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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2017

Bismarck Tribune, September 21, 1917:

The National baseball commission today announced that the world’s series would open on the grounds of the Chicago Americans, October 6, with the second game played there Sunday, October 7.
...
Soldiers now in France and also those who are preparing to fight for liberty, were remembered by the commission. Announcement was made that a 1,000 word story would be cabled to France after each game for the benefit of the soldiers there…

President Wilson and Generals Barry, Carter, Bell and McCain will be invited to attend the series.

“No, that’s cool, you guys have fun at the World Series. Enjoy yourselves. We’ll just hang out here in the trenches getting blown up.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:25 AM (#5535630)
A deep, if not spectacular, pitching staff on today's Birthday Team. It surprised me to see that Doug Davis put up more career WAR than Cecil Fielder, but I guess Fielder had a short-ish career as an everyday player, gets dinged for being a 1B/DH, and spent a couple years in Japan.

C: Jerry Zimmerman (-2.67 WAR)
1B: Cecil Fielder (17.11 WAR)
2B: Scott Spiezio (8.83 WAR)
3B: Dick Buckley (4.86 WAR)
SS: Joaquin Arias (1.09 WAR)
LF: Bris Lord (5.43 WAR)
CF/Manager: Tom Brown (14.73 WAR)
RF: Elmer Smith (13.63 WAR)

SP: Sam McDowell (41.75 WAR)
SP: Doug Davis (18.53 WAR)
SP: Max Butcher (17.85 WAR)
SP: Elden Auker (15.44 WAR)
SP: Carlos Martinez (13.1 WAR)
RP: Danny Cox (9.50 WAR)
RP: Aurelio Lopez (9.44 WAR)
RP: Joe Haynes (10.43 WAR)

General Manager: John McHale
Fun name: Ad Swigler
Running back: D.J. Dozier
Not that one: Jack Horner
   2. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:26 AM (#5535754)
The Reds have played 152 games. Votto has played in them all and reached base safely in 140 of them. Naturally, this led me to look into the players who safely reached base in the most games in a season. Turns out, the AL record is 152, with the NL record being 151 (3 times). So, there's a trivia question. Who are these players who reached base in at least 150 games in a season (note, these are the only 4 times that a player reached base in at least 150 games in a season)?

Hint 1: It's not Barry Bonds (though, he did reach base in 141 of 147 games played in 2004, which must be the highest percentage of games reaching base safely to games played)
Hint 2: There are only 2 NL guys. One of them reached 151 twice
   3. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM (#5535760)
Guess #1: Wade Boggs?

edit: Todd Helton?
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:31 AM (#5535761)
Pete Rose?
   5. PreservedFish Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:34 AM (#5535763)
Err, Lou Gehrig? Ted Williams?
   6. PreservedFish Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM (#5535765)
oh wait, just remembered 162 / 154
   7. Sweatpants Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:35 AM (#5535766)
Carlos Delgado, 2000?
   8. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM (#5535771)
First guess by JJ1986 is correct. Wade Boggs reached base safely in 152 games in 1985.

No on Helton.

and no on Rose
   9. stanmvp48 Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:41 AM (#5535774)
Joe Morgan?
   10. PreservedFish Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:43 AM (#5535775)
Jeff Bagwell?
   11. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM (#5535777)
no on Morgan.
   12. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:46 AM (#5535780)
Bagwell is correct. He is also the one to reach 151 twice, in 1996 and 1999.

Joe Morgan only played more than 151 games in a season 3 times in his career and never more than 157...
   13. stanmvp48 Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM (#5535788)
Harper?
   14. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM (#5535789)
oh, another note on Bonds' 2004, 2 of the games he played and didn't reach base in he was 0-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance.

And, our other 151 games guy also had two 0-1 pinch-hit appearances...


no on Harper.

hint: the other guy is also a first baseman and a contemporary of Jeff Bagwell.
   15. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:53 AM (#5535793)
Olerud?
   16. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 10:54 AM (#5535794)
Yes, Olerud is it. And, somewhat surprisingly, not in one of his .350+ ba seasons, but, in 1999, when he hit .298 with a ton of walks.
   17. Batman Posted: September 21, 2017 at 11:08 AM (#5535809)
Ted Williams reached in 149 of the 155 games he played in 1949, so he beat Bonds's rate by a little.

Joe DiMaggio only played 139 games in 1941. He reached in 131 of them, so it's only the fifth most games with a reached-base in a season by a Dimaggio.
   18. mathesond Posted: September 21, 2017 at 11:22 AM (#5535824)
I had a vague recollection of Doug Davis pitching for the Jays at one point, so I looked it up, sure enough, a dozen appearances (11 starts) in 2003. what really caught my eye was only 25K is 54 innings - he issued 26 BBs! despite a WHIP approaching 1.8, his ERA was 5, his FIP was 5.05, good enough for an ERA+ of 95 in his Toronto stay. He then got traded to the Brewers, and in his 8 starts for them that year his FIP was 4.88, but his ERA was 2.58.
   19. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: September 21, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5535945)
Ted Williams reached in 149 of the 155 games he played in 1949, so he beat Bonds's rate by a little.


Cool. I actually do not pay for a play index subscription, so, while I could see the numbers, I couldn't see who had them and then went and hunted them down.
   20. Wahoo Sam Posted: September 21, 2017 at 03:30 PM (#5536109)
Ty Cobb's 148 in 1915 appears to be the record in a 154-game season BEFORE Williams broke it.

That year, Cobb reached base in every game from April 25th to August 4th, a span of about 13 weeks! That was 86 of 87 games, and he reached base via error in the one game where he failed to reach on his own efforts. In those 87 games, Cobb's stats are video game-worthy: 121 hits and 71 walks for 192 times on base in 87 games. He hit .397 and stole 56 bases too.

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