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Monday, July 14, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, July 14, 1914:

“Baseball-football,” a combination of the diamond and gridiron sports originating in the mind of Herman Brosoweska, director of the [Detroit] board of education’s model playground center, was conceived to satisfy 200 schoolboys.

A very large, but light, ball is used. The pitcher tosses the ball to the batter at a level of one foot above the ground. Football tactics are employed by the batter, who kicks the ball. The usual rules for fielding and base running are used. A runner is called out only when he has been hit fairly with the ball.

So…kickball, I guess? Seems more like “baseball-association football” to me.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: July 14, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: July 14, 2014 at 08:37 AM (#4749879)
When your fourth starter is a Cy Young Award winner, you know your Birthday Team has a good pitching staff.

C: Earl Williams
1B: Steve Brady
2B: Pepe Frias
3B/Manager: Robin Ventura
SS: Jose Hernandez
LF: Derrick May
CF: Jim Holdsworth
RF: Dave Harris

SP: Tim Hudson
SP: Jesse Tannehill
SP: Bob Purkey
SP: Steve Stone
SP: John Dopson
RP: Johnny Murphy

Commissioner: Happy Chandler
Not that one: Jack Gleason, Crash Davis
Fun Names: Jiggs Parrott, Rabbit Nill, Happy Smith, Ed Hug
   2. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM (#4749916)
Fun facts (and a couple of P-I search requests) related to Arismendy Alcantara:

His name is pronounced in trochaic tetrameter, which makes it rather irresistible to say the entire thing every time you refer to him.

He has completed the career cycle within his first five games. (Fastest players to have a single, double, triple, and homer, anyone?)

And he scored the winning run in the ninth inning or extras in two of his first three games, one of which was the Game of 7/11/14. (The other was the Game of 7/10/14, which I suppose I might as well link again.) Not sure if "scored the winning run" is a P-I search category, but I doubt this is a terribly common occurrence.
   3. BDC Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4749920)
With a 4 1 1 1 line yesterday, Adrian Beltre passes Garret Anderson for 91st in career Hits, Ed McKean for 162nd in career Runs, and Brooks Robinson (!) for 86th in career RBIs.

Ed McKean? Shortstop for the 1890s Cleveland Spiders, before they became historically terrible. They were actually a first-division club for much of the '90s, and McKean would have been an All-Star had they had them at the time.
   4. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4749922)
Baseball came back strong from the All-Star break in 1984 (and on Thursday, because that's when you're supposed to come back from the All-Star break, guys...)

The Game of 7/12/84 was one of the best nine-inning games of the year. It featured a pitcher who (if I read the league leaderboards correctly) is the only person to do a very specific thing since Robin Roberts, and a career game from a ten-year player, and a huge amount of late-game scoring.

The Game of 7/13/84 was one of the best games of the year, full stop, and the highlight of the year's best day so far (three other extra-inning games and some quality nine-inning contests as well). It also featured crucial scoring late in regulation - and then turned into a relief pitcher's duel. And since it was played by the teams who rank second and third in excitement so far in 1984, it makes a real contest out of the race to be 1984's most dramatic team; the Yankees' enormous lead had about 2/3 of itself trimmed away by this game (plus the Yankees easily sweeping a doubleheader).
   5. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4749928)
The Game of 7/12/14 was arguably the best game in the career of one of the best players in baseball at the moment. So there's that. Also, one of the starting pitchers in this game is on a truly prodigious batter-hitting pace - he could easily end this season having plunked more opponents than any pitcher in over a century.
   6. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4749929)
Fun facts (and a couple of P-I search requests) related to Arismendy Alcantara:


I haven't been this excited about a Cubs middle infielder since Starlin Castro. Are they going to keep him up or send him back down when Barney returns? And when the hell are we going to see Kris Bryant? .322/.404/.701 isn't good enough? Get him up, and put Soler (.426/.491/.936 in AA) in his spot.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM (#4750032)
The Game of 7/13/14 was about as eventful as pitcher's duels come; the losing team put runners on base in the first eight innings, and in scoring position in five of them. There was also a double lead change in the late innings, which is always fun. And one of the participants forged a not-quite-but-as-close-as-can-be-expected tie for the "most exciting team of the year" title heading into the All-Star break.
   8. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4750104)
Solar cant stay healthy has only played about 3 weeks this year. Barney is back but Alcantara is learning to play cf and even has a game under his belt at the mlb level. He didnt look lost out there but Im not good enough at evaluating d to say if he can stick or not.
   9. bobm Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4750109)
[2] Justin Upton is one recent player

                                                      
Rk   Gcar  Date    Tm Opp  Rslt Inngs PA AB H 2B 3B HR
1       1 Aug 2   ARI SDP L0-11  8-GF  1  1 0  0  0  0
2       2 Aug 3   ARI LAD  W1-0    CG  4  4 0  0  0  0
3       3 Aug 4   ARI LAD  W8-7    CG  4  4 2  1  0  0
4       4 Aug 5   ARI LAD  W3-0    CG  4  4 2  1  0  0
5       5 Aug 7   ARI PIT  L3-8    CG  4  4 3  1  1  1


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/14/2014.
   10. bobm Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4750118)
[2] Also, by inspection, there's Eddie Pellagrini in 4 (1946) and Larry Bettencourt (1928) in 5.

EDIT: I think the easiest way to check systematically in PI is to run separate batting game finder searches for all players with a 2B 3B, or HR in their first 5 career games. Export the lists into Excel and combine by sort or pivot table. Then check those players for 1B in their first 5 games by inspection most likely.
   11. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 14, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4750127)
I don't think he was curious about the speed to the career cycle bob, but scoring the winning run in the ninth or extra innings in two of his first three games.
   12. bobm Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4750143)
He has completed the career cycle within his first five games. (Fastest players to have a single, double, triple, and homer, anyone?)
   13. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4750144)
With all due respect the game of the day came this past Friday. The town I coach in had our 12 year olds playing for a berth in the regionals (multi-state) on Friday night. When and they're in, lose and they go home. The first inning is a disaster as they give up two three run homers after two outs and trail 6-0. A couple more runs and they are down 9-0 in the fourth. One more run and the mercy rule ends the game but they hang on and go to the sixth and final inning still trailing 9-0.

The kids didn't give up though. I was so proud of them. They pounded three homers in that sixth inning and got the game down to 9-7 with runners at first and second with two outs and their best hitter at the plate. Unfortunately he struck out ending the game but it was such a great effort. I've seen kids get really down in that situation before so seeing that group of 12 year olds fight back was really impressive.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4750150)
I don't think he was curious about the speed to the career cycle bob, but scoring the winning run in the ninth or extra innings in two of his first three games.

Both, actually. My enjoyment of Alcantara's start cannot be contained to one requested P-I search.
   15. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: July 14, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4750152)
I've seen kids get really down in that situation before so seeing that group of 12 year olds fight back was really impressive.
That's excellent, Jose. Tells us a lot about their character.

And that they aren't Brazilian.
   16. bobm Posted: July 14, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4750268)
[2] It looks like Bill Bruton 1953 and Bill Russell 1969 each took only 2 games to get to the career cycle.

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