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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-5-2018

Ogden Standard, February 5, 1918, The Pacific Coast League is not happy that the Northwestern League has rebranded as the “Pacific Coast International League”.

[Portland owner] McCredie claims that neither of the governing bodies of baseball has anything to say on the question and that it is already settled.

He maintained that there is nothing in the rules which makes it necessary for the Pacific Coast International to apply to anyone in order to gain permission to call the league anything the owners please, as long as there is no real duplication.

The league played as the Pacific Coast International League in 1918, 1920, and 1921. In 1919, it was the Northwest International League and in 1922 it called itself the Western International League. The league folded after the 1922 season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 05, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 05, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5619638)
Two obvious Hall of Famers and a rock-solid left side of the infield make today's Birthday Team a contender.

C: Mike Heath (13.38 WAR)
1B: Lee Thomas (2.98 WAR)
2B: Roberto Alomar (66.79 WAR)
3B: Don Hoak (21.15 WAR)
SS/Manager: Roger Peckinpaugh (45.04 WAR)
LF: Max Flack (11.51 WAR)
CF: Norm Miller (1.2 WAR)
RF: Hank Aaron (142.57 WAR)

SP: Al Worthington (16.26 WAR)
SP: Jack Lynch (5.35 WAR)
SP: Chris Brock (1.16 WAR)
SP: Cy Buker (0.75 WAR)
SP: Devern Hansack (0.36 WAR)
RP: Eric O'Flaherty (4.03 WAR)
RP: Ryan Webb (3.28 WAR)

Owner: Joan Payson
Writer/Guy who a stadium was named for: Jack Murphy
   2. Dag Nabbit at Posted: February 05, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5619644)
Athlete Bo Jackson is exactly as old as President George W. Bush was on 9/11 (20,156 days).

Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. would have been exactly as old as Stan Musial was the day he died (33,662 days).

Anyone who wants to can look up as-old-as items for themselves here
   3. BDC Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:06 AM (#5619671)
Quasi-trivia item today. Intentional walks came up in one of the game-pace threads. I looked up the current rate of intentional walks (in 2017 it was 0.2 per game, which is per team, so you can expect to see 0.4 for both, or two intentional walks for every five games you watch).

The question: IBB records are available since 1955. What year (1955-2017) saw the highest IBB rate? What year saw the lowest?

THE ANSWER WILL SHOCK YOU … no, not really. I was mildly surprised, though.
   4. GGC Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5619672)
SP: Devern Hansack (0.36 WAR)

Lobsterman Devern Hansack. Gave up no hits on the last day of the '06 season, but it wasn't a no-hitter. He may be the only Miskito in MLB history.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:12 AM (#5619676)
The question: IBB records are available since 1955. What year (1955-2017) saw the highest IBB rate? What year saw the lowest?
Lowest: Either the first year of the DH 197?, or 2017.
Highest: 1961
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:19 AM (#5619680)
Highest: The year Barry Bonds was intentionally walked something like 800 trillion times?
   7. GGC Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:23 AM (#5619683)
High: 2000
Low: 1968
   8. TDF, trained monkey Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5619685)
I don't know what got me looking over the weekend.

With the trades of Longoria and Stanton, Mike Trout is the only franchise leader in bWAR who's currently active on that club.

With Stanton and Yelich gone, no current Marlin has >14 WAR with the team.

If Beltre can continue to do what he does for 2-3 years, he can pass Pudge for the Texas lead.

Kershaw is surprisingly just 8 WAR behind Drysdale for the Dodger's lead - surprising (at least to me) that the franchise record is so low.

   9. BDC Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5619688)
The lowest major-league IBB rate (0.19) was recorded in 2016. So 2017 is pretty close (and indeed is tied for second-lowest, with 2014 and 2015). In other words, the time-saving innovation of the no-pitch walk came about when there were fewer intentional walks than ever.

Bafflingly, the IBB rate dropped only very slightly in 1973 (from 0.37 in 1972 to 0.35 in '73). It dropped significantly in the AL but went up a bit in the NL.

I was expecting 2004, the year of Bonds' 120 IBBs, to be the peak, but it wasn't nearly (0.28) – in fact there was only a mild uptick in IBBs overall in the early 2000s.

1961 is closer to the era, but not a high-rate year: in fact the IBB rate in 1961 was 0.26, not very high historically.
   10. TDF, trained monkey Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5619690)
I was also going to guess '04 for highest.
   11. BDC Posted: February 05, 2018 at 11:34 AM (#5619694)
And catching up, GGC is close enough to be the other winner (Nasty Nate having gotten the low figure). The highest IBB rate ever was recorded in 1967 (0.40), 1968 tying for second with 1970 at 0.38.

It makes sense. The neo-deadball period c1968 saw very few runs scored but relatively a lot of HRs concentrated into a few sluggers, so walking the sluggers made sense; plus it was pre-DH, and featured a lot of puny leadoff men, so walking a guy in front of the pitcher and the #1 hitter was easy. Anymore, though, with HR power up and down the lineup, intentionally walking somebody makes less sense all the time. Even a #8 hitter is not a safe bet to IBB with less than two outs.

The MLB rate did eventually drop noticeably in 1976, and again in 1997, rising only slightly in the Bonds years before falling to its current historic lows.
   12. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 05, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5619849)
Lobsterman Devern Hansack. Gave up no hits on the last day of the '06 season, but it wasn't a no-hitter. He may be the only Miskito in MLB history.

I don't anything about this except finding it interesting, but is there a reason for saying he's a "Miskito" (indigenous people) as opposed to the other major leaguers from that part of Nicaragua? Marvin Benard, Albert Williams, and David Green - see here for SABR's biography of his father. I think it's pretty intermingled between the "Miskito" people and Afro-descended people.

Looking this up I found a BTF thread from 11 years ago. Also mentioned there as Miskito is Albert Williams (the guy who had a spell with the Sandinistas between being cut by the Pirates and reaching the majors with the Twins). Since then we also have Cheslor Cuthbert, the first major leaguer from Corn Island, whose father was also a lobsterman.

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