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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-3-2018

Chicago Eagle, August 3, 1918:

A funny thing happened in a Cleveland-Detroit game some time back. Roth of the Indians made for third on a ball hit by Wamby and slid into the bag. The ball was thrown to Vitt, as Umpire Brick Owens ran over to cover the play. Vitt got the ball, saw the umpire running, got excited, and tagged him so hard with the ball that he sent Owens sprawling, while Roth landed safe.

This is a terrific story, but would be even better if Roth had called the umpire out on the tag.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 03, 2018 at 10:11 AM (#5720193)
A decent Birthday Team today. If you're feeling adventurous and want to try to score more runs to help a shaky pitching staff, Mark Reynolds has been known to attempt second base from time to time.

Truth be told, if an actual team wanted to get Reynolds into the lineup instead of Getz, they'd probably slide Elster to second, play Glaus at short, and put Reynolds at third. Glaus was a shortstop in the minors and played 18 MLB games at SS, so he could pull it off in a pinch. Elster only played one MLB game at second, though, so I didn't feel comfortable playing him there.

C: Ed McFarland (18.7 WAR)
1B: Sid Bream (11.1 WAR)
2B: Gus Getz (0.96 WAR)
3B: Troy Glaus (38.04 WAR)
SS: Kevin Elster (6.17 WAR)
LF: Matthew Joyce (13.87 WAR)
CF: Roger Repoz (6.55 WAR)
RF: Harry Heilmann (72.21 WAR)

SP: Jim Gott (10.47 WAR)
SP: Milo Candini (5.34 WAR)
SP: Mike Jeffcoat (2.74 WAR)
SP: Blake Stein (2.72 WAR)
SP: Whitey Wilshere (0.96 WAR)
RP: Rod Beck (11.35 WAR)
RP: Dick Hyde (5.81 WAR)

-6.43 career WAR: Dan Meyer (-6.43 WAR)
Bench bat: Mark Reynolds (9.35 WAR)
Drafted as a catcher, didn't sign, I'm not sure what happened to him after that: Tom Brady
Fun name: Stub Brown (0.17 WAR)
Manager: Silver Flint (7.79 WAR)
Umpires: Scott Barry, Bob Davidson
   2. BDC Posted: August 03, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5720221)
Seems odd to think of Sid Bream as a better player than Mark Reynolds, but looking at their records, I think he was.

Box-score-line records today are boring, mostly held by top-shelf HOFers. Most times with an ab/r/h/bi line, regular season 1908-present:

4 1 3 1 : Ty Cobb, 23

4 2 3 1 : Ted Williams & Al Kaline, 13

4 3 3 1 : Tris Speaker, 6

4 4 3 1 : nine tied with 2

4 5 3 1 : eight tied with 1 (most recently, Chipper Jones in 1997)
   3. Batman Posted: August 03, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5720225)
Troy Glaus last played eight years ago, although it seems longer than that. He's only a year older than Tom Brady, who must be glad he chose the sport where he could stay healthy.

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