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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/19 04:31:31 (permalink)
Yes, the massive use has altered the game in so many ways...many of them bad! I love the three batter rule!
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/19 08:35:11 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2019/03/19 09:33:49
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I don't think I've ever been happier with a rule change than when I read that MLB, starting in 2020, is going to mandate that relief pitchers face a minimum of three batters unless the inning ends sooner.

On the flip side, since a pitcher is going to be required to face 3 hitters instead of 1 I think it's only fair that an announced pinch-hitter must make a plate appearance:
 
2019: LH PH announced, LH reliever comes in, RH PH replaces LH PH.
2020: LH PH announced, LH reliever comes in, LH PH bats, RH PH can be used for batters #2 and/or #3 if desired.
 
While the official reason is to speed up the game it seems to me that this change will also benefit the offense, at least for the immediate future.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/19 10:12:26 (permalink)
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On the flip side, since a pitcher is going to be required to face 3 hitters instead of 1 I think it's only fair that an announced pinch-hitter must make a plate appearance:
 
2019: LH PH announced, LH reliever comes in, RH PH replaces LH PH.
2020: LH PH announced, LH reliever comes in, LH PH bats, RH PH can be used for batters #2 and/or #3 if desired.
 
While the official reason is to speed up the game it seems to me that this change will also benefit the offense, at least for the immediate future.



 
I have no problem with forcing the announced pinch-hitter to hit.
 
Someone else mentioned to me that he didn't like the fact that this would make it too easy to score runs. My response was that pitchers are throwing considerably harder than they did even a decade ago. There aren't enough balls put into play. I think a rule change that helps hitters at least a little is a good thing. However, if it turns out to be more than a little and teams are scoring runs galore, they'll have to revisit this. We'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to the experiment.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/19 10:43:06 (permalink)
This might not be as big of a deal as some fear. My interpretation is that rule change would only force the pitcher to throw to two hitters. He could then throw an unhittable pitch to the third to count as "facing" that batter, and the manager could immediately bring in another reliever. Is that a correct assumption?
 
Frankly, it usually takes 2 or 3 batters to determine if a pitcher has his "stuff" in any game, so this only affects the uber-geeky analytics managers and not those who actually use their eyes to see what's happening on the field. Analytics-wise, they'll just punch a couple more buttons on their computers to determine the best pitcher to face the next 3 probable hitters - the computer will determine who they are, too.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/19 11:29:35 (permalink)
I'm just getting over the high of the Harper signing when the ultimate dream is pulled out from under Phillies fans.
 
I just read that Trout is signing a long-term extension with the Angels. He's from the Philly area and spends a lot of time back here when he's not playing (usually watching the Eagles or Sixers play). The hype to get him to come back here to play in the outfield with Harper had already begun.  Harper even mentioned recruiting him to come play here when his contract is up in two years.  I guess we can forget about that.
 
And Harper holding the record for the highest total contract looks like it's going to last all of a couple weeks. I read $430 over 12 years for Trout.  I'm not going to say anyone deserves that much money. But he certainly deserves to be the highest-paid player in the game.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/21 16:07:06 (permalink)
One sure-fire, can't miss prediction for 2019: 
the Yankees will break the record they set in 2018 for most home runs by a team in a season.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/21 21:06:01 (permalink)
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One sure-fire, can't miss prediction for 2019: 
the Yankees will break the record they set in 2018 for most home runs by a team in a season.


I tend to agree. This is one powerful team
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/21 21:32:43 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby phlmaestro 2019/03/21 21:58:54
The Phillies best FA signing was Andrew McCutchen:  an AAV of $15MM for ages 32 - 34 of a gentleman who has never been "protected" in a MLB line-up; Cutch has always been 'pitched-around'.
 
For the first time in his career Cutch was 'protected' in his stint with the NYY and put up an OPS+ of 141.  With the Phillies he'll be followed by Segura, Harper, and Hoskins.
 
A HoF career is now back on track. 
 
And it could not happen to a more deserving kid.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/21 22:05:36 (permalink)
The fact that McCutchen is fundamentally sound and solid defensively is big for the Phillies. They've really struggled with defense and baserunning mistakes the past couple years. 
 
Actually, some people think Realmuto is their best acquisition of the off-season and he is also a gigantic defensive upgrade for them at catcher. They had the worst defensive catcher I've ever seen in the big-leagues by a wide margin last year in Alfaro. He has a tremendous arm, but couldn't catch or block the ball. It was embarrassing on a nightly basis. 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/26 23:39:37 (permalink)
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They had the worst defensive catcher I've ever seen in the big-leagues by a wide margin last year in Alfaro. He has a tremendous arm, but couldn't catch or block the ball. It was embarrassing on a nightly basis.

So he was the NL version of Gary Sanchez?
 
What a lousy break for Steven Souza, Jr. of Arizona.  Frankly, I'm surprised the mlb.com story about his knee injury (don't watch the video if you're on the squeamish side) didn't include the words "catastrophic" and/or "blowout"...he has a long recovery ahead and I hope he's able to come back.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/28 15:22:55 (permalink)
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The Phillies best FA signing was Andrew McCutchen:  an AAV of $15MM for ages 32 - 34 of a gentleman who has never been "protected" in a MLB line-up; Cutch has always been 'pitched-around'.
 
For the first time in his career Cutch was 'protected' in his stint with the NYY and put up an OPS+ of 141.  With the Phillies he'll be followed by Segura, Harper, and Hoskins.
 
A HoF career is now back on track. 
 
And it could not happen to a more deserving kid.




He just homered in his first at-bat as a Phillie. 
post edited by phlmaestro - 2019/03/28 15:27:06
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/03/28 22:16:29 (permalink)
At their current pace the Dodgers will hit 1296 HR for the season...I'm not sure they'll make it.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/04/10 08:10:25 (permalink)
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/04/10 11:32:27 (permalink)
It is a joke among we self important jerks to laugh about the hard core fans. When a Boston team wins, fans say, "We won", and when the Boston team stinks, "They lost". An awful lot of former fans for the Red Sox are now saying, "They lost" a lot.  I hope that they can do better, but I have not lost any sleep........At least at .250, they are not the worst team in baseball. 
 
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