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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/01 10:19:36 (permalink)
^^^
 
Well, sure enough.
 
Even though J.V., as he (& Kate) would have preferred L.A. or Chicago, had vetoed the trade, he finally agreed to Houston.
 
If Houston had been willing to take Jordan Zimmerman's contract I'm sure the tigers would have thrown him into the deal, too.  "No charge".
 
It appears that the Ilitch heirs are staging an estate sale to preserve their net worth and I can't really blame them as the old man had been buying baseball cards without reading the back to check on dates of birth. 
 
Too bad for Detroit that they couldn't have started earlier because the White Sox were able to net a far larger "haul" for Sale, Quintana, Eaton, and Frazier than the Tigers got for J.D. Martinez, Avila, J.V., and J. Upton.  And they are itching to give Kinsler away, but there is no immediate market for him after the Angels got "That Dude".
 
Now, what to do about Miggie who is finally showing his age with $250 MM left on his contract? 
 
At the beginning of the season, and before his dramatic decline, I'm sure that the BoSox would have eaten most of that, thinking that he could be 'Big Papi II".  No more thoughts of that. 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/01 13:41:11 (permalink)
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Now, what to do about Miggie who is finally showing his age with $250 MM left on his contract? 

Looks like the price of a Little Caesar's pizza is going up...
 
Until the Brewers picked up Neil Walker there were some murmurings that Kinsler could possibly find his way to Milwaukee, but obviously nothing ever materialized.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/05 09:47:35 (permalink)
Just wondering ...
 
After hitting #53 last night it looks like Giancarlo Stanton has a good chance of hitting 60+ in 154 games and 62+ in 162..
 
If so, will he then be acclaimed as the asterisk-free, P.E.D.-free record holder for HR's in a single season?
 
And when will the Giants trade for him and assume that contract? 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/09 00:14:31 (permalink)
When I was growing up and trying without much success to hit a baseball, when The Sporting News arrived each week I'd invariably scan the statistics pages and be drawn to those players who were similarly challenged.
 
RIP, Gene Michael.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/14 11:23:57 (permalink)
About to reach 100+ RBI for the 14th. time, Albert Pujols is having a historic season.
 
Unfortunately, it is not "good" history; he is about to top this list.
 
Presently, even though he has driven in 94 runs, he has scored only 48.  His OPS is a measly .683 (a miniscule OBP of .290 + an anemic .393 'slugging').  Yet, "The Machine" is still driving in runs.   Amazing!
 
But even more amazing is that the Angels are paying him $26,000,000.00 for this and will still owe him an additional $114,000,000.00 for continued "service" as a DH with a negative offensive WAR!  After the Angels are done enduring that, they will owe him an additional $100,000,00.00 for "personal services".
 
Next season I can see him as an attendance draw to see his 3000th. hit and his 2000th., RBI.  And, during that he will doubtlessly pad the record he already holds for GIDP's, the only 'stat' that he is leading the league in this season.  As 700 HR is beyond his reach I can only hope that he hangs it up before his lifetime BA dips below .300.  It's sad to see him in such decline.
 
 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/14 19:11:43 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, it is not "good" history; he is about to top this list.

Did you spend many of your childhood summer days sitting in the Forbes Field bleachers and exhorting the great Lou Bierbauer?
 
That's actually a pretty interesting list but I can't see Pujols' 2017 being worse than Tony Armas' 1983, especially with Pujols likely to finish with fewer than 100 Ks while Armas racked up 131.
 
From the old to the young: the oft-touted and oft-disappointing Avisail Garcia posted this line today and at .333 trails only Jose Altuve in the AL batting race:  5 2 5 7.  As a White Sox fan I hope his 2017 is a portent and not an aberration.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/15 11:02:44 (permalink)
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Unfortunately, it is not "good" history; he is about to top this list.

Did you spend many of your childhood summer days sitting in the Forbes Field bleachers and exhorting the great Lou Bierbauer?

 
He played in Exposition Park, the Pirates' home field prior to the Fabulous Forbes.  So, he was a little before my time.
 
