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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-20-2014

Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1914:

Connie Mack, leader of the Philadelphia Athletics, wants his son Earl [sic], who is managing Raleigh’s professional team and coaching the university nine to give up baseball and learn to play the violin as taught in the old world conservatories.
The elder baseball man believes baseball will ruin the fingers that will make another Kubelik. Earl Mack will study [in Raleigh] this season, however.

That, I think, was Connie politely telling his son that baseball might not work out for him.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 20, 2014 at 09:51 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 20, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4674388)
Today's Birthday Team has a super-deep (if mostly obscure) bullpen and one of the most underrated catchers of the past quarter-century.

C: Chris Hoiles
1B: George Altman
2B/Strength Coach: Manny Alexander
3B: Pep Clark
SS: Johnny Butler
LF: Stan Spence
CF: Mike Griffin
RF: Mike Young

SP: Joe McGinnity
SP: Vern Kennedy
SP: Rick Langford
SP: Steve McCatty
SP: Joe Boehling
RP: Clyde Shoun
RP: Mellie Wolfgang
RP: Jonny Venters

Manager: Pat Corrales
   2. Born1951 Posted: March 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4674393)
The A's went 10-24 with RISP in yesterday's spring training game. That sounded like a lot of AB, so I did some checking. Only three times in 2013 did a team have that many or more such AB in a 9-inning game, topped with 29 by the Giants in this game.
   3. Davo Posted: March 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4674425)
Joe McGinnity is one of the 19 Hall of Famers to throw a pitch for the Giants, the most of any franchise.

Stan Spence broke up what was otherwise a perfect game by Bill McCahan when he reached on a fielding error by Ferris Fain in this game. It's one of 5 no-hitters where the only person to reach base reached on an error.

Steve McCatty was involved in this mess:

The strike-shortened 1981 season resulted in confusion as to who had the lowest earned run average in the American League. To qualify, a pitcher has to have pitched one inning for each of his team’s games played. In most years this would mean 162 innings, but the strike had reduced each team’s games to just over 100. The apparent winner was Sammy Stewart of the Baltimore Orioles, with an ERA of 2.32356 in 112 1/3 innings pitched. Finishing just behind Stewart was Steve McCatty of the Oakland A’s, whose ERA was 2.32670 in 185 2/3 innings pitched.

Due, however, to a no-longer-extant rule regarding the rounding of innings pitched, McCatty was declared the official leader. Stewart’s 112 1/3 inning total was rounded down to 112, while McCatty’s 185 2/3 innings were rounded up to 186. McCatty got credit for an extra third of an inning without allowing a run, and Stewart lost a third of a scoreless inning. That made McCatty’s ERA 2.32 and Stewart’s 2.33.

(...)Results were not applied retroactively (nor should they be), however, so nearly all sources continue to list McCatty as the AL’s ERA leader in 1981. There is one exception, though. has Dave Righetti of the Yankees as the 1981 leader. Righetti’s ERA was 2.05, significantly lower than McCatty’s or Stewart’s. But Righetti pitched just 105 1?3 innings, and his team played 107 games.

   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4674427)
The Orioles, the other Orioles, and the St. Louis Browns are pretty heavily represented in today's birthday lineup.
   5. Der-K eats all pumpkin everything Posted: March 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4674494)
This is fantastic.

I noted this yesterday, but 209 different players have been named big league All-Stars in the 2010s (so, the last four games). That is considerably more than I would've guessed.
   6. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: March 20, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4674521)
This is fantastic.

Pablo Sandoval is intrigued by this method of fielding ground balls.
   7. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: March 20, 2014 at 02:13 PM (#4674532)
2B/Strength Coach: Manny Alexander

   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 20, 2014 at 02:36 PM (#4674543)
I just lost a billion dollars
   9. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 20, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4674570)
I just lost a billion dollars
That game cost me a billion dollars too. Or maybe we both only lost half a billion. I should have read the rules.
   10. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: March 20, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4674650)
I just lost a billion dollars

The one thing I've learned from betting on the Tourney is that the Big Ten will break your heart every. Single. Time.
   11. oscar madisox Posted: March 20, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4674652)
I was the beneficiary of one simple rule. Never pick Cincinnati
   12. RMc is organizationalwide! Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:42 PM (#4674672)
I had Harvard and Dayton, so my billion is still alive!

If I win, I'll give each of you one million dollars. Promise.
   13. dr. scott Posted: March 20, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4674676)
Speaking of a billion dollars. Isn't there now enough money riding on this tournament that players could easily be paid enough to throw games? You start off with 100 or so picks of the first round to cover most of the likely outcomes, and then start doling out up to 500 million to ensure the next 30 or so games go the right way... I think Ill try that next year.
   14. RMc is organizationalwide! Posted: March 20, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4674687)
OK, UConn beats St Joe's in OT. No money for you guys.

(Actually, I checked the rules again; the winner doesn't get a billion, they get this.)

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