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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2020

Norwich Bulletin, May 13, 1920:

A drive to eliminate gambling on baseball games in Pacific Coast league parks has been begun by President William M. McCarthy, who issues a statement saying that three “known gamblers” would be denied admission to league parks.

The action has no direct connection with the unconditional release Friday of Pitchers Tom Seaton and “Casey” Smith of the San Francisco club, the statement said, but added “indirectly it has.”

Is the PCL changing policies because its players were throwing games? William McCarthy says “Well, yes, but actually no.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 13, 2020 at 10:41 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 13, 2020 at 10:43 AM (#5950021)
All kinds of personality on today's Birthday Team: Daddy Wags, Rijo, Zito. Whoever this guy is.

C: John Roseboro (22.5 WAR)
1B: Jimmy Archer (10.3 WAR)
2B: Bert Niehoff (4.1 WAR)
3B: Larry Gardner (48.2 WAR)
SS/Manager: Bobby Valentine (2.0 WAR)
LF: Willson Contreras (11.8 WAR)
CF: Juan Beniquez (10.0 WAR)
RF: Leon Wagner (11.8 WAR)

SP: Jose Rijo (36.5 WAR)
SP: Barry Zito (31.9 WAR)
SP: Mike Sirotka (9.9 WAR)
SP: Frank Miller (9.3 WAR)
SP: Cliff Fannin (4.3 WAR)
RP: Mychal Givens (6.5 WAR)
RP: David Hernandez (4.5 WAR)

Fun names: Carden Gillenwater, Robby Hammock, Don LeJohn, Frank Buttery, Boze Berger
Not that one: Dusty Rhodes
Umpire/Not that one: Bill McKinley
Umpire: Bill Kinnamon
Broadcaster: Sean McDonough
   2. AndrewJ Posted: May 13, 2020 at 10:51 AM (#5950031)
Larry Gardner got three hits to help pitcher Babe Ruth win his first MLB start, and lived long enough to see Hank Aaron hit #715. And Gardner, Duffy Lewis and Smoky Joe Wood of the 1912 Bosox all lived long enough to witness the 1975 World Series. (Harry Hooper died in 1974.)
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 13, 2020 at 11:09 AM (#5950038)
I had forgotten about Mike Sirotka and "Shouldergate". When he was unsuccessfully trying to return, this happened (according to Wikipedia):

While with the White Sox, Sirotka surrendered the sole career hit to country music superstar Garth Brooks, who at the time was participating in spring training with the San Diego Padres. Brooks' spring training hitting record was one hit in 22 at-bats.
   4. stanmvp48 Posted: May 13, 2020 at 11:38 AM (#5950045)
And to play organ, piano, and harmonica at the ballpark; child prodigy Stevland Hardaway Morris, who turns 70 today
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 13, 2020 at 11:38 AM (#5950046)
Dusty Rhodes hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning in Game One of the 1954 World Series, leading the Giants over the 111-win Indians. In Game Two, he pinch-hit in the fifth and hit an RBI single to tie the game, then stayed in the game and homered in the seventh. He pinch-hit again in Game Three (in the third inning!) and hit a two-run single. They didn't need him in Game Four when the Giants finished the sweep.

For the series as a whole, Rhodes went four for six with two homers and seven RBI. When I was a kid, this was a huge deal, a legendary feat. But it seems like people don't talk about it anymore.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: May 13, 2020 at 11:50 AM (#5950052)
Today, the 1954 World Series is remembered only for Willie's catch.
   7. oscarmadisox Posted: May 13, 2020 at 12:23 PM (#5950066)
I guess I'm in the minority, but to me the ballplayer was the "Real" Dusty Rhodes. Not the wrestler.



   8. PreservedFish Posted: May 13, 2020 at 01:32 PM (#5950097)
Dusty Rhodes was my father's favorite baseball player. I remember him telling me that "Dusty Rhodes could always get the pinch-hit when you needed it." I don't know if that was generally true or not, but my father was 10 in 1954.
   9. Jaack Posted: May 13, 2020 at 01:53 PM (#5950112)
Rhodes did have a particularly impressive season in '54 as a pinch hitter. He hit .341/.410/.695 but only started 32 games. Of course, since he was pinch hitting he likely had platoon advantage a lot, but the disadvantage of pinch hitting probably balanced that effect out some.
   10. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 13, 2020 at 02:15 PM (#5950119)
Rhodes did have a particularly impressive season in '54 as a pinch hitter. He hit .341/.410/.695 but only started 32 games. Of course, since he was pinch hitting he likely had platoon advantage a lot, but the disadvantage of pinch hitting probably balanced that effect out some.

but lifetime, he slashed 211/283/293 as a pinch-hitter--1954 was quite the outlier
   11. AndrewJ Posted: May 13, 2020 at 04:10 PM (#5950161)
Rhodes did have a particularly impressive season in '54 as a pinch hitter. He hit .341/.410/.695 but only started 32 games.

