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Friday, February 14, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-14-2020

Fairmont West Virginian, February 14, 1920:

If the opinion of Jim Scott, former White Sox twirler and now an oil merchant in Seattle, is worth anything Walter Mails has more stuff than the eccentric Rube Waddell.
...
Scott turns the spy glass on Walter with these remarks:

“Mails showed more pitching ability in the Coast League last season than any southpaw I have seen since Rube Waddell. I’ll go further than that, I am not sure that Waddell had more stuff than the Sacramento pitcher. It is too bad that Walter has that peculiar temperament which keeps him back when he should be up in the majors and starring along with Walter Johnson.

I don’t know about you, but I think this Mails fella is the sort of player who could really make an impact in the big leagues in 1920 if someone gives him a shot.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 14, 2020 at 10:32 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 14, 2020 at 10:33 AM (#5924402)
Today's Birthday Team has a deep, strong bullpen. These guys may struggle to score a bunch of runs, but they'll keep the leads they do get.

C: Earl Smith (11.9 WAR)
1B: Tim Jordan (11.3 WAR)
2B: Larry Milbourne (-0.5 WAR)
3B: Joe Gerhardt (7.0 WAR)
SS/Manager: Arthur Irwin (15.2 WAR)
LF: Candy LaChance (11.0 WAR)
CF: Len Gabrielson (1.7 WAR)
RF: Augie Bergamo (3.1 WAR)

SP: Pretzels Getzien (18.0 WAR)
SP: Dave Dravecky (13.8 WAR)
SP: Red Barrett (10.1 WAR)
SP: Oscar Judd (8.0 WAR)
SP: Buddy Lively (3.2 WAR)
RP: Tyler Clippard (15.1 WAR)
RP: Takashi Saito (10.5 WAR)
RP: Damaso Marte (10.2 WAR)

CEO: Howard Lincoln
General Manager: Early 20th Century Bob Quinn
Broadcasters: Mel Allen, Dave Sims, Ken Levine
Negro Leagues catcher, not much bat but reputed to be excellent defensively: Frank Duncan
Fun names: Buddy Lively, Harry Eells, Callix Crabbe, Uel Eubanks
   2. The Mighty Quintana Posted: February 14, 2020 at 01:08 PM (#5924431)
How about that? Pre-cable, This Week in Baseball with Mel Allen was an absolute must-watch.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: February 14, 2020 at 06:05 PM (#5924514)
It's rarely a good sign when fun names like Candy laChance and Pretzels are in the starting lineup (although both are perfectly solid birthday team starters).

(And to pre-empt, yes of course Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and many other very fine players had fun names.) But ... have we done an "all fun names" team yet? Surely we have. Could have one team based on player quality and one based on name quality.

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