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Friday, April 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 11, 1914:

The old reserve clause in the contracts of organized baseball players was held to be invalid and unenforceable in a decision handed down on Friday by Federal Judge Clarence W. Sessions denying the application of the Chicago Federal league club for an injunction to restrain Catcher William Killifer [sic] from playing with the Philadelphia National league club.

Contracts of such nature were held by Judge Sessions to be “lacking in the necessary qualities of definiteness, certainty and mutuality.”
...
Judge Sessions denied the application because he said the plaintiff knew Killifer was under a moral, if not legal, obligation to play with the Philadelphia club when it induced him to repudiate his obligation by offering him a longer term of employment and much larger compensation.

IANAL, but it appears that Sessions ruled that the reserve clause that tied Killifer the Phillies was invalid, but should be enforced anyway because the Federal League was a bunch of jerks.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bill killefer, dugout, federal league, history, reserve clause

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4684294)
Really good Birthday Team today. Even the Play-By-Play guy is good.

C: Jason Varitek
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Steve Scarsone
3B: Hank Schenz
SS: Andres Blanco
LF: Barney McCosky
CF: Sam Chapman
RF: Trot Nixon

SP: Bret Saberhagen
SP: Jim Hearn
SP: Kelvim Escobar
SP: Wally Whitehurst
SP: Bobby M. Jones
RP: Sid Monge

Play-By-Play: Jon Sciambi
Fun Names: Charlie Furbush, Ossee Schrecongost, Pop Corkhill
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 11, 2014 at 08:57 AM (#4684306)
so the brewers just finished sweeping the Phillies and outscoring them 25-10 in three games. the brewers finished their road trip thorugh boston/philly 6-0. so a good trip

a few promishing signs include:

--khris davis is hitting ok AND more importantly looking competent in left field. ron roenicke kvetches about defense so davis making all the plays and a few extra helps alleviate my concerns that the young man would get jerked out of the lineup after a few tough early weeks

--mark Reynolds so far has looked ok at the plate and the field. see above as to why this matters. Reynolds also seems to be swinging earlier in the count than I recall being his mo which I suspect is to avoid getting into 2 strike counts where he becomes pretty helpless

--tyler Thornburg is the best pitcher in the bullpen by a wide margin after a few games. his fastball is hopping and his change has flummoxed hitters. whatever he's doing he needs to keep doing and in spades

--yovani Gallardo is not missing bats. he's getting outs but not in impressively. very few swinging strikes. something to monitor

   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2014 at 09:13 AM (#4684319)
That's an excellent observation re: Mark Reynolds, Harv.

It's still early, obviously, but he's at 3.82 pitches per plate appearance instead of his usual 4.25 or so. He's swinging at the first pitch more than he ever has (46.4% of the time!) and making less contact than ever when he swings.

It really does seem that he's being less selective about what he's swinging at, and as counterintuitive as it seems, that may well be a good thing. He's got incredible power, he's never walked all that much anyway, and he has no idea what he's doing when he has two strikes on him. Might as well swing as hard as you can and see what happens.

Obligatory small sample size warnings apply.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 11, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4684328)
dan

thanks. one of the frustrating things about a ron roenicke team is that he clearly wants his guys hacking at the plate. maybe this works for Reynolds for some amount of time until pitchers adjust

I will continue to give roenicke credit for helping create an environment where carlos gomez could become more than a curiousity. gomez has flourished under roenicke's management and for all of the teeth gnashing among a good many brewer fans about his other managerial approaches this is hard to ignore. taking a guy who was a defensive replacement/late game basestealing pinchrunner and turning him into one of the best centerfielders in the national league is no small thing.
   5. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: April 11, 2014 at 02:37 PM (#4684570)
Ossee makes an excellent backup catcher. He was probably the best AL catcher in the first 10 years of its existence
   6. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 11, 2014 at 04:58 PM (#4684704)
The Game of 4/10/84 was very similar to the game of 4/9/84; both were unlikely pitcher's duels early with numerous lead swings late. The 4/10 game had a couple of bonuses, though, including both a sac bunt and a complete game that are completely foreign events 30 years later, and a moment in the sun for a nearly-retired player who was on a team that almost nobody probably remembers him playing for.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 11, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4684789)
Game of yesterday - the third best game of the year (and best so far that hasn't occurred on April 2), featuring a career day from a bit player, both teams loading the bases in key situations and failing to score, extra innings, and an infield that begs the question, "Just how many Brandons is too many?"

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