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Friday, July 27, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-27-2018

Bridgeport Times, July 27, 1918:

Secretary Baker yesterday granted baseball an extension of time, making Sept. 1 the date upon which the so-called work or fight order will apply to players of the big leagues…Mr. Baker’s decision grants the petition which representatives of the American and National Leagues filed with Provost Marshal General Crowder, excepting that the request for an extension until Oct. 15 is responded to by granting time until Sept. 1 only.

It was still unclear at this point whether the World Series would happen. AL President Ban Johnson says the series will take place immediately after the season, but NL President John Tener says he doesn’t think there would be much demand for a World Series. That seems like a weird position for Tener to take, but maybe he didn’t want to appear eager to prevent ballplayers from serving the country.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago, the Toledo News-Bee reports that it’s not clear how the Red Sox should use Babe Ruth. Are they better off with him as a position player or as a pitcher? To that, I say “Why don’t we have both?”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 27, 2018 at 10:07 AM (#5716751)
An excellent Birthday Team today, one of the best I've seen in months. There's a ton of infield depth.

C: Biz Mackey (0 WAR, Negro Leagues legend)
1B: Ray Boone (25.73 WAR)
2B: Davy Force (17.1 WAR)
3B: Alex Rodriguez (117.78 WAR)
SS: Joe Tinker (53.1 WAR)
LF: Don Lock (12.02 WAR)
CF: Tom Goodwin (8.56 WAR)
RF: Ryan Flaherty (1.14 WAR)

SP: Max Scherzer (50.84 WAR)
SP: Rube Walberg (35.89 WAR)
SP: Shane Rawley (20.81 WAR)
SP: Charley Hall (5.23 WAR)
SP: Brian Kingman (2.17 WAR)
RP: Yoervis Medina (2.88 WAR)

Manager/backup infielder: Leo Durocher (5.09 WAR)
Backup C: Jack Hiatt (8.52 WAR)
Backup infielder: Bump Wills (16.51 WAR)
Backup infielder: Rich Dauer (14.37 WAR)
Backup infielder: Shea Hillenbrand (6.27 WAR)
General Manager: Ed Short
Umpire: Harry Wendlestedt
-5.21 career WAR: Enrique Wilson (-5.21 WAR)
-7.2 career WAR: Jim Lillie (-7.2 WAR)
Fleet's brother: Welday Walker (-0.08 WAR)
Fun names: Moose Baxter, Irish McIlveen
Big in Japan: Brian Sikorski (-0.1 WAR)
Shot on the team bus while in drag: Kyle Denney (-0.56 WAR)
   2. BDC Posted: July 27, 2018 at 10:35 AM (#5716777)
Some 2-for-4 box-score-line records. None of them make good trivia (the holders are mostly high-profile Hall of Famers). But there are a couple of odd details here and there. Most times with the exact ab/r/h/bi line, regular season since 1908:

4 2 2 2 : Willie Mays with 37; the only surprise is that the second-place guy (Babe Ruth) is so far behind, with only 26

4 3 2 2 : Ruth with 8; the only surprise is that #2 is Mark Teixeira (6 times)

4 4 2 2 : Eddie Collins (twice)

4 5 2 2 : Apparently the only player to do this was Lee Mazzilli, in 1979

4 2 2 3 : Ruth, 22 times

4 2 2 4 : Jimmie Foxx, 9 times

4 2 2 5 : Manny Ramirez, 5 times

4 2 2 6 : Matt Stairs, 3 times

4 2 2 7 : Albert Pujols, twice

4 2 2 8 : This has been done three times. Roy Hartzell did it in 1911; there is no play-by-play on B-Ref, but he evidently had a HR, a 2B, and a SH (maybe a sac fly, as those were once scored?)

Jim Northrup did it in a two-grand-slam game in 1968. First baseman Willie Smith came in to pitch the last three innings of the blowout loss for Cleveland. Smith was a converted pitcher, so the move made sense; but it's still interesting in light of the current mania for position-player pitching. Anyway, Smith's innings were scoreless; he walked Northrup to prevent further damage.

Frank Robinson did it in 1970, also with two grand slams. Oddly enough, the same three runners (Dave McNally, Don Buford, Paul Blair) scored on each grand slam. Like Northrup's, the two homers came in consecutive innings.

   3. BDC Posted: July 27, 2018 at 10:41 AM (#5716785)
And, à propos of very little, some comps for Jon Lester: centered on Lester by starts and ERA+ through age 34:

Player              WAR  GS ERAGF   W   L     IP  ERA  FIP
Justin Verlander   57.6 385  124  0 188 114 2545.0 3.46 3.47
Gaylord Perry      55.6 364  122 31 177 144 2981.0 2.89 2.91
Kevin Appier       55.1 377  124  2 161 127 2479.2 3.65 3.72
Cole Hamels        52.4 382  122  0 152 111 2476.2 3.43 3.67
Jim Bunning        52.1 370  122 31 175 118 2756.2 3.15 3.28
Andy Pettitte      44.5 359  119  3 186 104 2312.1 3.81 3.70
John Smoltz        44.1 361  122 20 160 116 2473.1 3.35 3.30
Jon Lester         43.6 369  123  0 171  95 2305.0 3.49 3.60
Eppa Rixey         42.5 374  119 51 187 174 3053.0 2.89 3.05 


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That's pretty good company.
   4. Batman Posted: July 27, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5716809)
It's Adalberto Mondesi's birthday too. If he'd inherited his dad's right-fielding genes, at age 23 he would be a year away from knocking Flaherty out of the lineup.
   5. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 27, 2018 at 02:56 PM (#5716970)
The Reds have 3 rookie level teams now. Arizona Reds (AZL), Billings (Pioneer League), Greeneville (Appalachian League). Are the Pioneer League and the Appalachian League the same skill level?

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