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Friday, May 30, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-30-2014

Toledo News-Bee, May 30, 1914:

Brick Owens, when umpiring an American association game at Minneapolis a couple of years ago, called a strike on Hobe Ferris.

“I swung only half way, I didn’t go over,” Ferris protested. “Yesterday I swung the same way and you called it a ball,” the player continued.

“Well,” drawled Owens, “that half you had yesterday and the half you had today makes a whole strike. Since it’s your third one, you’re out.”

Tough to argue with that logic.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 30, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brick owens, dugout, history, hobe ferris

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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 30, 2014 at 08:00 AM (#4715955)
An excellent outfield on today's Birthday Team, not to mention a pretty solid ace starter.

C: Mike Sadek
1B: Charlie Frank
2B: John Misse
3B: Rube Oldring
SS: Wally Kimmick
LF: Reggie Willits
CF: Mike Donlin
RF: Manny Ramirez

SP: Amos Rusie
SP: Al Mamaux
SP: Mike LaCoss
SP: Ed Rakow
SP: Mike Oquist
RP: Turk Lown
RP: Scott Eyre

Manager: John Felske
Umpire: Dana DeMuth

Osprey Hunter: Jae Kuk Ryu
He should give it back: Jim Steels
Baseball player or adult film star?: Twink Twining, Dixie Upright, Tony Von Fricken
   2. Dag is a salt water fish in fresh water world Posted: May 30, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4715970)
1987 5 30 Dan Lee makes great catch in Little League ball. Dates the ball & keeps it
   3. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 30, 2014 at 09:31 AM (#4715992)
*applause*
   4. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 30, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4715999)
I'm surprised to learn that Reggie Willits had a semi-competent rookie season (.293/.391/.344, 27 steals). I always considered him a poster child for how no matter how good you were at getting on base in the minors, you needed to hit for some power to have a chance of making it in the pros.
   5. boteman Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4716032)
1987 5 30 Dan Lee makes great catch in Little League ball. Dates the ball & keeps it

I thought Pedro said you have to sex up the ball, not date it???
   6. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4716039)
Hey, when you're a socially awkward 11-year-old, you want to keep anything you date.
   7. catomi01 Posted: May 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM (#4716088)
Ever since reading this story - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/sports/01cage.html?hp&_r=0 - I was always a Reggie Willits fan...he's part of the reason I have all the components of a cage sitting in my office (and why we'll eventually have a cage built in one of our empty warehouses when I eventually get around to it)
   8. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4716114)
Good story. Also NYTimes not knowing what state Pulaski is in. I wonder if the author left their coast for a weekend in Greenbriar and came back with the impression the entire region was WV.
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4716115)
dan

that's a great story

   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4716125)
Great story!

Until this moment I thought Pulaski was in Kentucky.

Apparently NONE of the towns in the Appy League are in Kentucky.
   11. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4716131)
I'd forgotten that story - thanks for linking it!
   12. Ziggy Posted: May 30, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4716219)
What do you folks think about Corey Dickerson? He's obviously not as good as he's been in his 75PA so far this year, but looking at his minor league numbers, he seems like a legitimately good hitter. Yes, he was a bit old, and playing in some friendly places, but he mashed throughout his minor league career. He's blocked by Carlos Gonzalez in LF and third on the depth chart (behind Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs) in CF, so his playing time will be limited. He looks to me, though, like he needs to be traded. I think he's too good to ride the bench, and so COL isn't getting as much value out of him as they could.
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 30, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4716253)
You know how every year, early in the season, one or more old guys will get off to a rough start and everyone will immediately declare them washed up, and then the old guy will bounce back and end up having a very good year? (Like how David Ortiz seems to do every other year?)

The Game of 5/29/84 was the last outing in the rough start for one such elder statesman; he had been coming off of his best year in '83, but pitched very badly for two months, culminating in a rather disastrous outing here. And then... well, he got better.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 30, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4716304)
The Game of 5/29/14 has two things going for it. First, the pitching matchup makes for a good hook - it's between guys who were both acquired in trades before last season with the hope of being the aces of playoff teams. One of the teams has landed the ace it hoped for, but they're not the team that's in first.

