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Friday, June 20, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2014

Milwaukee Journal, June 20, 1914:

Howard McLarry, second baseman of the Louisville American association baseball team, and Miss Villa Glassman, Lincoln, Neb., were married [in Kansas City] yesterday. The bride sat in the grand stand at yesterday afternoon’s game between Kansas City and Louisville. Louisville’s victory was due largely to McLarry’s hitting. He made two home runs and one single, and was responsible for four of Louisville’s runs.

Not sure how many bonus points you get on your batting game score for getting married, but that’s a remarkable day.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 08:15 AM (#4731292)
A solid set of position players on today's Birthday Team:

C: Andy Etchebarren
1B: Kendrys Morales
2B: Jim Delahanty
3B: Billy Werber
SS: Dickie Thon
LF: Carlos Lee
RF: Rob Mackowiak

SP/CF: Win Mercer
SP: Rip Hagerman
SP: Wayland Dean
SP: Mike Grace
SP: Wally Burnette
RP: Kevin Gregg

Owner: Cum Posey
President and CEO: Paul Beeston
Manager: Ned Cuthbert
Negro Leagues Great: John Beckwith
Great nickname: Doug "Eyechart" Gwosdz
First base coach/Radio guy: Dave Nelson
   2. BDC Posted: June 20, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4731300)
Doug Gwosdz was the guy whose teams had a scary record when he started games, as I recall. When he was the starting catcher, his clubs (the 1981-84 Padres) went respectively 5-1, 4-0, 10-3, and then lost a game in May of '84 to the Cubs and he never started again in the majors. He was a .144 lifetime hitter.
   3. Canker Soriano Posted: June 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4731457)
Dave Nelson? I did hear that baseball's back, and WNYX has it.
   4. Batman Posted: June 20, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4731576)
The range of Carlos Lee and Rob Mackowiak allows the team to play without a centerfielder when Win is pitching. You could put Ned Cuthbert there or get Thon to make the Robin Yount move and put Juan Castro at short.
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 20, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4731614)
Doug Gwosdz was the guy whose teams had a scary record when he started games, as I recall. When he was the starting catcher, his clubs (the 1981-84 Padres) went respectively 5-1, 4-0, 10-3, and then lost a game in May of '84 to the Cubs and he never started again in the majors. He was a .144 lifetime hitter.


BB-ref has ERA for catchers; Gwodsz was 2.53, although I can't tell if that's just for his starts or for all of his games. My back-of-the-envelope calculation puts the Padres' ERA from 1981-1984 at about 3.60.

So it's a small sample size, but the Padres allowed about one fewer run per game when Gwodsz was catching.
   6. puck Posted: June 20, 2014 at 01:58 PM (#4731642)
He was a .144 lifetime hitter.


Wow, I had to go back and look that up. I remember him but didn't remember his average being that low or him playing that few games. I vaguely remembered that he was really good in the cERA department, too. He must have received a lot of notoriety for the "eyechart" nickname.
   7. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4731663)
He must have received a lot of notoriety for the "eyechart" nickname.


Back-to-back birthdays with Mientkewicz.
   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 20, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4731878)
The Game of 6/19/84 matched the ace of a very good team against a mid-rotation guy from a pretty bad team. The pretty bad team also wasted a chance by having an unlikely attempted steal of home fail. But they got 6 hits from their double play combo (3 each from a Hall of Famer and a franchise stalwart who was nowhere close to the Hall), and pulled it out anyway.
   9. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: June 20, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4731970)
He must have received a lot of notoriety for the "eyechart" nickname.


Shouldn't a true "eye chart" name start with an E? Like Murray "Eyechart" Efptozlped?
   10. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 20, 2014 at 07:54 PM (#4731974)
The Game of 6/19/14 featured the most exciting team of the year so far doing exciting things (as well as their opponents). There was a one-man run, a run-scoring balk, a game-tying homer in the ninth, a walkoff walk, and a star turn from a player whose career makes me feel really old all of a sudden. (The bizarre meat-related injury for which he is best-known has just passed its ninth anniversary. NINE.)
   11. Born1951 Posted: June 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM (#4732205)
In 1996, starters threw between 88 and 110 pitches 40.2% of the time. Last season that figure was 67.7%, and so far this year, it's 70.1%.
   12. bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 02:32 PM (#4732269)
[11] It seems that the pitch count data on BB REF is missing for more than 0.2% of games started for 1988-1990, and 1993-1997

% Share of MLB Games Started, segmented by starters' pitch count


Year <=87 88-110 >=111
1991 32.9   43.3  23.7 
1992 32.0   43.3  24.6 
[...]
1998 28.4   48.6  22.8 
1999 28.2   49.4  22.3
2000 26.4   48.9  24.7
2001 29.3   53.1  17.6
2002 29.1   53.8  17.1
2003 28.4   55.7  15.9
2004 26.5   57.3  16.2
2005 25.1   60.1  14.8
2006 26.5   61.3  12.1
2007 26.7   61.5  11.9
2008 25.4   63.2  11.3
2009 23.7   63.1  13.2
2010 20.4   63.1  16.4
2011 21.6   62.0  16.4
2012 25.2   63.7  11.1
2013 21.4   67.7  10.9
2014 19.5   70.1  10.4

   13. Born1951 Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4732617)
Does Baseball Reference have a player register anywhere that lists total WAR (batting and pitching combined)? I figured they surely did, but all I can find is separate listings for batting and pitching WAR. Thanks.
   14. bobm Posted: June 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4732619)
This list at BR should be the top 1000 players (pitchers and batters) listed by total career WAR, with links to similar lists for single-season leaders etc.
   15. Born1951 Posted: June 22, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4732753)

Thanks for the link bobm. I should have been more specific, was looking for total WAR for each player on a specific team, and for all players in a league. For example, Travis Wood of the Cubs has 0.6 batting WAR this season and 0.5 pitching WAR, but his 1.1 total isn't listed anywhere. Looks like can't even do that with the Play Index, batting and pitching are always separate.
   16. Swedish Chef Posted: June 22, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4732813)
Josh Byrnes have been fired, Omar Minaya is acting GM for Padres.
   17. Born1951 Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4733171)
[12] Thanks, didn't know there were that many games missing. Here are the number by year:

1988 87
1989 141
1990 341
1991 1
1992 4
1993 204
1994 166
1995 288
1996 487
1997 347
1998 8
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4733174)
He must have received a lot of notoriety for the "eyechart" nickname.
Shouldn't a true "eye chart" name start with an E?

more importantly, does anyone here remember how his name was pronounced?
   19. bobm Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4733175)
Per BR:
Doug Gwosdz \ GOO-sh \
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 22, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4733179)
yep--Goosh--it's Welsh, apparently

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