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  1. My choice now is to tell the MLB players to stay home and enjoy their summer. Let every team put a Minor league all-star squad together and let them play in Florida and Arizona. Top 4 teams in each state go to playoffs and then a championship series. I know our mlb team isn't going to be that good so maybe that is why I like this idea but I would make it a point to watch these games nightly. I just would find it enjoyable watching these guys play to prove themselves and also for the love of the game. Imagine how these guys would feel getting national attention on them every night. For some of these guys who may never really make it to the majors this could be their 1 shot at national exposure. This season is going to be crappy anyways so give us something to enjoy.
  2. I actually think there is a realistic chance that the government is behind the idea of getting baseball up and running in some capacity. Even though it was an extremely different circumstance the country really started the mentally recovery from 9/11 after sports leagues started back up. The ceremonies that accompanied the restart of the competitions actually brought the country more together than ever. People need at minimal a diversion and at most hope that we are on the road to recovery. MLB will not have the final decision on if this can be done, it will be from others a lot smarter than anyone in the MLB offices.
  3. That is what I believe. Put some kind of thought in this and see if something works. If you are waiting for full clearance to return to stadiums and fly around the country you can almost assuredly cancel this season and then maybe even part of next year. By the way, I guarantee the NFL is also working on some kind of revised schedule just in case to assure them of being able to play this year also.
  4. You do realize to pull this off extensive amount of testing would be implemented even before players arrive and while they were there along with everyone else that would be involved in this. I get the concern but when do you propose that we start doing things again, when everyone has taken a vaccine? I don't know about you but I can't live like this for a year or 2. Everyone needs to think outside the box to get back to some kind of alternate normal. Sounds like MLB is doing that so if they can do it something that meets the guidelines that the professionals give them then I 100% support the idea. Now saying they can pull this off to meet those safety requirements is a different argument and I'm not sure if it's possible or not. I'm definitely hoping it can be done though as that would help everyone in the long road to recovery.
  5. I read the article and would have no issue with a secure system that could operate as a notification for potential exposure. Whatever allows me to do what I want to do and helps keep me and my family safe is good with me.
  6. Sports starting up again will be a large part of the mental recovery that all of us will need to eventually get passed this pandemic. If experts from the CDC and others feel like they can create a safe environment to pull something like is being suggested off then I applaud the efforts. I am all about taking precautions but we may never live in the same world that we did prior to this virus. Do we just seclude ourselves forever or do we find solutions that will make our new norm a little more enjoyable?
  7. I think the key take on this was admitting that he had talks with his wife about quitting this winter. That tells me that he may have reached the point where the embarrassment of being the worst player in baseball may not be worth the money anymore. If that is the case why not give it one more year with a little help. If he gets caught he is out of the game just like if he quit and in both cases he is losing out on the rest of his contract. If I'm him I would say, what the heck, probably worth the risk.
  8. Yep, your summary of what my thoughts are really cover this. Not sure he has anything to lose at this point.
  9. This likely says a lot. Davis had lost so much bat speed over the last several of years that you could see him at times cheating on the fastball yet he still wasn't able to get the bat head out in front to pull the ball with authority. I would guess that many of the balls put in play to the right side the last couple of years were on off speed pitches where he rolled over. I know in your earlier post you were curious why Davis would try to lose weight after having success and getting a large contract. I kind of read a little sarcasm but I could of been misinterpreting. I will say it though, only one thing seems to make sense and it does involve the S word. How many guys did we see during the steroid era go from hulking figures to losing a bunch of weight and along with that, the power numbers shrunk also. If something is working (and legal) why change anything? Maybe he gained the weight and muscle back this winter honestly and maybe that is helping his confidence this spring. You do have to wonder though if he just figured he can't do it without the help so at this point he has nothing to lose? He admittedly said he had discussions about quitting so if he does go the illegal route and gets caught it ends up the same result, he quits baseball. However with cheating there is that chance that he becomes Crush again and continues playing the game he loves. Desperate people can take desperate measures. I know this is a lot of speculation but it has some merit to it just from what we have seen over the last few years. Ultimately though I hope I'm wrong on all accounts and Chris just turns his career around without doing anything that is considered cheating. Doesn't happen very often but it would be a good story.
  10. Villar has a lot of talent but I for whatever reason see a player that puts up some decent stats but isn't really a guy to help a team win. I see him over swing a bunch and can be very reckless on the bases. In other words if he played the game right he in my opinion would be a much better asset to a team.
  11. I am torn on this rule but the bigger picture here may not just be correcting the time of the game but also the evolving use of bullpens in general. We are quickly getting to the point to where starters are just glorified relief pitchers and it becomes a game of bullpen pitchers and match-ups. This trend if it continues will end up hurting pitchers values in the long run. The union may support this rule change because if the game goes back towards its more traditional roots that #4 starter that can eat innings has a lot more value than a loogy or one inning relievers that the game is trending to. It wasn't that long ago that a solid number 3 or 4 pitcher was signing big contracts but now those guys are almost getting weeded out of the game in favor of the 1 inning guy that can bring gas every couple of days. The game to me is about starting pitchers and watching them make adjustments the second and 3rd time through a lineup. These specialty pitchers coming in starting the 5th or 6th inning every game just ruin the second have of the game for me. This rule doesn't directly stop that but maybe it indirectly effects the growing trend of starters losing their importance in the game.
  12. So you are saying he Holts the key??? (sorry couldn't resist)
  13. I still hold out hope that Bundy could be better than just a number 4 of 5 starter on a good team. Even with an average major league fastball he still gets a fair amount of swing and misses and along with that, strikeouts. His command is just all over the place though. He will miss the width of the plate with a fastball as he did several times tonight. Actually think the command is even worse with the secondaries. You just don't see the consistently missing of spots from other quality major league pitchers. This doesn't mean he is walking a ton of guys, just you can't effectively set up hitters if you are missing spots as badly as he does. Is it still possible to get better at at this point in his career? If he could he could in my opinion elevate to a totally different level.
  14. This was a great post!! I agree 100% that Davis being on the team is senseless at this point. Any attention he gets is typically negative attention which is exactly what this team doesn't need.
  15. The thing that isn't clear to me is did Hyde call him out for lack of hustle but was not intending on pinch hitting for him until Davis's reaction in the dugout? Not that it matters all that much but I would love to know the order of the incident.
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