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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/19 09:12:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/07/19 09:37:30
Rough crew at SunTrust Park last Sunday..



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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/19 13:10:26 (permalink)
Yanks just acquired Todd Fraser,David Robinson to push forward this season to the playoffs. Todd is a local boy, from just down the road, and a two time all-star. Robinson rejoins the team, a damn good reliever!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/19 17:51:43 (permalink)
That's Frazier and Robertson...I don't think David Robinson is coming out of retirement to switch from basketball to baseball.
 
At the rate the White Sox are acquiring highly-rated prospects, if just half of them pan out it should be an almost unbeatable team!!
 
The Yoan Moncada era has begun...
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/19 18:26:48 (permalink)
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That's Frazier and Robertson...I don't think David Robinson is coming out of retirement to switch from basketball to baseball.
 
At the rate the White Sox are acquiring highly-rated prospects, if just half of them pan out it should be an almost unbeatable team!!
 
The Yoan Moncada era has begun...


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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/20 10:50:30 (permalink)
  • When the BoSox signed "the Panda" I mocked the contract.  And sure enough ... they get to swallow $50,000,000.00.  Now he can return to the role that best suits him:  the Giants' mascot!
 
  • Another contract that I noted as team-suicidal was Giancarlo Stanton's.  But, it was cleverly back-loaded by the Marlins so that they could skim the cream off it before the big bills came due.  The fragile thug is having his best season, so the time is ripe for the Marlins to unload this circus act.  The question is, what team would be stupid enough to assume that contract?  I can think of only one:  the pathetic, desperate, (and rich) San Francisco Giants.  Doing this is as stupid as stomping out a burning paper bag on Halloween, but the 'Jints will do it.
 
  • And speaking of rich teams, the Dodgers are smelling blood and really have only the Nationals to overcome in the playoffs.  So, they will get both Verlander and Britton to make it nearly impossible for any team to deny them a WS title.
 
  • I can't help but believe that Yankee Stadium would cure Adrián González's aching back.  The Dodgers would give him away and eat half his remaining contract.  The Yanks would be silly to pay Billy Beane what he would want for his 'one year wonder', Yonder Alonso.
 
  • Paying so much for Adam Eaton was a colossal mistake.  Not only could the Nats have gotten McCutchen for that (or less), they could have gotten the key to the WS that they really needed as the O's would have happily traded Britton for Giolito.  Too bad, Nats; your window is closing.  Harper is already getting his Yankees uniform tailored.
 
  • The Brewers must beat the red hot Taillon to prevent a sweep.  The Cubbies look like they are no longer hibernating and the Boccos are feeling frisky.  The Bucs should stand pat and the Cubs already have their needed starter. The NL Central is wide open.  EDIT: PITTSBURGH PIRATES sweep Brewers! 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/21 15:23:50 (permalink)
A tough 4 games for the Brewers but every team hits a couple of rough patches throughout the season.  If they really are contenders they'll get the ship back on course, but only time will tell.  I don't foresee them being very active over the next 10 days, but if another team was to make a legitimate offer for Ryan Braun I hope the front office listens.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/21 15:56:14 (permalink)
Even though it may have seemed that way, there was no Schadenfruede involved in my rejoicing over the Pirates' resurgence. 
 
Hell, I (kind of) pull for all small-market teams; they have to plot, plan, scout, and generally out-slick the "big boys" who can simply cut checks and win. 
 
(BTW:  Isn't it delicious irony that the Yankees' GM is named Cash-man?)
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/21 18:20:21 (permalink)
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A tough 4 games for the Brewers but every team hits a couple of rough patches throughout the season.  If they really are contenders they'll get the ship back on course, but only time will tell.  I don't foresee them being very active over the next 10 days, but if another team was to make a legitimate offer for Ryan Braun I hope the front office listens.


I am praying that Brewers management understands that the first half was just a fluke and doesn't start trading their future away in a chase to lose early in the playoffs.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/21 20:33:42 (permalink)
I'd be very surprised if that happens.  Everybody from ownership on down has been on board with the rebuild process and are smart enough to realize there are still some significant holes to fill (mostly pitching), regardless of the success so far this year.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/21 20:35:31 (permalink)
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A tough 4 games for the Brewers but every team hits a couple of rough patches throughout the season.  If they really are contenders they'll get the ship back on course, but only time will tell.  I don't foresee them being very active over the next 10 days, but if another team was to make a legitimate offer for Ryan Braun I hope the front office listens.


I am praying that Brewers management understands that the first half was just a fluke and doesn't start trading their future away in a chase to lose early in the playoffs.




Agreed.  "Renting" a Darvish or breaking the budget with a Verlander would be foolhardy.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/21 20:48:24 (permalink)
And speaking of Darvish ... this evening he's auditioning for the Yanks, Dodgers ... and Cubs and is looking as strong as cat urine.
 
