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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 14, 1917:

First baseman George Kelly of the Pirates was released back to the New York Giants tonight…according to an announcement made by manager Bezdek.

The Pirates, it seems, had an agreement with John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, whereby Kelly could be returned in the event of his failure to make a favorable impression with Pittsburgh.

That Fritz Mollwitz will be the first baseman for the Pirates within 48 hours is the feeling of among the Pirates…The supposition was strengthened when Kelly’s release was announced.

Mollwitz finished his career with a .241/.278/.294 batting line (72 OPS+), -2.9 WAR and -9.1 WAA.

Kelly wound up in the Hall of Fame.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 10:13 AM (#5512650)
Earl Weaver has plenty of pitching on today's Birthday Team, but won't get many three-run homers.

C: Oscar Siemer (-0.59 WAR)
1B: Alex McKinnon (8.84 WAR)
2B: Mark Loretta (19.38 WAR)
3B: Harry Schafer (3.78 WAR)
SS: Billy Myers (13.64 WAR)
LF: David Peralta (8.3 WAR)
CF: Juan Pierre (16.92 WAR)
RF: Josh Bell (1.3 WAR)

SP: Mark Gubicza (37.95 WAR)
SP: Joe Horlen (23.51 WAR)
SP: Clay Buchholz (15.52 WAR)
SP: Mark Fidrych (11.45 WAR)
SP: Paul Dean (10.03 WAR)
RP: Don Carman (5.55 WAR)

Manager: Earl Weaver
Owner: Magic Johnson
Umpire: Dale Scott
Fun name: Skinny Graham
Indicted on drug trafficking charges: Angel Santos
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 14, 2017 at 11:57 AM (#5512787)
Certainly didn't expect to see Josh Bell on a birthday team at this point in his career.

Not that one: Mark Leonard, who is not the actor who played Spock's father.

Fritz Mollwitz was born in Germany. You have to wonder if German players named Fritz weren't an efficiency in 1917. One missed chance for the Pirates: George Kelly, of course, made the rare second to first base conversion for the 1925 season. The Pirates were playing Jake Pitler, a kid acquired from Chattanooga earlier in the year at second. He hit .233, and just got a couple of at-bats in 1918 before continuing his career in the minors and outlaw leagues.
   3. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM (#5512791)
Votto has gotten on-base at least twice in 18 straight games now. In that 18 game stretch, he has 24 hits, 23bb, and 2 hbp. Only 7 strikeouts. .436/.613/.764 during that span.
   4. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM (#5512817)
The Pirates were playing Jake Pitler

Coach for the Dodgers in the '40s.
   5. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 14, 2017 at 12:37 PM (#5512826)
Votto has gotten on-base at least twice in 18 straight games now. In that 18 game stretch, he has 24 hits, 23bb, and 2 hbp. Only 7 strikeouts. .436/.613/.764 during that span.

Yeah, his hit streak just ended yesterday but he got two walks, so the real streak marches on. He's walked 10 times in the last four games. I submitted an article about it this morning.
   6. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: August 14, 2017 at 01:09 PM (#5512862)
Are there any baseball podcasts that focus on more trivial / ephemeral aspects of the game for comedic effect?
[This was prompted by learning that Enrique Hernandez has baseball pants that were made for him by LuluLemon on Jordan Jesse Go (one of the guests, baseball fan Rhea Butcher, may well be my spirit animal).]
   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 01:15 PM (#5512877)
The Pirates were playing Jake Pitler

Coach for the Dodgers in the '40s.

and one of the few to openly welcome Jackie Robinson
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 14, 2017 at 05:34 PM (#5513123)
Mollwitz was in the middle of a 2-3-5 double play in the longest scoreless tie in MLB history, a 16-inning game between the Braves and Reds on June 13, 1916. With one out in the 12th inning and Ed Fitzpatrick on second, pinch-hitter Pete Compton tapped one up the first base line. Cincy catcher Ivy Wingo raced out to make the play and threw to Mollwitz to retire Compton, and Fitzpatrick, seeing home plate uncovered, made a dash for home. Reds 3B Heinie Groh ran home to cover, and Mollwitz's throw arrived at the same time as did Groh and Fitzpatrick. HP umpire Ernie Quigley originally gave an apparent safe sign, but then called Fitzpatrick out, ruling that he'd never actually touched the plate.

Boston had only three hits, but drew six walks and also had an HBP. Cincinnati had 11 hits and three walks. There were also five errors in the game, two by the Reds and three by the Braves.

-- MWE
   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 14, 2017 at 05:39 PM (#5513125)
McKinnon played only three full seasons in MLB. The Pirates signed him in 1887, but he contracted a reported case of typhoid fever about a month into the season and he died in July.

-- MWE
   10. Batman Posted: August 14, 2017 at 05:59 PM (#5513135)
McKinnon is the all time career leader in RBI for the St. Louis Maroons, a record that seems safe.

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