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Everything posted by GuidoSarducci

  1. Ump kicking that ball in the dirt. Ugh, now another double. Sox take the lead 1-0
  2. Haha picked off!!! And the K completes the inning!
  3. Alberto with the first base hit of the eseason ... big surprise!
  4. Am I seeing a slider from Milone or is that his changeup? Red Sox having trouble with it looks like
  5. I must be missing something here, but how is a pitcher with a 3.32 ERA in the majors (3.86 last year) not better than basically, every pitcher on our roster except John Means?
  6. 15/38. I had to guess on nearly all, and could only eliminate some of the choices a few times.
  7. If I had MLB Extra Innings or MLB.tv I would. However I'm unemployed now and trying to keep to a budget. Might try to find a stream.
  8. https://www.faketeams.com/2020/7/23/21336058/juan-soto-tests-positive-for-covid-19 He played in both our exhibition games, correct?
  9. Steve Dalkowski almost certainly would been a regular starter with the right pitching coach with the right tools at their disposal, such as a slow-mo video breakdown and fine tuning of his delivery delivery/mechanics. I'm not even sure command would have mattered all that much, all he had to figure out is how to hit the strike zone more often than not, and that should have been enough to at least make him a regular starter. Sort of a gimmick pitcher, like knuckleballers - but pitchers have made a career out of that pitch. But my image of baseball coaches in the 50s/60s is basically slapping players on the butt and say "you'll get it squared"
  10. Rain delay - not watching so don't know how bad it is. Maybe they just call this one?
  11. As a west coast fan I like the later schedule. I'm not into recording / rewatching so I would be lucky to catch the tail end of a game when i was at work. Of course I'm unemployed right now so sitting my a$$ at home anyway ... that might change in the next few weeks though.
  12. Well there was that one time...
  13. If they quit, they must have quit early. They were consistently bad all year. 8-20 by the end of April. But I agree, on paper, they didn't look so bad. It looke like our rotation should have been decent, with Bundy, Gaussman, and the signings of Cashner and Cobb. We still had Brach, O'Day, and Givens in the bullpen. Britton was hurt but came back in June. There were some holes in the lineup, granted, particularly at catcher - we had no obvious replacement after Castillo left, and 3B after Machado was moved to short, and COF was also questionable. But nothing really that should have lead to 115 losses. But it was the perfect storm of our starting pitching, then bullpen completely falling apart.
  14. Here's the BA and OPS of a few of the O's big names during that stretch Jones 339/805 , 16 GP,. Did not play last week or so of the season. Can't remember if it was due to injury Davis 176/611 -in 21 GP. Foreshadowing dismal 2018-2019 Machado 170/446 in 22 GP. Clearly not Johnny Hustle I guess. Schoop 211/511 in 23 GP Trumbo 120/350 in 17 GP Mancini 297/740 in 23 GP
  15. Here's some stats. From start of the 2017 season up until the 7-6 walk off win against the Yanks Sep. 5, the Orioles were scoring 4.87 runs per game, and allowing 5.06. After that game till the end of the season, during the 4-17 finish run production dropped to 2.96 runs per game ( almost a 2 run difference) , and runs allowed increased to 5.96 (roughly a one run differnce). So it was a combination of lackluster offense and dreadful pitching, although the drop off in offense appeared to have more to do with it. In 22 games, the offense was shutout 5 times, and scored 1 or 2 runs 7 times. Another 6 times they managed 3 runs. So in 18 of the 22 games the offense was scoring 3 or less runs. Difficult to win alot of games doing that.
  16. It may have been reasonable at the time because revenues didn’t cross state lines to my knowledge. Revenues were local, except maybe radio broadcast but those were local as well, and not sure to what extent teams got revenue from them anyway. A judge who inclined to rule against MLB would not necessarily have to explicitly overturn Holmes decision or claim it was wrong. But instead rule that when baseball teams started doing things like broadcasting games out of market, amongst other things, they ceased to be purely local businesses and instead became interstate enterprises. That way the courts could maintain their precious stare decisisis.
  17. Baseball's antiturst exemption was based on a Supreme Court ruling in 1922. Most recently, it was kind of upheld in 2018 when the Supreme Court denied to hear an appeal. https://ballparkdigest.com/2018/06/12/supreme-court-yet-again-declines-to-strike-down-mlb-antitrust-exemption/#:~:text=The antitrust exemption%2C first granted,subject to federal commerce laws. I doubt the courts would now view baseball as a unique pro sport compared to the NFL, NBA and NHL. In other words, I don';t see an anti-trust case against NFL, NBA or NHL proceeding any differently. But it hasn't really been challenged, outside of a few incidents, I think during one of the lockouts, the NFLPA decertified and was going to pursue an anti-trust case, but a CBA was done before that happened. Edit: Well apparently I'm wrong. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radovich_v._National_Football_League Although the Court then openly admitted that there was little difference between MLB and NFL, and would have ruled agains tthe MLB had a similar case been brought up at the same time. Great example of how contradictory and the confusing the law can be.
  18. They can try to do that, but then get sued out the a$$. MLB cannot just unilaterally cancel players' contracts. Otherwise they would do it all the time.
  19. Its not a poor business decision if the owners can't turn a profit If you own a business and suddenly conditions change where its no longer profitable without your employees taking a temporary paycut, does it make sense to continue operating if they won't? Or does it make sense to suspend operations until economic conditions improve.
  20. And if the owners decide that playing the season isn't worth it if they aren't getting any stadium revenue?
  21. It would amount to a unilateral cancelling of player contracts. Players would sue the league and win easily. Right now owners can get away with not paying players because baseball isn't being played at all. This leads me to another interesting question, is there any language in the CBA or elsewhere that ties player compensation to a functioning league. It does seem kind of one of those "obvious" things, but are the owners even obligated to have a season at all. For the past few months there have been of course extraordinary circumstances, but if the issue is now that baseball can be played, but the owners want the players to take a paycut, do the players have a legal case that MLB is obligated to pay them regardless of whether or not the owners feel like having a season.
  22. Who decides what the players deserve to be paid?
  23. With adequate separation, yes. Would have to figure out concessions ... maybe switch to deliver to seat, I know some arenas n NHL NBA already do this
  24. Analogy does not hold. Baseball does not have the promotion / relegation like European football clubs. MLB, AAA, AA and A teams are fixed for the most part, outside of moving and sometimes folding. The Baltimore Orioles are not going to start playing in AAA if they finish outside of the top 28 teams. 1860 was in the top division until 2004 when they got relegated into 2. Bundesliga (presently they're on 3. Liga) Real Man City fans are not going to just start rooting for Man U because Man City gets relegated.
  25. i posted a while back, but tickets and concessions amounted to about 35% of the average MLB teams revenue. I don't think that even included parking fees. The MLBPA are asking the owners an awful lot for full pro-rated, if the owners are losing 35% of their revenue stream.
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