The Rangers (IMHO) would be stupid to resign him for the $150MM+ he will surely command; further, he's never looked like he liked DFW; few do when we get into the meat of the summer heat. 
 
Now or later, I'm betting on the Dodgers as his destination - weather, 'lights', and an abundance of beautiful Asian ladies.  The Rangers would be wise to raid that wonderfully over-stocked farm system while they have a chance!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/24 09:13:23 (permalink)
Uh, oh!
 
Kershaw's back is aching again.
 
The price for Darvish just went up!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/26 11:43:26 (permalink)
They are still in 1st place, but our Red Sox have problems. They just brought up a 20yr old kid who has a lot of potential, but who the sports writers think may not be ready. IMO, the title is still well within reach for a lot of teams, but in the end it is just a race to see what team gets to loose to LA in the World Series.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/27 09:59:35 (permalink)
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They are still in 1st place, but our Red Sox have problems. They just brought up a 20yr old kid who has a lot of potential, but who the sports writers think may not be ready. IMO, the title is still well within reach for a lot of teams.



Turns out they should have kept Travis Shaw.  But who could have known that he was on the precipice of stardom?
 
Devers was going to be their regular third baseman @22 anyway, so why not see what he has at 20?  It worked out well with Benintendi and the late, great Tony C who went from A Ball to the Show at 19.
 
Ah, Conigliaro. 
 
He is in the "what might have been Hall of Fame" along with Pete Reiser, Herb Score, and Jose Fernandez.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/27 16:54:50 (permalink)
Dayum....Nats hit 5 HR's in one inning vs the Brew Crew.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/07/31 20:25:35 (permalink)
Well, as predicted above, Darvish does go to the Dodgers.
 
Good for him and for L.A.; he'll thrive there. 
 
A little-known career fact about Darvish is that his career ERA is a run higher in starts when the temperature is > 90.  The yee-haws on sports radio here in DFW say that he'll resign with the Rangers!  NFW!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/01 12:38:57 (permalink)
Again, about Darvish ...
 
The local fools in the DFW "sports media" take Darvish literally when he says that he is "happy" in this market; they ignore completely his ever-slouching body language.  They seem to forget that Darvish had no say in "where" he would play in MLB.  Literally, he was "sold" by his Japanese employers to the highest bidder.  And that, due to the scouting judgment of no less than Nolan Ryan, was the Texas Rangers.
 
One just has to know that he was praying for LA, SFO, NYC, or even Seattle.  Dallas, Texas HAD to be at the bottom of his "list":  few Asians, no Japanese, and outdoor baseball in sweltering heat.
 
As a Japanese gentleman, of course Darvish would say that he is "happy" with his employer and host city even if, privately, he thought he was in the seventh level of Hell.
 
Well, he is finally where he really wanted to be.  Believe me, in his remaining 10 or so regular season starts for LA the over/under for his ERA is 1.80.  With a healthy Kershaw the Dodgers will win it all.  At the very least, poor old Clayton won't be pitching on short rest during the playoffs.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/01 13:06:12 (permalink)
I just realized that Milwaukee's only World Series Championship ('57 Braves) is closer to the Cubs prior (1908) win, than their latest (2016). Matching 107 years of futility is definitely achievable.

I'll bet 100 bars of gold-pressed latinum straight up that we can do it. Pay off is in 2064.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/01 17:32:23 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/08/01 20:46:52
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I just realized that Milwaukee's only World Series Championship ('57 Braves) is closer to the Cubs prior (1908) win, than their latest (2016). Matching 107 years of futility is definitely achievable.

I'll bet 100 bars of gold-pressed latinum straight up that we can do it. Pay off is in 2064.



Brewers Rule of Acquisition#1:  bottom feed off the Asian Major Leagues (Thames).
 
 Brewers Rule of Acquisition#2: know when a star is finished (Brinson for Lucroy).
 
Brewers Rule of Acquisition#3: steal cast-offs from the impatient rich (Shaw).
 
Brewers Rule of Acquisition#4: draft well.
 
Brewers Rule of Acquisition#5: remember Joe E. Brown: "I'd rather be lucky than good"
 

 
Don't forget, the most unexpected and improbable victories are the sweetest (1960 Pirates over the Mantle/Maris/Berra/Ford New York Yankees).
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/04 22:20:37 (permalink)
Tonight at age 30 Justin Smoak hit his 31st homer of the season.  His previous high for an entire season was 20 and his roughly current .304 average lifts his career mark to .234.
 
Could it be that one of the poster boys for unfulfilled potential has finally figured it out?  Or is he simply having that Rick Wilkins dream season?
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/04 22:48:53 (permalink)
Wha'd I tell 'ya 'bout Darvish? 
 
