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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-15-2018

Toledo News-Bee, March 15, 2018:

Al Timme, president of the Milwaukee club, is probably the busiest man in the world today, answering communications from baseball men who want to manage the Brewers, now that it is clear Ned Egan, hired for that job, is out of the game for the year. Egan, who injured his spine in a skating accident, is in a bad way.

When I first saw this, I thought it was kind of amusing: An ice skating accident ending a manager’s season. But the more I read about it, the more awful it is. Another ice skater ran into Egan and knocked him over. Egan thought it was a minor injury, but it turned out that he broke two vertebrae. Eventually it became so bad that Egan was unable to walk. He shot and killed himself in May 1918.

There’s more on Ned Egan, who was known as the “Connie Mack of the Minors”, in an excellent post from 2014 at Baseball History Daily.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:12 AM (#5638322)
The nickname game of today's Birthday Team is on point. The right side of the infield features The Freshest Man on Earth and The Greek God of Walks.

Also of note: Today is Richie Shaffer's 27th birthday. His career from September 2016-February 2017: Played for Durham, called up to Tampa Bay, traded to Seattle, DFA, Phillies, DFA, Reds, waivers, Indians, DFA, outrighted to Columbus.

C: Robert Fick (2.1 WAR)
1B: Kevin Youkilis (32.52 WAR)
2B/Manager: Arlie Latham (30.6 WAR)
3B: Doc Casey (12.28 WAR)
SS: Nick Ahmed (2.54 WAR)
LF: Jon Jay (13.19 WAR)
CF: Bobby Bonds (57.73 WAR)
RF: Harold Baines (27.41 WAR)

SP: Michael Fulmer (8.66 WAR)
SP: Lou Fette (8.41 WAR)
SP: Bill Wise (2.71 WAR)
SP: Sailor Stroud (1.82 WAR)
SP: Rosy Ryan (1.29 WAR)
RP: Jim Kern (13.88 WAR)
RP: Bob Locker (10.21 WAR)
RP: Juan Carlos Oviedo (3.7 WAR)

Backup 3B: Mike Pagliarulo (10.36 WAR)
Given name is Kimothy: Kim Batiste (-4.38 WAR)
Negro Leagues outfielder, great glove, good wheels, slappy hitter with a good batting average: Jimmie Crutchfield
Not that one: Steven Jackson
Not the East German secret police: Max Stassi
NPB Hall of Fame OF/SP/Manager, a proto-Ohtani: Junzo Sekine
Postseason hero: Mickey Hatcher
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5638333)
C: Robert Fick (2.1 WAR)

He looked like he might be a real player for a couple of years, and ten just faded away. 4.9 WAR after his age 28 season, in only 1323 PA.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5638339)
CF: Bobby Bonds (57.73 WAR)
Tomorrow I will be in his hometown, not far from a park named after him.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5638343)
Speaking of great nicknames, Motorboat Jones turns 49 today.
   5. Batman Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:44 AM (#5638344)
Where do the WAR figures come from? 27.41 seems low for Baines, and Fangraphs and bb-ref do have him at 38.4 and 38.5.

Also, somehow Harold Baines is 59 years old now. I'm pretty sure it was just yesterday that he was the White Sox great hope for the future.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:48 AM (#5638347)
Robert Fick kept getting into fights with his teammates, right? Or was that Mitch Meluskey? There were a lot of failed good-hitting catcher prospects around that time.
   7. Batman Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:53 AM (#5638351)
I don't know about his teammates, but Robert Fick was in the middle of a brawl with the White Sox and got a beer shower afterwards. He was one of 16 players who got suspended.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: March 15, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5638356)
Robert Fick kept getting into fights with his teammates, right? Or was that Mitch Meluskey? There were a lot of failed good-hitting catcher prospects around that time.


Meluskey was hated by his Astros teammates. Fick was hated by opponents. In addition to the brawl above, he intentionally slapped Eric Karros on a play at first base while with the Braves.

They were teammates on the 2002 Tigers, along with fellow lovable scamp Jeff Weaver.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 11:03 AM (#5638360)
Where do the WAR figures come from? 27.41 seems low for Baines, and Fangraphs and bb-ref do have him at 38.4 and 38.5.
Huh. That's weird. In theory, my database pulls WAR figures every morning from BB-Ref's daily data dump and then does the math for me.

I'll have to figure out what the heck it did wrong.
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 11:05 AM (#5638364)
In the midst of all this fighting talk, Mrs. PRD wants to take me somewhere "memorable" for my 50th birthday next month. I think I've settled on the tourist mecca of Kansas City to hit the Negro League Museum and American Jazz Museum. Our schedule would probably be to fly in Friday night, hit the museums on Saturday, and fly out some time Sunday evening.

The Royals will be on a road trip the weekend we're most likely to be there, so that's out. Any other recommendations on what else to do or not do in KC during the weekend? Any reviews of the museums from anyone here?
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 15, 2018 at 11:20 AM (#5638376)
Robert Fick kept getting into fights with his teammates, right? Or was that Mitch Meluskey?
Yes.
   12. Lance Posted: March 15, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5638386)
Any other recommendations on what else to do or not do in KC during the weekend? Any reviews of the museums from anyone here?


The World War One Museum is amazing! I've been twice and both times found it worth spending almost an entire day there. The Negro League and Jazz museums are both good, I just saw them this September. The Negro League museum is a little dated, but still very enjoyable. I'd also strongly recommend the Steamboat Arabia museum, it's a fascinating look at the cargo of a trade steamboat that sank with all of its cargo in 1856.
   13. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM (#5638421)
I'll have to figure out what the heck it did wrong.

Nothing. I'm looking at Baines' page, and the WAR numbers are only half filled in. Looks like it's an issue on BBRef's side.
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 15, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5638437)
I would second Steamboat Arabia.
   15. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 01:09 PM (#5638460)
Augie Garrido has died at age 79. :(
   16. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5638464)
Nothing. I'm looking at Baines' page, and the WAR numbers are only half filled in. Looks like it's an issue on BBRef's side.
This makes me feel much, much better. My SQL skills ("sqlls"?) are adequate at best and I was dreading tearing apart my query and database.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 15, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5638466)
Augie Garrido has died at age 79. :(

Ah, that's too bad. I remember him as the U of I coach when I was a kid. I went to his baseball camp for a week in the summer a couple times.
   18. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: March 15, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5638593)
C: Robert Fick (2.1 WAR)

He looked like he might be a real player for a couple of years, and ten just faded away. 4.9 WAR after his age 28 season, in only 1323 PA.


At least he helped Enrico Polazzo stop Reggie Jackson from killing the queen.
   19. Mike Webber Posted: March 15, 2018 at 05:46 PM (#5638705)
Pat - I agree with the notes above about KC, the WW1 museum is really well done - if you want restaurant recommendations email me.

One other note - the Nelson Atkins Art museum is free - the permanent exhibit. It is a good art museum - not on a MOMA, Chicago Art Institute, or Isabell Stewart Gardner level, but as good as say Philly unless you give tremendous bonus points for a Rocky statue.

If you're a brewery tour guy, the Boulevard Brewery tour is good, and in the general area of the NLBM and WW1 museum. If you want to do that book soon.

   20. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 16, 2018 at 12:10 AM (#5638823)
Thanks, everyone! Looks like Mrs. PRD and I are going museumming in KC next month!
   21. KJOK Posted: March 16, 2018 at 02:06 AM (#5638835)
Negro Leagues outfielder, great glove, good wheels, slappy hitter with a good batting average: Jimmie Crutchfield

Crutchfield was born on March 25th.


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