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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2019

Toledo News-Bee, August 12, 1919:

Senator [James D.] Phelan of California is no baseball fan, as this will show.

Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson, recent visitors at the Capitol, nearly broke a quorum of the Senate while the Senate fans shook their hands. Senator Phelan couldn’t understand the unusual interest of the senators in crowding about their favorites.

Taking a member aside, Senator Phelan whispered cautiously in his ear: “Tell me, who is this man Ty Cobb whom they are making such a fuss over?”

Seems like Phelan and Cobb would have been fast friends.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5870488)
Today's Birthday Team. Say, I think that ace starter is halfway decent.

C: Ray Schalk (33.2 WAR)
1B: Don Hurst (12.5 WAR)
2B: Chris Owings (2.2 WAR)
3B: Harlond Clift (39.2 WAR)
SS: Zack Cozart (15.8 WAR)
LF: Ian Happ (3.1 WAR)
CF: Lew Ford (8.3 WAR)
RF: Jose Tabata (1.9 WAR)

SP: Christy Mathewson (103.9 WAR)
SP: Fred Hutchinson (26.0 WAR)
SP: Bob Buhl (21.9 WAR)
SP: Matt Clement (12.3 WAR)
SP: Ken McBride (6.9 WAR)
RP: Julio Urias (1.9 WAR)

Manager/GM: Minoru Murakami
Not a great last name for a pitcher: Kyle Lobstein
Fun names: Rusty McNealy, Pony Sager, Skinny Graham
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 10:26 AM (#5870495)
3B: Harlond Clift (39.2 WAR)

Bref lists his nickname as "Darkie", which is explained in the SABR bio:
According to Bill James in his Historical Baseball Abstract, Clift was given the nickname Darkie by teammate Alan Strange, also a rookie, who thought Clift’s first name was Harlem. The moniker, with its racial overtones, stuck.

ahhh.. the good old days
   3. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 12, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5870525)
1923 starting pitcher ratings are done, under the new GS2 formulation. Let's see if I still remember the categories I introduced over a month ago...

Welcome aboard: Two historically notable pitchers joined the majors in 1923; Charlie Root would eventually become the all-time wins leader for the Cubs, but this year pitched mostly in relief (and badly) for the Browns, so we'll give this to Rube Walberg, future stalwart for the outstanding A's teams in the late '20s and early '30s, who pitched (slightly) less badly in '23.

Sayonara: This category also features two notable pitchers - Jim Bagby, 30-game winner for the 1920 World Series-winning Indians, and Fred Toney, a frequent visitor to the top 10 and victorious participant in the famed double no-hitter with Hippo Vaughn. Both were about as good as anyone who failed to exceed 30 pitching WAR.

Outsider: Dave Danforth had a career that looks odd today, although its shape wasn't quite as uncommon in the early period of baseball. He pitched for the A's in 1911-12, then fell out of the majors for three years; pitched for the White Sox in 1916-19, then fell out again for two years, and finally joined the Browns in 1922. He pitched well in spot duty, but was relegated to the bullpen in early July and didn't pitch at all after that month ended; as a result, he began the 1923 season unranked. But going 16-14, 3.94, with the lowest HR rate in the AL, he clawed his way up to #44 by the end of 1923, the highest ranking achieved by anyone entering the season unranked.

Fallen from grace: LOTS of options here. It's very hard not to pick Carl Mays, who had a bizarrely dreadful season in the middle of an excellent career and fell from 7th to 61st, but part of his issue is that the Yankees were so deep with pitching that they could bench him as soon as he started struggling and still have five excellent starters (more about them later). Babe Adams (who LOVES the GS2 formulation) had his last year as a regular, falling from 11th to 33rd; Art Nehf held up a bit better, but still went from #10 to #23. But this... award? This designation goes to Stan Coveleski, a steady great for the last half-decade who somehow managed to fall from #5 to #27 while WINNING THE AL ERA TITLE. (The main issues causing his decline: he allowed 28 unearned runs, leading to an RA over a run higher than his ERA; he stopped pitching quite as deep into his starts, averaging "only" 7.2 innings and completing barely half of them; and he was shut down for the season in mid-August for the second year in a row.)

