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Number5

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  1. Thanks for this report. I liked both your question and Elias' answer.
  2. As I understand the rules, the "codebreaker" system in and of itself wasn't against the rules. Teams are allowed to try to pick up on other teams' signals. Informing players of the opponents alternative signaling systems so that they can employ that information while on second base to pick up the catcher's sign and signal to your batter is not a violation. Please correct me if I'm wrong. The violation would come into play if monitors are being used real-time to learn and relay the information to either the batter or the runner on second base.
  3. Although there are some folks that believe the best measure of improvement in international free agency is whether every last nickel allowed to be spent is spent, I don't necessarily agree with that quantity over quality approach. Elias has impressed me sufficiently thus far that if he feels that the team is better served by acquiring other assets that he deems superior to those available by spending all of the remaining slots on those international players that remain in a given season's signing class after being picked thru for years by all of the other MLB teams, I would tend to believe he has a pretty good idea of what he's doing. It just doesn't seem logical to me - and I've seen no evidence to suggest - that he is leaving countless plus prospects on the table with his approach.
  4. Well, Beltran did lose his job because of this, even though there was no punishment imposed on him directly by MLB.
  5. Yeah, that doesn't make a lot of sense. Guaranteed a shot at a rotation spot, maybe.
  6. Angels? Looks like Tigers. Was there a big trade? Edit: Never mind. I see you said Tigers in the next post.
  7. How about Canadians? 😀 Seriously, stereotypes are just wrong.
  8. Just a reminder, this doesn't mean that the scheme wasn't being used for the other 7100 pitches. Remember, when employing the scheme, no bang was used for a fastball. Therefore, it is reasonable to suppose that the scheme was in place for a considerable portion of the 7100 "no-bang" pitches.
  9. Not really. Roster limit would not change.
  10. How much do tickets cost? Maybe, in Japan, you don't have to take out a second mortgage to take your family to a ballgame.
  11. I wouldn't mind seeing them eliminate interleague play. That would create a more balanced schedule. The novelty has worn off, IMO, and there really is no reason to keep on playing interleague games.
  12. Good point. I'm guessing that you meant to say aren't. One thing to think about: with the new three-batter rule and the 15-day IL rule for pitchers, having someone in your rotation that can eat innings has even more significance.
  13. MLB desperately wants the Yankees in the World Series. God knows neither the Yankees nor MLB make enough money now, let's pull in more, more, more! Bring the World Series back to New York! Let's eliminate the rules that might give Tampa or other limited-budget teams any real chance of overcoming the rich teams' ability to spend huge money on their starting pitching and bullpens. If we let managers of poor teams situationally manage their bullpen the way that has always been the basic rules in baseball, they may continue to find ways to overcome their disadvantages. That is what the switch to the 15-day IL for pitchers and the three-batter rule accomplishes, IMO. Game times, you say? Hah!
  14. I'm pretty sure that this just means that it is more problematic, given the 15-day requirement for pitchers versus 10 days. MLB isn't going into the medical field, as I don't believe that they will be going behind teams' medical staffs and making any kind of determination as to what constitutes "minor." If teams want to IL a guy over something relatively "minor" they still can, but a pitcher must stay on the IL at least 15 days.
  15. There was a time that it wasn't all that uncommon for kickers to also play another position. The Colts' Lou Michaels was a defensive tackle. Paul Hornung was the Packers' place kicker for a while, in addition to being their starting halfback. George Blanda kicked and was the Raiders' backup quarterback. Otto Graham punted in addition to being a HOF QB. IIRC, Joe Don Looney was a backup RB and punted for the Colts for a season or two; and the Colts' Steve Myhra was a backup offensive lineman and linebacker in addition to his place-kicking duties - a three-way player. I believe the roster limits were less back then ( 40 active players IIRC), so I'm sure that was a big reason that players needed to be able to do more than just kick in many cases.
  16. I don't remember that. I remember him pulling a lot of foul line drives. Not that my memory is always accurate.
  17. With all the hard foul balls he hit, I bet Rick Dempsey would have been great at cricket. 😀
  18. Yeah, the original one with Fred MacMurray was much better.
  19. What was I supposed to do - call him for cheating better than me in front of the others?
  20. What if they asked him his role in the Astros' pending cheating investigation during the interview process and he denied any involvement? When the report later came out, Beltran was named in the report as a participant. Wouldn't being shown to have lied in the interview process be sufficient grounds?
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