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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-22-2021

Toledo News-Bee, June 22, 1921:

Up at San Jose a week ago, the home team was playing a game of baseball…In the eighth one of the visiting players hit a ball over the center fielder’s head and it rolled about 400 yards [sic]—so far, in fact that the center fielder knew it was a hopeless chase and loafed after the ball while the batter crossed the plate.

As the fielder arrived at the scoreboard, under which the ball had rolled, he saw an unkempt individual slink out from behind the boards and pick up the ball. The man wore a frowsy shirt, a pair of dirty overalls and had a two weeks’ stubble on his face.
...
“Can I keep this ball?” he asked the fielder.
“Nix. They cost too much to give away, brother”...Then—
“Why, Hal Chase, what in the world are you doing here hiding?”

Not only was Chase banned from playing, he was banned from entering ballparks.

Still, I’m not entirely sure this actually happened. I’m always a bit suspicious when I read stories with a moral, without player or team names, that are oddly specific about what was said.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2021 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dugout, history, morality tales

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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 22, 2021 at 08:17 AM (#6025682)
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 (54.1 WAR)
3B: Bill Williams (5.5 WAR)
SS: Willie Harris (3.3 WAR)
LF: 1970s Mike Anderson (4.4 WAR)
CF: Russ Snyder (5.2 WAR)
RF: Steel Arm Davis (9.6 WAR)

SP: Carl Hubbell (68.5 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
OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO: Brant Brown
Milhouse Van Houten's favorite player: Esteban Yan
   2. AndrewJ Posted: June 22, 2021 at 10:07 AM (#6025691)
Carl Hubbell won two MVPs and has the most MVP Shares of any pitcher with 3.07 -- second by just a bit (at 3.03) is Dizzy Dean.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 22, 2021 at 10:18 AM (#6025692)
Brad Hawpe had four extremely consistent years for the Rockies from 2006 to 2009 - OPS+ every year from 120 to 130, homers from 22 to 29, batting average from .283 to .293, slugging from .498 to .539, OBP from .381 to .387 (!). He was basically Harold Baines for four seasons, but those were the only years of his career he was worth anything.
   4. EddieA Posted: June 22, 2021 at 04:07 PM (#6025749)
Esteban Yan's career OPS+ sank 327 points when he singled in his second and last career at bat. Career OPS+ of 771.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: June 22, 2021 at 04:28 PM (#6025753)

Esteban Yan's career OPS+ sank 327 points when he singled in his second and last career at bat. Career OPS+ of 771.


0.3 oWAR in two ABs. Take that, Paciorek.
   6. EddieA Posted: June 22, 2021 at 05:26 PM (#6025768)
There's video of Esteban Yan in the first pitch he ever saw in the major leagues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVmuf5t46co slow trot.
   7. EddieA Posted: June 22, 2021 at 05:29 PM (#6025770)
There's video of the first pitch Esteban Yan ever saw as a hitter in the major leagues. Slow trot

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