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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-21-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, March 21, 1918:

The ability to heave hand grenades has been oft mentioned as a point in favor of the ball player as a war prospect. Outfielders have been declared especially adapted for the peculiar heave required to effectively shoot the hot ones into the ranks of the foe. That there is a more important feature to the grenade business still is indicated by late reports which pronounce catching grenades of more importance than heaving them. The thing, it seems, is to handle chances cleanly and return the pellets into the enemy’s ranks, there to do a boomerang stunt.

My immediate reaction is that I wouldn’t want to be the guy catching the grenade and throwing it back, but I guess it sure beats having it land near you and explode.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 12:27 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5640929)
I had to do some shuffling to build today's Birthday Team. The first baseman is a catcher, the third baseman is a left fielder, and the left fielder is a shortstop.

C: Shanty Hogan (15.96 WAR)
1B: Manny Sanguillen (27.54 WAR)
2B: Aaron Hill (23.72 WAR)
3B: Tommy Davis (20.42 WAR)
SS: Cristian Guzman (12.57 WAR)
LF: Shawon Dunston (11.47 WAR)
CF: Bill Lamar (2.59 WAR)
RF: Mike Darr (2.51 WAR)

SP: Carlos Carrasco (16.54 WAR)
SP: Al Fitzmorris (16.46 WAR)
SP: Luis Leal (10.68 WAR)
SP: Ed Klieman (5.2 WAR)
SP: Fernando Arroyo (4.86 WAR)
RP: Jim Hughes (3.11 WAR)

Manager: Bill Plummer
Fun names: Bucky Jacobs, Pidge Browne, Warner Madrigal, Frank Sigafoos, Mysterious Walker
Not that one: Michael Brady
Umpire: Bill McGowan
Writer: Arthur Richman
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 12:36 PM (#5640935)
Outfielders have been declared especially adapted for the peculiar heave required to effectively shoot the hot ones into the ranks of the foe.

We should all be thankful there was not a World War in progress during Kevin Reimer's career.
   3. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 21, 2018 at 12:55 PM (#5640951)
Like Hoiles at first a few days ago, Dunston loses a ton of value shifting positions. Dunston amassed about 8 WAR in positional adjustment as a SS. He would probably be -8 as a LF with the same playing time, and all else being equal, would be about -4 WAR total. Surely Mar 21 has something better on offer.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 21, 2018 at 01:01 PM (#5640959)
I suspect the best alignment would be Tommy Davis in left, Dunston at short, and Guzman at third. Guzman never played third base in the regular season - but he played there all night in the All-Star game.
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 21, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5640969)
For what it's worth, Dunston was a noticeably better hitter as an outfielder (his OPS went up ~5%) than he was as a shortstop. If that's a cause-effect relationship and not just a coincidence, he might be closer to 0 WAR as an OF. Especially if the position switch were permanent and he could just concentrate on hacking away.

The other available options are John Sullivan (.309/.374/.428, 123 OPS+, but less than 500 career AB) and Oscar Bielaski (.241/.251/.256). Probably the best thing to do considering positional adjustments is move Hill to third, Guzman to second, Davis to left, and Dunston to short. I'm not sure why I didn't do that to begin with - I think I was mentally locked in with Hill at second base (1200+ games played, nearly 17 times more appearances than any other realistic option) and worked around that.

You could also use Dunston at 3B (11 career appearances) and Davis in left if you wanted.
   6. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 21, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5641019)
Michael "The Architect" Brady is on my Brewers' AAA team.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: March 21, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5641033)
Dunston's arm at shortstop is more memorable than just about the entire team. You put him there and let everyone else move around to accommodate him.
   8. Batman Posted: March 21, 2018 at 04:42 PM (#5641162)
It says Pidge Browne's last name is pronounced "brownie." His full name was Prentice Almont Browne, which almost sounds delicious. He started playing in D ball at 20 and hit around .300 each year with some power, but didn't make it to A ball until age 24, AA at 26, and AAA at 29. He finally made the majors at 33 with the expansion 1962 Astros and retired after that season.
   9. salvomania Posted: March 21, 2018 at 05:09 PM (#5641173)
C: Shanty Hogan (15.96 WAR)

True story: about a week ago, my wife and I began a "Words with Friends" game, and she led off with "Shanty" and I followed up with "Hogan." I screen-shotted (-shat?) it and explained to her the significance, but I don't think she cared.
   10. puck Posted: March 21, 2018 at 09:05 PM (#5641291)
The ability to heave hand grenades has been oft mentioned as a point in favor of the ball player as a war prospect


Surprised no one mentioned the story about the Army supposedly dropping grenade qualification in basic training because too many recruits come in not being able to throw, and they need the time to deal with other training matters (including basic discipline).

I blame soccer and video games.
   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 21, 2018 at 10:11 PM (#5641328)
While looking up some other stuff, I discovered that it was common in game stories to refer to Ping Bodie as "Pingus."

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