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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-23-2017

Hartford Republican, February 23, 1917:

The Boston Braves were having a bad time one afternoon and George Stallings, their temperamental manager, was having one of his tantrums. At such times Stallings gives vent to language both caustic and picturesque. Motor cars were popular with the players that season but not with managers, who thought motoring and baseball did not mix
...
Maranville had booted a grounder; Red Smith had let fly with an errant throw; Hank Gowdy had misjudged a high foul.

“Look at that P——d blankety blank!” raved Stallings, seizing on the first automobile name that came into his head…“and you, you B—-k fathead!” anathemizing the second sinner, after which he turned his attention to the third. But by that time he had run out of names of automobiles and could only sputter, “And you, Gowdy, you—you—you bicycle blankety blank!”

Man, it’s a good thing there weren’t four errors. Rickshaws would have been in the crosshairs. (I assume the blanks are Packard and Buick, by the way.)

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:51 AM (#5407278)
A solid core of position players on today's Birthday Team, which is a good thing because the pitching is terrible. Ray Brown is a Hall of Famer, then there's quite a drop to Scott Elarton as the #2 starter.

C: Elston Howard (27.03 WAR)
1B: Bobby Bonilla (30.02 WAR)
2B: Ken Boswell (5.53 WAR)
3B: Ron Hunt (32.64 WAR)
SS: Rudy Hulswitt (1.22 WAR)
LF: Rondell White (28.11 WAR)
CF: John Shelby (3.23 WAR)
RF: Roy Johnson (16.6 WAR)

SP: Ray Brown (0 WAR)
SP: Scott Elarton (2.53 WAR)
SP: Juan Agosto (1.45 WAR)
SP: Luke Prokopec (0.43 WAR)
SP: Edgar Gonzalez (-1.24 WAR)
RP: Don Shaw (1.04 WAR)

Fun name: Jaff Decker
Owner: Barney Dreyfuss
   2. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 11:28 AM (#5407303)
That's a whole lotta blankety-blank, I tell ya...
   3. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 23, 2017 at 11:59 AM (#5407335)
Actress Emma Stone is exactly as old as Sean Forman was the day baseball-reference.com debuted (under its original name, Big Bad Baseball Stats) (10,336 days).

Anyone who wants to see these as-old-as items for their own lives can do so here
   4. Batman Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:10 PM (#5407348)
The #3 starter had a 13.50 ERA in four total innings in his two career starts.
   5. GGC Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5407392)
Dag, you reminded me that I need to check if Don Malcolm updated his blog. I'm supposed to get an email when he does so, but its been months, so I have no idea if his email system works.
   6. Ziggy's screen name Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:49 PM (#5407393)
I remember when I thought that Luke Prokopec was going to be good. I may even have had him on a fantasy baseball team at one point. His 1998 was very good, if a bit luck with UER. But if that's your complaint, something is going right. Solid in 2000 as well. After that, not so much. Pitchers I tells ya.
   7. GGC Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:49 PM (#5407394)
Nothing since July. Perhaps a gang of French New Wave fans got to him.

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