ScreamingChicken 
That's actually a pretty interesting list but I can't see Pujols' 2017 being worse than Tony Armas' 1983, especially with Pujols likely to finish with fewer than 100 Ks while Armas racked up 131.

 
Actually, Pujols' 2017 OPS and OPS+ are both lower than Armas' 1983.  And I'm sure that Scioscia would gladly exchange a few more K's for fewer GIDP's.
 
And, the plantar-fasciitis-afflicted Pujols will certainly set the record for fewest runs scored while knocking in 100 or more.  Presently, he only has 49.  There's a reason why they don't bat Trout third; hitting right ahead of Pujols he'd never see a strike!
 
Pujols seems to have surgery and rehab every off-season.  Maybe he should change surgeons and trainers.  I'd love to see him return to being "The Machine", but I don't think that's in the cards.  Watching him play now is like watching an eagle try to fly with a broken wing. 
 
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From the old to the young: the oft-touted and oft-disappointing Avisail Garcia posted this line today and at .333 trails only Jose Altuve in the AL batting race:  5 2 5 7.  As a White Sox fan I hope his 2017 is a portent and not an aberration.



It's nice to see "mini-Miggie" finally perform up to his potential.  I hope that he, like Nellie Cruz & Justin Smoak, is simply a late bloomer.  The (baseball) future is bright on the South Side.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/16 11:16:42 (permalink)
The other night on the MLB Channel I watched the Indians win their AL record-setting 22nd. game in a row.  During it Jim Kaat mentioned that 2017 has seen a record number of players in MLB hit 20 or more HR.
 
That got me musing (it doesn't take much!) about my all-time favorite team, the World Champion 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates.  Mentally sifting through their roster I could recall only one player that had hit as many as 20 HR that season, Dick Stuart.  I checked and sure enough; the man who would be latter earn the nickname of Dr. Strangeglove from the Boston sportswriters, hit 23.
 
In further musing I realized that the 1960 Series was very much like the 2016 election.  (Don't panic, this is not in any way partisan or political; I'm just going to show the similarity between two 'All-American' institutions:  the world Series and the Electoral College).
 
Before both contests there was pretty much unanimous agreement about who was destined to win.  But nevertheless, the contest had to be held before a victor could stand.
 
All partisans knew and agreed upon the rules: first team to win 4 games is World Champ; first candidate to win 270 Electoral Votes is President-elect.
 
Game one - the Pirates nip the Yanks 6-4 in a must-win home game.  Think Ohio.
Game two - the Yanks bury the Pirates 16-3.  Think New York.
Game three - the Yanks slap the Pirates 10-0.  Think Illinois.
Game Four - the Pirates squeak by the Yanks 3-2 in a must-win.  Think Florida.
Game five - the Pirates hang on 5-2 at Yankee Stadium.  Think Georgia and North Carolina.
Game six - the Yankees devastate the Pirates 12-0.  Think California.
Game seven - the Bucss beat the Bronx Bombers 10-9 on a walk-off.  Think Pennsylvania.
 
Yes, it was quite the upset.  And, it was especially remarkable in that the Pirates had scored a total of only 27 runs in the Series to the Yanks' record-setting 55.  But nary a person, not even in New York, thought the Yankees "had really won".
 
In the aftermath blame had to be assigned and Casey Stengel, who had just turned 70, was fired by the Yankees - a team for whom he had won two championships as a player and seven as a manager. 
 
But sadly, Mr. Stengel did not retire.  As a result, today he is remembered more for his clownish stint with the newly-formed Mets than he is for his magnificent career with the Yankees.  That is sad.  In any case, he died a wealthy man.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/16 19:29:59 (permalink)
Casey certainly is fondly remembered by Yankee fans.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/16 20:09:30 (permalink)
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Casey certainly is fondly remembered by Yankee fans.

 
I just hated to see him go out that way.
 
Webb and Topping should have paid him a 'retirement bonus' of $500K to say he had retired and pensioned him as a 'consultant'.  That would have been the 'classy' move.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/19 20:44:10 (permalink)
I'm hoping the Rockies can hold off the Brewers for the 2nd wild card spot. I want both to go as I'm from wisconsin and now live in Colorado
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/09/27 16:29:02 (permalink)
Congratulations to Albert Pujols for reaching the 100 RBI mark a MLB record-tying (with A-Roid) fourteenth time.  In addition he has also had two other seasons with 95 and 99.
 
