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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-26-2019

Washington Herald, March 26, 1919:

Organized baseball is not only a monopoly, but by the reserve clause of its contract makes slaves of its players, declared William L. Marbury, of the Baltimore bar, in the opening statement to a jury in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia yesterday…[at the trial] of the suit for $900,000 damages brought by the Baltimore Federal League club against the clubs of the National and American leagues and certain officials of the defunct Federal League.

Attorney Marbury said that baseball is a subject of commerce and not only that, but of interstate commerce and that by its “monopolistic” methods organized baseball throttled competition and made itself liable to the anti-trust law.

I know the story of the Federal League suit and the commerce clause, but I never realized the suit lasted this long. The Federal League played its final game three and a half years ago.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 09:39 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5825324)
Not a great Birthday Team today. Kevin Seitzer was a solid big leaguer, but it's not a great sign when he's the best player on your roster.

Also of note, Chris Codiroli from 1987-1990: 0-7, 9.22 ERA, 41 IP, 57 H, 44 R, 35 BB, 24 K, 45 ERA+. And one save.

C: Jett Bandy (0.2 WAR)
1B: Kevin Seitzer (28.9 WAR)
2B: Jose Vizcaino (7.0 WAR)
3B: Hernan Perez (3.0 WAR)
SS: Brendan Ryan (15.1 WAR)
LF: Jack McCarthy (10.5 WAR)
CF: Current Washington Nationals Michael Taylor (2.8 WAR)
RF: Frank Brower (7.4 WAR)

SP: Shane Reynolds (17.8 WAR)
SP/Manager: Mel Queen the Younger (6.1 WAR)
SP: Jimmy Lavender (5.4 WAR)
SP: Brad Hogg (3.9 WAR)
SP: Bill Zuber (1.1 WAR)
RP: Dan Morogiello (1.2 WAR)

-2.8 career WAR: Chris Codiroli (-2.8 WAR)
Announcer/Strange medical condition: Harry Kalas
Fun names: Rob Zastryzny, Mike Loynd
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5825328)
1B: Kevin Seitzer (28.9 WAR)

Wow, I remember Seitzer pretty well but never would have guessed he had almost 30 WAR.

He really looked like he was going to be great his first year+, but then backslid. Did he get hurt?

   3. Davo Posted: March 26, 2019 at 10:02 AM (#5825333)
Seitzer looks like he had a good argument to join Gregg Jeffries on the list of players to receive Rookie of the Year votes in two separate seasons. He finished second in 1987, but in 1986 he hit .323/.448/.440 in 28 games. Someone could have thrown him a third place vote!
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5825339)
Looking more closely, Seitzer's career is almost entirely shaped by BABIP. When it was >.330 he was excellent (1986-88, 1994-96) he was excellent, when it was .300-.315 he was a slightly above average player (1989-90) and when it fell below .300 he was meh.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: March 26, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5825343)
I recall him playing with one of those face protector helmets. Did he get hit in the face at some point?
   6. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: March 26, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5825345)
SFG CEO Baer suspended through 7/1.
   7. crict Posted: March 26, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5825388)
I would have thought that Shane Reynolds was much closer to 30 WAR than that.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 26, 2019 at 12:55 PM (#5825433)
I recall him playing with one of those face protector helmets. Did he get hit in the face at some point?

Multiple times.

"It was like my face was crushed by a bowling ball, a bowling ball going 95 mph."
-- Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, on being hit in the face by a pitch by Scott Erickson in 1995.

Seitzer got hit in the head in 1989 by Jack Morris. "I was afraid to open my eyes because I thought I was dead," Seitzer said. "When I finally did, I saw Mike Stanley's shin guards. I knew I was alive." In 1994, Seitzer was hit in the right cheekbone by Melido Perez but played the next day -- the next day! -- even though doctors warned him that if he got hit in the same place, "My eyeball would drop into my cheek." Seitzer wore a protective bar on his helmet, but he took it off in 1995, then got hit by Erickson in the face. "That one hurt 10,000 times more than the first one," Seitzer said. He wore that protective bar until he retired two years later and said, "The only people in the world who could give me a hard time about wearing that are guys who were hit in the face twice -- no one else."

From this article.
   9. Mike Webber Posted: March 27, 2019 at 11:32 AM (#5825706)
Seitzer also had alcohol problems that didn't help his career, though he seems to have straightened that out.

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