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Monday, May 07, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2018

El Paso Herald, May 7, 1918:

Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago American league baseball club, today followed the example of president Wilson in pasturing sheep on the white house lawn, and purchased ten of the animals as assistants to his groundkeeper [sic]. It is expected the sheep will help in keeping the grass short and the example, if generally followed, may help in relieving the wool shortage.

This seems like it would be a great idea until someone makes a diving, sliding catch into some…sheep dip.

Elsewhere on the same page, the Herald reports that ‘tomorrow’ is the 40th anniversary of the first triple play in baseball history. Providence center fielder Paul Hines made a great catch on a shallow fly ball, stepped on second base, and ran to third base before the runner could get back to the bag.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 09:58 AM (#5667672)
A shaky Birthday Team today. Watch Tom Zachary, then grab yourself a daiquiri.

C: Brook Fordyce (1.82 WAR)
1B: James Loney (12.08 WAR)
2B/Manager: Dick Williams (3.47 WAR)
3B: Al Cihocki (-0.86 WAR)
SS: Mickey Doolin (13.58 WAR)
LF: Conor Jackson (2.21 WAR)
CF: Keon Broxton (2.45 WAR)
RF: Gus Williams (4.73 WAR)

SP: Tom Zachary (40.87 WAR)
SP: Casey Patten (10.46 WAR)
SP: Ed Heusser (9.62 WAR)
SP: Joe Neale (-0.13 WAR)
SP: Al Papai (-0.42 WAR)
RP: Sam Dyson (3.41 WAR)
RP: Claude Raymond (3.15 WAR)

Clubhouse chaplain/emergency pitcher: Allan Travers (-0.48 WAR)
Not that one: Mark Smith (-0.08 WAR)
Professor Frink's favorite player: John Flavin (-0.52 WAR)
   2. BDC Posted: May 07, 2018 at 10:32 AM (#5667695)
Some highly miscellaneous box-score-line records to close out the set of 3-AB appearances; soon I will move on to the 4-AB lines. Nobody's ever had any of these odd 3-for-3 days more than once (ab/r/h/bi, regular season since 1908):

3 4 3 4 : 22 batters, most recently Anthony Rizzo in 2013

3 5 3 4 : four batters, none since Pete O'Brien in 1987

3 4 3 5 : ten batters, most recently Christian Villanueva of San Diego earlier this year

3 5 3 5 : Phil Weintraub in 1944; Carlos Delgado in 1999

3 4 3 6 : six batters, most recently Dioner Navarro in 2013

3 4 3 7 : Bobby Higginson in 1997; Shane Victorino in 2013. Higginson's was his 3-HR game
   3. Born1951 Posted: May 07, 2018 at 10:55 AM (#5667708)
Domingo German's performance yesterday of exactly 6 hitless innings by a starter was the 5th such one this year, but only the 32nd since 1908, and 4 of those were shortened complete games. Here is the list:
Games
   4. Batman Posted: May 07, 2018 at 11:50 AM (#5667750)
The bb-ref boxscore for the Allan Travers game says Travers and Philadelphia pitcher Boardwalk Brown each gave up negative one earned run in the game. It also says Philadelphia starter Jack Coombs only pitched three innings but got the win. Did the five-inning requirement for starter wins come later?
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 11:52 AM (#5667751)
Did the five-inning requirement for starter wins come later?

I'm pretty sure it did - I think I've read that before - but I don't know any specifics on the rule change.
   6. eric Posted: May 07, 2018 at 12:04 PM (#5667767)
Mike Trout in his last 6 games: .545/.667/1.136, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 8 BB. His season slashes are now .336/.458/.720. His season BABIP, which was .179 after 9 games, is now up to .353. Which, given his career BABIP is .355, means he's only now about where he should be for the year. (Although, last year he was at .318 BABIP, so maybe a change in approach for more HRs?).

