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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2014

Williams [Arizona] News, May 7, 1914:

[Federal League] President Gilmore declares he will claim the world’s baseball championship for the Federals if the winners of the American and National leagues refuse to meet his pennant winner.

Well, good luck with that.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:14 AM | 78 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:16 AM (#4701866)
Another clunker of a Birthday Team:

C: Brook Fordyce
1B: James Loney
2B: Al Cihocki
3B/Manager: Dick Williams
SS: Mickey Doolin
LF: Conor Jackson
CF: Steve Whitaker
RF: Gus Williams

SP: Tom Zachary
SP: Casey Patten
SP: Ed Heusser
SP: Joe Neale
SP: Al Papai
RP: Claude Raymond

Professor Frink's favorite player: John Flavin
Team Clergyman: Allan Travers
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM (#4701869)
so brewers manager ron roenicke is a bit of a slow learner

brewers reliever brandon kintzler missed two odd weeks to recover from what was deemed a minor arm issue. comes back and after a decent outing on sunday gives away the lead to the reds in about 2.5 seconds, brewers lose. so the crew has another one run lead and with a fairly rested bullpen ron has apparently decided that kintzler is the new 8th inning guy (despite all teh good work by everyone in the bullpen not named wang) and in 3 batters the lead is gone as kintzler, as was the case sunday, has nothing. the middle of hte d'backs order has professional hitters so bang, bang, bang and game over as the offense cannot generate anything late

i guess after this many years and this many managers i should be closer to no longer yammering about why managers are so compelled to wedge relievers into certain roles.

but fundamentally it just strikes me as really WEIRD.

that and this case kintzler still looks hurt. his pitches have NOTHING.

and how nobody on the brewers management team can recognize that is very alarming to me as a fan.
   3. BDC Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:27 AM (#4701870)
Mitch Moreland pitches a perfect inning! And to think that someone was opining in some thread the other day that no great hitter would ever take the mound again in the majors :)
   4. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:43 AM (#4701873)
Harv, John Axford has had some serious command issues this year. If and when he throws the ball over the plate, it often winds up being a 91 MPH belt-high fastball.

I know he had some awful stretches in Milwaukee, then figured it out and was great again...what was the problem? Was he tipping his pitches, or was it a mechanical thing? Because whatever he's doing now, it ain't working.
   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4701881)
dan

there is no pitch tipping issue. he has always battled command of his breaking stuff because he struggles to be consistent on delivery

he had a good run of a about a season and a half where everything worked. otherwise, axe has been axe. big fastball, erratic breaking stuff.

   6. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4701898)
So the Birthday Team:

* Tom Zachary is the pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927.

* Allan Travers' 1-game appearance is somewhat well-known, but still, I must admit, I was surprised when he (and that game) wound up playing a major role on the AMC television series Rubicon.

* Casey Patten's disreputable behavior wound up playing a major role in overturning the 1903 murder conviction of a young woman. Details here.
   7. Rob_Wood Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:51 AM (#4701906)

Harv, this has bedeviled fans for years. Something that can be so obvious from the stands or at home is (seemingly) totally oblivious to the manager sitting in the dugout. When a pitcher has lost it (or has nothing), I have been told, is very difficult to discern from the dugout.

I don't know why this stuck with me, but many many years ago, Mike Lupica was in the booth on Sunday night baseball. A pitcher was obviously struggling, the previous two batters rifled line drive hits to the outfield. After much consternation (maybe with a mound visit) the manager left him in the game with the game in the balance. Next batter crushes an extra base hit that essentially wins the game.

Lupica, in rare form, said "What did the manager see that caused him to think his pitcher could get that next hitter out?"
   8. Rants Mulliniks Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4701933)
Tulowitzki is hitting .608 at home so far.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4701938)
Dayton Moore is frustrated!

"I'm as frustrated as anyone," Moore told FOXSportsKansasCity.com by phone. "It's very simple why we're not winning as much as we should be -- we're getting plenty of base runners but just not driving them in.


The Royals are 13th in OBA. But if they start hitting with RISP, everything will be fixed!
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4701939)
Dugout Royalty BDC mentioned in the one-team player subthread in the Jeter thread that pitchers seem to be increasingly less likely to spend their entire career at one stop. With that in mind, can you name the Top 12 one-team starting pitchers (by BBRef WAR) who played the majority of their in the FA era?

Here are your clues. I think it's safe to say they get harder as you move down the list.

