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Friday, March 23, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-23-2012

Milwaukee Journal, March 23, 1912:

William (Spitball) Steele of the Cardinals, one of the best batting pitchers in the game, has a big surprise in store for National league twirlers…Steele’s big ace in the hole is a special bunch of bats made from the finest seasoned ash grown in a graveyard near Milford, Pa.

“I helped cut down the timber myself,” said Bill, “and after sawing it up in my father’s mill secured a bunch of the coicest logs and seasoned them in the old hay loft. After the wood had become thoroughly seasoned I had a turner in Milford [Pennsylvania] make the bats according to a special design.”

That’s an awful lot of work to go through so you can hit .180/.286/.246.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2012 at 05:20 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2012 at 05:26 AM (#4087292)
Today's Birthday Team features one of the best two-way players in baseball history, Elmer "Mike" Smith. As a batter, Smith had 1456 hits, a career .310 average, a .398 OBP, and a 126 OPS+. In 1887, he won 34 games, threw 447 innings, and led the American Association in ERA, ERA+, and hits per inning. He finished his pitching career with 75 wins and an ERA+ of 113.

C: Bo Diaz
1B: Lee May
2B: Frank Parkinson
3B: George Scott
SS: Johnny Logan
LF/SP: Mike Smith
CF: Johnny Moore
RF: Gavvy Cravath

SP: Mark Buehrle
SP: Ray Kremer
SP: Ramon Ortiz
SP: Bruce Howard
RP: Mike Remlinger

LF when Smith pitches/Manager: Jim Lemon
Scout: Cy Slapnicka
   2. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: March 23, 2012 at 08:07 AM (#4087303)
it's spring training and small sample size, however:

Adam Dunn, 2012 spring training, .333/.515/.876, 4hr, 12rbi, 9bb, 1K
   3. Bob Evans Posted: March 23, 2012 at 08:22 AM (#4087310)
That’s an awful lot of work to go through so you can hit .180/.286/.246.

As Roger Craig said, you have to be a damn good pitcher to hit .180. Something like that.
   4. Morty Causa Posted: March 23, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4087313)
Some fudging there with Scott at third, but that is one of the better birthday starting 8 overall.
   5. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4087327)
Yeah, Scott's really a first baseman, but he did start 200+ games at third. It's a bit of a fudge, but it's not terrible.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4087463)
Phils IF Michael Martinez out 6-8 weeks

Royals RHP Blake Wood out 6 weeks

Dodgers DFA Ramon Troncoso

Cubs outright P Andrew Sonnanstine

O's former first round pick P Matt Hobgood out for the year (rotator cuff)

OF Dom Brown optioned to AAA
   7. puck Posted: March 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4087472)
Jamie Moyer might actually make the Rockies' rotation. He's pitching well and the talk out of camp sounds good. Guthrie (Opening Day starter), Chacin, Nicasio and Pomerantz are pretty set. Moyer's competing with Moscoso and Chatwood for the 5th spot. But those guys could be bullpen guys.
   8. Greg Franklin Posted: March 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4087506)
Screw Steele, I see there is the new German cure for Blood Poison! Only $3.50, now that's a steal!

Jamie Moyer might actually make the Rockies' rotation. He's pitching well and the talk out of camp sounds good.

Yup. Caught some of the radiocast of the Giants-Rockies game last night, and I think Jamie essentially locked up a spot by retiring 12 of 12 Giants he faced.
   9. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4087602)
Soria getting TJ, out for year.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: March 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4087686)
retiring 12 of 12 Giants he faced.

C'mon, it's the Giants, who couldn't? :-)
   11. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4087718)
Just want to say that right now everything in the Hot Topic thread is baseball related except for Sweeney/Santorum everything has double digit comments. From time to time we've heard complaints about the lack of baseball-related topics and certain topics overwhelming the site so I think it's worth noting that with two weeks to Opening Day (for 28 of the 30) there is almost universal baseball content with a fair amount of variety.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4087869)
On the 3:30 PM Baseball Tonight, Schilling went after Bobby Valentine pretty good over his handling of Bard. Sounds like this might be an ongoing "conversation".
   13. The District Attorney Posted: March 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM (#4087895)
Recent Canseco tweets:
Cam we clone a human and hoe long does it take ?
A specialist can tell you that my internal age is 33 .its important to have yours checked
Most of you clowns will die before the age of 80 if you don't pay attention to what I have to say .
Shaq is 7' 350lbs I am 6'4 250lbs I will gain 30 pounds of muscle and train for 5 months to beat him .I am taking this very serious
your an odvious lesbian
I saved baseball moron what have you done
i have the hips of a 20 yr old
would love to face tim lincecum clayton kershaw justin verlander. i would hit them hard love punishing that ball
   14. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4088954)
Did we ever have a thread mentioning the availability of the 2012 Emerald Guide? If not - we do now.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 25, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4089060)
I want to tell MLB network and ESPN that they should continue referring to Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez as "Fausto Carmona" and "Leo Nunez", no matter what their real names are. Use scare quotes if they want.

There was a two-minute segment on how the Indians are going to cope with not having Roberto Hernandez and I was just stunned. Roberto Hernandez is still pitching? I believe it, but he's gotta be no more than a ROOGY at this point.
   16. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 26, 2012 at 01:03 AM (#4089145)
   17. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM (#4089157)
your an odvious lesbian


This is my favorite.
   18. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: March 26, 2012 at 02:37 AM (#4089161)
That picture in 16 deserves its own thread.

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