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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-20-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, March 20, 1918:

There is much gloom and sadness in St. Pete these days, because one of the best little plans that ever split the plate has been wrecked beyond repair. Al Lang, the hustling Mayor, is wearing a grouch and other members of the welcome-to-our-city club are disconsolate. They have been foiled, and the worst part of it is that no one can be blamed, not even themselves.

On Monday night it was decided to have a monster celebration to welcome the incoming Phillies when they stepped off the train. Mayor Lang had his speech of welcome all prepared, the Kilties Band was tuned up to sprinkle harmony all over the town in the triumphant march from the station to the hotel…Then the train came in…The passengers were scrutinized carefully as they stepped off the Pullmans, but there was no sign of the Phillies.

After the train steamed out of the station the Kilties’ Band put mufflers on their instruments, Mayor Lang took the key [to the city] home and the crowd dispersed. Gavvy Cravath was the only arrival, and now he is sore because they did not lead him to the hotel like a regular ball player.

Cue the Price is Right losing horn. There are more fun details of the story in the linked article. Definitely worth a read if you like 100-year-old fails.

Also in the news a century ago today, baseball clubs are trying to figure out whether or how the newly-enacted Daylight Saving Time law should affect start times.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 20, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 20, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5640155)
A shaky infield on today's Birthday Team: Mike Griffin is an outfielder who tried and failed to play shortstop a couple dozen times, Chris Hoiles is a catcher playing out of position at first, and Manny Alexander is Manny Alexander.

C: Walter Schmidt (3.47 WAR)
1B: Chris Hoiles (23.49 WAR)
2B: Manny Alexander (-2.42 WAR)
3B: Johnny Butler (0.35 WAR)
SS: Mike Griffin (40.77 WAR)
LF: Mike Young (6.43 WAR)
CF: Stan Spence (22.34 WAR)
RF: George Altman (12.99 WAR)

SP: Joe McGinnity (57.6 WAR)
SP: Vern Kennedy (12.4 WAR)
SP: Rick Langford (10.76 WAR)
SP: Joe Boehling (10.14 WAR)
SP: Steve McCatty (9.4 WAR)
RP: Clyde Shoun (8.5 WAR)

Fun names: Mellie Wolfgang, Hosea Siner
Manager: Pat Corrales
Not played by Ray Walston: Brad Hand
NPB Hall of Fame 1B-OF: Minoru Yamashita
NPB Hall of Fame administrator: Takizo Matsumoto
Three Tommy John surgeries, still working on a comeback: Jonny Venters (4.61 WAR)
   2. KronicFatigue Posted: March 20, 2018 at 12:17 PM (#5640265)
I'm looking to get back into MLB as a whole in the quickest/easiest way possible. I had a decent working knowledge of players back in the day; I could do well in fantasy baseball, follow most threads here, and sometimes even participate. As the years went on, my free time and interest waned. I'm at the point where I still know my local teams but don't recognize names on all-star lists. Shudder.

I don't necessarily want to "study", but it would be nice to get back up to speed. Is the Prospectus book still good? I'm not a huge fan of watching two neutral teams on but I do like condensed game highlights. Is there a good website for generally keeping up to date on MLB?
   3. Itchy Row Posted: March 20, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5640268)
Joe McGinnity would laugh at Langford and McCatty's stories about Billy Ball.
   4. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 20, 2018 at 01:00 PM (#5640304)
Chris Hoiles is a catcher playing out of position at first,

And loses almost 10 WAR in position adjustment in the exchange
   5. BDC Posted: March 20, 2018 at 04:42 PM (#5640535)
Is there a good website for generally keeping up to date on MLB?

Baseball-Reference is the best for player records.

I also use CBS Sports (more their app than their website) for scores and stories. They have the best navigation I've found (and I have patiently sorted through lots of them), plus easily customizable settings for box scores and updates.
   6. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: March 20, 2018 at 05:07 PM (#5640563)
Not played by Ray Walston: Brad Hand

What are you people, on dope?

   7. EddieA Posted: March 20, 2018 at 06:12 PM (#5640603)
Mike Norris birthday was yesterday. 60% of the 1980 Oakland A's starters have their birthdays today or yesterday. Neat fluke.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: March 20, 2018 at 07:45 PM (#5640650)
#2 ... for what it's worth, I was about where you are in the mid-late 90s. What helped me get back into it at that more detailed level was that I decided to give fantasy baseball a try. That required me to follow lots of players and get back to watching box scores. I actually only played fantasy baseball for maybe 3-4 years and haven't for probably 15+ years without losing the renewed interest.

Also, if you're willing to put up some dough, MLBtv is really pretty great, at least if you're outside the market area of your favorite team. You can watch any non-blacked-out games you want, highlights, etc. Or the MLB At-Bat app (which I think is like $10 if you don't have MLBtv) probably does a good job on highlights and scores. MLBtv also has a free game (nearly?) every day -- and it's not always Rays-A's or Marlins-Reds!!

That's a pretty good birthday team, can probably afford to trade a non-McGinnity SP for a little help on the IF.

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