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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-28-2019

El Paso Herald, February 28, 1919:

Manager John McGraw got nothing encouraging as to the state of Ferd Schupp’s arm. A winter’s rest did not seem to do it any good. McGraw told Schupp to go to some health resort at an early date and see if drinking water wouldn’t take the rheumatism out of it.

Narrator: “It didn’t.”

Ferdie Schupp is obscure now, and rightfully so given his career 5.0 WAR. But he was virtually unhittable in 1916-1917, with a 1.59 ERA (158 ERA+), 0.94 WHIP, and 6.1 H/9 in 412.1 innings. Schupp blew out his shoulder at Spring Training 1918 and was never the same after that. His best post-injury season was 1920, when he put up an 87 ERA+ in 250 innings and led the league in walks allowed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 34 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5819005)
Not a ton of pieces to work with on today's Birthday Team. Boojum Wilson was a great hitter but not much with the glove, so it's probably good that he's not at his primary position of third base.

Maybe Aroldis Chapman can pitch ~1400 innings.

C: Gene McAuliffe (0.0 WAR)
1B: Jud Wilson (0 WAR, Negro Leaguer in the Hall of Fame)
2B: Marty Perez (-0.1 WAR)
3B: Frank Malzone (16.3 WAR)
SS: Terry Turner (38.0 WAR)
LF: Jim Wohlford (2.0 WAR)
CF: Moose McCormick (4.0 WAR)
RF: Dick Kokos (3.7 WAR)

SP: Jake Miller (13.7 WAR)
SP: Brian Bannister (5.0 WAR)
SP: Howie Krist (4.1 WAR)
SP: Jeff Niemann (4.3 WAR)
SP: Lil Stoner (1.6 WAR)
RP: Aroldis Chapman (16.0 WAR)

General Manager: Bob Howsam
Designated Australian: Trent Oeltjen
Fun name: Niko Goodrum
Pitching Coach: Mark Wiley
   2. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: February 28, 2019 at 10:58 AM (#5819036)
I find Moose McCormick fascinating. It seems obvious he could hit but could not field. He played in 1904, then not again until 1908
   3. Davo Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5819039)
This offseason the Rangers have signed (among others) Hunter Pence, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ben Revere, Jason Hammel, Shelby Miller, Jesse Chavez, Jeff Mathis, Shawn Kelley, Jett Bandy, Matt Bush, Jeanmar Gomez, Zach McAllister, Danny Santana, and, now, Logan Forsythe.

Whatever the hell that market is, they’ve cornered it.
   4. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:12 AM (#5819044)
Ferdie Schupp was the first obscure player another baseball introduced me to - made him the ace of his Earl Weaver Baseball team, while I loaded up on a bunch of Sam Thompson types.
---
Dodges picked up Brad Miller on a minor league deal.
   5. Davo Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:40 AM (#5819058)
Brad Miller: One of just 20 players in history to hit 30 homers and play 100 games at shortstop in the same year.
   6. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5819061)
Brad Miller: One of just 20 players in history to hit 30 homers and play 100 games at shortstop in the same year.


Banks
Ripken
Stephens
Petrocelli
ARod
Nomar
Tejada
Rich Aurilia
Machado
Larkin
one or both of John and Jose Valentin

edit: forgot the COL pair, Trevor and Tulo
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5819063)
Story
Lindor
Jeter
Tulo?
Zoilo Ver-whatever?
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5819065)
SS: Terry Turner (38.0 WAR)


Terry Turner's status as the all-time Cleveland Indians leader in games played is one of those off-the-wall stats that makes baseball so great.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5819066)
Zoilo Ver-whatever?

Zolio Versalles: never hit more than 20.
   10. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5819067)
Rollins?
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:03 PM (#5819068)
Hanley Ramirez.
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5819075)
9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5819066)
Zoilo Ver-whatever?

Zolio Versalles: never hit more than 20.
I was wrong about Jeter, too.

But Tulo did it!
   13. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5819076)
Seems like the sort of thing Jose Hernandez would have done at some point.

