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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-11-2012

Ty Cobb on the future of baseball, as reported in the January 11, 1912 edition of the Milwaukee Journal:

“Baseball will continue to increase in popularity…Every major league club will have a plant costing from $500,000 to $1,000,000. Many minor league parks will rival those in major league cities. Another major league will be formed within the next five years. Competition will become more keen, and star ball players will be paid fabulous sums. Ball players will be smarter. Unless conditions are satisfactory they will organize and force the magnates to recognize their rights. Players will also be faster. A more dashing style of play will prevail. This, together with the improvements in parks will attract monster crowds and the club owners’ coffers will be filled with gold.

Ty Cobb may have been a jerk, he may have been a racist, and he might just be the least likeable superstar in the history of the sport.

He was also prescient.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 05:27 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 05:31 AM (#4033943)
Birthday team will have to win ugly:
C: Art Watson
1B: Lloyd McClendon
2B: Roy Hughes
3B: George Pinkney
SS: Rey Ordonez
LF: Jermaine Allensworth
CF: Max Carey
RF: Elmer Flick

SP: Silver King
SP: Schoolboy Rowe
SP: General Crowder
SP: Harry McIntire
SP: Jim McAndrew
RP/Ugly: Don Mossi
RP: Donn Pall

Not that one: Frank Baker
Wanted to buy the Expos and (inexplicably) move them to Detroit: Nikco Riesgo

The team would probably be better offensively if it benched Allensworth or Watson and played Schoolboy Rowe at LF or 1B (McClendon would move from 1B to C), but for whatever reason Schoolboy never made an appearance as a position player. Helluva hitter though.
   2. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4034223)
doug slaten to the pirates on a minor league deal. (good add)

i'd forgotten about riesgo and the expos ... weird dude.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM (#4034235)
Here is Riesgo today!

See if you can figure out what, if anything, the MLPO does.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4034244)
FMart claimed off waivers by the Astros.
   5. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4034256)
3: Innovate?

How did the Mets not trade him? Reportedly, lots of teams were reportedly putting claims on him.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4034266)
Mets re-sign Miguel Batista.

Koyie Hill betrays Cubs, takes his severed fingers to St. Louis.

Brewers sign Brooks Conrad. This is a guy who started four playoff games in 2010 and I don't remember even seeing him on any list of free agents.

Angels sign Jorge Cantu.

Cincinnati signs Andrew "The tall injured guy" Brackman.

Dbacks sign Mike Jacobs.

Yankees sign #16 / #47 / #23 / #29 / #82 Adam Miller and DeWayne "Perfect Game" Wise.

Marlins sign Chad Gaudin.

Rays sign Fernando Rodney.

Blue Jays sign Darren Oliver. This will be only his 8th MLB team.

Nationals sign Dan Cortes.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4034268)
How did the Mets not trade him? Reportedly, lots of teams were reportedly putting claims on him.


They probably can't afford to pay the players they'd get back for him.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4034276)
Rays reportedly sign OF/DH Luke Scott to a one year deal with an option but I won't believe it til I see documentation.
   9. JJ1986 Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4034282)
Rays reportedly sign OF/DH Luke Scott to a one year deal with an option but I won't believe it til I see documentation.


I wonder if he'll play first and they'll still add Damon to DH.
   10. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:44 PM (#4034284)
I called that one before he was non-tendered...
   11. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4034308)
Jeff Bianchi to MIL on waivers.
   12. Good cripple hitter Posted: January 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4034316)

SP: Silver King


I remember discovering Silver King on baseball reference and just being flabbergasted by his career. His 1888 season should only exist in Super Baseball Simulator 1.000: 45 wins, 584 innings, an ERA+ of 199, good for 16.5 WAR, all at the age of 20. He had 48 WAR before he turned 23. Add in his awesome nickname and that he might've been baseball's first sidearm pitcher and he had no windup in his delivery, and he had an amazing career.

Scott Proctor's reportedly signed with a Korean team.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: January 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4034321)
   14. Randy Jones Posted: January 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4034332)
His 1888 season should only exist in Super Baseball Simulator 1.000: 45 wins, 584 innings, an ERA+ of 199, good for 16.5 WAR, all at the age of 20. He had 48 WAR before he turned 23.


Ehh, that's not bad. He's no Old Hoss though.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4034486)
Red Sox acquire IF Brad Emaus for a PTBNL

Minor league deals:

Mariners sign RHP Aaron Heilman
Pirates sign LHP Doug Slaten, RHP Logan Kensing and C Jose Morales
Nats sign C James Skelton
Yankes sign IF Preston Mattingly
Indians sign IF Chin Lung Hu and LHP Chris Seddon
Brewers sign C Paul Phillips
Angels sign OF Drew Macias and OF Doug Deeds, who once passed out in my closet in college
Brewers sign RHP Seth McClung
Tigers sign RHP Chris Bootcheck and IF Niuman Romero
Red Sox sign RHP Justin Germano
Orioles sign RHP Willie Eyre

Phils release OF John Bowker

Brewers claim SS Jeff Bianchi off waivers from the Cubs, who had claimed him off waivers from the Royals

RHP Scott Procter signed with a Korean team
   16. JJ1986 Posted: January 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4034492)
Indians sign who?
   17. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: January 11, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4034533)
(crickets)

Herrera cleared waivers, to the surprise of some.
A's DFA Henry Villar.
   18. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4034543)
By A's I assume you mean Astros, yes? :-)

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