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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-9-2018

Chicago Eagle, February 9, 1918:

“Baseballs and bats are useless toys,” is the dictum pronounced by the Italian customs authorities in placing a ban on the importation of these articles for Americans in Italy.

Recently the Americans purchased the few baseballs available [in Italy] and then ordered more from the United States. There also is a shortage of bats.

Thomas N. Page, the American ambassador, has been petitioned to secure an exemption of baseball equipment from the recently enacted law against the importation of all luxuries. It is claimed the game is necessary to maintain the health of the Americans.

Of course we need baseball to maintain our health. Without baseball, we wouldn’t have prime physical specimens like John Kruk, Bartolo Colon, and Rich Garces.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 09, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 09, 2018 at 10:01 AM (#5622457)
A ton of position player depth on today's Birthday Team. Good roster.

C: Dioner Navarro (7.3 WAR)
1B: John Kruk (24.97 WAR)
2B: Heinie Zimmerman (33.59 WAR)
3B: Clete Boyer (27.62 WAR)
SS: Charley Bassett (10.29 WAR)
LF: Vic Wertz (27.46 WAR)
CF: Mookie Wilson (22.16 WAR)
RF: Vladimir Guerrero (59.27 WAR)

SP: Tex Hughson (23.46 WAR)
SP: Jim Nash (8.51 WAR)
SP: Erv Palica (7.67 WAR)
SP: Eddie Solomon (5.99 WAR)
SP: Roy Mahaffey (3.71 WAR)
RP: Randall Delgado (1.9 WAR)

Owner: Bill Veeck
"Hello, son.": Hi Ladd
Backup catcher: Todd Pratt
Fun names: Specs Toporcer, Buzz Boyle, Moon Mullen, Robert Eenhoorn, Napoleon Calzado
When you're sliding into first...: John Urrea
   2. Sweatpants Posted: February 09, 2018 at 10:48 AM (#5622498)
Buzz Boyle
Boyle was on the 1934 "Is Brooklyn still in the league?" Dodgers, which I never realized were such an interesting team. They had probably the league's best offense, despite the fact that other than Al Lopez (who wasn't known for his hitting) and an old Hack Wilson, it wasn't exactly a star-studded lineup. The team leaders in home runs, with 14, were Tony Cuccinello, whose 99 OPS+ was the worst of the regulars', and Len Koenecke, who is more famous for his death than anything else.

The pitching staff, on the other hand, had two guys with an ERA+ over 100.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 09, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5622507)
Vic Wertz (27.46 WAR)
surprised his lifetime WAR is so low--I remember him as being a better player (he gets dinged quite a bit for his defense)
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 09, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5622509)
Boyle was on the 1934 "Is Brooklyn still in the league?" Dodgers, which I never realized were such an interesting team.

they certainly had an interesting manager
   5. Batman Posted: February 09, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5622517)
Wertz and Wilson were the hitters for two of the most famous defensive plays in World Series history and Kruk was the hitter for one of the most famous pitches in All Star history.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 09, 2018 at 03:48 PM (#5622752)
A ton of position player depth on today's Birthday Team. Good roster.


It would be an even deeper team with Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tani. Tani played 19 seasons in NBP from 1997 to 2015, putting up a line of .301/.356/.426. He wasn't a home run hitter (he only cleared 20 HR once, and hit 133 lifetime), but in 2001 he set an NPB record of 52 doubles. He was a six-time All-Star, selected to five Best Nines, and won four Golden Gloves. He isn't however, the most famous athlete in the family. He is married to Judo Olympic Gold Medalist Ryoko Tani, who was named by the International Judo Federation as the "best female judoka ever", and who is credited with the boom of the sport in Japan in the 1990s. Their wedding was broadcast on national TV, drawing an audience of 20 million spectators. After her retirement, she went into politics, and ran for a seat in the House of Councillors, where she still serves.

I'd also think the infield could be improved by adding either of two Japanese players in place of Charley Bassett. One is shortstop Tatsuro Hirooka, a light-hitting shortstop, but a six-time All-Star during the Giants glory years in the '50s and '60s who was selected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. He could also manage the team, as he won three Japan Series titles as manager of the Seibu Lions in the 1980s.

The other player would be a major-leaguer, Akinori Iwamura, who only put up 4.5 WAR in four MLB seasons, but that's bit misleading. He put up 6.6 in his first three, and then had an awful year in his last MLB season. But when you consider his MLB and NPB career combined, I'm sure he was a better player than Bassett. Zimmerman could move to short, and Iwamura could play second. In 13 seasons in NPB, he hit .290/.358/.494, with 193 home runs and four Golden Gloves.
   7. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: February 09, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5622759)
Wertz and Wilson were the hitters for two of the most famous defensive plays in World Series history


And Heinie Zimmerman the fielder in another.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: February 09, 2018 at 04:12 PM (#5622770)
Wertz and Wilson were the hitters for two of the most famous defensive plays in World Series history and Kruk was the hitter for one of the most famous pitches in All Star history.
And Heinie Zimmerman the fielder in another.
And Clete Boyer was in the field for 2 separate famous series-ending plays.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 09, 2018 at 05:48 PM (#5622798)
Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves went to arbitration over a $100,000 gap between their offers, $2.3M or $2.2M, reportedly the smallest gap since 1994. Petty, petty, petty.
   10. djrelays Posted: February 09, 2018 at 06:09 PM (#5622808)
And Clete Boyer was in the field for 2 separate famous series-ending plays.


With Ralph Terry the pitcher in both instances.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: February 09, 2018 at 07:17 PM (#5622823)
Wertz -- no really killed by his defense, just his position. He's also got "just" 28 oWAR. He's hurt a lot by having just 2 qualified seasons in his last 10. By bWAR, after age 28, it was just 3200 PA of slightly below-average play.
   12. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: February 09, 2018 at 11:58 PM (#5622914)
I live about 5 miles from Ken Keltner's final resting place. I always knew about the Joe DiMaggio connection, but in the days of my youth I
didn't really know that he had a handful of fine seasons. I didn't know until tonight that he had to quit at such a young age.
The Vic Wertz talk got me wondering if they ever played together on Cleveland, but then I saw that 1954 was Vic's first year with the Indians.
Boy, I wish Baseball Reference was around in the 1970's.
   13. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: February 10, 2018 at 04:08 PM (#5623000)
Don't know where else to put this, but word is Darvish to the Cubs for 6/126.
   14. asinwreck Posted: February 10, 2018 at 11:41 PM (#5623102)
Vlad Guerrero and Bill Veeck max out this date's FAR (Fun Above Replacement) value.

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