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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-10-2018

New York Sun, August 10, 1918:

TENER’S GOOD-BY QUICKLY ACCEPTED

The last chapter in the career of John Kinley Tener as a baseball executive was written yesterday when a group of local club owners, acting as a committee for the National League, formally accepted the former Pennsylvania Governor’s resignation as president of the league.
...
[The letter of acceptance reads, in part,] “In taking this action we feel that we have sustained a heavy loss, and in accepting your resignation we wish to assure you of our highest esteem and give you our very best wishes in your new field of endeavor.”
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The committee also announced that the league’s affairs will be conducted by Secretary John A. Heydler until the annual meeting of the league in December.

Yeesh, guys, Tener wasn’t the skinniest guy in the world, but you didn’t have to call it a “heavy” loss.

Anyway, this was Heydler’s second stint as acting NL President, having also taken over after Harry Pulliam’s unexpected death in 1909. This time Heydler kept the job until his retirement in 1934.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:23 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:27 AM (#5724614)
There are 8 players who’ve hit at least 42 homers over the last year.

They are all in the American League.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5724615)
Another good Birthday Team today. It was decent before I noticed one of the greatest shortstops of all time standing there asking if he could play too.

Absolutely, Willie. Not only can you play, I'm also making you the manager.

C: Wilson Ramos (13 WAR)
1B: Sid Farrar (10.68 WAR)
2B: Odell Hale (15.7 WAR)
3B: Buddy Lewis (26.72 WAR)
SS/Manager: Willie Wells (0 WAR)
LF: Taffy Wright (16.7 WAR)
CF: Gerald Williams (6.48 WAR)
RF: Rocky Colavito (44.78 WAR)

SP: Larry Corcoran (25.37 WAR)
SP: Bob Porterfield (17.5 WAR)
SP: Ed Beatin (7.64 WAR)
SP: Elmer Jacobs (5.32 WAR)
SP: Archie Bradley (4.67 WAR)
RP: Brandon Lyon (6.27 WAR)

Amateur pitcher in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame: Yokio Aoi
Backup infielder: Tom Brookens (11.55 WAR)
Fun names: Andy Stankiewicz, Truck Eagan, Ed Wineapple
Hitter of dramatic Rays home runs: Dan Johnson
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5724617)
There are 8 players who’ve hit at least 42 homers over the last year.

They are all in the American League.
Ramirez, Gallo, Martinez, Trout, Judge. All I can come up with off the top of my head.
   4. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM (#5724619)
There are 8 players who’ve hit at least 42 homers over the last year.

They are all in the American League.


Bunch of bandboxes and watered-down pitching in the AL...

edit: though, technically, JD Martinez hit a number of his HR in the NL last year... :-)
edit 2: JD Martinez, since being traded to the D-backs last year: 171g, 730 pa, 652 ab, 64 HR, 164 rbi. that only produced 70 rbat, and he has had 7.9 war over that span, or, basically the same Trout has had this year in 109 games.
edit 3: wouldn't Stanton be one of these also? He also hit a lot of those in the NL last year.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:47 AM (#5724625)
Khris Davis
   6. Batman Posted: August 10, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5724630)
Through his age 24 season, Corcoran had pitched 2279 innings. He was done as a full time pitcher after that, and his SABR bio says he died broke at 32. He was buried in an unmarked grave in 1891 and didn't get a headstone until 2009 when "a group of baseball-loving police officers and firefighters in Essex County, New Jersey" read about him on deadballera.com.
   7. BDC Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5724645)
I think Nelson Cruz has 43 HR in the last calendar year.
   8. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5724646)
Francisco Lindor (?) and Matt Olson (??) are the others.
   9. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5724649)
Pretty sure I've never heard of this "Matt Olson" before. Upon initial investigation he seems to be the same person as Matt Chapman.
   10. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:24 AM (#5724656)
Matt Olsen or Matt Chapman, this is literally the first time I have ever heard of either of them...
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5724660)
Matt Olson had 24 HRs (but only 2 doubles!) in only 189 at bats last year.
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:31 AM (#5724662)
Matt Olsen or Matt Chapman, this is literally the first time I have ever heard of either of them...

Olsen you get a pass on; he's your basic mediocre anonymous TTO 1B.

But you should check out Chapman. The guy's having an MVP type season. His defense is somewhere between excellent and other worldly. In 183 career games UZR has him +22 runs. DRS has him +45 runs.
   13. Batman Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:32 AM (#5724664)
Matts Olson, Chapman, Carpenter, Adams, and Davidson should be forced to wear their last names on the backs of their jerseys to make it easier to tell them apart.
   14. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:41 AM (#5724668)
Or how about these Matts adopt some more distinctive surnames like "Castellanos" or "Foltynewicz" like other players do, so we can distinguish one from another.
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:50 AM (#5724676)
Or how about these Matts adopt some more distinctive surnames like "Castellanos" or "Foltynewicz" like other players do, so we can distinguish one from another.

But then we'd just confuse them with the existing Castellanos and Foltynewicz?
   16. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 12:01 PM (#5724686)
Kenley Jansen to miss a month. From the description and the meds, sounds like a-fib
   17. Hysterical & Useless Posted: August 10, 2018 at 03:16 PM (#5724821)
sounds like a-fib


Why would they lie about it?
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 03:47 PM (#5724837)
sounds like a-fib

Why would they lie about it?

he'll be here all week---try the veal
   19. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 10, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5724850)
try the veal
Her?
   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 10, 2018 at 04:23 PM (#5724860)
   21. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:27 PM (#5725031)
Goofy question: does anyone know of any attempts to go over old video of Gaylord Perry starts and see if they can find where he was hiding stuff? Seems like that would be the baseball equivalent of the Zapruder film.
   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:49 PM (#5725042)
Goofy question: does anyone know of any attempts to go over old video of Gaylord Perry starts and see if they can find where he was hiding stuff? Seems like that would be the baseball equivalent of the Zapruder film.


I don't know the answer to that, but I've wondered what effect virtually every game being televised has had on the willingness of pitchers to throw spitballs and other illegal pitches. In the old days, only some of the games were televised, and it was harder to record those that were. You had to fool the umpires in real time, but not everything was recorded for posterity. Now, any subterfuge a player tries is available in slo-mo from several angles. You'd think that would be a huge deterrent to trying to throw banned pitches.

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