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Friday, June 22, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2018

Chicago Eagle, June 22, 1918:

George Burns of the Giants is still wondering what happened to him in the last game in St. Louis. He was on second, and after Fletcher’s foul had been caught George danced about a bit as if he contemplated trying for third. When he turned around to go to second he found Center Fielder J.C. Smith there just receiving the ball. Burns was out.

I totally understand not noticing the center fielder sneaking in behind you, but how do you not see someone throwing the ball to your base?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 09:59 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 09:59 AM (#5697716)
Past the front-line talent, there's not a ton for Bryan Price to work with on today's Birthday Team. So it's a lot like the Reds.

C: Ron Hodges (6.14 WAR)
1B: Brad Hawpe (4.37 WAR)
2B: Ian Kinsler (56.14 WAR)
3B: Jake Wood (-0.34 WAR)
SS: Willie Harris (3.31 WAR)
LF: 1970s Mike Anderson (4.35 WAR)
CF: Russ Snyder (5.29 WAR)
RF: George Puccinelli (1.87 WAR)

SP: Carl Hubbell (68.37 WAR)
SP: Walt Masterson (9.6 WAR)
SP: 1970s-1980s Roy Thomas (3.11 WAR)
SP: Cesar Ramos (1.29 WAR)
SP: Kenshin Kawakami (1.00 WAR)
RP: Jason Motte (4.94 WAR)

Manager: Bryan Price
-3.73 career WAR: Faye Throneberry (-3.73 WAR)
Not that one: Jim Hunter
Milhouse Van Houten's favorite player: Esteban Yan
   2. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:03 AM (#5697720)
There is a strange fielding statistic, "Putouts as C". Catching a third strike counts as a putout, so this stat is largely a function of strikeouts. As such, 47 of the top 50 seasons are since 1993. 20 of the top 50 (and 7 of the top 10) are since 2014!

Trivia: The other 3 seasons in the top 50 are from the sixties. Including the #1 spot! Name the two catchers responsible for these three seasons.
   3. Sweatpants Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5697722)
Johnny Roseboro?
   4. Sweatpants Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:05 AM (#5697724)
Johnny Edwards?
   5. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5697739)
Randy Hundley. I don't recall the Cubs having a huge strikeout staff, but he did catch 160 games one year.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:40 AM (#5697758)
And that's it, two seasons by Johnny Edwards (with two different teams!) and one by Randy Hundley.

Leaderboards for Putouts as C: One list full of legends, one not as much

1. 14864 Ivan Rodriguez
2. 13019 Jason Kendall
3. 12839 Brad Ausmus
4. 12600 AJ Pierogi
5. 11919 Yadier Molina
6. 11785 Gary Carter
7. 11369 Carlton Fisk
8. 11260 Bob Boone
9. 11254 Brian McCann
10. 11212 Tony Peña
11. 10882 Russell Martin
12. 10844 Mike Piazza

1. 1135 Johnny Edwards (1969)
2. 1113 Yadier Molina 1113 (2016)
3. 1094 Wilson Ramos (2016)
4. 1089 Yasmani Grandal (2017)
5. 1082 Yadier Molina (2017)
6. 1069 J.T. Realmuto (2016)
7. 1065 Russell Martin (2007)
8. 1064 Yadier Molina (2015)
9. 1055 Mike Piazza (1996)
10. 1052 Yan Gomes (2014)
11. 1051 Dan Wilson (1997)
12. 1046 Martin Maldonado (2017)
   7. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 22, 2018 at 01:43 PM (#5697946)
MLB has banned signings from the Mexican League (for now) - a week and a half before the start of the international signing period. Mexico has made for a very interesting loophole for teams wanting to spend money but in the penalty for previously exceeding the pool - as only the money paid to the player counts against your pool and the team tends to take 3/4 of the money in these cases... The Cubs and Padres, in particular, have mined this source of talent in recent years...
   8. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: June 22, 2018 at 01:56 PM (#5697955)
When he turned around to go to second he found Center Fielder J.C. Smith there just receiving the ball. Burns was out.

I totally understand not noticing the center fielder sneaking in behind you, but how do you not see someone throwing the ball to your base?

I think the phrasing in the first quote is inaccurate, or perhaps the runner took his eye off the guy with the ball, looking toward third as he faked running that way.

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