The oddity with this year is that he has reached this mark with an anemic slugging average of .389 (with only 15 doubles and 23 HR) and a below-league-average OPS+ of 82 - by far the lowest marks of his HoF career. 
 
The only ting he leads the league in is GIDP's - for which you don't get an RBI even if a run results.
 
EDIT:  
 
To show how "remarkable" (or fluky) Pujols' driving in 100 runs while producing an otherwise anemic batting line, compare his season to Joey Votto's.
 
So far, Votto has 70 more plate appearances than Pujols and is batting .319, has an OBP of .454, and is slugging .576.  He has 15 more doubles and 13 more HR, an OPS of1.031 and an OPS+ of 169 - more than double Pujols.  Yet, in this HoF-worthy season, Votto has driven in one fewer runs. 
 
Remarkable!  
Congratulations, Albert. 
I hope you off-season surgery is successful this time! 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/04 10:40:19 (permalink)
Nothing against the Twinkies, but what a relief that the Yanks' bats and bullpen pulled out that one-gamer last night.
 
No offense, but what baseball fan outside of Minnesota (and perhaps northeast Ohio) would want to see the deadline-selling Twins get devastated by the Tribe?  Ick!
 
Love 'em or despise 'em, nothing says October like Pinstripes and the Big Ballpark.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/04 14:31:29 (permalink)
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Nothing against the Twinkies, but what a relief that the Yanks' bats and bullpen pulled out that one-gamer last night.
 
No offense, but what baseball fan outside of Minnesota (and perhaps northeast Ohio) would want to see the deadline-selling Twins get devastated by the Tribe?  Ick!
 
Love 'em or despise 'em, nothing says October like Pinstripes and the Big Ballpark.


YES YES YES!!!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/04 14:36:39 (permalink)
...and since we're congratulating players here, how about a few cheers for the best rookie, Aaron Judge,who broke the major league home run record for a rookie with 52,and helped win last night's wild card game with another one. By the way according to MLB, his Yankee shirt(# 99) is the #1 best selling player shirt in baseball. I believe it, because I can't find one. A quiet unassuming young man,a giant of a man in many ways(6' 7'' and 285 lbs)
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/04 18:30:32 (permalink)
Maybe they are a year and a ground-ball inducing starter away, but the Yankees have the makings of yet another "dynasty" - especially if Gleyber Torres and Cliff Frazier come along as expected and Bird keeps it together.
 
If I were Cashman I wouldn't even think of signing Harper or Machado.  Harper especially is fragile and tempermental.  Keep building a team.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/05 04:40:28 (permalink)
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Maybe they are a year and a ground-ball inducing starter away, but the Yankees have the makings of yet another "dynasty" - especially if Gleyber Torres and Cliff Frazier come along as expected and Bird keeps it together.
 
If I were Cashman I wouldn't even think of signing Harper or Machado.  Harper especially is fragile and tempermental.  Keep building a team.


Exactly!!!
 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/05 19:32:05 (permalink)
Stick a fork into the BoSox. 
The Sale bullet is spent and it ain't going to get to a Game 5. 
They are seriously out-gunned.
 
Prescription for next year: sign J.D. Martinez as a DH, put Hanley back on first, and pray that Price comes back strong.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/09 10:43:40 (permalink)
Accountability...
 
Just to review the bidding ...
 
In post #24 above, I picked 5 of the 6 Division Champs. 
 
But what was I thinking with the Mets, Rangers, Tigers, and Giants?
 
The Rangers were a real disappointment with Dyson suffering a nervous breakdown, Darvish being traded, Beltre missing half the season, Lucroy forgetting both how to hit and frame, and Napoli, Odor, and Gallo all batting around the Mendoza Line.  At least Gallo hit 41 HR, some of which were quite prodigious.  I won't be picking them next year either; they'll really suck.
 
Even though my two WS picks (Cubs & BoSox) are still alive, I can't see either of them making it at this point. 
 
