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Friday, March 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-9-2018

Bridgeport Times, March 9, 1918:

BASEBALL BAT IS 59 YEARS OLD TODAY

On March 9, 1859, at a meeting of the fathers of baseball held in New York, it was declared that the bat should be made of wood, and have a diameter not to exceed two inches and a half and a length not greater than 42 inches.
...
The early rule that the bat should be made “of wood” wasn’t binding enough in the early days of professionalism for some of the players sneaked in bats into which holes had been made and filled with lead.

It would blow their minds to learn that 100 years later, people would be filling bats with cork instead of lead.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 09, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 09, 2018 at 09:55 AM (#5635897)
Good Birthday Team today. The left side of the infield is terrific.

C: Benito Santiago (27.17 WAR)
1B: Aaron Boone (13.46 WAR)
2B: Willy Aybar (2.74 WAR)
3B: Arky Vaughan (72.93 WAR)
SS: Bert Campaneris (52.95 WAR)
LF/Manager: Billy Southworth (21 WAR)
CF: Jim Landis (20.57 WAR)
RF: Jackie Jensen (27.78 WAR)

SP: Ron Kline (16.39 WAR)
SP: Lefty Williams (12.41 WAR)
SP: Terry Mulholland (11.31 WAR)
SP: John Curtis (8.22 WAR)
SP: Daniel Hudson (4.6 WAR)
RP: Craig Stammen (6.1 WAR)

General Manager: Phil Seghi
Fun names: Vince Horsman, Shooty Babitt, Rolla Mapel, George Daisy, Iron Davis, Myril Hoag
   2. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 10:22 AM (#5635919)
So sad about Arky. What a great player.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: March 09, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5635927)

So sad about Arky.


Did he die again?
   4. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 10:42 AM (#5635943)
Vaughan retired at 31 after leading the league in runs and Jensen retired at 32 after leading in RBI. They both had some success in brief comebacks. Baseball retired Lefty Williams at 27 after a 22-14 year. He didn't have a comeback.
   5. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: March 09, 2018 at 10:44 AM (#5635944)
wrong place to kvetch about this but: the ba site design has broken links, made searches non-functional, and my subscriber login no longer works. big sad face...
   6. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5635955)
Yes, Arky died again. It's the weirdest thing. Didn't people use life preservers back then? Especially since his friend couldn't swim?
   7. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 11:06 AM (#5635963)
It's like they said in It's a Wonderful Life, "Every time a bell rings, Arky Vaughan dies."
   8. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 11:37 AM (#5636004)
I was wondering why he was named "Arky". His biography on Baseball Reference said that, after his family moved to California, the
kids called him "Arky" because he had come from Arkansas. Wow, kids were really clever back then.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: March 09, 2018 at 12:21 PM (#5636032)
kids called him "Arky" because he had come from Arkansas. Wow, kids were really clever back then.


OTOH, today we'd just call him JoVa.

   10. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5636084)
Arky had a nephew (nicknamed "Sparky" because he'd moved to Texas from Compton) who played for the Astros for a couple of weeks when he was 19. He was one of eight teenagers who played for the 1963 Astros. Joe Morgan debuted for them that year too, two days after he turned 20.
   11. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 01:56 PM (#5636116)
John Paciorek had his famous one-game career. Brock Davis finished his career with my Brewers in 1972, hitting
.318 as a part-timer. He had 47 singles and only 2 doubles. That has to be close to a record in the live-ball era
for someone with that many ABs, doesn't it?
   12. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 09, 2018 at 02:24 PM (#5636143)
Vaughan came back in 1947, just in time to see Jackie Robinson break in. Robinson later praised him as being kind to the rookie. I've wondered if Vaughan's return was directly connected to Durocher's suspension. That didn't happen till April, but his lifestyle was a media circus through the whole 1946-47 offseason.
   13. SandyRiver Posted: March 09, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5636165)
Jensen was terrified of flying, which likely had something to do with his stepping away.
   14. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5636166)
Brock Davis finished his career with my Brewers in 1972, hitting
.318 as a part-timer. He had 47 singles and only 2 doubles. That has to be close to a record in the live-ball era
for someone with that many ABs, doesn't it?
It's pretty close to the record for most hits with two or fewer extra base hits. The only two with more were Juan Pierre (60 singles and two doubles) in 2000 and Brett Butler (50 singles and two doubles) in 1982. Willie Bloomquist is fourth with 45 singles and one double, ten years ago.

