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Pittsburgh Press, June 22, 1920:

They have been a long time discovering a second Sisler, for the St. Louis Browns’ first baseman is in a class by himself. However, Branch Rickey, the manager of the Mound City Nationals, recently watched Joe Hauser play first for the Milwaukee club, and gave forth these words.

“In all my days in the majors, I have never discovered a ball player who could be compared with George Sisler, but this chap Hauser is an exact duplicate for Sisler—the way he handles his bat. His mannerisms are very similar. Who is he? Where did Jack Egan discover him?”

Hauser is one of the great “what could have been” stories of his era. Heading into Spring Training 1925, Hauser was a career .304/.378/.492 hitter coming off a 27 homer season and a top ten MVP finish. He broke his leg at Spring Training, missed all of 1925, and wasn’t really back to full strength for three years. Hauser mashed in April and May 1928, struggled in June, mashed again in July, and stopped hitting in August. That was essentially the end of his major league career.

So Joe Hauser did what anyone would do in that situation: He went to Baltimore and set the all-time single season record with 63 home runs in 1930. After averaging a mere 40 home runs in 1931 and 1932, Joe put up a nice 69 home run season for Minneapolis in 1933. Clearly the guy could hit, but that broken leg and extended recovery ended any chance that hitting would happen in the big leagues.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2020 at 10:18 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2020 at 10:18 AM (#5958658)
Past the front-line talent, there's not a ton for Bryan Price to work with on today's Birthday Team. So it's a lot like the Reds teams he managed.

C: Ron Hodges (6.1 WAR)
1B: Brad Hawpe (4.5 WAR)
2B: Ian Kinsler (55.2 WAR)
3B: Jake Wood (-0.4 WAR)
SS: Willie Harris (3.3 WAR)
LF: 1970s Mike Anderson (4.4 WAR)
CF: Russ Snyder (5.3 WAR)
RF: George Puccinelli (1.6 WAR)

SP: Carl Hubbell (68.2 WAR)
SP: Walt Masterson (9.4 WAR)
SP: 1970s-1980s Roy Thomas (3.6 WAR)
SP: Cesar Ramos (1.4 WAR)
SP: Kenshin Kawakami (1.0 WAR)
RP: Jason Motte (5.0 WAR)

Manager: Bryan Price
-3.8 career WAR: Faye Throneberry (-3.8 WAR)
Not that one: Jim Hunter
Milhouse Van Houten's favorite player: Esteban Yan
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 22, 2020 at 12:53 PM (#5958702)
Brad Hawpe had four consecutive seasons of amazing consistency and quality, with OPS+ ranging from 120 to 130, batting averages ranging from .283 to .293, homers ranging from 23 to 29, and OBPs ranging from .381 to .387. Unfortunately, those were the only four seasons in his career when he was worth a crap.
   3. salvomania Posted: June 22, 2020 at 02:55 PM (#5958750)
ilhouse Van Houten's favorite player: Esteban Yan

Yan is the MLB career leader in OPS (min 3 PA), at 3.500.

The next closest player is Ed Irwin (2.667), who had a pair of triples in 3 AB in his only major league game, in 1912.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 23, 2020 at 04:23 PM (#5959027)
Ed Irvin (2.667), who had a pair of triples in 3 AB in his only major league game, in 1912.

He's definitely the best player who later died of defenestration.

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