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08/01/2018 - 12:56pm While I think you're right,…

While I think you're right, statements like that make me nervous. The mentality that a coach would never do anything wrong has brought a number of programs down dark routes. 

05/06/2018 - 4:42pm My two favorites

are "Money Ball" and "Ball Four." Ball Four is hilarious

05/02/2018 - 3:24pm I never said he wasn't good, but...

people tend to talk about him like he's the MJ of baseball. He was a good hitter for a long time (while not a great defender) and was a key cog on 5 championship teams. He's certainly worthy of the HOF, but he falls well short of a Mount Rushmore of baseball players.

05/02/2018 - 3:11pm Cherry picking

Picking a dude's BA on May 2nd is not at all representative of his overall quality. The crowd that hates Harper and is eager to call him overrated is so large that he's probably underrated by the general public.

05/02/2018 - 2:58pm I know he's got Michigan ties, but...

Derek Jeter is/was pretty overrated. Still a great player, but overrated.

04/06/2018 - 9:41pm Honorable mention goes to

Honorable mention goes to Zach Novak losing his mind during the A&M game

02/04/2018 - 1:52pm MLB signs are done during a

MLB signs are done during a game out in the public. If you're able to tell what they mean by looking at them, good for you. The Pats illegally got tape from their opponent's closed practice prior to the Super Bowl. Those two things are not the same.

02/04/2018 - 12:14pm Deflategate was a makeup call

Deflategate is the dumbest and most insignificant "scandal" I have ever seen. It was a makeup call by the NFL for sweeping spygate under the rug, which was legit cheating that helped beat the Rams in the Super Bowl. Without spygate, the Rams very likely win.

12/04/2017 - 9:42pm I live in Omaha

If you can't get along with Nebraska fans, you can't get along with anybody

10/19/2016 - 9:58am So long as the Cubs lose, we'll be ok. <br><br>-Mankind

So long as the Cubs lose, we'll be ok.

-Mankind

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09/26/2016 - 5:12pm Are you missing the Wisconsin

Are you missing the Wisconsin blog's sarcasm or am I missing your sarcasm?

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01/18/2016 - 5:17pm 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.

01/18/2016 - 5:10pm 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.

01/18/2016 - 5:03pm 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.

01/18/2016 - 4:56pm 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.

01/18/2016 - 4:47pm So...

in the NL everyone does hit.

01/18/2016 - 4:44pm 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.

11/07/2015 - 5:45pm You also wouldn't have any

You also wouldn't have any referees.

11/07/2015 - 5:44pm Apparently this actually is a thing

Unfair Tactics Rule 9-2-2
ARTICLE 2. a. No player shall conceal the ball in or beneath his clothing or equipment or substitute any other article for the ball.
b. No simulated replacements or substitutions may be used to confuse opponents. No tactic associated with substitutes or the substitution process may be used to confuse opponents (Rule 3-5-2-e) (A.R. 9-2-2-IVII).
c. No equipment may be used to confuse opponents (Rule 1-4-2-e).
PENALTY [a-c] 15 yards from the previous spot [S27]. Flagrant offenders shall be disqualified

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.

08/06/2015 - 2:00pm 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.

Also, as you said, the folks on MLB Network seem much more comfortable to say what's on their mind without everything having to be a hot take. It's refreshing.

08/04/2015 - 5:10pm 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.

With that said, DD has been a very good GM, this is a curious move.

07/24/2015 - 2:13pm Here's a pretty good take

that gives some wider context on what he said.

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/23/colin-cowherd-wonders-how-…

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."

07/23/2015 - 2:40pm 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)

07/22/2015 - 9:47pm 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.

07/22/2015 - 9:11pm 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.

07/22/2015 - 9:05pm 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.

07/22/2015 - 8:20pm 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?

07/22/2015 - 12:22pm 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.

07/22/2015 - 11:32am 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.

07/21/2015 - 3:21pm 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.

07/21/2015 - 2:33pm 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.

07/21/2015 - 2:16pm 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.

07/21/2015 - 2:11pm 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.

07/21/2015 - 2:07pm 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

07/21/2015 - 2:06pm 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.

07/21/2015 - 12:47pm 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.

07/21/2015 - 11:59am 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.

07/21/2015 - 11:38am 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).

07/20/2015 - 9:15pm One thought kept creeping into my brain last season...

This is what it must be like to be a Cubs fan. 

07/20/2015 - 9:13pm 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. 

07/20/2015 - 9:04pm 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.

07/15/2015 - 10:28am It's funny

I watch the Cards on FSMW all the time, and I find McCarver much more tolerable without Buck in the booth with him. Still not good, but not as bad.

Side note: I don't understand the hatred for Harold Reynolds. Sure, he's not the most brilliant commentator out there, but he's pretty entertaining. Let's face it: there aren't many good color guys out there. HR is one of the better ones by default.

07/15/2015 - 12:21am People screaming that this

People screaming that this country is going to hell for one reason or another is our country's new favorite pasttime. So...yeah, you exemplify quite a bit about it.

07/14/2015 - 11:42pm Dude...

Odd year. It's the Cards' turn to win the pennant.

07/14/2015 - 11:41pm I mean...

I agree with you that Take Me Out To The Ball Game is what they should be playing, but to say this country is lost because they chose to sing a particular song at a baseball game is a stretch.

I think you're watching too much cable news...lots of hyperbole, sensationalism, and illogical extrapolation.

07/14/2015 - 10:31pm Who needs roids

when you have 7 consecutive gold gloves.

07/14/2015 - 10:16pm Whoa

Interesting chest protector for Yadi

07/14/2015 - 10:01pm Of course...

it's the Dodgers choking for the NL.

07/14/2015 - 8:51pm Drink?

Drink?

07/12/2015 - 10:10am Ugh

Believe it or not, your farts do not smell good.