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  1. 3 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

    I just had an idea I thought was amusing.

    During a ST game a team playing against the Astros should just have the catcher yell to the pitcher what pitch to throw.

    "Hey guys, I know they won't let you do it the high tech way anymore so we are going to help you out"  Fastball, Curve and so forth.  For the second batter the pitcher could yell back, no, and the catcher could call out a different pitch. 


  2. 14 minutes ago, scOtt said:

    Beckham was #1 iirc...

    Herrera can play 2B, 3B, 1B, and OF.  Has some pop and some speed.  Not a zero offensively.  Has some MLB experience, too.  Good utility guy.  Not sure if he can fill in at SS, though.  I like him.

  3. 3 minutes ago, Enjoy Terror said:

    I'm pretty sure there wasn't anything in the rule book about electronic sign stealing prior to the September 2017 memo, which Manfred used to address the Red Sox using Apple Watches. 

    To my knowledge the Red Sox stopped stealing signs electronically (read: had not been caught doing so) after that memo, but the Astros obviously were doing it well into the playoffs. 

    Now I could be wrong with my timelines, but the Red Sox were only stealing signs within the confines of established rules, which is a "morally gray" area of cheating, but decidedly different than what the Astros were caught doing after being warned to stop.

    I thought the Red Sox alleged cheating occurred in 2018.  Cora wasn't their manager in 2017, he was with the Astros.

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  4. 4 hours ago, DrungoHazewood said:

    Pretty hard to find data because we only know of a few instances.  But we can certainly see negative impacts of the 1919 White Sox and the 1877 Louisville team.  And it's logically sound to assume betting on your team to win as a manager would cause you to pick short-term strategies that risk negative impacts over the rest of the season.  Such as using your closer on short rest, or pinch hitting someone who needs a couple days to rest an injury. 

    Not familiar with 1877, but the 1919 White Sox certainly did not net on themselves, so0 that is not an example.

  5. 29 minutes ago, DrungoHazewood said:

    Rose didn't cheat, he bet on baseball games that he was involved in.  Cheating is being dishonest to gain an advantage.  Rose was breaking the rules for his own personal gain.  Making decisions based on bets usually is detrimental to the team, either in the short or long term.

    Is there any data on this?  How usual is it?

  6. Pitchers - Means, Cobb, Wojo, LeBlanc, Givens, Bleier, Armstrong, Castro, Fry, Bailey, Harvey, Scott, Milone

    Infield- Davis, Alberto, Iglesias, Nunez, Ruiz, Velazquez, Herrera

    Outfield - Mancini, Hayes, Santander, Smith

    Catcher - Severino, Holaday

  7. 24 minutes ago, interloper said:

    I like the enthusiasm, but I didn't like his voice when he got enthusiastic. Just kinda grated on me. Super nice guy. I really just don't enjoy his broadcasts though. I do enjoy how he paused and let everyone boo Tex that one Opening Day. Respect. 



  8. 1 hour ago, Mr. Chewbacca Jr. said:

    What many of Cincinatti's moves have been puzzling to me personally, they are a legitimate team with a serious shot at a wide open NL Central. Despite Colorado's struggles last year, they still have plenty of talent to compete. And, Seattle, while in a rebuild, isn't completely useless.

    That leaves Kansas City, Detroit, Miami, and Baltimore amongst the tanking bottom-feeders.

    Personally, I think the O's are the worst out of the bunch because their starting rotation is an abyss of darkness and their bullpen is a black hole of despair. The lineup might be slightly better - but that depends on Hays/Mountcastle outperforming Villar's contributions.

    You won't find a single knowledgeable baseball writer who hasn't pointed out that Means' numbers last year most certainly point to serious regression. Cobb is injury-prone and not dependable. If anyone in the bullpen besides Harvey performs well, they'll be traded.  

    So, to answer your question, I think the Orioles on paper are the worst team in baseball.


    So, we are definitely in the top 4 of the bottom 4.

  9. 4 minutes ago, Frobby said:

    I haven’t seen Baltimore projected at 66 anywhere.    BP’s PECOTA projected standings have us at 63 wins, with nobody else lower than 66.     The three Vegas sites I looked at had the Orioles’ over/under between 55.5 and 57.5, in each case the lowest, though tied with Detroit in two of the three.   

    Bottom line, on paper we’re the worst team in baseball.     But I won’t be surprised if one or two teams out-terrible us, because baseball isn’t that predictable.   Don’t ask me who, but the Reds don’t belong on the list of possibilities.   BP has them winning the AL Central and some of the Vegas sources have them over .500.

    Did you mean to say everybody?

  10. 21 minutes ago, atomic said:

    Canseco bragged about walking past players working out with weights in team training room and laughing at them for wasting their time when they could just be taking steroids. I  hardly think he ever tried to make himself look less bad by saying other people were using too. And he actually named names of players on the Athletic's who were also using steroids who all denied it.  


    So he was laughing at the guys working out without using steroids?  They must have been in the 10%.😲

  11. 1 hour ago, Frobby said:

    He was stripped of his titles and had to pay a large amount of money to settle various lawsuits (looks like about $26 mm in settlements and $15 mm in legal fees).   But, he was not charged criminally.   


  12. 17 minutes ago, scOtt said:

    I agree totally. That being said, I guess there are MANY other teams' hats that are just as bad. Take 2 logos and superimpose them on top of each other and only chaos ensues.

    Superimposing an "N" on a "Y" is worse!

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  13. 17 hours ago, SteveA said:

    So designating a guy a 2 way player (like Ohtani) has positive and negative aspects:

      Positive:  You can get around the 13 pitcher limit by having 13 pitchers plus one or more 2-way players.

      Negative:  A player designated a 2 way player stays that way all season and if he ever goes on the DL (or is optioned), the minimum stay is 15 days rather than 10.

    Seems like we should designate Davis as a two-way player.  No downside if we have to keep him on the IL 5 more days.

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  14. 2 hours ago, atomic said:

    I don't ever watch ESPN.

    This begs several questions:

    1.  If you don't ever watch, why do you care what's on?

    2.  If you don't ever watch, why do you bother to gather statistics about what ESPN is broadcasting and formulate an opinion about it?

    3.  If you don't ever watch, why would you think ESPN cares about your opinion?

    4.  If you don't ever watch, what makes you think any of us care about your opinion?

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