Coming on strong: Johnny Morrison won 25 games, pitched over 300 innings at a 115 ERA+, and moved from #19 to #6. Jimmy Ring had a winning record for a lousy Phillies team, despite leading the league in earned runs allowed, walks, and wild pitches, and moved from 35th to 13th. But for the sake of foreshadowing, this has to go to Dazzy Vance, who surged from #32 to a high point of #6 before slipping back to 11th to end the season, and whose 197 strikeouts (a) were the most in either league in 6 years, and (b) were a total that Vance himself would exceed in each of the next two seasons.

World Series: Yankees vs. Giants for the third year in a row, with largely the same pitching matchups as in the prior season. The Giants bizarrely entered the Series without a single starter in the top 25, while the Yankees had five hurlers among that group (Bob Shawkey, Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Bullet Joe Bush, and Sad Sam Jones). And unlike in '22, the Yankees' pitching edge played out as would have been expected, with the Giants' starters getting chased in the fourth or earlier in four of the six games. The Yankees won three of those four, split Art Nehf's two starts, and claimed their first title.

Who's on top?: The early '20s were somewhat lacking in truly exceptional starting pitching (meaning, upper-tier Hall of Famers at the peak of their powers). So when season-opening #1 Red Faber (who dominated in '21, and was steadily excellent in '22) struggled to open 1923, nobody was able to take the top spot from him for two full months, despite an ERA in excess of 4. Finally, on June 19, Dolf Luque threw an 11-inning shutout in the midst of a truly spectacular month (6 starts, 54 innings, 4 runs allowed). Starting at that point, Luque engaged in a two-month duel with Grover Cleveland Alexander for the top spot, which changed hands eight times from June 28 to August 24. Luque's four-hit shutout on 8/24 brought about the last such change, and his 27-8, 19.3 masterwork proved sufficient to secure the #1 ranking at the end of the year, despite his having opened the season at #14.
   4. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5870536)
3B: Harlond Clift (39.2 WAR)

Bref lists his nickname as "Darkie", which is explained in the SABR bio:

According to Bill James in his Historical Baseball Abstract, Clift was given the nickname Darkie by teammate Alan Strange, also a rookie, who thought Clift’s first name was Harlem. The moniker, with its racial overtones, stuck.

ahhh.. the good old days

Yeah, we need more nicknames like "Dummy," "Heinie," and "Super Jew." I kid...I kid, but Christ on a cracker, how the hell did we get this far?
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 11:29 AM (#5870540)
Alvin Dark was "Blackie" but that was because he used a black bat, which was unusual at the time
   6. Dag Nabbit at Posted: August 12, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5870544)