1. Sure to please at least one nutmegger.
2. A recent addition to the list, most of his black ink is in undesirable categories.
3. Starter and winning pitcher during one of five All-Star appearances.
4. With just seven seasons, owner of shortest-career in Top 12.
5. Topped all of baseball in WAR during his best campaign.
6. Led NL in complete games in back-to-back seasons.
7. Three-time 20-game winner.
8. One half of only teammate pair on this list; if the list went 13 deep, they'd have another rotation mate as well.
9. Senior Circuit strikeout leader in consecutive campaigns.
10. Solid regular season pitcher was even better in the postseason, with 1.63 ERA in six starts.
11. Pitched into 10th in his only career playoff start, but took loss.
12. Never had a plate appearance in 11-year career, but did score one run.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4701943)
4. With just seven seasons, owner of shortest-career in Top 12.

Brandon Webb? And really it was more like 6.01 seasons. What a tragedy.
   12. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4701947)
ron guidry has to be one
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4701948)
Heh, I looked up Conor Jackson to see who he was playing for. Last year he played was 2011. I had forgotten about Valley Fever -- it would seem like he never recovered, is that accurate?
   14. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4701950)
Webb it is at No. 4. Tommy in CT's mancrush is indeed No. 1.

1. Ron Guidry, 47.8, Yankees
2.
3.
4. Brandon Webb, 33.3, Diamondbacks
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
   15. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4701952)
justin verlander?
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4701957)
Mark Gubicza comes oh so close but he had a few innings at the end of his career with the Angels.

Charles Nagy and Roger Pavlik come to mind, although I don't know where they fit on your list.
   17. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4701958)
cole hamels?
   18. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4701960)

justin verlander?


I should have noted, all players are retired. I don't put anyone on a one-team list until he calls it quits.

Charles Nagy and Roger Pavlik come to mind, although I don't know where they fit on your list.


Nagy had a Gubicza-like stint with the Pads, disqualifying him. Pavlik wasn't good enough.
   19. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:32 AM (#4701961)
7. Three-time 20-game winner.
8. One half of only teammate pair on this list; if the list went 13 deep, they'd have another rotation mate as well.

Dennis Leonard and Paul Splittorff.

As always, the way I identified those guys was by first looking up Mark Gubicza, finding out he pitched for a team other than the Royals, then remembering Splittorff (the other guy with the weird name), and then being reminded of Leonard (the guy with the forgettable name).
   20. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4701963)
john lester?
   21. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4701967)
Dave Stieb for one of them?
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4701968)
Scott Garrelts? Ted Higuera?
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4701970)
Nagy had a Gubicza-like stint with the Pads, disqualifying him.

Also Stieb-like. Though we can call it "Pulling a Gooby".
   24. Randy Jones Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4701974)
Brad Radke?
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4701975)
Scott McGregor? Jim Palmer?
   26. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4701976)
Dennis Leonard and Paul Splittorff.

Yes, they're on the list. The 13th man would be Steve Busby. Well, technically Busby played exactly half his career in the post=FA era.

Higuera is also on the list. I'll let you guys determine where each fits.

Stieb had a short stint with the White Sox.
   27. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:37 AM (#4701977)
McGregor is on the list. Palmer fails the majority FA era test.

Radke is also on the list.

   28. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4701981)
Higuera is #5. McGregor is #10
   29. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4701982)
good call on radke
   30. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4701984)

Higuera is #5. McGregor is #10

Yes, Teddy led all of baseball in WAR the year Clemens won the Cy and the MVP.

1. Ron Guidry, 47.8, Yankees
2.
3.
4. Brandon Webb, 33.3, Diamondbacks
5. Teddy Higuera, 30.6, Brewers
6.
7.
8.
9.
10. Scott McGregor, 20.2, Orioles
11.
12.
   31. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4701985)
Something that can be so obvious from the stands or at home is (seemingly) totally oblivious to the manager sitting in the dugout.


I think the CF camera fro most games actually gives a great view with respect to observing whether or not a pitcher has lost it is losing it, but it's not a natural viewing angle (in person), also you have a situation with the TV camera where it's focused on the wind up and delivery, and you have a good angle to see how high the release point is and the trajectory of the ball is conveniently compressed. The pitcher's back is also to you most of the time so you are not as distracted by any facial gestures or verbalizations.

