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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-13-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 13, 1918:

WALT JOHNSON ANOTHER RUTH

Walter Johnson is getting jealous of Babe Ruth. Inspired by the all-round skill of the Boston heaver, the Washington mound star went into center field on Friday and was a big factor in the win over Detroit. Johnson clouted a triple and a single and accounted for three of the Nationals’ five runs. He got a fourth himself.

Well, okay, so maybe he wasn’t exactly another Babe Ruth, but Johnson wasn’t shabby with a bat. He hit .246/.294/.369 (97 OPS+) in 1084 plate appearances from 1912-1918 and very occasionally spent time as a spare outfielder.

From what I can tell, what happened here is that regular center fielder Clyde Milan was injured, regular second baseman Ray Morgan was out with food poisoning, and backup infielder George McBride was old and awful*. Utilityguy Howie Shanks played second and Johnson spent a few days in center until Milan could return.

* - I feel bad saying that. McBride was a solid player who earned Chalmers Award votes four years in a row and put up 21 career WAR. It’s just that in 1918, he was 37 years old and hit .132/.132/.132 (-20 OPS+) in 18 games.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 10:20 AM (#5709430)
A nice collection of talent on today's Birthday Team, not to mention a hotshot prospect.

C: Yadier Molina (37.89 WAR)
1B: Jiggs Donahue (13.53 WAR)
2B: DJ LeMahieu (15.90 WAR)
3B: Lee Handley (6.50 WAR)
SS: Daryl Spencer (13.60 WAR)
LF/Manager: Tom York (19.56 WAR)
CF: Shin-Soo Choo (33.61 WAR)
RF: Ryan Ludwick (11.20 WAR)

SP: Stan Coveleski (60.25 WAR)
SP: George Bradley (22.29 WAR)
SP: Ruben Gomez (13.58 WAR)
SP: Wiley Piatt (10.07 WAR)
SP: Gene Packard (9.41 WAR)
RP: Bill Caudill (11.14 WAR)

Top prospect: Cody Bellinger (6.24 WAR)
$46 million boondoggle: Kei Igawa (-0.54 WAR)
Fun names: Frank Bork, Footsie Blair
Pitching coach/vulture: Jack Aker
Writer: Eliot Asinof
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 11:22 AM (#5709454)
Chalmers Award

Super Nintendo Chalmers?
   3. eric Posted: July 13, 2018 at 11:47 AM (#5709461)
In his last 20 games, Mike Trout is batting .235/.409/.353. He has 2 HR and...drumroll...2 RBI. How frequent is it for a full-time player, much less one of Trout's stature, to go 20 games and not drive in anyone but himself?
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 13, 2018 at 11:59 AM (#5709467)
Mike Trout is batting .235/.409/.353.


A horrible slump that is what, a 110 OPS+ or thereabouts?
   5. Batman Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:04 PM (#5709471)
Enzo Hernandez had two 20-game no-rbi streaks (32 games and 24 games) in his legendary 1971 season. Trout is entering the Enzone.

Luis Castillo only had one (28 games- he did have one solo HR in that span) in 2000.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:16 PM (#5709478)
Mike Trout is batting .235/.409/.353.
It's all part of the Jose Ramirez For MVP master plan.
   7. Perry Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:19 PM (#5709481)
Was Aker known as a vulture too? I know another 60s reliever, Phil Regan, got that nickname after going 14-1 in relief one year for the Dodgers, "vulturing" wins from Koufax et al. after they'd pitch most of the game but leave without the lead. Regan had several other double-digit relief win totals, too, but Aker never had more than 8.
   8. Batman Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5709482)
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer on Tuesday, ending a 26-game streak where he didn't drive any teammates in.
   9. Snowboy Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5709487)
Chalmers Award

Super Nintendo Chalmers?


Shin-Soo Choo

Because of certain contractual obligations, and lawyerly language, and impossible situations, and because you are a preeeety good baseball player...we Choo-Choo Chooooose you... to be an All-Star!
(More sincerely: Happy Birthday Choo, and enjoy Washington.)
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:43 PM (#5709493)
I haven't heard the name Kei Igawa in a long time. He was the pitching version of Yasmany Tomas.
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:45 PM (#5709494)
AL EAST UPDATE: The Orioles are 26-68 (.277) and the Red Sox are 66-29 (.695) meaning that with 95 games played we are on pace for the Orioles to finish 68 games out of first. As follows:

BOS 113-49
NYY 107-55
TBR 84-78
TOR 74-88
BAL 45-117
   12. stanmvp48 Posted: July 13, 2018 at 12:50 PM (#5709498)
Magic number 29; if I do the arithmetic correctly
   13. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 13, 2018 at 01:13 PM (#5709517)
The 1942 Phillies finished 62.5 games back of the Cardinals. That's the most I can find in the past 100 years or so.
   14. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 13, 2018 at 01:16 PM (#5709520)
The 1916 A's finished 40 games out of 7th place
   15. dlf Posted: July 13, 2018 at 01:18 PM (#5709522)
The infamous Cleveland Spiders were 84 games out of first. The '99 NL had three teams within 10 games of the top spot and three that were at least 40 games back. Ouch.
   16. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 13, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5709523)
The 1942 Phillies finished 62.5 games back of the Cardinals. That's the most I can find in the past 100 years or so.


