ramerican rbanksville rbrickchurch rles dinyc rtitans
rnational rbrooklyn rhomestead rindianapolis rseahawks rnew york
navhome
navaboutus
navdirectory
navrosters
navpayroll
navstandings
navtransactions
navdraft
navworldseries
navawards
navnel
navrules
Updated: June 6, 1952
1› Front Page
 
  Mr. Branca and Mr. Thomson, please meet Mr. Narvaez and Mr. Locastro

MYRTLE BEACH (SC) — In the rowdy establishments of New England and Banksville, you can’t say Tim Locastro without throwing Omar Narvaez’s name into the same sentence. The ballplayers are mentioned so often that you'd think they were dancing partners or conjoined at the hip. Neither. They are the Ralph Branca and Bobby Thomson of the BVL.

Despite their release this year (Narvaez by Banksville; outfield Locastro by New England), both players hold a special place in BVL history. “I still can’t believe Locastro tried to steal third base,” said Henry at the So What Bar in Maine. “You never, ever steal third base with no outs. You learn that crap in Little League.” Pause. “When Locastro went, my heart stopped beating!”

At the popular Bedford Stools in Banksville, Old Man Joe recalls the Locastro dash with terror. “I have nightmares of damn Locastro running after me with a monstrous catcher’s mitt,” said the 70-year-old. “Damn Narvaez! The throw to third is easier than to second. Unbelievable.”

In Game 7 of the 1948 World Series, Locastro let off the scoreless 7th inning with a pinch-hit double. He shocked the New England faithful to its feet with his bolt for third base. Narvaez’s throw sailed into the outfield. Locastro scored the game’s only run. “Damn you, Narvaez!” cried Old Man Joe. “Damn you!”

Lucky 13 for Verdugo!
Alex Verdugo had the highest WAR rating among cut players (2.6). He started to worry when the draft entered the 10th round. “I thought I would be picked by then,” said the ex-Brick Churcher. Mrs. Verdugo reassured her son. “Someone will pick you, my baby boy,” she said. “I would’ve taken you with my first overall pick.” Pause. “Well, maybe my second.” They laughed. Their fears disappeared. In the 13th round, New England selected Mrs. Verdugo's baby boy.

Fifty-nine of the 141 players released, trimming 864 shekels from the payrolls, were eligible and WAR-rated. A year ago, owners saved 864 shekels by releasing 135 players; 54 were eligible and WAR-rated.

So long, La Maquina
The Foys let Albert Pujols go without much fanfare, ending one of the greatest careers ever. Don’t believe that. A 5-minute standing ovation greeted that news. “La Maquina was one of the best,” said Slick Rhodes.

Other players we might be saying so long to: Zack Greinke (and his 111s), Michael Brantley, Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg, and Yadier Molina.

KEY:
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
S - salary


  1952 BVL Cuts
   
American
National
   
WAR
S
Brick Church - 15
WAR
S
New York - 23
   
2.6
7
Verdugo A.
1.7
4
Rogers Ty. (-2)
   
0.8
3
Perez Ma.
1.2
15
Grichuk R.
   
0.5
3
Brown S.
1.1
2
Maton P. (-1)
   
0.2
2
Maldonado M.
0.8
2
Mateo J. (-1)
   
-0.3
3
Perez Ci.
0.5
15
Mateo J. (-1)
   
--
2
Boyd M. -4
0.5
2
Baker B.
   
--
1
Herget J. -2
0.4
6
Rogers Ta. (-3)
   
--
1
McGuire. R. -1
0.3
7
Gallegos G.
   
--
1
Thompson Tr. -1
0.2
3
Karinchak J. (-2)
   
--
4
Walsh J. -2
0.0
2
Smyly D. (-1)
   
--
2
Effross S. -1
-0.2
15
Chafin A.
   
--
3
Matzek T. -2
-0.5
3
Cron C.J. 
   
--
3
Montas F. -2
-0.8
6
Lynn L.
   
--
2
Pujols A. -1
-1.0
4
Kemp T.
   
--
2
Tate D. -3
-1.3
4
Crawford B. (-3)
   
--
39
 
--
1
Mervis M. -2
   
 
--
3
Nola Au. -3
   
WAR
S
Toronto - 15
--
12
Rendon A. (25%)
   
1.7
5
Frazier A. (-1)
--
3
Anderson I. -2
   
1.6
14
Duvall A. (-1)
--
1
Dominguez J. -4
   
1.0
111
Greinke Z.
--
1
Leiter J. -3
   
0.1
5
Kiner-Falefa I. (-1)
--
1
Painter A. -2
   
-1.1
17
Hill R. (-2)
--
4
Tepera R. -1
   
-1.4
5
Mancini T. (-1)
116
   
--
3
Bickford P.
 
