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Friday, August 20, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2021

Toledo News-Bee, August 20, 1921:

Recently a ball was knocked into the stand [at Shibe Park]. A fan got it and when the usher appeared he demanded a pass for giving up the ball. The usher gave him the pass, then held out his hand for the ball. The fan dug into his pocket, pulled out a ball and tossed it to the field. The usher was satisfied.

Umpire George Hildebrand picked up the ball—it was one of the nickel “Rocket” variety.

Evidently that fan had come prepared and had been carrying that nickel ball for just such an emergency. He got away with a good ball and a pass.

Nicely done.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:19 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:21 AM (#6035283)
Some nice high-end talent on today's Birthday Team. Too bad they don't have the Robert Gibson.

C/Manager: Al Lopez (16.3 WAR)
1B: Todd Helton (61.8 WAR)
2B: Blake DeWitt (1.9 WAR)
3B: Graig Nettles (67.9 WAR)
SS: Chris Clapinski (0.4 WAR)
LF: Kal Daniels (16.9 WAR)
CF: Cory Sullivan (0.9 WAR)
RF: Tom Brunansky (22.0 WAR)

SP: Mark Langston (50.1 WAR)
SP: Andy Benes (31.5 WAR)
SP: Fred Norman (16.3 WAR)
SP: Pete Schneider (8.3 WAR)
SP: Sig Jakucki (4.1 WAR)
RP: George Zuverink (6.8 WAR)

Baseball Card Mogul: DeWayne Buice
Fun name: Chubby Snyder
Not that one: Aaron Taylor
Not that one: Robert Gibson
Not that one: Frank Bonner
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 20, 2021 at 10:27 AM (#6035298)
RF: Tom Brunansky (22.0 WAR)

he got 11.1 of that WAR in his first 3 seasons; he got 10.9 WAR over his next 11 seasons
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 20, 2021 at 11:15 AM (#6035302)
They don't even have the second-best Robert Gibson.
   4. mathesond Posted: August 20, 2021 at 12:22 PM (#6035314)
While I am impressed with Herb Tarlek's jacket, the picture doesn't allow us to see if his belt matches his shoes.
   5. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 20, 2021 at 01:50 PM (#6035334)
Kalvoski Daniels could have had one hell of a career. Too bad his knees were made of cheap styrofoam. I vaguely remember (so, may be misremembering) Marty Brenneman complaining about Kal that he looked more to walk and wouldn't swing the bat. Got him prepared for Adam Dunn and Joey Votto, I guess...
   6. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 20, 2021 at 02:11 PM (#6035337)
In his first 3 seasons (1226 pa), age 22-24, Kal averaged 6.4 WAR/650pa. The Reds saw fit to trade that performance (and a young Lenny Harris!) to the Dodgers for Mariano Duncan and Tim Leary! And, it worked. In the 1989 off-season, the Reds traded Leary to the Yankees for Hal Morris. Even though Kal was relatively healthy and good in 1990, the Reds, with Morris there to spell Todd Benzinger (how in the world did the Reds win a World Series with Todd Benzinger as the primary first baseman?) and Mariano hitting well, even if he was a bad second baseman, started 9-0 and then 33-12, and coasted to the division title, and ultimately, the World Series. Sadly, Kal was pretty much done after the 1991 season, knees wrecked at only 28 years old.
   7. VCar Posted: August 20, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6035370)
Dan, I'm disappointed the 'Not that one: Robert Gibson' didn't link to a pic of the Rock & Roll Express.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 20, 2021 at 06:20 PM (#6035388)
how in the world did the Reds win a World Series with Todd Benzinger as the primary first baseman?

With the "backup" first baseman hitting .340 for the season and starting 8 of 10 games in the postseason (including as DH in the World Series).
   9. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 21, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6035487)
I always refer to Tom Brunansky as "Comrade Nubowski" after a joke Bill James made in one of his books about the poor acoustics at the Metrodome.
   10. crict Posted: August 23, 2021 at 04:15 PM (#6035828)
Anybody knows where to get a list of the longest losing streaks for a pitcher (most consecutive decisions without a win)? Anthony Young's streak of 27 is famous, but I'm trying to find a list where Paul Calvert's streak of 16 losses in 1949 ranks.

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