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Monday, April 16, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2018

New York Sun, April 16, 1918:

LOCAL BASEBALL LID COMES OFF TO-DAY

After the balmy weather of yesterday the magic words “play ball,” which will be uttered on the Polo Grounds this afternoon by Umpire Cy Rigler, will be appropriate and seasonable. On such a day as yesterday each gentle zephyr seemed to sing “play ball.”

Even the fact that each hour brings fresh developments of the world’s greatest battle, and that Uncle Sam is plunged in his greatest Liberty Loan drive cannot drown out the music of that baseball command opening a new season or prevent the thrill which the fan feels when the home pitcher squares off to let go the first pitch of an infant season.

Ah, Opening Day in the late 1910s and early 1920s. The one day when everybody’s still in the race, other than the Philadelphia teams.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:49 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:52 AM (#5654482)
Good position players on today's Birthday Team, but the pitching is a bit thin. Waner-Arenado-Phelps is a strong middle of the lineup.

C: Babe Phelps (16 WAR)
1B: Travis Shaw (7.78 WAR)
2B: Rich Rollins (11.85 WAR)
3B: Nolan Arenado (27.72 WAR)
SS: Fernando Vina (12.31 WAR)
LF: Piggy Ward (3.5 WAR)
CF: Albert Almora (2.11 WAR)
RF: Paul Waner (72.81 WAR)

SP: Left-handed Dutch Leonard (36.56 WAR)
SP: Jim Lonborg (14.35 WAR)
SP: Curt Young (4.24 WAR)
SP: Rick Jones (1.13 WAR)
SP: 1880s Jim Devlin (0.35 WAR)
RP: Antonio Alfonseca (3.65 WAR)

Manager: Bruce Bochy
Fun names: Pop Swett, Dick Grapenthin
Historian in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame: Ichiro Kimishima
Umpire: Red Jones
Writer: Mary Garber
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5654488)
On 2 consecutive days, the Rangers used their closer in a tie game on the road. Miracle of miracles: later in the games, some non-closer was able to convert the save each time!

Buck Showalter no longer recognizes the world he lives in.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM (#5654503)
I never heard of Babe Phelps. If there was a Short Career HOF, he'd be enshrined.
   4. Batman Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:48 AM (#5654511)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turns 71 today. It's hard to tell from this video, but his first pitch was the best of the 30 or so ceremonial first pitches thrown out at the Dodgers-Red Sox game at the LA Coliseum ten years ago.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:09 AM (#5654526)
RF: Paul Waner (72.81 WAR)

Is Lloyd Waner the worst HoFer?

99 OPS+, 24.1 WAR, -2.1 WAA. That's not good. Did people think they were voting for his brother?

Rick Ferrell is another guy mentioned. But 95 OPS+ (at C) 29.8 WAR, 5.9 WAA is clearly better.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:14 AM (#5654531)
Buck Showalter no longer recognizes the world he lives in.
Next thing you know, there will be an emerging consensus that there is no causal relationship between a player's having freckles and his skill level at baseball.
   7. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5654533)
I've always thought of Tommy McCarthy (102 OPS+, 16.2 WAR, 0.2 WAA) as clearly the worst HoFer, but at least he had a positive WAA.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:22 AM (#5654535)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turns 71 today. It's hard to tell from this video, but his first pitch was the best of the 30 or so ceremonial first pitches thrown out at the Dodgers-Red Sox game at the LA Coliseum ten years ago.


The skyhook looked like a pretty good pitch. I love later-in-life Kareem, showing his playful side that wasn't so obvious in his early career.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5654542)
Nolan Arenado is going to celebrate his birthday at extended spring training while he's suspended for five games. It's disappointing that he dropped his appeal, because it seems like it would have been almost automatic to reduce it to three or four games.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:37 AM (#5654543)
Manny looked awestruck during that conversation with Kareem.
   11. BDC Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:59 AM (#5654565)
Go to Amazon's author page for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for a very cool experience. In addition to books about basketball for adults and kids, and the very general kind of "let's make America better" book that you might expect a star athlete to (co-) write, Abdul-Jabbar has to his credit books about his experiences on an Indian reservation, about African-American soldiers and inventors, – and fan fiction involving Mycroft Holmes.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: April 16, 2018 at 05:27 PM (#5654811)
Kareem is a very good and thoughtful writer. He has several op-ed pieces that pop up now and then discussing US society. You may or may not agree with him -- he's fairly middle of the road in the ones I've read -- but his writing style is like his playing style, graceful sky hooks more than aggressive slam dunks. He tries to take other perspectives into consideration.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: April 16, 2018 at 05:41 PM (#5654820)
Now, submitted for your consideration ...

31-year-old reliever Richard Bleier of the Baltimore American Baseball League Club. No, I'd never heard of him either.

Mr. Bleier toiled in the minors for several years before making the majors in 2016. Over these bits of three seasons he has amassed 98 innings pitched with an ERA of 1.83 which is an ERA+ of 234. Although he is a lefty, he does not appear to be a LOOGY as it's 88 appearances for those 98 innings and not yet a season with less than at least 1 IP per appearance.

There's nothing particularly unusual about that -- we've seen lots of relievers pop up from the minors, post crazy numbers in a small sample.

What puts us into the Twilight Zone is his K-rate of 4 per 9 innings. If I read statcast correctly, his FB sits around 86-87.

Last year in particular was impressive. The ERA+ was 217 in 63 innings with a slightly lower 3.7 K/9. He even gave up 6 HR in those 63 innings.

He has given up a large number of UER, especially last year, but it's still a very handy 2.70 RA9.

Just a reminder to teach your left-handed sons (and, at that velocity, daughters) to pitch.
   14. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 16, 2018 at 06:17 PM (#5654839)
Mike Trout is exactly as old as Albert Einstein was the day the paper featuring his formula E=MC2 was published (9,749 days).

If you want to look up as-old-as items for your own life, you can do so here. The site also has a link to an app you can download so you can get any/all matches sent to your smartphone.
   15. stanmvp48 Posted: April 16, 2018 at 07:04 PM (#5654859)
I just realized Bochy was below 500 as a manager in the regular season
   16. PreservedFish Posted: April 16, 2018 at 08:50 PM (#5654915)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... fan fiction involving Mycroft Holmes


Tell me you've read this.
   17. BDC Posted: April 16, 2018 at 08:57 PM (#5654920)
Hah, no, I haven’t gotten to Kareem’s Mycroft novel.
   18. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:05 PM (#5654924)
Just a reminder to teach your left-handed sons (and, at that velocity, daughters) to pitch.


Probably the #1 reason there are no left handed catchers. If you are a lefty, and can throw well enough to be a catcher, they make you a pitcher.
   19. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 17, 2018 at 03:56 AM (#5655063)
Baseball star Barry Bonds is exactly as old as Jackie Robinson was the day he died (19,625 days).


Holy #### is this depressing.
   20. Walt Davis Posted: April 17, 2018 at 04:00 AM (#5655064)
Mike Trout is exactly as old as Albert Einstein was the day the paper featuring his formula E=MC2 was published (9,749 days).

Einstein's PAR took a huge jump that day but you still have to take Trout ages 19-26 over Einstein at the same ages.

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