   
--
1
Aguilar J. -2
WAR
S
Indianapolis - 12
   
--
14
Barnhart T.
2.0
6
Belt B. (-1)
   
--
3
Bart J. -3
1.8
6
Laureano R. (-1)
   
--
4
Plesac Z. -2
1.4
 5
Taylor C. (-1)
   
--
4
Pollock A.J. -1
0.8
5
Biggio C. (-2)
   
--
2
Alfaro J. -1
0.1
3
Bard D.
   
--
2
Staumont J. -2
-0.5
7
Gurriel Y. (-1)
   
--
2
Toro A. -3
-1.3
4
Profar J. (-3)
   
192
 
--
 3
Boxberger B. -2
   
--
45
Brantley M. (25%)
   
WAR
S
LES -13
--
4
Longoria E. -2
   
1.7
4
Solano D. (-2)
--
3
Loaisiga J. -2
   
1.1
4
Alvarado J. -4
 
18
Molina Y.
   
0.5
6
Anderson Bri. (-2)
 
109
   
0.2
3
Anderson Ty.
   
-0.1
6
Grossman R. (-3)
WAR
S
Homestead - 10
   
-0.1
3
Floro D.
0.7
2
Megill Ty. (-2)
   
-0.2
7
Wendle J. (-1)
0.7
5
Urias J.
   
-0.2
3
Barlow S.
0.6
2
Pederson Jo.
   
-0.4
14
McHugh C.
0.1
2
Mikolas M. (-1)
   
-0.9
3
Haase E.
--
2
Donaldson J. -2
   
--
3
Moore D. -4
--
1
Pache C. -2
   
--
3
Bundy D. -3
--
2
Rodgers B. -1
   
--
4
Meadows A. -2
--
1
Beer S. -3
   
63
 
--
15
Bumgarner M.
   
 
--
14
Hendriks L.
   
WAR
S
Banksville - 15
 
46
   
1.0
5
Cronenworth J. (-1)
 
 
 
   
0.7
4
Kopech M. (-1)
WAR
S
Brooklyn - 14
   
0.4
14
Bell J. (-3)
-0.6
5
Loup A.
   
0.4
2
Marinaccio R.
--
2
Lauer E. -2
   
0.2
3
Benintendi A. -2
--
1
Manning M. -4
   
0.1
2
Jax G. (-1)
--
5
Stripling R. -1
   
-0.1
2
Vargas Mi. (-1)
--
4
Yarbrough R. -4
   
--
1
Gonzalez O. -1
--
1
Antone T. -3
   
--
5
Narvaez O. -2
--
1
Bender A. -2
   
--
3
Severino L. -1
--
2
Cimber A. -1
   
--
 4
Slater A. -2
--
1
Howard Sp. -4
   
--
5
Urshela G. -1
--
3
McFarland T.J. -4
   
--
2
Davis Br. -3
--
4
Reyes V. -1
   
--
14
Hoskins R.
--
4
Schwindel F. -2
   
--
2
Quijada J. -1
--
4
Stassi M. -3
   
68
 
--
2
Strickland H. -2
   
 
--
21
Treinen B.
   
WAR
S
NYC - 12
 
60
   
1.1
18
 Rosario E.
 
 
 
   
--
2
 Duffy M. -2
WAR
S
New England - 12
   
--
2
 Harrison J. -1
0.0
2
Nelson K.
   
--
5
 Newman K. -1
-0.4
2
Montero R.
   
--
1
Ramirez E. -1
-0.9
4
Bummer A. (-1)
   
--
6
Winker J. -2
--
6
Barnes M. -3
   
--
1
Luciano M. -4
--
1
Trevino J. -1
   
--
2
Murfee P. -1
--
15
Wong Ko.
   
--
5
Osuna R. -4
--
2
Wright K. -2
   
--
2
Sadler C. -2
--
2
Curtiss J. -2
   
--
17
Villar J.
--
2
Locastro T. -4
   
61
 
--
2
Morgan A. -3
   
 
--
6
Reyes Fr. -4
   
 
--
66
Strasburg S. (25%)
   
 
110
 

TOP
HOME