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|2 weeks 6 days ago||I really don't understand this argument.||
Why do they have to be the same? I think it makes the game stronger. Look at the conversation here. There are different segments of the fanbase that prefer different styles. By having the AL adopt the DH and keeping the NL "traditional", you are able to appeal to both factions of the fanbase. Furthermore, for those of us who prefer one, but don't hate the other, we get to have a little taste of what it's like in the other league. That doesn't seem stupid at all. That seems pretty damn smart.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree that "that's because||
I agree that "that's because we've always done it" is a stupid reason to stick with something. Fortunately, that's not the only reason those of us who dislike the DH don't want the NL to change. We enjoy the NL style better. You don't. That's fine. You have the AL.
I understand all the reasons people have for wanting the NL to adopt the DH, but "rule consistency" is one I don't understand. Why do the rules HAVE to be the same in each league? While I prefer NL-style ball, it's fun to see how my Cards would adapt their lineup with a DH. Saying that both leagues have to have the same rules because that's how other leagues do it is just as stupid as saying there shouldn't be a DH because that's how it's always been.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's not a matter of keeping||
It's not a matter of keeping up with the times. It's that some people legitimately enjoy the NL style better for what it has to offer. Some don't enjoy the NL style, and that's what the AL is for. I like the NL style better because I like to pretend that I'm Tony LaRussa or Mike Matheny and make/predict the changes that will come. That's a fun thing to do in the NL. With the DH, that's really boring in the AL. 4.5-hour Yankees-Red Sox games that finish 9-8 with 5 HRs put me to sleep. To each his own.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Strategy||
I grew up watching Tony LaRussa manage the Cardinals. Believe me, the strategy argument is real. For those who grow up with the DH, it's easy to oversimplify the strategy as, "Pitchers up = bunt or pintch hit." It's far more complicated and nuanced than that (unless you have an idiot for a manager, which many teams do unfortunately).
As for pulling a pitcher when he's on a role. Just because it's the eighth inning doesn't mean you have to pull him. It's a risk-reward strategy where you balance the chance you score by using a pinch hitter and the chance you will give up more runs if you bring in the bullpen.
Also, managing your bench within the game becomes a much bigger deal in each game in the NL. Do you want to use your best pinch hitter in the 6th inning? Or do you want to use him in a later situation?
I understand I'm not going to convert anyone, which is why the system is perfect as is. You don't like the DH? Welcome to the NL. You love the DH? The AL is perfect for you. Plus, you get a little taste of what the other side has to offer during inter-league play.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So...||
in the NL everyone does hit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Really?||
If your DH is so bad at fielding that you can't justify keeping him in the lineup in NL parks, then maybe he shouldn't suck so much. It's a disadvantage both ways, you just have to adjust.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You also wouldn't have any||
You also wouldn't have any referees.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Apparently this actually is a thing||
Unfair Tactics Rule 9-2-2
It looks like the distinction is that a play action fake is a football move, while tricking someone through the substitution process or feigned confusion is not. It seems like a stupid rule, but whatever.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||MLB Network is much better than ESPN||
BBTN is a bunch of old managers and players spitting out tired cliches and giving minimal insight. MLB tonight gives a nice mix of saber analytics and opinions from former players.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I've said it before, but it's worth repeating||
If you're trying to build a bullpen through FA then you've already lost. Having a dozen viable internal options helps deal with the variance. If you have that, then all you need to sign is a veteran here or there to help with the innings load.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Here's a pretty good take||
that gives some wider context on what he said.
Suprise, even in context, he still comes off as a bigot. His comment is like saying, "How complicated can football be if Southerners dominate it?" It's a stupid, stupid comment.
He's definitely right that football is more complicated than baseball, but Cowherd clearly doesn't understand the analysis, preparation, and gameplanning that goes into a professional game. How many Latin catchers out there have to gameplan and be prepared to know what the opposing pitchers are going to come at them with, but know how his pitchers' arsenals match up with each hitter on the opposing team? It's not as complicated as coordinating an offense or defense, but it's pretty tough to do. It's not all "instinct."
|28 weeks 4 days ago||The University of Nebraska System||
UNO - University of No Opportunity
UNL - University of No Learning
UNK - University of No Knowledge (and of course, you can't spell drunk without UNK)
|28 weeks 4 days ago||I don't have a problem with players taking money,||
and I'm sure Michigan players have taken money under the table. I wish we could lose the charade and pay players straight up. But when people are saying that a player is on the take, the negative stigma of "cheater" goes along with that whether it's fair or not. So declaring that a kid took money based entirely on the school he chose is pretty uncool. Very undude.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||There's a big difference between||
saying "School X pays a lot of recruits," and "Player A chose School X, so he must be on the take." It amazes me that people don't see that.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Really?||
I'm not saying that there aren't a bunch of kids taking money, but saying that nearly all 5-star players are on the take is just as presumptuous as saying only a few are. You have absolutely now idea how many players are taking money. How many is it? 20%? 50%? 90%? You have no idea, and no realiable means to give even an educated guess.
