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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2014

Toledo News-Bee, August 5, 1914:

The British censorship has been extended to the baseball scores sent to London for publication there. The cable officials have been notified that the scores will not be accepted. It is presumed that the military censor believes they might be code messages intended for Germany.

“Tell Kluck and Bülow to turn south when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-6.”

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:58 AM (#4764507)
Deep starting rotation on today's Birthday Team.

C: Ebba St. Claire
1B: John Olerud
2B: Buddy Gremp
3B: Eric Hinske
SS: Ossie Chavarria
LF: Bobby Kielty
CF: Carl Crawford
RF: Bernie Carbo

SP: Nelson Briles
SP: Mark Mulder
SP: Dave Rozema
SP: Rick Mahler
SP: Sam Gibson
RP: Bill Pleis

Owner: Jacob Ruppert
Ballpark organ player: Wilbur Snapp
Fourth outfielder/groundskeeper: Rick Bosetti
Less-talented brother: Tommie Aaron
Fun Names: Rocky Krsnich, Slim McGrew
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4764512)
Nellie Briles put so much torgue into his motion that falling literaly flat on the ground was a common part of his follow through. He went 2-1, 2.65 in 37 postseason innings (4 different seasons), and tossed a 2-hit shutout in the 1971 Series. He had something of a lounge act during the latter part of his career. His most-similar list on BB-Ref include a lot of pitchers who seem a lot more remembered to me: Dock Ellis, Bob Purkey, Johnny Antonelli, Johnny Sain, Joaquin Andujar, Harvey Haddix, Mike Scott.
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4764520)
“Tell Kluck and Bülow to turn south when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-6.”

Nice lead-in, Dan.

I was watching the Military History Channel's series on WWI, and learned that Mulhouse, which I assumed was pronounced "Mul-house", is pronounced "mul-ooze" to the French, anyway.
   4. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4764525)
Random stat I just noticed: Mark Lowe is tied for the Indians team lead this season with four intentional walks allowed. He's pitched seven innings.

Nothing tells a pitcher "I have zero faith in your ability to get people out" quite like asking him to walk 10% of the batters who come to the plate.
   5. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:34 AM (#4764529)
Nice lead-in, Dan.
Thanks. I've spent the past few years reading a bunch of stuff about World War I because, before I took the time to learn about it, the war made absolutely no sense to me.

And, now that I've read thousands of pages of histories about World War I, the war makes absolutely no sense to me.
   6. mathesond Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4764532)
Olerud, Hinske, Kielty, and Bosetti - a few ex-Blue Jays on today's roster.

When I was a wee lad, I thought Bosetti was the best centerfielder in the game, mainly because he always seemed to make a catch against the wall at games I attended.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4764534)
Random stat I just noticed: Mark Lowe is tied for the Indians team lead this season with four intentional walks allowed. He's pitched seven innings.

Nothing tells a pitcher "I have zero faith in your ability to get people out" quite like asking him to walk 10% of the batters who come to the plate.
How many times does he face the next batter himself? Many managers don't want the incoming pitcher to start off his appearance by throwing balls on purpose, so the exiting pitcher has to do it.
   8. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4764535)
How many times does he face the next batter himself? A lot of managers don't want the incoming pitcher to start off his appearance by throwing balls on purpose, so the exiting pitcher has to do it.
Great question, so I looked it up: Every time Lowe has intentionally walked a batter in 2014, he stayed in the game to face the next hitter.

Three of the four IBBs came in a two-day period, May 22-23 against the Orioles.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4764550)
Some people on Twitter are saying MLBAM is pulling the plug on "Sports on Earth" which would be a shame. It was a lot better than I expected it to be.
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4764551)
And, now that I've read thousands of pages of histories about World War I, the war makes absolutely no sense to me.

The only sense I can get out of it is that everyone had their own purposes for going to war. The Kaiser was the biggest pot-stirrer and seems to be one of the biggest a$$####s ever, but the other cousins and assorted leaders weren't exactly shrinking violets militarily themselves.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:35 AM (#4764557)
USA Today is getting out of "Sports on Earth" - MLBAM will continue to operate it.
   12. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4764566)
What is Sports on Earth? A quick Google brought up a website with too many pictures. Is that it?
   13. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4764572)
It's a website consisting of a series of articles about sports. Like Grantland, but without any super-long articles, and entirely about sports, and not part of ESPN. It's a lot better than the Yahoo or Fox or NBC sports websites, albeit it doesn't have any of the basic news stories that you can get anywhere. Also better than SI, now that that website is only comprehensible on smartphones.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4764612)
Will Leitch from Deadspin is the main writer guy there. Wendy Thurm is a pretty good writer there. Posnanski used to write there. Leigh Montville, Selena Roberts, Howard Megdal, Joe Sheehan, and Dirk Hayhurst have all written there at one time or another.
   15. Born1951 Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4764619)
The Mariners have allowed 3.31 runs per game this season. The fewest in the 162 game era (non-strike years) is 3.19 by the 1969 Orioles. The only other ones lower than the Mariners rate were the 2011 Phillies (3.27) and the 1975 Dodgers (3.30).
   16. Batman Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4764680)
So, so far, the Mariners are the best DH-era AL team at preventing runs.

