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Monday, March 05, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-5-2018

Washington Times, March 5, 1918:

The Red Sox are to share Braves Field with George Stallings’ National League club this year. Work will be started on a new clubhouse within a few days. Fenway Park, situated in the Fenway, now a handsome residence section, is today worth twice as much as it was when the American League moved there from Huntington avenue a few years ago.
...
The overhead costs of Braves Field have caused President Haughton and his associates to extend an invitation to the Red Sox to share the larger ball park.

It seems incomprehensible now that the Sox could have permanently moved to Braves Field, demolished Fenway, and sold the land.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, fenway park, history

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 05, 2018 at 10:25 AM (#5633717)
I'd like to apologize in advance to today's Birthday Team pitchers for putting Paul Konerko at third base. Sorry, you guys. I know it won't be fun.

Here's a weird thing I noticed while putting today's team together: Stolen Base Brian Hunter was born on March 5. Home Run Brian Hunter was born on March 4.

C/Manager: Del Crandall (28.51 WAR)
1B: Lu Blue (36.66 WAR)
2B: Rabbit Robinson (2.11 WAR)
3B: Paul Konerko (27.64 WAR)
SS: John Richmond (6.09 WAR)
LF: Elmer Valo (28.32 WAR)
CF: Jeffrey Hammonds (8.58 WAR)
RF: Sam Thompson (44.31 WAR)

SP: Jeff Tesreau (22.9 WAR)
SP: Erik Bedard (17.49 WAR)
SP: Ryan Franklin (11.84 WAR)
SP: Doug Bird (9.18 WAR)
SP: Steve Ontiveros (8.51 WAR)
RP: Kent Tekulve (26.29 WAR)

First baseman in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame: Katsuo Osugi
Causer of dejected sighs at the Lee household circa October 2016: Kyle Schwarber (1.1 WAR)
Fun names: Francisley Bueno, L.J. Hoes, Dave Bakenhaster, Bernie Hungling
Left-handed catcher: Mike Squires
Not that one: Kevin Brown (0.54 WAR)
The stolen base one, not the home run one: Brian Hunter (7.44 WAR)
   2. esseff Posted: March 05, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5633732)
Fun name, perhaps, but Dave Bakenhaster didn't even have the longest name on his team.
   3. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: March 05, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5633733)
I loved Kent Tekulve as a kid. I think it was because I was a nerd and he was a bespectacled sidearmer. Biggest memory of him though is giving up a walk off homer to Keith Hernandez. As a Met fan, I approved :)
   4. Brian Posted: March 05, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5633746)
Packing up our house after 27 years in it and have a lot of old baseball books: Bill James abstracts from 1983 on, Elias Annual, STATS book from that era, etc. Is this stuff worth anything? I see a few stupid asking prices online but can this stuff be easily sold?
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 05, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5633798)
Haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere around here, but Sammy Stewart has died. He pitched mostly for the Orioles from the late 1970s through the 1980s, and had a big World Series for them in 1983. After that, things were not so good:

His career ended in 1987, and off the field, his life spiraled out of control. Many who knew him said Stewart declined after his son, who had cystic fibrosis, died at age 11. Stewart was arrested dozens of times as he dealt with addiction to crack cocaine. He pawned his championship ring, was homeless and spent more than six years in prison before being released in 2013.


In his first major league appearance, in 1978, Stewart struck out seven straight White Sox. I was in elementary school at the time, and one of the other classes had an assignment to write about a relative of theirs. A kid who was Sammy Stewart's nephew wrote about what his uncle had just done. I remember reading that hung on the wall outside the classroom, and wishing I was related to a big leaguer.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:42 PM (#5633842)
C/Manager: Del Crandall (28.51 WAR)

in 1966 (his last year) Crandall was Sudden Sam's personal catcher. (Something about the old wily veteran could help tame the wild youngster). You think games move slowly now? He and McDowell had a conference after virtually every pitch
   7. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:42 PM (#5633841)
TRIVIA: (MVPs and CY YOUNGs since 1970)

This player is the only MVP and/or Cy Young
who, while ELIGIBLE for the first-year player
draft, went undrafted. He was signed
after an open tryout at a college and
received a $1,500 signing bonus.

Hint: He was a participant in a
very famous World Series game.
   8. esseff Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:43 PM (#5633845)
It seems to me there was some kind of statistical story behind Stewart winning or not winning the 1981 ERA title, but I don't recall the details.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:45 PM (#5633848)
(Something about the old wily veteran could help tame the wild youngster)

We already have a thread about baseball movies going.
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:53 PM (#5633859)
It seems to me there was some kind of statistical story behind Stewart winning or not winning the 1981 ERA title, but I don't recall the details.


