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Friday, April 05, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-5-2013

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 5, 1913:

Alleged dissensions between Manager John Evers and members of the Chicago National League baseball club came to a head…when Trainer Semmons presented his resignation in the form of a blow to the manager’s jaw.
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The fight started when Evers asked Semmens if he had ordered the team to report for practice this afternoon. The trainer replied that he gave such instructions when instructed to do so by the manager. At this Evers lost his temper and is said to have applied foul language to the trainer and the latter replied with his fist.
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Semmons left the squad at the railway station. He said Manager Tinker wanted him at Cincinnati and that he would sign a contract to train that team.

The best way to get Joe Tinker to give you a job: Punch Johnny Evers.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 05, 2013 at 06:41 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, joe tinker, johnny evers

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   1. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 05, 2013 at 06:44 AM (#4405016)
There's not a whole lot to work with on today's Birthday Team.

C: Jimmie Schaffer
1B: Ross Gload
2B: Rennie Stennett
3B: Ian Stewart
SS: Ron Hansen
LF: Lastings Milledge
CF: Ed Andrews
RF: Wid Conroy

SP: Bill Dinneen
SP: Jorge De La Rosa
SP: Sugar Cain
SP: Ryan Drese
SP: Brandon Backe
RP: Cris Carpenter

GM: Andy MacPhail
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 05, 2013 at 07:45 AM (#4405022)
Don't know all the names but I'm guessing Big Bill Dinneen had the best World Series performance of anyone on this team.
   3. BochysFingers Posted: April 05, 2013 at 08:41 AM (#4405047)
"Sugar" is such an obvious choice for a player with the surname "Cain" to be given. But I'm not about to call Matt that.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 05, 2013 at 08:50 AM (#4405051)
[3], Raisin' could work.
   5. BDC Posted: April 05, 2013 at 08:51 AM (#4405052)
I'm not about to call Matt that

How about "Raisin"?
   6. Der-K is at half whelm. Posted: April 05, 2013 at 09:10 AM (#4405065)
Or "Raising".
Ummm, Novo? Hurrah?
   7. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: April 05, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4405102)
Baseball history item at THT notes that today is the 20th anniversary of the first Rockies & Marlins games.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 10:20 AM (#4405106)
Astros acquire P Travis Blackley from Oakland for OF Jake Goebbert.
   9. puck Posted: April 05, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4405189)
Who is supposed to be starting at 1B for the Brewers? Corey Hart? Is he out for as long as Gamel?
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4405212)

Who is supposed to be starting at 1B for the Brewers?


Alex Gonzalez.

No, its no longer April 1 anymore.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 05, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4405230)
What happened to Betancourt? Say what you will about him, for example that he should be making less than the major league minimum salary, and that he sucks, but he is probably a better first baseman than Alex Gonzalez.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4405335)
Brian Roberts is the new Nick Johnson. Out 2-4 weeks.
   13. Curse of the Andino Posted: April 05, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4405427)
Brian Roberts is the new Nick Johnson.


This...
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 05, 2013 at 05:51 PM (#4405680)
Game of the day (yesterday): Blue Jays 10, Indians 8.

Mark Buehrle struck out the first two Indians he faced. This was pretty much the high water mark for pitching in this game.

Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher followed the two strikeouts with back-to-back doubles, putting Cleveland on the board. In the bottom of the first, Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk from Brett Myers, and Jose Bautista vaulted the Jays into the lead with a two-run homer. After a silent second inning from the Indian hitters, JP Arencibia extended Toronto's advantage with a solo shot. Buehrle hit Michael Bourn with a pitch in the third, but stranded him; Myers settled down to retire the Jays in order in the bottom of the inning, and back-to-back homers from Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds in the top of the fourth tied the game at 3.

The next two half-innings were scoreless, though the Indians started the top of the fifth with two on and nobody out. In the bottom of the inning, Toronto appeared to be mounting a small-ball rally, as Reyes singled and stole second and Melky Cabrera walked behind him. Edwin Encarnacion put that notion to rest, however, with a two-out, three-run homer, the game's fifth longball in as many innings.

The hitters still weren't done. Buehrle started the top of the sixth by walking Swisher and plunking Michael Brantley. Santana then hit a ground-rule double to bring in one run, and after Reynolds popped up, Lonnie Chisenhall doubled as well, tying the game at 6 and driving Buehrle from the mound. Steve Delabar allowed a single to Bourn, but maintained the tie score.

It wasn't tied for long. Myers, still pitching for whatever inconceivable reason, served up Arencibia's second homer of the game to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Cody Allen replaced him, but didn't improve much on his performance; Colby Rasmus added a homer of his own with one out, and Emilio Bonifacio followed that with a double and would later score on an error. Allen proceeded to load the bases with two outs before finally retiring Adam Lind to end the inning.

Aaron Loup came on for the seventh; he induced two groundouts but also allowed two singles before being relieved by Esmil Rogers. Reynolds greeted Rogers with an RBI single before Chisenhall fanned to leave two runners on. In the bottom of the inning, Matt Albers erased an Asdrubal Cabrera error by coaxing a double play from Mark DeRosa. The top of the eighth saw Darren Oliver allow back-to-back two-out doubles to the Cleveland double-play combination of Cabrera and Kipnis, bringing them within a run; he then walked Swisher and permitted a Brantley single to load the bases before Santana grounded out to strand the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.

The bottom of the eighth saw Toronto score again to give the game its final margin. Albers walked Reyes and Melky, and Bautista then hit into a force at second... with Reyes scoring from second on the play. I can't find the highlight on MLB.com; the clips from this game are pretty much all home runs, which is understandable since there were seven of them. But can anyone shed some light on what happened here?

Anyway, Casey Janssen set the Indians down in order in the ninth, bringing the game to an end in comparatively tame fashion and leaving it with only half as many rallies to tie as yesterday's best game. Still, three comebacks and an excellent failed attempt at a fourth, and a septet of home runs? That's quite an entertaining effort.

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