Comments on: All-Thanksgiving team This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kahuna Tuna Tue, 30 Nov 2010 07:29:49 +0000 Sorry for not researching how Thanksgiving dates were fixed pre-FDR, everyone. I'm glad I know now!

The new rules cost the team nine players: its starting first baseman (Leach) and one of its starting outfielders (Eddie Collins Jr.), plus two backup catchers (Schwert and Bubber Jonnard), both reserve infielders (Roach and Minnehan), starting pitcher Benn Karr, and two relievers (O'Toole and Claude Jonnard). Only Leach is hard to replace, although I'm sad to lose the Jonnard twins.

I'll take Tommy McCraw and his 94 career OPS+, probably for the third outfield spot, meaning that either Tim Laker or Pete Noonan will play first. Ugh. The only other replacements are pitchers. Frank Corridon ably replaces Karr in the rotation. Scrubs Ed Cassian, Molly Craft and Russ Meers join the back end of the bullpen, and our swingman spot goes to Dan McFarlan (born 11/26/1874), our true secret weapon: no one knows whether he's left- or right-handed. López, Sheldon and Rogell can swap positions if they want, but they can't leave the lineup because we have no reserve infielders.

If we'd been able to keep the first squad together, I'd have nominated Lee Fohl to manage the team. Now it looks like Mike Scioscia will have to serve as player-manager.

I'm still chuckling at "Franksgiving," eighteen hours after I first read it here.

By: Dave V. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 19:57:40 +0000 The Thanksgiving team isn't good but I nominate my birthday (August 29) as the weakest birthday team of them all (besides perhaps Leap Day, which I haven't looked up).

The best hitter born on August 29th is...Doug Decinces. Yikes. Overall, hitters born on Aug. 29 have a total of 2 All Star Game appearances (1 for Decinces and 1 for Aaron Rowand).

Then for pitching I have Roy Oswalt followed by absolutely nothing. The next best pitcher appears to be the immortal Orval Grove (who does have 1 All Star appearance to his credit, in a year where he had a 0.4 WAR!).

"My" team stinks 🙁

By: Tmckelv Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:57:38 +0000 I think this team would actually have nice starting pitching. With Gomez, Moore and Astacio at the top of the rotation and Scoscia behind the plate. Although Gomez would go 13-12 with a fine ERA and Moore would probably lose 19 games on a yearly basis with that line-up. The bullpen could use A LOT of help.

Even if Eddie Collins Jr. could talk his father into playing on the team, all that would do would produce a new IBB record holder.

By: DavidRF Sun, 28 Nov 2010 04:37:04 +0000 @3
Interesting... through 1938, Thanksgiving was the final Thursday of the month. In 1939, FDR tried to move it a week earlier (from the 30th to the 23rd) to make for a longer holiday shopping season. This become known as "Franksgiving". The move was not entirely successful in 1939 because he announced the change too late and a lot of schedules were already in place. But in 1940-1941 most celebrated "Franksgiving" with some protesting and celebrating "Republican Thanksgiving" a week later. After 1941, Congress passed the modern "Fourth Thursday" rule.

Tommy McCraw is the only MLB player I could find who was born on Franksgiving. He fills the hole at 1B, but in name only. Looking at his numbers, he's one of the least impressive 1B-OF types I've seen with a career as long as his (13 seasons, 4400 PA).

By: kenh Sun, 28 Nov 2010 04:33:53 +0000 At first I thought this post was about players who looked like they ate too much stuffing. I was going to suggest Fielder (s), Reuschel, Forster...

By: DoubleDiamond Sun, 28 Nov 2010 01:29:38 +0000 In a few weeks, someone can put together a team that will include Nellie Fox and Rickey Henderson. I remember getting a Nellie Fox trading card as a child and noticing that he had the same birthday as my mother, December 25, so that's why I remember it.

And a week after that, Hank Greenberg can be part of an all "new" team.

(The two Jewish Hall-of-Famers, Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, have birthdays two days apart, but it is not readily apparent at first glance because they are January 1 and December 30, respectively.)

By: Jimbo Sat, 27 Nov 2010 21:06:54 +0000 Is it just me, or is that a surprisingly weak team? I'm thinking most random days have a stronger team.

By: James Smyth Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:40:07 +0000 He wasn't born on Thanksgiving, but what about my man, Hall of Famer Turkey Stearnes?

By: StephenH Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:16:08 +0000 John Q. says Thanksgiving in 1914 was November 26th.
PS-I like the idea of a Canadian Thanksgiving team as well.

By: John Q Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:55:47 +0000 I see one glaring omission, Joe Dimaggio!

Dimaggio was born on 11/25/14. He would be by far the best player on this team.