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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-12-2021

New York Herald, March 12, 1921:

[Giants pitcher Fred Toney responding to Heinie Zimmerman’s charge that Toney threw games:] “The effrontery of Zimmerman as evidenced in his affidavit is astonishing. The incident in question occurred in the last series with the Cubs in Chicago in 1919...I started in the box for the Giants, and in the first inning we got three runs. The Cubs came right back and got one by means of a hit into short left field, for which Zimmerman did not move any too fast, let me say.

“As the run was scored Zimmerman moved over to me and said, ‘If you lose this game, Fred, there is $200 waiting for you.’...I worked harder than ever to retire the side without further damage, and succeeded.

Toney says he pulled himself out of the game immediately and told John McGraw what had happened. According to Toney, McGraw told him Benny Kauff had said the same thing - and now Zimmerman was accusing Toney and Kauff of being crooked.

In possibly unrelated news, Commissioner Landis says he doesn’t want Kauff to take the field until the auto theft charges against him are cleared up. Landis also didn’t want Kauff on the field after he was cleared, as it turned out.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 12, 2021 at 11:53 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 12, 2021 at 11:54 AM (#6008435)
If today's Birthday Team could figure out how to get six outfielders on the field at the same time and avoid using middle infielders, they'd really have something. As it stands, they're already using a five-time Gold Glove winning center fielder at first base. (Murphy played nearly two full seasons as a first baseman in 1978-79.)

I could have put Jimmy Wynn at short - he played 22 games there as a rookie - but from what I can tell, Wynn was a terrible defensive shortstop. Maybe they put him there and get Callison into the lineup if the starting pitcher is a fly ball pitcher. You could also put Murphy behind the plate and play an outfielder at first base, in which case you might need six outfielders to catch Murph's throws.

C: Alex Gaston (-1.9 WAR)
1B: Dale Murphy (46.5 WAR)
2B: Felix Escalona (-0.1 WAR)
3B: Denny Lyons (35.5 WAR)
SS: Billy Hulen (0.2 WAR)
LF: Jim Wynn (55.8 WAR)
CF: Steve Finley (44.2 WAR)
RF: Darryl Strawberry (42.2 WAR)

SP: Vern Law (32.4 WAR)
SP: Reb Russell (27.8 WAR)
SP: Seattle Bill James (8.7 WAR)
SP: Phil Knell (8.2 WAR)
SP: Bud Tinning (4.2 WAR)
RP: Horacio Pina (4.8 WAR)

Owner: Charles Weeghman
Manager: Larry Rothschild
Umpire: Durwood Merrill
Way too good to be benchwarmers: Johnny Callison (38.4 WAR), Raul Mondesi (29.5 WAR), Ruppert Jones (22.6 WAR)
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 12, 2021 at 12:02 PM (#6008438)
If today's Birthday Team could figure out how to get six outfielders on the field at the same time and avoid using middle infielders, they'd really have something.

With some better positional distribution, this might be the best lineup out there.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: March 12, 2021 at 01:37 PM (#6008452)
Unsigned team as of today:

C: Tyler Flowers, Matt Wieters
1B: Edwin Encarnacion
2B: Jedd Gyorko
3B: Maikel Franco
SS: Alcides Escobar? There aren't any options.
IF: Logan Forsythe, Eduardo Nunez
LF: Matt Kemp
CF: Josh Reddick
RF: Yasiel Puig
OF: Jorge Bonifacio
DH Yoenis Cespedes

SP Rick Porcello
SP Cole Hamels
SP Anibal Sanchez
SP Homer Bailey
SP Mike Leake
SP Jeff Samardzjia

RP Roberto Osuna
RP Jeremy Jeffress
RP Shane Greene
RP Tyler Thornburg
RP David Robertson (maybe healthy)
RP Brad Peacock
RP Sam Freeman (TJ)

That would be some outfield defense.
   4. Ron J Posted: March 12, 2021 at 01:45 PM (#6008454)
Dale Murphy could catch under the criteria you've used in the past. And Ruppert Jones had a few games at first.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: March 12, 2021 at 01:49 PM (#6008456)
With some better positional distribution, this might be the best lineup out there.


You could let Murph catch, have Rupe play first and put the Toy Cannon at short. But you've still got a hole at second since Raul is no Adalberto.
   6. puck Posted: March 12, 2021 at 01:58 PM (#6008458)
If the pitchers could handle things old timey style so you could have a huge bench, you could make like Billy Martin and pinch hit an OF for the 2nd baseman every time.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 12, 2021 at 05:58 PM (#6008478)
A-Rod and J-Lo have split up.
   8. AndrewJ Posted: March 12, 2021 at 09:04 PM (#6008490)
One of the best Birthday Teams without a Hall of Famer. Twenty-nine total All Star Game appearances, by my count.
   9. The Honorable Ardo Posted: March 12, 2021 at 09:30 PM (#6008494)
Vern Law is still alive and well in Provo, Utah, at the age of 91. Happy birthday to you, Vern!
   10. Mike Webber Posted: March 13, 2021 at 12:16 PM (#6008515)
A-Rod and J-Lo have split up.


Now I really, really wish they had bought the Mets. DRAMA!
   11. "bothsidesism" word 57i66135 Posted: March 14, 2021 at 05:43 PM (#6008581)
Luis Guillorme drew a 22-pitch walk in the 5th inning. Relive the entire at-bat right here
pic.twitter.com/cS57po7ulf

— SNY (@SNYtv) March 14, 2021
   12. JJ1986 Posted: March 15, 2021 at 11:53 AM (#6008652)
The Athletic has published a hagiography to Drake LaRoche, which I was not expecting today.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 15, 2021 at 12:11 PM (#6008654)
Luis Guillorme drew a 22-pitch walk in the 5th inning.
I saw it happen. It was absolutely brutal.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 15, 2021 at 02:14 PM (#6008668)
The Athletic has published a hagiography to Drake LaRoche, which I was not expecting today.

Did he heal a leper, or something noteworthy?

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