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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-10-2020

[Indianapolis] Indiana Daily Times, July 10, 1920:

Pitcher Art Smith of the Rockford Three-I league team assaulted Umpire (Scully) Jones in Friday’s game, breaking Jones’ nose. Bleacher spectators threw pop bottles at Smith when he was ejected from the park. Smith had announced his intention of quitting the Rockford club to join a semi-professional team at Kansas City.

You’d think he would pretty much have to leave organized baseball after violently booping an umpire’s snoot, but Smith was back in 1921. He spent 1921-1924 as a first baseman in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. As Scully Jones could tell you, Art Smith was a pretty good hitter, but his statistics don’t scream “guy who was unjustly held back from the majors.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 10, 2020 at 10:29 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM (#5962082)
A shaky pitching staff on today's Birthday Team; the rotation is mostly made up of guys who began their careers as starting pitchers, struggled, and got moved to the bullpen. Maybe McAleer will have to employ a Rays-style opener strategy.

Lundy and Alley are both famously great defensive shortstops. They're locks as the two starting middle infielders on today's team, but I'll leave it to the manager to decide which guy plays which position.

C: George Dickey (-1.7 WAR)
1B: Lee Stevens (2.0 WAR)
2B or SS: Gene Alley (24.2 WAR)
2B or SS: Dick Lundy (Negro Leagues legend, egregious HoF snub)
3B: Bobby Lowe (20.2 WAR)
LF: Hal McRae (27.9 WAR)
CF: Andre Dawson (64.8 WAR)
RF: Bob Bailor (8.9 WAR)

SP: Johnny Niggeling (17.7 WAR)
SP: Buddy Groom (6.8 WAR)
SP: Will Smith (4.7 WAR)
SP: Ad Liska (4.5 WAR)
SP: Rich Hand (3.8 WAR)
RP: Scott Alexander (3.1 WAR)

League President: John Heydler
Manager: Jimmy McAleer
Not that one: John Glenn
As an online baseball discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving him approaches 1: Tyrell Godwin
Top prospect turned One-Man Disabled List: Jesse Foppert (-0.5 WAR)
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 10, 2020 at 10:53 AM (#5962084)
In one of the Abstracts, Bill James listed Bob Bailor's position as "futility player." He hit a fluky .310 as a 25-year-old rookie for the expansion Blue Jays (with limited power and walks, his OPS+ was just 101), and parlayed that into an 11-year career. He played in more than 800 games after that 1977 season and hit .255/.306/.309.
   3. Ron J Posted: July 10, 2020 at 12:09 PM (#5962100)
Back in the day Gene Alley was cited as proof that not all SS could play second. He had a rep as being bad at it. Mind you if you define Mazeroski as the standard …

Funny though. BB-Ref likes his D at second quite a bit. (yeah, sample size)
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 10, 2020 at 07:44 PM (#5962201)
RIP Irish Mike Ryan.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 11, 2020 at 03:26 AM (#5962262)
Mike Ryan “highlights”:
Per Wikipedia, in 636 MLB games played, he collected 370 hits in 1,920 at bats for a .193 batting average. Of all non-pitchers since 1930 with at least 1,000 at-bats, only one, Ray Oyler (.175 BA), has a lower average.
In the same game for the Phillies in 1970, both Tim McCarver and Ryan broke their hands.

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