The manager is watching the pitchers and the batter and any runners, and his fielders and where they are and are they paying attention, and who is up next, and who is in the pen, and...
   32. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4701986)
Mike Norris?

9. Senior Circuit strikeout leader in consecutive campaigns.


JR Richard?
   33. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4701989)
Mario Soto or Jose Rijo for one of them?

Are we into bad enough players by the end that Rick Camp makes it?
   34. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4701990)
Mike Norris?

Not good enough.
   35. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4701992)
Richard is correct for No. 9. Soto is on the list. Rijo pitched with the Yankees and A's.

   36. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4701994)
9. Senior Circuit strikeout leader in consecutive campaigns.


Don Wilson? Or was his career before Free Agency?
   37. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4701996)
Are we into bad enough players by the end that Rick Camp makes it?


Not quite. The lowest WAR is 17.9 (and he's probably the most difficult guy to guess, I'd have to say).

Wilson was gone before FA started.
   38. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4702000)
The Royals are 13th in OBA. But if they start hitting with RISP, everything will be fixed!


and 15th in Home Runs!
\
and 9th in batting with RISP

and 2nd fewest Ks

and 2nd most sac bunts

and 1st in ground ball/flyball ratio

so they put the ball in play and put the ball on the ground- if they were any good at getting on base they'd have a boat load of GDPs.
This looks like a team that has a hitting strategy ( put the ball in play and put the ball on the ground) and is actually executing that strategy reasonably well, but it's a really bad strategy

   39. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4702002)
Bill Wegman?

2. A recent addition to the list, most of his black ink is in undesirable categories.


Carlos Zambrano?
   40. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4702003)
1. Ron Guidry, 47.8, Yankees
2.
3.
4. Brandon Webb, 33.3, Diamondbacks
5. Teddy Higuera, 30.6, Brewers
6.
7.
8.
9. J.R. Richard, 21.5, Astros
10. Scott McGregor, 20.2, Orioles
11.
12.

Soto, Radke, Leonard and Splittorff have been named but not linked to a clue.
   41. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:52 AM (#4702007)
Carlos Zambrano?


Finished with Miami.

Wegman is on the list.

   42. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:52 AM (#4702008)
Danny Espinosa has bunted for more base hits (7) than all but four teams this year.
   43. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4702016)
Radke must be #2--I'm sure he led the league in losses a bunch of times.
   44. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4702017)
Radke must be #2--I'm sure he led the league in losses a bunch of times.


Radke is 2. One season as a loss leader, two for most homers.
   45. Sweatpants Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4702018)
Is 11 Britt Burns?
   46. BDC Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4702020)
Dugout Royalty BDC

Thanks for that coronation, SoSH, but since I can't guess any of the pitchers, I ought to return to the House of Commons :)

I thought of Tom Browning, but he pitched 10 (in two senses) lousy innings for Kansas City in 1995.
   47. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4702024)
Is 11 Britt Burns?

Yes it is.

1. Ron Guidry, 47.8, Yankees
2. Brad Radke, 45.6, Twins
3.
4. Brandon Webb, 33.3, Diamondbacks
5. Teddy Higuera, 30.6, Brewers
6.
7.
8.
9. J.R. Richard, 21.5, Astros
10. Scott McGregor, 20.2, Orioles
11. Britt Burns, 18.0, White Sox
12.

Leonard, Splittorff, Soto and Wegman are also on the list. One player hasn't been named.
   48. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4702042)
From the "There's no pleasing anyone!" file:

May 3rd: Cleveland Indians purchase the contract of catcher George Kottaras from their AAA affiliate, adding him to their 25-man and 40 man-roster.
May 4th: George Kottaras goes 2-for-2, with 2HR (and a walk).
May 5th: George Kottaras sits on the bench.
May 6th: Cleveland Indians designate catcher George Kottaras for assignment, dropping him from their 25-man and 40-man roster.

That's gotta be a pretty low feeling, having an almost perfect game and STILL getting cut.
Granted, he must have known he was only a temporary replacement until Yan Gomes returned from his 3-game paternity leave, but still...
   49. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4702046)
7. Three-time 20-game winner.
8. One half of only teammate pair on this list; if the list went 13 deep, they'd have another rotation mate as well.


