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Updated: July 8, 1949
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  Dogs sweep away deadwood, humiliate reliever Stephenson

MYRTLE BEACH (SC) -- One has to wonder what was going on inside the head of Mr. Charles. Prior to the draft, he contemplated radical surgery on the Banksville roster. "We need to hack away all the deadwood to let the new growth flourish,” said the Bulldog mastermind. Brick Church G.M. J. Henry Waugh had this to say about the deadwood strewn all over Banksville. “Deadwood is the result of watering the weeds and not the roots,” said the 89-year-old former original Foy manager. “They must love their deadwood in Banksville.”

After the New York Knights declared a complete rebuild, Mr. Charles flip-flopped and cried Banksville’s simply reloading. Mr. Goldberg then tweaked the Knights are rebuilding on their rebuild. Homestead said they're only retooling.

In the end, it’s Brooklyn who went medieval on its roster, topping the circuit with 16 cuts. Gone are Giancarlo “The Bum” Stanton, Jon Lester and David Price. They may regret letting Danny Duffy go. Time will tell.

The owners, overall, released 134 players, 54 WAR rated (or 40%) and shed 788s from their payrolls. The figures are slightly higher than last year’s 126 cuts/37% WAR, 775s totals.

Six players from the cut list were drafted: Matt Boyd, Stephen Matz, Austine Romine, Nick Castellanos, Victor Robles and A.J. Pollock; three others were signed to free agent deals without compensation: Stanton, Kyle Seager, and Justin Verlander.

The Stephenson Humiliation
A Banksville favorite last year, fans would sing “My Maria” whenever Robert Stephenson entered a game. Those good times are gone. Stephenson was high up on Mr. Charles’ cut plate. To make matters worse, someone inside the Banksville organization posted Mr. Stephenson’s humiliating card that showed him allowing 80 home runs if he pitched 100 innings. “Something is rotten in Banksville,” said Stephenson.

Dated May 4, 1949

  1949 BVL Cuts
   
American
National
   
WAR
S
Brick Church - 14
WAR
S
Indianapolis - 12
   
0.3
2
Dozier H.
0.5
18
Donaldson J.
   
0.3
4
Pressly R.
0.5
7
Familia J. (3)
   
0.2
7
Dickerson C.
0.2
7
Miller A. **
   
0.0
5
Minor M.
0.1
21
Braun R.J.
   
-0.4
3
Mercado O. (1)
-0.3
21
Encarnacion E.
   
-0.4
3
James, J. (2)
-1.2
21
Murphy Dan. (1)
   
-0.6
7
Inciarte E. (2)
--
5
Alonso Y. -2
   
-0.6
4
Boyd M. (3) **
--
3
Belisle M. -3
   
--
4
Doolittle S. -2
--
21
Cashner A.
   
--
2
Russell A. -3
--
5
Escobar Al. -2
   
--
1
Santana Da. -1
--
2
Freese D. -2
   
--
2
Beckham, T. -3
--
4
LeClerc J. -1
   
--
7
Dyson S. -4
135
 
   
--
2
Oberg, S. -1
 
   
53
 
WAR
S
New York - 13
   
 
1.0
6
Pollock A.J. -4 **
   
WAR
S
Toronto - 13
0.4
7
Harris W.
   
1.0
18
Santana C.
0.2
7
Gonzalez Ma. (2)
   
0.3
2
Wilson J. (1)
0.0
14
Piscotty S. (1)
   
-0.3
4
Stammen C.
0.0
3
Gibson K. (1)
   
-0.6
2
Naquin T. -4
-0.2
2
Romine Au. (2)
   
--
4
Dyson J. -4
-0.2
17
Betances, D.
   
--
2
Matz S. -3
-0.3
2
Sogard E.
   
--
1
Mengden D. -2
-0.8
14
Eaton A.
   