1880 Christy Mathewson born
1880 CHC, after winning its first 21 home games of the year, finally loses one
1887 forfeit by PHI in AA. Gus Weyhing hits apaprent triple, RF kicks into stage of the play, which makes it grnd-rule 2B. Argue, then leave
1896 MLB debut: Nap Lajoie
1902 NYG owner Andrew Freedman announces that Cincinnati Reds owner John Brush was taking over the NYG
1912 Harlond Clift born
1912 Cobb attacked by 3 men on his way to game: knifed in shoulder, he catches, pistol whips one & reportedly kills him
1916 Sporting News announces Charles Weegham will be 1st to allow fans to keep balls hit into stands (policy supposedly began on April 29)
1919 Fred Hutchinson born
1922 2,000 wins as manager: John McGraw (2,000-1358)
1925 MLB debut: Freddie Fitzsimmons
1929 Reading Keystones OF George Qullich gets his 15th straight hit: an apparent organized baseball record
1934 after Dean brothers lose both ends of a doubleheader they refuse to go to Detroit for an exhibition game. Diz destroys his uniform. He'll be suspended 10 games for this, (reduced to 7)
1934 500 doubles: Babe Ruth. In his last game in Fenway. Tips cap to fans when leaves in 6th inning
1938 500 doubles: Al Simmons
1938 3,000 wins as manager: Connie Mack (3,000-2,871)
1940 Ernest Lawrence Thayer, author of Casey at the Bat, dies at age 77
1943 For the 1st time since 9/2/22, the NYY have no HoF play for them in the game
1945 Walk-off homer by pitcher: Jim Tobin hits it
1946 by going 4-for-4, Stan Musial has now gone 12-13 over 3 games in 2 days
1952 Texas League game between Ft. Worth & Beaumont stopped for several minutes by segaulls landing on the field
1956 White Sox hit .500: been over it ever since: 4,210-4,210
1964 MLB debut: Mel Stottlemyre born
1966 Pirates 14, Reds 11 (10): game features 11 homers
1966 CAL purchases Aurelio Rodriquez from Jalisco (Mexican League)
1966 BEST WPA game 1 batter has on record: ART SHAMSKY: 3-for-3, 3 HR, 5 RBI. 1.503 WPA. Team LOSES 14-11. 2 extra inning HR
1970 MLB debut: Charlie Hough
1970 Judge Irving Ben Cooper rules against Curt Flood in his suit w/ Bowie Kuhn
1970 HOU releases Jim Bouton
1970 Bob Gibson's longest start: 14 IP, 13 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 13 K. CG W. Entire game takes 3 hours 16 minutes StL 5, SD 4
1973 OAK 13, NYY 12: 6 runs in 7th inning to rally for victory
1974 Ted Sizemore becomes 1st STL in 23 years to walk 5 times in one game. Then happens 32 days later (Reggie Smith)
1974 Matt Clement (not of Alexandria) born
1974 2nd of 3 times in 1974 Ryan fans 19 in a game.
1977 WAS/MIN franchise record 474 games under .500, their peak as Twins (number includes record from WAS days as well)
1978 Tony Perez w/ his first SH since 1969. Last one of his entire career
1984 Pascual Perez game: one of ugliest beanballs ever. Ejected - 10 to 12. See retrosheet for full list. Cops on dugouts at end. ATL-SDP
1986 CWS signs Steve Carlton as free agent
1987 ATL trades Doyle Alexander to DET for John Smoltz
1991 WPA's favorite Barry Bonds game: 1.119 WPA. 2-for-4 w/ 2 R, 2 HR, 4 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 GIDP. PIT 4, STL 3
1991 Barry Bonds hits his 2nd of 10 walk off HR. Best WPA for any of his homers: 0.805
1993 2,000 hits: Tim Raines
1995 MLB debut: Johnny Damon
1995 LA 11, PIT 10 (11). Game ends when catcher picks up pitch rolled a foot from the plate w/ his mask. Can't - runner automatically advances - and scores. Error
1996 Gernommio Berroa, OAK, hits 3 HR in one game for 2nd time this season
1997 FLO trades Rick Helling to TEX for Ed Vosberg
1998 Yanks beat Twins 11-2, pushing Joe Torre's career record to 1,169-1,168. It's always been over .500 since then
1998 100 homers: Alex Rodriquez
1999 MIL fire manager Phil Garner
2001 Yankee franchise record hits 2,000 games over .500. Been over ever since: 8,758-6,758
2001 Greg Maddux, ATL, allows a walk, after 72.1 IP w/out one. IW to Steve Finley (ARI)
2002 Enos Slaughter dies
2003 Pat Gillick resigns from SEA
2003 ATL unviels statue of Warren Spahn outside Turner Field
2007 Magglio Ordonez, DET, homers twice in one inning
2008 Red Sox 19, Rangers 17. Scott Feldman becomes 1st pitcher in 90 years & 9 days to allows 12 runs w/out losing. He's w/ TEX
2009 jackass at Wrigley thows his drink on Shane Victorino. Also: Pedro Martinez's Philly debut. PHI 12, CHC 5
2010 MLB owners unanimously approve sale of TEX to Chuck Greenberg/Nolan Ryan group
2010 Dodgers blow 7-run 8th-inning lead to Phillies. PHI 10, LAD 9
2011 former ATL announcer Ernie Johnson dies at age 87
2011 Carlos Zambrano, CHC, ejected for throwing at ATL's Chipper Jones after allowing 5 HR in 4.1 IP. Then cleans out locker, saying he's retiring
2012 AJ Pierzysnki scores from first on a routine GO to SS. Advances to 2B on roller, to third because C slow covering it, and then scores because the pitcher is not there
2014 Walk-off walk to Adam Rosales: TEX 3, TBR 2 (14). Run scoring is unearned due to error earlier in the inning
2015 TOR becomes 1st squad since 1977 KCR w/ multiple winning streaks of at least 10 games in the season
2015 Hisashi Iwakuma throws a no-hitter: SEA 3, BAL 0. Three walks & 7 Ks
2015 Anthony Rizzo, CHC, jumps on tarp and into stands to catch a foul ball
2016 last game: Alex Rodriguez
2017 SEA retires Edgar Martinez's number
2017 Bryc Harper injures his knee at a non-contact play at first base
2017 DET 12, MIN 11. 5-0 after 1st. Then 5-7 by middle of the fouth & 6-11 at 7th inning stretch. DET: 1 in btm 7th, 3 in bottom 8th & 2 in bottom of the 9th
2017 MIL 6, CIN 5 (11). MIL wins on a walk-off wild pitch. (CIN will lose on another walk-off wild pitch 5 days later)
   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 11:42 AM (#5870546)
1964 MLB debut: Mel Stottlemyre born