The 7th and 8th place NL clubs in 1908 were 63 and 66.5 games back
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 13, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5709545)
It should be illegal not to have at least one day game every day. And it should be double illegal not to have any on a Friday.
   18. caspian88 Posted: July 13, 2018 at 02:53 PM (#5709570)
Chase Utley is apparently retiring at the end of the year.
   19. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 13, 2018 at 02:56 PM (#5709574)
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer on Tuesday, ending a 26-game streak where he didn't drive any teammates in.


Kevin Pillar hit his 8th home run of the season on Saturday.
It was the first one this year that had anyone on base.
It was the first one since July 30, 2017 that had anyone on base (11 in a row).
It was the first one since June 16, 2016 that was neither a solo shot NOR had Ryan Goins on base (23 in a row).
   20. Snowboy Posted: July 13, 2018 at 03:15 PM (#5709583)
1B: Jiggs Donahue (13.53 WAR)


I wonder sometimes how much of an inspiration someone like Jiggs Donahue was to Bill James?

Jiggs came up in the 19th century as a left-handed catcher. They credit his minor league manager Hugh Duffy with deciding/determining...huh, this left-handed catcher guy, he has lots of talent, but there are all of these right-handed batters in his way...huh...maybe he should move elsewhere on the diamond, let's try first base...

So Jiggs is in the majors at 20, up and down, comes back in 1904 for the White Sox as a 1B, and sticks there. Wins a World Series. Is known to be a leader (reportedly gives a clubhouse speech which inspires the Pale Sox to take down the NL 116-win crosstown Cubs). Hits .333 in their 1906 WS victory. Is known as a great defender, in fact in 2008 Charles Faber in his book Baseball Ratings, The All-Time Best Players at Each Position, 1876 to the Present still calls him the greatest ever defensive 1B.

Dead at age 30, in July 1913. Three-Finger Brown takes the time to attend the funeral, in Springfield, OH.

Get me two tickets to the state that Springfield is in!

But, back to Bill James, a 13.5 WAR career is not much of anything. Jiggs might have been the greatest guy in the world, and even in 2008 he was being remembered for his play in the 19-Aughties, but Bill put all the numbers into his homemade WOPR, and Jiggs didn't measure up. So he gets nary a mention in James's New Historical Baseball Abstract.

At the time: A no-doubt great one. Grantland Rice wrote a eulogy poem when he died, Remember Donahue.
With the use of statistics: Meh, maybe not so much.

Carry on, Jiggs Donohue I've always liked stories about you, even if your career WAR barely amounted to a tinker's damn. The son of Clay Bellinger may soon push you off this page, and that's okay, but some of us will still remember you.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: July 13, 2018 at 06:30 PM (#5709679)
"News" flash: three Jiggs have played in MLB. Who knew? None since 1911 though.

As to Mr. Donahue, 11 of those WAR came in three sesaons, 1905-07, although largely on defensive value.

And a factoid from his SABRbio ... after winning the 1906 WS, Comiskey gave the players a $15,000 bonus ... which he later deducted from their 1907 salaries.
   22. AndrewJ Posted: July 13, 2018 at 08:52 PM (#5709725)
Chase Utley would get my HOF vote, but I suspect the BBWAA would dwell on his <2000 career hits and unprepossessing .276 BA. I see him as a Vets Committee pick, like Trammell.
   23. Bote Man Posted: July 13, 2018 at 11:03 PM (#5709759)
The exhumed body of Walter Johnson would play better than 1/3 of this Nats team.

#NoDH
   24. Snowboy Posted: July 13, 2018 at 11:34 PM (#5709765)
And a factoid from his SABRbio ... after winning the 1906 WS, Comiskey gave the players a $15,000 bonus ... which he later deducted from their 1907 salaries.


What a RAT!

Writer: Eliot Asinof

Eight Men Out. Probably my favourite baseball movie of all time.
   25. Hank Gillette Posted: July 14, 2018 at 03:43 AM (#5709793)
Chase Utley would get my HOF vote, but I suspect the BBWAA would dwell on his <2000 career hits and unprepossessing .276 BA. I see him as a Vets Committee pick, like Trammell.


He does get a rare “yes” on one of the questions on the Keltner list: “Was he responsible for any rule changes?”
   26. Jose Canusee Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:17 PM (#5709862)
With the fewer PA that pitchers get it must have been harder to judge whether Ruth was worth playing between starts and risking reducing his pitching results as he led the AL in ERA in 1916 and started 40 games. Johnson's best hitting year was his age 37 season where he had 107 PA and mashed a 1.033 OPS.
Guessing the Big Train might have had a hitting comp in D-Train rather than a serious two-way player. Saw Bumgarner loft one to the warning track last night and looks like a batsman the pitcher has to be careful with, so his awful 2018 batting stats look like small sample size.

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