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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-3-2018

Washington Times, April 3, 1918:

Dissensions are sprouting in the ranks of Pat Moran’s Phillies. Several players complain that Colonel Baker has not spent any of the money obtained in the Alexander-Killifer deal in strengthening the team, and that they will not long remain with a minor league organization.

Pat Moran is doing the best he can with the material he has, but he refuses to talk of the future.

Moran’s future was better than the Phillies organization’s future. The manager’s contract ended after the 1918 season and he moved to Cincinnati, winning a World Series in his first season with the Reds. It wasn’t quite a typical world championship, but a ring is a ring.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:07 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:09 AM (#5647448)
A good Birthday Team today. It has a nice outfield and no glaring weaknesses.

There are more second basemen than I knew what to do with. Lansing to shortstop was easy, but there wasn't any room on the field for Quilvio Veras. If this were a real team, I think Kipnis would probably end up at third base, Veras at second, and Grammas on the bench. You could also put Kipnis in the outfield, Veras at second base, and Jay Bruce on the bench if you wanted. I think Bruce is probably a better player than Veras, but YMMV.

C: Ryan Doumit (9.2 WAR)
SP/1B: Guy Hecker (39.06 WAR)
2B: Jason Kipnis (20.2 WAR)
3B: Alex Grammas (7.27 WAR)
SS: Mike Lansing (9.81 WAR)
LF: Wally Moon (24.74 WAR)
CF: Gary Pettis (22.05 WAR)
RF: Jay Bruce (19.4 WAR)

SP: Chris Bosio (24.78 WAR)
SP: Art Ditmar (5.14 WAR)
SP: Darrell Jackson (3.15 WAR)
SP: Barry Moore (0.88 WAR)
RP: Koji Uehara (13.7 WAR)
RP: Tim Crews (3.78 WAR)

Manager: Larry Shepard
Backup 2B: Quilvio Veras (12.78 WAR)
Bonus baby: Hawk Taylor (-2.05 WAR)
Fun name: Gordie Hinkle, Gomer Hodge
That boy ain't right: Bobby Hill
   2. The Ghost of Logan Schafer Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:32 AM (#5647463)
He managed the Brewers for 2 years right before the Brewers got good in 1978. He probably would have
appreciated Larry Hisle and Paul Molitor on his teams.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5647466)
RP: Koji Uehara (13.7 WAR)
What an amazing 2013 season he had. Including playoffs, he pitched 88 innings and only allowed 40 hits and 9 BBs while striking out 117; a nifty 1.02 ERA and 0.56 WHIP.
   4. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:56 AM (#5647485)
RIP: Tim Crews (3.78 WAR)


too soon?
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 03, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5647495)
Koji Uehara is one of those players whose image is probably quite different in Japan than it is in the US. Here, he's considered a relief pitcher, and has had several very successful seasons pitching out of the bullpen. He had 32 saves in 2007 in Japan, but that was after he'd been a starter in Japan for several years, and an excellent one. He won 20 games and the Sawamura Award (Japan's equivalent of the Cy Young Award, but one for which only starting pitchers are eligible) as a rookie in 1999 for the Yomiuri Giants, and won another Sawamura in 2002 when he went 17-5. He made the Best Nine both times. He twice led the league in wins and complete games, and made the All-Star team six of his first seven seasons. He went 85-33 in his first six years as a starter, but then had two losing seasons and got hurt in spring training in 2007, and came back as a reliever, eventually posting 32 saves that year, pitching in 55 games with no starts. After one final mediocre NPB campaign that was split between starting and relieving, he came to MLB, and in his first season with the Orioles in 2009, started all 12 games in which he appeared. He hasn't started a game since.
   6. Batman Posted: April 03, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5647499)
Uehara debuted at age 34 and (if he doesn't come back) played nine years in the major leagues. Johnny Niggeling is the only other player to do that. His SABR bio says Niggeling was a converted infielder who learned the knuckleball.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: April 03, 2018 at 12:31 PM (#5647502)
Uehara is pitching for the Yomiuri Giants again this year.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 03, 2018 at 12:31 PM (#5647503)
Uehara debuted at age 34 and (if he doesn't come back) played nine years in the major leagues.


I can't see him coming back. He signed with the Yomiuri Giants (the only team for which he's pitched in Japan), and is pitching for them. At his age, it would be very unusual if he came back to MLB.

Edit: beverage of choice to Nasty Nate.
   9. BDC Posted: April 03, 2018 at 12:51 PM (#5647512)
His SABR bio says Niggeling was a converted infielder who learned the knuckleball

I guess that's what you'd call a Niggeling detail.
   10. Perry Posted: April 03, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5647656)
Interesting that Shepard and Grammas share a birthday; they were two of Sparky Anderson's main lieutenants (along with Big Klu) on the Big Red Machine coaching staffs.
   11. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 03, 2018 at 06:57 PM (#5647709)
Grammas was third base coach for Shepard when Shepard managed the Pirates in 1968-69.
   12. The Honorable Ardo Posted: April 03, 2018 at 11:18 PM (#5647807)
Random trivia question:

I just played an All-Star Game in The Show, winning 11-9 in ten innings (on a pinch-hit, three-run walk-off by Gary Sanchez). By chance, 11 of the 13 position players I'd used in the game scored exactly one run. Would that be a single-game record - most team runs with no player scoring twice?
   13. esseff Posted: April 04, 2018 at 12:44 AM (#5647814)
Bonus baby: Hawk Taylor (-2.05 WAR)


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