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  1. That's good information, but I still refuse to believe that Scott McGregor's eephus fastball was going over 90 mph.
  2. His average fastball was 85.5 mph last year, so maybe? With that velocity in 2020 I think they need a battery of tests to see if he's throwing with the correct arm.
  3. 1) It's only been seven years since Davis fielded .886 at third. I think it's possible he could still field .750 there. Three fourths isn't half bad. 2) In 2017 he played ten innings at third without making an error. Extrapolating that over 162 games gives him a 1.000 fielding percentage. Has Manny or Brooks every done that? Are you completely discounting his 2017 performance, and the idea that he might be the best fielding third baseman ever?
  4. That makes me think of this recent "Hey Bill" question on Bill James site about the effect of salary restrictions/caps, remembering that he was very recently in the employ of these Red Sox: " I think you underestimate the effects of money in different forms. Paying $20 million salaries to attract star players is a fools game. That's what the Angels do; you wind up attracting Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The real effect of money is the money you spend in other ways." I don't know that the Sox are limiting what they spend in any way but on current player salaries.
  5. Could be. But the standards have clearly changed a lot. When I was a kid in the 80s it was common for announcers to say someone throwing 86 had an average MLB fastball. At the end of his career I bet Scott McGregor wasn't much over 80. Now if someone is sitting under 90 mph you assume he's hurt or he's going to get shelled. Almost every team has multiple guys on the staff who throw in the high 90s. Mediocre starters like Kevin Gausman occasionally hit 98 or even 100. This is how Dalkowski or Walter Johnson legends took hold. They'd sometimes throw as hard as a modern pitcher, and compared to the high 70s, low 80s stuff batters were used to it was mind-boggling.
  6. Boston is a team with nearly unlimited revenues. They will sometimes have down periods, but are never more than a year or two from a potential 100-win season. You have to assume that some of their down years are more-or-less gaming the system in seasons where they don't think they'll be great by retrenching and getting good draft position and saving resources. Like I think they threw last year to save money and get a higher pick than the Orioles. That's why I think the draft order should be based primarily on market size, not record. The concept that they're helping to level the playing field by giving the #4 overall pick to a team with $550M in annual revenues is comical.
  7. Yes, that's the gist of it. The Orioles have been a poor team recently, with pitchers seemingly found under rocks and hitchhiking on I-695, and even they have half the bullpen that can throw 95+. In 1990 if you had one guy who could throw 97 he'd be a demigod. Remember Colt Griffin? The Royals took him #9 overall in 2001, mainly on the strength of him hitting 100 mph once on a radar gun in a workout after his senior year in high school. His arm disintegrated about 25 minutes later, and I don't think he even really knew how to pitch. But today... would it even be a big deal if a kid once hit 100? Every single team has some guys who've done that, and many of them on a regular basis. In my lifetime an average fastball has to be up six mph or more.
  8. If I were to find out that my recurring sinus issues were a wheat allergy I'd just chalk it up as a small price to pay for having pretzels in my life.
  9. I have a recurring nightmare that I get a gluten allergy. I'd almost rather go blind than never eat pizza, bread, pretzels, drink beer... Whenever I see something talking up how it's gluten free, my reaction is "I can't eat that, I'm trying to maximize gluten in my diet." And for beer, I'd be perfectly fine if I could only drink Belgian and German beers. No need for anything else.
  10. I think I sometimes have a reaction like that, too. Occasionally I'll drink a beer and very quickly get very congested sinuses and a headache. But if I drink German beer it almost never happens. So I stick with Ayinger, Paulaner, Franziskaner, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, etc and I'm usually fine. Not a bad trade off.
  11. There are soccer players debuting with some of the English teams I follow at 16 or 17 in some cup competitions. I think soccer players may peak earlier than baseball players, and they also don't have MLB's peculiar free agency system that incentivizes keeping players in the minors. My oldest kid is 14, so almost the same age. My kid seems far, far removed from being on his own as a professional athlete. Eddie had some of the most 70s hair ever, and a C2 Corvette may be the most 70s car. Aren't they all IPAs now? It's almost like the Blues Brothers scene at the honky tonk bar, where they play both kinds of music, country and western. You go to a bar today and they have regular IPAs, and also really bitter IPAs.
  12. Is there that much overlap in their Venn diagrams? Martin's reason for existence is that he's theoretically going to become a pretty good defensive shortstop. I don't know that anyone really wants Valaika to be anything but a backup to the backup shortstop.
  13. Just doing his part to keep the O's from being one of those boring three-true-outcomes teams. He doesn't walk, doesn't hit for power, so just that one true outcome of 161 strikeouts per 600 PAs.
  14. Eddie was a major leaguer when I was six, so I always saw him as being much older than me, clearly a different generation. But 65 doesn't seem that much older than 49.
  15. I never had quite that experience, I never traveled overseas until the late 90s. I was a freshman at Virginia Tech in '89, and followed the last month of the season by newspapers and highlights. I saw Olson bounce the curve in Toronto 15 minutes after the fact on Headline News because the Tech cable package didn't have HTS. But at least the book store in the little mall by Kroger carried Baseball America. The internet didn't really become a thing until after I'd graduated. In middle/high school, probably into college, I had a Sporting News subscription. But that was the era they went from the baseball paper of record to more multi-sport and tabloid-y.
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