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  1. We know then from Frobby about the rarity of minor league to MLB successful pitchers, and the even greater rarity of minor to MLB impact pitchers. What does that argue? 1. A team draft as many pitchers as are rated high by scouting because they are the best (because rarist) commodity to trade and the more you have the greater the statistical chance of success. or 2. A team shy away from drafting too many pitchers because statistics tell us that your failures will vastly outnumber your successes and thus you are losing valuable draft slots. It seems that "grow the arms buy the bats" is the conclusion one reaches if you accept #1.
  2. The main obstacle is that Uggla doesn't want to move off 2B: "Danny Uggla's been a full-time second baseman for the last four years," agent Jeff Borris said. "He's performed exceptionally well at that position. Although he has the athleticism to play other positions, he's performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time."
  3. Frankly, I don't believe we'll be making any major offensive acquisitions this off-season, if by major you mean anything more than a placeholder. All our immediate offensive acquisitions, if we make any, will be supplemental. That may change next off-season, but I don't believe this off season will make many of us happy. As far as "hanging on for the ride" this offseason, I don't believe we'll need to fasten the seatbelts.
  4. Hell, we all have a sex addiction.When a lady with 13 kids was on Groucho's show he asked her, "Madam why do you have so many children?" She said, "I love my husband". Groucho replied, "Madam I love my cigar but I take it out of my mouth every once in awhile."
  5. hahah a thread about insider info, with no insider info, and it still goes controversial with bickering. Just say "insider info" and there's some Russian guy ringing a bell somewhere for his dogs. And God help me, I like it.
  6. I'll miss the frustrating excitement of trying to deduce the cryptic comments and I'll miss all the controversy about the veracity of the sources. Yeah I'll miss it, it was fun trying to figure out if it was true or not, and frankly, it's a fun game, but a game nonetheless and made for fun reading. It made the off-season just a tad more bearable and a tad less boring.
  7. Regardless of what you think about parity in a competitive context, MLB has never been more profitable. Never. Does the perceived lack of parity cripple the sport's ability to be profitable? Hardly. Does it even possibly enhance the sport's ability to be profitable. Perhaps. You might make the argument that it's useful for the sport to have loyalty from cities whose markets are the largest. You could argue it's good for baseball. "What's good for the Yankees is good for baseball," is not necessarily simply a troll. It might be true, as horrific as it might sound. You can be certain however that MLB is under no illusion that so-called parity will result in additional profits. Their spreadsheets tell them otherwise. They are raking it in in unprecedented historical dollar figures. They have no incentive to make the changes we constantly hear regurgitated on message boards from year to year from, essentialy, fans of teams who had losing seasons.
  8. zff4

    Indians fire Wedge

    Frankly I'm surprised this hasn't garnered more attention from the "fire Dave" crowd.
  9. I've seen things you people can only dream about.
  10. This isn't first come first served or a deb ball where the nicest suit gets you laid. It's an auction. I'm not saying we'll bid, and you can be sure we scouted him and valued him, but Chapman will go to the payday and everyone has an opportunity to bid.
  11. Found an unexpected copy of one of Richard Stark's "Parker" novels, Backflash. Stark is the pseudonym of the late Donald Westlake author of the fine Dortmunder mysteries. The Parker novels are exceptional American noir whose hero is devoid of all qualities except those needed to survive a criminal lifestyle. Gibson played Parker in "Payback" and played him pretty well. Parker and his cronies are hard, practical men, stand-up guys for the most part, as in Parker's circle, betrayal has only one ending. If you find any Parker novels, grab them, they really are unique.
  12. I guess the draft is over, but there oughta be a Rule 5 draft opportunity for the mesmerizing new internet sensation: http://www.zimbio.com/Video+Game+Exercise/articles/58/every+guy+buy+their+girlfriend+Wii+Fit
  13. 5. Pinella having zero patience and unwilling to mollycoddle. Check
  14. There is always politics in play I admit. However, JHU is the city's largest private employer and commendably establishes their facilities purposely in the poorer sections of the city as anchors for local improvement. Additionally mindful of the student murders by intruders there a couple of years ago, the city isn't going to feel politically compelled to try a case. The kid is vulnerable to a civil suit though.
  15. No, probably not. By "assembling a jury in Baltimore that wouldn't hesitate to find this kid guilty" I assume you mean a black jury? I can assure you that the black community abhors the endemic crime in their own neighborhoods more than we likely do - they live there and in many neighborhoods, live shuttered in for fear of crime. While they might have different perceptions about the cause of criminality it's likely they would come to the same conclusions about criminal home intrusion as their fears on the matter are probably closer to home than ours.
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