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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2014

Toledo News-Bee, April 16, 1914:

One of [Toledo manager] Topsy Hartsel’s recruits, “Walter Clarkson,” almost put something over on the Mud Hen manager, before the boss started to get wise to his scheme.
...
Shortly after Topsy was appointed manager of the team he received a message from a pitcher, who said his name was Walter Clarkson and that he used to captain Harvard and play with the Yankees. Hartsel, who met Clarkson once with the Yanks, immediately signed him.

When he reported, Hartsel remarked on his changed appearance. Of late Topsy and other players quizzed Clarkson on his past baseball experience. His answers were so confusing that they became suspicious.
...
On Thursday the leader received information that the real Walter Clarkson was in Massachusetts, and had been there for the past month.

He would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.

Walter Clarkson, by the way, was Dad Clarkson’s brother. I guess that makes him Uncle Clarkson.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, not the real walter clarkson, walter clarkson

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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 08:05 AM (#4686768)
Strong up the middle for the most part and a good pitching staff, but this is not a particularly good Birthday Team.

C: Babe Phelps
1B: Bob Montgomery
2B: Fernando Vina
3B: Rich Rollins
SS: Pete Suder
LF: Piggy Ward
CF: Paul Waner
RF: Frank Fernandez

SP: Jim Lonborg
SP: Left-Handed Dutch Leonard
SP: Curt Young
SP: Rick Jones
SP: The Other Jim Devlin
RP: Antonio Alfonseca

Manager: Bruce Bochy
Fun Name: Rick Grapenthin
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 09:24 AM (#4686788)
Guys, you won't believe this, but Josh Johnson may need Tommy John surgery.
   3. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 16, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4686795)
At least they were prepared. From Cot's:

if Johnson starts fewer than 7 games in 2014, club gets $4M 2015 option


   4. BDC Posted: April 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4686876)
Notes from Arlington last night (Texas 5, Seattle 0). A swift game, 2 1/2 hours! Temperatures 60s and pleasant. Cano ran hard on grounders. Fielder hit a HR; I thought he was due. Ross pitched very impressively, and Kevin Kouzmanoff provided most of the offense. He won't make anyone forget Adrian Beltre with the glove, but he's taking up some of the offensive slack. It was Choo Shirt Night and Choo made a nice running catch to end the game. And everyone wore 42, of course, which has comic-opera qualities when a guy hits a single and three 42s converge at first base. Tonight is the big game of the series, Hernandez vs. Darvish. Why do I always think Hernandez is a LHP? I've seen him many times. It somehow seems like he ought to throw left-handed. I'm an idiot.
   5. Kiko Sakata Posted: April 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4686892)
Strong up the middle for the most part and a good pitching staff, but this is not a particularly good Birthday Team.

...

1B: Bob Montgomery


Putting a guy at first base who played 21.1 career innings there and had a career OPS+ of 83 pretty much screams out "not a particularly good ... Team"
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4686898)
Fun Name: Rick Grapenthin


He actually went by "Dick" during his playing days.

-- MWE
   7. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 02:43 PM (#4687090)
He actually went by "Dick" during his playing days.
I thought so, but BBRef made me second-guess myself. That makes his name that much more fun.
   8. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4687125)
Kevin Kouzmanoff provided most of the offense. He won't make anyone forget Adrian Beltre with the glove, but he's taking up some of the offensive slack.
I've always liked Kouz. He's never going to be a star, but for crying out loud, Luis Valbuena and Trevor Plouffe are big league third basemen.

Somebody's paying Juan Uribe $6+ million to play third base. If that's where the market is, Kevin Kouzmanoff is worth no less than $750K.
   9. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4687140)
Mets outright Lannan, promote Matsuzaka. The Japanese make better deck chairs than we do.
   10. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: April 16, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4687156)
Hey! What's wrong with Mr. Plouffe? A 97 wRC+ with -10 defense at third is... well, OK, that's not great. But he's hitting .314/.426/.451. He could be this year's Josh Donaldson! (Yes, I am a fanboy.)
   11. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 16, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4687260)
Game of Tax Day, 1984. It's the fourth-best game of the year to date - but the second-best Game of the Day, because the top 3 were all on the same day (April 8, if you're curious). One team sent over 500 MLB wins to the mound (most of which had not been earned yet, but still), and they lost anyway thanks largely to an opposing player who, among other things, was caught stealing and hit into an extra-inning double play.
   12. esseff Posted: April 16, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4687265)
I haven't seen this posted or mentioned; apologies for the duplicate if it was: Hal Smith, 1932-2014.

There were two Hal Smiths who played at the same position in the same league at the same time. This Hal Smith was a two-time All-Star with the Cardinals before being forced to retire suddenly in mid-career when diagnosed with a heart problem. The other Hal Smith hit a three-run go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of World Series Game 7 in 1960 that might be better remembered had the Pirates not coughed up the lead in the ninth, setting the stage for a much more famous go-ahead homer.

To add to the confusion, the Cardinals' Hal Smith came out of retirement briefly with the Pirates, and the Pirates' Hal Smith comes from a small town not far from St. Louis.
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 16, 2014 at 07:10 PM (#4687365)
Yesterday saw a 10-9, 11-inning game that included a game-tying homer in the ninth by the best player in baseball.

The Game of the Day was better than that one, including two star pitchers who've fallen on hard-ish times, thirteen half innings in which runners were left in scoring position, and a game-winning hit by a player who was double-switched in for a recent MVP.

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