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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-22-2014

Milwaukee Journal, April 22, 1914:

Most of Bill Steen’s tough luck has come since he rubbed a negro hunchback bootblack’s head, trying to get lucky.
...
Among ball players there’s a superstition that the scratching of the head of a [racial slur] hunch back will bring luck. Bill and Vean Gregg were believers in that “hunch” at Pensacola in 1913, so both hunted up a crippled bootblack and rubbed his kinky head.

Instead of acquiring luck nothing has come Bill’s way since but bad fortune…Bill wants to know what to do to take the jinx off.

Well, you could stop being creepy and mean. It might not solve the problem, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:15 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bill steen, dugout, history, vean gregg

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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:18 AM (#4690890)
Only two real outfielders on today's Birthday Team. Neal Ball is a shortstop who played six games in the outfield, but there wasn't any good alternative.

C: Bob Schmidt
1B: Mickey Vernon
2B: Mickey Morandini
3B: Lew Riggs
SS: Dee Gordon
LF/Manager: Terry Francona
CF: Taylor Douthit
RF: Neal Ball

SP: Jimmy Key
SP: Moose Haas
SP: Bob Smith
SP: Ray Benge
SP: David Clyde
RP: Dave Schmidt

Owners: Carl Lindner, Nick Mileti
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:25 AM (#4690892)
with suspensions pending, logan Schafer on the dl with a bad hamstring and khris davis unable to shake off a flu bug the brewers outfield in a few days could look pretty strange.

   3. just plain joe Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:36 AM (#4690899)
Only two real outfielders on today's Birthday Team. Neal Ball is a shortstop who played six games in the outfield, but there wasn't any good alternative.


If this was my team I would be tempted to at least try Gordon in the OF and move Ball back to SS.
   4. Davo Dozier Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:24 AM (#4690934)
Reposting from the Lounge:

So, small sample size, but all of baseball on the year:

Starting Pitchers ERA: 3.82
Relief Pitchers’ ERA : 3.78

This is very odd. Last year, the gap was .42 points: Starters had a 4.01 ERA, relievers had a 3.59 ERA.

The last time starting pitchers posted a lower cumulative ERA than relief pitchers was in 1959--starters had a 3.87 ERA, relievers a 4.16; in every year since then, relievers have out-pitched the starters.

The last time the margin was as close as it is right now was 1972 (starters had a 3.27 ERA; relievers a 3.25).
   5. BDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4690977)
Davo, what was the gap last April? It strikes me that rotations are shorter in April with all the off days, so aces might be overrepresented, and the gap widen as the season goes along. But that's a WAG.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4690986)
That awful Jays 8th inning the other night probably accounts for half that reliever ERA.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4690997)
That and Jake Diekman, yes.
   8. Danny Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4691105)
Apparently, the Washington Post has a blogger, Neil Greenberg, who "analyzes advanced statistics for all sports and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd."

On first read, it appears Mr. Greenberg's knowledge of statistics and MLB is about as "advanced" as a typical Bleacher Report slideshow.

The Red Sox will miss the playoffs and here’s why
   9. flournoy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4691112)
Braves' starting ERA: 1.52
Braves' relieving ERA: 4.26
   10. bobm Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4691139)
                          
Rk         Split Year  ERA
1    April/MarGR 2013 3.68
9    April/March 2013 3.93
10   April/MarGS 2013 4.07
   11. BDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4691146)
prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd

Reminds me of Gene Hackman in The Royal Tennenbaums, preferring to be called a ########### rather than an #######.
   12. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:46 PM (#4691205)
The Red Sox will miss the playoffs and here’s why
Well, if Elias says it's true, you can take it to the bank.
   13. Davo Dozier Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4691251)
#5 -- I don't have the numbers available right now (my son is one week old today), but that explanation makes sense. Will be interesting to track, I guess.
   14. BDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:03 PM (#4691303)
my son is one week old today

Congratulations!

Now make him proud and go out and crunch some more baseball stats :)
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4691358)
The Red Sox will miss the playoffs and here’s why

BTW, where are the Pants Pissers this season? Did 3 World Series finally cure their "problem"?
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4691372)
BTW, where are the Pants Pissers this season? Did 3 World Series finally cure their "problem"?



Depends.
   17. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4691375)
BTW, where are the Pants Pissers this season? Did 3 World Series finally cure their "problem"?


It's a little early for pants pissing. Give us a late lead that starts to slip away, and the trouser soilers will be back (well, they would be if a lot hadn't jumped ship for Mikael's breakaway site).

   18. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 22, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4691446)
The game of April 21, 1984 was changed after the first one that showed up revealed a flaw in an Excel formula of mine. (HUGE points to anyone who can guess what game caused the issue without clicking first.) Once that was handled, the actual best game of the day involved a matchup between a pitcher who was starting his third consecutive GotD and one who had the only extra-base hit of his career during the game.
   19. bobm Posted: April 22, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4691507)
[5], [13] - see [10]
   20. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4691512)
Yesterday's Game of the Day features a replay-overturned transfer call that could have played a huge role, a catcher's interference play that actually played a huge role, and a whole lot of people who I had heard of but had no idea were members of their current team. (Seriously, a lot. Like almost a full lineup's worth.)

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