And with only 186 plate appearances, he got one vote for National League MVP. That's got to be the fewest PA for a non-pitcher who got an MVP vote.
   12. Jaack Posted: May 13, 2020 at 04:40 PM (#5950179)
He did rank 10th in WPA that season (although we are missing some data), so that vote isn't even totally unjustified.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 13, 2020 at 06:37 PM (#5950215)
And with only 186 plate appearances, he got one vote for National League MVP. That's got to be the fewest PA for a non-pitcher who got an MVP vote.

That seemed to happen a good bit in the 50s, presumably a function of 10-man ballots in 8-team leagues. In 55, somebody name Jose Valivielso got a vote on just over 300 PA of 221/277/316 (and -0.5 WAR). In 56 AL, 31 players got a vote with Frank Bolling having just over 400 PA. In 57, rookie Woodie Held (KCA) got votes on 371 PA. In 58 NL, Wes Covington (314) and Joe Adcock (341) both got votes for the Braves. In 59, McCovey got a vote on just over 200 pA.

By the way, Ted Williams 53 got a vote on just 110 PA, presumably a nod to his return from military service.

The 52 season was quite nutty with 34 AL and 40 NL players receiving votes, although no crazy-low PA totals. In 51, Mize got a vote in the AL on fewer than 400 PA and Cavaretta in the NL on fewer than 250.

Now, Mr. Valdivielso whom I'd never heard of. Cuban, played for the Sens then Twins for parts of 5 seasons. Only made it to 1100 PA. Career 55 OPS+, TZ doesn't like his defense (mostly SS), -3.3. career WAR. Still alive as far as b-r knows, 86th birthday in just over a week. No SABR bio so not much else to say.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 13, 2020 at 06:59 PM (#5950222)
By the way, Ted Williams 53 got a vote on just 110 PA, presumably a nod to his return from military service.

That, or the .901 SLG (13 HR in 91 AB). Williams had 2.0 WAR in 110 PA; not a great seasonal total, obviously, but there were players who finished ahead of him in the voting who were less deserving. (Harvey Kuenn, Gus Zernial, and Dave Philley all had under 2 WAR and got at least 10 points in the voting.)
   15. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 13, 2020 at 07:07 PM (#5950226)
Now, Mr. Valdivielso whom I'd never heard of.

I remember him well because I always liked pronouncing his name
   16. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 13, 2020 at 07:10 PM (#5950227)
RF: Leon Wagner (11.8 WAR)

at first I was surprised at his low WAR (he has a lifetime OPS+ of 120 in almost 5000 PAs) but then I remembered his defense. Sure enough lifetime 22.3 oWAR, -16.2 dWAR
   17. Snowboy Posted: May 13, 2020 at 10:51 PM (#5950287)
Wagner could hit! He was 2x AS, ASG MVP, for the expansion Angels.
Just checking him out, I noticed a mistake at bb-ref. In their first season 1961 they are listed as playing at Dodger Stadium.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 13, 2020 at 11:13 PM (#5950290)
as I said in my profile, I had the privilege of watching 2 of the worst fielding left fielders of all time back to back--first Tito Francona, then Daddy Wags
   19. Snowboy Posted: May 13, 2020 at 11:17 PM (#5950291)
Oh, and I don't want to reveal anything *spoiler alert* for "The Masked Singer" in case everyone here is taping the show and watching later. If so, stop reading.

But someone on today's birthday team was booted off "The Masked Singer" tonight.
(If you want to guess, eliminate guys like Roseboro and Daddy Wags, they're already passed on.)
(I don't watch the show, but Mrs. Snowboy keeps me informed of certain pop culture happenings. She thought he was a really good singer and performer.)
   20. Snowboy Posted: May 14, 2020 at 12:00 AM (#5950302)
as I said in my profile, I had the privilege of watching 2 of the worst fielding left fielders of all time back to back--first Tito Francona, then Daddy Wags


eww.

I've never read your profile before, but I told a story the other day in the COVID thread (related to a poster's handle) about being at Ben Broussard's debut game in 2002, in Montreal, because my buddy was an Indians fan and interleague play was still a novelty then, and he wanted to see that city, so we went. He grew up in Ashtabula County, and I got the pleasure of visiting his folks piece of property once, nice part of the country. I took enough geography to understand the importance of origin/place to people, but even when we have traipsed around Europe, he'll say "I'm from northeast Ohio."
   21. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 14, 2020 at 10:25 AM (#5950363)
Jose Valdivielso finished off the only all-Cuban triple play in major league history: Pedro Ramos to Julio Becquer to Valdivielso. The ball was hit by none other than Whitey Herzog. How do you guys not know this?
   22. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 14, 2020 at 11:21 AM (#5950376)
In their first season 1961 they are listed as playing at Dodger Stadium.

This seems to have been corrected. Now shows as Wrigley Field, the former LA minor league park, which was a hitters paradise.
   23. Snowboy Posted: May 14, 2020 at 05:01 PM (#5950569)
Perfect. And now I can say that at least I accomplished *one* thing yesterday.
Quiet thanks to whomever fixed it.

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