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Friday, March 23, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-23-2018

Washington Times, March 23, 1918:

So many of the small minor leagues in the Middle West have disbanded or temporarily suspended operations for the period of the war that there are now only a few organizations in the vicinity of St. Louis to which major league clubs can farm out young players.

In view of this, [Branch] Rickey has conceived the idea of organizing a team which he will enter in the justly celebrated “Muny” League of St. Louis, and independent professional circuit that has municipal support and which includes a number of really good ball clubs.

A major league team operating a minor professional ballclub? It’s crazy. It’ll never work.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2018 at 09:41 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2018 at 09:45 AM (#5642131)
Today's Birthday Team is strong everywhere other than second base. No Hall of Famers and no modern players who will be inducted, but March 23 has good players as far as the eye can see.

Kawakami is probably a better choice to manage than Cravath, but I don't know any Japanese-English translators born on March 23.

C: Bo Diaz (11.47 WAR)
1B: Lee May (27.2 WAR)
2B: Frank Parkinson (-0.31 WAR)
3B: George Scott (36.54 WAR)
SS: Johnny Logan (32.64 WAR)
LF/SP: 19th century Mike Smith (42.78 WAR)
CF: Homer Smoot (11.04 WAR)
RF/Manager: Gavvy Cravath (32.99 WAR)

SP: Mark Buehrle (59.32 WAR)
SP: Ray Kremer (24.97 WAR)
SP: Mike Remlinger (10.69 WAR)
SP: Jack Meyer (5.66 WAR)
RP: Dellin Betances (9.92 WAR)

LF when Smith pitches: Johnny Moore (9.73 WAR)
Fun names: Peaches Graham, Farmer Weaver
No relation to Lancelot: Jon Link
NPB Hall of Fame 1B/P/Manager: Tetsuharu Kawakami
Scout/Spare P: Cy Slapnicka (-1.18 WAR)
   2. Born1951 Posted: March 23, 2018 at 10:06 AM (#5642153)
I know the Rockies have always hit much better at home, but sometimes forget how remarkable the differences have been. In their 25-year history (1993-2017), they have hit an astounding .307 at home, and just .243 on the road. This is a difference of 64 points. Next highest difference in that time period is 27 points by the Red Sox (.287/.260). Of the 70 players who have had at least 500 career AB with the Rockies, 68 have hit better at home. The exceptions are Mike Kingery (.296/.314 home/road, 651 AB) and Willy Taveras (.276/.285 home/road, 851 AB).
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 23, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5642166)
A major league team operating a minor professional ballclub? It’s crazy. It’ll never work.


I'm waiting for someone to find a cache of letters in which Rickey wore down Oliver Wendell Holmes on the subject of whether baseball was interstate commerce.


Today's Birthday Team is strong everywhere other than second base.


Per BB-Ref, Frank Parkinson just pops up in the majors in 1921 at age 26. Before that, he played semipro ball in the Delaware Valley League, and for the Doherty Silk Socks, a company team sponsored by a Paterson silk company.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 23, 2018 at 10:47 AM (#5642193)
re: #2--I have never seen a more stark single season home-road split than Vinnie Castilla in 1995:
383/413/730 home vs.
229/277/383 road
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM (#5642200)
I know the Rockies have always hit much better at home, but sometimes forget how remarkable the differences have been. In their 25-year history (1993-2017), they have hit an astounding .307 at home, and just .243 on the road.


Where were you able to find that cumulative split? I'd love to compare that to the pitching/defense splits, which may help to quantify the "Coors Hangover" effect.

When I've looked at it, I've found that the home/road splits for Rockies hitters have been much higher than for the pitchers. Last year, for example, the pitchers gave up 51 more points of OPS at Coors than on the road, but the Rockies hitters improved by 159 points at Coors.
   6. Batman Posted: March 23, 2018 at 12:28 PM (#5642255)
The highest tOPS+ at home for 100 or more total PA is Jim Lonborg, who hit .243/.282/.324 at home and .081/.095/.081 the year he won the Cy Young. He pitched a lot better on the road that year: 9-5, 4.39 ERA and 63 R in 119 IP at home and 13-4, 2.22 and 39 R in 154.1 IP on the road.

For >500 PA, the highest home tOPS+ is Tom Brunansky, who hit .333/.394/.603 in his home games and .180/.288/.244 on the road. Brunansky was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox in early May. He only hit .235/.381/.294 at Busch and then hit .340/.395/.626 at Fenway.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: March 23, 2018 at 12:38 PM (#5642262)
He only hit .235/.381/.294 at Busch and then hit .340/.395/.626 at Fenway.


And those home numbers don't even include his catch.
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 23, 2018 at 12:39 PM (#5642264)
Horrible owner Wayne Huizenga, dead at the age of 80.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 23, 2018 at 01:03 PM (#5642279)
I'd like to offer my sincere condolences and best wishes to the family, friends, and loved ones of horrible owner Wayne Huizenga.
   10. Born1951 Posted: March 23, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5642348)
Where were you able to find that cumulative split? I'd love to compare that to the pitching/defense splits, which may help to quantify the "Coors Hangover" effect.

Split Finders, Team Batting, check Find Totals Spanning Seasons box, select 1993-2017 for years, Home or Away for Split Type, Home for Choose a Split, Sort By BA. To compare the difference between home and overall BA, check the box under Total Criteria, select "Difference between total & split" (just above Get Results). I don't know of a way to display the difference between home and away BA.
   11. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 23, 2018 at 02:27 PM (#5642353)
No relation to Lancelot: Jon Link


That gave me a chuckle...
   12. Karl from NY Posted: March 23, 2018 at 02:44 PM (#5642364)
When I've looked at it, I've found that the home/road splits for Rockies hitters have been much higher than for the pitchers. Last year, for example, the pitchers gave up 51 more points of OPS at Coors than on the road, but the Rockies hitters improved by 159 points at Coors.

I think the real effect here is that visiting pitchers perform poorly at Coors. Look at it this way: Rockies pitchers at Coors yield 51 more points of OPS, but other pitchers visiting Coors yield 159 more points.

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