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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:42 pm

Yeah it's on MLB Network too. I'm not watching; too depressing.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:53 pm

I'm kind of listening to it while I am working.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:43 pm

Now they're saying Martinez is asking for 7yrs/$210M.

Seriously? I mean he's a good player and any team would benefit by signing him but $30M per year for 7 years? Nobody is worth that; not even Bryce Harper or Mike Trout. Boar-ass is just trying to set the table for Harper's free agency next year. Good luck with that.

And Martinez is 30 years old. Gimme a break. Statistically he has 1 or 2 more years of really good production left and then it's all downhill. Look at what happened to Pujols.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:55 pm

Max Scherzer wins the NL Cy Young. It's his third one.

Instant HoFer?

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:00 pm

I say he'll be there for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:05 pm

I would hope so. Not only is it his third one but he's won one in each league.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:26 am

Maybe not first ballot, because it depends how many others "worthy" are on it. You never know the way that balloting works, sometimes it's just ridiculous. And there are some egregious omissions. Either way, he definitely deserves it.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:53 pm

If Altuve wins the AL MVP award tonight it will be the first time a player has won both a World Series AND an MVP award since Willie Hernandez in 1984 (thanks to MLB Now for that tidbit).

EDIT: Altuve won. Good for him; I like him.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:23 am

I like him too. And he deserved it.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:47 pm

They released the list for the HoF balloting. There are a lot of first-time-eligible players on it. Here is the list of first timers.

Chris Carpenter
Johnny Damon
Livan Hernandez
Orlando Hudson
Aubrey Huff
Jason Isringhausen
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
Carlos Lee
Brad Lidge
Hideki Matsui
Kevin Millwood
Jamie Moyer
Scott Rolen
Johan Santana
Jim Thome
Omar Vizquel
Kerry Wood
Carlos Zambrano

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:02 pm

Chipper Jones and Jim Thome are shoo-ins

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:47 pm

Those are the only two I would say really stand out. They had long and consistently solid careers.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:13 pm

The various MLB Network shows had discussions about the rest of the ballot all day. The bottom line was that you could make a case for or against just about everyone else on that list.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:11 am

I don't think you can make a reasonable case for several of them on the list. Some are reasonable players, but definitely not worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:37 pm

Wow, MLB came down really hard on the Braves. They lose 13 prospects, who now become free agents.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21506598/ex-atlanta-braves-gm-john-coppolella-placed-mlb-banned-list-team-loses-top-prospect

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:55 pm

I saw that.  Their violations must have been pretty egregious.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:31 pm

No kidding. And the former GM is banned for life!

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:33 pm

hahahaha.

 https://www.yahoo.com/sports/wisconsin-bar-offers-free-beer-packers-score-really-regrets-shutout-170227226.html

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:57 pm

Ooops!

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:42 pm

This has got to be the slowest off-season ever.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:00 pm

Very. The were just talking about that on MLB Now. They think one reason is that there are a lot of teams who need a first baseman and there are a lot of mid-level first basemen who are either free agents or trade bait so no one wants to make the first move. Plus anyone in the Giancarlo Stanton Derby also doesn't want to make any other deals until they find out if they have to pay him.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:26 am

I hadn't heard of the mid-level first baseman theory. I think the best one available is Eric Hosmer, and he's a free agent.

I don't know that there are that many teams in the Stanton Derby, maybe only a handful can afford him. That contract will be an albatross near the end of it.

I think some people are waiting for the Otani Sweepstakes result.


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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:11 pm

There's just a lot of waiting going on period. Everyone just waiting for the first domino to fall.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:58 pm

That's no excuse for teams to have not done their homework.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:02 pm

Everybody is just afraid of overpaying.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:08 pm

Probably that too.
I'm not even sure what a good signing our trade for the Jays would be right now. I'd love to see them get someone like Ohtani, and he'd be a great fit. On the other hand, I'd love to see them trade a few guys for a pack of bandages or something.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:34 pm

So, our teams made a trade. I'd heard of Aledmys Diaz before, but I'm not too familiar with them. All I know is that he was an All-Star in his 2016 rookie year, but got sent down last season. I think it's a good trade for the Jays because I've never even heard of the prospect that they sent to the Cards, and he's got to hit better than the backups they used last season.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:51 pm

The emergence of Paul DeJong last season made Diaz expendable.  Plus I don't know what happened to his hitting this year but he was really bad.  In 2016 he hit around .280 with around 20 homers.  His defense is suspect at times too.  He'll make some spectacular plays then turn around and boot a routine grounder.

I just looked it up. He actually hit .300 with 17 HR and 65 RBI in 404 AB in 2016. Those are some good numbers in less than a full season. Last year in about half the at bats he already had 2/3 as many strikeouts as he did in all of 2016

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:56 pm

I read that he had some flexibility and could play a few positions. At least they were having him work on it in AAA or something. The Jays need versatility. And he can't hit any worse than the two guys we used this season. The one guy we've had for 5 seasons and he has a career OPS of .611.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:57 pm

yeah he could see the writing on the wall and asked the coaches to help him learn to play third.

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