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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2014

Pittsburgh Press, April 29, 1914:

Branch Rickey, manager of the St. Louis Browns, has started something that may result in Sunday base ball being killed in Missouri.

When Rickey signed his contract he stipulated that the owners of the club could not compel him to manager the team on Sunday. This they agreed to.

Rickey gave a lecture yesterday morning at a Sunday school and in the afternoon he did not lead his club against the Tigers. Jimmy Austin was in charge.

The attitude taken by Rickey toward Sunday ball has caused the country people to gaze towards the lid. If Sunday base ball is too bad for a major league manager what must it be for the people who attend? That’s what Missourian church folks want to know.

Rickey never did attend a ballgame on a Sunday. In Rickey’s obituary, the New York Times reported that Burt Shotton usually managed in Rickey’s place on Sundays.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:57 AM (#4696409)
That's one heck of a defensive middle infield on today's Birthday Team:

C: Kelly Shoppach
1B: J.R. Phillips
2B: Rick Burleson
3B: Ed Charles
SS: Luis Aparicio
LF: Frank Hankinson
CF: Shag Thompson
RF: John Vander Wal

SP: Noodles Hahn
SP: Sterling Hitchcock
SP: Bob McClure
SP: Mickey McDermott
SP: Tony Armas Jr.
RP: Rafael Betancourt

Manager: Ron Washington
Umpire: John Shulock
The Next Knuckler: Josh Booty
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 29, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4696459)
Another big night for Troy Tulowitzki last night: A homer, two doubles, two walks in the Rockies 8-5 win over Arizona. He's now hitting .366/.476/.720, leading the league in both OBP and slugging.
   3. BDC Posted: April 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM (#4696579)
After last night's game in Arlington, only three major-leaguers have ever played more games at third base than Adrian Beltre (Robinson, Nettles, and Gaetti).
   4. BDC Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4696645)
one heck of a defensive middle infield

Ed Charles was a very good third baseman, too. He's best known as a Miracle Met, but he was a solid pro ballplayer stuck behind Eddie Mathews in the Braves' organization for many years when they were at their peak in the late 50s. (One of the strongest arguments for free agency was that it would distribute talent better by breaking up "stockpiles" of talent – that it would actually lead to more parity!)

When the 1962 expansion opened up more ML jobs, Charles held one down very creditably for the next several years, well into his 30s, with the A's and the Mets. One of a few ballplayers known as a poet (Dan Quisenberry was another). Happy 81st birthday!
   5. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4696661)
One of a few ballplayers known as a poet (Dan Quisenberry was another).


What is Miguel Batista, Miss Iowa?
   6. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 29, 2014 at 05:16 PM (#4696987)
The Game of April 28, 1984 was not quite as good as the one of April 27, but it was better than any others that have happened so far in '84. Along with 13 innings and two last-moment rallies, it featured a starting pitcher who would much later go on to win a Cy Young award out of the bullpen (no, not that one), a pretty good leadoff hitter establishing a career high in steals despite not leading off, and another excellent pitcher joining Mark Langston, Jose Rijo, and Jimmy Key in the weirdly prestigious "my second major league appearance came during a Game of the Day in 1984" club.
   7. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: April 29, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4697009)
After last night's game in Arlington, only three major-leaguers have ever played more games at third base than Adrian Beltre (Robinson, Nettles, and Gaetti).


Seriously? Of course you are. Why would you lie?

Still, a bit of a shock. He'll almost certainly pass Gaetti, but what are the chances he surpasses Robinson?
   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:02 PM (#4697052)
Yesterday's Game of the Day lasted twelve innings, which is a good start. One of the teams involved had its cleanup man hit by pitches in consecutive plate appearances, the second of which knocked him out of the game. As a result, they had to play someone out of position, and that guy made a key error. And... they largely won the game because of all of this.

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