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Friday, March 22, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2013

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 22, 1913:

William T. McCullough of Pittsburgh was in conference with President Powers of the Federal Baseball League today. He stated that an investigation by the United States government would be asked within a short time in Congress…It is claimed that organized baseball is a trust and should be investigated under the Sherman anti-trust law.
...
Federal League officials say that they have plenty of money behind them and will start the biggest war in the history of baseball, if not given their rights.

Baseball isn’t a business. It’s a sport!

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2013 at 06:14 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, federal league, history

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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2013 at 06:25 AM (#4394065)
   2. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: March 22, 2013 at 07:37 AM (#4394071)
   3. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 22, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4394110)
William T. McCullough of Pittsburgh was in conference with President Powers of the Federal Baseball League today.

I'm always fascinated at how all presidents (of companies, etc.) used to be referred to in the papers as "President (Lastname)". Now only presidents of countries get this treatment (and usually only the prez of US in the American media). When did this change? After World War II, maybe? And why?
   4. zack Posted: March 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4394182)
Huh, I had no idea Joe 'ROOGY' Smith was still pitching. And I was surprised that he's the only Joe Smith of consequence in history (plus the other one is really Salvatore Persico).

Did he learn how to pitch to lefties or is Cleveland actually using him as a roogy? B-ref should have a PA% against righties on the main page.
   5. Good cripple hitter Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4394207)
Unlikely as it seems, Smith's had a reverse platoon split the past two years:

2011:

vs LHB: 90 PA .152/.244/.215, 9 walks, 19 K's, 1 homer.
vs RHB: 177 PA .248/.303/.280, 12 walks, 26 K's, 0 HR.


2012:

vs LHB: 111 PA .218/.288/.297, 9 walks, 24 K's, 1 HR.
vs RHB: 167 PA .209/.289/.311, 16 walks, 29 K's, 3 HR.
   6. esseff Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4394222)
Today's Birthday Team includes a batting tee designer and a guy who really hates spiders.


And by playing SS, Marv Owen should be able to avoid Medwick making contact.
   7. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: March 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4394232)
he's the only Joe Smith of consequence in history
Heck, he's not even the most consequential Joe Smith in the history of metro Cleveland. This Joe Smith is pretty clearly behind the other two, though.
   8. zack Posted: March 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM (#4394307)
Baseball history, jerk. (dum dum dum dum dum).
   9. steagles Posted: March 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM (#4394323)
It’s eminently possible that [Domonic] Brown, given the right environment, could grow into a Ken Griffey Jr. clone.
   10. steagles Posted: March 22, 2013 at 01:01 PM (#4394324)
There was something vindicating about watching the 2004 Red Sox win the World Series with our worthless manager and our malcontent ace. Something perverse that made me uncomfortable with winning.

During the 2006 season, I started following the Kansas City Royals. Not as a replacement for the Phillies, but as an insurance policy. I was worried that the Phillies would suddenly become a National League power, which, of course, they did, and that I would be unable to cope with cheering for a winning team. If that were to come to pass, I would have to have a backup plan in place.
   11. steagles Posted: March 22, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4394326)
But now that everything’s not going right, it’s like I’ve died and gone to the late 1990s–our stars are always injured, we only have one good starting pitcher, we need to make a big trade, we’re one critical piece away, we should start bringing up our minor league starting pitchers…there’s something comforting about being transported back to when you were 12 years old. It’s like coming home and visiting your old elementary school teachers, then eating your mom’s spaghetti for dinner.

That’s why, even though I hate the Braves, I find losing to them strangely, well, comforting. It’s almost as if, after four years of breathing the rarified air of National League royalty, we’ve finally come home again.
   12. steagles Posted: March 22, 2013 at 01:03 PM (#4394328)
I’ve never bought any of the various Kyle Kendrick resurrection myths that have been bandied about since he came crashing back to Earth in 2008 like command deck of the NSEA Protector at the end of GalaxyQuest.
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: March 22, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4394345)
I really liked the Johnny Bench hitting machine, although I guess that was never going to be Bench's claim to fame.
   14. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 22, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4394489)
Now only presidents of countries get this treatment (and usually only the prez of US in the American media).


Not even the American prez anymore, per an AP style change a few years ago.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: March 22, 2013 at 05:43 PM (#4394595)
It won't be there long ... but it's better than spiders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wDrw76ieTs
   16. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 22, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4394691)
If you happen to have a Spanish language package, the Mexican League opener is on AyM Sports beginning at 9:30 ET tonight. Veracruz at Tabasco.

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