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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-25-2014

Pittsburgh Press, March 25, 1914:

Brooklyn Federal league players are to have a share in the profits of the club, President Robert Ward announced today.
...
The plan is unique in baseball annals, and seems to indicate that the Brooklyn Federals have a wealth of financial backing. Ward probably figures that by sharing profits with the players he will get better and more earnest work from the athletes, and will have less difficulty in holding the players now on his payroll.

Either that or it indicates that Ward knew he wasn’t going to make any money. Potayto, potahto.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4676758)
Apologies for the late dugout today, guys. I spent the morning in the dentist's chair getting a broken tooth repaired. Fun!

Anyhoo, an excellent top three in the starting rotation of today's Birthday Team.

C: Dan Wilson
1B: Martin Powell
2B: Jimmy Walsh
3B: Travis Fryman
SS: Woodie Held
LF: Denver Grigsby
CF: Clyde Milan
RF/Manager: Lee Mazzilli

SP: Tom Glavine
SP: 1930s Dutch Leonard
SP: Frank Dwyer
SP: Larry McKeon
SP: Brian Barnes
RP: Neal Cotts

Owners: John Fetzer, Tom Monaghan
Fun Names: Dorsey Riddlemoser, Polly McLarry, Chappy Charles
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM (#4676774)
Ty Wigginton, Ronny Cedeno, Kyle Farnsworth, Michael Gonzalez, Matt Guerrier, Chris Snyder, Scott Baker, and Erik Bedard have been released into the wild.
   3. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM (#4676780)
Huh. Is something wrong with Guerrier? He seems too good to be unemployed.
   4. Craig in MN Posted: March 25, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4676808)
Guerrier was coming back from injury and he doesn't seem to be quite back yet, or at least hasn't proven himself enough to displace someone else in the bullpen. He was let go, but just re-signed with the Twins to another minor league deal.
   5. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 25, 2014 at 01:42 PM (#4676816)
i see 5 former cubs out of the 8 on that list.
   6. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4676820)
Thanks, Craig. I know he's 35 and a couple years removed from his really strong seasons, but in a universe where Blake Wood may actually make the Opening Day roster of a team that made the playoffs last year, Guerrier bouncing around the International League seemed like lunacy.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4676823)
Carlos Santana named Indians third baseman. This is not a drill, this is happening.

Royals pick up Rule 5 pick Patrick Schuster off waivers. Anyone know anything about him? He doesn't seem to have any splits, so he's not really a LOOGY guy.
   8. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4676824)
Stone facepalm, in honor of Santana's glove.
   9. Davo Dozier Posted: March 25, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4676826)
Ooh, Scott Baker? Gosh, I remember being really upset when the Twins didn't re-sign him for 2013.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4676828)
Chris Snyder, back in captivity, as a member of the Texas Rangers.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4676858)
Kevin Frandsen let go. He was a 1.6 WAR player in 2012.
   12. BDC Posted: March 25, 2014 at 03:30 PM (#4676864)
Carlos Santana named Indians third baseman

Nah, he's gotta be 65 by now, and he's been playing the same songs since I was a kid.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 03:58 PM (#4676886)
Pittsburgh is beating Toronto 21-3. Hurdle may want to think about pulling his QB.
   14. eddieot Posted: March 25, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4676893)
Guerrier back:

Twins Re-Sign Matt Guerrier
By Jeff Todd [March 25 at 12:19pm CST]

12:19pm: Guerrier can opt out of his deal on May 8, tweets LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. Financial terms remain the same as in Guerrier's prior deal, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He will earn $1MM while on the MLB roster and could earn up to $1MM more through incentives, with $250K bonuses triggered upon his 45th, 50th, 55th, and 60th appearances.
   15. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 25, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4676907)
i see 5 former cubs out of the 8 on that list.


7 of 8 Pirates.

This Cox rollover thing can be irritating.
   16. Moeball Posted: March 25, 2014 at 04:33 PM (#4676908)
Glad to see Woodie Held on today's team. He was a really unusual player for his time - in the late fifties and early sixties, when virtually every team was focused on "glove first, but can't hit a lick" shortstops, he was the rare Shortstop Who Can Actually Hit a Baseball. Underrated player.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4676911)
Neftali Feliz to the minors. Humberto Quintero and Endy Chavez cut from the Ms.


Patrick Corbin had TJ surgery today.
   18. Davo Dozier Posted: March 25, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4676926)
Glad to see Woodie Held on today's team. He was a really unusual player for his time - in the late fifties and early sixties, when virtually every team was focused on "glove first, but can't hit a lick" shortstops, he was the rare Shortstop Who Can Actually Hit a Baseball. Underrated player.

Also, Wooie Held is one of the five players to play against the Philadelphia A's, the Kansas City A's, and the Oakland A's.

Lee Mazilli is one of three players to homer in his only All-Star Game at bat (with Jeff Conine and Max West).

And Dan Wilson's "Closing Time" is actually about the birth of his daughter!

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