Edit: there were three strike-year AL teams ahead of the M's- The 1972 (pre-DH) Orioles (2.79) and A's (2.95) and the 1981 Yankees (3.21).
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4764720)
Wow, Marlins P Jacob Turner DFAed. Once a first round pick and top prospect.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4764721)
Shane Victorino out for the year.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4764735)
The Mariners have allowed 3.31 runs per game this season. The fewest in the 162 game era (non-strike years) is 3.19 by the 1969 Orioles. The only other ones lower than the Mariners rate were the 2011 Phillies (3.27) and the 1975 Dodgers (3.30).


I don't think this is true.

E.G. 3 NL teams in 1968 alone allowed less than 3.19 runs per game.
   20. Moeball Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4764739)
Just throwing this out there for the heck of it - over at HB Times there was an interesting article on how ballparks are oriented. Maybe this is old news to some of you but I'd never realized this before and thought it was interesting.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4764751)
If Mike Trout had played for the Marlins, he'd have the 2nd most WAR in franchise history already at 26.5, just behind Hanley Ramirez's 26.8.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4764762)
From Rany Jazeryli: since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Royals have a better record than the Boston Red Sox.

But flags fly forever.
   23. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4764783)
Wow, Marlins P Jacob Turner DFAed. Once a first round pick and top prospect.

Boy, everything about his struggles this year just looks like bad luck. His peripherals are pretty much the same as they were in 2013 when he had a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts. Opponents are hitting .368 on balls in play this year, despite a below average Line Drive Percentage. He’s also only stranding 64% of batters who get on base (was 75% last year; league average is about 72.)

I can't imagine he'll be available for long. PLEASE let there be a way for him to pass all the way to the Twins!
   24. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4764792)
The Orioles have released Clay Rapada, ensuring that he will hold on to his record as the winningest pitcher in baseball history to never lose a game. (He's 8 and 0. But phenom James Paxton is right behind him at 5 and 0.)
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:32 PM (#4764840)
Jim Johnson to the Tigers.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4764845)
And apparently Sports on Earth has just laid off a bunch of writers. So it was nice while it lasted.
   27. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:36 PM (#4764847)
Wasn't Joe Poz one of the guys on staff at Sports on Earth?
   28. Born1951 Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4764883)
I don't think this is true.
E.G. 3 NL teams in 1968 alone allowed less than 3.19 runs per game.

You are correct Nate, the year range I checked was actually 1969-2013. Thanks for the catch.
   29. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:56 PM (#4764884)
And apparently Sports on Earth has just laid off a bunch of writers. So it was nice while it lasted.
Ah, that makes sense. I've noticed a dramatic decrease in quality lately.

For instance, SoE published a column today about the ongoing expansion in MLS, with the main premise being that irresponsible and uncontrolled expansion nearly killed the league in 2002. Well, great, but when folding the league was on the table, the league had expanded by two teams in its six seasons.

If you've got no employees, it seems a whole lot less likely that you'd have someone to fact-check. Bummer, too...SoE did have quality content in its prime.
   30. The District Attorney Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4764894)
Wasn't Joe Poz one of the guys on staff at Sports on Earth?
For about two hot minutes.
   31. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4764903)
Nats acquire LHP Matt Thornton from the Yanks
   32. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:54 PM (#4764983)
All these deals today, and the other GMs are STILL not being aggresive enough with Ruben Amaro.
   33. TerpNats Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4765018)
To #11 and #26: Gannett today separated its print and broadcast entities, similar to what Tribune did yesterday. A friend of mine whom I worked with at the Courier-News in central New Jersey in the mid-'90s wrote on his Facebook page that several of his former colleagues will have to reapply for their jobs.
   34. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 05, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4765067)
The Game of 8/4/84 matched up a couple of second-year pitchers who had very different roles in 1984 than they would for the rest of their (pretty long) careers. The game itself was a tight one that featured a big performance from a talented rookie who probably wasn't in the right spot in the batting order - especially given what he would do over the remainder of the season.
   35. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4765154)
The Game of 8/4/14 featured one team loading the bases and failing to score three times, while the other blew a squeeze play and issued perhaps the strangest intentional walk of the season. One of the teams finally managed to come out on top, but only with a bit of help from their opponents and possibly the umpires in the bottom of the tenth.

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