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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-19-2019

Harrisburg Telegraph, December 19, 1919:

Jim Scott and Jack Fournier are serious in their intention to quit their baseball careers at San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively and engage in the lubricating oil business in Seattle.

They have purchased the rights for the distribution of the product of the Peerless Oil and Refining Company, a Pennsylvania concern, in Washington and Alaska, and have an option on another State, which, if they make the success of their enterprise that they anticipate, will necessitate taking in a partner. That partner, it has been settled on, will be George “Buck” Weaver, third baseman of the Chicago White Sox.
...
These baseball stars may quit the diamond for good, unless arrangements can be made for them to play with the Seattle ball club for the home games of the Rainiers. At any rate, neither will play with the clubs which now has title to their baseball services.

Neither of them made it to Seattle for 1920. Fournier was back in the big leagues doing Jack Fournier things, this time with the Cardinals: He hit .306, on-based .370, put up 50 extra-base hits, and played horrible defense. Despite his threats, Death Valley Jim stayed in San Francisco, throwing 354.1 excellent innings for the Seals.

It’s a shame the oil thing didn’t happen. Buck Weaver was about to need a job.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 09:34 AM | 65 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 09:36 AM (#5909836)
It's the second Birthday Team in a row with a Hall of Fame Detroit outfielder. This one also has the greatest Belizean ballplayer in history, Chito Martinez.

C: Paul Krichell (-0.5 WAR)
1B: Russell Branyan (11.3 WAR)
2B: Tony Taylor (23.4 WAR)
3B: Mickey Witek (7.6 WAR)
SS: Art Butler (2.3 WAR)
LF: Walt Williams (2.4 WAR)
CF: Al Kaline (92.8 WAR)
RF: Chito Martinez (2.2 WAR)

SP: Geoff Zahn (20.3 WAR)
SP: Bill Wegman (17.8 WAR)
SP: Ian Kennedy (16.8 WAR)
SP: Doug Johns (3.2 WAR)
SP: Clay Parker (1.9 WAR)
RP: Rafael Soriano (13.9 WAR)
RP: Mike Fetters (7.7 WAR)
RP: Jose Leclerc (5.1 WAR)
RP: Aaron Loup (4.4 WAR)

Manager: Tom Lawless
6 HR in one college game: Marshall McDougall
Commissioner: Ford Frick
Fun names: Welcome Gaston, Burley Bayer
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 09:49 AM (#5909837)
This one also has the greatest Belizean ballplayer in history, Chito Martinez.

also the only Belizian ballplayer
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5909840)
...which is actually mildly surprising. The Cubs are weirdly popular in Belize, it's a former British colony so presumably there would be cricketers, and geographically it's in a basebally area.

I guess the thing is there just aren't that many people in Belize - the population of Belize is roughly the same as the Canton-Massillon, Ohio metro area, which hasn't had a big leaguer since Dirk Hayhurst retired.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5909844)
2B: Tony Taylor (23.4 WAR)

So, looked up the best player on the team I hadn't heard of (and found something interesting. Taylor got a ton of PT for a well below average player. 8501 PA, despite being -7.5 WAA. That's 12th all-time for a player with WAA < -5.

Anyone want to guess the other 11?
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5909845)
1B: Russell Branyan (11.3 WAR)

what a strange career--14 years but only one year with >500 PAs at age 33, and it was a pretty decent year --.251/347/520 with an OPS+ of 130 .He was the prototype of the TTO hitter, though that wasn't a thing yet when he played. Ended up with a TTO%age of .504 which I think is still the record for anyone with >3000 PAs. (Though if Joey Gallo continues to get playing time, he'll blow that out of the water--Gallo is at .592 lifetime)
   6. crict Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5909846)
Some Jonah Keri news from Montreal.

Prominent baseball writer and New York Times bestselling author Jonah Keri has been arrested again, this time on new charges alleging he assaulted his wife and a minor.

Keri, 45, was arrested in Montreal on Tuesday and detained overnight. He appeared at the courthouse Wednesday and was released on bail.

In all, Keri faces eight new charges. They include assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, criminal harassment and uttering threats. His wife is the complainant in each of the charges not related to the minor.
   7. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5909848)
Man, that's so disappointing. If Keri did the stuff he's accused of doing, they should prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. The behavior that's alleged is disgusting and unacceptable.

