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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2018

New York Tribune, February 13, 1918:

John H. Farrell, secretary of the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, is quite sanguine over the future of minor league baseball, despite the difficulties in which the International League finds itself.
...
It appeared even more doubtful than ever yesterday that the International League would make any attempt to build up its ruined fences. As a matter of fact, only Baltimore and Toronto were determined to carry on, and both these clubs have begun to weaken.
...
Almost without exception, the other seven magnates [besides Toronto owner Jim McCaffery] of the once strong minor organization have thrown their players on the market.

The International League survived and fielded an eight-team league in 1918. Richmond, Providence, and Montreal dropped out of the league and were replaced by Syracuse, Jersey City, and Binghamton. Syracuse relocated to Hamilton, Ontario in the middle of the 1918 season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2018 at 09:39 AM (#5624082)
The top three players on today's Birthday Team are all third basemen, so I needed to do some shuffling. Bando and Foster are playing out of position at first base and second base, respectively, while actual first baseman and second baseman Hal Chase and Jerry Browne are in the outfield.

This might not be the best possible defensive alignment, but it's the one that conforms most closely to the secondary positions of the players I had to move.

C: Gilly Campbell (3.41 WAR)
1B: Sal Bando (61.39 WAR)
2B: Eddie Foster (24.06 WAR)
3B/Manager: Bill Bradley (36.9 WAR)
SS: Chick Fulmer (8.84 WAR)
LF: Jerry Browne (11.92 WAR)
CF: Hal Chase (22.77 WAR)
RF: Emmett Seery (10.65 WAR)

SP: Nathan Eovaldi (7.2 WAR)
SP: Dick Hughes (4.82 WAR)
SP: Harry Kelley (4.11 WAR)
SP: George Gill (2.58 WAR)
SP: Herb Hash (1.14 WAR)
RP: Donnie Moore (7 WAR)

Catcher I always get confused with Disco Hayes: Brett Hayes
Fun names: Tuck Turner, Harl Maggert Sr., Biff Sheehan, Oad Swigart
Fun name, awful pitcher: Crazy Schmit
Funn Namme: Dann Howitt
Not that one: Billy Martin
Quarterback: Drew Henson
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: February 13, 2018 at 09:45 AM (#5624087)
I don't really know how to submit articles, but a former employee of a big agency (ACES, which are the Levinson brothers) is suing them and a bunch of dirt is coming out. You may remember the parties involved for constructing a fake website in a buffoonish attempt to clear Melky Cabrera's name from PED scandal.

https://www.fanragsports.com/mlb/heyman-bombshell-lawsuit-filed-against-levinson-brothers/
https://deadspin.com/lawsuit-baseball-agency-made-under-the-table-payments-1822949821
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 13, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5624152)
Bando and Foster are playing out of position at first base and second base, respectively, while actual first baseman and second baseman Hal Chase and Jerry Browne are in the outfield.


Chase could probably do less damage to the team in centerfield than he could at first base.
   4. mathesond Posted: February 13, 2018 at 11:34 AM (#5624183)
Blue Jays radio announcer Jerry Howarth is retiring after 36 years in the booth.
   5. Hank Gillette Posted: February 13, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5624307)
I don't really know how to submit articles


Click on the “Submit news item” in the upper left of the home page. It’s pretty self-explanatory after that.
   6. Hank Gillette Posted: February 13, 2018 at 01:30 PM (#5624308)
CF: Hal Chase (22.77 WAR)


It really doesn’t matter whether this team is good or not. Chase will be betting against it and throwing games.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: February 13, 2018 at 01:48 PM (#5624331)
Click on the “Submit news item” in the upper left of the home page. It’s pretty self-explanatory after that.
Thanks. I swear I actually looked around, but somehow missed the bright yellow highlighted link.
   8. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: February 13, 2018 at 02:28 PM (#5624359)
I didn't know such a thing was possible! Doug Harvey was once selected in the Rule 5 draft ... to umpire. By the PCL from the Cal League.
   9. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: February 13, 2018 at 02:37 PM (#5624368)
Tuck Turner didn't do much, in terms of career MLB WAR, but was part of the '94 Philly outfield with *four* .400 hitters (Turner, .418, was the fourth outfielder - stuck behind a trio of HOFers in Sam Thompson, Ed Delahanty, and Billy Hamilton. The Phillies hit .350 as a team (league hit .309)- in a pitcher's park - and still finished fourth. (Beyond their ace, no one pitched remotely well.)
   10. Batman Posted: February 13, 2018 at 02:45 PM (#5624384)
BB-Ref says Tuck Turner qualified for the batting title that year. It's the highest average ever for a switch hitter. Second place is the bizarro world version of Tuck Turner, Turny Tucker.

OK, it's Tommy Tucker.
   11. AndrewJ Posted: February 13, 2018 at 08:03 PM (#5624625)
The 1894 Phillies scored 697 runs at home (68 games) -- more than they've scored, home AND away, in 87 of their 135 seasons.
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 13, 2018 at 10:22 PM (#5624666)
I didn't know such a thing was possible! Doug Harvey was once selected in the Rule 5 draft ... to umpire. By the PCL from the Cal League.


I had no idea, either, and I think that's great. It also means that whoever was in charge of the umpires for the PCL knew what he was doing...
   13. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: February 14, 2018 at 08:58 AM (#5624752)
CF: Hal Chase (22.77 WAR)

It really doesn’t matter whether this team is good or not. Chase will be betting against it and throwing games.


Plus the fact Chase played his entire career at first base. (Make him a DH, where he can swing the bat and not cause damage in the field.)

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