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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-21-2019

New York Sun, February 21, 1919:

Sweden wants baseball. In fact, the Swedes want baseball so badly that in the invitation they extended the American soccer players to visit Sweden next June they inserted the proviso that every player brought along must also be able to play baseball. Hence the American soccer invasion of Sweden next summer turns into a baseball invasion as well.

The number of Swedish-born players to make it to the major leagues in the last 100 years is…zero. They must not have wanted baseball that badly.

Elsewhere in the news 100 years ago today, it’s our first Tubby Spencer sighting in a while. Everyone’s favorite highly eccentric recovering alcoholic backup catcher has signed with Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League. Tubby hit .322 with a bit of gap power, but this was the PCL in 1919. Everyone was hitting .322 with a bit of gap power. He never made it back to the big leagues.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 21, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 21, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5817047)
There's a remarkably thin pool of talent available for today's Birthday Team. Azocar, who had a career OBP of .246 and four career innings at first base, gets the call at the initial sack. Oh well. At least he had a couple great baseball cards. (RIP, Oscar.)

The other difficult choice is who's going to manage the team. Trammell and Skinner are the two options. Skinner only managed half a season, but Trammell's career winning percentage (.382) is one of the worst of all time. I picked Trammell. It's tough to hold the 2003 Tigers tire fire against him, and his teams were merely 'not very good' in '04 and '05. Maybe Skinner could have done a better job, but he never had a full-time managerial job and Tram did. That's something.

Bill Cash, who spent most of his career in the Negro National League, is likely a better player than Joel Skinner. I should probably have him in the starting lineup.

C: Joel Skinner (0.0 WAR)
1B: Oscar Azocar (-0.2 WAR)
2B: Devon Travis (6.5 WAR)
3B: Joe Foy (13.1 WAR)
SS/Manager: Alan Trammell (70.7 WAR)
LF: Ted Savage (1.7 WAR)
CF: Franklin Gutierrez (17.8 WAR)
RF: John Titus (29.8 WAR)

SP: Jouett Meekin (28.9 WAR)
SP: Dummy Taylor (13.8 WAR)
SP: Jack Billingham (7.6 WAR)
SP: Fred Newman (5.9 WAR)
SP: Tsuyoshi Wada (1.8 WAR)
RP: Tyler Lyons (0.6 WAR)

Owner: Tom Yawkey
Probably a better player than Skinner: Bill Cash
A bad Thanksgiving dinner: Turkey Gross
Fun name: Lucky Wright
Oddity: Adam Greenberg
Not that one: Zachary Taylor
Quarterback: Chad Hutchinson
   2. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 21, 2019 at 11:06 AM (#5817057)
As possibly Esteban Quiroz's biggest fan (I've never seen him on a team top 30 prospect list and he didn't even draw an honorable mention listing in the new BP annual), I'm compelled to note that today's posted Padres ZiPS projects him as a slightly better than average starter caliber player at second (OPS+ of 102, average glove) - on the heals of a similar projection from Steamer. This is based on very limited experience in the States (133 PA last year) and good prior numbers in Mexico so some added pessimism is understandable. He's 5-6, 5-7 and no burner but strong and with solid patience. If you think he can cut it defensively (scouts seem mixed; a FG report suggests that he'd be fine) he can absolutely help someone right now.
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 21, 2019 at 12:19 PM (#5817084)
The first spring training game is today, so I guess it's appropriate to mention that EveryBaseballScore.com is there for all of your "every score in organized baseball on one page, updated live, with no ads" needs.

I do my best to not bash people over the head with self-promotion, but I think it's the coolest thing I've ever made and I'm making zero money from it. So it's there. Have fun.
   4. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: February 21, 2019 at 01:56 PM (#5817125)
I think it's the coolest thing I've ever made and I'm making zero money from it. So it's there. Have fun.


It's actually veru cool, Dan. I love it!
   5. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 21, 2019 at 02:46 PM (#5817142)
Swede is a hard guy...
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 21, 2019 at 03:03 PM (#5817149)
Sweden wants football more than baseball. Rutgers has had at least three (gridiron) football recruits directly from Sweden in the last five years.
   7. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 21, 2019 at 03:41 PM (#5817162)
Nick Vincent to the Giants on a minor league deal (and presumably will make their pen). They also signed Fernando Abad to a minor league deal, but he didn't get a camp invite.
   8. salvomania Posted: February 21, 2019 at 03:55 PM (#5817169)
SP: Jack Billingham (7.6 WAR)

Shocked that Jack Billingham---who had double-digit-wins in every year of the 1970s---only accumulated 7.6 WAR.

bb-ref lists him as having 10.1 WAR, which is better than 7.6 but I'd have still thought he had more. Clearly a lot of his success came from that he happened to be a starter for very good teams: his average team in the 1970s won 92 games, worst being the Astros of 1970-71, who each won 79 games.

Still, in 1973, he threw almost 300 innings with an ERA+ of 113, threw 7 complete-game shutouts, won 19 games...and put up 3.1 WAR (his career high).
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 21, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5817171)
I guess it's appropriate to mention that EveryBaseballScore.com

I think we need to pay homage to those visitors who actually check every boxscore, or come closest. Perhaps even an award of some kind?
   10. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 21, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5817172)
RIP Nick Cafardo, 62.
   11. Javy Joan Baez (chris h.) Posted: February 21, 2019 at 05:32 PM (#5817194)
Also, RIP Peter Tork. Not baseball related, I know, but still.
   12. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 21, 2019 at 06:13 PM (#5817207)
Jack Billingham's 1977 might be one of the worst 10-win seasons ever. He went 10-10 with a 5.23 ERA, plus 11 unearned runs (94 earned runs) for an ERA+ of 75. He cleverly missed out on showing up in the leaderboards by pitching 161.2 innings (minimum to qualify = 162), but the worst ERA among qualifiers was 5.07 (Randy Lerch).

BB-ref gives him -1.5 WAR that year and -0.8 in 1976. The Reds had seven 10-game winners in 1976, when they were 102-60 and swept the NLCS and WS. One was Santo Alcalá, who went 11-4 with, again, a 75 ERA+. He didn't play in the NLCS or WS.
   13. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: February 21, 2019 at 07:01 PM (#5817227)
RIP Peter Tork

Play ball!
   14. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 22, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5817350)
Rays sign Jeff Sullivan from Fangraphs
   15. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 22, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5817363)
In return, FG inks Sung Min Kim (who does good work, often on Korea)
   16. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 22, 2019 at 12:11 PM (#5817364)
White Sox land a free agent ... Ervin Santana, on a minor league deal.
   17. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 22, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5817381)
Twins reportedly get Marwin Gonzalez for 2/21.
   18. Karl from NY Posted: February 22, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5817411)
EveryBaseballScore.com is there for all of your "every score in organized baseball on one page, updated live, with no ads" needs.

Any chance of getting the Atlantic League? Obviously that would be a different data feed than from MLB.

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