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  1. Frobby

    Help me understand?

    I see that Daniel Hudson also got 1/$7 mm.
  2. They only changed it when Tom Dempsey kicked a field goal from his own 37 yard line. But yeah, collisions with the base were not unusual, plus it sort of served as an extra blocker. NFL, go screw yourself.
  3. I guess you’re too young to remember when the goalposts were at the front of the end zone. Or when a jump shot from 24 feet was only worth 2 points.
  4. PS read this good article, full of FACTS about time of games and pace of play. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bleedcubbieblue.com/platform/amp/2021/4/5/22367871/mlb-pace-of-play-problem-getting-worse
  5. Sorry Philip, you’re just wrong in thinking that pace of play and length of games aren’t problems. There’s a large segment of the potential fan base that think they are, and that’s enough. And I’m not disagreeing that lack of action during play is also a problem. We could argue over which is the biggest problem, but they’re all big enough where efforts should be made to solve them. By the way, when there’s one Mike Hargrove, it’s not a problem. When every hitter acts that way, yes it is a big problem.
  6. I’m just not convinced either player will live up to his contract over the full period. But in the next 2-3 years they both may. Not sure if Texas has enough around them to go from 60 wins to a playoff team in that time frame, though I haven’t really studied their situation.
  7. They’ll be sorry — eventually. Unless the whole salary structure blows up.
  8. So, I didn’t know much about this player so I looked him up. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player whose defensive metrics diverge so much. Rdrs (which feeds into rWAR) rated him +10 and Rtot had him at +13, both of which are excellent. UZR, which feeds into fWAR, has him at +1.2, solid but nothing special. But then OAA has him at -7, in the 4th percentile. That’s absolutely terrible. So what are we to make of the guy? I gather that Philip thinks he’s a plus defender. One thing we know for sure, he’s a .670 OPS career hitter in 1523 at bats. And that stinks. I’d pr
  9. 07 JWR: I love baseball and don’t want to be THAT guy but still think that 3 1/2 hour baseball games suck. I analogize it to movies, where I have a strong preference for movies in the 2 hour range. Does my analogy work for you? 1:08 Kevin Goldstein: I get it. I’m fine with a 3.5 hour game if it’s 11-10 and full of drama. It’s the 4-2 3.5 hour game that’s a problem. Honestly, I think a pitch clock fixes everything in terms of game pace. I was at the biggest mess of an AFL game a couple of weeks ago. 20+ runs, tons of errors, walks all over the place, multiple mid-inning pitchin
  10. Talk about a survivor - Alou has been working for the O’s in the Dominican since 2008.
  11. Fits in the category of “any publicity is good publicity.” Even false publicity in this case. Everyone knows what Kool-Aid is.
  12. The main reason WAR exists is to balance offense and defense in a scientific way rather than just making broad statements that one is more important than the other. But your point is correct. Even a bad major league fielder makes almost all the routine plays, so the run impact of a good fielder vs. a bad one is not as big as the impact of a good hitter vs. a bad one. There are only about 5-6 plays a game where the skill of the fielder really comes into play, but the skill of the batter matters in every at bat.
  13. I agree that the inaccuracy doesn’t affect your argument that hitting is hard. I just couldn’t let it stand though. I couldn’t let Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Nap Lajoie, George Sisler and Shoeless Joe Jackson roll over in their graves, among others. Even Ted himself wouldn’t like to get credit that wasn’t due. I think your views on what needs to be fixed are somewhat chauvinistic. E.g., you don’t mind watching a baseball game that takes 3.5 hours to play, so to you that’s not something that needs to be fixed. Well, there are literally millions of people who don’t watch because
  14. Oh, it’s going to bite them big time I think. And maybe sooner than you think. However, they have a young team with a low payroll and negligible long term commitments before these two deals.
  15. I think the batters are equally to blame, maybe more so. Everyone’s Mike Hargrove now, stepping out after every pitch, fiddling with their batting gloves, etc. I once proposed having them wear shock collars that go off if they step outside the box during an at bat, but the union didn’t like my idea.
  16. Well, I want those things too. But I also want fewer strikeouts. It’s very hard to accomplish that though. I don’t see a solution other than moving the mound back, which I can’t say I like either.
  17. There’s so much I could say in response to your long post, but I couldn’t let this misstatement of baseball history get buried. Ted Williams was the last .400 hitter, but his .406 was not the highest in baseball history. Depending on who you are including (e.g., Negro Leagues) and when you are starting (pre- or post-1900), there are any number of players who hit higher than .406. BB-ref now ranks Williams at 42nd on the all time list, and even if you stripped out the Negro Leagues and pre-1900 players, you’d have at least 7 seasons where someone outhit .406. https://www.baseba
  18. They show replays of about half the pitches these days, even those that don’t result in an out or a hit. I don’t find those less boring than watching a home run replay. What I’d like is for there to be an insufficient amount of time between pitches to even consider showing a replay. And sure, a great defensive play is more inherently interesting to watch than a home run. The more strikeouts there are, the less opportunity there is to see a great defensive play, or a bad one.
  19. I thought you were over it already. 😎 I think the impending contract dispute is really accelerating the moves for a lot of teams. I can’t ever remember this many significant deals happening before the winter meetings. Seems like a lot of teams want their key pieces in place before the music stops. And heavy emphasis on the pitchers. As to Gausman vs. Ray, I’d probably go with the latter because of what he was able to do in the AL East.
  20. Well, the article wasn’t really about command, it was about Bautista and Gillaspie. But issues about how to address Bautista’s command did come up. It’s ludicrous for anyone to think that any professional baseball team does not have programs in place to work on command. Of course they do.
  21. Oh, I can think of a few dozen things more boring. Looking at sideline shots of a football coach talking on his headset. Teams that are hopelessly behind in a basketball game committing fouls in the hope the other team will miss their foul shots. Watching football referees watch a replay. I could go on. Given that the average baseball game only has 2-3 home runs total between the two teams, I can tolerate the replays of those while we’re awaiting the next batter. I’d just like to see fewer strikeouts. The increase is driven by higher velocity/frequent pitching changes
  22. You might be able to buy an NL East division title right now. Looks like he intends to find out.
  23. Federal estate taxes (paid by the estate) apply in all 50 states. Currently only apply to estates over $11.7 mm. Only 6 states have an inheritance tax (paid by the recipient), while 12 states plus DC have an estate tax (paid from the estate). Only Maryland has both. The Maryland estate tax applies to estates of more than $5 mm. The inheritance tax only applies to certain recipients, and excludes spouses, children, parents, siblings and grandparents/grandchildren, plus charities. So, it’s not much of a factor for most people.
  24. Nobody said it had to do with velocity. SG was saying maybe they should have a program addressing command, not just a program dealing with velocity. So, I was pointing out that Holt already had answered some questions about command training. Two articles, both stemming from the same interview.
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