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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2019

Broadus [Montana] Independent, June 20, 1919:

“The amount of money that is wagered on baseball,” says Arnold Rothstein, “is grossly exaggerated…There is little or no money bet on the American league race. A few small bets have been made that the Yankees will finish higher than the White Sox. Baseball is not a good betting proposition, which may be just as well for the game.”

“...so don’t worry about me. I’ll just be over here not gambling on baseball. And I super won’t put money on someone beating the White Sox. There’s nothing to see here.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2019 at 10:10 AM (#5853976)
A glut of infielders on today's Birthday Team, which is good because there isn't a ton of pitching. Beckwith isn't really a right fielder, but then again he also wasn't a third baseman or a shortstop or a first baseman or an anything else he tried to do that involved wearing a glove. On the other hand, he was one of the best hitters in the game for 10-12 years, so we'll deal with the unintentional defensive comedy.

C: Andy Etchebarren (10.8 WAR)
1B: Kendrys Morales (13.0 WAR)
2B: Jim Delahanty (18.8 WAR)
3B: Billy Werber (25.1 WAR)
SS: Dickie Thon (23.9 WAR)
LF: Carlos Lee (28.3 WAR)
CF: Rob Mackowiak (5.6 WAR)
RF: John Beckwith (0.0 WAR, Negro Leagues masher)

SP: Win Mercer (27.3 WAR)
SP: Wally Burnette (3.4 WAR)
SP: Adalberto Mejia (1.3 WAR)
SP: Wayland Dean (1.2 WAR)
SP: Mike Grace (0.7 WAR)
RP: Kevin Gregg (4.5 WAR)

Owner: Cum Posey
President and CEO: Paul Beeston
Broadcasters: Dave Ryan, Dave Nelson
Eyechart: Doug Gwosdz
Fun name/Pitching prospect: Touki Toussaint (0.1 WAR)
Other fun names: Pryor McBee, Rickey Cradle
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 20, 2019 at 10:31 AM (#5853986)
Back in the 1980s, Doug Gwosdz was modestly famous for the fact that the Padres always allowed many fewer runs when he was catching. He only got into a handful of games a year, but the pattern was pretty consistent:

In 1981, he started six games, but three of them were shutouts, with three different starters. Padres pitchers had a 2.39 ERA throwing to Gwodsz, but 3.72 overall.
In 1982, he started four games, but two of them were shutouts. Padres pitchers had a 1.23 ERA throwing to Gwodsz, but 3.52 overall.
In 1983, he started 13 games, with only two shutouts. Padres pitchers had a 2.71 ERA throwing to Gwodsz, but 3.62 overall.

He only got one start in 1984, and it wasn't good; Padres pitchers gave up five runs in seven innings to the Cubs. His career was over at that point, because he couldn't hit, at all - lifetime slash stats were .144/.242/.202. (That's a .202 slugging percentage.)

But I sure would know what his secret was behind the plate. He only started 24 games at catcher in his career, but seven of them were shutouts.
   3. salvomania Posted: June 20, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5853998)
C: Andy Etchebarren (10.8 WAR)


I doubt we'll ever see another North American professional athlete with eyebrows like this.
   4. Davo Posted: June 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5854037)
Your rookie WAR leaders, according to baseball-reference.com:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
John Means, 2.8
Brandon Lowe, 2.7
Spencer Turnbull, 2.1
Ty Buttrey, 1.6
Zach Plesac, 1.3
Trent Thornton, 1.2
Griffin Canning, 1.1
Marcus Walden, 1.1
Michael Chavis, 1.0
Oscar Mercado, 1.0
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 0.8


NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pete Alonso, 3.0
Fernando Tatis Jr., 2.6
Mike Soroka, 2.5
Bryan Reynolds, 2.3
Alex Verdugo, 2.2
Merrill Kelly, 1.3
Harold Ramirez, 1.2
Yoan Lopez, 1.1
Jordan Yamamoto, 1.0
Chris Paddack, 1.0
Kevin Newman, 1.0
Austin Riley, 1.0
Christian Walker, 1.0
   5. Itchy Row Posted: June 20, 2019 at 12:15 PM (#5854043)
He only got one start in 1984, and it wasn't good; Padres pitchers gave up five runs in seven innings to the Cubs.
This made me want to hear Harry Caray try to pronounce "Gwosdz," but I couldn't find that. The closest thing I found was Harry trying to say Grudzielanek. He seemed more comfortable trying to say it backwards.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 20, 2019 at 12:48 PM (#5854063)
Harry Carey was Mister Mxyzptlk? It all makes sense now.
   7. Meatwad Posted: June 20, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5854104)
Tampa gets the go ahead from mlb to explore playing games in montreal.
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 20, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5854108)
Baseball is not a good betting proposition, which may be just as well for the game.

If only The Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball™ felt the same way.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5854125)
I doubt we'll ever see another North American professional athlete with eyebrows like this.
*Anthony Davis sees this, raises an eyebrow*
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 20, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5854149)
*Anthony Davis sees this, raises an eyebrow*
I think it would require a team of Mennonite carpenters to raise Anthony Davis's eyebrow.
   11. salvomania Posted: June 20, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5854158)
*Anthony Davis sees this, raises an eyebrow*

Not bad, it's got great fluidity, but Etchebarren's has so much more volume--it must be almost an inch from top to bottom.
   12. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 20, 2019 at 04:41 PM (#5854228)
Before Andy Etchebarren, there was only one.
   13. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 24, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5855341)
The Mets signed C Fernando Villalobos, one of the better international talents available for the 2018-19 session and originally linked to the Brewers, but he got caught up in the embargo on signings of Mexican League players. Not that I'd expect this to be a big news story, but it's hard to find any coverage of this. To that end:

What are good resources on international amateur signings? (BA is a big one, of course.)

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