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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-22-2020

Indiana Daily Times, January 22, 1920:

Students at Northwestern university have not given up hopes of having a baseball team. Spurred by the taunts which have been made against a school that will permit a whist team, but not allow the students to play baseball, J.M. King, prominent university athlete, yesterday started a petition to the faculty among the students, men and women, urging that the great American game be once more allowed on the campus. Baseball was abandoned shortly before the war. Efforts to have it re-established have been rebuffed by the faculty.

The good news is that the Northwestern University baseball program resumed play in 1921. The bad news is that since the resumption of NU baseball, the Wildcats have won exactly two conference championships (and one was a tie for first).

They’ve produced a handful of useful MLB players (Joe Girardi, Mark Loretta, and J.A. Happ), but as is tradition at Northwestern, they’re much better at putting up impressive LSAT and GMAT scores than impressive sports scores.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 22, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 22, 2020 at 10:18 AM (#5918210)
Today's Birthday Team isn't great, but they won't embarrass themselves.

I say this every January 22, but Prince Oana is a fascinating player, sort of a poor man's Shohei Ohtani. He hit .332 with 103 extra-base hits for Portland (PCL) in 1933 and a 1.72 ERA for Fort Worth (Texas League) in 1942. I'd love to see MLEs on him - I'd expect them to show a better player than Kieschnick and possibly a better player than Ankiel, but Oana didn't get much time in the majors. He finished his MLB career with a .308/.321/.462 line (110 OPS+) in 53 plate appearances and a 3.77 ERA (95 ERA+) in 45.1 innings.

Also, welcome to the Birthday Team starting lineup, Jon Berti! Nice to have another fellow Bowling Green Falcon around.

C: Carlos Ruiz (22.5 WAR)
1B: Amos Strunk (27.8 WAR)
2B: Jeff Treadway (6.1 WAR)
3B: Chone Figgins (22.2 WAR)
SS: Irv Ray (3.7 WAR)
LF: Wayne Kirby (1.8 WAR)
CF: Jon Berti (1.4 WAR)
RF: Leon Roberts (12.1 WAR)

SP: Ubaldo Jimenez (21.0 WAR)
SP: Mike Caldwell (18.4 WAR)
SP: Jay Hughes (15.0 WAR)
SP: Dave Leonhard (2.4 WAR)
SP: Jimmy Anderson (1.2 WAR)
RP: Diomedes Olivo (2.1 WAR)

Japanese Baseball Hall of Famers: Kenjiro Matsuki (1B/Manager), Senichi Hoshino (P/Manager)
Umpire: Chris Pelekoudas
General Manager: Art Ehlers
Fun names: Jophery Brown, Ivey Shiver, Huck Geary
Fun player: Prince Oana (0.5 WAR)
   2. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: January 22, 2020 at 11:18 AM (#5918248)
Umpire: Chris Pelekoudas


Slowest ball/strike calls in the history of humankind. The man was positively Drebinesque.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 22, 2020 at 11:23 AM (#5918254)
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez (21.0 WAR)
I assume he will also cover all non-save situations out of the pen.
   4. Itchy Row Posted: January 22, 2020 at 11:42 AM (#5918270)
The top three starters all had 7.4+ WAR seasons. If that happened the same year, this team would be something.
   5. The Run Fairy Posted: January 22, 2020 at 02:36 PM (#5918381)
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez (21.0 WAR)

I assume he will also cover all non-save situations out of the pen.


Yesterday I discovered that if I do a search for "baseball reliever kerosene", Ubaldo's bb-ref page is the 6th result.
   6. salvomania Posted: January 22, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5918394)
SP: Mike Caldwell (18.4 WAR)

Caldwell was one of those '70s pitchers who'd throw 200+ innings with fewer than 100 K's. He had 8 seasons in which he qualified for an ERA title as a starter, including 5 200 ip seasons, and he had more than 86 Ks twice: 102 in 164 ip in 1972, and 131 in 1978 when he threw 293 ip (One of the 7.4+ WAR seasons mentioned above). For his career he had 3.5 K/9.

In 1982 he had 75 Ks in 258 ip (2.6 K/9) as a 17-game-winner for the AL Champion Brewers, and the following year fanned 58 batters in 228 ip (2.3 K/9).

I wonder how guys like this would perform in 2020.
   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 22, 2020 at 03:25 PM (#5918400)
and, unfortunately for Caldwell, he decided to have his Cy Young season the same year Guidry decided to have HIS
   8. salvomania Posted: January 22, 2020 at 03:26 PM (#5918402)
In the 1970s there were 291 pitcher seasons in which a guy pitched 162+ innings with 4.5K/9 (or fewer).

In the 2010s there were 10 such seasons, and only two since 2012.

Now, one huge reason is that far fewer pitchers pitch as many as 162 ip a year. But still, that's almost like an entire species going extinct.

EDIT: Actually, there aren't far fewer pitchers throwing 162+ innings. In the '70s the average number per year was in the mid-80s, and up until 2014 the range was pretty similar (fewer per team, though, as there are 6 more teams).

It wasn't until 2015 that the number of guys with 162+ ip began to really drop: 78 in 2015, then 74, 58, 57, and 61 last year.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 22, 2020 at 04:07 PM (#5918420)
The Nolan Arenado kerfuffle reminded me that in recent years the Rockies have done two star-for-prospects trades, and both of them ended up being nothing for nothing. Birthday boy Ubaldo had 2.8 WAR left in his career, and the big prize the Rockies got back, Drew Pomeranz, gave Colorado 1.4 WAR. Tulo had 4.8 WAR left in his career after his trade, and none of the four guys they got back for him have even amassed 1 WAR in Colorado.
   10. mathesond Posted: January 22, 2020 at 05:02 PM (#5918438)
Yesterday I discovered that if I do a search for "baseball reliever kerosene", Ubaldo's bb-ref page is the 6th result.


It seems Google's algorithm doesn't see me the way it sees you. I just got generic links to artiucles about relievers as a group.
   11. RoyalFlush Posted: January 22, 2020 at 05:10 PM (#5918442)
Royals re-signed Alex Gordon for $4M - one year deal.
   12. The Run Fairy Posted: January 22, 2020 at 05:11 PM (#5918443)
It seems Google's algorithm doesn't see me the way it sees you. I just got generic links to artiucles about relievers as a group.


I used duckduckgo, not google.
   13. Itchy Row Posted: January 22, 2020 at 05:53 PM (#5918454)
Fifth in the duckduckgo results is an article about Joe Maddon leaving the Cubs that refers to Kimbrel as Craig Kerosene.
   14. puck Posted: January 22, 2020 at 09:26 PM (#5918502)
The Nolan Arenado kerfuffle reminded me that in recent years the Rockies have done two star-for-prospects trades, and both of them ended up being nothing for nothing.


Did they use up all the luck in the Matt Holliday trade?

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