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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-11-2020

Memphis News Scimitar, December 11, 1920:

Arrest and arraignment were expected [in Los Angeles] today in the case of at least one of the four men indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy late yesterday by the Los Angeles county grand jury, after an inquiry of two months’ duration into charges of corruption in Pacific Coast league baseball games in 1919.

That one was W. Baker (“Babe”) Borton, former Vernon first baseman. The other three indicted were Harl V. Magert [sic] and W.G. Rumler, former Salt Lake outfielders, and Nathan Raymond, alleged gambler of Seattle, Wash.

Borton didn’t go to prison, but unsurprisingly his baseball career was over. Maggert was done too, though he was 37 years old at the time. Somehow Bill Rumler escaped with an eight-year suspension instead of a lifetime ban.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2020 at 08:11 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 11, 2020 at 08:13 AM (#5993690)
A good pitching staff on today's Birthday Team, but not much in the infield.

If you were so inclined, you could get more WAR into the starting lineup by moving Derek Bell to third base and playing Thomas Howard in center. But if you remember what Derek Bell was like as a third baseman, you'd know what an awful idea that would be. Also, truth be told, I like Andy Tracy and I'm the guy making the lineups.

C: Art Wilson (14.5 WAR)
1B: Jay Bell (37.2 WAR)
2B: Johnny O'Brien (0.0 WAR)
3B/Punter: Andy Tracy (-0.5 WAR)
SS: Rob Andrews (0.9 WAR)
LF: Lee Maye (15.7 WAR)
CF: Derek Bell (13.1 WAR)
RF: Bill Nicholson (41.7 WAR)

SP: Old Hoss Radbourn (75.4 WAR)
SP: Fred Toney (25.9 WAR)
SP: Hal Brown (17.5 WAR)
SP: Slim Harriss (13.6 WAR)
SP: Joe Blanton (11.9 WAR)
RP: Mike Henneman (12.9 WAR)

Johnny's Twin Brother: Eddie O'Brien (-1.9 WAR)
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 11, 2020 at 09:20 AM (#5993696)
I've been mostly on social media sabbatical that's coincided with the election. I have a question, though: does the website seem to be on autopilot now? It seems like all the threads for several weeks have been submitted by a tiny number of people. I submitted a Hall of Fame tracker thread a few days ago which didn't show up anywhere, so I'm wondering if the threads getting through are from people who can somehow post their own submissions.
   3. John DiFool2 Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:45 AM (#5993705)
[stoopid hamsters]
   4. The Mighty Quintana Posted: December 11, 2020 at 11:53 AM (#5993714)
If you wanted to avoid watching Rob Andrews try to hit, you could move Jay Bell back to short, Lee Maye to first, and then Play 90's journeyman Thomas Howard in left.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 11, 2020 at 01:25 PM (#5993726)
The O'Brien twins are probably best known for being star basketball players at Seattle University. Johnny was the first player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points in a season.

They were primarily infielders (although Eddie spent one year as a very bad centerfielder), but their pitching numbers had a significant effect on their overall WAR figures. Eddie as a position player had a WAR of -2.2, but his pitching WAR of 0.4 (in 16 innings) pulled his overall war up a bit to -1.9. Conversely, Johnny had a WAR as a position player of 0.4, but his -0.4 WAR as a pitcher (in 61 innings) dragged his overall WAR back down to 0.0.
   6. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: December 11, 2020 at 02:36 PM (#5993735)
Does anyone know why, when I try to post to the mock HoF ballot thread, it says that I don't have permission?
   7. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: December 11, 2020 at 02:52 PM (#5993737)
Earlier, I could edit other people’s posts in the HOF ballot thread. Maybe somethings going wrong in the background.
   8. The Honorable Ardo Posted: December 11, 2020 at 05:53 PM (#5993760)
Bob Sebra's birthday is today. His last major league pitch was a doozy.
   9. Gch Posted: December 11, 2020 at 09:42 PM (#5993776)
I've been mostly on social media sabbatical that's coincided with the election. I have a question, though: does the website seem to be on autopilot now? It seems like all the threads for several weeks have been submitted by a tiny number of people. I submitted a Hall of Fame tracker thread a few days ago which didn't show up anywhere, so I'm wondering if the threads getting through are from people who can somehow post their own submissions.


The same thing happened to me. I submitted a story a few days ago and it never got posted.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:12 PM (#5993779)
I submitted a Hall of Fame tracker thread a few days ago which didn't show up anywhere, so I'm wondering if the threads getting through are from people who can somehow post their own submissions.
The same thing happened to me. I submitted a story a few days ago and it never got posted.
Not to be critical of those regularly providing content, but it does appear that those currently doing so either aren’t authorized, or perhaps aren’t inclined, to also green light articles submitted by others, since people have been lamenting the difficulty of getting their submissions posted for quite some time, which probably has resulted in fewer submissions. I’ve made posts in several threads lamenting the lack of a current Hall of Fame Tracker thread, without response by any of the powers-that-be. Unfortunate, but that seems to be the state of the site.
   11. Hank Gillette Posted: December 13, 2020 at 08:35 PM (#5993950)
I have to log in every time I come to the site now.

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