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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-1-2020

New York Tribune, July 1, 1920:

Before 963 snoring Quaker City fans who sprinkled Shibe Park like the garnishments of a Childs’ steak—one of the largest and most enthusiastic midweek attendances that has crossed the ken of Cornelius McGillicuddy in five years, by the way—“Babe” Ruth and his supporting cast crashed through the Athletics in both sections of a doubleheader [yesterday]...The somnambulists were twice awakened [yesterday]; rudely awakened by Babe Ruth, or Bambino the Buster. In each section of the twin bill Bambino added a home run to his wonderful 1920 collection, bringing his total for the year up to an even two dozen.

Ruth had 24 home runs by the end of June 1920. The single-season record at the time was 29.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2020 at 10:20 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2020 at 10:21 AM (#5960532)
Three Hall of Fame players and a GM with a pretty good HoF case of his own on today's Birthday Team. The corner outfield has gotten much better in the past few years.

C: Jim Duncan (-0.4 WAR)
1B: Ben Taylor (Negro Leagues star, Hall of Famer)
2B: Jake Atz (3.1 WAR)
3B/Manager: Roger Connor (84.3 WAR)
SS: Louis Brower (-0.7 WAR)
LF: Charlie Blackmon (17.1 WAR)
CF: Babe Young (11.0 WAR)
RF: Nelson Cruz (37.9 WAR)

SP: John Clarkson (83.2 WAR)
SP: Jack Quinn (58.6 WAR)
SP: Aaron Sanchez (8.9 WAR)
SP: Michael Wacha (7.9 WAR)
SP: Frank Baumann (5.1 WAR)
RP: Mike Montgomery (6.2 WAR)
RP: Chris Perez (4.7 WAR)

GM: Brian Sabean
Fun Names: Foghorn Bradley, Wedo Martini, Charlie Nyce, Boots Poffenberger
Not that one: Charlie Daniels
Retired minor leaguer, would have been the longest last name in MLB history: Seth Schwindenhammer
Struggled in AAA, got annihilated in the majors, but happily has become one of the better pitchers in the KBO this season: Chris Flexen (-2.1 WAR)
   2. JJ1986 Posted: July 01, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5960536)
"Bernie Madoff" is trending on Twitter because it's Bobby Bonilla day.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 01, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5960537)
Frank Baumann won the AL ERA title in 1960 as a true swingman: 20 starts, 27 relief appearances. That's not quite the record for fewest starts by an ERA leader, since both Diego Segui in 1970 and Luis Tiant in 1972 had 19 starts.
   4. bobm Posted: July 01, 2020 at 11:42 AM (#5960539)
[2] Just for the record...

NY Post: Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! July 1 means time for Mets to pay off brutal contract

[...]The 10th annual Bobby Bonilla Day is upon us, during which the 57-year-old former outfielder — who retired from baseball in 2001 — will collect a check for $1,193,248.20 from the team he disappointed during two separate stints. The Mets owed Bonilla $5.9 million when they released him after the 1999 season, and agreed to defer the payments through 2035 — at 8 percent interest — largely because the Wilpons had been told their account with Madoff would produce annual profits of at least 10 percent.

So, as Madoff serves 150 years in prison and the Wilpons search for a buyer of their cash-hemorrhaging club, Bonilla gets paid more by the Mets than Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, adding to an ever-growing windfall, which will reach nearly $30 million when the deal expires in 2035.[...]
   5. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 01, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5960540)
That's not quite the record for fewest starts by an ERA leader, since both Diego Segui in 1970 and Luis Tiant in 1972 had 19 starts.


I don't know if it was recognized at the time, but Hoyt Wilhelm had the lowest ERA in the National League in 1952 among pitchers with at least one IP per team game. Wilhelm had a 2.43 ERA in 159.1 IP in 71 appearances, all in relief. Which is part of one of my favorite baseball player fun facts: Hoyt Wilhelm qualified for his league's ERA title twice in his career. He led his league in ERA both times (he pitched 226 innings with a 2.19 ERA for the 1959 Orioles in his one season as a regular starter - 27 starts in 32 appearances).
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: July 01, 2020 at 12:41 PM (#5960549)
There are some memorable WS moments for today's team. Cruz and Montgomery have the most famous, here's Wacha's.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 01, 2020 at 01:16 PM (#5960558)
Looks like paying close attention to the KBO may pay off for some - Bettors Exploit Las Vegas Casino International Baseball Error:
A few Las Vegas bettors uncovered a scenario last weekend that raises questions about opportunity versus ethics. They exploited a mistake by BetMGM and wagered on baseball games that had already started, thus giving them an incredibly strong chance to win tens of thousands of dollars.

