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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-14-2017

Harrisburg Telegraph, March 14, 1917:

GEORGE M. COHAN AFTER BALL TEAM

The Providence International League baseball club was sold this afternoon by William H. Draper, its owner, to a syndicate of local men for $18,000.
...
Dennis O’Brien, George M. Cohen’s [sic] attorney, was present and said that Mr. Cohen intended buying the entire holdings. It may be possible that the New York theatrical man may yet get control, taking it out of the hands of the local men who bought it just for civic pride.

As far as I can tell, the Yankee Doodle Boy never did buy his hometown ballclub. Cohan was a huge baseball fan and a personal friend of Connie Mack who, according to his New York Times obituary, almost always went to see the Giants play when there was a home game. As theatre guys go, it’s safe to assume he’d have been a better owner than Harry Frazee.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 10:50 AM (#5417065)
A handful of strong players on today's Birthday Team. IMO, they elected the wrong March 14-born player from the 80s and 90s to the Hall of Fame, but both are quality cornerstones.

C: Butch Wynegar (26.34 WAR)
1B: Billy O'Brien (3.96 WAR)
2B: Brent Gates (5.5 WAR)
3B/Manager: Marty McManus (33.54 WAR)
SS: Marwin Gonzalez (4.9 WAR)
LF: Jack Rothrock (3.98 WAR)
CF: Kirby Puckett (50.93 WAR)
RF: Candy Nelson (15.92 WAR)

SP: Kevin Brown (68.33 WAR)
SP: Billy Rhines (26.49 WAR)
SP: Arnold Carter (3.08 WAR)
SP: Bill Kennedy (2.69 WAR)
SP: Mike Strahler (0.94 WAR)
RP: Bobby Jenks (8.52 WAR)

Bad name for a pitcher: Bruce Hitt
Fun name: Randor Bierd, Dad Meek
   2. JJ1986 Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM (#5417080)
Team of remaining free agents (it would be terrible.) Some of the players are in the WBC, some are injured (or have personal issues) and a few may be retired, but I’m surprised that Navarro, Johnson, Ramirez, Francoeur, Crisp, Fister and Lewis aren’t signed.

C Dioner Navarro
1B Ryan Howard
2B Kelly Johnson
3B Brett Lawrie
SS Alexei Ramirez
LF Angel Pagan
CF Sam Fuld
RF Jeff Francoeur
DH Billy Butler

SP Doug Fister
SP Jake Peavy
SP Colby Lewis
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Henderson Alvarez

C Steve Clevenger
1B Justin Morneau
IF Mike Aviles
OF Coco Crisp

RP Alfredo Simon
RP Jerome Williams
RP Chris Capuano
RP Edwin Jackson
RP Franklin Morales
RP Luke Hochevar
RP Jonathan Papelbon
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:12 AM (#5417094)
Some of the players are in the WBC, some are injured (or have personal issues) and a few may be retired
"This guy here is dead."
"Cross him off, then."
   4. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:18 AM (#5417103)
"He's a eunuch...he's a eunuch...he's dead..."
   5. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:40 AM (#5417123)
Competent catching depth today: Steve Lake, Jerry Willard
   6. BDC Posted: March 14, 2017 at 12:34 PM (#5417153)
Billy Butler turns 31 next month and is still one of the assorted major-leaguers who can say that nobody younger has more base hits ... that and $3.95 will get him a latte, evidently.
   7. GGC Posted: March 14, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5417166)
Wan't Sam Fuld a sabe fave at one point?
   8. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:03 PM (#5417431)
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 14, 2017 at 09:03 PM (#5417454)
Yeah, color me skeptical about the Rockies' Pi Day thing. What percentage of MLB players do you think have any idea what pi is? I'd say the over/under would be, well...let's say right around 3.14%.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 09:18 PM (#5417467)
Yeah, color me skeptical about the Rockies' Pi Day thing. What percentage of MLB players do you think have any idea what pi is? I'd say the over/under would be, well...let's say right around 3.14%.

I'd take waaaaaay over. All the Americans graduated HS, right? They cover it in 10-11th grade math.

They may not have immediate recall, but if you talk about it for a minute, I think 2/3 of them know what you're talking about.
   11. GGC Posted: March 15, 2017 at 09:57 AM (#5417587)
I learmned Euler's number in school, but all I can tell you is that it is two point something without looking it up. That said, pi is more prominent. I don't like the verb "won" in the context of post #8, but it seems like a popular enough definition for my complaint to look Gran Torinish.
   12. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 15, 2017 at 11:18 AM (#5417654)
Euler's number


He was #1, but Mickey Stanley (#24) played short in the Series.

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