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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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

Toledo News-Bee, April 4, 1912:

Some athletes get up on the water wagon before they fall off, but Tubby Spencer slips back while scrambling up the sides. He was pinched and thrown into a Louisville booby hatch Wednesday for trying to dry up the distilleries.

Pittsburgh Press, April 4, 1912:

Tubby Spencer just doesn’t seem to get along. Louisville now declares that it is through with him.

Spencer, you may recall, was arrested in February 1912 for diving through a window into a restaurant because he was hungry (and presumably drunk).

Tubby apparently worked his way out of the Louisville doghouse, as he hit .194 in 31 games in 1912. Somehow he found himself in the PCL in 1913, where he hit .127. For reasons that are utterly beyond me, Spencer made it back to the big leagues in 1916 (after hitting .182 in 24 games in the Virginia League!) and was a semi-regular with the 1917-18 Detroit Tigers.

I’m not going to say Tubby’s millionaire father was paying teams to carry Spencer.  I’ll just say the guy was an awful hitter, all kinds of trouble, and a drunk, and somehow he had a 20+ year career in the high minors/major leagues.  I’m getting a mental image of a baseballing Gob Bluth.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: April 04, 2012 at 05:34 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: April 04, 2012 at 05:38 AM (#4096262)
Today's Birthday Team has a pitching staff that's every bit as terrible as the position players are good. Maybe Casey Daigle can somehow get his wife to join the team.

C/Manager: Gil Hodges
1B: Mike Epstein
2B: Tommy Herr
3B: Scott Rolen
SS: Jim Fregosi
LF: Joe Vosmik
CF: Tris Speaker
RF: John Hummel

SP: Eddie Watt
SP: Willie Ramsdell
SP: Carlos Reyes
SP: Bill Upham
SP: Matt Wagner
RP: 1950s Frank Smith

Failed prospects: Brad Komminsk, Casey Daigle
Commissioner: Bart Giamatti

Feel free to let Jim Fregosi manage the team instead of Hodges. Wondering aloud: Is there any other day on which two different World Series-winning managers were born?
   2. Gamingboy Posted: April 04, 2012 at 06:27 AM (#4096269)
Hope the game chatter for tonight is up in time. Otherwise I'll have to submit one and hope for the best.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 04, 2012 at 08:15 AM (#4096298)
for trying to dry up the distilleries

God, I love the 1912 writing style.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4096384)
NORTH AMERICAN BASEBALL STARTS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   5. Greg Franklin Posted: April 04, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4096487)
Apropos to #4, can't forget the boxed maxim in the News-Bee:
There are all sorts of spring harbingers, but to our notion a sore pitching arm and the odor of linament [sic] are the most conclusive evidences.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4096791)
Rangers sign P Aaron Heilman

A's trade OF Cedric Hunter to the Cards for a PTBNL

Brewers claim P Josh Stinson from the Mets

Indians release OF Felix Pie, DFA OF Thomas Neal
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4096835)
Yankees acquire C Chris Stewart from Giants for P George Kontos

Cubs claim IF Luis Valbuena from the Jays
   8. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: April 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4096857)
Rangers sign P Aaron Heilman
Heilman is going to be 33, and has basically been lousy for the last four years. On a related note, I remember when he was a topic of hot debate around here. On a further related note, I appear to be aging at a hideously quick rate. Argh.

EDIT: Also, people were thinner back then. These days, someone who is 5'10", 215 (BMI: 30.8) is practicaly malnourished as Americans go.
   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 04, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4096860)
Indians release OF Felix Pie, DFA OF Thomas Neal


Thomas Neal: another example of what happens when you rely on Cal League stats too heavily in evaluating a player (see: Brandon Wood). There's potentially a cautionary tale here for the Brandon Belt fan club.

-- MWE
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4096872)
Heilman is going to be 33, and has basically been lousy for the last four years. On a related note, I remember when he was a topic of hot debate around here. On a further related note, I appear to be aging at a hideously quick rate. Argh.

EDIT: Also, people were thinner back then. These days, someone who is 5'10", 215 (BMI: 30.8) is practicaly malnourished as Americans go.


We also tied an onion to our belt, which was the style at the time.
   11. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: April 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4096931)
NORTH AMERICAN BASEBALL STARTS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do you have against Mexico?

I don't remember Neal ever being that loved, am I wrong?
I presume the Pie release was at his request - iirc, he had an opt-out.
   12. JJ1986 Posted: April 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4096932)
What happened to Rule 5 players this year:

HOU: Rhiner Cruz - made the team
MIN: Terry Doyle - returned
SEA: Lucas Luetge - made the team
BAL: Ryan Flaherty - made the team
NYY: Cesar Cabral - will be DL'd
CHC: Lendy Castillo - made the team
PIT: Gustavo Nunez - 60-day DL
ATL: Robert Fish - 15-day DL
STL: Erik Komatsu - made the team
HOU: Marwin Gonzalez - made the team
ARI: Brett Lorin - traded for and outrighted by AZ
NYY: Brad Meyers - will be DL'd
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM (#4096981)
I don't remember Neal ever being that loved, am I wrong?


BA put him into their top 100 before 2010, and #4 overall for SF behind Posey, Bumgarner, and Wheeler, based almost entirely on his 1.010 OPS at San Jose in 2009. He wasn't even in the top 10 a year earlier, and most of the guys he passed were in the organization in both years.

-- MWE
   14. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: April 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4097012)
13 - thanks mike - i totally don't remember that (clearly).
   15. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: April 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM (#4097221)
Torii Hunter, via Twitter:

My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20 minutes later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew guns on me. They didn't believe I lived here in Newport coast so they walked me upstairs at gunpoint to get my ID. When I showed him my ID, he said "I'm an Angel fan hope you guys have a great season." ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! LOL.


   16. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: April 04, 2012 at 09:04 PM (#4097308)
NORTH AMERICAN BASEBALL STARTS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

interestingly, so did domestic Indian cricket

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