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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/01 16:58:50 (permalink)
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/01 19:05:31 (permalink)
I just heard that the Angels' Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his room at the Hilton in Southlake, TX.  As sad as this is, I  hope that the cause of death was "natural". 
 
As my mother used to say, "At early age CVA's are rarer than being hit by a train or bus.  But, such do happen.  Take care, but know that it would be destructively neurotic to have any, much less constant, fear of such."
 
 
 
I hope his passing was the result of a CVA (coronary - vascular accident) or a previously undiagnosed physical disorder, not "anything other". 
 
In any case, RIP.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/02 09:38:02 (permalink)
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Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!!




All praise be to his agent. 
And, to the Mets for taking a rational financial choice which, on its face, seems to be "silly"..
 
The fact that so very many professional athletes are bankrupt after "pro"-retirement ought be a vile shame to the Unions and agents who pose as their "representatives".
 
After all that 'shouting' let me give 'Devil's Due' to O.J. Simpson's agents.  Evidently they invested him in financial instruments which both protected him from liability and assured a lifetime of 'high-end' life-style.
 
My goodness, why cannot such be the norm?
 
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/02 14:55:22 (permalink)
A few years back I saw a video about how Cris Carter and other retired NFL players were speaking to rookies about money management, and IIRC it may have been a mandatory seminar.  I don't know if the NFL still does that but it would seem like a great idea for all pro leagues.
 
After the terrible news about Tyler Skaggs (I immediately thought of Darryl Kile), here's an upbeat story about Pittsburgh's Josh Bell.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/02 20:33:02 (permalink)
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A few years back I saw a video about how Cris Carter and other retired NFL players were speaking to rookies about money management, and IIRC it may have been a mandatory seminar.  I don't know if the NFL still does that but it would seem like a great idea for all pro leagues.

 
Indeed.
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/11 11:35:42 (permalink)
Jim Bouton has passed away.
 

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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/11 14:04:29 (permalink)
So sad...part of that Zoo York era
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/07/23 09:47:50 (permalink)
I posted this June 15, the morning after his first game:
 
To me, one of the more obvious off-season moves was for the Astros to have signed Nelson Cruz.
 They didn't; here's why (OMG).
 
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Yesterday, he became the first player in MLB history to drive in 35 runs in his first 30 games.
 
Last year, the morning after I first saw Juan Sosa swing a bat I posted that he would be the second coming of Stan Musial.  So far, so good.  He's the reason the Nats were able to shed Bryce Harper.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/02 08:00:14 (permalink)
I uncovered a little-noted news item that finally makes some sense about this season … 
 
Seems that Trump wanted the National Pastime to be played with baseballs Made in America, so he signed an Executive Order to that effect. 
 
The contract went to a manufacturer in Massachusetts. 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/02 09:02:39 (permalink)
A lot of those homers certainly carry as if they were Titleists!
 
Not that they weren't before, but suddenly the Astros are a lot more relevant.  Greinke's already having a good season but if his career is reborn much as Verlander's was, look out...I wonder if the Astros will be setting him up with a supermodel.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/08 10:32:07 (permalink)
While this actually pertains to next season, yesterday MLB announced that the White Sox and Yankees will play on the Field of Dreams on Aug. 13, 2020:
 
https://www.mlb.com/news/yankees-white-sox-game-at-field-of-dream-site
 
If the crowd capacity's going to be around 8000 I wonder what the ticketing process will be.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/08 10:40:59 (permalink)
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While this actually pertains to next season, yesterday MLB announced that the White Sox and Yankees will play on the Field of Dreams on Aug. 13, 2020:
 
https://www.mlb.com/news/yankees-white-sox-game-at-field-of-dream-site
 
If the crowd capacity's going to be around 8000 I wonder what the ticketing process will be.


Not nearly as cool as it should be. They're building a ballpark with fences. Why bother? I want to see Ground Rule Doubles on rollers into the corn field.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/08 17:48:03 (permalink)
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While this actually pertains to next season, yesterday MLB announced that the White Sox and Yankees will play on the Field of Dreams on Aug. 13, 2020:
 
https://www.mlb.com/news/yankees-white-sox-game-at-field-of-dream-site
 
If the crowd capacity's going to be around 8000 I wonder what the ticketing process will be.


