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Monday, June 25, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-25-2018

Christy Mathewson quoted in the Bridgeport Times, June 25, 1918:

“One time at Forbes field I was warming up near the grandstand and a fan called out to me: ‘Who’s going to pitch today, Matty?’ I answered ‘Marquard, I believe.’ Then the fan replied, ‘Why, you poor hunk of cheese, Marquard can’t pitch.’

You see, this fan called me a hunk of cheese because I had been pleasant enough to answer his question.”

Old-timey insults never fail to amuse me. And maybe it wasn’t an insult. Maybe the guy was hankering for a hunk of cheese.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 09:57 AM (#5699035)
Today's Birthday Team is shaky in the middle infield.

Second baseman Michael Tucker was really an outfielder, though he leads all players born on June 25 with three career appearances at second base. Tucker was a shortstop in college and a second baseman in his first pro season, so he'd probably be good enough to not embarrass himself out there. Shortstop Barney White had one career MLB at-bat.

C: Mike Stanley (20.91 WAR)
1B/Manager: Joe Kuhel (26.62 WAR)
2B: Michael Tucker (8.07 WAR)
3B: Aramis Ramirez (32.56 WAR)
SS: Barney White (0.01 WAR)
LF: Carlos Delgado (44.39 WAR)
CF: Don Demeter (12.87 WAR)
RF: Luke Scott (11.9 WAR)

SP: Aaron Sele (20.26 WAR)
SP: Dick Drago (19.11 WAR)
SP: Paul Maholm (11.89 WAR)
SP: Bob Shirley (9.12 WAR)
SP: Clay Kirby (7.02 WAR)
RP: Alejandro Pena (15.5 WAR)

Blass disease victim: Daniel Bard
Former minor leaguer with a fantastic name: Rusty Puffinbarger
Fun names: Memo Luna, Camp Skinner
Minor leaguer, beneficiary of nepotism: Jonathan Schuerholz
Name is one letter away from being French for "Bobby The Raspberry": Bobby LaFromboise
Team President: Harry Hempstead
   2. VCar Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:03 AM (#5699037)
Went to my first Braves game this season, and was pleasantly surprised by the stats shown on the scoreboard. FIP for pitchers, plus launch angle & velocity on batted balls.
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:18 AM (#5699040)
Today's Birthday Team is shaky in the middle infield. ... Shortstop Barney White had one career MLB at-bat.

Yeah but he accumulated 0.01 WAR in that at-bat, making him a 6-WAR player when scaled up to a full season. He'll be fine.
   4. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:20 AM (#5699041)
MYSTERY PITCHER’S NUMBERS OVER THE LAST YEAR: 20-5, 3.18 ERA, 232 Ks in 201 innings.

Who is he? Well, as a hint, I will tell you that in his 20s this guy went 30-49 with a 4.70 ERA and 390 Ks in 590 innings.
   5. crict Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:24 AM (#5699045)
J.A. Happ?
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:32 AM (#5699051)
MYSTERY PITCHER’S NUMBERS OVER THE LAST YEAR: 20-5, 3.18 ERA, 232 Ks in 201 innings.

Who is he? Well, as a hint, I will tell you that in his 20s this guy went 30-49 with a 4.70 ERA and 390 Ks in 590 innings.
Charlie Morton?

Kluber was a late bloomer, but I don't think it's him.
   7. Batman Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:34 AM (#5699053)
Barney White is one of only ten players with an at bat who had at least twice as many runs scored as at bats, so he had that going for him. Jack Morris is on that list too.
   8. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5699056)
6-Yep. Charlie freakin Morton!!