7 is Leonard, 8 is Splitt
   50. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:12 AM (#4702050)
1. Ron Guidry, 47.8, Yankees
2. Brad Radke, 45.6, Twins
3.
4. Brandon Webb, 33.3, Diamondbacks
5. Teddy Higuera, 30.6, Brewers
6.
7. Dennis Leonard, 26.1, Royals
8. Paul Splittorff, 22.8, Royals
9. J.R. Richard, 21.5, Astros
10. Scott McGregor, 20.2, Orioles
11. Britt Burns, 18.0, White Sox
12.
   51. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4702061)
Britt Burns? Have I ever heard of this guy before?

So #12 is worse than him. That's probably Bill Wegman. Have I ever heard of Bill Wegman before?
   52. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4702067)
Yes, Wegman is No. 12. Pitched for the Brewers between their period of good play and their entry into the NL. I thought he'd be the toughest guy to get.

I can't answer whether you've heard of either of them before, but if I'm not mistaken at one point you hadn't heard of Leonard either, so one-team pitchers from the Midwest may be the category you'll want to avoid on Jeopardy. (Edit, it wasn't you who blanked on Leonard a while back).

Soto has been named but not ID'd by clue.
   53. Sweatpants Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4702081)
Is 3 Steve Rogers and 6 Soto?
   54. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4702084)
And that finishes it off.

1. Ron Guidry, 47.8, Yankees
2. Brad Radke, 45.6, Twins
3. Steve Rogers, 45.3, Expos
4. Brandon Webb, 33.3, Diamondbacks
5. Teddy Higuera, 30.6, Brewers
6. Mario Soto, 26.9, Reds
7. Dennis Leonard, 26.1, Royals
8. Paul Splittorff, 22.8, Royals
9. J.R. Richard, 21.5, Astros
10. Scott McGregor, 20.2, Orioles
11. Britt Burns, 18.0, White Sox
12. Bill Wegman, 17.9, Brewers

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the list is the fact that Guidry is the only player from what we'd think of as a big spending, large market team.
   55. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4702086)
Is Steve Rogers after the FA cutoff?

EDIT: D'oh, too slow.


Perhaps the most interesting thing about the list is the fact that Guidry is the only player from what we'd think of as a big spending, large market team.


I think that is because the larger market teams will not tolerate mediocrity or injuries for very long, while smaller market clubs will give guys a longer leash out of necessity. Plus, a couple of those of those guys had injury issues - Leonard, Richard, Webb.
   56. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4702087)
Is Steve Rogers after the FA cutoff?


He played from 1973-1985, so the bulk of his career was in the FA era.
   57. Sweatpants Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:43 AM (#4702093)
Plus, a couple of those of those guys had injury issues - Leonard, Richard, Webb.
Britt Burns, like another White Sox one-team pitcher, was traded away to another team but never pitched for them because of a career-ending injury.
   58. just plain joe Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4702094)
The manager is watching the pitchers and the batter and any runners, and his fielders and where they are and are they paying attention, and who is up next, and who is in the pen, and...


Isn't the pitching coach usually sitting next to the manager, with the primary task of watching the pitcher on the mound? It would seem to me that would be a main function of the pitching coach, keeping tabs on the pitcher and letting the manager know when the pitcher has lost it.
   59. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4702137)
The list for relievers is pretty sad:

1. Mariano Rivera, 56.6, Yankees
2. Bob Stanley, 23.8, Red Sox
3. Rick Camp, 13.4, Braves
4. Scot Shields, 12.2, Angels
5. Jeff Zimmerman, 7.6, Rangers
6. Mark Williamson, 6.3, Orioles
7. Bob Apodaca, 5.4, Mets
8. Bill Simas, 5.2, White Sox
9. Hung-Chih Kuo, 4.7, Dodgers
10. Jeff Innis, 4.6, Mets
   60. kthejoker Posted: May 07, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4702185)
Can you do a list of top 10 one-team position players who never started more than 100 games in a season? The loyal scrubs.

Oh! And how is the baby?
   61. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4702196)
The loyal scrubs.

Robb Quinlan has to be on there. Like his pitching counterpart, Scot Shields.
   62. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4702201)
Bob Montgomery had a 10-year career as a backup catcher for the Red Sox, never starting more than 65 games in a season.

He was also the last player to come to the bat without a helmet.
   63. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4702209)
60--I have no idea how to search for that!

