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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-18-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, February 18, 1919:

Capt. Christy Mathewson, the former Giant pitcher and at one time the country’s greatest baseball idol, returned from France today on the troopship Rotterdam. Big Six looks bigger and stronger than ever, and says he feels so good that he could go in and pitch a winning game at a day’s notice.

I know that the commonly told story is that Mathewson was gassed in France and never really recovered, but it sure sounds like he was fine at this point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 18, 2019 at 10:02 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 18, 2019 at 10:05 AM (#5816070)
An excellent Birthday Team today. It would probably be better with Gregorius or Fennelly in the outfield, but this team is not too shabby as it stands.

C: Joe Tipton (4.3 WAR)
1B: John Mayberry (24.9 WAR)
2B/Manager: Joe Gordon (57.2 WAR)
3B: John Valentin (32.5 WAR)
SS: Frank Fennelly (19.2 WAR)
LF: Manny Mota (17.6 WAR)
CF: Brian Bogusevic (2.1 WAR)
RF: Alex Rios (27.4 WAR)

SP: Kevin Tapani (29.3 WAR)
SP: George Mogridge (28.7 WAR)
SP: Sherry Smith (26.4 WAR)
SP: Bruce Kison (15.2 WAR)
SP: Huck Betts (13.5 WAR)
RP: Bob Miller (16.6 WAR)

General Managers: John Holland, Lou Gorman
Utility Guy: Jamey Carroll (16.6 WAR)
Top Prospect: Didi Gregorius (16.0 WAR)
No-Hit Shortstops: Dal Maxvill (7.7 WAR), Rafael Ramirez (6.0 WAR)
Big bat, bigger guy: Walter Young (0.1 WAR)
Fun Name: Dad Hale
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 18, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5816077)
Today, Joe Paterno would have been exactly as old as Stan Musial was the day he died (33,662 days).

Anyone who wants to look up similar as-old-as items for their own lives can do so here.
   3. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 18, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5816090)
Derek Dietrich to the Reds on a minor league deal.
He's a below average major leaguer but also a commodity I'd happily grab. League average hitter who can fake several positions. Was awful in LF last year - keep him in the infield, ideally at second and third with a defensively replacement at the ready, and he's quite helpful.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 18, 2019 at 12:28 PM (#5816123)
One pitcher who I'm sure could help the team is Japanese Hall-of-Famer Masaki Saito. Saito pitched for the Yomiuri Giants from 1984 to 2001, with a record of 180-96, and an ERA of 2.77. He won the Sawamura Award three times (1989, 1995, 1996), and one year he didn't win it, 1990, he was Central League MVP*. He led the league in wins five times, ERA three times, strikeouts once, and shutouts seven times. He won four Golden Gloves, and was named to five Best Nine. After retirement, he became a coach for the Giants, and is currently their pitching coach; except for two years spent as a commentator on TV games, he's been in uniform for the Giants since 1984. He was selected for the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

* In case it seems strange that he won the MVP but not the Sawamura Award in 1990, it should be noted that while MVPs are given for both the Central and Pacific Leagues each season, only one Sawamura Award is given, covering both leagues. In 1990, Hideo Nomo, who pitched in the other league, won the Sawamura Award. Nomo also won his league's MVP, meaning that starting pitchers won both league MVPs, so one of them wasn't going to win the Sawamura...
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 18, 2019 at 12:41 PM (#5816132)
Thanks, Vortex. I appreciate the NPB (and other) addenda when I miss someone.
   6. Davo Posted: February 18, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5816151)
Derek Dietrich has signed a minor league deal with the Reds.

Last year, in 550 PAs, he hit .265/.330/.421 (a 112 OPS+), with 16 homers. This is following a 2017 where he .249/.334/.424 (106 OPS+), and a 2016 where he hit .279/.374/.425 (a 120 OPS+). He’s done this while splitting time between second base, third base and corner outfield.

He’s 29.

Minor league deal.
   7. Davo Posted: February 18, 2019 at 01:23 PM (#5816152)
Oops—missed #3!

Anyway. Crazy a guy like that has to sign a minor league deal in February.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 18, 2019 at 02:02 PM (#5816165)
Thanks, Vortex. I appreciate the NPB (and other) addenda when I miss someone.


You're welcome. Thanks for all your work in compiling the birthday teams - it's a great concept!
   9. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 18, 2019 at 02:54 PM (#5816184)
Bochy is retiring at the end of the year.
   10. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 18, 2019 at 04:23 PM (#5816209)
Is Bochy a Hall of Famer? Four pennants and three ringzzzz, but a career losing record.

If I'm being honest, I don't even know what a Hall of Famer is anymore.
   11. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:11 PM (#5816224)
I think so but it’s tough for me to judge HOF standards circa 2019 for non players.
   12. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 18, 2019 at 08:12 PM (#5816264)
Connie Mack had a career losing record as well.

Not to say that Bochy is Mack, but I don't think it excludes him. I think he gets in.

ETA: In the top 10 in wins, so did Bucky Harris.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 18, 2019 at 08:50 PM (#5816273)
Bochy has won three World Series. Nine other managers have won three or more. All of the others are in the HoF.

Bochy has won four pennants. 22 other managers have won four or more. All of the others are in the HoF.

Historically, it would be unprecedented if Bochy isn't elected.

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