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Monday, April 02, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-2-2012

Mansfield Daily Shield, April 2, 1912:

A catcher on the Nationals told this story: “You can’t help but admire Cobb, because he asks no favors, but makes his game a success by his wonderful ability. Not so with [Joe] Jackson. He was around last fall begging catchers to tell him what was coming so that he could get base hits.”

Charlie, here comes the deuce.  And when you speak of me, speak well.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 02, 2012 at 05:01 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 02, 2012 at 05:04 AM (#4094548)
Ee-Yah! That's one heck of a rotation on today's Birthday Team.

C: Howard Wakefield
1B/Manager: Hughie Jennings
2B: Bobby Avila
3B: Luke Appling
SS: Denny Hocking
LF: Pete Incaviglia
CF: Reggie Smith
RF: Billy Sample

SP: Don Sutton
SP: Billy Pierce
SP: Tommy Bond
SP: Jon Lieber
SP: Ed Siever
RP: Dick Radatz
RP: Curt Leskanic

NPB Star: Marc Kroon
Hide your kids, hide your wife: Mike Kekich
You're out of your ______ mind: Cotton Pippen
   2. AndrewJ Posted: April 02, 2012 at 06:19 AM (#4094554)
Also:

Rotisserie League Baseball inventor: Daniel Okrent
   3. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 02, 2012 at 07:32 AM (#4094557)
Meanwhile, Cobb was heard muttering to a particular catcher, "How's your wife and my kids?"

I thought Daniel Okrent invented Thlingon for Star Trek: The Motion Picture?
   4. bobm Posted: April 02, 2012 at 07:57 AM (#4094562)
[1]
Hide your kids, hide your wife


These could also be newly revised lyrics to Meet The Mets.
   5. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4094567)
National Anthem singer on the all-birthday team: Marvin Gaye.
   6. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4094570)
Today also marks the 10th anniversary of Sean Burroughs' MLB debut. The ensuing decade didn't go according to plan for him, alas.
   7. Juan V Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:37 AM (#4094571)
Is this the best Birthday Team around?
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:38 AM (#4094572)

Today also marks the 10th anniversary of Sean Burroughs' MLB debut. The ensuing decade didn't go according to plan for him, alas


He did make the Twins MLB roster this week. So he has that going for him. Which is nice.
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:47 AM (#4094577)
Can somebody 'splain to me why having women who look like they are calling the male stripper over to them would entice people to check their credit score?
   10. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:50 AM (#4094579)
I think they'd need to have good credit in order to get the bank to loan them a bunch of one dollar bills.

BTW, that Burroughs story is crazy. I'd never heard that about him. I knew he had Adonis DNA, but I didn't realize how low he'd sunk while he was out of baseball.
   11. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: April 02, 2012 at 08:58 AM (#4094582)
BTW, that Burroughs story is crazy. I'd never heard that about him. I knew he had Adonis DNA, but I didn't realize how low he'd sunk while he was out of baseball.

Yeah, I didn't know about that either. Good think I emailed Geoff Young for any info on how low Burroughs sunk. He sent me a pair of links retelling the Sean Burroughs Story. Wow.
   12. donlock Posted: April 02, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4094584)
I'm sure if this story about Cobb and Jackson is true, there will be video at YouTube. Was this one of those Twitter deals? If these guys think they can get away with this sort of thing with today's media.. Guys, it's not the Stone Age, it's 1912!
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 02, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4094590)
10, that's better than any reason I could think of. :)
   14. Karl from NY Posted: April 02, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4094695)
Is this the best Birthday Team around?

January 31 is often cited as one of the best. Three HOFers in Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks, and Jackie Robinson, plus George Burns, Josh Johnson, and enough other spare parts like Yuniesky Betancourt to fill out a lineup.
   15. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 02, 2012 at 12:56 PM (#4094714)
What's the conventional wisdom on Joe Mauer's recovery from last year's injuries? Is this likely to be a chronic issue, or has whatever it was come and gone?
   16. Bob Evans Posted: April 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4094721)
National Anthem singer on the all-birthday team: Marvin Gaye.

Well, I'll be doggone.
   17. JJ1986 Posted: April 02, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4094722)
Votto and the Reds nearing an extension. Terms unknown.
   18. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: April 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4094725)
What's the conventional wisdom on Joe Mauer's recovery from last year's injuries? Is this likely to be a chronic issue, or has whatever it was come and gone?
I don't know about the CW, but the Twins must be confident because they seem to be going with Ryan Doumit as their sole back-up catcher.
   19. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 02, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4094732)
Thanks, RB. Trying to figure out whether to sell high in a keeper league.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4094790)
Just curious - who makes the spring training schedule? MLB? Who schedules those exhibition games after spring training but before opening day? The teams invite each other? Or does MLB arrange it?
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4094820)
Another extension - Matt Cain supposedly close to a 5/$110 deal with the Giants.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4094842)
5 years $127.5 million for Cain with a vesting option for 2018. Is it just me or is that a huge overpay?
   23. just plain joe Posted: April 02, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4094858)
Just curious - who makes the spring training schedule? MLB? Who schedules those exhibition games after spring training but before opening day? The teams invite each other? Or does MLB arrange it?


I am 99% certain that the teams are in charge of making their own arrangements for all of their exhibition games. That was always the practice in the past and I don't think that has changed.
   24. Eddo Posted: April 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4094875)
5 years $127.5 million for Cain with a vesting option for 2018. Is it just me or is that a huge overpay?

Sure seems that way.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4094877)
I'm listening to the Freakonomics podcast, and I'm listening to a Primate! JC Bradbury in the house.
   26. puck Posted: April 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4094893)
Rockies roster is fairly set. They're going with 11 pitchers for now: 3 starters, 8 relievers. Moyer is not on the active roster and will be called up for his start. I guess at that time they'll cut loose a reliever or one of the position players. When they need a 5th starter (April 15), they'll recall Pomerantz.

They've kept Josh Roenicke and Esmil Rogers because both are out of options. The bench: Rosario, Giambi, Nelson/Pacheco (one will start at 3rd), EY2, Herrera, Colvin

...And Troy Renck is befuddled by Matt Reynolds making the team since he's a lefty who had a reverse platoon split.
   27. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4095057)
Only of interest to prospect dorks and some White Sox fans but... holy cow! Jefferson Olacio made the Kannapolis rotation? I'm surprised they even have him in the states, as opposed to repeating the DSL.

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