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  1. How would such a thing be "addressed"?
  2. Caleb signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  3. I'm not going to let myself get sucked into this vortex of hoping Cobb gets good enough to give us anything of value. If it happens, great. But he's a long way removed from being a good pitcher and until I see him actually taking the mound in Florida it's all just complete speculation.
  4. I don't know. All I know is that I had heard there was going to be some sort of minicamp this past week. Which was 13th through 17th. Unless I heard wrong and it was hte previous week? Maybe that's the case. If so, sorry about that.
  5. The article you posted about Holmes was from January 11, which was before this week's minicamp.
  6. I'll add a few, but first I just have to say that Sleepless in Seattle just doesn't work for me. The whole point of a romantic comedy is that we can see the two people are perfect for each other and they just don't realize it yet. Having two people who have never met until the end just doesn't work for me. Anyhow, I'll add a few; Groundhog Day Annie Hall As Good As It Gets The Wedding Singer And one from the 70s: Same Time Next Year
  7. I know they had no media present, but you would think they could have leaked a little tidbit or two to Roch or Joe Trezza. Or a reporter could have made a few calls. Come on, it's winter, we have snow coming tomorrow. I just want to hear about the ball looking good coming out of some pitcher's hand, or what great shape someone appears to be in.
  8. Yeah, I was, didn't realize. Thanks for the correction.
  9. I know one thing. Buck wouldn't have dealt with the cheating in the weak, half-assed way Hinch did. Hinch claims he was against it, but he never put a stop to it. But on two occasions he destroyed the laptop they were using. What kind of leadership is that? And that is Hinch's description of his own actions. Wasn't he in charge of the team?
  10. Dan Connolly has a good column in The Athletic about it. He said that a few weeks ago, he would have thought the Astros were the LAST team that would ever consider hiring Buck for the reasons you give. And that those reasons still exist. But in terms of taking over leadership of a talented team in crisis, in terms of making sure no further cheating takes place and protecting the integrity moving forward, suddenly he MIGHT be the best guy they could bring in. It's a good read.
  11. I think there is one part of the comparison that is apt. The incident occurred in February, there was a minor penalty issued and no one thought that much more about it. It wasn't until the VIDEO came out in September that public sentiment exploded and the NFL and the Ravens had to do more. What the Cowboy LB, and the Cincinnati RB when he played at Oklahoma, did was every bit as bad as what Rice did, but there hasn't been quite as much of a public outcry because there's no video of it. That's not logical, that's emotional. And I think it seems similar with the buzzer thing. I know a lot of people who were mildly upset when it was whistles and trash can banging, but see the buzzer as being somehow worse. Logically it isn't any worse, it's basically the same thing, but it certainly seems to invoke a stronger emotional reaction. Human beings aren't always rational.
  12. Nothing proven yet, but allegations came out yesterday that in 2019 the trash can banging was replaced by an electronic buzzer device worn underneath the jersey, attached to the skin using medical adhesive, and activated remotely. The initial accusations come from a twitter account claiming to be Carlos Beltran's niece but he does not have a niece; it is speculated it is a cover used by a ML player who wishes to remain anonymous. The same twitter account did correctly predict Beltran's hiring with the Mets before it was announced and his firing before it was announced. The key pieces of circumstantial video evidence: 1) After the walkoff HR off Chapman to beat the Yankees and win the AL pennant, as he is coming home Altuve is very clearly making gestures that he does not want his jersey to be torn off when he crosses home plate. It's unmistakable. Ken Rosenthal even asks him about it in a post-game interview, why didn't you want your jersey taken off and he said something about being shy and his wife wouldn't like it. Also, while his teammates are on the field celebrating he dashes into the dugout and down the hall to the clubhouse, then comes back out shortly thereafter wearing an AL championship shirt like the other guys. 2) There's another video in slo mo of a Robinson Chirinos at bat during the season. He takes a big swing at a slider and something pops out of his jersey and lands on the ground in front of home plate. You can see a glint of something shiny. He steps in front of home plate and picks it up and spends a couple seconds jamming it into his back pocket. He's wearing a batting glove so he doesn't realize at first when he pulls his hand out of his pocket, it's still stuck to his hand. It's a piece of medical tape with what looks similar to a watch battery stuck in the middle of it. When he finally realizes this thing is stuck to his hand he successfully puts it in his pocket.
