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Monday, February 24, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-24-2014

Pittsburgh Press, February 24, 1914:

The world touring players, now in London, have come in for considerable panning as a result of their failure to play ball in the rain in Paris. The London papers gave great space to their arrival, but did not take kindly to the remarks of John McGraw that baseball would be a betetr [sic] game than cricket for England if that country wished to take the lead in sports. The Pall Mall Gazette suggested that “Mr. McGraw keep these impertinences to his friends at home.”

Not a great start to McGraw’s trip to Wee Britain, but it could have been worse.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, international, john mcgraw

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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4661344)
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:35 AM (#4661349)
A reasonable all time Pirate team would be Wilbur Cooper and eight Wagners.
   3. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4661357)
Lynn Nelson is one of my favorite obscure, not very good players in baseball history. He was known as "Line Drive Lynn" as much for being a good hitter as he was for giving up tons of hits.

He was Micah Owings with a snappy nickname.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4661412)
Last week I looked at .300 hitters with 0 home runs. This week, its the inverse. There are 8 players who have hit below the Mendoza Line, but managed to smack 20 home runs. All are from the expansion era, only once is pre-1990. Can you name them?

   5. Sweatpants Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4661415)
Rob Deer, Dan Uggla, Adam Dunn, Ruben Rivera
   6. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4661421)
#4--Rob Deer. Carlos Pena. Mark Reynolds. Dan Uggghla. Adam Dunn.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM (#4661423)
Mark McGwire
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4661428)
Didn't expect anyone to get Rivera right away. Nice call.

Correct:
Rob Deer (25 HR .179 in 1991)
Ruben Rivera (23 HR .195 in 1999)
Carlos Pena (28 HR 1.96 in 2010)
Mark Reynolds (32 HR .198 in 2010)
Dan Uggla (22 HR .179 in 2013)

Three more. One of them actually hit exactly .200, so I shouldn't say he hit under the Mendoza Line.

Dunn hit just 11 home runs in his only sub-Mendoza season. He bounced back the next year to smack 41 dingers and hit .204.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4661429)
McGwire is correct (29 HR .187 in 2001).

The last two were a catcher and right fielder.
   10. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4661435)
Didn't JP Arencibia just do it?

As for the pre-1990 left fielder, how about Pete Inkagvi...Incavilg.....Inkav...... Inky.

   11. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4661439)
Tony Armas?

   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4661440)
Arencibia is correct - 21 HR and .194 last year. Why did the Jays get rid of him?

Inky and Armas are incorrect. The last player was before I was born. He was once part of a trade for an eight-time All-Star. He also spent the last six years of his career in Japan.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4661558)
The last player was Willie Kirkland. In 1962, Kirkland hit .200 with 21 home runs for the Indinas. After serving in Korea, he spent 9 years in the big leagues for the Giants, Indians, Orioles, and Senators, hitting 148 homers with a .248 average before spending six years with the Hanshin Tigers. He was once traded with Johnny Antonelli for Harvey Kuenn.

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