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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-14-2019

Columbus Dispatch, June 14, 1919:

The Czecho-Slovakian mission [in Paris] has been studying sports and has caught the baseball fever. The members will carry home with them a number of baseball outfits and will seek to introduce the game in the new republic.

And that’s the origin of the term “Czech swing”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 14, 2019 at 09:58 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 14, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5851896)
A pretty good pitching staff on today's Birthday Team, but not much on offense. Buffinton spent some time as a center fielder and might be a better option than Turang, though there's really no right answer between the two. Newcombe would likely be the second-best outfielder on the roster if he had spent any time out there.

It's probably not a great sign for your team when you're trying to decide whether your #1 and #2 pitchers are better outfielders than your actual outfielders.

C: Bill Fahey (2.1 WAR)
1B: Greg Brock (10.0 WAR)
2B: Ray Morgan (13.4 WAR)
3B/Manager: George Myatt (6.2 WAR)
SS: 1920s Ike Davis (0.5 WAR)
LF: Jesus Guzman (1.7 WAR)
CF: Brian Turang (-0.4 WAR)
RF: Edgar Gonzalez (0.2 WAR)

SP: Charlie Buffinton (60.7 WAR)
SP: Don Newcombe (37.6 WAR)
SP: Dick McBride (29.6 WAR)
SP: Randy Tomlin (6.3 WAR)
SP: Peter Munro (0.6 WAR)
RP: Hector Neris (5.9 WAR)

Announcer/Sportswriter: Si Burick
Ballplayer or cartoon character?: Fenton Mole
Badly Photoshopped/Once fouled a ball completely out of Busch Stadium: Mike Laga
Not that one: Bill Doran
Unsuccessfully tried to buy the Cleveland Indians: Donald Trump
Circus manager who somehow, inexplicably, became the manager of the New York Giants in 1895: Harvey Watkins
   2. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 14, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5851916)
Opening day for a few short season leagues is today.

It's always weird to me how soon that is, relative to draft day. The CWS is still going on!
   3. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 14, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5851919)
I didn't know about Watkins; thanks!
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 14, 2019 at 10:54 AM (#5851924)
Czech swing, indeed. :)
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 14, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5851926)
3B/Manager: George Myatt (6.2 WAR)

When I was young, George Myatt coached third for the Phils. My brain always hears his name as I read it as "George Myatt Coaching at Third".
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 14, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5851965)
Newcombe would likely be the second-best outfielder on the roster if he had spent any time out there.

Newcombe played 55 games in the outfield (and 27 at first base) for the Chunichi Dragons in the Japanese Central League in 1962. He hit .262/.316/.473 in 301 PA, with 12 HR and 23 doubles. That .473 SLP would have ranked third in the league, behind only Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima, if he had had enough PA to qualify. It was very much a pitcher's league - the CL hit .231/.284/.335 that season, so Newcombe's line is far better than it might first appear.
   7. Dag Nabbit at Posted: June 14, 2019 at 04:44 PM (#5852094)
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 14, 2019 at 05:12 PM (#5852111)
[7] Back when starting pitchers were real men.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: June 14, 2019 at 06:06 PM (#5852129)
45 years ago today.
Barry Raziano's only career win. Happy Barry Raziano Day, everybody.
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 15, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5852264)
Duh, I finally got Itchy Row’s name.
   11. Dag Nabbit at Posted: June 15, 2019 at 03:57 PM (#5852268)
Duh, I finally got Itchy Row’s name.

And now I do, too!

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