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Thursday, April 04, 2019

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

El Paso Herald, April 4, 1919:

Special dispatches from the Cincinnati National’s training camp at Waxahachie, Tex., last night, say that pitcher “Slim” Sallee is in bad shape with a very lame back and may not be able to pitch for the local team this season. A Waxahachie physician who has been consulted said that Sallee’s case is severe and may involve being put in a plaster cast for two or three months. Sallee will leave Waxahachie for Cincinnati today to consult local physicians.

Exactly one month after this report, Slim threw a complete game three-hitter. He won 21 games with a 2.06 ERA (136 ERA+) in 1919. Sallee also won Game Two of the 1919 World Series, but it’s tough to know what to make of that. He was a heck of a pitcher, though, the sort of guy who could have mowed down the White Sox even if they had all been trying to win.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 10:30 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5828510)
Today's Birthday Team has more World Series-winning managers than star pitchers. If there's a roster that needs a College of Coaches, it's this one.

C: Ray Fosse (12.9 WAR)
1B/College of Coaches: Gil Hodges (44.8 WAR)
2B: Tom Herr (23.5 WAR)
3B: Scott Rolen (70.2 WAR)
SS/College of Coaches: Jim Fregosi (48.7 WAR)
LF: Joe Vosmik (20.4 WAR)
CF/College of Coaches: Tris Speaker (134.0 WAR)
RF: Bill Hinchman (13.6 WAR)

SP: 1950s Frank Smith (7.7 WAR)
SP: Eddie Watt (7.7 WAR)
SP: Martin Perez (5.3 WAR)
SP: Willie Ramsdell (4.9 WAR)
SP: Carlos Reyes (4.0 WAR)
RP: Louis Coleman (3.6 WAR)

Commissioner: Bart Giamatti
Owner: S. Lee Ross
Bench C: Mickey Owen (6.5 WAR)
Bench 1B: Mike Epstein (12.8 WAR)
Bench Utilityguy: John Hummel (11.7 WAR)
Bench OF: Cameron Maybin (13.4 WAR)
A less successful pitcher than his wife: Casey Daigle (-1.3 WAR)
Name contains all of the letters in "San Diego Padres": Odrisamer Despaigne (-2.9 WAR)
Not a TV judge: Joe Brown (-1.2 WAR)
Prospect washout: Brad Komminsk (2.2 WAR)
   2. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: April 04, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5828514)
That is one hell of a lineup. Pitching, not so much. The entire staff has fewer WAR than the 4th best position player. And if you keep Ray Fosse out of the ASG, he might produce more than 33.2 as well.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 04, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5828520)
And if you keep Ray Fosse out of the ASG, he might produce more than 33.2 as well.
Isn't Pete Rose banned for life from the Birthday League too?
   4. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5828523)
Scott Rolen has about 20 more WAR than I would have guessed.
   5. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:15 AM (#5828533)
That is one hell of a lineup. Pitching, not so much.

Speaking of the World Series-winning 2019 Oakland Athletics, did I miss a season prediction thread?
   6. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:20 AM (#5828535)
Prospect washout: Brad Komminsk

Who I am named after (here, not IRL).

I never saw a prediction thread either, now that you mention it.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5828537)
I never saw a prediction thread either, now that you mention it.


This is as close as we got. I didn't respond in time, and now I think anyone who sees my Orioles atop the AL East choice will think I was just jumping on the bandwagon after their red-hot start.

   8. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 04, 2019 at 11:34 AM (#5828549)
Thank you!
My prediction last year was a few days late too, I guess by November I'll know if that means good luck or bad luck.
   9. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 04, 2019 at 01:23 PM (#5828585)
Does anyone know of a sitcom episode containing a scene where a woman is preparing to audition for a sportscaster job, and she's practicing by watching a tape of Kirk Gibson's Series homer, unaware of how it ends? I think that it might have been in a very generic sitcom, and originally thought it was in Major Dad.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 04, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5828588)
That is one hell of a lineup.

I would think this has to be one of the 2 or 3 best, if not the best.

   11. TDF, trained monkey Posted: April 04, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5828613)
Prospect washout: Brad Komminsk
I think I mentioned that his dad did business with my old car dealership until about 5 years ago. Might still be working if he hadn't gone blind.

EDIT: I never looked at Brad's BBRef page, and I would've never guessed his dad was old enough to be my dad (Brad's 18 months older than me).
   12. Man o' Schwar Posted: April 04, 2019 at 04:03 PM (#5828658)
Does anyone know of a sitcom episode containing a scene where a woman is preparing to audition for a sportscaster job, and she's practicing by watching a tape of Kirk Gibson's Series homer, unaware of how it ends? I think that it might have been in a very generic sitcom, and originally thought it was in Major Dad.

I believe this was an episode of Sports Night.
   13. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:58 PM (#5828701)
#12: Thanks
   14. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 04, 2019 at 08:14 PM (#5828733)
Today's the 25th anniversary of Tuffy Rhodes's big day.
   15. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: April 04, 2019 at 09:40 PM (#5828770)
I was there. My 2 MLB lame claims to fame are that game, and a .Nolan Ryan 101 GS game

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