Pierre managed to hit .310 and slug .320 while playing most of his games in Colorado that year. He hit .343 and slugged .352 at home. The Rockies as a team hit .334 and slugged .538 that year and their opponents hit .303 and slugged .512 in Colorado.
   15. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 03:11 PM (#5636173)
Thanks for the info. I always wondered why his career ended after hitting .318. I know 1972 was a real down year for offense.
   16. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 03:14 PM (#5636175)
I guess he just didn't get another chance. He did play in the minor leagues through 1975.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2018 at 03:44 PM (#5636200)
Yeah, given Lou Brock was one of my favorite non-Cubs when I was 10ish and I'm a Davis, I just assumed Brock Davis was gonna be a star. Looked good on a baseball card as I recall.

And looking at his b-r page, seems he was another one of those 1963 Astro teenagers.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2018 at 03:57 PM (#5636210)
Brock Davis for his career had about 1.18 TB per hit. In the expansion era, min 300 PA, a TB/H <= 1.2 produces 63 players ... including another one of my childhood fave obscure Cubs, Gene Hiser. The most recent one was, naturally, Cub Tony Campana. Or Emmanuel Burris who lasted until 2016. And how can we forget the great Norris Hooper?

A kid to keep your eye on -- Magneuris Sierra has started out with 19 singles in 60 AB.

EDIT: I should mention that Maury Wills is easily the best post-expansion player to fit the profile.
   19. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 09, 2018 at 04:21 PM (#5636223)
But there is a CURRENT player who has almost equalled Tony Campana's accomplishment, in over 7 times as many PA.

Ben Revere has 1.205 TB per hit. This compares to 1.350 for noted slugger Billy Hamilton. And Ben Revere is now on the Reds, apparently.

Ben Revere's first major-league home run was in the 1466th AB of his career. His third was a year later pinch-hitting against Max Scherzer.
   20. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 05:03 PM (#5636247)
Ichiro could get his TB/H over 1.3 if he wanted to. He's at 1.29 now.

   21. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 05:06 PM (#5636248)
Tim Johnson started 125 games at SS as a rookie for my Brewers in 1973. He started 46 more times in 1974, but a new rookie started
102 times. The new guy had a better career. Anyways, Tim Johnson had 1,269 major league AB without a HR. I distinctly remember
(when the streak was long enough to be a thing) him hitting one high and deep against the Twins, but Steve Braun (I think?)
pulled it back in. Timmy J.,while managing the Blue Jays, achieved infamy by lying about being in Vietnam.
   22. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 05:11 PM (#5636250)
The only post-WWII player with more PA than Tim Johnson and no career HR is a Hall of Famer. Somewhere, Johnson is telling that to his Vietnam war buddies.
   23. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 05:23 PM (#5636255)
It must be a pitcher, but which one? Hmmmmm.....
   24. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 09, 2018 at 05:54 PM (#5636269)
It must be a pitcher, but which one? Hmmmmm.....

My first thought was the right one. The quintessential compiling HoF pitcher.
   25. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 09, 2018 at 06:20 PM (#5636278)
Without looking, it must be Don Sutton. A hero to any Brewer fan.
   26. Batman Posted: March 09, 2018 at 06:28 PM (#5636282)
Yeah, Sutton, Tim Johnson's contemporary. Well, he was the contemporary of about three generations of players who had Johnson-like careers. Johnson debuted in Sutton's eighth year and then Sutton pitched another nine years after Johnson's seven-year career ended.

There are other post-war pitchers with more plate appearances, but they all hit at least one homer.
   27. Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2018 at 09:14 PM (#5636322)
third was a year later pinch-hitting against Max Scherzer.

Reminds me of a DMB season I ran once in which Pedro twice lost on Luis Castillo 9th inning HRs.

#20 ... that one's actually true, but he would have had to retire all the way back in 2009!

Impressive in its way that, for the last 8 years, he's managed to keep it incredibly steady between 1.29 and 1.30.
   28. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 10, 2018 at 05:51 PM (#5636492)
Yes, Arky died again. It's the weirdest thing. Didn't people use life preservers back then? Especially since his friend couldn't swim?


How does a guy nicknamed Arky drown?

That's like if Cool Papa Bell died of heat prostration, or if Crime Dog should die of feline leukemia, or the Big Hurt dying of natural causes.
   29. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: March 11, 2018 at 12:19 PM (#5636601)
Maybe one of the elephants pushed him off.

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