The second thing comes from the game itself. The road team had 18 at bats with runners in scoring position... which is 18 more than the home team. Despite that, the game went to extra innings. Not sure if this is P-I-able (or if any of our P-I users are hanging out in the Dugout on a Friday evening), but I would love a list of the biggest imbalances between AB with RISP in extra-inning games. (Also LOB - one team had 11, the other 1.)
   15. Born1951 Posted: May 31, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4716496)
On Wednesday afternoon, 5'7" Tim Collins faced 5'5" Jose Altuve. That's got to be one of the smallest combined pitcher-batter heights in recent years.
   16. bobm Posted: May 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4716533)
[14] By inspecting the PI list for most LOB (max in 1 game = 27), the biggest differential may be 20:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/KCA/KCA199505180.shtml
   17. bobm Posted: May 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4716536)
[15] Eddie Gaedel 3'7" vs Bob Cain 6'0" (albeit in 1951)
   18. puck Posted: May 31, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4716543)
#12 Ziggy:

Many of the "online" variety of Rockies like Dickerson, too. In the pre-season he was miscast as a center fielder due to having CarGo in left and Cuddyer in right. Cuddyer's contract is up after this year, so it's quite likely they will let him go and Dickerson will have the chance to win the job next year.

Last offseason a lot of the online fans thought they should have moved Cuddyer to 1st and given Dickerson the chance to win the RF job this season, rather than spend $7 million or whatever on Morneau. Esp. since Cuddyer appears to be a poor fielder in RF. But Morneau has made a nice comeback; I hope it continues.

Tons of Rockies have been hitting over their apparent heads early, which confuses everything.
   19. puck Posted: May 31, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4716548)
If the Rockies aren't going to do much more with payroll, should they be doing anything other than their current, seemingly passive strategy of "do your best to put fodder around CarGo and Tulo then hope everyone has a career year, or go for another 20-game win streak"?

Tulo's baseball age is 29 this year, CarGo's 28. They can't have too many prime years left and they're already famously injury-prone. (CarGo's been hampered this season by a variety of niggling issues.)

The ownership seems content with the passive strategy, as it allows them to draw 32-35,000 and sell beer. They tore down the upper deck stands in right field (which are closed for most games) and replaced it with a two-story bar. The bar has a lounge where you can sit on couches, and watch the game on tv!
   20. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 31, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4716550)
Apparently NONE of the towns in the Appy League are in Kentucky.

Yes. Paintsville used to be the smallest city represented in organized ball. But that was many years ago.

I always recommend making a trip to the Appy League if for no other reason than to recognize just how talented guys in AA are, let alone the majors.
   21. Born1951 Posted: May 31, 2014 at 02:00 PM (#4716554)
Re: Short player matchups, Albie Pearson (5'5") faced Bobby Shantz (5'6") 13 times from 1958-1960.
   22. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 31, 2014 at 02:40 PM (#4716568)
Last offseason a lot of the online fans thought they should have moved Cuddyer to 1st and given Dickerson the chance to win the RF job this season, rather than spend $7 million or whatever on Morneau. Esp. since Cuddyer appears to be a poor fielder in RF. But Morneau has made a nice comeback; I hope it continues.


The Morneau thing epitomizes to me what is wrong with the way this team is run. They bring in a once-famous character guy (and Cuddy's buddy) rather than give a kid a chance, and then at the end of the year, ownership will pat itself on the back if Morneau's 120 OPS+ contributes to an 82-win team. Bringing in LaTroy Hawkins as the closer is symptomatic of the same mentality, although that one has already blown up in their faces, rather than just being a holding pattern like Morneau. Meanwhile, they've got so many young outfielders they had to move Dexter Fowler, and still can't give Dickerson a shot.

As I've said before, the 2007 and 2009 playoff teams had nobody like Morneau in the lineup, a guy who had made his name elsewhere. It was all draftees and unproven kids they traded for. The front office apparently learned nothing from that.
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 31, 2014 at 05:00 PM (#4716623)
As I've said before, the 2007 and 2009 playoff teams had nobody like Morneau in the lineup, a guy who had made his name elsewhere. It was all draftees and unproven kids they traded for.

Yeah, but that's extremely unusual for playoff teams. The Tampa Bay model.
   24. puck Posted: May 31, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4716638)
Is there a downside to bringing up one of the AA pitchers to replace Franklin Morales in the rotation? He's just not cutting it. Might as well get the prospects in before their UCL's snap, right?
   25. Born1951 Posted: June 01, 2014 at 09:46 AM (#4716781)
If Aaron Brooks (Royals) doesn't pitch anymore this year, he will set a record since 1901 for most ER (13) given up in a season in less than 3 innings.
The 15 pitchers who gave up 9 ER or more

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