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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-14-2019

New York Tribune, August 14, 1919:

Outgamed, outplayed and outlucked by Pat Moran’s Cincinnati Reds, the Giants lost two melodramatic games at the Polo Grounds yesterday, slumping six and a half games behind the leaders…What is conceded by the oldest inhabitants to be the record baseball attendance witnessed the obsequies. It is estimated that there were something like 40,000 persons looking on.

Experts on high baseball explosives detected an ominous sound during the two games—a sound as of the Giants cracking under the strain.

They just don’t write ‘em like they used to.

Elsewhere in the news 100 year ago today, former Cardinals and Athletics catcher Pete Noonan has reportedly inherited a million dollars.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 14, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5871237)
Pretty okay Birthday Team today, apart from behind the plate. I'm not really excited about moving Josh Bell to right field, but it would be super-awkward if he and McKinnon played first base simultaneously while nobody played to the center fielder's left.

C: Oscar Siemer (-1.1 WAR)
1B: Alex McKinnon (8.9 WAR)
2B: Mark Loretta (19.4 WAR)
3B: Harry Schafer (3.9 WAR)
SS: Billy Myers (13.6 WAR)
LF: David Peralta (13.9 WAR)
CF: Juan Pierre (17.1 WAR)
RF: Josh Bell (5.2 WAR)

SP: Mark Gubicza (37.4 WAR)
SP: Joe Horlen (23.2 WAR)
SP: Clay Buchholz (17.9 WAR)
SP: Mark Fidrych (11.3 WAR)
SP: Paul Dean (10.5 WAR)
RP: Don Carman (5.4 WAR)

Manager: Earl Weaver
Owner: Magic Johnson
Umpire: Dale Scott
Author: Bruce Nash
Popular license plate in the gift shop: Babe Borton
Former Licking County Settler: Jeremy Hazelbaker
Federal Inmate: Angel Santos
First MLB player born and raised in Italy: Alex Liddi
1.1 pitching WAR with Cleveland, -4.5 with everyone else: Esmil Rogers
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 14, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5871250)
Today's starting rotation is sneaky-good for a team without any huge WAR numbers on it. The five starters all got Cy Young (or in Dean's case, MVP) votes, and I bet that doesn't happen often. They were mostly one-year wonders, but if you stack their best seasons up, you get:

Gubicza: 20-8, 2.70, 149 ERA+
Horlen: 19-7, 2.06, 146 ERA+
Buchholz: 17-7, 2.33, 187 ERA+
Fidrych: 19-9, 2.34, 159 ERA+
Dean: 19-12, 3.37, 122 ERA+

That's a whale of a rotation.
   3. RJ in TO Posted: August 14, 2019 at 11:33 AM (#5871253)
Plus, Clay Buchholz is responsible for this gif.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 14, 2019 at 11:40 AM (#5871256)
SP: Mark Fidrych (11.3 WAR)

9.6 of that in his rookie year
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 14, 2019 at 12:04 PM (#5871266)
A Japanese Hall-of-Famer who was born on August 14 is Fumio Fujimura. Fujimura played for the Osaka Tigers from 1936 to 1958 (they didn't become the Hanshin Tigers until 1961), earning the nickname "Mr. Tiger". He started as pitcher, but after going 34-11 (over multiple seasons) he was converted into an infielder, primarily a third baseman. As a hitter, he put up a career .300/.374/.501 line over 17 seasons (he was born into a military family, and missed time during WW2, where he served in China, and was badly injured), with 224 home runs, including seven straight years of 20+ home runs. He also set putout and assist records as a third baseman. He was the MVP in 1949, was selected to the Best Nine six times, made five all-Star teams, and led the league in batting once, home runs three times, and RBI five times. He was extremely durable, playing in 1,014 consecutive games between 1946 and 1954, a streak that was stopped when he was suspended 20 games for physically confronting an umpire, a situation that resulted in riot police being called in to restore peace. Late in his career he became a player manager. He was elected to the Japanese HoF in 1974.
   6. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 14, 2019 at 12:37 PM (#5871279)
Joe Horlen and Joe Hoerner were both in the White Sox organization around 1960, with Horlen drifting between Joe and his given name of Joel. They spent a whole season together at Charleston, SC in 1960.
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 14, 2019 at 01:23 PM (#5871296)
We remember the Seattle Pilots as a last-place team, and that’s indeed where they finished at the end of their only season. But as late in that season as August 14, 1969, 50 years ago today, the Pilots were in third place in their six-team division, despite a less than imposing 48-66 record. The Pilots publicly stated that third place was their goal, and it was a fairly realistic ambition, due solely to the team being in the AL West, while most of the good teams in the league were in the AL East.

Unfortunately for Seattle, things were about to go bad. The team had an off-day on August 14, but then entered a stretch where they played not only Eastern teams, but mainly Baltimore and Detroit, the two best teams in that division. The Pilots would enter a tailspin, losing 16 of their next 17 games, winning only one more game during the month of August and falling into last place by the end of the month. Although they pulled back into a tie for fifth for one day in September, their season was basically over by that point. But as the sun rose 50 years ago today, it rose upon the Pilots as a third place club, and that should be remembered.
   8. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 14, 2019 at 03:19 PM (#5871382)
The team had an off-day on August 14, but then entered a stretch where they played not only Eastern teams, but mainly Baltimore and Detroit, the two best teams in that division. The Pilots would enter a tailspin, losing 16 of their next 17 games

They would trade Jim Bouton to the Houston Astros 10 day hence, to their eternal regret.

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