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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2012

Milwaukee Journal, August 22, 1912:

At Chicago the other day Hughie Jennings was arrested and fined $25 for threatening to attack Ban Johnson with a bat.
...

The Hughie Jennings pinched is not the leader of the Detroit Tigers, but is a negro expressman. The Ban Johnson figuring in the case is not the American league president but is a policeman.
...

Needless to say, Manager Jennings and President Johnson were tickled when they read the report of the argument.

Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:42 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:45 AM (#4214502)
Not baseball related, but bizarre and also in the newspaper 100 years ago: A Wisconsin man is knocked unconscious, badly cut and bruised, when he is thrown from a moving merry-go-round. Maybe it looked something like this.
   2. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:53 AM (#4214504)
Today's Birthday Team features two players with 3300+ hits, one of the most successful managers in National League history, and my favorite ten-year-old.

I always thought Chiamparino was going to be a star. Looking back on the numbers, I guess his ceiling (had he not gotten injured) was probably more "solid mid-rotation guy" than "star".

C: Wally Schang
1B: Harry Swacina
2B: Jose Arcia
3B: Paul Molitor
SS: Dud Lee
LF: Carl Yastrzemski
CF/Manager: Ned Hanlon
RF: Happy Felsch

SP: Howie Camnitz
SP: Randy Wolf
SP: Ray Burris
SP: Jeff Weaver
SP: Hipolito Pichardo
RP: Doug Bair
RP: Left-Handed Steve Kline

General Manager: Pat Gillick
Umpire: Mike Everitt
Prospect flameouts: Scott Chiamparino, Gary Scott
My Son: Simon Lee
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 22, 2012 at 07:18 AM (#4214508)
A Hipolito Pichardo sighting! One of the underrated names.
   4. BochysFingers Posted: August 22, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4214516)
Happy Birthday Simon! Not a bad team either, although I'd be a lit leary of what Chris Berman would do to your shortstop's name.
   5. T.J. Posted: August 22, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4214525)
Since they saw fit to mention Hughie's race in the article, I wonder what race the police officer was...
   6. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4214538)
I genuinely have no idea whether the Chicago Police Department had any African-American officers in 1912. I'd tend to think not, but maybe reading all these old newspapers has made me too cynical about race relations of the early 20th century.
   7. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:28 AM (#4214543)
Historical item at THT also notes that today is the 30th anniversary of a walk-off steal of home in extra innings by a backup catcher. Yes, it was the Runnin' Redbirds.
   8. kthejoker Posted: August 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4214656)
From our good friends at Wikipedia:

The first African American officer was appointed in 1872, but black police were assigned to duty in plain clothes only, mainly in largely black neighborhoods.


And from the Encyclopedia of Chicago History:

African Americans were better represented on the force than in other big cities and were slowly promoted, reaching the rank of captain—the first in the United States—in 1940.


So yes, there were black cops in Chicago in 1912 ...
   9. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: August 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM (#4214708)
Thanks, joker. Much obliged.
   10. Bob Evans Posted: August 22, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4214806)
A Wisconsin man is knocked unconscious, badly cut and bruised, when he is thrown from a moving merry-go-round.

I was hoping this was at The House on the Rock.
   11. T.J. Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4214853)
Very interesting. Thanks, folks.
   12. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4214867)
Bartolo Colon busted for PEDs (testosterone), out 50 games.
   13. Dag Nabbit: secretary of the World Banana Forum Posted: August 22, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4214894)
African Americans were better represented on the force than in other big cities and were slowly promoted, reaching the rank of captain—the first in the United States—in 1940.

So yes, there were black cops in Chicago in 1912 ...

Yeah, but I'd be surprised if there that many in 1912.

Big Bill Thompson got the nickname "the Second Lincoln" for his willingness to puts blacks on the city payroll. They voted for him, and he was especially willing to support them after the WWI era Great Migration from the South to Chicago along the Illinois Central railroad. Thompson was mayor from 1915-23, and 1927-31. (Yes, he's the mayor during the Al Capone days - that's why he lost out eventually.