As a baseball analyst he always seemed like something of a kindred spirit, but as a human being, that's ugly stuff. Yuck.
   8. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:27 AM (#5909849)
Anyone want to guess the other 11?
I'm struggling to come up with people who had inexplicably long careers as regulars. Scott Brosius came to mind, but he ended up at 0.5 WAA in 3889 AB.

Still pondering.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5909850)
Some Jonah Keri news from Montreal.


Strangely, the events behind these charges appear to have happened in April and May before his arrest and charges in July. Does anyone have an idea why those charges wouldn't have been brought back then? The complainant is the same (his wife).
   10. JJ1986 Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5909851)
I'm pretty sure Bill Buckner has a negative WAA.
   11. Itchy Row Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5909853)
Anyone want to guess the other 11?
Bill Buckner was pretty far below average, wasn't he?
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:38 AM (#5909856)
I know Joe Carter has a significantly negative WAA
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:38 AM (#5909857)
Kranepool probably didn't get that many PAs.

Paul Konerko?
   14. JJ1986 Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:40 AM (#5909858)
Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette are both negative, but neither had a long enough career.
   15. PreservedFish Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:42 AM (#5909861)
How about Ed Kranepool and Paul Konerko?
   16. PreservedFish Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5909863)
Dammit SOSH U.
   17. JJ1986 Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5909864)
Konerko makes me think of Carlos Lee.
   18. crict Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5909866)
Strangely, the events behind these charges appear to have happened in April and May before his arrest and charges in July. Does anyone have an idea why those charges wouldn't have been brought back then? The complainant is the same (his wife).


I couldn't find more, but the canadian system is struggling with a supreme court decision (R v Jordan) that puts a ceiling of 18 months between the charges and the trial in a provincial court without preliminary inquiry, or 30 months in other cases. So the crown maybe was trying to gain some time.
   19. Mike Webber Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5909892)
So what kind of guy would get a 13-17 year career and always be about average?

A decent but not good fielder, maybe at a position where the standard of hitting surges forward, like 3B in the 1970's, or SS in the 1990s. Or an OF with some pop, but zero OBP and likely a bad fielder, but not so awful that his pop doesn't out weigh his miscues. So yeah, Carlos Lee.

Also maybe a basestealer, that his perceived value was considered higher at the time than it is now.

Aurelio Rodriquez
Larry Bowa
Luis Aparicio
   20. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5909894)
Anyone want to guess the other 11?

I don't know where he would be on the list, but Doc Cramer has to be on it somewhere.

Oh, and Charlie Grimm.
   21. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5909902)
I know of Tony Taylor mainly because he was traded by he Cubs to get Fergie Jenkins.

Long career, below average...Lloyd Waner?
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5909904)
Strangely, the events behind these charges appear to have happened in April and May before his arrest and charges in July. Does anyone have an idea why those charges wouldn't have been brought back then? The complainant is the same (his wife).
Could be new information that wasn’t previously volunteered, although that would seem unusual, could be the prosecutors are piling on based on essentially the same conduct in the prior charges, or it could be the wife is throwing everything against the wall hoping something sticks. Might be other reasons, too. I don’t think we’re in any position to assess the strength of the case, not that that will prevent some from doing so.
   23. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5909905)
I'm pretty sure Bill Buckner has a negative WAA.

Correct. #1 10,037 PA

I know Joe Carter has a significantly negative WAA

Correct. #6 9,154

Kranepool probably didn't get that many PAs.

Nope.


Paul Konerko?


Correct. #3 9,505

Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette

Nope on both.

Konerko makes me think of Carlos Lee.

Lee's not negative enough (-0.2 WAA). I set the max at -5.

Aurelio Rodriquez
Larry Bowa
Luis Aparicio


Bowa is #7. 9109.

I don't know where he would be on the list, but Doc Cramer has to be on it somewhere.

Oh, and Charlie Grimm.


Cramer #2. 9927.
Grimm #9. 8747.
   24. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5909907)
To recap

1. Bill Buckner, 10,037
2. Doc Cramer, 9,927
3. Paul Konerko, 9,505
4. ???
5. ???
6. Joe Carter, 9,154
7. Larry Bowa, 9,109
8. ???
9. Charlie Grimm, 8,747
10. ???
11. ???
12. Tony Taylor, 8,501
   25. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:37 PM (#5909909)
Long career, below average...Lloyd Waner?

