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Growing pains:
The 1919 expansion draft

The BVL was less complicated 14 years ago than it is today. The established six owners ran their clubs like men, their players were paid nothing, the rules were fast and lose -- and the Mighty Diamonds always won. ¶ But the Villalba’s father-and-son struggle for ownership of New England after the 1918 season gave birth to the idea of expansion. Also, Jon Simonds’ petition drive gained momentum. In quick time, the league would grow to 8 clubs. ¶ Originally, this was to occur after the 1920 campaign. But the expansionists, Indianapolis (owned by Andy Villalba Jr.) and Cleveland (Simonds), played hardball -- and cried a lot. In the end, the establishment agreed to 1919. For the new clubs on the block, the accord came at a high price. They accepted, without question, to a 35-player protected list (and not 15), and to begin their draft after the 5th round of the Free Agent Draft. ¶ “As a result, they (Indianapolis and Cleveland) were guaranteed to suckdom,” said historian Al Luplow. “Their lack of patience proved costly, especially for Cleveland. They have never won.” ¶ Quoted in the 4e48, Joe Foys owner, Jesus Diaz, had this to say, “They won’t be competitive. That’s what we [the owners] wanted. They will rot for a very long, long, long time.”

How would they do?
No genius needed to answer this. Indy and Cleveland were pretty, pretty bad. Their 1919 records:

div-club _ w-l _ pct _ gb
n-Indianapolis _ 13-41 _ .241 _ 21
a-Cleveland _ 19-30 _ .396 _ 11.5

The following year, Cleveland finished a woeful 9-45, 26 games out. It's the worse record in BVL history; Indy improved, 18-36.


» Protected/Unprotected List
Here is a club-by-club listing of players protected and unprotected prior to the 1933 expansion draft.
Clubs were allowed to protect 15 players plus players in Single A and Double A during the 1932 season.

Key: For unprotected players, what do the numbers mean? Using NY's Omar Vizquel [(3-4) 12 Vizquel, O. -1]
as an example, "(3-4)" means "third year of a 4-year contract"; "12" is 1933 salary; "-1" was in minors in 1932.
Other symbols: "FA": free agent; "miFA": minor league free agent; "6s": player eligible for long-term contract;
"A", "AA": players not eligible in 1933.

red: player drafted; yellow: player protected.

(Updated March 3-- 12:30 a.m.)

AMERICAN DIVISION
       
Banksville Bulldogs   N.England Seahawks   New Orleans Y'ats   New York Knights
protected unprotected   protected unprotected   protected unprotected   protected unprotected
Jason Kendall
Brian Schneider
Albert Pujols
Mark Teixeira
Marcus Giles
Alex Rodriguez
Eric Chavez
Adam Dunn
Hideki Matsui
Andruw Jones
Bobby Abreu
Furcal, R
C. Zambrano
Matt Clement
Jake Peavy

A, AA
players
Crosby, B.
Greene, K.
Griffey Jr., K.
Hardy, JJ
Mathis, J.
players
(3-5) 12 Burrell, P. -1
2 Cabrera, J. -1
(3-3) 15 Giles, B.
2 Johnson, N.
2 Matos, L.
3 Patterson, Co. -2
5 Pierzynski, A.J.
3 Young, Mi.
starters
5 • Lawrence, B. -2
2 Myers, B. -1
4 Pineiro, J. -3
3 Wells, K.
relievers
4 Cormier, R.
3 Farnsworth, K.
3 Timlin, M.

AA

3 Borowski, J. -1
3 Kearns, A. -2
4 Miller, W. -2

1 Perez, Edu. -1
3 Reyes, Jos. -1
5 Sexson, R. -2
2 Valverde, J. -1
A
2 Wunsch, K. -1
  Bonds, B.
Beltre, A.
Castillo, L.
Eckstein, D.
Matthws, Jr, G.
Molina, B.
Sanchez, Al.
Wilson, J.
Martinez, Pe.
Morris, M.
Williams, W.
Sabathia, CC
Foulke, K.
Hawkins, L.
Ryan, B.J.