Anyways, I'm as skeptical and stodgy as they come, but I think there's a real chance of a 12-WAR season here. For the record, there's been exactly one 12-WAR position player season since Babe Ruth in 1927--Yaz in 1967. Rogers Hornsby also had one in 1924, and that's the complete list of players to achieve that (Ruth 3X, for completeness). Bonds topped out at 11.9 in 2001.

Obviously a lot has to go right for Trout, like continued health. But he's the right player at the right age to get there. My fingers are crossed.
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 07, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5667828)
Did the five-inning requirement for starter wins come later?


Yes. It wasn't a rule until 1950.
   8. KJOK Posted: May 07, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5667829)
Did the five-inning requirement for starter wins come later?

I'm pretty sure it did - I think I've read that before - but I don't know any specifics on the rule change.


It was the custom for the official scorer to require 5 innings, but they had discretion to award the win to the starter even if they had less than 5 innings, until 1950, when the 5 inning minimum became officially required.

   9. BDC Posted: May 07, 2018 at 01:48 PM (#5667840)
His season slashes are now .336/.458/.720

Naturally, the times I saw Mike Trout this year, he went 1-for-6 with a lone single :)
   10. Born1951 Posted: May 07, 2018 at 01:58 PM (#5667848)
According to Play Index, there were 340 games from 1908-1949 where the starter got the win while pitching less than 5 innings. Harry Courtney in this game may have been the least deserving.
   11. Batman Posted: May 07, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5667911)
Christy Mathewson pitched a scoreless first and then was relieved by Rube Marquard after the Giants scored 13 in the bottom of the first on May 13, 1911. Marquard pitched the last eight innings and struck out 14. Mathewson got the win. Saves weren't around yet, but Marquard still holds the record for strikeouts in a save.
   12. GGC Posted: May 07, 2018 at 03:09 PM (#5667935)
TRIVIA

August 21, 1987: Glenn Hoffman was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. Did he have more fielding chances with the Dodgers that year than his brother did in his entire career?
   13. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 07, 2018 at 04:49 PM (#5668039)
that's the complete list of players to achieve that (Ruth 3X, for completeness). Bonds topped out at 11.9 in 2001.


I assume you are still limiting to position players with this comment?

If not, Carlton had 12.5 in 1972.
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 07, 2018 at 04:50 PM (#5668040)
A shaky Birthday Team today. Watch Tom Zachary, then grab yourself a daiquiri.


Nice one!

I was trying to work off Malarkey the other day but could quite put a rhymelet together.
   15. eric Posted: May 07, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5668067)
I assume you are still limiting to position players with this comment?

If not, Carlton had 12.5 in 1972.


Yes, the entire comment was intended to be about position players.

12.0+ WAR seasons since 1920

1920 Pete Alexander 12.7
1921 Babe Ruth 12.5
1923 Babe Ruth 14.1*
1924 Rogers Hornsby 12.1
1927 Babe Ruth 12.4
1967 Carl Yastrzemski 12.5
1972 Steve Carlton 12.5
1985 Dwight Gooden 13.3**
1997 Roger Clemens 12.1

*Position player all-time record
**Live-ball pitcher record. His 12.2 pitching WAR that year is also the live-ball pitching record; Carlton had 12.1 his big year, Clemens 11.9

Other marks of note (11.5+):

1920 Babe Ruth 11.8
1924 Babe Ruth 11.7
1926 Babe Ruth 11.5
1927 Lou Gehrig 11.8
1968 Bob Gibson 11.9
1971 Fergie Jenkins 11.8
1991 Cal Ripken 11.5
2000 Pedro Martinez 11.7
2001 Barry Bonds 11.9
2002 Barry Bonds 11.8

That Babe Ruth fella was pretty good.
   16. Batman Posted: May 07, 2018 at 05:39 PM (#5668073)
Ruth also had a 10.4 in 1916, when he was still a pitcher.
   17. eric Posted: May 07, 2018 at 05:53 PM (#5668083)
His 12.2 pitching WAR that year is also the live-ball pitching record; Carlton had 12.1 his big year, Clemens 11.9


Also, Alexander had 12.0 his big year.

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