Not bad enough. -2.1 WAA. Also misses on PA, 8333.
   26. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:39 PM (#5909910)
Looking at the P-I list, 6 of the 12 players, including Taylor, played for the Cubs. All but 1 have been mentioned.

edit: Make that 7. And 2 others played for the White Sox. And one played for both. Explains a lot about Chicago baseball over the years.
   27. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:42 PM (#5909914)
Time for clues?
   28. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5909915)
#'s 13 and 14 also played in Chicago.
   29. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5909919)
PI lists #5 as playing for 5 teams, but he actually only played for 3.
   30. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5909920)
1. Bill Buckner, 10,037
2. Doc Cramer, 9,927
3. Paul Konerko, 9,505
4. ???
5. ???
6. Joe Carter, 9,154
7. Larry Bowa, 9,109
8. ???
9. Charlie Grimm, 8,747
10. ???
11. ???
12. Tony Taylor, 8,501


Clues.

#4 -10.5 WAA, SS/2B. Career started before 1900.
#5 -6.3 WAA, OF. Played in the 90's and 2000's
#8 -12.9 WAA. Played for 9 different teams and hit >300 HRs
#10 -7.5 WAA. Primarily a 3B, played for 10 different teams
#11 -18.8 WAA. SS played for the Cubs (per Misirlou)
   31. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:49 PM (#5909921)
#'s 13 and 14 also played in Chicago.

#13, but not the Cubs.
   32. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:50 PM (#5909924)
#8: Reggie Sanders? I'd kind of be surprised if he were actually below average, but he played for a zillion teams and had power.
   33. The Mighty Quintana Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5909927)
#5 - Tony Womack?
#10 - Ken Reitz?
   34. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5909928)
Juan Pierre?

Edit: Just short on the PAs, which means Adam Dunn comes up just short as well.
   35. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5909929)
#8 -12.9 WAA. Played for 9 different teams and hit >300 HRs

has to be Ruben Sierra
   36. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5909930)
#8: Reggie Sanders?

Well above average (+18 WAA).

#8 has a similar offensive profile though.
   37. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:55 PM (#5909931)
#5 - Tony Womack?
#10 - Ken Reitz?


Nope.

Juan Pierre?


Nope.

has to be Ruben Sierra

Yup.

1. Bill Buckner, 10,037
2. Doc Cramer, 9,927
3. Paul Konerko, 9,505
4. ???
5. ???
6. Joe Carter, 9,154
7. Larry Bowa, 9,109
8. Ruben Sierra, 8,782
9. Charlie Grimm, 8,747
10. ???
11. ???
12. Tony Taylor, 8,501

   38. The Mighty Quintana Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:55 PM (#5909932)
Ahh, just looked up #5...I always forget how irrelevant batting average is. Must be my age...
   39. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:55 PM (#5909933)
Juan Pierre?

Edit: Just short on the PAs, which means Adam Dunn comes up just short as well.


Dunn is #13, Pierre #14, so great guesses.
   40. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5909934)
Ahh, just looked up #5...I always forget how irrelevant batting average is. Must be my age...

#5 and #10 are both well known modern players.
   41. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5909935)
#11 is the second most recent player-manager.
   42. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:59 PM (#5909938)
Garrett Anderson?

   43. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:00 PM (#5909939)
Don Kessinger?

   44. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:00 PM (#5909940)
#5 - Garret Anderson?

EDIT: SoSH is getting all the beverages today.
   45. PreservedFish Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:03 PM (#5909943)
Wow, Garret Anderson is below average? That's harsh.
   46. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:23 PM (#5909957)
Garrett Anderson?

#5

Don Kessinger?

#11

1. Bill Buckner, 10,037
2. Doc Cramer, 9,927
3. Paul Konerko, 9,505
4. ???
5. Garrett Anderson, 9177
6. Joe Carter, 9,154
7. Larry Bowa, 9,109
8. Ruben Sierra, 8,782
9. Charlie Grimm, 8,747
10. ???
11. Don Kessinger, 8530
12. Tony Taylor, 8,501
   47. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5909958)
Played for 9 different teams and hit >300 HRs


most HRs, played for 8 or more franchises

1 Gary Sheffield 509 8
2 Jose Bautista 344 8
3 Bobby Bonds 332 8
4 Ron Gant 321 8
5 Ruben Sierra 306 9
6 Reggie Sanders 305 8
7 Steve Finley 304 8
   48. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5909959)
#4 is hard, but #10 you guys all know.

