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Monday, April 29, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2019

Toledo News-Bee, April 29, 1919:

Rules prohibiting the spit ball, the emery ball, and other freak pitching deliveries will be strictly enforced in the Western League this season.

President A.R. Tearney announced this last night at Chicago after a conference with his staff of umpires.

Elsewhere on the same page (under “Random Shots”), Louisville somehow failed to score a run when an outfielder dropped a fly ball with the bases loaded.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:17 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5836278)
Today's Birthday Team has a weird glut of catchers and infielders, so we've got a shortstop playing center field and a third baseman/pitcher in left. Some decent talent to work with, not to mention an umpire who charges the mound when he's angry.

C: Kelly Shoppach (8.4 WAR)
1B: Clipper Flynn (0.6 WAR)
2B: Rick Burleson (22.8 WAR)
3B: Ed Charles (19.6 WAR)
SS: Luis Aparicio (55.8 WAR)
LF: Frank Hankinson (7.0 WAR)
CF: Ron Washington (1.3 WAR)
RF: John Vander Wal (6.2 WAR)

SP: Noodles Hahn (44.1 WAR)
SP: Nip Winters (Negro Leagues star)
SP: Mickey McDermott (18.0 WAR)
SP: Bob McClure (10.5 WAR)
SP: Sterling Hitchcock (8.1 WAR)
RP: Rafael Betancourt (14.1 WAR)

Manager: Akira Ohgi
Umpire: John Shulock
Writer: Phil Musick
High school pitching star drafted by the Angels, chose football, started in the NFL for a year, played horribly: Browning Nagle
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5836290)
Rafael Betancourt was a pretty good relief pitcher for the Rockies (and for the Indians before that), but he will primarily be remembered for being godawful slow on the mound. You had time to go to the kitchen and make a sandwich in between each of his pitches.
   3. Dag Nabbit at Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:51 AM (#5836301)
Noodles Hahn! A personal cult favorite from the Deadball Era. He had Hall of Fame stuff, but his arm fell off, so he didn't last long enough.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:53 AM (#5836304)
I thought it was John Vander Wal who occasioned Derek Bell's "Operation Shutdown," but it looks like I was wrong about that, Vander Wal had already left the Pirates and Bell's rightful job was in fact stolen by someone else.

Anyway, do you think Derek Bell still lives on a boat?
   5. EddieA Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:53 AM (#5836305)
Oddly, John Vander Wal couldn't hit much until he left Colorado and got an opportunity to play regularly.
   6. oscar madisox Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:01 PM (#5836341)
Before I clicked on the link I thought you misspelled Phil Mushnick. I should remember Musick from his tenure at USA Today, but I'm drawing a blank.

   7. bobm Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5836344)
[4] I don't know if he still lives on the boat, but that was a great story.

Per Wikipedia:
Bell left the team on March 29, was released on March 31, and never played in the majors again. The Pirates ended up paying him $4.5 million not to play for them. Bell moved onto his yacht, Bell 14 (his name and uniform number), a 58-foot Sea Ray 580.

New York Post writer Tom Keegan described the incident by calling Bell "the perfect Pirate given that he lives on a boat and steals money."
   8. KJOK Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:26 PM (#5836355)
Noodles Hahn! A personal cult favorite from the Deadball Era. He had Hall of Fame stuff, but his arm fell off, so he didn't last long enough.

And coincidentally, almost the same story for Nip Winters. He's a 'boarderline' HOFer who was great in his 20's but couldn't keep it going.
   9. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5836358)
4--Bell was arrested in 2006 and again in 2008 for drug charges. No idea how that played out
   10. PreservedFish Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5836362)
Perhaps he fled to international waters.
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 29, 2019 at 01:03 PM (#5836371)
Contemporaneous coverage of Operation Shutdown

The Pirates, specifically general manager Dave Littlefield, replied that Bell most certainly is in a competition with Armando Rios, Craig Wilson and perhaps Rob Mackowiak. Further, Littlefield said, "At this point, he (Bell) hasn't done a lot to show he deserves a lot of playing time."

A lot of low cards in that hand.
   12. Cris E Posted: April 29, 2019 at 01:32 PM (#5836389)
I just came across this link, and while I'm not entirely certain it's worth the front page, it's clear that some record of it should be kept somewhere. If I could post it directly to some Jose Canseco slow motion car crash archive I would, but BTF is all I've got.