After Thompson, the city GOP distanced itself from the black community. (Among other things, Thompson was Chicago's last GOP mayor). BUT, when the GOP moved away from blacks, the Democratic Party went after them. Mayor Big Ed Kelly (1933-47 reign) incorporated blacks into Chicago's recently formed political machine. But this time there was a sizable black neighborhood on the South Side, complete with their own black Congressman - William Dawson. They voted for the machine, so it's no surprise that Chicago would have the first black police captain in 1940.

But the 1940 police captain was largely the results of changes that occurred after 1912.

Sorry for going on for a bit & off-topic. I just find Chicago history/politics fascinating.

On an on-topic note for the dugout, tonight the Twins might make some unwanted franchise history already.
   14. KJOK Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4215102)
Historical item at THT also notes that today is the 30th anniversary of a walk-off steal of home in extra innings by a backup catcher. Yes, it was the Runnin' Redbirds.


Of all of the probably thousands of games I've listened to on the radio, that moment is probably my favorite one - more unexpected than a triple play, etc.

   15. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 22, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4215118)
Since playing in the All-Star game, Bryan LaHair is hitting .147/.256/.191. He could finish his career never having played as many as 125 games in any one season - yet he'll always have "All-Star" next to his name.
   16. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4215211)
Game of the day (yesterday): It's a tie. Not a tie in the "it's really close and there's margin of error" sense - an actual, rounded-to-three decimals tie for 50th place on the year so far. That's definitely the first one of those I've had.

In this case, I'll say that the tie goes to the shorter game. So, sorry, Padres 7, Pirates 5 (10).

Game of the day (yesterday): Reds 5, Phillies 4. Subheadline: Cliff Lee and the Phillies continue to find crazy ways not to win baseball games.

Lee worked around a Brandon Phillips double in the first. Phillips then made an error on Jimmy Rollins’s grounder to start the bottom of the inning, and Homer Bailey gave up singles to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to bring him around with the game’s first run.

To say that the starters settled in from there would be a substantial understatement. Lee gave up a double to Todd Frazier in the second and a single to Ryan Hanigan in the fifth; Bailey allowed hits to Utley in the third, Kevin Frandsen in the fourth, and Rollins in the fifth. Lee’s armor didn’t crack significantly until the sixth, when Zack Cozart, Drew Stubbs, and Phillips started the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases. But Ryan Ludwick hit into a force at home, and Jay Bruce followed with a double-play grounder, allowing the Phils to preserve their lead for one more inning.

That was as long as it lasted, though. Scott Rolen led off the seventh with a double. Frazier walked, and Hanigan singled to score Rolen and tie the game, with the remaining runners taking second and third on Howard’s error. Bailey struck out, but Cozart put the Reds in front with a sac fly, and Stubbs added a single to make it a 2-run lead and drive Lee from the mound.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, Frandsen singled and Eric Kratz doubled, chasing Bailey from the game. Sean Marshall walked Ty Wigginton to load the bases, and Rollins followed with a two-run double to even the score at 3. Juan Pierre then grounded back to the mound, allowing Marshall to throw Wigginton out at home, and Utley lined out to end the inning.

In came Antonio Bastardo. He retired the first two Cincy hitters in the eighth, but Frazier then hammered a go-ahead homer to left. Jonathan Broxton came on for the Reds in the bottom of the inning and walked Howard, then induced John Mayberry Jr. to hit into a double play. Domonic Brown then singled, and Frandsen tripled him in, tying the score once more before Kratz grounded out to leave the go-ahead run at third for the second straight inning.

Jonathan Papelbon entered for the ninth, and didn’t wait as long as Bastardo had to give up a go-ahead homer – Cozart hit it on his first pitch of the day. Papelbon got the next three outs uneventfully, and that brought in the closer who’s currently about as untouchable as Paps was at his best. Placido Polanco managed to greet Aroldis Chapman with an infield hit. Rollins bunted into a force at second, and Pierre struck out. With Utley at the plate, Rollins stole second and third, putting the tying run 90 feet away. But Utley struck out on the next pitch.