Here's a hint. #10 not only hit a HR is his last career PA, but it was also the last HR off a Montreal Expos pitcher.

#4 played from 1890-1907 at SS mostly for the Dodgers and Reds.
   49. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5909967)
Todd Zeile?

   50. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:34 PM (#5909971)
Todd Zeile?

Yup.

I'm gonna give you #4, since he's so nondescript, I can't even think of a decent hint.

1. Bill Buckner, 10,037
2. Doc Cramer, 9,927
3. Paul Konerko, 9,505
4. Tommy Corcoran, 9,400
5. Garrett Anderson, 9,177
6. Joe Carter, 9,154
7. Larry Bowa, 9,109
8. Ruben Sierra, 8,782
9. Charlie Grimm, 8,747
10. Todd Zeile, 8,649
11. Don Kessinger, 8,530
12. Tony Taylor, 8,501
   51. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:37 PM (#5909974)
Yup.

That one surprised me. I figured he was better than that, but I couldn't think of any other 3B who played for so many teams.

   52. PreservedFish Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:55 PM (#5909985)
I still think of Todd Zeile as a catcher, because of his Donruss rookie card.
   53. Itchy Row Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:56 PM (#5909987)
Tommy Corcoran has the most qualifying seasons with RBI>=OPS+, so he has that going for him, which is nice. Corcoran had 7 of those seasons. Vinny Castilla, Joe Carter, and Charlie Comiskey did it 5 times.
   54. Walt Davis Posted: December 19, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5910036)
Way back at #3 -- Cubs and Belize. Dates to at least the early 80s, thanks to WGN being available on satellite TV that they could pick up in Belize. What else ya gonna watch during the day? After 84, they invited Sarge to be the grand marshal of their independence day parade. It's on my list of retirement spots for this reason alone.
   55. bbmck Posted: December 19, 2019 at 04:14 PM (#5910051)
189 players debuted since 1951 and have at least 8000 PA, fewest seasons of 1+ WAA among those players:

0 - Todd Zeile 0.5 in 2000
1 - Michael Young 1.4 in 2006, Don Kessinger 1.7 in 1969, Tony Taylor 2.1 in 1963
2 - Chris Chambliss, Royce Clayton, Adam Dunn, Raul Ibanez, Paul Konerko, Nick Markakis
3 - Harold Baines, Bill Buckner, Orlando Cabrera, Joe Carter, Willie Horton, Tino Martinez, Lee May, Juan Pierre, Bill Russell, Ruben Sierra
4 - Garret Anderson, Don Baylor, Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, Dick Groat, Carlos Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Chris Speier, Frank White

The other Hall of Famers under 10: Bill Mazeroski 6, Lou Brock 7, Jim Rice 7, Ernie Banks 8, Orlando Cepeda 8, Tony Perez 9, Ron Santo 9, Billy Williams 9

The most among non-Hall of Famers who have completed an election cycle: Barry Bonds 21, Lou Whitaker 16, Dwight Evans 14, Willie Randolph 14, Reggie Smith 14, Larry Walker 14
   56. The Mighty Quintana Posted: December 19, 2019 at 05:00 PM (#5910058)
Makes me angry every time I see another pro-Lou stat...just put him in the damn Hall of Fame already.
   57. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 19, 2019 at 07:22 PM (#5910073)
I'm gonna give you #4, since he's so nondescript, I can't even think of a decent hint.


Holds the major league record for assists by a shortstop in a nine-inning game.
   58. Walt Davis Posted: December 19, 2019 at 07:59 PM (#5910078)
I support Lou for the HoF (or at least support more than don't support) but that particular stat is, in its way, indicative of why he's not in yet. A 1-WAA season is not particularly special and doesn't make anybody think HoF. Lou of course was the consistently good-very good but rarely great player who is going to do great on a stat like #55. On the other hand, if we look at 3+ WAA seasons, Lou has 4 of those. That's still pretty darn good -- just over 1/3 of position player HoF inductees have 4 or fewer such seasons. Now a lot of those are Frisch-y types, 19th century types or catchers (who dont' often get the necessary PAs to reach that WAA threshold) but a lot of relatively modern guys -- Dawson, Rice, Stargell, Killebrew, Puckett, Brock, B Williams, Perez, Cepeda, Fox -- had 4 or 3. There are also a slew of no-doubters who had just 5 -- Vlad, Thome, Gwynn, Murray, Winfield, Banks, etc. (Aaron leads the way with 18!) So Lou looks just fine by the higher standard as well but it's easier to see why he's more "borderline" than he might otherwise appear.