I believe that breaks Joe Nuxhall's record
   8. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 12, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5870549)
Bonus note - 1923 is the last year for which I completed rankings under the formulation using original Game Score. The most notable change from one version to the other is that Bob Shawkey was #1 for a bit under original Game Score, and ended the season at #2; under the GS2 version, he peaked at #2 and finished at #7. (Wild guess: the fact that he had 200 walks and 33 HR allowed between the '22 and '23 seasons might be related to his decline between formulas. Notably, he led the majors in HR allowed in 1923 despite being on Babe Ruth's team.)

Also, an extra bonus note - if anyone here deals in large Excel spreadsheets and is unaware of the function INDIRECT, I highly recommend checking it out (I just discovered it over the weekend). I was able to create a spreadsheet that retrieves the top 10 in the rankings from every day of the season in roughly 5 minutes using INDIRECT; otherwise it would probably have taken at least an hour.
   9. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: August 12, 2019 at 12:18 PM (#5870558)
1999 MIL fire manager Phil Garner Other Brewer fans tell me that Garner was the earlier Milwaukee version of Ned Yost. Not certain I buy that just looking at records. Anyone here able to provide background that would lead fans to make that comparison??
   10. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: August 12, 2019 at 01:41 PM (#5870605)
Big fan of INDIRECT.
Freddy Galvis to CIN on waivers. He's got a team option for 5.5m (or a 1m buyout) next year and seems to consistently be a league average player.
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 01:43 PM (#5870606)
Yeah, we need more nicknames like "Dummy," "Heinie," and "Super Jew."

I'll take those over [First Initial] + [First Syllable of Last Name] as a "nickname" any time.
   12. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: August 12, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5870610)
INDIRECT is a pain to set up, but can save a lot of time and is super powerful
   13. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 12, 2019 at 02:06 PM (#5870620)
Other Brewer fans tell me that Garner was the earlier Milwaukee version of Ned Yost.

I thought Ned Yost was the Milwaukee version of Ned Yost.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 12, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5870621)
Alvin Dark was "Blackie" but that was because he used a black bat, which was unusual at the time
Using today's nicknaming convention (the only one other than the one referred to in 11), he would actually be "Darkie."
   15. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: August 12, 2019 at 02:21 PM (#5870624)
13--I wrote earlier. Meaning like there was a Ned Yost before the actual arrived. And not trying to be funny or anything. That is how Brewer fans described Garner to me.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: August 12, 2019 at 05:42 PM (#5870681)
Some pretty bad GM'ing in Toronto to not get something for Galvis at the deadline just to dump him now (a bit odd regardless but possibly a favor to Galvis). How does the waiver order work these days? Does this mean he made it all the way through the AL or is it ordered by MLB standings now? Not that it was gonna happen but it would have been nice for him to fall to the Cubs.

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