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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-29-2014

Toledo News-Bee, January 29, 1914:

Cy Falkenberg‘s recital of grievances aganist the Cleveland club was one of the topics of interest in the baseball world on Thursday morning.
...
“Who wouldn’t jump after playing under the conditions I have? I was sent to Toledo, when I possessed major league ability. I demonstrated that ability by leading the A.A. in 1912,” said Cy.
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“On top of [Falkenberg’s 23-10, 2.22 ERA, 136 ERA+ season in 1913], what sort of gratitude did the club show to me? Why, at the end of the season my check was short 95 cents for extras in New York. It was the ingratitude of the management that hurt. Then, to cap the climax, they ask me, after my splendid record of last season, to work for $9.38 a week more than last year. Is that gratitude? Can you beat it?”

They sent him to Toledo. Toledo.

Falkenberg would have had a strong case for the Federal League’s 1914 MVP award had there been such a thing. He led the league in pitching appearances, games started, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, batters faced, and WAR while putting up an ERA+ of 155. Falkenberg won 25 games in 1914, Cleveland won 51.

Inept Cleveland management allowing star pitchers to get away? Color me shocked.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:27 AM (#4647847)
Today's Birthday Team features Bill Voiselle, the pride of Ninety-Six, South Carolina and greatest ballplayer ever to wear #96.

C: Alex Avila
1B: Dick Burrus
2B: Steve Sax
3B/Manager: Bill Rigney
SS: Hack Simmons
LF: Mike Aldrete
CF: Bill Krieg
RF: Hank Edwards

SP: Jason Schmidt
SP: Bobby Bolin
SP: Bill Voiselle
SP: Jair Jurrjens
SP: John Habyan
RP: Brian Edmondson

Less-talented family member of a great player: Lance Niekro
Frontier League legend: Morgan Burkhart
   2. AndrewJ Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4647850)
Pray they don't hit it to the second baseman.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:20 AM (#4647864)
I was irrationally a fan of Mike Aldrete as a kid. I don't know why. I had his Expos card I guess. I cheered for him as he bounced around the league. How did he not wash out early? He had four straight crummy years as a bench player. Most guys would be banished to AAA for good. He spent a year out of the bigs, then bounced back with productive years in Oakland.
   4. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:52 AM (#4647895)
Me too.
   5. base ball chick Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4647897)
i am shocked SHOCKED to read that 100 years ago BITGOD that players voiced any complaint about their pay seeing as how they would have done it for FREE and For The Love Of The Game

i am also SHOCKED to read that a layer complained about being traded off/sent somewhere like a piece of furniture. here and i got told they LOVED the reserve clause
   6. JJ1986 Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4647939)
Minor league deals:

Angels: Brennan Boesch, Carlos Pena, Chad Tracy
Orioles: Chad Tracy
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4647940)
Minor league deals:

Angels: Brennan Boesch, Carlos Pena, Chad Tracy
Orioles: Chad Tracy


That Chad Tracy is a popular guy!

EDIT: Finally an answer to the Firesign Theater's puzzler: "How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All?"
   8. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4647985)
The Angels have agreed to trade Chad Tracy to the Orioles for Chad Tracy along with a PTBNL, rumored to be Chad Tracy. Both teams are also receiving a few Alex Gonzalezes.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4647988)
The Angels have agreed to trade Chad Tracy to the Orioles for Chad Tracy along with a PTBNL, rumored to be Chad Tracy. Both teams are also receiving a few Alex Gonzalezes.

where's Bob Miller when you need him?
   10. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4648003)
where's Bob Miller when you need him?
Last time I saw him, he was hanging out with Brian Giles, Adam Eaton, and Craig Wilson.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM (#4648005)
KLaw Top 100 prospects list is out (INSIDER)
Buxton #1. Red Sox and Astros have the most prospects with 7 each.

   12. esseff Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM (#4648007)
Like Cy Falkenberg, Chad Tracy is beside himself over his contract for next season.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4648011)
Matt Guerrier back to the Twins
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4648091)
Royals acquire OF Carlos Peguero from SEA for cash, DFA LHP Everett Teaford.

SEA signs P Scott Baker to a minor league deal, up to $3.25 mill in incentives though.
   15. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 29, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4648128)
Last time I saw him, he was hanging out with Brian Giles, Adam Eaton, and Craig Wilson.


At Mike Smith's place.
   16. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4648149)
Chris Carpenter and Matt Williams have no idea where he is.
   17. Moe Greene Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4648164)
Pray they don't hit it to the second baseman.

No worries -- he is still facing six consecutive life sentences.

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