But I'll assume the #1 guy on the list is Otto Miller, who, though he did have one season with 104 games played in 1913, enjoyed had a 13-year career as a back-up catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and never played for anyone else.
   64. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4702211)
60: The baby definitely takes after his father.
   65. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4702215)
Mike Squires could slot in at first - 10-year career with the White Sox, often played more than 100 games in a season, but never started that many.
   66. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:30 PM (#4702228)
Garth Iorg can man an infield spot. Again, quite a few of his nine seasons in Toronto exceeded 100 games played, but he never started more than 100.
   67. puck Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4702246)
Tulowitzki is hitting .608 at home so far.


I'm not sure what's more amazing, Tulo's home numbers, or the team's home splits. Through 17 games their PA's about match up to a full season:

PA  AB   R   H  2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS  BAbip 
669 598 126 206 42  5 31 124  8  4 49  99 .344 .392 .587 .979  .365 


I suppose Tulo's are more amazing, since the 1996 team has already put up such numbers over a full season. Silly ball era, though:

PA   AB     R   H  2B 3B  HR RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip
3319 2909 658 997 189 26 149 627 118 35 298 504 .343 .408 .579 .987  .371 

   68. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4702247)
John Wathan had a ten year career and only started 100+ games once in his career.


Robb Quinlan has to be on there. Like his pitching counterpart, Scot Shields.


Not Quinlan. He played for both the Anaheim Angels and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
   69. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4702249)
BB-ref's Play Index contains "Franchises Played For" as one of the criteria you can base your search on, but it doesn't seem to work. Also, you can't include "Games Started" as one of the criteria. So this question is unanswerable.

You can look for most seasons with between 1 and 300 PA, which seems like a good proxy. But you can't also look for players with ONLY seasons like that.

Most seasons with between 1 and 300 PA, and no other seasons -- since 1901 -- non-pitchers

18 Jim Dwyer (career high: 292)
17 Tom Prince
17 Buck Martinez
15 Terry Crowley
14 Mark Sweeney
14 Todd Pratt (career high: 212)
14 Thad Bosley
14 Jerry Hairston Sr.
13 Ramon Castro
13 Rob Ducey
13 Mike Redmond
13 Mike Difelice
13 Bill Haselman
13 Mark Parent
13 Junior Ortiz

And so on. Most of these guys played for at least six teams. I think Jerry Hairston Sr. and Buck Martinez are the only ones with fewer than four.

So you would have to go WAY down the list.
   70. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4702270)
Harry Bemis would have to be a leading candidate at catcher. 9 years in Cleveland, never more than 93 games played, and wound up with 10.4 career WAR.
   71. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4702288)
I'm not sure what's more amazing, Tulo's home numbers, or the team's home splits. Through 17 games their PA's about match up to a full season:


On the other hand, the pitchers have been better at home, too. They have a 4.12 ERA at Coors, a 4.38 ERA on the road. I have no explanation for this.
   72. puck Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4702309)
On the other hand, the pitchers have been better at home, too. They have a 4.12 ERA at Coors, a 4.38 ERA on the road. I have no explanation for this.


Yeah, it's amazing. And with a lower BABIP at Coors, too. I don't know if they have a higher groundball rate at home or what.
   73. flournoy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:35 PM (#4702321)
I'm a little late here, but why were Leonard and Splittorff noted as the only teammate pair on the list? Wegman and Higuera were teammates.

EDIT: And how about Biff Pocoroba for the Loyal Scrubs team?
   74. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:38 PM (#4702324)

I'm a little late here, but why were Leonard and Splittorff noted as the only teammate pair on the list? Wegman and Higuera were teammates.


Because I'm a dumbass. I don't know why I wasn't thinking of the Brewer pair as teammates, even though their careers overlapped considerably.
   75. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:43 PM (#4702336)
EDIT: And how about Biff Pocoroba for the Loyal Scrubs team?

We try to stick to real players, not characters in Ring Lardner stories.
   76. JJ1986 Posted: May 07, 2014 at 04:12 PM (#4702474)
College pitcher Jeff Hoffman (projected #2 player in the draft before the season, though his stock has dipped) needs Tommy John surgery.
   77. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4702537)
The Game of May 6, 1984 (which, incidentally, was the second-best day of the year so far) is a nice way to highlight the team that was off to the best start that year (no points for guessing this one). They spotted a big lead to a Hall of Fame starter, like they were bored with winning and wanted to experiment with increased degree of difficulty - and still came back to win.
   78. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4702597)
Yesterday's Game of the Day is a ghost story of sorts, as a player who has recently been all but left for dead played a decisive role in a quality extra-inning contest.

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