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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-8-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, March 8, 1918:

It generally is admitted that the International League awaits only the dead line, March 25, to formally disappear from the baseball scenery. The scene already is set for the obsequies and the remains will be quietly interred.

Persistent word is heard, however, of an effort, said to be backed principally by Jack Dunn, of Baltimore, and McCaffery, of Toronto, the only club owners voting to continue, to patch up a new circuit and in a way keep the old hulk going…The probable line-up of the league will be Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in the north and Newark, Baltimore, Richmond and Wilmington, Del., in the south.

Sounds like they were just kind of winging it at this point, but it worked. Dunn and McCaffery saved the International League and it’s still here 100 years later.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 08, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 08, 2018 at 07:53 AM (#5635242)
Good position players on today's Birthday Team, but it's never a good sign when the most accomplished MLB pitcher you have blew out his shoulder in his mid 20s.

I should mention that Frank Wickware is likely the best pitcher born on March 8 and I should probably have him as the ace. I'm a bit gun-shy when it comes to putting non-HOF Negro Leaguers on Birthday Teams, but I do my best to mention them when appropriate. It's an awkward needle to thread.

C: Ray Mueller (11.52 WAR)
1B: Dick Allen (58.67 WAR)
2B: Ryan Freel (8.76 WAR)
3B/Manager: Harry Lord (16.61 WAR)
SS: Ollie O'Mara (-0.82 WAR)
LF: Jim Rice (47.4 WAR)
CF: Carl Furillo (35.16 WAR)
RF: Pete Fox (13.45 WAR)

SP: Justin Thompson (12.87 WAR)
SP: Jim Bouton (7.65 WAR)
SP: Jack Bentley (6.31 WAR)
SP: Bob Grim (5.71 WAR)
SP: Bob Stoddard (5.25 WAR)
RP: Lance McCullers Sr. (5.52 WAR)

Star Negro Leagues pitcher, almost certainly the best pitcher born on March 8: Frank Wickware
Anagram: Mark Salas (2.03 WAR)
Goofball/Sad Story: Win Remmerswaal (0.07 WAR)
Name can be sung to the tune of "Hey, Macarena": Mark Lukasiewicz (-0.13 WAR)
Sidearmer, no relation to Todd, Tim, or Ernest P.: Mark Worrell (-0.79 WAR)
Weird career-ending injury: Juan Encarnacion (8.68 WAR)
Announcer: Jacques Doucet
Umpire: Lance Barksdale
Drafted by the Marlins in the 73rd round, correctly chose pro football: Hines Ward
   2. crict Posted: March 08, 2018 at 08:45 AM (#5635260)
I had forgotten about Encarnacion's injury. Not sure I should thank Dan for the reminder!

Also, I'm old. I could have sworn Encarnacion's career was much more recent than that.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5635301)
Did you mean "palindrome" for Mark Salas? I can't figure out anything that he's an anagram of.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5635305)
Karma lass.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:13 AM (#5635307)
Ska alarms!
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:19 AM (#5635314)
Ass-ram Kal.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:21 AM (#5635318)
Ass-ram Kal sounds like a character from gay Conan the Barbarian fanfic.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5635321)
Did you mean "palindrome" for Mark Salas? I can't figure out anything that he's an anagram of.

Well, it's clearly not a palindrome. It starts with M and ends with S.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5635322)
Yep, I meant palindrome. That'll teach me to put the Birthday Teams together before I consume caffeine.
   10. Batman Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:25 AM (#5635325)
Mr. Taylor: Hi, Lisa, I'm Alison's father, Professor Taylor. I've heard great things about you.
Lisa: Oh, really? I...
Mr. Taylor: Oh, don't be modest. I'm glad we have someone who can join us in our anagram game.
Alison: We take proper names and rearrange the letters to form a description of that person.
Mr. Taylor: Like, er...Oh, I don't know, uh...Rickey Henderson.
Alison: Irony: He's a redneck.
Mr. Taylor: Ho ho, very good. Alright, Lisa, um...Mark Salas.
Lisa: Uh, Mark's...alas.
Mr. Taylor: Mm hmm, well, that's...very good...for a first try. You know what? I have a ball. Perhaps you'd like to bounce it?
   11. BDC Posted: March 08, 2018 at 10:40 AM (#5635334)
Records, most times with that specific ab/r/h/bi box-score line, regular season 1908-2017:

3 1 3 1 : Eddie Murray with 7

3 2 3 1 : Harry Heilmann and Reggie Smith, 5 apiece

3 3 3 1 : Rogers Hornsby did this 4 times; Babe Ruth did it 3 times – and Willie Kamm is the only other person to have three such lines

3 4 3 1 : 46 players have done it once, most recently Edwin Encarnacion in June of last year

3 5 3 1 : done just twice: Ty Cobb and Michael Brantley
   12. Batman Posted: March 08, 2018 at 11:14 AM (#5635373)
Lonnie Chisenhall had a 5 3 5 9 line with 3 HR in Michael Brantley's 3 5 3 1 game. Danny Tartabull had the only other 5 3 5 9 game.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: March 08, 2018 at 11:18 AM (#5635376)
BDC, what do you think is the most unique ab/r/h/bi box-score line that you have uncovered?
   14. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 08, 2018 at 03:36 PM (#5635607)
Well, it's clearly not a palindrome. It starts with M and ends with S.


Notlob!
   15. BDC Posted: March 08, 2018 at 05:34 PM (#5635658)
BDC, what do you think is the most unique ab/r/h/bi box-score line that you have uncovered?

Fish, I have found several so far that have only been achieved once: 0003 (David Ortiz), 0401 (Bryce Harper), 0103 (Clyde Barnhart), 1500 (Max Carey), 1015 (Chipper Jones), 1203 (Glenn Wright) … actually too many to type here now that I look at it. Mel Ott once had a 2621 game; that's unique and also just weird.

As you can see, I'm still just finishing the 3-AB games and have a long way to go. I actually think the oddest unique lines are among those I've typed above, though. How the heck do you go 0003 in a game? (Ortiz did it with an RBI walk and two SFs, and then Tom Kelly pinch-hit for him: it was 2000 for the Twins against Boston, and Ortiz wasn't Papi yet.) Getting a lot of R or RBI in a game with hardly any AB is to my mind odder than Jim Gentile's 3229 game, which featured a couple of grand slams, a SF, a walk and a strikeout. Gentile's game is just as unique but it's easier to "explain" somehow.

I realize now that the records I am keeping of this stuff are near-useless. New strange lines appear every year, and I can't possibly update all the permutations. Meanwhile B-Ref keeps adding new years to search from (they're now back to 1908). But it's fun to do as a kind of once-through project.
   16. KJOK Posted: March 09, 2018 at 01:29 AM (#5635821)
I should mention that Frank Wickware is likely the best pitcher born on March 8 and I should probably have him as the ace.

Except that his birthdate is most likely March 18 and not March 8....

   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 09, 2018 at 09:30 AM (#5635872)
Harper's 0401 had to be that game against the Cubs a couple years ago, right?
   18. BDC Posted: March 09, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5635885)
Harper's 0401 had to be that game against the Cubs a couple years ago, right?

Against Atlanta in 2015, but yes, another day when they wouldn't pitch to him. He drew four walks in the 0401 game. The Cubs walked Harper six times the next year (and hit him once!), but his line for that day was an innocuous 0100 in seven PAs.

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