GoFundMe: Bigfoot Excursion with Jose Canseco
   13. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: April 29, 2019 at 01:38 PM (#5836395)
12--You are a true American hero for sharing
   14. crict Posted: April 29, 2019 at 02:32 PM (#5836419)
Apparently it's an alien and bigfoot combo (or maybe bigfoot is an alien???), so it looks like a great deal.
   15. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: April 29, 2019 at 02:43 PM (#5836427)
If you pay any attention to the minors, you likely already know this but: scoring is WAY up in AAA this year (likely in large part to the introduction of the MLB ball there).
(Does not account for cyclicality - though April is normally a low scoring month - or other SSS things that could tweak the numbers. Source b-ref; jump is from homers and, to a lesser extent, a spike in walks)

YR Lg   Avg  Obp  Slg Ra/9 H/9 Hr9 W/9 K/9
19 INT .262 .343 .437 5.51 9.1 1.2 4.0 9.5
18 INT .252 .320 .389 4.31 8.6 0.8 3.2 8.4
19 PCL .272 .356 .472 6.03 9.6 1.5 4.2 9.0
18 PCL .270 .340 .423 5.14 9.4 1.0 3.5 8.2 
   16. Perry Posted: April 29, 2019 at 06:43 PM (#5836502)
Rafael Betancourt was a pretty good relief pitcher for the Rockies (and for the Indians before that), but he will primarily be remembered for being godawful slow on the mound. You had time to go to the kitchen and make a sandwich in between each of his pitches.

Never understood why that little toe tap he did after he came set in the stretch position wasn't a balk. If lifting your free foot and putting it back down after you're set isn't a balk, what is?
   17. Dag Nabbit at Posted: April 29, 2019 at 06:52 PM (#5836504)
Today is the 36th anniversary of Lee Elia's tirade. uncensored version.
   18. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 29, 2019 at 07:01 PM (#5836507)
Bell's signing was actually the Pirates' little splash when moving into PNC Park. Their trio of Kevin Young at first, Pat Meares at second, and Bell was locked up for a total of eight years for about $40 million. Meares and Bell were both gone in 2002, after ringing up OPS+'s of 39 and 48 respectively. Young lasted his three years, with an OPS+ of 83. The only bright spot was that some of the Meares money was covered by insurance.
   19. Dag Nabbit at Posted: April 29, 2019 at 07:08 PM (#5836511)

