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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-25-2021

Toledo News-Bee, March 25, 1921:

Judge K.M. Landis, baseball’s commissioner, today ruled that Gene Paulette, Philadelphia first baseman, was ineligible to play in organized baseball because he failed to bare to Landis’ satisfaction alleged financial transactions with two St. Louis men in 1919.

Elmer Farrar and Carl Zork, of St. Louis, are alleged to have given Paulette money to throw games.

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.

There is a small mailbox here.

>open mailbox

Opening the small mailbox reveals a leaflet.

>read leaflet



>drop leaflet


Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 01:40 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 01:42 PM (#6010071)
A good Birthday Team today. Everybody's got a positive career WAR total and there are four players at or above 40 WAR.

C: Dan Wilson (13.0 WAR)
1B: Martin Powell (3.4 WAR)
2B: Jimmy Walsh (3.8 WAR)
3B: Travis Fryman (34.4 WAR)
SS: Woodie Held (22.0 WAR)
LF/Manager: Lee Mazzilli (15.6 WAR)
CF: Clyde Milan (40.0 WAR)
RF: Jimmy Sebring (2.6 WAR)

SP: Tom Glavine (80.7 WAR)
SP: Right-handed Dutch Leonard (48.8 WAR)
SP: Frank Dwyer (41.0 WAR)
SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (17.8 WAR)
SP: Scott Sanders (4.6 WAR)
RP: Neal Cotts (5.2 WAR)

Owners: John Fetzer, Isamu Saeki
Broadcaster: Howard Cosell
Fun Names: Polly McLarry, Chappy Charles, Erisbel Arruebarrena, Dorsey Riddlemoser, Jeff Kunkel
Not that one: John Walsh
Backup C: Mike Zunino (6.8 WAR)
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 01:45 PM (#6010073)
Dr. Bobby Brown of the 40s-50s Yankees has passed away at 96
   3. salvomania Posted: March 25, 2021 at 01:52 PM (#6010077)
3B: Travis Fryman (34.4 WAR)

That's a lot more career WAR than I would have guessed.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 02:11 PM (#6010086)
Dr. Bobby Brown of the 40s-50s Yankees has passed away at 96

John Thorne just tweeted that he was the last remaining living player to have played in the 1947 WS
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6010104)
Gene Paulette in 1920, his final year, hit .288 in 608 PA, but drove in only 36 runs*. Even given his lack of power (he slugged .343) that seems a low total. Paulette's average in different leverage situations:

High leverage: .235
Medium leverage: .287
Low leverage: .324

Not saying he was trying to throw games, but...

*His main BR page says 36 RBI, his "splits" page says 37. I don't know why there is a discrepancy.
   6. we all water; we all 57i66135 Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:14 PM (#6010114)
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Gio Gonzalez retires after spending a few weeks with Marlins in spring training. Had a terrific career.
   7. sanny manguillen Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:49 PM (#6010132)
The Pirates sent several guys to the Yankees for Lee Mazzilli in the 1982-83 offseason. Mazzilli had 3.8 bWAR left in his career. One of lottery tickets turned out to be reliever Tim Burke, who was traded to the Expos and eventually amassed 12.4 bWAR. The Pirates also sent Willie Randolph to the Yankees when Randolph had about 66 bWAR and then Jay Buhner (23.0 bWAR). Was there any other organization that managed to foist multiple prospects on the Yankees in that era?
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 25, 2021 at 04:02 PM (#6010135)
The Pirates in the early 1970s came up with Dave Cash, Willie Randolph and your namesake, which is a lot of second basemen. They traded Cash for Ken Brett, then traded Brett AND Randolph for Doc Medich, who won 8 games in Pittsburgh.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: March 25, 2021 at 05:15 PM (#6010160)
Clicking around the 70's Pirates pages, I saw Bryan Clark, who was traded for Barry Bonnell. This is on Bonnell's page:
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 8th round of the 1971 MLB June Amateur Draft from Milford HS (Milford, OH), the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1974 MLB June Amateur Draft from King HS (Corpus Christi, TX)
Bonnell was almost 18 in June 1971 and almost 21 when he was allegedly drafted out of high school again three years later. The 1974 pick should actually be Bobby Bonner instead of Barry Bonnell. I'd never heard of Bonner, and Bonnell was part of the reason he didn't stick around in the majors for long.
In the 11th, Bonner made both his first major league plate appearance and fielding chance. After Baltimore grabbed a 3-2 lead on Eddie Murray’s third solo homer of the day, the rookie grounded out to end the top of the frame. In the Blue Jays’ half of the inning, there was one out and a runner at second base when Barry Bonnell came to the plate. Bonnell smashed a one-hop shot to Bonner’s right that went through into left field, allowing the tying run to score. Orioles’ coach Cal Ripken, Sr. described it as an “impossible chance,” but the official scorer charged the rookie with a very costly error. When the Orioles lost two innings later to fall five games behind in the AL East race with 19 contests remaining, Weaver was apoplectic in the post-game clubhouse.

“He’s yelling at the top of his lungs because my locker is right by his office. He was yelling and screaming, ‘Who do they think this guy is sending him to me? I didn’t want to play him, and he can’t even catch the ball,’ ” Bonner recalled. “He said I was not fit to play in the show,” he added. “No one had ever made an attack as personal and hateful as this one.”

“Bobby Bonner was a great shortstop. But after Earl blasted him that day, he just crumbled and was never the same,” observed Boddicker.
   10. Itchy Row Posted: March 25, 2021 at 05:35 PM (#6010165)
I just noticed that Mike Flanagan was in the starting lineup as the DH in that Bonner-Bonnell game. Apparently Earl Weaver did that a lot in September 1980, starting a pitcher at DH and then replacing him with the platoon of Terry Crowley or Benny Ayala, in case the opposing starting pitcher got knocked out before the DH's turn to bat came up.
   11. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: March 25, 2021 at 06:46 PM (#6010173)
Random grumble about how weird things are in life sometimes: Going through the pitcher rankings for the '80s, I ran across a pitcher who had one start in 1986 named Mike Smith. With common names like that, there will usually have been more than one person with that name in MLB history, so I add middle initials to distinguish between them.

There have indeed been multiple Mike Smiths - five, to be exact. Two of them played a very long time ago, with Mike serving as a nickname for Elmer and Elwood, respectively. The other three are all within my lifetime, and all of them were pitchers who made at least one start, so I will have to enter each of them.

Full names for the recent Mike Smiths are as follows:
1984-89, one start in '86 - Michael Anthony Smith
1989-90, one start in '89 - Michael Anthony Smith
2002-06, 7 total starts - Michael Anthony Smith

Yeah, what on earth am I supposed to do with THAT? Welcome to the rankings, Mike Smith 1, 2, and 3.
   12. sanny manguillen Posted: March 25, 2021 at 07:37 PM (#6010181)
The 1980s guys became known as Texas Mike and Mississippi Mike. No idea which was which.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 25, 2021 at 08:18 PM (#6010185)
"1984-89, one start in '86 - Michael Anthony Smith
1989-90, one start in '89 - Michael Anthony Smith
2002-06, 7 total starts - Michael Anthony Smith

Yeah, what on earth am I supposed to do with THAT?"

Rename two of them Eddie Van Halen Smith and David Lee Roth Smith.

   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 25, 2021 at 09:01 PM (#6010188)
re: #11, the popularity of Michael Anthony Smith must be a ripple effect from the popular 1950s TV show “The Millionaire”, in which Michael Anthony made millionaires at the direction of his employer, anonymous beneficent billionaire John Beresford Tipton.

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