  13. Glory is one of the best war movies ever made. You watch a lot of movies so I'm sure you've probably seen it. But if by chance you haven't, then correct that omission as quickly as possible!
  14. Just to set the historical record straight, yes, African Americans served heroically and died in both World Wars. For the most part they were in all black, segregated units (sometimes with a white commander). There were exceptions where blacks served in subservient positions such as cooks in all white units, especially in the Navy, but for the most part you had all black units and all white units. President Truman ordered the military to be desegregated in 1948. (Who knows, it is POSSIBLE that seeing America's Pastime integrated the year before helped play a part in convincing Truman that it could be done in the military).
  15. The buzzer stuff appears to be all from 2019, if there is anything to it.
  16. Altuve denies ever wearing an electronic device and MLB claims that their investigation looked into the possibility of wearable electronic devices and found nothing. Case closed? https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/astros-jose-altuve-denies-ever-wearing-electronic-devices-mlb-says-no-evidence-to-back-twitter-rumors/
  17. We went with Iglesias instead. Braves just signed Hechavarria for 1 year, $1 million.
  18. Smyly to Giants, 1 year, $4 million, some bonuses.
  19. Actually speeding is a good analogy. Typically, at least 80% of the cars on an open road with low traffic in good weather, are in fact breaking the speed limit. They don't pull them all over, just enough of the egregious ones to send a message that you've got a chance of getting pulled over if you break the law. As you are being pulled over for going 74 in a 60 and the cop is at your window and a car goes by doing 79, try telling the cop it's not fair and see how far that gets you.
  20. Maybe Chris Davis has hearing issues and he can't hear the garbage can bang so he just stands there in the batters' box waiting for it and takes strike three. All this time we were worried about his eyesight, it was the wrong sense we were concerned about!
  21. Travis Snyder gets a minor league deal with an invite to spring training from the Diamondbacks.
  22. Yeah, and what does it really mean? The fans still remember the championship, and the celebration. Do USC fans feel any different about the 2004 national championship because it was "vacated"? I don't think so. I guess they can't fly a flag over the football field, or display a trophy in a trophy case. The Astros championship will now be tainted in a lot of people's minds, and not in others. Making some official statement that there was no champion that year, what does that really add? Are you going to declare the Dodgers the champions now? Are they going to have a parade for them in LA? It's meaningless and I'm not sure what the people calling for it really are asking for.
  23. Defensive spectrum From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages) This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (December 2012) This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (December 2012) This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (December 2012) In sabermetrics, the defensive spectrum is the graphical representation of the positions on a baseball field, arranged from left (the easiest defensive positions) to right (the hardest). Most people say that catcher is the hardest position to play because a catcher has many responsibilities. A catcher has to watch the runners, make sure no one is going to steal, squat for 2-5 hours a game, and has to make the right calls for what pitch the pitcher should throw. Contents 1 The spectrum 2 History 3 Historical shift 4 External links The spectrum The defensive spectrum is: Designated hitter – First baseman – Left fielder – Right fielder – Third baseman – Center fielder – Second baseman – Shortstop – Catcher – Pitcher In some versions of the defensive spectrum, pitcher and catcher are not included, since certain defensive demands of those positions are so specialized as to be inapplicable to players at other positions. The designated hitter is sometimes omitted since he is technically not part of the "defense" at all. As an example of the concept in action, players who are drafted by Major League Baseball teams as shortstops are far more likely to ultimately end up at a different position than players who are drafted as first basemen.
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