One or both of the Alexes Gonzalez maybe?
   14. base ball chick Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:10 PM (#5819077)
fred schupp was done after 2 years?

it is really hard to believe because BITGOD no one got hurt and all pitchers threw 300-400 innings a year for 15+ years
   15. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5819080)
I haven't spent much (or any) time looking into it, but I've seen some stories that Schupp lied about the injury, that he actually hurt his shoulder in an offseason fight. So I don't know if he blew out his arm Johan Santana-style or Brien Taylor-style.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5819081)
Did Ja-honny Peralta ever hit 30 as a SS?
   17. Davo Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5819082)
Oh, I lost the list, haha! I wasn’t intending on making it a trivia question, just wanted to highlight how freakin bizarre and out of nowhere Brad Miller’s 2016 season was!
   18. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:18 PM (#5819086)
I did a PI search. I'll put together a list of who's been guessed and who hasn't.
   19. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:23 PM (#5819092)
Correct so far:
1. Alex Rodriguez
2. Ernie Banks
3. Rico Petrocelli
4. Vern Stephens
5. Francisco Lindor
6. Manny Machado
7. Trevor Story
8. Rich Aurilia
9. Nomar Garciaparra
10. Miguel Tejada
11. Cal Ripken
12. Hanley Ramirez
13. Barry Larkin
14. Troy Tulowitzki
15. Brad Miller
16. Jimmy Rollins
17. Jose Valentin

There are three left. All have played in the past 25 years. One did it in the AL, one did it in the NL, and the other split time between both leagues the year he did it. The split-leagues guy went 30/100 in the 20th century - the other two were in the 21st.
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5819094)
The remaining AL one is going to be hard for people to get. I stumbled upon him while checking one of my answers. Maybe I'll give a hint.
   21. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:44 PM (#5819108)
Hints:
Missing NL guy is retired. He made zero All-Star teams in his career and played about as much 3B, 2B, and OF as he did shortstop. He accrued more than half of his WAR in one season.

Missing AL guy retired after 2017. Weirdly, he was a teammate of Missing NL Guy in NL Guy's big season. Even more weirdly, that team's starting shortstops during that three year span went AL Guy-NL Guy-AL Guy.

Both Leagues guy played three times as much 3B during his career as he did shortstop. Played every day for the final Expos team in 2004.
   22. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5819109)
Both Leagues guy played three times as much 3B during his career as he did shortstop. Played every day for the final Expos team in 2004.
This sounds like Tony Batista.
   23. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 12:46 PM (#5819110)
Indeed it is Tony Batista.
   24. salvomania Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5819127)
Jay Bell?
   25. salvomania Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5819130)
One of the Alex Gonzalezes?

EDIT: I see that's already been guessed...
   26. caspian88 Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5819136)
AL guy is JJ Hardy.
   27. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5819139)
AL guy is JJ Hardy. NL guy was Hardy's teammate when JJ played in the National League.
   28. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:39 PM (#5819141)
Bill Hall?
   29. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:41 PM (#5819144)
Bill Hall it is.

The full list:
1. Alex Rodriguez
2. Ernie Banks
3. Rico Petrocelli
4. Vern Stephens
5. Francisco Lindor
6. Manny Machado
7. Trevor Story
8. Rich Aurilia
9. Nomar Garciaparra
10. Miguel Tejada
11. Cal Ripken
12. Hanley Ramirez
13. Barry Larkin
14. Troy Tulowitzki
15. Brad Miller
16. Jimmy Rollins
17. Jose Valentin
18. Bill Hall
19. Tony Batista
20. JJ Hardy
   30. Davo Posted: February 28, 2019 at 02:57 PM (#5819172)
It’s happened: Bryce Harper to Philly.
   31. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2019 at 03:07 PM (#5819179)
13! years
   32. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: February 28, 2019 at 06:07 PM (#5819314)
In other news, Bud Norris to TOR
   33. JJ1986 Posted: March 01, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5819533)
For some reason, the Phillies broadcast is showing Jake Arrieta sweep up the floor in only his briefs.
   34. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: March 01, 2019 at 02:51 PM (#5819535)
In keeping with my seeming need to note transactions:

SDP signed Adam Warren (2m in 19, 2.5m t-opt with a 500k buyout - that's a great deal)
NYM got Carlos Gomez on a minor league deal.
TOR also signed RFP Clay Buckholz (3m with another 3m in incentives - it was kinda lucky but he had a 2(!) ERA as a starter last year. Another great pickup.

In waiver news: RHP Jake Barrett to PIT, SS Hanser Alberto back to BAL (they dfa'd LHP Donnie Hart, who's pretty useful - soft tossing groundballing lefty),

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