This is how you do an excellent 9-inning game (the fourth-best one of the year to date). Really good pitching for 6 innings, then a bunch of rallies and blown leads in the last 3. The Reds loaded the bases with nobody out while down a run and failed to score - and that was before the late-inning craziness. The Phils tied the game in both the seventh and eighth, and both times left the go-ahead run at third. They didn’t do that in the ninth – but they did leave the tying run at third.
   17. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4215246)
Game of the day (last year): Giants 6, Astros 4 (11). The pitching matchup is Henry Sosa for Houston, and Dan Runzler for the Giants. I have never heard of either of them, and there’s good reason for that – they have 11 career starts between them, and neither has pitched in the majors in 2012. In fact, this game was Runzler’s first career start – and so far, his last.

Both of the undistinguished starters were fine in the first, with Runzler giving up the inning’s only hit, a JD Martinez double. In the second, though, Sosa allowed a rapid sequence of Aubrey Huff double, Nate Schierhotlz single, and Brandon Belt home run, putting the Giants ahead by 3. Not to be outdone, Runzler allowed a single to Jimmy Paredes, then walked Clint Barmes and (after a double steal) Jason Michaels to load the bases. Carlos Corporan hit into a double play that brought home one run. Runzler then walked his pitching counterpart, and allowed an RBI single to Jose Altuve – and was unceremoniously removed from his first ever start before the second inning was over. Reliever Guillermo Mota walked Jason Bourgeois to reload the bases, and allowed a 2-run single to Martinez that put Houston in the lead.

The rest of Sosa’s performance was surprisingly acceptable. He worked a spotless third. After Mota did the same, Sosa started the fourth by hitting Schierholtz with a pitch. Belt singled the runner to third, and Mike Fontenot brought him home to tie the game with a sac fly. But Sosa ended the inning after that, and worked around a K/WP in the fifth before being removed from the game. Mota, meanwhile, was perfect in the fourth and retired the first two Astros he saw in the fifth as well. After that, however, he allowed consecutive singles and was pulled in favor of Steve Edlefsen, who fanned Barmes to end the inning.

The Houston bullpen took over the game in the sixth, and their performance probably shaved at least a month off of Brad Mills’s life expectancy. Wesley Wright walked Huff to start the sixth and moved him to second on a wild pitch before stranding him. (Edlefsen was perfect in the bottom of the inning.) Wilton Lopez hit Chris Stewart with a pitch to lead off the seventh. An Orlando Cabrera single moved Stewart to third. Cody Ross struck out, and Jeff Keppinger grounded to third, with Stewart getting thrown out at home on the play, allowing the Astros to escape. (Santiago Casilla allowed only a two-out single to Martinez.)

Huff reached on an error by pitcher Sergio Escalona with none out in the eighth. Schierholtz hit into a force at second, but Belt and Miguel Tejada both singled, loading the bases with one away. Stewart then flied to left, and Schierholtz was thrown out at home trying to score; that makes back-to-back innings in which Chris Stewart was partially involved in an out at the plate. (Casilla retired the Astros 1-2-3.)

Aaron Rowand led off the ninth with a single against Fernando Rodriguez, but was thrown out trying to take second. That was fortunate for the Astros, because after Ross struck out, Keppinger, Pablo Sandoval, and Huff reached on two singles and a walk to load the bases. Schierholtz flied out to strand all three runners.

The bottom of the ninth was actually interesting enough to escape parenthetical status. Jeremy Affeldt started the inning by hitting Corporan with a pitch and walking Angel Sanchez. Jose Altuve bunted the runners to second and third, and Bourgeois walked to load the bases. Martinez then struck out looking, and Lee flied out to leave the winning runs on.

Mark Melancon started the tenth by walking Belt, but removed him from the bases on a double play. Affeldt stayed in for a second inning of work, which seems like a bad idea considering his performance in the ninth, but he was fine in the tenth, allowing only a two-out single. Melancon pitched the eleventh as well, walking Ross with one out but retiring Aaron Rowand and Keppinger around him. With two outs, however, Sandoval took an 0-1 pitch over the left-center field fence, putting San Francisco ahead for the first time since the second inning. Ramon Ramirez worked a quick bottom of the inning to nail down the victory.

