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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-1-2014

Milwaukee Journal, July 1, 1914:

Ball players never hand the ball to an umpire? [sic] It would be a violation of one of the strictest of the unwritten laws of the game. Even though a player is within a couple of paces, or one pace, of an umpire, he will flip the ball to him. Why this is true the majority of players cannot say. When asked one of them stated: “Guess it’s just because we don’t like to have any more to do with an umpire than is absolutely necessary…”

I’d never thought about it before, but this is still the case, isn’t it?

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, unwritten rules

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   1. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4740521)
A Hall of Fame 1B/3B, a couple good starting pitchers, and a stud pitching prospect on today's Birthday Team.

C: Jim Duncan
1B: Babe Young
2B: John Atz
3B/Manager: Roger Connor
SS: Louis Brower
LF: Paul Lehner
CF: Jim McTamany
RF: Nelson Cruz

SP: John Clarkson
SP: Jack Quinn
SP: Dick Drott
SP: Frank Baumann
SP: Michael Wacha
RP: Chris Perez
LOOGY: Jamie Walker

GM: Brian Sabean
Fun Names: Foghorn Bradley, Boots Poffenberger, Wedo Martini
Not that one: Charlie Daniels
Designated Aussies: Justin Huber, Rich Thompson
   2. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2014 at 08:23 AM (#4740525)
In honor of Canada Day, I've taken a stab at a 25-man roster of Canadian-born players:
C: Russell Martin, George Gibson
1B: Joey Votto, Justin Morneau
2B: Pop Smith
3B: George Wood, Corey Koskie
SS: Frank O'Rourke, Arthur Irwin
LF: Jeff Heath, Jason Bay
CF: Larry Walker, Terry Puhl
RF: Tip O'Neill, George Selkirk

SP: Fergie Jenkins
SP: Ryan Dempster
SP: Kirk McCaskill
SP: Erik Bedard
SP: Reggie Cleveland
RP: Eric Gagne
RP: John Hiller
RP: Paul Quantrill
RP: Jesse Crain
RP: Rheal Cormier

Notable omissions include Matt Stairs, Claude Raymond, Rich Harden, and Phil Marchildon. Any of those guys (and perhaps Jeff Zimmerman) have legitimate cases for inclusion, but that's what happens when you limit it to 25.

Stairs has a really low career WAR as a result of his "glove", Raymond was the last cut out of the bullpen because I wanted a lefty, Harden's career wasn't long enough, and Marchildon's case rests on being a good player and a great Canadian.
   3. Born1951 Posted: July 01, 2014 at 09:04 AM (#4740535)
Walks per 9 innings 2009-2013:
3.46
3.28
3.11
3.05
3.02

Through April of this year, they were at 3.18, but in May the rate was 3.04, and in June 2.83. For the season, it is now down to 3.02, same as last year.
   4. bobm Posted: July 01, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4740561)
2014 vs 2013 BB9 rates to date


                                    
Split         Year   BB9     IP   BB
April/March   2014 3.185 7287.2 2579
April/March   2013 3.124 7034.1 2442

April/MarGR   2014 3.791 2507.0 1056
April/MarGR   2013 3.412 2463.2  934

April/MarGS   2014 2.867 4780.2 1523
April/MarGS   2013 2.969 4570.2 1508

May           2014 3.036 7627.0 2573
May           2013 2.995 7470.1 2486

MayGR         2014 3.468 2590.1  998
MayGR         2013 3.449 2523.1  967

MayGS         2014 2.814 5036.2 1575
MayGS         2013 2.763 4947.0 1519

June          2014 2.828 7357.2 2312
June          2013 2.815 7350.1 2299

JuneGR        2014 3.168 2395.0  843
JuneGR        2013 3.170 2493.0  878

JuneGS        2014 2.664 4962.2 1469
JuneGS        2013 2.633 4857.1 1421
   5. Davo Dozier Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4740593)
So, I was wondering last night:

Jake Arrieta now has a 1.81 ERA through 11 starts (65 innings) this year--10.3 K/9, 2.2 BB/9.

Have any bad pitchers ever had a stretch that good for that long? Or at this point should we just assume that he has finally turned the corner for good?
   6. Ziggy Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4740598)
Sorry, today's birthday team just isn't believable. There's no way that John Clarkson is old enough for a team run by Brian Sabean. He's only 155!

Thanks folks, I'll be here all night.
   7. Ziggy Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:31 AM (#4740600)
Dozier:

How about Zach Duke. 1.81 ERA in 84.2 innings as a rookie in 2005. Roughly 1000 below-average innings after that.
   8. Ziggy Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:33 AM (#4740601)
He's not as bad as Arrieta, it's true, but he's been bad for longer. (It's sort of a peak versus career thing, just in reverse.)
   9. Davo Dozier Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4740630)
Oh, Zach Duke--who's now reinvented himself as a shut-down reliever!

(The big difference I see is that Duke got 'lucky' by ERA--his K/9 and BB/9 numbers in that incredible rookie year were decidedly unspectacular--just like Duke!)
   10. kthejoker Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4740634)
If you consider Len Barker a bad pitcher (and I do), then the best 10-game stretch including his perfect game he posted 84 IP of 1.93 ERA, 7.8K/9, 1.7BB/9.

   11. Born1951 Posted: July 01, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4740635)
2014 vs 2013 BB9 rates to date

Thanks bobm, interesting stuff.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4740986)
The Mets just paid Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million today. They are only obligated to continue making this annual payment for 21 more years.
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 01, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4741286)
Not that anyone here would do this, but in case you would be inclined to evaluate relievers by blown saves only, the Game of 6/30/84 would like to take you aside and explain that there might be a better way, at least in some cases - it features possibly the most impressive performance I've seen in a blown save outside of this game.
   14. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 01, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4741328)
The Mets just paid Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million today. They are only obligated to continue making this annual payment for 21 more years.


This will never not be funny. Or to get all positive on the bit ... this will always be funny.
   15. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 01, 2014 at 07:08 PM (#4741513)
The Game of 6/30/14 featured a team that has been pretty bad (and disappointing) this year. That team won this particular game, though, largely on the strength of a pair of players who typify the issues with the roster.

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