A, AA
players
German, E.
Gonzalez, W.
McDonald, J.
pitchers
File, B.
Milton, E.
Rauch, J.
Towers, J.
players
(2-5) 42 Hidalgo, R.
(3-3) 15 Piazza, M.
FA 18 Aurilia
5 Jones, J.
6 Koskie, K.
2 LeCroy, M.-1
2 Phillips, J.
FA 13 Snow, J.T. -2
FA 18 Williams, Be. -1
3 Young, D.
starters
4 Loaiza, E.
relievers
4 Herges, M.
3 Julio,J. -1
5 Levine, A. -2

AA

2 Macias, J. -3
FA 18 Pettitte, A. -1
2 Ramirez, Hor.-2
6s 7 Wilson, Pr.
A
2 Ellis, M. -2
1 Lee, T.-2
2 Mantei, M. -1
1 Osik, K. -2
6s 6 Owens, E. -2
3 Sauerbeck, S. -2
FA 10 Singleton, C. -3
  Adam Eaton
Jeff Weaver
Jerome Williams
Jeremy Affeldt
Ray King
Juan Rincon
Brad Ausmus
Craig Wilson
Aubry Huff
Jose Vidro
Angel Berroa
Aramis Ramirez
Juan Pierre
Moises Alou
Scot Podsednik

A, AA
players
Bay, J.
Estrada, J.
Lane, J.
Marrero, E.
Matsui, Ka.
Reese, P.
Rivera, Ju.
pitchers
Armas Jr, T.
Contreras, J.
Cruz, Ju.
Gaudin, C.
Greinke, Z.
Hernandez, O.
McGowan, D.
players
(2-3) 42 Anderson, G.
FA 18 Bagwell, J.
2 DaVanon, J.
4 Fick, R. -3
FA 13 Floyd, C.
2 Martinez, Ra.
4 Randa, J. -1
4 Wilson, D. -1
starters
4 Padilla, V. -2
2 Seo, J.
4 Wakefield, T.
relievers
FA 13 Percival, T. -1
4 Remlinger, M. -1
2 Sullivan, S. -1

AA

FA 18 Alomar, R. -1
4 Davis, B. -2
2 Gonzalez, Je. -1
3 Vazquez, R. -4
1 Wilson, V. -1

A
2 Bard, J. -1
1 Plesac, D. -1
  Wood.K
Penny.B
Hernandez.L
Benson.K
Bonderman.J
Webb.B
Smoltz.J
Gordon.T
Posada.J
Ortiz.D
Roberts.B
Rollins.J
Mora.M
Ramirez.M
Edmonds.J

A, AA
players
DeJesus, D.
Mauer, J.
Nevin, P.
pitchers
Cordero, Ch.
Duckworth, B.
Floyd, G.
Harden, R.
Jackson, E.
players
(3-4) 12 Vizquel, O. -1
3 Ensberg, M.
2 Everett, A.
2 Figgins, C. -1

2 Grudzielanek, M. -1
5 Hall, T. -3
5 Hinske, E. -1
2 Jenkins, G.
5 Mientkiewicz, D.
5 Payton, J. -1
3 Phelps, J. -1
5 Polanco, P.
3 Stairs, M.
starters
(2-2) 15 Brown, K.
(3-4) 12 Millwood, K. -1
3 • Ponson, S. -1
6 Wolf, R. -2
relievers
6 Guardado, E. -2
FA 18 Rivera, Ma.
3 Shields, S.


AA

5 Rhodes, A. -1
A
miFA 6 Boone, A. -5
2 Kershner, J.
                     
NATIONAL DIVISION    
Brooklyn Bruisers   Indianapolis Ice Cubes   Joe Foys   New England Titans
protected unprotected   protected unprotected   protected unprotected   protected unprotected
Jeter, D.
Jones, Ch.
Thome, J.
Baldelli, R.
Blalock, H.
Bradley, M.
Byrd, M. -3
Cabrera, O.
Cabrerra, Mi.
Nixon, T. -1
Soriano, A.
Suzuki, Ic.
Thomas, F.
Johnson, R. -1
Mota, G.

A, AA
players
Borchard, J.
Hairston Jr, J.
Larson, B.
Marte, A.
Morneau,J.
Navarro, Di.
Restovich, M.
Sizemore, G.
Upton,BJ
Youkilis, K.
pitchers
Blanton, J.
Brazelton, D.
Kazmir, S.
Lieber, J.
Wainwright, A.
(2-2) 15 Lieberthal, M.
(3-3) 15 Olerud,J. -1
(3-4) 12 Sosa, S.
3 Cintron, A.
4 Hillenbrand, S. -1
3 Kielty, R. -1
5 Miller, Da.
3 Olivo, M. -2
starters
3 Day, Z. -3
FA 18 • Moyer, J.
5 • Ortiz, Ru.
3 • Trachsel, S. -1
relievers
3 Quantril, P.
3 Riedling, J. -2
5 Stanton, M.
3 Worrell, T.

