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  1. Did Koufax take a lot of heat for retiring after a season where he won 27 games? Thinking about Andrew Luck and the negative comments from his early retirement.
  2. My point was that when Kevin Mitchell was this young he may have been in shape but he was three levels below the majors. Maybe Soto gets lazy and fat. But his performance is massively better at the same ages, and for all we know he could be an MVP with six more years of growth as a hitter and around the waistline. Mitchell is a weird comp for Soto. Everyone who was as good as Soto at this age ended up with a long, successful career. The washouts and injuries and lazy guys on this list are like Vada Pinson, who I always have to go check if he's in the Hall or not. Is there some reason to think Soto is going to get fat and lazy?
  3. I'm sure there are many, but it's all different now with expanded playoffs. Kershaw has pitched in 32 postseason games, 158 innings. HOFer Early Wynn pitched in four games, 20 innings, 4.95 ERA. Robin Roberts started one postseason game in his career. Phil Niekro pitched over 5400 innings, and allowed 11 runs in 14 postseason innings. Fergie Jenkins never pitched a postseason game. Bob Feller was 0-2, 5.02 in the postseason. In two starts. Hal Newhouser had a 6.53 ERA in his four postseason appearances. Gaylord Perry had a 6.14 ERA in his two postseason games. Hoyt Wilhelm pitched 1072 major league games, two in the postseason. CC Sabathia has roughly twice as many postseason starts as Mike Cuellar or Dave McNally.
  4. When Kevin Mitchell was Juan Soto's age he was playing for the Lynchburg Mets in the Carolina League. It would be five years before he reached Soto's MLB experience. Soto is about dead even with Mickey Mantle in playing time and value through age 20.
  5. That kind of thing became rare after the 1964 Phillies collapse. Gene Mauch started Jim Bunning nine times in September, including three times on two days rest On September 16th he started on two days rest after throwing a 10-inning complete game. Going into September Bunning was 14-4, 2.17. In September he was 4-4, 4.68, and 0-3 on two days rest. On September 17th the Phils were 6.5 games up in the standings. They lost 12 of their next 13, mostly with Bunning on short or very short rest, and ended up in 2nd place.
  6. Yes. Payroll as a percentage of revenues has gone down recently. So it's safe to assume more profits.
  7. By my count 27 different teams have won 90+ games in a season since 2010. I think the only teams without a 90-win season in the past decade are Seattle, Miami, and the White Sox. And the Mariners have won 85-89 three of the last six years. So despite some obvious tanking and rebuilding there's nothing quite like the 1990s-2010 Pirates, Orioles and Royals. Or the 1920-50 Phillies, A's, Browns, Braves and Senators. And the Rays, with no discernable fan base and maybe the lowest revenues in the league, have made the playoffs five times since 2008 and have the same number of seasons under 70 wins as the Red Sox.
  8. Here's the rationale from when the '01-02 Orioles history was removed from the Yanks on bb-ref.
  9. There's some truth there, but the Orioles really disbanded after 1902. In mid-season John McGraw left the team and took most of the players with him. Wilbert Robinson was left with a pieced-together squad of donated players to finish out the schedule. It's probably a little more accurate to say the 1903 Yanks were like an expansion team, more than a continuation of the Orioles. A few years ago Baseball Reference stopped including the 1901-02 Orioles in the Yanks' history.
  10. When they were setting all this up pitchers hit almost as well as everyone else. Guy Hecker won a batting title as a pitcher in 1886. Today it's a massive stretch to say the NL has nine players hitting. You have eight major league hitters and a guy who swings like he's your 56-year-old half-drunk Uncle Charlie. It's not real baseball when you intentionally walk Cesar Izturis to get to an even worse hitter to auto-kill the rally.
  11. Why? I liked it better when there were more differences between leagues, when they had totally different league offices, totally different umpiring crews, even different baseballs. There were a few years in the early 20th century where foul balls were strikes in the AL but not in the NL (or was it vice versa?). I think trying different things in each league is a great idea. If you like it, maybe expand to both leagues. If not, do away with it. Or we could just let the NL be the league that hasn't changed a single rule since 1904, and try to sell that as a feature. While the AL can exist in 2020. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
  12. They will have had a more successful postseason. Not a more successful season.
  13. Imagine how much quicker it would have been if not for the O's siphoning off all those MASN dollars. Angelos for the win!
  14. Not a fan of watching the #8 batter constantly be intentionally walked so that the pitcher can strike out with men on first and third and two outs. Also not a fan of using up your entire short bench doing double switches to try to avoid having an .090 hitter come up in the late innings of close games. I'm sure I could grow to hate Philly and Mets and Nats fans as much as I dislike Red Sox and Yanks fans. I guess I could live with it. But I'd rather just do away with divisions, or even better form 3-4 geographically aligned leagues. In the latter we'd just combine the AL and NL East and that's a league and our entire regular season schedule is with those teams.
  15. But if not for the Nats the Orioles payroll might have been $175M, which... doing the math... works out to 58 wins. The @#*$@#$( Nats cost us a #@$*( 58-win season, those @#$#$%$ers!!!
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