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  1. Does MLB really care that much about the exemption? What is it buying them? No other sport has one, and they seem to get along okay.
  2. What I'm stating is why the Red Sox would trade him. Which is exactly what you asked. They want to trade him because they a) don't want him to walk for a comp pick and b) don't want to resign him. Trading Betts in no way means they're giving up on the season. They'd free up $20M+ in budget or luxury tax space, and could replace him and others with players who could make up the difference. The Nats replaced Harper with mostly in-house options and got better.
  3. Betts will sign his last arb-eligible contract this winter, probably for over $20M. His established value is super high, like 7-8 wins a year. Let's say he's worth $56M for 2020, but will be paid $25M. So a surplus value of $30M or so for this one year. I think the Sox could get a pretty fair package of prospects for that. Manny's value halfway through his last contract year was quite a bit less than that.
  4. Because they don't want to pay $30M or $40M a year for his 30s. That's my guess. He'll be asking for a contract in the same range as Machado and Stanton and Harper, and he might be better than all of them, although older. The Red Sox aren't stupid, they see how many contracts like that end up. Betts is better off than a typical free agent, in that he just turned 27. He should have 5, 6, 8 good years left. But you never quite know. And teams can do a lot with $30M+ a year.
  5. I'd be upset that the Orioles are using pitchers with no concept of the strike zone in the late innings of a close game. Not at the rules.
  6. That should be the penalty for swapping pitchers. The new one has to take a batter or two to figure out the slight nuances of the game mound.
  7. Didn't the Mets have baseball day that they had to forfeit, or almost forfeit, sometime in the last 10, maybe 15 years? Balls thrown everywhere. Last time that will happen. (I might be thinking of the Dodgers, and it was 1995).
  8. And it was a bus trip with Dad's work, so I'm sure we didn't get home until between 1 and 2am. I was eight, so yea, well past my bedtime. I think somewhere I still have the felt pennant he bought me that night. And I definitely have the program. We sat in the yellow mezzanine seats on the third base side.
  9. I was lucky that my Dad bought a program and wrote down the lineups and made a note that the game had the highest regular season Oriole attendance ever up to that date. So thanks to bb-ref it was pretty easy to track down.
  10. Doc Cramer got HOF votes in five different years for an 8-win career. He did end up with 2705 hits, which I'm guessing is some kind of all time record with 338 hits per win. Walt Dropo, who had 144 RBI as a rookie, got a few votes on the '67 ballot. 84% of his career value of 3.1 wins was in his rookie season. Willie Montanez (1.7 win career) appeared on the ballot in '88 but didn't get any votes. Same with Ed Kranepool (4.4 wins) in '85.
  11. I was in the stands at Memorial Stadium for Mussina's 1st MLB win. The first game I saw in person involved Carl Yastrzemski and Don Stanhouse. I think @El Gordo was there when Matt Kilroy struck out his 500th batter of the 1886 season.
  12. 11 "years" in the majors, with three of them where he appeared in 20 games or less. Did have a nearly 5-win season in 1968. About 50% of Brian Roberts' career. 14 wins in total. I wonder what the lowest WAR total is for someone who appeared on a HOF ballot, or got a HOF vote? There has to be someone under replacement.
  13. Players who have appeared on at least one Hall of Fame ballot include Al Hrabosky, Grant Jackson, Lynn McGlothen, Del Unser, Rick Dempsey, Scott Brosius, Bobby Witt, Woody Williams, Jose Mesa, Mike Stanton, Todd Walker, Hubie Brooks, Mike Jackson, David Segui, Casey Blake, Matt Stairs. In 1980 Frank Linzy, Bob Miller, Norm Miller, Ivan Murrell, Rick Reichardt, Dick Selma, and Duke Sims were on the ballot and I have no idea who any of them are, and I'm the guy who knows all the meaningless baseball history.
  14. As he should be. Roberts was a fun player to watch, really good for a while. Usually I can come up with a plausible HOF argument for almost anyone with a decently long career. But Roberts would be the lowest-scoring second baseman in the Hall in both straight rWAR and JAWS. Bill Mazeroski is in the Hall because of legends and stories and stuff but he hit kind of like Ryan Flaherty. Roberts has a lower JAWS score than Mazeroski. Roberts had a very short career for a HOFer. The only ones below him in career games played are 19th century guys, Vet's committee mistakes, and players who had their careers artificially shortened by the color line or ended by death. Hoyt Wilhelm, a pitcher, is only about 300 games behind Roberts.
  15. Who's going to pay to subsidize the teams that MLB doesn't want to any more? Is everyone signing the petition going to buy a bunch of full season tickets?
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