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Friday, February 28, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2014

Milwaukee Journal, February 28, 1914:

There are many indications that baseball will gain a real foothold in France this year. The visit of the New York and Chicago teams which are concluding their tour of the world will be followed by organized effort on the part of many of the French admirers of the American game to popularize it [there].
...
The pronunciation by the French youths is amusing to Americans especially as to “foul,” which is termed “fool,” and “fly,” which they call “flea.”

You know who really likes French baseball terms? “Rondelle” White.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 28, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 28, 2014 at 07:24 AM (#4663963)
Today's Birthday Team is...not so good.

C: Gene McAuliffe
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: 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
   2. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 28, 2014 at 09:17 AM (#4664002)
"Lil Stoner"?????
   3. BDC Posted: February 28, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4664009)
Frank Malzone, who turns 84 today, had a nice career. He may not have been quite as good a hitter as Fenway made him look, especially as he aged, but at his best he was a fine fielder at 3B and held his own at the plate: decent average, fair power.
   4. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 28, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4664013)
not so good.


Right. The catcher had two at-bats in 1904.
   5. Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light Posted: February 28, 2014 at 09:46 AM (#4664020)
Yeah, but look at that OPS+.
   6. John Northey Posted: February 28, 2014 at 09:51 AM (#4664023)
Love that B-R has a (sorta) photo of McAuliffe. A guy who was in one game in 1904 and they have an image of him. Cool.
   7. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4664029)
Love that B-R has a (sorta) photo of McAuliffe. A guy who was in one game in 1904 and they have an image of him. Cool.
Well, he did play in at least two minor league games.
   8. WahooSam Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4664032)
I always like Moose McCormick; that boy could hit
   9. djrelays Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4664033)
To think that for half a year there was a chance of popularizing baseball in Europe.
   10. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4664040)
I suppose the French were a tad busy for the second half of 1914.
   11. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4664042)
This gets mentioned occasionally in the Dugout, but to this day, Turner is the Indians' all-time leader in games played.
   12. WahooSam Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4664059)
Turner couldn't hit, but he was a defensive wizard
   13. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4664083)
Jeff Niemann is a good example of how even when the Rays miss on their high draft picks, they STILL produce decent players.
   14. beefshower Posted: February 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4664086)
This is probably a boring story but nobody at my office seems to care much and I thought I would share it here. So I'm an estate planning attorney in Michigan and I had an older lady come in yesterday to update her trust and as we were talking she noticed some of the Tigers memorabilia I have around my office and told me she used to go to a lot of Tigers games in the 40's. Turns out she was Pat Mullin's little sister and lived with her brother after he moved to Detroit from western Pennsylvania. She told stories about sitting with the players families, how beautiful Hank Greenberg's wife was, her brother really liking Al Kaline, giving him his number to wear after he retired and trying to set the two of them up because they were around the same age. Her and I talked about the Tigers for about 45 minutes and it was just a really great experience even though I got the whiff of embellishment in some of her stories. I didn't know much about Mullin outside of his name but it looks like he was quite the player there for a few years after WWII, and it appears he lost quite a bit of his career serving. If anyone here knows some more about him I would appreciate it so I can share it with her when she comes back.
   15. Kiko Sakata Posted: February 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4664097)
Cool story, beefshower! Thanks for sharing. (Unfortunately, Mullin is well before my time, so I have nothing to offer there)
   16. esseff Posted: February 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4664113)
I always like Moose McCormick; that boy could hit


Probably best known for scoring the winning run that didn't count in the Merkel game.
   17. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4664124)
I don't know anything about Mullin either, but eight different past or future all stars wore #6 for the Tigers between 1931 and Kaline's retirement in 1974.

Mullin may have been the first minor league manager of Phil Regan and Buck Rodgers. He also managed Jim Bunning for a while.
   18. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: February 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4664140)
The White Sox and Giants ended up pissing off Paris when both games were rained out. After the second one, there was an article in La Presse that a commenter on SSS translated:
Like yesterday, many sportsmen wasted a trip to go admire the game of baseball, which is so popular in America.

Bad weather, once again, kept the two clubs from playing the match that was announced with so much sensation.

Against this unavoidable event, there is nothing to say. Nevertheless, the spectators, who came in big numbers to Saint-Cloud, found that these sirs, these "giants" of New York and the White Sox of Chicago, could have, this morning, according to the weather conditions, found the time to warn the sportsman that they didn't need to show up.

One time is understandable. Two times is excessive. The Giants, the White Sox won't take with them the sympathies of the Paris audience.

Certain spiteful gossip was spread that two evenings in Montmarte had tired the American athletes. It's nonetheless true that they could have informed us in order to avoid a trip as unpleasant as it was useless.
   19. The District Attorney Posted: February 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4664146)
You know who really likes French baseball terms? “Rondelle” White.
I seem to recall Marquis Grissom being a Cub non-roster invitee and sadly failing to make the team, depriving us of the possibility of an outfield of Marquis, Pierre and Jacque.
   20. Moe Greene Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4664208)
Something I'm finding humorous...

Rob Neyer posted an article on FoxSports this morning about ideas to reduce Three True Outcomes baseball: Neyer article

A few hours later, Neyer writes on Twitter (with a link to the same article): "hey no pressure but I could use a little support here from the non-crazies"

I guess since it has been a couple of years, Neyer must have forgotten about the quality of Joe Fan comments at the bottom of ESPN/FoxSports/Yahoo/etc. articles.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4664213)
A few hours later, Neyer writes on Twitter (with a link to the same article): "hey no pressure but I could use a little support here from the non-crazies"


Calling your readers crazies sounds like a great way to build up your fan base.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4664217)
23 year old OF Todd Glaseman of the D-Backs has retired. He was just dealt this past winter in the Heath Bell deal.
   23. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4664220)
Wan't really much of a prospect at this point, though he'll always be able to say he had a front row seat to the meth epidemic on the 2012 Bowling Green Hot Rods.

edit for clarity: I'm not implying in any way, shape, or form that he was on drugs. I'm implying his teammates were.
   24. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4664224)
So, is there a "no takesies-backsies" clause when it comes to selecting PTBNL's? Any chance the D-Backs can get someone new from Tampa?
   25. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 28, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4664230)
Glaesmann was born four days after the most recent A's World Series game.
   26. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 28, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4664239)
So, is there a "no takesies-backsies" clause when it comes to selecting PTBNL's? Any chance the D-Backs can get someone new from Tampa?


Did he actually report to camp? If he reported, and then decided to retire a few days later, I don't think the Diamondbacks would have much recourse.
   27. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 28, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4664305)
D'backs Glaesmann on retiring: "Although the decision was not easy it was best move for me. The passion for the game was not there anymore."

Hm.

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