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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2018

Washington Herald, July 16, 1918:

Bill Phelon, the Cincinnati scribe, breaks out with the following on the situation [with the Reds]:

“The loyal fans of this town have stood about all they can. The work in the last month has capped the climax and the slogan heard among the boys is ‘never again.’ The attendance has dropped to such proportions that it takes a man with a powerful magnifying glass to see the crowd. The fans have quit Cincinnati.
...
[The Reds system] gets the hits, but no runs. It leaves the bases crowded, game, after game. It develops nothing, amounts to nothing. Other clubs have fun with the Reds by using the bunt, the squeeze, and the double steal. The Reds fail to have fun with any of the other clubs.”

The article ends with a casual racial slur, so there’s that. Anyway, if the fans in Cincinnati don’t want to go to the ballpark, maybe the team can relocate to Montreal, which will reportedly host its first-ever exhibition game between big league teams later in July 1918.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:58 AM (#5710461)
Hopefully today's Birthday Team will play a bunch of night games. They definitely won't have to worry about their center fielder throwing World Series games with this roster.

C: Norm Sherry (0.5 WAR)
1B: Tommy Joseph (-0.87 WAR)
2B: Don Ross (2 WAR)
3B: Terry Pendleton (28.46 WAR)
SS: Howdy Caton (1.64 WAR)
LF: Tommy Tatum (0.13 WAR)
CF: Shoeless Joe Jackson (62.22 WAR)
RF: Jim Lentine (0.27 WAR)

SP: Larry Jansen (21.37 WAR)
SP: Eddie Fisher (9.81 WAR)
SP: Hi Bell (3.47 WAR)
SP: Art Johnson (0.5 WAR)
SP: John Keefe (0.11 WAR)
RP: John Purdin (-0.09 WAR)

Manager/Hater of Day Game attendees: Lee Elia
Team Doctor: Frank Jobe
Umpire: Jim Odom
Writer: John Foster
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM (#5710467)
There are some funny Rays stat lines because of their pitcher usage. Ryne Stanek has pitched in 28 games, with 12 starts, and has only 34 innings. Ryan Yarbrough has pitched in 24 games, with 5 starts, but already has 12 decisions.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5710484)
The Reds recovered to play pretty well before the season came to an abrupt end due to the war, finishing third, and then they'd go on to win the pennant going away in 1919. That brought the fans back.

-- MWE
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5710522)
The Mariners are 5 games behind the Astros--by their Pythags, they should be 21 games back
   5. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5710629)
TRIVIA QUESTION:

One MLB pitcher has already allowed 15 unearned runs this year so far. Can you name him?
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:49 PM (#5710632)
One MLB pitcher has already allowed 15 unearned runs this year so far. Can you name him?
Ooh! Ooh! I've got the answer!

No, I cannot name him.

What do I win??
   7. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 16, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5710644)
The Reds recovered to play pretty well before the season came to an abrupt end due to the war, finishing third, and then they'd go on to win the pennant going away in 1919. That brought the fans back.


After the game of July 4th, those Reds were 25-39. On July 16th, they had improved to 34-41. They finished the year 68-60.

After the game of June 8th, the 2018 Reds were 22-42. On July 16th, they had improved to 43-53. Will they be able to finish the year over .500?

   8. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 16, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5710662)
Ooh! Ooh! I've got the answer!

No, I cannot name him.


Years ago, when my kids took Tae Kwan Do, one of the instructors told the kids that "I don't know" is a correct answer.

I really really wish someone had told me that when I was 7. Life is so much easier when you don't feel like you HAVE to know the answer to every question.
   9. Batman Posted: July 16, 2018 at 03:06 PM (#5710670)
The article ends with a casual racial slur, so there’s that.
I wasn't familiar with it, but there's a Wikipedia page for the phrase (except with the N-word in place of what the article used) that says it means something suspicious isn't being disclosed. It's apparently been replaced by "skeletons in the closet."
   10. Mike Webber Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5710719)
The answer is not Jon Lester, which was my guess for the most Unearned runs allowed.

The answer is also not Jackson Stephens, a Cincinnati reliever who has given up an astounding 8 UER in 23.2 IP. That is well more than double the rate of the guy who leads the league in UER allowed.
   11. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:13 PM (#5710722)
Jake Arrieta is the man who has already allowed 15 UER on the year.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:24 PM (#5710731)
Jake Arrieta is the man who has already allowed 15 UER on the year.
Seems like he should be less pissed off at the shifting than at his fielders' apparently total inability to catch the ball.
   13. EddieA Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:40 PM (#5710812)
The article ends with a casual racial slur, so there’s that.


I'm clueless on what the casual racial slur means in this article.
   14. AndrewJ Posted: July 16, 2018 at 07:17 PM (#5710853)
I read a cool book on World War One that mentioned how "Black Jack" Pershing got his nickname after commanding a Buffalo Soldier regiment in the 1890s. Yes, he was originally called "(N-word) Jack."

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