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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2021

Washington Times, August 12, 1921:

Tyrus Cobb may never play baseball again after this season, for the great ball player is badly handicapped by a cataract on his right eye.
After the present playing season ends, Ty Cobb is coming to Boston, where specialists will perform an operation to save his eye.

Cobb was obviously struggling in 1921. He only hit .389 with 65 extra-base hits, 124 runs scored, and 101 runs batted in.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2021 at 10:30 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2021 at 10:32 AM (#6034031)
Good Birthday Team today. I’m not a professional talent scout, but I think the ace starter may just have what it takes.

C: Ray Schalk (33.2 WAR)
1B: Don Hurst (12.7 WAR)
2B: Chris Owings (2.6 WAR)
3B: Harlond Clift (42.0 WAR)
SS: Zack Cozart (14.6 WAR)
LF: Ian Happ (4.6 WAR)
CF: Lew Ford (8.3 WAR)
RF: Jose Tabata (1.9 WAR)

SP: Christy Mathewson (106.5 WAR)
SP: Fred Hutchinson (26.0 WAR)
SP: Bob Buhl (21.9 WAR)
SP: Matt Clement (12.3 WAR)
SP: Ken McBride (6.9 WAR)
RP: Julio Urias (5.5 WAR)

Manager/GM: Minoru Murakami
Not a great last name for a pitcher: Kyle Lobstein
Fun names: Rusty McNealy, Pony Sager, Skinny Graham
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 12, 2021 at 11:15 AM (#6034038)
Jose Tabata looked like a possible star when he hit .299/.346./400 as a 21-year-old for the Pirates in 2010, but he never really built on that at all. He's still kicking around the independent leagues and doing quite well for himself, hitting .354/.433/.585 for the West Virginia Power, in case anyone is looking for a fourth outfielder. He turns 33 today.
   3. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 12, 2021 at 12:02 PM (#6034048)
On the discord channel last night I said that Votto is going to end up leading the NL in OPS this year and I am sticking with that.

Up to .958, 4th in the NL, 2nd in HR, 3rd in slg%, top 10 in RBI (even with missing a month).

Since June 28:

38 games, 167 pa, .343/.437/.786, 17 hr and 40 rbi. Joey Votto, RBI machine! is about the last thing I expected of the 2021 season.

   4. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 12, 2021 at 12:04 PM (#6034050)
I’m not a professional talent scout, but I think the ace starter may just have what it takes.

He definitely knew how to pitch in a pinch.
   5. Ron J Posted: August 12, 2021 at 12:25 PM (#6034058)
#4 And the ace defensive catcher could help him realize his potential.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 12, 2021 at 02:52 PM (#6034103)
The first three starters include two very good hitting pitchers, and one very bad hitting one - Bob Buhl went 0-70 in 1962.

Another pitcher born on this day that deserves mention is Gene Basque. Basque never made the majors in the US, and had a losing record in the minor leagues, but became a major star in Japan in the 1960s, becoming the first American to win the Sawamura Award, given to the top NPB starting pitcher, in 1964. That season he went 29-9, 1.88, leading the league in both wins and ERA. He pitched seven seasons for the Hanshin Tigers, and one for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, from 1962 to 1969, making five All-Star teams and compiling a career NPB record of 100-80, with a 2.34 ERA.
   7. VCar Posted: August 12, 2021 at 04:25 PM (#6034131)
Not a great last name for a pitcher: Kyle Lobstein

Worst last name for a pitcher? I say Bob Walk, but I imagine there are better ones.

Any suggestions for worst for a fielder and a hitter?
   8. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 12, 2021 at 04:29 PM (#6034134)
Josh Outman was a good name for a pitcher.
   9. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 12, 2021 at 04:31 PM (#6034135)
The best name for a pitcher has to be Josh Outman, doesn't it?

Edit: Coke to Tom!
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 12, 2021 at 04:33 PM (#6034136)
The best name for a pitcher has to be Josh Outman, doesn't it?

Early Wynn disagrees.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 12, 2021 at 04:48 PM (#6034143)
Steve and Nick Swisher both had bad names for hitters. Mickey Klutts had a bad name for any kind of athlete.
   12. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: August 12, 2021 at 09:53 PM (#6034206)
Grant Balfour

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