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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2020

Pittsburgh Press, February 13, 1920:

Behold the poor ump, now in his new job. Shades of the old days—he’s to be the prohibition enforcer of baseball.

In addition to calling balls and strikes, stopping bottles with his tender head and hearing his family history traced from the diamond and the stand, the poor old ump must stop the issue of wet goods on the diamond.

Baseball has joined the van and gone dry. High balls still will be permissible, but in keeping with the times they cannot be wet.

Not sure if that’s a clever play on “highball” as an alcoholic beverage or if there was actually some discussion about punishing pitchers who missed the strike zone above the letters.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2020 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5924138)
The top three players on today's Birthday Team are all third basemen, so I needed to do some shuffling. Bando and Foster are playing out of position at first base and second base, respectively, while actual first baseman and second baseman Hal Chase and Jerry Browne are in the outfield.

This might not be the best possible defensive alignment, but it's the one that conforms most closely to the secondary positions of the players I had to move.

C: Gilly Campbell (2.4 WAR)
1B: Sal Bando (61.5 WAR)
2B: Eddie Foster (23.9 WAR)
3B/Manager: Bill Bradley (37.0 WAR)
SS: Chick Fulmer (8.9 WAR)
LF: Jerry Browne (11.9 WAR)
CF: Hal Chase (22.8 WAR)
RF: Emmett Seery (10.7 WAR)

SP: Nathan Eovaldi (9.1 WAR)
SP: Dick Hughes (4.8 WAR)
SP: Harry Kelley (4.6 WAR)
SP: George Gill (2.5 WAR)
SP: Herb Hash (1.1 WAR)
RP: Donnie Moore (6.9 WAR)

Catcher I always get confused with Disco Hayes: Brett Hayes
Fun names: Tuck Turner, Harl Maggert Sr., Biff Sheehan, Oad Swigart
Fun name, awful pitcher: Crazy Schmit
Funn Namme: Dann Howitt
Not that one: Billy Martin
Quarterback: Drew Henson
   2. slothinator Posted: February 13, 2020 at 11:27 AM (#5924168)
Could probably add the sad story tag to Donnie Moore's name.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/10/the-myth-of-the-home-run-that-drove-an-angels-pitcher-to-suicide/247447/

I'd forgotten how awful this was, and I can't believe it's been almost 31 years.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 13, 2020 at 11:47 AM (#5924174)
Not sure if that’s a clever play on “highball” as an alcoholic beverage or if there was actually some discussion about punishing pitchers who missed the strike zone above the letters.

Pretty sure it's a Prohibition joke, hence:

Baseball has joined the van and gone dry.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:04 PM (#5924184)
Disco Hayes
Love to see his baseball career remembered. He and his wife are friends of mine - super nice people, and both hilarious, as you would expect if you remember their blogging.
   5. Mike Webber Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:08 PM (#5924186)
I think it's a prohibition of alcohol and a prohibition of spitballs the author is comparing.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:21 PM (#5924218)
It always bummed me out that Disco Hayes never got a cup of coffee in the big leagues. He probably would have gotten crushed by big league hitters, but that didn't stop the Orioles from giving Chris Tillman a couple dozen starts in 2017-2018.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 13, 2020 at 09:40 PM (#5924349)
Yeah, he came along just a few years too soon - it would be really interesting to see how he would have incorporated Trackman data, etc. He would have really been into making the most of all that to optimize his delivery.

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