made up.

IF Chris Nelson to the Reds
   17. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4646942)
15 - They're fairly obscure (and I thought Savastano had retired). Pope was a 5th round pick a few years ago, that's the closest to a prospect in this bunch. Hurtado, iirc, has decent velocity but was a Dominican agegate guy who has yet to leave the island professionally and this will be at least his third org.

Am I the only guy in the world who likes Mijares? He must be a jerk as much as he gets moved around as he's a solid enough LOOGY.
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4646943)
I like Mijares or Mujica, whichever one is the big fat guy.
   19. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4646947)
Mijares. Well, he's a little fat guy - 5-11 270 or something.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4646950)
Am I the only guy in the world who likes Mijares? He must be a jerk


He had that reputation in Minnesota, which IIRC was a large part in why they non-tendered him.
   21. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4646961)
As rumored, Elliot Johnson to CLE, minor league deal
If only he could hit (at all), he's good at the rest.

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