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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/04 13:15:14 (permalink)
Probably a silly question, but ...
 
I went to high school in NW PA, 80 miles from Cleveland and 60 from Pittsburgh.  That was on the border where there were about 25% Indians fans and 75% Pirates fans. 
 
So, I'm curious - what city/locale is on the border between Yankees fans and BoSox Nation?  New Haven is my guess, but where would it be?
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/04 13:22:28 (permalink)
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I went to high school in NW PA, 80 miles from Cleveland and 60 from Pittsburgh.  That was on the border where there were about 25% Indians fans and 75% Pirates fans.

This makes no sense as the Indians are AL and the Pirates are NL.  It would've been perfectly appropriate to root for both teams until they played against each other.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/04 13:42:21 (permalink)
Honest...I agree!
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/04 14:11:06 (permalink)
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I went to high school in NW PA, 80 miles from Cleveland and 60 from Pittsburgh.  That was on the border where there were about 25% Indians fans and 75% Pirates fans.

This makes no sense as the Indians are AL and the Pirates are NL.  It would've been perfectly appropriate to root for both teams until they played against each other.



True, but there was the matter of the Steelers and Browns.
 
Also, the kids that loved in the Western side of the district were in the Cleveland - Akron/Canton -Youngstown media markets while the rest of us were in Pittsburgh's.  More than anything, that probably explains.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/05 10:51:03 (permalink)
MetroplexJim
 
 
So, I'm curious - what city/locale is on the border between Yankees fans and BoSox Nation?  New Haven is my guess, but where would it be?




Draw a line due east from Hartford to the sea.
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/12 10:53:22 (permalink)
Prediction Time!
 
NL East: Nats at top, Marlins last - as in DEAD last.
NL Central: Cubbies rule, Bucs () and Reds slog it out for the cellar.
NL West:  Dodgers in a cakewalk in the strongest NL Division; Padres win 75 but finish last.
 
Wild Card Contenders: D-Backs, Rockies, Brewers, and Cards.
 
AL East:  BoSox by a game over the Yanks, O's a little behind the over-achieving Rays.
AL Central:  Cleveland, easily; pity the toothless Tigers.
AL West:  Astro's the engine; Rangers the caboose.
 
Wild-Card Contenders:  Yankees, ChiSox, Angels, Twins.
 
NL LCS:  Nats over Dodgers.
AL LCS:  Astros over Yanks.
 
World Series:  Astros over Nats.
 
NL MVP:  Harper in his walk year.  Back up the Brinks truck!
AL MVP:  Trout, of course.
 
NL CYA:  Kershaw
AL CYA:  Verlander
 
Over/Under for Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez HR:  140. 
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/20 09:54:41 (permalink)
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/20 14:39:00 (permalink)
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The Next Big Thing:
 
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2760425-meet-blaze-jordan-the-15-year-old-baseball-phenom-with-500-foot-power



He might be the next Bryce Harper ... or, one of these... a list to which I would the Pirates' Paul Pettit and Bob Bailey.
 
In any case, he has a HoF name!
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 12:11:46 (permalink)
Since one of the big stories of this year is the potential of Shohei Ohtani:
 
https://www.mlb.com/news/ken-brett-two-way-phenom/c-269367600
 
Ken Brett was the winning pitcher in the first White Sox game I ever attended, in Milwaukee in 1976:
 
https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL197608290.shtml
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 14:09:27 (permalink)
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Ken Brett was the winning pitcher in the first White Sox game I ever attended, in Milwaukee in 1976:
 https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL197608290.shtml



Hitting ran in the Brett family. I recall when I was a kid and Ken pitched for the Phillies, he once homered in four straight games that he started.
 
My best early baseball memory is from 1972, the year Steve Carlton went 27-10 for a last place team, I went to see the Phillies play the Mets. Carlton and Seaver were the starters. But the show was stolen by a nearly-ready-to-retire Willie Mays, who hit a game winning homer off Carlton in the eighth.
 