AA

2 Nomo, H. -1
A
1 Foppert, J. -2
5 Nelson, J. -1
3 Phillips, Br. -3
  Delgado, C.
Guerrero, V.
Beltran, C.
Finley, S.
Guillen, C.
Hernndez, Ra.
Izturis, C.
Kent, J.
Walker, L.
Clemens, R.
Santana, Jo.
Zambrano, V.
Cordero, Fr.
Gagne, E.
Wagner, B.

A, AA
players
Blanco, H.
LaRoche, A.
Nix, L.
Reed, J.
Thurston, J.
pitchers
Burnett, A.J.
Jenks, B.
Waechter, D.
players
(3-3) 15 Alfonzo, E.
(2-4) 12 Garciaparra, N.
(2-5) 63 Lopez, J.
(2-4) 49 Mueller, B.
miFA 5 Barrett, M. -4
2 Bigbie, L.
3 Castro, Ju. -3
4 Everett, C.
6 Matheny, M. -1
5 Millar, K. -1
FA 13 Perez, Ne. -2
3 Spiezio, S. -2
FA 13 Stewart, Sh. -1
6 Valentin, Jos. -1
FA 13 White, Ro. -2
3 Wigginton, T. -2
starters
(3-3) 15 • Vazquez, J.
6 • Buehrle, M. -2
4 Hampton, M. -3
3 • Lackey, J. -2
4 • Lilly, T. -1
FA 18 • Maddux, G.
FA 18 Mussina, M.
2 Wilson, Pa. -1
relievers
4 Donnelly, B.
4 Hammond, C.

AA
(3-4) 12 Glaus, T. -1
  Bret Boone
Jose Guillen
Todd Helton
Scott Rolen
Miguel Tejada
Vernon Wells
Brad Wilkerson
Ivan Rodriguez
Roy Halladay
Tim Hudson
Mark Prior
Barry Zito
Damaso Marte
Fr. Rodriguez
Oliver Perez

A, AA

players
Cuddyer, M.
Escobar, A.
Kotchman, C.
Martinez, Vi.
Rios, Al.
Weeks, R.
pitchers
Hoffman, T.
Miller, Gr.
Patterson, J.
Wagner, Ry.
players
3 Crawford, C. -2
6 Cruz Jr, J. -2
FA 10 Dye, J. -1
FA 18 Erstad, D. -1
2 Gerut, J. -1
2 Gonzalez, A.
FA 13 Gonzalez, L.
FA 18 Palmiero, R.
4 Pena, C. -3
FA 13 Sanchez, R. -1
relievers
5 Baez, D. -2
6 Dotel, O.
3 Shouse, B.

AA
(3-3) 15 Ordonez, M. -1
FA 13 Gonzalez, J. -1
FA 13 Salmon, T. -4
2 Myers, G. -1
1 Peralta, J. -2
3 Soriano, R. -1
1 Villarreal, O.
  Kotsay, M. -1
Lowell, M.
Sheffield, G.
Berkman, L.
Drew, J.D.
Hunter, To. -1
Lee, De.
Loretta, M.
Renteria, E.
Varitek, J.
Oswalt, R.
• Schilling, C.
• Schmidt, J.
Isringhausen, J.
Lidge, B.

A, AA
players
Franco, Ju.
Freel, R.
players
4 Catalanotto, F. -2
4 Counsell, C. -1
FA 13 Durham, R.
6 Gonzalez, A.S.
2 Helms, W.
4 Ibanez, R.
4 LaRue, J.
5 Lo Duca, P. -2

miFA 5 Long, T. -4
5 Martinez, T. -2
4 Spivey, Jr. -1
5 Winn, R. -1
starters
FA 18 • Colon, B.
2 • Escobar, K. -1
5 Perez, Od. -1
2 Redman, M. -1
3 Schoeneweis, S.
3 • Willis, D.
relievers
2 Ayala, L. -1
3 Hasegawa, S.

A, AA
1 Guiel, A. -2
3 Hernandez, Jos. -2
FA 13 Jordan, B. -2
1 Perez, Edd. -2
5 Santiago, B. -3
A
miFA 7 Bordick, M. -4
4 Kim, B.H. -1
1 Lopez, Aq. -2
4 Mays, J. -3
4 Shuey, P. -2