1876 NL's first extra inning game: Boston beats Hartfod in 10
1888 Charlie Ferguson, pitcher, dies at age 25. He's the first notable MLB baseball player to die
1897 Roger Connor's 138th and final career HR
1898 MLB debut: Frank Chance
1902 John McGraw HBP 5 times, but ump refuses to let him take 1st. McGraw sits in batter's box in protest, will be suspended 5 games
1905 Chrsity Mathewson punches kid selling lemonade in stands who's heckling him w/ "brutal blow" The hell?!?
1913 Reds-Cubs game in Chicago problem: Reds forgot their unifrms when boarding train. Wear Sox road uniforms
1918 Tris Speaker's 6th career unassisted double play. #5 just 11 days earlier
1919 MLB debut: Lefty O'Doul
1922 Ross Youngs hits for the cycle. Homer an inside the parker
1923 NYY sign Lou Gehrig to contract of $2,000 plus $1,500 signing bonus
1923 MLB debut: Rube Walberg
1924 Bump Hadley, Mercersburg Academy, tosses perfect game vs. Hadley-Lynn of Massachusetts. Fans 26 of 27
1926 MLB debut: Joe Cronin
1930 MLB: 123 runs score in MLB: over 17 per game
1930 LB debut: Lefty Gomez
1931 Wes Ferrell, CLE, throws nohitter: wins 7-0. Also hits HR, 2B, and 4 RBI. His brother Rick on the opposing team: 2 out ROE in 9th
1932 Greenlee Field opens in PIT
1933 Lou Gehrig & Dixie Walker both tagged out at plate bang-bang on same play by Luke Sewell of WA
1934 Pittsburgh plays their first Sunday home game. Last MLB team to do so
1934 PHI's 1st legal Sunday home game: lose 8-7 to BRK
1935 MLB debut: Hugh Casey
1936 Ptichers duel: StL 2, NYG 1 (17). Roy Parmelee 17 IP, 6H, 1 R/ER, 4 W, 9 K.Hubbell: 16.1 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 1 ER,4 BB, 6 K.
1936 1st pro game in Japanese Baseball League. Nagoya beats Dai Tokyo, 8-5
1937 Freddie Fitzsimmons, for the 3rd time in his career, tosses CG SHO & homers in the same game. NYG 9, BRK 0
1940 1st of two times Ted Williams hits 2 triples in a game
1944 Browns go to 9-0, best AL start ever, to date
1953 Joe Adcock becomes first person to blast a HR into CF bleachers at Polo Grounds. 475 feet
1956 Richie Asbhurn gets an inside park HR. 2 HR the day before. Those are his only HR of the year. All w/in 5 PA. 719 PA on the yr
1958 Ted Williams's 1,000 extra base hit, tenth to do that
1966 Hank Aaron homers in 5th straight game, only time he does that. 1 HR in each game
1973 Walk-off balk: Tom Walker. HOU 4, MTL 3
1977 Ron Guidry, NYY reliever, pressed into service as SP by Billy Martin (shortage of 'em). 8 IP 0 R. Wins 3-0. He sticks
1978 Pete Rose hits 3 HR in one game. First multi-HR game in 8 years; last one he ever has - fifth over all
1979 Gary Carter hits inside the park HR off of Vida Blue
1980 Bradford G. Corbett sells his majority interest in TEX to Eddie Chiles
1981 Steve Carlton's 3000th K
1982 MLB debut: Storm Davis
1983 Steve Carlton picks off 3 baserunners in game vs. Houston
1983 Lee Elia's memorable tirade
1985 Larry Parrish, TEX, hits 3 HR in one game for 4th time. Larry Parrish - four times? Really?
1986 Roger Clemens whiffs 20 men in 1 game
1987 Andre Dawson hits for the cycle, goes 5-for-5, throws out runner at first base in rare 9-3 groundout
1988 Orioles FINALLY win: 1-21. Beat CWS 9-0
1988 last game: Joe Niekro
1992 Yankee farmhand Jeff Hoffman dies of previously undetected heart defiency in his hotel room
1994 SEA release Bobby Thigpen ending his career
1994 Kirk Reuter becomes firs pitcher since Valenzuela to strt his career 10-0. His an Expo
1995 MLB debut: Brad Radke, Esteban Loaiza, Andy Pettitte, LaTroy Hawkins
1996 Tom Kelly on Mariano Rivera “He needs to pitch in a higher league, if there is one. Ban him from baseball. He should be illegal.”
2001 MLB debut: Shawn Chacon
2005 rare matchup of 300 game winners: Maddux outduels Clemens 3-2 in Houston. First time this happeend since Sutton-Carlton in 1987
2007 Troy Tulowitzki w/ the 13th unassisted triple play ever. 7th innigns, Chipper Jones lines to 2B, Kelly Johnson forced, E.Renteria tag
2007 Jamie Moyer hits his 1st double in 19 years
2008 despite being no-hit, Potomac Nationals beat Winston-Salem Warthogs 3-2. 6th inning: error, two walks, PB, 2 more walks, F.choice
2008 MLB debut: Max Scherzer
2009 ach Greinke scoreless inning streak ends at 43, but still beats TOR 11-3
2009 Yovani Gallardo HR, teams wins 1-0. Pitches 8 IP
2010 John Buck, TOR, hits 3 HR in one game. Off 3 different pitchers
2010 2,000 hits: Magglio Ordonez And his 300th HR
2012 STL lose to MIL on game-ending failed steal of home (!) Guy tries to steal 2nd & then lead runner breaks for home. MIL 3, STL 2
2013 OAK 10, LAA 8 (19). OAK overcomes 5-run early deficit, ties it in 9th, ties it in 15th (after BB in run), 19th: walk-off homer by B. Moss
2013 MIA 4, NYM 3 (15). MIA ties in 9th 2-2, falls behind in 15th, but comes back to tie & win in bottom of the 15th
2015 BAL-CWS game at Camden Yards in front of zero fans (riot fears)
2015 James McCann, DET, hit his 1st career home run - an inside the park HR vs MIN

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