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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2014

Hugh Fullerton via Toledo News-Bee, April 17, 1914:

Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the man who soaked Standard Oil $29,000,000 for violating the balk rule, has been named to decide the most important part of the baseball war.

Whether or not they know it, Judge Landis is the most eminently qualified man in the world to decide any question that may arise in the damage suit that has been brought by the Philadelphia National league team against the Federal league leaders.

Fortunately for the question of prejudice being raised against him, Judge Landis never has declared himself as to the Federal league, and he is both an American and a National league fan.

Oh, sure, totally. Landis can’t possibly be prejudiced in favor of the existing major leagues because…he’s a fan of the existing major leagues? I guess? Right?

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:17 AM (#4687562)
Nice infield on today's Birthday Team.

C: Gary Bennett
1B: Jake Daubert
2B: Jed Lowrie
3B/Manager: Cap Anson
SS: Solly Hemus
LF: Ryan Raburn
CF: Marquis Grissom
RF: Denny Walling

SP: Charlie Ferguson
SP: Jersey Bakley
SP: Scott Perry
SP: Bob Osborn
SP: Charlie Jaeger
RP: Lefty Smoll

Owner: Emil Fuchs
Writer of Rules: Alexander Cartwright
Team Ventriloquist: Señor Wences
   2. Walt Davis Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:04 AM (#4687582)
soaked Standard Oil $29,000,000 for violating the balk rule

That was one tough kangaroo court.
   3. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4687587)
Notes from Arlington last night (Texas 3, Seattle 2). I was hoping for a great pitchers' duel between Hernandez and Darvish, and was disappointed early on when Darvish didn't seem to have it and fell behind 2-0. Then it really did become a duel, the innings went on, Hernandez was untouchable, and I got colder and colder and more restless … and then the Rangers got into the Seattle bullpen and pulled off one of those baseball-movie comebacks you sometimes see in real life. Leonys Martin was the hero with key hits in both the 8th and 9th, but it was a real team effort by a cast of journeymen, with the tying and winning runs scored by Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mitch Moreland. Alliterative journeymen at that.

Today's game features lesser-known pitchers Erasmo Ramirez (clearly named by Renaissance Humanist parents) and Tanner Scheppers. No single game is crucial, but it's a chance for the Rangers to win a series against a division rival and actually stay above .500 for once this season, so it'll be a small test of whether they'll be better than mediocre this year.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4687589)
the man who soaked Standard Oil $29,000,000 for violating the balk rule
That's one of those things that you know they're going to stop calling after about a month.
   5. Hack Wilson Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4687615)
the man who soaked Standard Oil $29,000,000 for violating the balk rule


Overturned on an appeal. Cowboy Joe West's Grandpop made the call.
   6. Rob_Wood Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4687625)

BDC, you forgot to mention the Mariners shortstop made one of the worst plays I have ever seen leading by a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Rangers deserve credit for coming back, but Mariners had to be gutted they lost that game. The esteemed Harold Reynolds said, when the cameras were showing the Rangers celebrating on the field, that the Mariners are in the clubhouse breaking things,
   7. kthejoker Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4687706)
TIL the Astros have a minor leaguer named Kike Hernandez. Which, uhh ... what?
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4687717)
"Quique" is a nickname for Enrique, i.e. this guy. They REALLY should stick to the spelling with the Q's in it.
   9. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4687785)
Nice infield on today's Birthday Team.
...
1B: Jake Daubert

Anybody know why or how Daubert became a triples-hitting monster in 1918, at age 34?

1910-1917, triples/162: 9
1918-1924, triples/162: 17

Some of it might be moving to Redland Field (if it was an extreme triples park, I dunno) but the trend started when he hit 15 in just 108 games his last season in Brooklyn.
   10. esseff Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4687835)
Trouble already on the birthday team. Cap Anson won't play if Grissom is on the team, and Hemus says Grissom can be on the team but shouldn't be in the lineup.
   11. Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4687911)
Dammit. I asked about Anson, but Señor Wences assured me s'alright.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4687984)
Uh oh.
According to WDIV, the woman alleges she woke up unclothed in bed with the man, Evan, at Motor City Casino and there was "evidence on the bed sheets that she had been assaulted." She then allegedly went to take a shower when the man -- at the time she didn't know his identity -- engaged in forceful sexual conduct with her and told her to leave, according to the report.

The woman, who later identified "Evan" as 28-year-old Evan Reed of the Detroit Tigers, submitted to a rape kit exam March 30 and, after a conversation with her ex-husband in which she explained the scenario and he told her, "you've been raped," went to police on April 2, WDIV reported.
   13. esseff Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4687996)
Is this true or Wikipedia mischief on Dev Hynes' wiki page: "The Blood Orange song 'Always Let You Down' was written about the New York Mets"?
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:04 PM (#4688104)
The Game of April 16, 1984 is arguably the best game in the career of a very long-tenured pitcher (31st all-time in starts made), but not exactly in the way you'd think. Also, there's a ninth-inning comeback despite a highly bizarre double switch.
   15. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:43 PM (#4688171)
The A's and Angels were at it again yesterday, with LA mounting its second straight ninth-inning game-tying rally, then winning on a walkoff in the twelfth.

And again, they weren't the best game of the day. Three words: Position player pitching. (Some more words can also be used, like "game-tying rally in the eleventh inning" and "26 combined runners left on," but such words are superfluous in the fact of position player pitching.)

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