Here is the box score:  https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI197205210.shtml
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 14:37:39 (permalink)
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My best early baseball memory is from 1972, the year Steve Carlton went 27-10 for a last place team
Still the single greatest regular season I have ever seen by a pitcher.  He was absolutely unhittable that year.  Saw him shut down a great hitting Pirates team in Three Rivers that summer and he made them look silly.  He may have even hit a home run that night.  To win 27 games on that Phillies team was an amazing accomplishment.
 
 
Guidry in 1978, Gooden in 1985 and Hershiser in 1988 also come to mind, but they were all on significantly better teams.
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 14:42:24 (permalink)
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My best early baseball memory is from 1972, the year Steve Carlton went 27-10 for a last place team
Still the single greatest regular season I have ever seen by a pitcher.  He was absolutely unhittable that year.  Saw him shut down a great hitting Pirates team in Three Rivers that summer and he made them look silly.  He may have even hit a home run that night.  To win 27 games on that Phillies team was an amazing accomplishment.
 
 
Guidry in 1978, Gooden in 1985 and Hershiser in 1988 also come to mind, but they were all on significantly better teams.
 

And it figures he lost the one I attended! I remember Carlton had a 15-game-winning streak at one point that season.  Guidry's record in '78 was incredible.  There was also a season where Bob Gibson's ERA was just a little over one. The Cardinals must have had a lousy offense when he pitched because his record wasn't as good as you'd expect it to be for a guy with that ERA.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 14:47:57 (permalink)
That was 1968, the last year before the pitching mound was lowered by I think 6 inches.  IIRC the batting average across all of MLB was something like .230 that year.  Carl Yastrzemski batted "only" .301 yet still won the AL title as the only player in the league to hit .300!
 
Lousy offense or not, the Cardinals took the Tigers (and Mickey Lolich) to 7 games before losing the Series.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 15:11:11 (permalink)
Even average or below average pitchers had a great 1968. 
 
Unfortunately, I was only six then.  My first memories as a baseball fan only go back to 1969.  My dad took me to my first game at Forbes Field that year.  The thing I remember most was being fascinated that the Pirates shortstop (Freddie Patek) was (as my dad pointed out), not that much taller than me.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/23 15:46:53 (permalink)
My first time at a MLB game was 9/10/1958.  Willie Mays and the Giants were visiting the Buccos at Forbes Field.  Bob Friend won his 20th. of that year and Pirates' rookie first-baseman, Dick Stuart, hit a walk-off HR in the 10th.
 
The most dominant pitcher I ever saw was Sandy Koufax.  In his last four seasons he was in a class by himself, averaging 24 - 7, 300 innings, 300+K's, an ERA of 1.86, and an ERA+ of 172.  Haven't seen anything like him before or since.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/29 11:20:56 (permalink)
Unfortunately there's a sad sidebar to Opening Day:
 
https://www.mlb.com/news/rusty-staub-dies-at-73/c-269955616
 
I've no doubt there'll be moments of silence at many of the ballparks, especially for the home openers of Houston, Washington, New York(N) and Detroit.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/29 12:21:54 (permalink)
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Probably a silly question, but ...
 
I went to high school in NW PA, 80 miles from Cleveland and 60 from Pittsburgh.  That was on the border where there were about 25% Indians fans and 75% Pirates fans. 
 
So, I'm curious - what city/locale is on the border between Yankees fans and BoSox Nation?  New Haven is my guess, but where would it be?


Growing up in New Haven I once met a Red Sox fan. Of course he might have been influenced by the fact that his father was Smoky Joe Wood. I can't recall ever meeting a Yankees or Dodgers fan. For that matter, I don't believe there was ever a Boston Braves fan anywhere in Connecticut.
 