The errors could cost the operator nearly a quarter-million dollars because of approximately 50 questionable wagers, including a 10-leg parlay netting $137,000, a source told ESPN. However, Nevada Gaming has opened an investigation and could deem the wagers invalid, saving the sportsbook from paying all remaining tickets.
. . .
Nearly all suspicious wagers occurred at Bellagio sportsbook self-bet kiosks between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. PST this past Sunday morning, according to a source, and all involved baseball games in the KBO League and the Chinese Professional Baseball League. The games actually began at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., but the BetMGM software posted incorrect start times due to a manual entry error. That enabled the software to accept wagers well after the games started.
Casinos make money on bettors’ mistakes all the time - don’t see why they should get out of paying when they screw up.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 01, 2020 at 01:24 PM (#5960560)
Casinos also rig the odds in their favor at every turn (of course), but are somehow allowed to ban gamblers who are skilled enough (at counting cards, for example) to fare better than the average sucker. That ain't right at all.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:02 PM (#5960563)
Sammy Stewart led the league in ERA in the 1981 strike year with only three starts. If we set a 162-IP minimum, the fewest starts to lead the league is Wilcy Moore with 12 GS for the 1927 Yankees.

Bob Stanley led the league in ERA+ and finished second in ERA with no GS for in 1982.
   10. Obo Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:15 PM (#5960568)
Credit to Bonilla's agent Dennis Gilbert for doing a nice job on behalf of his client.
   11. crict Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:18 PM (#5960569)
One more self-promotion: I've used the downtime to organize my research on the Quebec Provincial League on a website. Very quickly, the league was one of the top outlaw circuits in 1938-39, joined Organized Baseball as a class B league in 1940 where it failed miserably, went on hiatus during the war, returned as the top circuit outside Organized baseball in 1948-49, hosting a dozen of major leaguers, like Sal Maglie and Max Lanier who had been suspended for jumping to a Mexican League, as well as some of the top Negro Leagues veterans. It joined Organized Baseball again in 1950, now as a Class C league, and was a prime choice for MLB teams to send young African-American and Latino-American players getting their first exposure in integrated baseball. At first it still featured some veterans, like future Hall-of-Famer Ray Brown. By 1953, it had lost its edge and became a more normal minor league. It disbanded after the 1955 season.
   12. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:34 PM (#5960573)
That's terrific, crict. I love that research like this is being done and is available for others to peruse.

I'll also find it useful to practice reading French. Eight years of French classes in school, straight A's for all eight years, and my French is still miserable.
   13. crict Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:37 PM (#5960575)
I'm still struggling a bit with the French/English balance, but most texts have an English version after the French one.

EDIT: and if you want a very tough trivia question, the first African-American manager in Organized Baseball was Sam Bankhead for the 1951 Farnham Pirates. Farnham, was, and still is, a small Quebec town (8,200 population in 2011).
   14. Karl from NY Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:40 PM (#5960576)
would have been the longest last name in MLB history: Seth Schwindenhammer

I had to count, and yup, he's one up on Saltalamacchia.
   15. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 01, 2020 at 02:50 PM (#5960579)
would have been the longest last name in MLB history: Seth Schwindenhammer

I had to count, and yup, he's one up on Saltalamacchia.


Yeah, but William VanLaunchingpad ties him
   16. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 01, 2020 at 05:35 PM (#5960623)
Which is part of one of my favorite baseball player fun facts: Hoyt Wilhelm qualified for his league's ERA title twice in his career. He led his league in ERA both times (he pitched 226 innings with a 2.19 ERA for the 1959 Orioles in his one season as a regular starter - 27 starts in 32 appearances).


Stu Miller came incredibly close to replicating that - in the same season as Wilhelm. Miller only qualified for the ERA title twice. He led the NL in 1958 at 2.47. In 1959, he came second in ERA, with 2.84, just behind teammate Sam Jones' 2.83. If Miller had thrown one more inning without allowing an earned run, he would have won the title.
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 01, 2020 at 05:45 PM (#5960627)
Mark Fidrych led the league in ERA in the only season he qualified.
   18. Nasty Nate Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:08 AM (#5960694)
Mark Fidrych led the league in ERA in the only season he qualified.
I think that's happened several times. Buzz Capra, Steve Ontiveros, and Sammy Stewart might have also done it.
   19. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:28 AM (#5960698)
crict, thanks for doing these histories - I've read and enjoyed several things in recent weeks that you've written.
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:35 AM (#5960700)
Ontiveros and Stewart both have the distinction of winning an ERA title despite never reaching 162 innings pitched in any season of their career.
   21. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:36 AM (#5960702)
I think that's happened several times. Buzz Capra, Steve Ontiveros, and Sammy Stewart might have also done it.


For now, Blake Snell and Aaron Sanchez.
   22. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:40 AM (#5960703)
Ontiveros and Stewart both have the distinction of winning an ERA title despite never reaching 162 innings pitched in any season of their career.


So does Chet Nichols.
   23. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:41 AM (#5960704)
Gene Bearden is another one time qualifier winner.

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