No runs, a 'W', and 10K's in his LAD debut.
 
Give him a month and he'll have a star on Hollywood Boulevard!
 
 
 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/05 09:21:09 (permalink)
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Tonight at age 30 Justin Smoak hit his 31st homer of the season.  His previous high for an entire season was 20 and his roughly current .304 average lifts his career mark to .234.
 
Could it be that one of the poster boys for unfulfilled potential has finally figured it out?  Or is he simply having that Rick Wilkins dream season?



I'm guessing that he has finally "found something".
 
Don't forget that he was a high #1 pick in the 2008 MLB Draft who, after leading the NCAA in HR, was projected to hit 35 - 40 in the Show.  Hell, what's not to like about a 6'4", 220# switch-hitter with that pedigree?
 
In 2010 the Rangers had three young studs vying for playing time at first base: Smoak, Mitch Moreland, and Chris Davis.  They gave Seattle their pick of the three for Cliff Lee and they took Smoak.
 
Until this year Smoak has had to share playing time with Ed-wing; at last, he began this season as the presumptive starter for Toronto and is, finally, playing up to his potential.
 
To answer your question:  Rick Wilkins (like, e.g., Wes Covington, "Hurricane' Hazle, et al.) "flashed"  early but the league quickly identified weaknesses; as he has been around for a while I'd put Smoak into the 'late bloomer' category with Daniel Murphy, Jose Bautista, and Justin Turner who all "found something" around their age 30 seasons. 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/11 15:31:48 (permalink)
Darvish as a Dodger update ...
 
2-0 with a 1.50 ERA; 20 K's in 12 innings with a WHIP of 0.91.
 
And he's smiling, standing up straight, and praising his catchers.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/14 14:30:11 (permalink)
I don't know what would possess a person to take a selfie video at a baseball game, but I'm glad this guy did...
 
http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/...un-off-aroldis-chapman
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/14 20:05:39 (permalink)
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They are still in 1st place, but our Red Sox have problems. They just brought up a 20yr old kid who has a lot of potential, but who the sports writers think may not be ready
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I don't know what would possess a person to take a selfie video at a baseball game, but I'm glad this guy did...
http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/...un-off-aroldis-chapman


Ted Williams made his debut at 20 and his ghost is laughing his a$$ off!
 
EDIT:  For those younger - Ted's ghost is laughing at the Boston sportswriters who never properly appreciated the greatest hitter the game ever saw; a gentleman who spent nearly five years of his prime as a legendary ace fighter pilot in both WWII and Korea.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/15 09:55:44 (permalink)
Don't you just  the internet:
 

 
And the paltry prize money!
 
Keep in mind that even though both were among the highest paid in MLB, when this was shot in 12/1959 with both of them in their prime they were coming off seasons in which Mantle, then 27, was paid $70,000 and Mays, then 28, $75,000!  So, those paltry pries were significant for them.  (For reference, a new 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville ran about $4,600 then).  
 
Imagine what they would be signed for these days!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/16 17:43:05 (permalink)
POP QUIZ:
 
Who leads MLB in home run frequency (fewest at-bats per home run)?
 
Answer: Joey Gallo!
 
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the rankings through August 15:
 
Gallo: 9.8
Stanton: 9.9
Bellinger: 10.7
Judge: 11.2
Trout: 11.5
 
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Gallo has "broken" the StatCast measurement system three times by hitting balls that were either too high or too far to measure.  The latest was last night when he hit a high line drive off the roof of the upper deck over right-center.  StatCast "measured" it at 451' - the spot where it fell 50' straight down back into the upper deck seats. 
 
The broadcaster said: "Remember the 502 footer Josh Hamilton hit out there?  That one looked like its Daddy!".
 
Playing regularly now and finally batting over the Mendoza line I'd be willing to bet that he leads the AL in HR this season.  Sorry, Judge.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/25 21:51:02 (permalink)
Along with Justin Smoak "finally finding something" ...
 
How about Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft?  It looks like the Orioles don't have to worry about picking up J.J. Hardy's $14 MM contract next year.
 
And look at Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.
 
A decade ago who would have thought that the (then) 27 year old Nellie Cruz would be a more feared hitter in 2017 than his contemporary Albert Pujols or Miguel Cabrera, three years his junior?  
 
BTW:  Pujols and Cabrera are, together, still owed half a billion dollars.  Absent PED's, so few hitters are exceptional beyond age 35 and so few pitchers are exceptional beyond age 32 ... what were those clubs thinking?
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/08/31 08:31:49 (permalink)
Quick prediction:
 
The Astros will obtain Justin Verlander today.
 
The city of Houston - and all of SE Texas - has had a tough week, so this will boost morale a bit.
 
Further prediction:  "baseball-wise", acquiring Verlander will prove to have been a wise move for both this season and the two more that remain on his contract.
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