This is why it sounds like the sour grapes of a red-headed step-child to scream "bag men!" every time a good recruit heads south. It's pretty sad that this board feels the need to make itself feel better by conclusively calling every kid a materialistic cheater that succumbed to the influences of the bag men based on nothing more than his school choice. It's pathetic.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, but||
Just because other kids have taken money doesn't mean Kelly has. It seems pretty unfair to basically call a kid a cheater based solely on the school he chose. We have a problem speculating on which players will transfer, but we have no problem calling a kid a cheater for choosing to play in the South?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Whitecaps Game||
I went to a West Michigan Whitecaps game several years ago that Inge was playing in while doing a rehab stint. It was amazing how many Inge fans were there, and how similar they were. They were all 40+ year-old women carrying at least 200 lbs (and most missing a few teeth).
I have to admit, seeing them woo over Brandon Inge (the true 2006 WS MVP) was maybe the most entertaining part of the game.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||At the same time...||
Assuming Countess transfered for an easier path to playing time (a fairly substantial assumption), if he thinks he's got an NFL future, it doesn't make much sense to risk losing playing time when he can immediately transfer to another big football power and get guaranteed playing time.
Sentimentality and brotherhood is nice, but you have to look out for your best interests.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I'd argue that his insane||
I'd argue that his insane innings load over the last decade is pretty good evidence that he was willing to do what was best for the team at the expense of his health and longevity.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Wha?||
I'm a Cards fan, and this is patently ridiculous.
The Tigers don't go to either of the World Series without Verlander. This would be like if I said I didn't like Chris Carpenter because he's a jerk.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Indeed Your Right||
I just looked at their numbers. I still think Cespedes will be the better player over the next several seasons, but their numbers are similar enough that it wouldn't make sense for the Cubs to give up talent to get Cespedes.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Depth||
The Cubs need to make it to the playoffs first, and they'll need pitching depth to get there. Simon may not be the answer, but they need rotation help whether it's at the front end or back end.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||False||
The Cards got two compensatory draft picks that they turned into Michael Wacha (2013 NLCS MVP and 2015 All-Star) and Stephen Piscotty (one of their top prospects).
EDIT: For clarity's sake - true that Pujols walked via free agency; false that the Cards got squat in return
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Aggressively indeed||
The Cards final offer to Pujols was reportedly 10 years/$220 million. That's stupid. My Cards got lucky that Arte Moreno is even more stupid.
At the time I was devastated, but after about a week of grieving I saw that the Cards could move Berkman to 1B, sign someone like Beltran to a short-term deal, and have Craig fill in at both spots as needed. Meanwhile, the Cards could (and did) use the extra money to lock up Yadi and Wainright.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I forgot about Wada||
He's a decent 4th or 5th guy. His raw numbers looked good before he went down, but his peripherals weren't that great. I assume that's who you are refering to as the 4th solid starter?
Simon would definitely only be for depth, but the Cubs need depth in a bad way. With Wada out, their options for 4th and 5th starters are Clayton Richard, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, and a few AAA starters who aren't very good. Teams can get away with three starters once they are in the playoffs, but it's awfully hard to get there with only three guys.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Arrieta is very good.||
And the Cubs are absolutely not going to trade him. He's the ace of their staff (sorry Letster). Beyond Arrieta, Lester, and Hammel, the Cubs don't have anything. They have been extremely fortunate that all three have been healthy thus far. If the Cubs make a trade, it will likely be for an established SP, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a front-line guy. Simon could make some sense there if the Cubs balk at the demands for Price.
The more I think of it, though, Cespedes would fit well there. They have a hole in LF to fill. Coughlan shouldn't be the every-day player on a playoff team. I still don't think the Cubs give up any of their better prospects for anything but starting pitching.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Fleece the Cubs for pitching?||
Their farm system is stacked with bats, but has very little in pitching. Theo is famous for refusing to use top draft picks on pitching because he thinks they are unreliable and injury prone. The Cubs have essentially three good starting pitchers and that's it. For that reason DD might be able to bring back some impressive offensive talent for Price or Simon if they strike a deal with the Cubs. They are especially stocked with highly-regarded middle IFers.
The Mets are certainly desparate for offense, so the Tigers might be able to get one of their impressive young SPers back for Cespedes. The problem is that the Mets are already pot committed with Granderson and Cuddyer in the corner OF spots, so I'm not sure the Mets would go for it (especially since they fall further and further out of contention each day).
|28 weeks 6 days ago||One thought kept creeping into my brain last season...||
This is what it must be like to be a Cubs fan.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Honestly||
The Oregon loss the following week hurt even worse. After the App game it seemed like everyone was just stunned. Some people were writing it off as a fluke. But after a week of the worst loss in program history sinking in, taking a solid kick to the nuts from Oregon was.../sigh
I wasn't even really able to enjoy dominating Jimmy Clausen the following week.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||That game brings back painful memories||
I watched the game from a hospital room with a severly broken right humerus. It was a bad day. On the plus side, I was so hopped up on pain meds I didn't really care that much about the outcome.