 
I forgot Dick Tettlebach. That traitor to the Giants grew up in my neighborhood, went to my junior high school and high school, and even played on the same Yale team with George H.W. Bush before agreeing to play for the hated Yankees. Because he played for them for a short time I'll classify him as a Yankees fan.
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/29 20:27:24 (permalink)
I just got off the phone with my sister. It seems things have changed in New Haven. She told me she knows several people who are Red Sox fans and a couple who are Yankees fans. Must be newcomers.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/29 22:17:15 (permalink)
YANKEES win opening day beating Blue Jays 6-1. TWO homeruns by Stanton. Total of 7 extra base hits. Severino pitches great!!! Great start to the season.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/03/30 15:32:39 (permalink)
Bombs away!
 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2018/03/30/mlb-opening-day-home-runs-records/472667002/
 
The only possible record I didn't see mentioned is that 3 players had multi-homer games yesterday.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/01 17:35:41 (permalink)
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YANKEES win opening day beating Blue Jays 6-1. TWO homeruns by Stanton. Total of 7 extra base hits. Severino pitches great!!! Great start to the season.

They were looking at taking 3 of 4 from Toronto until Smoak got in their eyes...
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/03 10:54:02 (permalink)
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Bombs away!
 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2018/03/30/mlb-opening-day-home-runs-records/472667002/
 
The only possible record I didn't see mentioned is that 3 players had multi-homer games yesterday.



Agreed!
 
I 'DVR' MLB Network's "Quick Pitch" every morning at 3 AM so I can enjoy it with my morning coffee and FF through the commercials.  Goof Lord!  It seems like everyone - from skinny middle infielders to the Yankees' behemoths are going yard!
 
Time to bring back the high strike.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/06 09:16:39 (permalink)
The big news baseball-wise in Pittsburgh is the retirement of long time Pirates usher Phil Coyne.  
 
Here is a really well done story from ESPN a few years ago about this civic treasure.
 
It's been about three years since I have sat in his section, but he was still sharp as ever then.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/06 09:20:11 (permalink)
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The big news baseball-wise in Pittsburgh is the retirement of long time Pirates usher Phil Coyne.  How long has Mr. Coyne been ushering?  He was there to see Babe Ruth hit his last three home runs at Forbes Field.  
 
Here is a really well done story from ESPN a few years ago about this civic treasure.
 
It's been about three years since I have sat in his section, but he was still sharp as ever then.


Fascinating. Would love to talk to that guy!
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/06 10:10:09 (permalink)
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The big news baseball-wise in Pittsburgh is the retirement of long time Pirates usher Phil Coyne.  
 
Here is a really well done story from ESPN a few years ago about this civic treasure.
 
It's been about three years since I have sat in his section, but he was still sharp as ever then.




Beautiful!
 
I hardly need another reason to love my hometown, but I'm glad to know about Phil Coyne.
 
And he uses a Shamwow to clean the seats!
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/15 11:05:30 (permalink)
What are they putting in the Mets' Kool-Ade?
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/17 18:07:06 (permalink)
Go Cubs.  They are not my father's/grandfather's/great-grandfather's Cubs.  Three straight LCS appearances and a WS title already.  The ownership has a lot of money and will actually spend it.  They are still the youngest of the top contending teams in the league and they know what it takes to win a World Series.  Looking forward to another great season.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/04/30 08:22:51 (permalink)
It was a big news story in Pittsburgh over the weekend that the previously mentioned Phil Coyne turned 100 years old.  Although he no longer works for the team, they did still honored him on the field. 
 
What amazes me is that I read that because of All-Star games and World Series, he has seen the top 25 home run hitters in MLB history in person.  How many people can say that?  
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/05/01 11:30:31 (permalink)
April is over and I actually have come to have some hope for my BUCCOS. They'll definitely beat out the Reds, and maybe even the Brewers and Cards. 
 
They definitely didn't get enough for Cole and I can't understand why they didn't trade him to the Cubbies for 'local boy' Ian Happ and some prospects.  When the Astros win the 2018 WS they should vote a share to (Pirates GM) Huntington for letting them have Cole and Morton.
 
In the meantime, I'm happy for the long-suffering Braves and Phillies fans.  And, I am sad for the Brewers who will rue the day they gave up Brinson.
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Re: BASEBALL 2018 - The Official Thread! 2018/05/01 17:18:04 (permalink)
Came across these on YouTube concerning the best pitcher I have ever seen - from Roberts and Spahn to Scherzer and Kershaw, there is only one:
 

 

 

 

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