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Friday, September 08, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2017

Seattle Star, September 8, 1917:

Shortstop Lavan and Second Baseman Pratt, of the Browns, have each filed suit against P.D. Ball, president of the club, for $50,000 damages, for alleged slanderous statements contained in an interview in a St. Louis paper.

The petitions assert Ball, “by his statements, meant and intended to charge that the plaintiffs and other players failed to play a good game of ball, and that the plaintiff was unfaithful and dishonest in his business and profession of baseball.”

Ball denies the charges.

Nothing gets a player excited to come to work quite like the owner accusing them of dogging it.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2017 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2017 at 09:42 AM (#5528325)
Today's Birthday Team is great...if you like good-but-not-great pitchers and catchers playing out of position. The top seven September 8 players in career WAR are pitchers, and four of the top five position players are catchers.

The good news is that Buck Leonard is wholeheartedly welcome to join today's team. The bad news is that he's the only impact player on the roster.

C: Val Picinich (7.28 WAR)
1B: Buck Leonard (0 WAR)
2B: Casey Wise (-1.89 WAR)
3B: Ed Grimes (-0.12 WAR)
SS: Jim Smith (-0.04 WAR)
LF: Nick Hundley (7.9 WAR)
CF: Logan Schafer (0.66 WAR)
RF: Ernie Orsatti (4.38 WAR)

SP: Ken Forsch (26.37 WAR)
SP: Gil Meche (17.09 WAR)
SP: Gerrit Cole (12.6 WAR)
SP: Steve Hargan (10.59 WAR)
SP: Al Demaree (8.52 WAR)
RP: Don Aase (15.26 WAR)
RP: Jim Bagby Jr. (10.42 WAR)

Fun name: Press Cruthers, Rosie Rosebraugh, Pasqual Coco, Slick Castleman
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:10 AM (#5528408)
Today is my daughter's 22nd birthday. It's been a pretty rocky six years for us since my separation/divorce. Teen angst combined with her being my ex's biological daughter while I'm "only" her dad by adoption means she's hardly had anything to say to me in that time. But we've been texting amicably over the last few weeks and made tentative lunch/dinner plans for next week since her birthday weekend was already crammed full of stuff. I hope these are the first steps toward things getting back to the way they were before all the nastiness.
   3. BDC Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:20 AM (#5528420)
All best wishes, Pat, and I hope your get-together goes well. And now you can mention that she shares a birthday with Ernie Orsatti, which ought to win you some points :)
   4. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:22 AM (#5528425)
Good luck to you, Pat.
   5. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:40 AM (#5528458)
Good luck, Pat.
Martin Maldonado leads the majors in games caught?
   6. Man o' Schwar Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5528484)
Don Aase baseball cards never failed to get a laugh out of my 11-year-old self.
   7. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 08, 2017 at 12:26 PM (#5528533)
Best wishes Pat. I am very fortunate regarding my divorce and kids, and I feel for anyone who has not been as lucky as I.
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 08, 2017 at 05:33 PM (#5528878)
Thanks, everybody. I appreciate the kind words.
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 08, 2017 at 07:22 PM (#5528912)
Best wishes, Pat. I noticed that my father noticeably improved between the time I was 15/16 and the time when I was 22, even without the pain of the divorce/separation.


I had to look up Slick Castleman to see if he was any relation to Foster Castleman, for whom I got too many baseball cards in my early days of collecting. However, he was not related even if both were negative career WAR guys.

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