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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-5-2013

El Paso Herald, March 5, 1913:

John Kling, baseball catcher, today mailed a letter to president Herrmann, of the Cincinnati National league baseball club…Kling in the letter, admitted he signed a contract, but insisted he did it with a distinct understanding that the contract would not be binding unless Kling’s local business partner agreed to his leaving [Kansas City]. This, Kling stated, his partner refused to do and thus the contract never became effective.

Kling eventually did report to the Reds and had a pretty good year, hitting .273/.318/.364 (95 OPS+) in 80 games as Tommy Clarke’s backup. It was Kling’s final season in pro baseball.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 06:03 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, johnny kling

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   1. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 06:11 AM (#4380856)
Really good top-to-bottom Birthday Team, apart from a shaky infield.

If you're feeling really adventurous, you could move Konerko to third base and play OBP machine Lu Blue at first. But that'd probably be really crazy.

C/Manager: Del Crandall
1B: Paul Konerko
2B: Rabbit Robinson
3B: Don Savage
SS: John Richmond
LF: Elmer Valo
CF: Jeffrey Hammonds
RF: Sam Thompson

SP: Jeff Tesreau
SP: Erik Bedard
SP: Steve Ontiveros
SP: Ryan Franklin
SP: Virgil Barnes
RP: Kent Tekulve
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 05, 2013 at 09:32 AM (#4380957)
Historical item up at THT notes that today is also the 40th anniversary of the news breaking of the Peterson-Kekich wife swap.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 09:59 AM (#4380987)
A poster at Royals Review attended a Q&A with the CEO of MLBAM, and apparently the blackout restrictions during FOX broadcasts are being lifted in 2014. Hooray!
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: March 05, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4381046)
Almost as common to spring training as best-shape-of-his-life stories are players being arrested for DUI. Red Sox minor-leaguer Drake Britton was supposedly driving 110 mph in a pickup at 4:45 in the morning while drunk over the weekend.

http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/9018223/2013-spring-training-drake-britton-boston-red-sox-prospect-arrested-dui-charge
   5. salvomania Posted: March 05, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4381078)
One of today's birthday boys, Mike MacDougal, holds an obscure major league pitching record, albeit one that can be gleaned from scanning his bb-ref player page....

   6. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 11:47 AM (#4381083)
Red Sox minor-leaguer Drake Britton was supposedly driving 110 mph in a pickup at 4:45 in the morning while drunk over the weekend.
That seems like exactly the sort of thing that would portend unemployment for a soon-to-be 24-year-old who was drafted in the 23rd round and who's 8-25, 5.50 across A+ and AA ball since '11.

I'm kind of surprised they didn't release him on the spot.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: March 05, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4381085)
I'm kind of surprised they didn't release him on the spot.


They did at least immediately demote him.
   8. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 11:50 AM (#4381087)
Mike MacDougal, holds an obscure major league pitching record
Most career saves by a guy whose middle name is Meiklejohn?
   9. salvomania Posted: March 05, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4381094)
Most career saves by a guy whose middle name is Meiklejohn?


Probably, but that's not the one that I noticed.
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4381110)
[5] Is it something to do with him starting his first 3 games ever and then pitching 404 games in relief?
   11. salvomania Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:28 PM (#4381130)
Is it something to do with him starting his first 3 games ever and then pitching 404 games in relief?


That's not what I was looking at. But his pitching mostly in relief definitely affected his ability to set this record.
   12. esseff Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:29 PM (#4381134)
Kling eventually did report to the Reds and had a pretty good year, hitting .273/.318/.364 (95 OPS+) in 80 games as Tommy Clarke’s backup. It was Kling’s final season in pro baseball.


He did, however, hold out for the entire 1909 season.
   13. AndrewJ Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:31 PM (#4381138)
Mike MacDougal, holds an obscure major league pitching record


Most MLB seasons with the same W-L record?
   14. kthejoker Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4381154)
Most game appearances without a plate appearance?

EDIT: He's 15th all-time. #1 pitched 786 games primarily for Detroit, Oakland, and Baltimore.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:46 PM (#4381166)
Most wild pitches for a reliever?


