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Monday, January 06, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2014

My favorite player of the 1910s is back in the news. Toledo News-Bee, January 6, 1914:

Tubby Spencer, of the San Francisco team, holds a record for being canned out of a game before a ball was pitched. The Seals were playing at Sacramento one day last fall and the first ‘Frisco bater took his place at the plate just as the umpire made the announcements of the battery. Tubby, who was standing near the bench, turned around and faced the grandstand and in a close imitation of the umpire’s manner shouted: “Mr. Umps will favor the home team as usual.” That remark send him to the clubhouse.

Tubby wasn’t a good baseball player, but he’d have been an incredibly fun guy to hang out with.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 06, 2014 at 07:51 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 06, 2014 at 07:52 AM (#4631159)
Birthday team is uniformly blech among the position players. Good front-end pitching, though:
C: Phil Masi
1B: Scott Thorman
2B: Marlon Anderson
3B: Chuck Workman
SS: Ruben Amaro the Elder
LF: Lee Walls
CF: Lenny Green
RF: George Shoch

SP: Early Wynn
SP: Don Gullett
SP: Ralph Branca
SP: Joe Lake
SP: Casey Fossum
RP: Norm Charlton
RP: Tom Ferrick

LOOGY: Alvin Morman
   2. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 06, 2014 at 08:21 AM (#4631172)
In the first 2,000 innings of Early Wynn's career, he had 775 walks and 772 strikeouts.

On June 19, 1952, the 32 year-old Wynn had 6 Ks and 2 walks in a complete game loss against the Senators. This finally pushed his career K total above his career walk total.

From that game on to the rest of his career, Wynn pitched 2,557 innings and had 1,561 Ks and 999 walks.

I hereby pronounce Early Wynn an odd duck.
   3. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 06, 2014 at 08:25 AM (#4631173)
Also, just curious, but how does Early Wynn's 1948 rank among the worst ever seasons by a Hall of Famer? 8 and 19 with a 5.82 ERA (74 ERA+) in 198 innings--94 walks and only 49 strikeouts.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 06, 2014 at 08:45 AM (#4631181)
Also, just curious, but how does Early Wynn's 1948 rank among the worst ever seasons by a Hall of Famer? 8 and 19 with a 5.82 ERA (74 ERA+) in 198 innings--94 walks and only 49 strikeouts.

HOF pitchers with single season <80 ERA+

some pretty impressive names on that list--and Wynn's 1948 wasn't even his worst
   5. BDC Posted: January 06, 2014 at 09:33 AM (#4631203)
Early Wynn an odd duck

He's part of a larger trend, though, isn't he? In 1949, the AL walk rate peaked at 4.55 per game. It has never been higher (the #2-3 seasons are 1950 and 1948). AL strikeouts were at 3.53 in 1949.

By 1960, the ratio was 3.6/4.86. Whether a change in hitting or pitching philosophy or both, it was a big development.
   6. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: January 06, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4631207)
Given the level of derision people generally have for self-linking around here, I'll put this in the Dugout instead of on the Newsstand:

1. A method for evaluating postseason performance

2. That method applied to this year's Hall of Fame ballot

Game of the Day will most likely also be relocated to this space once they start playing actual games.
   7. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 06, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4631212)
Also, just curious, but how does Early Wynn's 1948 rank among the worst ever seasons by a Hall of Famer? 8 and 19 with a 5.82 ERA (74 ERA+) in 198 innings--94 walks and only 49 strikeouts.


From BBRefPI the ten worst ERA+ seasons minimum 100 IP by a Hall of Famer (sorry about the formatting);

Rk,Player,ERA+,IP,Year,Age
1
,Jim Bunning,65,110.0,197139
2
,Rube Marquard,65,193.2,1915,28
3
,Warren Spahn,67,173.2,1964,43
4
,Tom Seaver,67,111.1,1982,37
5
,Eppa Rixey,67,103.0,1914,23
6
,Robin Roberts,69,117.0,1961,34
7
,Bob Feller,71,191.2,1952,33
8
,Chief Bender,72,122.2,1916,32
9
,Early Wynn,72,190.0,1942,22
10
,Phil Niekro,72,138.2,1987,48 
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 06, 2014 at 09:57 AM (#4631220)
If Doc make the Hall, his 2000 will deserve a place at the top of the pile, IP requirement be damned.

67 IP, 48 ERA+ (10.94), plus another 73 inning of 5.50 work at Triple A.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2014 at 09:57 AM (#4631221)
The Riot is over. Ryan Theriot announces his retirement.

Minor league deals:
OF Chris Dickerson to PIT
IF Brooks Conrad and 3B Brandon Wood to SDP
OF Quentin Berry to BAL

3B Josh Bell (not prospect OF Josh Bell) has signed in Korea.

Twins minor leaguer 2B/OF prospect Eddie Rosario suspended 50 games for drugs of abuse.

