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Monday, September 28, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2020

Seattle Star, September 28, 1920:



Details of the “confession” made by Eddie Cicotte, White Sox pitcher, on which eight members of the team were indicted by the Cook county grand jury for crookedness in the 1919 world series, were made public late today. Cicotte told the grand jury that each of the eight men were paid individually by the gamblers. He said he got $10,000, and Joe Jackson, another player, $5,000. “Jackson held out for $20,000 but he only got $5,000,” Cicotte told the grand jury. “They promised to pay Jackson the remainder but they never did.”

The crap had officially hit the fan.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:33 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5979343)
Today's Birthday Team. It's probably not a good thing that pitcher Micah Owings has the highest career slugging percentage on the roster and the third highest career batting average.

C: Al Evans (3.5 WAR)
1B: Jack Fournier (41.0 WAR)
2B: Lou Bierbauer (14.0 WAR)
3B: Ryan Zimmerman (38.5 WAR)
SS: Whitey Witt (12.8 WAR)
LF: Dick Gernert (6.6 WAR)
CF: Manuel Margot (7.2 WAR)
RF: Eddie Rosario (11.6 WAR)

SP: Grant Jackson (14.1 WAR)
SP: Micah Owings (3.3 WAR)
SP: Dick Barrett (4.2 WAR)
SP: Pete Filson (2.8 WAR)
SP: Leon Chagnon (2.0 WAR)
RP: Todd Worrell (10.9 WAR)
RP: Mike DeJean (6.6 WAR)
RP: Todd Frohwirth (4.9 WAR)

Umpires: Bruce Froemming, Jerry Layne
Play-by-play: Matt Vasgersian
Fun name: Hank Grampp
Folk heroes: Charlie Kerfeld, Jerry Sands
   2. Born1951 Posted: September 28, 2020 at 11:06 AM (#5979353)
With all the 7-inning games in 2020, innings pitched per team per game was just 8.613, but didn't break the record low of 8.607 in 1899.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: September 28, 2020 at 12:29 PM (#5979378)
The Cardinals broke the team record, with 8.161 IP per game. The old record was held by the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, 8.207 IP/G.

The 1884 St. Paul White Caps still hold the record, if you want to include a Union Association team that played nine games. I'd rather not, since beating any record held by the 1899 Spiders is always impressive.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 28, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5979391)
SP: Dick Barrett (4.2 WAR)

Kewpie Dick Barrett is one of those guys whose record doesn't look that impressive if you look only at his MLB totals - 35-58 with 4.2 WAR. But he won 312 additional games in the minors (according to BR; his SABR bio credits him with 317 minor league wins), including 206 for the Seattle Indians/Rainiers in the PCL. I wonder how many pitchers won over 200 games with the same minor league franchise?
   5. Itchy Row Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5979400)
Hal Turpin never pitched in the major leagues, but he won 154 games with Seattle, mostly as a teammate of Barrett. Today would have been Turpin's birthday too.

Sam Gibson won 210 with the San Francisco Seals.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 03:16 PM (#5979415)
Word going around is that Jay Johnstone has passed away. I haven't seen anything official, but judging by some of the things I've seen on baseball Facebook, it certainly seems true.

Thanks for the laffs, Jay.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 04:46 PM (#5979435)
Micah Owings has the highest career slugging percentage

Which relative to Fournier we can "write off" to the era differences but there are 3 modern hitters on todays team and Zimmerman and Rosario are both pretty good hitters. Career line of 283/310/502 would definitely play in today's game ... as would the 33% K-rate.

And it does looke like condolences to Johnstone and his family are in order. I certainly thought he was pretty funny for a ballplayer back in the day.
   8. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 28, 2020 at 06:16 PM (#5979461)
Jay Johnston broke in with the 1963 San Jose Bees; also on that team was
Erv Palica, who broke in with the 1945 Mobile Bears; also on that team was
Abe White, who broke in with the 1928 Carrollton (GA) Frogs; also on that team was
Paul Fittery, who broke in with the 1910 Harrisburg Senators; also on that team was
Buck Freeman, who broke in with the 1891 Washington Statesmen; also on that team was
Paul Hines, who broke in with the 1872 Washington Nationals; also on that team was
Sy Studley, who joined the Nationals in 1866.

   9. AndrewJ Posted: September 28, 2020 at 07:49 PM (#5979474)
And Jay came to the plate for the Seattle Mariners in the climax to The Naked Gun, where he fell under the watchful eye of home plate ump Enrico Palazzo...
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 08:17 PM (#5979478)
Jay Johnstone, as immortalized by Fleer in 1984. RIP.
   11. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 29, 2020 at 02:01 AM (#5979493)
Jay Johnstone was a Dodger for only a very short time, 1980, 1981, parts of 1982, and his final year, 1985, and it always seemed like he hardly played at all, mostly used for pinch hitting and a few starts against tough right-handers to give someone a break. In fact, I remember his last year, 1985, when he was on the active roster, if I remember, for the entire year but only got into 17 games (16 official at-bats). But he plays a large part in all the books written about the 1981 Dodgers, and made such an impression on the fans that he parlayed his fame into a small-time mostly baseball-related entertainment career and LA-area advertisements (I could of sworn he was on "The Baseball Bunch", but it turns out, no, at least according to Wikipedia). By all accounts he worked very hard on his hitting, to the point of obsession, I think somewhere there is an anecdote that he would have been a better defensive outfielder if he didn't spend all his time in the outfield thinking about hitting. RIP Jay Johnstone. Baseball needs more folks like you.

Note that "The Baseball Bunch" might be coming back: From what I remember it was a bit cheesy but endearing, to the point that kids would watch it.
Sources close to the project say Turner Sports sees the Baseball Bunch Series as a launch to expand its ancillary programming of its new MLB broadcast deal.

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