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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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

Toledo News-Bee, June 6, 1918:

Babe Ruth was again a herculean clouter on Wednesday, but his super-hitting failed to bring victory to the Red Sox, who were downed by the Indians.

Babe, for the fourth time in as many days, hit for four bases.

As I said yesterday, Wally Pipp led the American League with nine home runs the previous season. Ruth hit four dingers in four days.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2018 at 12:51 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5687011)
A bunch of good infielders on today's Birthday Team. I'd really rather use Anthony Rendon than Dave Bergman at first, but Rendon has never played at the initial sack. The starting rotation is less impressive: Jim Devlin, a guy (Carl Willey) who relieved almost as often as he started, and three relief pitchers.

This would be a really good team if they could trade some of that infield depth for starting pitching.

C: Bill Dickey (55.84 WAR)
1B: Dave Bergman (6.68 WAR)
2B/Manager: Bud Harrelson (20.3 WAR)
3B: Mark Ellis (33.61 WAR)
SS: Ed McKean (38.73 WAR)
LF: Wild Bill Wright (0 WAR, Negro Leagues star)
CF: Bill Lange (22.96 WAR)
RF: Merv Rettenmund (19.98 WAR)

SP: 1870s Jim Devlin (32.91 WAR)
SP: Jeremy Affeldt (9.82 WAR)
SP: Matt Belisle (8.1 WAR)
SP: Carl Willey (6.53 WAR)
SP: Junichi Tazawa (2.17 WAR)
RP: Joe Pate (3.62 WAR)

Bench infielder: Anthony Rendon (17.17 WAR)
Bench infielder: Tony Graffanino (15.09 WAR)
26th Man: Steve Fireovid (0.84 WAR)
Spare pitcher/Spare bat: Brooks Kieschnick (1.38 WAR)
Writer: Dan Daniel
   2. BDC Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5687021)
Today's box-score-line records are still 1-for-4s, with a couple of minor trivia opportunities in bold. Most times with the precise ab/r/h/bi line since 1908, regular season:

4 2 1 2 : a left-handed NL slugger of the 1950s, nine times

4 3 1 2 : a different left-handed NL slugger of the 1950s, twice

4 4 1 2 : just six men have done this once; Tommy Pham did it last September

4 2 1 3 : ten players, four times each: most recent are Jeff Bagwell and Matt Williams

4 2 1 4 : Lou Gehrig did this three times

4 2 1 5 : seven batters have done it once; most recently, Sammy Sosa in 2001

4 2 1 6 : achieved only once. The batter was Ellis Kinder, starting and winning CG pitcher for the Red Sox against Chicago on 6 August 1950, against Billy Pierce. Kinder began his day flying out to CF. Next time up, he hit a grand slam HR. His third AB came with the bases again loaded. He hit into a 64 forceout and both lead runners scored; Kinder then came around to score on a single by Dom DiMaggio. Last time up, Kinder popped out to 2B.

   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:17 PM (#5687033)
I will always remember Carlton Willey as the pride of Cherryfield, Maine.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:19 PM (#5687036)
4 2 1 2 : a left-handed NL slugger of the 1950s, nine times


Del Ennis?

4 3 1 2 : a different left-handed NL slugger of the 1950s, twice


Del Ennis?
   5. BDC Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5687043)
Wait, Del Ennis can't be different from Del Ennis. And Del Ennis batted right-handed :)
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:30 PM (#5687047)
4 2 1 2 : a left-handed NL slugger of the 1950s, nine times

4 3 1 2 : a different left-handed NL slugger of the 1950s, twice


Duke Snider?

Ted Kluszewski?
   7. BDC Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5687066)
Snider and Kluszewski, exactly.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:57 PM (#5687068)
Quite shocked to see that the Mariners have a better record than the Astros. How did that happen?
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5687069)
Snider and Kluszewski, exactly.

Only two lefty NL sluggers from the 50's I know :-)
   10. eric Posted: June 06, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5687134)
I have to say, it's really exciting to read about the rise of Babe Ruth in these dugout links. The next couple years with the introduction of the lively ball, the Black Sox scandal, and Hornsby's emergence as a star, as well, should be interesting to read about day-to-day in real time.
   11. Perry Posted: June 06, 2018 at 03:28 PM (#5687150)
Random Merv Rettenmund memory: I happened to be sitting down near the on-deck circle one game when he was playing for the Reds. He came out to pinch-hit and was taking warmup swings. And on every swing, he swung so hard that on his follow-through the barrel of the bat smacked his back. You could hear it THWACK! Really gave young me a vivid sense of the violent force with which professionals play.
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5687181)
Quite shocked to see that the Mariners have a better record than the Astros. How did that happen?


Seattle is 18-9 in one-run games. Houston is 4-12.
   13. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5687193)
In last night's game the Phillies had 9 hits, exactly 1 by each of the 9 starters. How often does that happen?
   14. BDC Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:41 PM (#5687210)
In last night's game the Phillies had 9 hits, exactly 1 by each of the 9 starters. How often does that happen?

I found two games this decade where the Rangers did it: 4.6.13 against the Angels, and 8.10.16 against Colorado. Not as neat as it happening in a non-DH game, though.
   15. DonPedro Posted: June 06, 2018 at 09:22 PM (#5687353)
Rendon might never have played 1B in the majors but Graffanino appeared there in 51 games

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