Fun ideas. Yankees played Boston in London. Major success. Spreading the fun and enjoyment of baseball. This will draw a lot of attention!
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/09 11:14:51 (permalink)
Got to love the nickname of the Reds' rookie RF, Aristides Aquino:  "The PUNISHER". 
 
Last night he "punished" a ball by hitting it 118 MPH into the upper deck. 
 
Now I know why they traded Puig.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/14 16:17:04 (permalink)
Let's just say that this Phillies fan who had such hope for the season is now disgusted and confused. Harper? Please! Look how that ended up! 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/17 13:50:53 (permalink)
Yankees just clinched their 27th winning season in a row. Not too many baseball teams can claim that one!
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/18 11:52:30 (permalink)
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Yankees just clinched their 27th winning season in a row.
Not too many baseball teams can claim that one!



In fact, only one: the Yankees' 29 consecutive winning records, 1926 - 1964.
 
As that streak occurred before free agency it is FAR more impressive.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/18 12:03:50 (permalink)
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Harper?
Please!
Look how that ended up! 

 
Young Bryce must have read your post and did some intense self-reflection; he's been white-hot since.
 
In a year where 165# shortstops hit opposite-field HR's off their back foot I wonder why Harper swings so hard it looks like he's going to pop a tendon or rip an oblique with every swipe. 
 
I'm sure that Charley Manuel will fix that in short order.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/18 13:07:55 (permalink)
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Yankees just clinched their 27th winning season in a row.
Not too many baseball teams can claim that one!



In fact, only one: the Yankees' 29 consecutive winning records, 1926 - 1964.
 
As that streak occurred before free agency it is FAR more impressive.


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Yankees just clinched their 27th winning season in a row.
Not too many baseball teams can claim that one!



In fact, only one: the Yankees' 29 consecutive winning records, 1926 - 1964.
 
As that streak occurred before free agency it is FAR more impressive.





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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/18 20:41:14 (permalink)
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Yankees just clinched their 27th winning season in a row.
Not too many baseball teams can claim that one!

In fact, only one: the Yankees' 29 consecutive winning records, 1926 - 1964.
 
As that streak occurred before free agency it is FAR more impressive.

More?  How so?  It occurred before the reserve clause was eliminated, so basically once the Yankees (or any other team) built a superior squad they were pretty much guaranteed to have it intact until they decided otherwise.
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/19 09:50:01 (permalink)
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Yankees just clinched their 27th winning season in a row.
Not too many baseball teams can claim that one!

In fact, only one: the Yankees' 29 consecutive winning records, 1926 - 1964.
 
As that streak occurred before free agency it is FAR more impressive.


More?  How so?  It occurred before the reserve clause was eliminated, so basically once the Yankees (or any other team) built a superior squad they were pretty much guaranteed to have it intact until they decided otherwise.

 
At least you got the 'key word':  built.
 
Those teams were built, not bought.
 
 
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/19 10:06:14 (permalink)
It's interesting to note that the Yankees' 39-year streak ended in 1965, the same year the amateur draft began.
 
It would also be interesting to see how the Yankees' 1926-1964 payroll compares to the other teams of that timeframe since there was no draft and every unemployed player was a free agent who could sign with whomever he pleased.  Certainly the Yankees had excellent scouting and player development programs but they also had deep pockets back then, too.
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/19 10:23:37 (permalink)
SC,
 
I read a book about the Boston Braves moving to Milwaukee. The franchise's entire outlook on winning changed once they started drawing millions, instead of hundreds of thousands to their games. There were many owners who were content to be the Washington Generals of baseball as long as they met payroll and made a small profit. The Yankees were willing to spend big to be a winner (I think the Cardinals were too) setting up decades of consistent winners and losers in MLB.
 
It could have been the integration of baseball that started to change things. This allowed excellent players to play for small market teams due to the limits on the number of African American players on any roster allowing talent to be spread throughout the leagues.
 
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Re: BASEBALL 2019 - The Official Thread 2019/08/21 10:15:06 (permalink)
I had no idea this baseball card existed, and the story is pretty good:
 
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27425987/guy-ball-crotch-story-funniest-baseball-card-ever-made
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