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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:40 am

I know, it's crazy!

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:38 pm

Dominic Leone made his debut as the closer today and pitched a scoreless 9th, fanning two. Apparently Mike Matheny is giving Leone a shot at being the opening day closer.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:33 am

He was excellent last year in the 6/7/8th, but would certainly be a jump up for him. In 2015 he had an ERA of 8.40, and in 2016 an ERA of 6.33 before being put on waivers by the Diamondbacks. However, that his bookended by the 2014 and 2017 seasons where he had an ERA in the low to mid 2s. Obviously he has the stuff to do it and hopefully it works out for him.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:48 pm

Spring training.  Gotta love it.

Today the MLB Network was showing the Cardinals/Orioles game.  I stopped watching after 5 innings when it was 8-1 Orioles.  I just checked and the Cards ended up winning 10-9 because of guys I've never heard of. One guy hit two homers in the same inning.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:09 am

Yeah, there are so many guys you've never heard of! It's like they find people off the street or something.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:22 pm

Wow, this is a long name.


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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:05 pm

That guy has to be Lithuanian or something.  Croatian maybe, that part of the world.

EDIT: I was right. Lithuanian.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:03 am

I can't imagine there are that many people from Lithuania who play baseball.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:06 am

There aren't that many people IN Lithuania.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:07 am

Laughing

I'm not too familiar with the country.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:08 am

Wow. Hot Stove is talking about LHP Jonny Venters who is trying to come back to the mound after not one, not two but THREE Tommy John surgeries since 2012. He also had a "tuneup" TJ surgery thrown in there. So that's 3.5 TJ surgeries in the last 5 years.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:10 am

I've never heard of him. I've heard of a few pictures coming back after two Tommy John surgery's, but I don't think I've heard of one coming back after three.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:11 am

He's in camp with Tampa Bay. You have to pull for a guy like that. I can't imagine the mental fortitude it takes to keep doing the rehab after that many surgeries. Not to mention the physical pain.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:40 am

Yeah, it's got to be discouraging having to go through with that many times.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:26 am

This is pretty funny.

Hot Stove is talking to Michael Fulmer of the Tigers.  Apparently the first day of spring training manager Ron Gardenhire told everyone that he hadn't memorized everyone's names yet so if he called you "Buddy" it meant you were a person whose name he couldn't remember.

So the team got together and this was the result:


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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:31 am

Must be a pretty relaxed group.

Gardenhire is a good manager. He managed the Twins for quite a few years.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:38 am

The Jays seem to have their starting lineup for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) going against the Twins today. There is not a single player or pitcher starting or on the bench lineup today.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:43 am

There are still a lot of unsigned free agents, some pretty good ones too.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018-mlb-free-agent-tracker/status-0

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:47 am

What a coincidence.  Hot Stove just ran a "Star Wars"-like crawl of all the names.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:39 am

What does a "Star Wars"-like crawl mean?

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:08 pm

you know how the opening credits start with big letters at the bottom of the screen and scroll upwards getting smaller as they go...

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:15 pm

Carlos Martinez is missing his scheduled start today against the Bosox for "personal reasons".  I don't like the sound of that.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:32 pm

tohostudios wrote:
you know how the opening credits start with big letters at the bottom of the screen and scroll upwards getting smaller as they go...

Ahhh...

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:34 pm

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Carlos Martinez is missing his scheduled start today against the Bosox for "personal reasons".  I don't like the sound of that.

It's better than "shoulder inflammation", from a strictly baseball perspective.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:08 pm

Like the Jays the Cardinals are starting most of their regulars today but so far they're getting smoked by the Red Sox 6-0

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:19 pm

The Cards have their regulars in today?

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:27 pm

Mostly.  I misread your comment about the Jays; the Jays are using their minor league starters.

This is interesting.  Boston is playing Tate Matheny today, son of Cardinal manager Mike Matheny.


6-3 now.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:00 pm

I didn't know he had a son in baseball.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:46 am

What do you think of the DeJong extension?

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:07 pm

More Cardinal impetuous contract extensions. Just like Wong, just like Piscotty. Based on less than a full year in the majors. But I guess they figure that if he repeats those numbers this year then the price would be even higher. But I still don't like it. I would have preferred they wait and see how he's doing by say, July. Then if he's still hitting like he did last year, OK.

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