Blue Jays bullpen coach Pat Hentgen has resigned to deal with family issues. Bob Stanley takes his place.

   10. BDC Posted: January 06, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4631238)
Ryan Theriot announces his retirement

And in the same week when we lost Huff and Suppan. Tragic news truly does happen in threes.
   11. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 06, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4631254)
Early Wynn announced for the White Sox on radio for a couple of years in the early 1980's. The one thing I remember about that is his call of a Scott Fletcher home run when the play-by-play guy (Joe McConnell, I think) was away from the booth for an inning, which meant it was probably about the fifth inning. "HE DID IT!!! HE DID IT!!! THE LITTLE GUY DID IT!!! HE DID!!!"

It made "GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT" sound like a routine fly ball in spring training.
   12. WahooSam Posted: January 06, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4631282)
Don Gullet was my favourite pitcher (well, after Tom Seaver) when I was a kid
   13. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 06, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4631283)
OF Quentin Berry to BAL

Including the last two post-seasons, he's 29 for 29 on stolen base attempts in his career. Not too shabby.
   14. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 06, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4631286)
#11-- It made "GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT" sound like a routine fly ball in spring training.
You've linked two members of the starting rotation for today's birthday team. Well done!
   15. Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light Posted: January 06, 2014 at 11:22 AM (#4631298)
If Doc make the Hall, his 2000 will deserve a place at the top of the pile, IP requirement be damned.

67 IP, 48 ERA+ (10.94), plus another 73 inning of 5.50 work at Triple A.


His -2.8 WAR would be the second worst on that linked list, only 0.1 better than Feller, so yeah.
   16. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4631341)
Norm Charlton is a good (minor) example of why the 2001 Mariners were the luckiest team of all-time.

From 1997-2000, pitching for 5 teams, Charlton had an ERA of 6.26 while averaging 6.4 BB/9.

He re-joins the Mariners for 2001, and, whaddayaknow, the 38 year-old (in his final season) gives them 48 innings (44 games) of 3.02 ERA pitching, with 48 Ks and only 11 walks. (And 3 more scoreless appearances in the post-season.)
   17. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4631343)
Blue Jays bullpen coach Pat Hentgen has resigned to deal with family issues. Bob Stanley takes his place.


Somewhat amusingly, this marks the second time in three years that Hentgen's stepped down from being the Blue Jays' bullpen coach.
   18. Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:26 PM (#4631353)
Norm Charlton is a good (minor) example of why the 2001 Mariners were the luckiest team of all-time.

From 1997-2000, pitching for 5 teams, Charlton had an ERA of 6.26 while averaging 6.4 BB/9.

He re-joins the Mariners for 2001, and, whaddayaknow, the 38 year-old (in his final season) gives them 48 innings (44 games) of 3.02 ERA pitching, with 48 Ks and only 11 walks. (And 3 more scoreless appearances in the post-season.)


He wasn't the only guy to go out on a high note. They had 33 YO Ed Sprague give them a career high 119 OPS+ in his final season. And 37 YO Stan Javier a 109 (second best of his career) in his final season. And it wasn't his final season, but entering 2001, 36 YO Mark McLemore was a career 79 OPS+ hitter. So naturally he hits a career high 115 with a career high 39 steals and a career best SB%.
   19. dr. scott Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4631383)
Did not know that about the 2001 team... throw in of course Boone's seaons and you have to wonder if maybe Alex accidently left behind his training schedule... I can see the 2001 Mariners stumbling upon a hidden chest in a deep cave below the spring training facility... kind of like Goonies...

This script writes itself.
   20. Der-K is now fully whelmed! Posted: January 06, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4631504)
some minor league deals:
m's sign c humberto quintero (strong arm, no on-base skills)
rays sign 3b/of james darnell (if he can stay healthy and find a position, could help in a platoon role), mi ray (no-) olmedo, and c ali solis (strictly an org guy)
   21. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 06, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4631510)
My 2013 OOTP set Ray Olmedo as the opening day shortstop for the 2013 Twins. I have never heard of him beyond that.
   22. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: January 06, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4631521)
Olmedo spent about a half-decade riding the bench for the Reds.

There are approximately 732 guys with the Ray Olmedo skill set: Hit .230 without power or OBP, run reasonably well, and play adequate defense at 2B and SS. I think he owes his extended MLB career to managers who want to know what to expect from a guy, even when "what to expect" is "crap".
   23. Der-K is now fully whelmed! Posted: January 06, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4631522)
He must be a nice guy - I'm no fan.
   24. Der-K is now fully whelmed! Posted: January 06, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4631545)
CF Rafael Ortega (young, had a terrible '13) to the Cards on waivers.
   25. Bourbon Samurai in America Posted: January 06, 2014 at 04:12 PM (#4631628)
Including the last two post-seasons, he's 29 for 29 on stolen base attempts in his career. Not too shabby.


He is a glorious baseball mogul player. hits 300 and steals every time off the bench.

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