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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-6-2018

Toledo News-Bee, July 6, 1918:

TY COBB ARGUES THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLACE BASE HITS IN BASEBALL

...Cobb admits that it is impossible to place hits with any great agree of accuracy. “It might be,” the Peach admits, “if every ball delivered by the pitcher cut the plate at a certain pre-determined spot. In fact, when a batter gets one in his “groove” he is able to place it with pretty fair accuracy.

“But the wise pitcher is keeping the batter guessing—throwing him off his balance—keeping him from getting a toe hold…[Willie Keeler] was able to wait until the ball was almost upon him before poking at it. Many of Keeler’s hits were pokey little flies, just past the infield.

Yeah, well, Ichiro could have placed base hits if he wanted to.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:53 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:55 AM (#5705873)
A nice collection of position players on today's Birthday Team.

C/Manager: Steve O'Neill (24.19 WAR)
1B: Jason Thompson (24.98 WAR)
2B: Willie Randolph (65.89 WAR)
3B: Manny Machado (29.92 WAR)
SS: Roy Hartzell (13.42 WAR)
LF: Andrew Benintendi (5.27 WAR)
CF: Lance Johnson (30.19 WAR)
RF: Wes Fisler (7.13 WAR)

SP: Omar Olivares (15.38 WAR)
SP: Cy Blanton (13.89 WAR)
SP: Todd Burns (5.44 WAR)
SP: Bill Donovan (1.47 WAR)
SP: John Boozer (0.09 WAR)
RP: Jeremy Hernandez (1.94 WAR)

-5.06 career WAR: Karl Olson (-5.06 WAR)
Fun name: Shovel Hodge
Not that one: Mike Jones
Once got an assist on a flyout that hit him in the face: Mike Ryan
Umpires: Vic Carapazza, Dale Ford
   2. Cblau Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:47 PM (#5706402)
I think Bill Donovan should be "Not that one".

Anyway, I agree with Ty Cobb. I remember when Matty Alou was on the Yankees and every once in a while he would hit a blooper over the shortstop's head. The announcers would rave about this "bat control", and I'd think, if he has such great bat control, how come he doesn't do that all the time?
   3. AndrewJ Posted: July 06, 2018 at 11:08 PM (#5706444)
Bob Horner's four-homer game was 32 years ago today. Which means it's closer chronologically to the Dodgers winning their only World Series in Brooklyn than it is to now.
   4. John DiFool2 Posted: July 07, 2018 at 08:15 AM (#5706507)
Welp, I tried submitting something last night (a Cubs prospect got an 80 game suspension for PEDs).

This time it didn't show up.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: July 07, 2018 at 08:56 AM (#5706510)
Welp, I tried submitting something last night (a Cubs prospect got an 80 game suspension for PEDs).

This time it didn't show up.


I can see it in the queue. It just hasn't been put in the newsblog yet.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 07, 2018 at 12:21 PM (#5706570)
Yeah, well, Ichiro could have placed base hits if he wanted to.
Wait, I thought that's what he did. Because he didn't want to hit home runs.

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