Kluber’s numbers over the last year are Pedro-esque: 23-5, 1.84, 298 Ks.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:46 AM (#5699061)
Another mystery pitcher over the past 12 months: 18-11, 2.72 ERA, 243 K in 202 IP. 7.93 H/9, 2.85 BB/9, 10.83 K/9. Veteran right-hander.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5699064)
How about this mystery infielder, past 365 days: 52 doubles, 40 homers, 21 steals.
   11. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5699066)
#10: Jose Ramirez?
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: June 25, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5699076)
Yes, Ramirez.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM (#5699110)
One player who might be an interesting addition to today's birthday team is Yuhei Takai of the Yakult Swallows. A first round draft pick in 2002, Takai was a left-handed pitcher who played for the same high school team as Yu Darvish - and was considered the team's ace. He debuted with the Swallows in 2003, but never really established himself as a pitcher in NPB, going 18-19 with a 4.96 ERA and walking 5.3 batters per 9 innings over the next seven seasons. After suffering a loss of velocity in 2008, and unable to harness his control, Takai, who had been a good hitter in school, made the decision to become an outfielder. He went down to the Japanese minors, and made his way back to Yakult as an outfielder in 2012. He had a breakout season at age 30 in 2014, hitting .316/.372/.505 with 23 HR. He's still playing regularly, although he hasn't shown that kind of power since - last year he hit .306, but with only two HR. But he's a good example of a guy who rescued his career by changing positions.
   14. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 25, 2018 at 12:05 PM (#5699114)
#9 is Trevor Bauer, by the way. Whatever he's changed since this time last year is working.
   15. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 25, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5699119)
MYSTERY PITCHER’S NUMBERS OVER THE LAST YEAR: 20-5, 3.18 ERA, 232 Ks in 201 innings.

Also, as always for Morton: 16 HBP.
   16. SandyRiver Posted: June 25, 2018 at 12:47 PM (#5699141)
Blass disease victim: Daniel Bard

His "disease" seemed to appear late in 2011, but any chance of remission disappeared the next year when Valentine (and others, I'm sure) decided to make him a starter. Bard's FB never moved all that much, but at 99 with good placement it worked quite well. Then in Sept 2011 the gun was showing 95 mph and the command was gone - too many pitches way out of the zone )9 BB in 11 IP) or down the middle. MLB hitters do just fine with straight-as-a-string 95s. As starter, Bard had several games where he did okay through 3-4 innings then got blown up the 2nd time through the order. Losing speed was important; losing confidence ended his MLB experience.
   17. PreservedFish Posted: June 25, 2018 at 01:01 PM (#5699147)
Bard's numbers in the minors became extraordinary, Dalkowskian. He appeared in 4 games for Texas' program, recorded two outs, and hit seven batters. He had three appearances for a team in Puerto Rico, recorded one out, and three HBP, four wild pitches. Wonder if he had to pay for his own ticket.
   18. PreservedFish Posted: June 25, 2018 at 01:02 PM (#5699150)
Bard's numbers in the minors became extraordinary, Dalkowskian. He appeared in 4 games for Texas' program, recorded two outs, and hit seven batters. He had three appearances for a team in Puerto Rico, recorded one out, and three HBP, four wild pitches. Wonder if he had to pay for his own flight.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 25, 2018 at 01:16 PM (#5699159)
He had three appearances for a team in Puerto Rico
...and beaned two guys on the mainland.
   20. Batman Posted: June 25, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5699239)
Bard's ERA was trending in the right direction until the Mets got him last year. It went from 189.00 to 175.50, to 24.00 to 13.50 in his previous four stops. Then one appearance for the GCL Mets and a 54.00 and he retired.
   21. Mike Webber Posted: June 25, 2018 at 03:09 PM (#5699281)
@16
Blass disease victim: Daniel Bard

His "disease" seemed to appear late in 2011, but any chance of remission disappeared the next year when Valentine (and others, I'm sure) decided to make him a starter.


This was not a Red Sox decision, it was Bard's decision. He requested to do this, and the Red Sox felt like they had to try and accommodate him.

Bard wants to be a starter - Boston Globe December 6, 2011.

They didn't try and talk him into it, they tried to make him happy.

This situation happens frequently, Wade Davis in Kansas City, is a recent example. Davis made 24 starts in 2013, with a 5.32 ERA, before they all decided that wasn't working and he went back to the pen.
   22. Nasty Nate Posted: June 25, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5699339)
Edwin Jackson is starting for the A's today. He has now tied the franchises-played-for record.

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