And if we look at the non-HoFers, even setting aside roids, there are a whole bunch with 7 3+ WAA seasons -- Walker, Rolen, Votto, Abreu, Edmonds, Lofton, Grich, Bando, Boyer, Dahlen. You find a number of peak-only guys with 6 -- Andruw, Nomar, Tulo, Sosa, Cedeno, Allen, Josh Donaldson. At 5, Pedroia, Murphy, Bell, Lemon, Randolph, Nettles, Wynn, Fregosi, Minoso all top Lou. I count at least 8 other 2B (and several 3B, some CF and a couple of SS) who match or exceed Lou's 4 3+ WAA seasons.

So Lou's total in #55 just confirms what we already knew -- he was good for a long, long time. Shift it to 3+ and we just confirm something else we knew -- he wasn't very often great. And he doesn't stand out among non-HoFers (even at his own position) in terms of how often he was great, only (usually) in how often he was good. Still it turns out guys like Randolph, Smith and Walker were 1+ WAA nearly as many times as Lou and were 3+ WAA (slightly) more often. Dwight Evans was 14/4, Lou 16/4 so maybe not surprising they are viewed in fairly similar ways.

Now for me, Walker is easily in while Evans, Smith and Randolph are probably just out (though I'd be OK with any). I put Lou more on the "in" side mainly because of position and ... well, I always forget Randolph but I suppose I can weasel that much of his value is based on less certain defensive measures and he's 9 WAR behind Lou. But I assume we can all understand the position that Lou rarely "felt" or performed like a HoFer.
   59. AndrewJ Posted: December 19, 2019 at 08:14 PM (#5910080)
If today's Birthday Team is a bit lacking, the catcher can always scout a few Hall of Famers...

2B: Tony Taylor (23.4 WAR)

So, looked up the best player on the team I hadn't heard of


Tony was one of the most popular Phillies of the pre-Schmidt/McGraw era; it was big news when he got his 2,000th career hit at the end of the 1975 season. Tony and Dick Allen played on the 1964 Phils, were traded to different respective clubs, and came back to Philly in time for the 1976 NLCS.
   60. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:03 PM (#5910090)
Tony was one of the most popular Phillies of the pre-Schmidt/McGraw era; it was big news when he got his 2,000th career hit at the end of the 1975 season. Tony and Dick Allen played on the 1964 Phils, were traded to different respective clubs, and came back to Philly in time for the 1976 NLCS.


There was controversy about that. Taylor had only 26 PA, and played only six innings in the field during the 1976 season, but Allen announced that he would not play in the post-season if Taylor was left off the playoff roster. The Phillies management wouldn't put him on the active playoff roster, but did make him a coach for the playoffs so that he could be in uniform, and Allen played.
   61. Itchy Row Posted: December 20, 2019 at 10:54 AM (#5910136)
That was Allen's only postseason experience. He only played one more year after that.
   62. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 20, 2019 at 11:09 AM (#5910145)
but Allen announced that he would not play in the post-season if Taylor was left off the playoff roster.

Wow, that's awful. I understand a lot more about Allen's bad rep hearing that.
   63. Tom Nawrocki Posted: December 20, 2019 at 12:39 PM (#5910176)
It shows why he was so divisive. Allen had a knack for finding things that were both pro-player - in the Taylor case, sticking up for a longtime teammate and fan favorite - and anti-team.
   64. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 20, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5910179)
It shows why he was so divisive. Allen had a knack for finding things that were both pro-player - in the Taylor case, sticking up for a longtime teammate and fan favorite - and anti-team.

That's not really pro-player, it's pro-his friend, at the expense of another, better player. If he was fighting for his playoff share, sure. But threatening to not play so your buddy can make the roster, and make your team worse, is a pure negative to me.
   65. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 20, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5910180)
Tony Taylor was the Phillies' first significant black player. They didn't have any black players until 1957. In May 1960 they made a big trade (losing starting 1B Ed Bouchee and promising young starter Don Cardwell) for Taylor to solve their 2B problem. Then he made the All-Star team right away!

He was also Cuban which may not be obvious from the name "Tony Taylor".

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