EDIT: He's 15th all-time. #1 pitched 786 games primarily for Detroit, Oakland, and Baltimore.


Wedsel Groom?
   16. salvomania Posted: March 05, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4381180)
Most MLB seasons with the same W-L record?


This is getting warmer, but it's not what I had in mind.

I wouldn't be surprised if he does hold this record, though, because he had the same won-loss record five times in his career, which seems pretty tough to beat. But I have no idea how to look up something like that.

He does tie a bunch of others, however, for most seasons (again, 5) in which his record was exactly .500, but that's not exactly what I was looking for, either.
   17. JJ1986 Posted: March 05, 2013 at 01:09 PM (#4381194)
Longest career with exactly 0 WAR?
   18. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 05, 2013 at 01:14 PM (#4381200)
Highest GF-SV total? (I'd think lots of old timers could beat that)
   19. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: March 05, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4381213)
This is getting warmer, but it's not what I had in mind.


Is it most 1-loss seasons? Or 1-win?
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: March 05, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4381215)
Only pitcher to have 3 different 20-save seasons that were neither preceded or followed by another 20-save season?
   21. Der-K is really digging the new Tame Impala album. Posted: March 05, 2013 at 01:33 PM (#4381225)
Britton was BA's #11 prospect for the Red Sox - they're not releasing him.

Posted yesterday, but Marlins prospect LHP Charlie Lowell was arrested for alledgedly choking his girlfriend in a domestic dispute.
   22. kthejoker Posted: March 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4381242)
It was indeed Buddy Groom at #1, followed by Bob Stanley, Mike Fetters, Chad Bradford, and strangely, Tippy Martinez, who played a lot longer than I remembered.
   23. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4381336)
Britton was BA's #11 prospect for the Red Sox - they're not releasing him.
Yowza. That either says something about the Sox farm system, BA, or both. Given his age and inability to get people out above A ball, what in the world is his major league ceiling? LOOGY?

From what I've read, he throws a fastball in the low 90s and doesn't have a MLB-ready breaking ball. It's sort of weird to me that a low draft pick who's about to turn 24 and doesn't appear to be close to the majors would have any value other than organizational filler.
   24. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4381342)
He not only had a DUI, but he

eluded police in pursuit by swerving between vehicles before leaving the road and driving down an incline and eventually knocking over a barbed-wire fence. Police said Britton then tried to drive through a wooded area.
   25. salvomania Posted: March 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4381344)
Is it most 1-loss seasons?


That is what I was looking for; not too exciting, but Mike MacDougal is the only pitcher to ever have exactly one loss in seven different seasons.

Or 1-win?

Only two pitchers (Jay Witasik, Shawn Hill) have more exactly-1-win seasons than does MacDougal, who has five.

Only pitcher to have 3 different 20-save seasons that were neither preceded or followed by another 20-save season?


I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case as well.

   26. Nasty Nate Posted: March 05, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4381400)
From what I've read, he throws a fastball in the low 90s and doesn't have a MLB-ready breaking ball. It's sort of weird to me that a low draft pick who's about to turn 24 and doesn't appear to be close to the majors would have any value other than organizational filler.


I don't dispute your overall point, but I think he throws in the high 90's, not low 90's.
   27. puck Posted: March 05, 2013 at 05:52 PM (#4381523)
A poster at Royals Review attended a Q&A with the CEO of MLBAM, and apparently the blackout restrictions during FOX broadcasts are being lifted in 2014. Hooray!

Interesting post. Interesting that he gave out revenue numbers--$650 million for MLBAM as a whole, $250 million from "content subscriptions."
   28. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4381539)
FWIW, I've seen a bunch of articles that say Britton's fastball sits around 92. Last June in the Bangor Daily News:
His fastball is consistently in the 92-93 mph range.
From SoxProspects.com:
Four-seam fastball sits 92-94 mph and tops out at 95 mph, showing good downward life and hop when on top of the ball.
I've never actually seen the kid pitch, so I have no idea. That's just what I've read.

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