Back then, for reasons unknown to me, when calculating ERA for league leader purposes, the fractional innings were rounded off to the nearest whole number. Stewart beat Steve McCatty by 0.01, but when Stewart's 112.1 IP was rounded down to 112, and McCatty's 185.2 was rounded up to 186, the positions were flipped. Dave Righetti would have won going away, but he fell short of qualifying by 1.2 IP.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5633863)
#7--Mike Marshall?
   12. Batman Posted: March 05, 2018 at 12:59 PM (#5633867)
Kevin Mitchell?
   13. Batman Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:09 PM (#5633875)
Squires snapped Sammy Stewart's seven-straight-strikeout-string. On a less alliterative note, birthday boy Squires did make an out in that PA, part of 13 straight hitters Stewart retired in that game.
   14. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:16 PM (#5633882)
Kevin Mitchell. I'm not sure what the story is with Mike Marshall.
It says the Phillies signed him as an amateur free agent in September 1960, which would have
been right out of high school. But then he went to college and started pitching in the Phillies
minor leagues in 1965. I assume it was from the start of the season because he pitched in 44 games.
I doubt if he could have gotten 44 games in after the June draft.

Some other lower-rounders were :

Keith Hernandez (42).....John Denny (29).....Smoltz (22).....Kent and Sandberg (20).....Mattingly and Saberhagen (19)
Hershiser (17).....Peavy and Canseco (15).....Parker (14).....Pujols (13).....Dawson and Drabek (11)
Brandon Webb (8).....Keuchel, Flanagan, and Pendleton (7).....Arrieta, Hentgen, L.Hoyt, R.Jones, and R.Howard (5)
C.Lee, Kluber, Stone, Bagwell, and Rickey (4).....Guidry, Cone, Vuckovich, Morneau, Caminiti, and Foster (3).
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:19 PM (#5633884)
I didn't get the right answer, but I did have fun thinking of draft-eligible MVP/CY winners who also participated in a very famous WS game. Some wrong answers: Eckersley, Kirk Gibson, Posey, Randy Johnson, Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Ricky!, Fred Lynn, Clemens etc.
   16. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5633888)
birthday boy Squires


Mike Squires. Second lowest HR/AB ratio among post deadball era firstbasemen with 1,000+ AB. 6 in 1580 AB, barely ahead of Buddy Hasset with 12 in 3517.
   17. Batman Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:25 PM (#5633889)
Mike Marshall was signed as a shortstop and played there in the minors from 1961 through 1964. His error totals his four years as a SS were 53-68-45-39. He hit pretty well, but I guess the move to pitcher worked out.
   18. Batman Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5633896)
Mike Squires. Second lowest HR/AB ratio among post deadball era firstbasemen with 1,000+ AB. 6 in 1580 AB, barely ahead of Buddy Hasset with 12 in 3517.
Squires does have the lowest ISO in that group, ahead of Tony Muser and Hasset.
   19. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 05, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5633908)
Squires make me think of Tony Muser, who when he was the KC manager, was remember as a defensive 1B. bWAR has him at -2.3 in 2779 innings. However the badness was his 142 OF innings with -3 runs in that time. He had +3 runs over his 2600+ innings at 1B.

He seemed to be a worse manager, although he had teams with some promising talent but a lot of dreck.
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 05, 2018 at 02:01 PM (#5633928)
Mike Squires was a favorite of mine as a kid. He hit like a utility infielder, but he was outstanding defensively at first, good enough to win a Gold Glove in one of the two seasons in which he came close to being a regular. The White Sox kept him around for several years strictly as a late-innings first baseman; from 1982 to 1984 he subbed in to play first base 236 times.
   21. Batman Posted: March 05, 2018 at 02:06 PM (#5633933)
Squires was one of my favorites too. Old Comiskey had a batting cage under the stands next to an area where the fans could watch. There usually weren't many fans around there though. When I was about eight, he took his turn in the cage while I was there and looked at me. That seemed like a big deal at the time.

Squires played in 143 games in 1983 and only hit 180 times. That's 135 fewer times than the next-lowest PA total for anybody who played that many games in a season. Nobody who played more than 130 games has had fewer PA. Jerry Martin had 129 PA in 130 games in 1976.

For 131+ games in a season, the second lowest number of PA is Ichiro last season.
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 05, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5633936)
I assume it was from the start of the season because he pitched in 44 games.
I doubt if he could have gotten 44 games in after the June draft.

Eh, I wouldn't put it past Mike Marshall.
   23. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: March 05, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5634131)
Sad news: Steve Moyer (formerly of Stats and Baseball Info Solutions) passed away at the age of 57.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: March 05, 2018 at 05:53 PM (#5634139)


I didn't realize there were so many of us Mike Squires fans here (I've always been partial to light-hitting lefthanded first basemen with good gloves). He not only was a catcher, but also got 14 games at third base, the White Sox trying to find a way to get his glove in the lineup.

   25. AndrewJ Posted: March 05, 2018 at 08:48 PM (#5634204)
Del Crandall was an 11-time All-Star (he played in both games in '59, '60 and '62). Plenty of post-1933 players now in Cooperstown were named to fewer.
   26. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 05, 2018 at 08:51 PM (#5634206)
the White Sox trying to find a way to get his glove in the lineup.


Now that's not a sentence you'll see very often
   27. Born1951 Posted: March 06, 2018 at 11:38 AM (#5634461)
Squires played in 143 games in 1983 and only hit 180 times. That's 135 fewer times than the next-lowest PA total for anybody who played that many games in a season.

Thanks Batman, I love that kind of stuff.

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