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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2012

Washington Times, February 28, 1912:

Jim Delahanty five years ago wore the uniform of the St. Louis Browns and was “asleep at the switch” most of the time. Manager McAleer “tin-canned” Jamie for failing to slide on a play at the plate…Instead of sliding, he walked into the catcher and allowed himself to be tagged out.

“Why didn’t you hit the dirt?” demanded Manager McAleer when Delahanty returned to the bench.

“He had me dead to rights,” replied Delahanty, “and I couldn’t see any use of soiling my clean flannel shirt.”

“Mother, mother, mother, pin a rose on me,” roared McAleer. “First man who offers me the waiver will get you.”

A week later…Jim was passed along to the Nationals.

Four years after St. Louis gave Delahanty away (for a reported $2,000), he hit .339. The Browns’ winning percentage was .296.

And McAleer’s nickname?  Loafer.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2012 at 06:36 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2012 at 06:38 AM (#4070149)
El Paso Herald, February 28, 1912:
"Dots" Miller, the New Jersey boy with the Pittsburg Pirates, has entered the national bowling tournament to be held at Patterson [sic], N.J., next month. Miller is a pinner of exceptional merit and will team up with Hans Wagner of the Pittsburg club in the two-man bowling events.
Dots Miller: The Scott Salem of the Pirates.
   2. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2012 at 06:40 AM (#4070151)
Birthday Team. Yeesh.

C: Homer Ezzell
1B: Moose McCormick
2B: Marty Perez
3B: Frank Malzone
SS: Terry Turner
LF: Rufino Linares
CF: Jim Wohlford
RF: Dick Kokos

SP: Jake Miller
SP: Jeff Niemann
SP: Howie Krist
SP: Lil Stoner
SP: Brian Bannister
RP: Aroldis Chapman

General Manager: Bob Howsam
Pitching Coach: Mark Wiley
Negro Leagues Great, better than Malzone: Jud Wilson
Designated Aussie: Trent Oeltjen
Will not accompany team on road trips to Chicago: Tom Gamboa
Member of the Mongolian National Team: Uuganmyagmar Battulga

There aren't any "real" catchers or first basemen with significant careers. Ezzell was a third baseman who caught once and McCormick was a left fielder who played first base once.
   3. SteveF Posted: February 28, 2012 at 08:22 AM (#4070159)
I suspect tomorrow's list will be even worse.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM (#4070224)
Consensus Top Prospect List that I generated by combining every reputable list I could find:

1. Bryce Harper, OF, Washington
2. Matt Moore, LHP, TampaBay
3. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles (AL)
4. Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas
5. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas
6. Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore
7. Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta
8. Shelby Miller, RHP,St. Louis
9. Jesus Montero, C/DH, Seattle
10. Trevor Bauer, RHP, Arizona
11. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh
12. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore
13. Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati
14. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh
15. Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City
16. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington
17. Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland
18. Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit
19. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado
20. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle
21. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle
22. Travis d’Arnaud, C, Toronto
23. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota
24. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona
25. Bubba Starling, OF, Kansas City
26. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Colorado
27. Jarrod Parker, RHP, Oakland
28. Martin Perez, LHP, Texas
29. Manny Banuelos, LHP, New York (AL)
30. Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM (#4070251)

Consensus Top Prospect List that I generated by combining every reputable list I could find


TERRIBLE list! You have the guy I irrationally like too low and a guy I know little about too high!!! ;)
   6. Walt Davis Posted: February 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4070367)
TERRIBLE list! You have the guy I irrationally like too low and a guy I know little about too high!!! ;)

Also no Mets!! When will your deep irrational hatred of the Mets end?
   7. Randy Jones Posted: February 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4070371)
Also no Mets!! When will your deep irrational hatred of the Mets end?


Since when is hatred of the Mets irrational?
   8. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4070376)
Wheeler and Harvey were actually #s 31 and 32.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4070420)
I suspect tomorrow's list will be even worse.


Even if they can't make a full lineup of major leaguers, February 29 has Al Rosen and Pepper Martin, both better than anyone on today's list.
   10. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM (#4070495)
Even if they can't make a full lineup of major leaguers, February 29 has Al Rosen and Pepper Martin, both better than anyone on today's list.


It also has Dickey Pearce, who's career largely predates organized professional ball. He was Ross Barnes before Ross Barnes. That's three pretty impressive players for a date with 1/4 the fodder to work with.
   11. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: February 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4070503)
Curious. I thought "Why not supplement the Feb 29 birthday team with the Feb 29 deathday team?". Problem is, BBREF has only 2 players dying on Feb 29. Whereas the birthday team has ~1/4 the number of players as other dates (46 today, 11 tomorrow, 44 Thursday), as expected, the deathday team has 1/10 to 1/14 (24 today, 2 tomorrow, 28 Wednesday). What's the deal? Random chance?
   12. puck Posted: February 28, 2012 at 09:04 PM (#4070594)
not sure how to submit articles anymore...how do you embed an image? Someone should submit the story of Albert Belle visiting the Indians' Spring Training camp.

There's a nice pic of Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Albert, Mike Hargrove and Kenny Lofton.
   13. Sweatpants Posted: February 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4070604)
Wow, Lofton could pass for 30 years old. He looks like he's still in playing shape, too.
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4070629)
And Belle could pass for the same age as Hargrove!
   15. Walt Davis Posted: February 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM (#4070668)
This suggests that just about nobody you ever heard of has died on Feb 29 in the 20th Century. Seriously it's Earl Scheib and the Man from Chico and the Man (with the wrong death year or he was a much better actor than I gave him credit for).

So perhaps you've discovered a fascinating demographic fact -- nobody dies on Feb 29. If that's actually true (tried to find info on Feb 29 mortality but no luck), I'd guess that early coding/filing systems couldn't handle Feb 29 death dates. (Hey, some ATMs and electronic point-of-sale devices here in NZ had trouble today)

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