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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-22-2017

Tacoma Times, February 22, 1917:

Grover Cleveland Alexander, after six years in the National league, has finally jumped into the class of ball players drawing huge salaries.
...
He signed a contract in Philadelphia calling for a salary, it is believed, of $12,500 a year. This is $2,500 less than the sum he was holding out for and $2,500 more than he was “finally” offered by President Baker of the Phillies.

There are now five men in baseball believed to be drawing larger salaries than Alexander. Two of these, John G. [sic] McGraw and George Stallings, are managers. Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Eddie Collins are the others. They are admittedly the greatest players in the game.

Alexander’s reported salary, $12,500, tied him with Walter Johnson as the highest-paid pitchers in baseball. That’s fair, since they were the two best pitchers in baseball and both in their late 20s.

The third-best pitcher in baseball in 1916 was a 21-year-old left-hander named George Ruth. Weirdly, he didn’t pitch much longer. I wonder what happened to him.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:14 AM (#5406512)
Not a strong Birthday Team. Daniel Nava is second in career WAR among position players. Today's team is recommended if you like Mariners pitchers.

C: Bill Baker (1.34 WAR)
1B: Casey Kotchman (7.47 WAR)
2B: Kelly Johnson (17.02 WAR)
3B: Russ Johnson (2.7 WAR)
SS: Johnny Lucadello (1.02 WAR)
LF: Daniel Nava (7.61 WAR)
CF: Eric Yelding (-1.69 WAR)
RF: Joe Lefebvre (3.82 WAR)

SP: Clarence Mitchell (24.81 WAR)
SP: Steve Barber (17.47 WAR)
SP: Jumbo McGinnis (8.74 WAR)
SP: Brian Duensing (6.25 WAR)
SP: John Halama (5.78 WAR)
RP: J.J. Putz (13.49 WAR)
RP: Kazuhiro Sasaki (3.79 WAR)

#####: ##### Tebeau
Fun names: Pat Hilly, Rocky Gale
Fun player: Ryne Duren
Manager: Sparky Anderson
Umpire: Bill Klem
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:17 AM (#5406514)
Baseball games are almost back! You can tell it's that time of year once stories of the ilk of Sosa's Christ-like characteristics, guys falling through barn roofs, and Mike Piazza's adventures in Italy come through the Newsstand. We've wrung out everything we can get from the offseason.
   3. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:24 AM (#5406528)
Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling would have been exactly as old as Stan Musial was the day he died (33,662 days).



Anyone who wants to can look up these as-old-as things for their own lives (or for the lives of their family/friends) here.

For instance, I'm informed that the exact midpoint of my life was the day Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was arrested in his Montana cabin (April 3, 1996)
   4. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 12:38 PM (#5406679)
2B: Kelly Johnson (17.02 WAR)



HEADLINE, March 2, 2017: The Atlanta Braves sign 2B Kelly Johnson to a 1-year, $4 Million contract with a club option for 2018.


HEADLINE, July 26, 2017: The New York Mets acquire Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for P Sean Gilmartin and minor league P Tyler Pill.

   5. Nasty Nate Posted: February 22, 2017 at 12:46 PM (#5406685)

HEADLINE, March 2, 2017: The Atlanta Braves sign 2B Kelly Johnson to a 1-year, $4 Million contract with a club option for 2018.


HEADLINE, July 26, 2017: The New York Mets acquire Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for P Sean Gilmartin and minor league P Tyler Pill.
Well played, sir.

Johnson has an interesting transaction history. In addition to what you reference, he played for all AL East teams over the 2012-2014 span. He has been traded during the season 5 times. And he was part of one of the rare Red Sox - Yankees trades.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:05 PM (#5406701)
Maybe my favorite transaction history is Elmer Valo. He was with the Philadelphia A's from 1938 to 1954. Then by 1961 he had played for the Kansas City A's, the Phillies, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Seattle Rainiers, the Indians, the Yankees, the Senators, the Twins, and the Phillies again.

He happened to be on the A's when they decided to move west, he happened to be on the Dodgers when they decided to move west, and he happened to be on the Senators when they decided to move west.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:15 PM (#5406709)
That's great. I'm going to assume he didn't have some later counterpart who moved with the Braves, Pilots->Brewers, and Senators->Rangers.
   8. TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:38 PM (#5406730)
Anyone who wants to can look up these as-old-as things for their own lives (or for the lives of their family/friends) here.
It's probably been pointed out before, but it's interesting that GWB and Sly Stallone were born the same day. I don't know why, but it is.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 22, 2017 at 01:40 PM (#5406732)
Today's team is recommended if you like Mariners pitchers.


If you expand that to Seattle pitchers, you pick up Steve Barber as well.

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