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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-27-2013

Washington Times, March 27, 1913:

It’s “Bunny” Leibold, hereafter.

The littlest of the little ones in baseball has prayed for a change, and it has been granted him by the Naps. He doesn’t like the nickname “Little Nemo,” and he begged his fellow-players to drop it. “Call me anything but Nemo,” was his plea.

“I don’t care if you call me ‘Midget,’ or ‘Runt,’ or ‘Bunny,’ or anything else, but that ‘Nemo’ gets my got.” And the “Bunny cognomen suited the assemblage, so he Bunny Leibold from now on in camp.

He’d be disappointed to learn that 100 years later, he’s still Nemo.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 27, 2013 at 06:14 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, nemo leibold

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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 27, 2013 at 06:21 AM (#4397429)
This is not a good Birthday Team. If there's any good news, it's that the manager won't be tempted to play Cuddyer at second base.

C: Buster Posey
1B: Dave Hostetler
2B/Manager: Miller Huggins
3B: Bill Sudakis
SS: George Magoon
LF: Wes Covington
CF: Vic Harris
RF: Michael Cuddyer

SP: Dick Ruthven
SP: Lynn McGlothen
SP: Ed Cushman
SP: Steve Sundra
SP: Jaime Navarro
RP: Drew Hall

Owner: Effa Manley
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2013 at 09:44 AM (#4397486)
Evan Gattis has made the Braves roster. So he should be a fun story to track.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: March 27, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4397488)
News

Evan Gattis has made the Braves.
So far, only two veterans accepted the $100,000 bonus to remain with their teams. Both were Mets LOOGYs.
Miguel Olivo (CIN) is still deciding.
For some reason, no one has reported what happened with Juan Rivera.
Everyone else either made the big league club or was released.
   4. VCar Posted: March 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM (#4397521)
Hey Indian fans, need some fantasy advice... mlb.com Indians depth chart has Mike Aviles not starting despite ok 5x5 stats last year in Boston. Is he really just a backup now?
   5. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4397640)
As long as Kipnis and AsdruCab are healthy, Aviles won't start in the middle infield in Cleveland.

Aviles might get the third base job if Chisenhall faceplants, but the Tribe also has Mark Reynolds. He might get some playing time as a spare outfielder, but the Tribe also has Ryan Raburn.

He's a good ballplayer, but I wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole in a fantasy league.
   6. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: March 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM (#4397675)
opening day does not feel imminent
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 27, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4397682)
I can't believe opening day is coming up soon. For the last six weeks it's been between 30 and 45 degrees here, snowing once a week and then melting but leaving piles of snow by the side of the road. There is not a leaf on a tree or a single shoot sticking out of the ground. I don't even think we've had any rain. Either snow or nothing.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: March 27, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4397740)
Yankees claim Sam Demel off waivers. I'm confused about why they're adding marginal talent to their 40-man when they'll need to clear at least two spots this week.
   9. Der-K: Hipster doofus Posted: March 27, 2013 at 02:24 PM (#4397752)
They DFA'd Otero in the process... maybe they'll get a few guys without them lasting on the 40...
   10. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4397932)
Birthday League III Final Update:
March 2              95  60  .613 ---- 
March 5              94  60  .610  0.5 
March 14             90  64  .584  4.5 
March 9              88  66  .571  6.5
News and notes:
* I have no idea why March 2 played 155 games. That was unintentional.
* Roy Thomas (March 24) led the league with a .355 batting average. He also drew 93 walks, stole 47 bases, and led the league with a .460 OBP.
* Sam Thompson (March 5) hit .354, led the league with 54 doubles, was second in slugging (.539), third in OBP (.412), and third in RC/27 (8.9).
* The league leader in RC/27 was Willie Stargell (March 6) at 9.0, fractionally better than Thomas and Thompson. Pops hit 43 doubles (third in the league), led the league with 43 home runs, 119 RBI, 353 total bases, and a .601 SLG.
* The league leader in intentional walks was Dan Uggla (March 11). I have no idea.
* Curtis Granderson (March 16) led the league with 17 triples.
* Stolen base leaderboard: Willie Keeler (March 3) 82, Clyde Milan (March 25) 70, John Cangelosi (March 10) 68.
* March 7 shortstop The Other Keith Miller committed 67 errors in 147 appearances at SS.
* Nobody won or lost 20 games. Mort Cooper (March 2) and Monte Ward (March 3) tied for the league lead with 19 wins. Jack Armstrong (March 7) and Rube Schauer (March 19) led the league with 19 losses.
* Glenn Liebhardt Sr (March 10) led the league with a 2.44 ERA. That sounds odd in a league with Pete Alexander (February 26), Kevin Brown (March 14), and J.R. Richard (March 7), but Liebhardt was a pretty good pitcher in real life. He had a career 2.17 ERA (113 ERA+) in four deadball era seasons. He's no Alexander, Brown, Richard, or even Tom Glavine, but Liebhardt was solid.
* Jose Valverde (March 24) led the league with 32 saves.
* Tom Glavine (March 25), believe it or not, was second in the league with 276 hits allowed.

Standings, stats, box scores, and league leaders here.
   11. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4397935)
Oh, on the Uggla thing: Del Young (47 career OPS+) and Ed Fernandes (62 OPS+) hit behind Uggla all year. So it makes some sense.
   12. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 27, 2013 at 05:50 PM (#4397941)
Ha! Glenn Liebhardt Sr. Brilliant.

The absolute best Glenn Liebhardt in baseball history, surely.
   13. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: March 27, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4398009)
Yeah, Liebhardt the Younger was pretty terrible.

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