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Friday, May 09, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2014

Milwaukee Journal, May 9, 1914:

Canal zone baseball fans have awakened to the horrors of war. The aforesaid horrors hit them in their tenderest spot and they will not be slow to forget.
...
For four days recently there was not a score of any sort received. In halls where matinees are given and other places where the returns are posted fans waited in vain for the service, but no bulletins came.
...
The wires were loaded down with war news, matter from correspondents at the front and exchange of official advices between Washington, Vera Cruz, and other points. Talk is heard of possible suits against the cable company for failing to supply the contracted service.

“No baseball scores? You’ll be hearing from my lawyer.”

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:19 AM (#4703243)
A Hall of Fame outfielder, one of the top sluggers of the 21st century, and a fragile pitching staff headline today's Birthday Team:

C: Tommy Clarke
1B: Prince Fielder
2B: Jerry Buchek
3B: Ron Jackson
SS/Manager: Billy Jurges
LF: Chase Headley
CF: Tony Gwynn Sr.
RF: Floyd Robinson

SP: Brandon Webb
SP: Aaron Harang
SP: John Stuper
SP: Gus Krock
SP: Joe Borden
RP: Buck O'Brien

Bench OF/1B/depressing story: Dan Thomas
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:39 AM (#4703246)
what the h8ll is wrong with that padre kid, jedd gyorko? i saw him last year and he looked like something

i see he’s hitting .148 or some such. they are up too late for me to leverage my mlbtv

what’s the scoop here? is he just lost at the plate? just horrendous bad luck? didn’t tell anyone he lost an eye this offseason?
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:41 AM (#4703248)
so is justin morneau having a career resurgence? given cuddyer's turnaround is colorado where former twins go to pick up the pieces and be good again?
   4. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:44 AM (#4703251)
Gyorko's got a newborn child in intensive care. Maybe that's not 100% of the problem, but I can imagine that it's not easy for him to completely concentrate on his job.
   5. just plain joe Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:46 AM (#4703253)
Deleted, because #4 is a better answer and is without the snark.
   6. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 09, 2014 at 08:54 AM (#4703255)
dan

of course that has to be it. completely understandable

thank you

and best wishes to the gyorko clan
   7. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4703337)
Has anyone noticed that the Marlins are in first?
   8. Davo Dozier Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4703341)
#7--Sure have! Love all their pitching. Wouldn't be surprised at all for them to be playing meaningful games late into September.
   9. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4703345)

Has anyone noticed that the Marlins are in first?


Joey noted the possibility yesterday, but his noticing may not get noticed by everyone else.

Weird start to the season. The AL is as tightly bunched as I can remember (12 of 15 teams have between 15 and 18 wins). And the NL's divisions, which looked like it had clear favorites (or perhaps co-favorites in the NL East) before the season started, is being led by none of them.

Oh, and the NL may finally be ready to reverse the AL's decade-long interleague gap (though their edge has been cut to just 31-30).
   10. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4703354)
Joey noted the possibility yesterday, but his noticing may not get noticed by everyone else.

I didn't see that for obvious reasons, but now I'm horrified that we're on the same wavelength. I need to think seriously about the choices I've made in life.
   11. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 09, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4703358)
And Jose Fernandez...oh boy.
   12. Danny Posted: May 09, 2014 at 11:19 AM (#4703408)
Jose Fernandez's last 25 starts: 167 innings, 97 H, 49 BB, 200 SO, 6 HR, 1.56 ERA, 67% strikes, .464 OPS against
   13. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 09, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4703416)
97 hits and 6 HRs in 167 innings is unreal.
   14. Steve N Posted: May 09, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4703434)
I notice Billy Jurges at short. Pretty good player. The best NL defensive SS in the 30s and had occasional decent years at the bat.
   15. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 09, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4703449)
Jose Fernandez's last 25 starts: 167 innings, 97 H, 49 BB, 200 SO, 6 HR, 1.56 ERA, 67% strikes, .464 OPS against



Over that same time frame, he's allowing a .166 batting average against, or .50 points below his own BA.

   16. Davo Dozier Posted: May 09, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4703462)
Batters against Jose Fernandez, after falling behind 0 and 2:

.063/.073/.090, 117 Ks/2 Walks in 192 plate appearances
   17. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 09, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4703525)
I could watch Fernandez's curveball all day. That's frighteningly good.
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4703548)
And Jose Fernandez...oh boy.


Sigh. I just hope Dr. Andrews does a good job on him when the time comes.
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:35 PM (#4703570)
Has anyone noticed that the Marlins are in first?


I think it was Morosi who picked them as a Wild Card on XM Radio at the start of the season. I laughed and the hosts gently mocked him but everything that has played out so far for them was basically what I remember him saying would happen.
   20. Curse of the Andino Posted: May 09, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4703611)
Sigh. I just hope Dr. Andrews does a good job on him when the time comes.


That won't happen 'til after the Marlins win another series and trade him and Stanton for prospects/salary relief.

So... next year?
   21. esseff Posted: May 09, 2014 at 04:15 PM (#4703677)
Joey Butler called up. How's his defense?
   22. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 09, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4703704)
The Game of May 8, 1984 was not just the Game of May 8, 1984. It was almost certainly the Game of the Year, and is on the short list (and maybe at the top) for the Game of Regular Season Baseball All Time. I'm reluctant to try summarizing it beyond that, but it includes three Hall of Fame pitchers, one of whom does something in this game that he never did in the rest of his lengthy career, and a large number of career highs and lows set by non-Hall of Fame players... yeah, it's a really good game. Really.
   23. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 09, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4703735)
The Game of May 8, 2014 was not quite as good as the one from 30 years ago, but it does feature a starting pitcher who was perfect through 4.2 and hit his first career homer, only to end up with a no decision because his entire lineup hits like a backup catcher.
   24. AndrewJ Posted: May 09, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4703764)
I notice Billy Jurges at short. Pretty good player. The best NL defensive SS in the 30s and had occasional decent years at the bat.

And almost nobody remembers that he was shot by a crazy lady in a Chicago hotel room 17 years before Eddie Waitkus.

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