When your starter is pulled in the second and the game lasts 11 innings, it should come as no surprise that the headliner is the bullpen. Indeed, the San Francisco relief corps combined for 9.1 innings, 5 hits, 3 walks, 5 K’s, and no runs allowed (although Mota allowed both of his inherited runners to score). That’s quite an impressive more-than-a-regulation-game’s worth of work, and the offense needed all of it to give them time to finally break through against the adventurous Houston pen.
   18. puck Posted: August 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4215291)
So, have there been many teams with no 10-game winners? Seems likely the Rockies will end up with no 10-game winners.

The Rockies' top 5 in wins:

7 Brothers (short reliever)
5 Friedrich
5 Ottavino ("tandem" reliever)
4 Roenicke ("tandem" reliever)
4 Francis

No one's on pace (though Brothers is close), and the closest pitcher is a short reliever.

They'll probably end up with just 2 or 3 pitchers with 100+ innings, as well. Through 121 games, here are their leaders in innings pitched:

Guthrie 90.2 (traded)
Friedrich 84.2 (injured, out for season?)
Roenicke 73.1 ("tandem" reliever)
White 73.0 (27.2 IP in 7 starts under the 4-man rotation)
Francis 72.2 (64 IP in 13 starts)
Pomeranz 64.2 (41.2 IP in 9 starts)

Not sure if White will remain in the rotation the rest of the year. Supposedly the Rockies want to keep the 4-man rotation next year. They started this June 19; through Aug 21, they had a 5.35 ERA before the experiment, and a 5.33 ERA since.
   19. AndrewJ Posted: August 22, 2012 at 08:38 PM (#4215293)
On this day in 1964 my parents were married. One of my dad's closest childhood friends, who briefly pitched in the bigs*, was in attendance.

* His older brother was a well-known assistant college basketball coach, most notably at Penn.
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM (#4215302)
Let's look at some of the worst teams of recent history. I did the NL first and then realized the AL has way, way, way more 99-loss teams than the NL.

2004 Diamondbacks: Randy Johnson 16-14
2002 Brewers: Ben Sheets 11-16, Glendon Rusch 10-16
1998 Marlins: Livan Hernandez 10-12, Brian Meadows 11-13
1988 Braves: Rich Mahler 9-16
1985 Giants: Scott Garrelts 9-6 (closer), Mike Krukow 8-11, Vida Blue 8-8
1985 Pirates: Rick R_______ 14-8, Rich R_____ 10-15
1982 Reds: Mario Soto 14-13

2011 Twins: Brian Duensing 9-14, Carl Pavano 9-13, Francisco Liriano 9-10
2010 Mariners: Felix Hernandez 13-12
2008 Mariners: Felix Hernandez 9-11
2006 Royals: Mark Redman 11-10
2006 Devil Rays: Scott Kazmir 10-8
2005 Royals: Runelvys Hernandez 8-14
2004 Royals: Darrell May 9-19
2004 Mariners: Ron Villone 8-6. One of two of these teams led in wins by a reliever.
2003 Devil Rays: Victor Zambrano 12-10
2003 Tigers: Mike Maroth 9-21
2002 Tigers: Steve Sparks 8-16, Mark Redman 8-15
2002 Devil Rays: Joe Kennedy 8-11, Victor Zambrano 8-8
2001 Devil Rays: Tanyon Sturtze 11-12
2001 Orioles: Jason Johnson 10-12
1999 Twins: Brad Radke 12-14, LaTroy Hawkins 10-14
1998 Devil Rays: Rolando Arrojo 14-12
1996 Tigers: Omar Olivares 7-11. Felipe Lira 6-14. Jose Lima 5-6. Worst pitching staff of all time.
1989 Tigers: Mike Henneman 11-4, Frank Tanana 10-14
1988 Orioles: Jeff Ballard 8-12, Dave Schmidt 8-5
1987 Indians: Three pitchers with 7 wins. This is the record the Rockies need to tie.
1985 Rangers: Charlie Hough 14-16
1985 Indians: Neal Heaton 9-17, Bert Blyleven 9-11





   21. puck Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4215308)
Thanks! It's a lot more common than I would have thought.
   22. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4215318)
I meant to make the ones that had no 10-game winner bold, but then forgot. And then to do it in the edit window would take forever.
   23. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4215324)
Francis 72.2 (64 IP in 13 starts)


Plus five more tonight, to give him 77.2, so he looks like he'll make it. Plus he's in line for his fifth win, halfway to the magic ten.

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