--
4
Martin L. -2
--
6
Anderson Ch. -3
   
--
5
Otero D. -3
--
2
Eickhoff J. -4
   
--
6
Salazar D. -4
--
2
Morrow B. -3
   
--
21
Samardzija J.
--
6
Paxton J. -2
   
--
1
Solarte Y. -3
88
 
   
--
29
Jones Ad. (25%: 29)
 
   
70
 
WAR
S
Brooklyn - 16
   
 
0.5
18
Stanton G.
   
WAR
S
New York City - 12
0.3
14
Duffy D.
   
0.8
2
Akiyama S. (1)
0.1
5
Schwarber K.
   
0.1
21
Carpenter M.
-0.2
14
Castro Ja. (2)
   
-0.1
3
Luplow J.
-0.2
18
Lester J.
   
--
15
Hamilton B. (25%: 4)
--
14
Cain L.
   
--
15
Odorizzi J.
--
15
Davis Wa.
   
--
5
Quintana J. -3
--
1
Jay J. -3
   
--
1
Rodgers Bre. -4
--
2
Rodriguez De. -2
   
--
4
Brebbia J. -1
--
3
Altherr A. -3
   
--
1
Gohara L. -4
--
1
Cedeno X. -3
   
--
2
Kelley S. -2
--
2
Jackson A. -2
   
--
1
McCann B. -2
--
24
Price, D. (25%: 24)
   
--
3
Mikolas M. -2
--
2
Rodriguez Ed. -1
   
73
 
--
4
Taillon J. -2
   
 
--
3
Pearce S. -2
   
WAR
S
Banksville - 13
116
 
   
1.1
17
Seager K. (3)
 
   
0.0
3
Rosario Am. -4
WAR
S
New England - 13
   
0.0
2
Hill T. (+1)
-0.2
3
Markakis N. (1)
   
-0.2
6
Mazara N. (1)
--
3
Drury B. -4
   
-0.4
5
Alfaro J. (3)
--
4
Wood A. -2
   
-1.1
2
Calhoun W. (1)
--
4
Barraclough K. -3
   
--
1
Bedrosian C. -2
--
1
Bird G. -2
   
--
1
Ervin P. -1
--
2
Cuthbert C. -4
   
--
2
Senzel N. -4
--
6
Leake M. -4
   
--
1
Stephenson R. -1
--
6
Lowrie J. -2
   
--
1
Taylor Jo. -1
--
1
Torreyes R. -3
   
--
1
Thornton T. -1
--
57
Verlander J.
   
--
4
Vazquez F. -1
--
6
Puig Y. (25%: 6)
   
46
 
--
8
Archer C. (25%: 8)
   
 
--
8
Giles K. (25%: 8)
   
WAR
S
LES - 14
87
 
   
0.7
4
Gyorko J. (1)
 
   
0.6
2
Norris D.
WAR
S
Homestead - 14
   
0.2
4
Gant J.
0.0
7
Castellanos N. (2)
   
-0.2
4
Cishek S.
-0.2
4
Robles V.
   
--
17
Gordon D.
-0.2
12
Kimbrel C.
   
--
2
Lauer E. -1
-0.2
5
Ottavino A.
   
--
1
Richards T. -1
-0.4
2
Thames E. (1)
   
--
1
Urena J. -3
-0.5
2
Houser A.
   
--
1
Vogt S. -1
-1.0
5
Dahl D. (1)
   
--
1
Gonzalez Marc. -1
-1.0
3
Holland D. (2)
   
--
5
Hundley N. -2
--
2
DeSclafani A. -2
   
--
14
Parra G. -2
--
3
Lopez Re. -4
   
--
5
Valencia D. -4
--
6
Martinez C. -1
   
--
1
Whitley F. -4
--
2
Mejia F. -4
   
62
 
--
4
Santana Do. -3
   
 
--
1
Kopech M. -4
   
 
58
 
                   
          KEY
a - player released from long-term contract (3).
b - player later drafted or signed as a free agent (4)
s - salary per year; figures in orange denotes club total.


NOTE
Figure to the right of a player's name denotes the number of consecutive year(s) in minors at the time of his release.


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