Presently, I'll pick the Nats over the Tribe in 6.
 
 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/10 13:55:12 (permalink)
I lived my entire life in LA as a dodgers fan. I saw many of their most famous games live. I left a wedding in 1988 to go sit in the car for a few minutes and catch the score, just in time to listen to Vin Scully call Kirk gibbon's monumental home run.
A few years later I stopped going to the games. They never saw a chance at the Series after that. I think they were mad at me for not going to any more games. 
This year I moved to Boise, Idaho. The Dodgers are having a monumental year. They just swept the NLDS and are on the way to their first Series since 1988. It is happening when I am a thousand miles away. 
Coincidence? I think not. It's their message to me. 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/10 13:55:31 (permalink)
I lived my entire life in LA as a Dodgers fan. I saw many of their most famous games live. Some I saw from the dugout seats. I left a wedding in October 1988 to go sit in the car for a few minutes and catch the score, just in time to listen to Vin Scully call Kirk Gibson's monumental home run.
A few years later I stopped going to the games. They never saw a chance at the Series after that. I think they were mad at me for not going to any more games. 
This year I moved to Boise, Idaho. The Dodgers are having a monumental year. They just swept the NLDS and are on the way to their first Series since 1988. It is happening when I am a thousand miles away. 
Coincidence? I think not. It's their message to me. 
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/12 00:38:47 (permalink)
YANKEES:WHAT A RUN....ON TO THE A.L.CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. DON'T EVER SELL THESE GUYS SHORT!!!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/12 09:31:16 (permalink)
Yes, congratulations to Joe Giradi and his Yankees.
 
The Steinbrenner family should give Giradi a "stress bonus" for having to deal with that merciless NYC sports media!  He's a class act and the Yanks are lucky to have him.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/12 09:58:16 (permalink)
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Yes, congratulations to Joe Giradi and his Yankees.
 
The Steinbrenner family should give Giradi a "stress bonus" for having to deal with that merciless NYC sports media!  He's a class act and the Yanks are lucky to have him.


100% in agreement. And what I said above, it may be a cliche, but that team of kids and some seasoned veterans really think of themselves as family..and it starts with Girardi. He can get very emotional. With the press coverage about his missed call the other night, the players rallied around him.The pinstripe empire is in good hands and good shape  ,no matter what happens in the ALCS!
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/12 10:57:04 (permalink)
I'm tired of Cleveland whining that they haven't had a World Series winner since 1948.  What about Washington, D.C.?  That city (first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League) hasn't won a World Series since 1924 and hasn't even been in one since 1933!
 
And worse, puny little Minneapolis stole their franchise, history, and a team that would win two Series and appear in several more after Griffith blew town.
 
The 1961 expansion team MLB gave Washington as a sop was doomed from the beginning as the "city fathers" decided that the new D.C. Memorial Stadium (later, RFK) should be located in (ahem) an area "prone to urban strife" as a "renewal" project.  Let's just say that not many folk from Potomac or McLean were willing to make the short drive and park their Benz' there to enjoy a night game.  So, trucking magnate Bob Short trucked them to the Metroplex where they still play outdoors in the withering summer heat.
 
Finally, Washington - surrounded by 5 of the 7 wealthiest counties in America and with a Metro population of 5.7 million - narrowly beat out San Juan, Puerto Rico and Monterey, Mexico to receive the failing Montreal Expos in 2005.
 
And as I feared, the "city fathers" again made the new ballpark an "urban renewal" project where they have just enjoyed their best attendance to date, finishing 7th. among the 15 NL teams.  (Had the new park been built across the Potomac in Arlington or Alexandria, they'd be right up there with the Dodgers and Cubs.  When we lived in Arlington and McLean there was good reason for the Potomac being called "our moat!").
 
In any case, the Nats should possess the history and records of the original Senators.  Really, how many high schools in Minneapolis are named after Walter Johnson?
 
Good luck tonight, Nats.  Washington is due.
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Re: Baseball 2017 2017/10/13 18:45:11 (permalink)
No joy in The Swamp, as Mighty Bryce did strike out ...
 

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