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Happy Opening Day!

Anyone else gonna be watching?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:19 (eight months ago) link

god, i wish. i watched a ton of baseball the last 2 years, "working" from home. now, as a working 9-5 stiff, i am pissed that opening day is entirely made up of afternoon games on a thursday

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:22 (eight months ago) link

Oh shoot, I meant season opener. This season is scheduled to begin on the EXOTIC island nation of Japon in a mere 3 hours. ESPN/MLB.TV will be airing it live.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:29 (eight months ago) link

oh dang, i forgot about that!

i will be missing it, unless this night goes even more toward the gutter than it already has

but i hope ichiro does well.

and also...that reminds me - is he going to retire after this opening series?

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:33 (eight months ago) link

i haven't heard that from anywhere, but it just kind of makes sense

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:36 (eight months ago) link

I would imagine so. He only played a handful of games last season.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:37 (eight months ago) link

next time let me know when the season starts

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:09 (eight months ago) link

Welp doc, it's definitely not a pitcher's duel lol.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:10 (eight months ago) link

ESPN crew pronouncing Haniger's name incorrectly.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:13 (eight months ago) link

There were crazy amount of homers in this game.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:55 (eight months ago) link

Tokyo Dome has very similar dimensions to Tropicana Field that has normalized air pressure system making it a slight hitter's park with a tendency to produce more homers than the average NPB stadium.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:14 (eight months ago) link

I just lurk here but I'm really happy baseball's back.

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:36 (eight months ago) link

Have we talked about the Wander Franco brothers yet? Three brothers who share the same name, all currently playing in the minors:

http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=677551#/career/R/hitting/2018/ALL
http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=645566#/career/R/hitting/2018/ALL
http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=622568#/career/R/hitting/2019/ALL

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 22 March 2019 19:53 (eight months ago) link

the one with the rays did some very impressive things in the appy league last year

mookieproof, Friday, 22 March 2019 20:16 (eight months ago) link

Ryne Harper turns 30 on Wednesday. This was the first big-league camp of his career. He made it to the big leagues with Seattle for 3 days in 2017 but never played. Was up in Boston and Denver. Rocco Baldelli was very happy to inform him about 40 minutes ago.

— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesMLB) March 25, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 25 March 2019 20:57 (eight months ago) link

Teams that enter the 2019 season with faith and hope: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Indians, Twins, Astros, Athletics, Angels, Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Braves, Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Pirates, Dodgers, Rockies, Padres, Diamondbacks

Teams that enter 2019 without faith and hope: Blue Jays, Orioles, White Sox, Tigers, Royals, Rangers, Mariners, Marlins, Giants

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/mlb-faith-and-hope-report-2019.html

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 02:45 (eight months ago) link

seems over-positive

i can see why the reds and padres are optimistic, but i don't think they're really going to contend. nor do i have much faith/hope in the angels/pirates/diamondbacks

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 03:07 (eight months ago) link

I can confirm that, at the team level, we have little faith and less hope.

clemenza, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 04:14 (eight months ago) link

i think the padres have a chance of contending if all of their young hotshot players are good sooner than expected. the reds should be feeling better about the direction they're moving in but it doesn't seem likely that they're going to be the team to win the NL central. i agree about the angels, pirates, and diamondbacks.

na (NA), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:48 (eight months ago) link

Source: Fernando Tatis Jr. will be on the Padres’ Opening Day roster. If any GM was going to do something like this, A.J. Preller seemed like the one.

— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) March 27, 2019

Andy K, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:28 (eight months ago) link

padres are gonna be v. interesting! i am excited to see chris paddack, who has a) *very* little experience b) absolutely *insane* numbers

in 177.2 minor league innings he's had 230 K, 20 BB, .805 WHIP; this spring training it was 20 K and 2 BB in 12.2 IP

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 03:23 (eight months ago) link

The White Sox confirmed Tuesday what a $43 million contract seemed to signal: Eloy Jimenez will begin the season in the major leagues.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-spt-white-sox-eloy-jimenez-opening-day-roster-20190326-story.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUeIQ92Azn4

Andy K, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 03:54 (eight months ago) link

angels' opening day left fielder is apparently . . . peter bourjos. he is .229/.284/.372 over the last four seasons

padres made a waiver claim on (former d-backs) outfielder socrates brito; they don't actually need another outfielder and it is being surmised that they claimed him just to fuck over the d-backs' depth after souza's injury

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:06 (eight months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2wzdKHX0AAVGfs.jpg:small

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:32 (eight months ago) link

i enjoyed these, especially the jim thome one

http://youtu.be/MEjD17Q7stA

maura, Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:10 (eight months ago) link

6 HRs in Brewers/Cards so far, including one by Jhoulys Chacin (lmao)

frogbs, Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:21 (eight months ago) link

who needs a DH?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:24 (eight months ago) link

you could make a solid rotation out of all the Milwaukee SPs who have hurt themselves running the bases over the last five years

frogbs, Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:27 (eight months ago) link

lorenzo cain did the torii

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:47 (eight months ago) link

that was a pretty nice opening day game

frogbs, Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:55 (eight months ago) link

The Rangers TV crew has zero personality.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:39 (eight months ago) link

dodgers hit 8 homers on opening day. if this is van scoyoc's doing, i'm all in.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:47 (eight months ago) link

no personality would be an improvement on the pirates tv crew

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:51 (eight months ago) link

Briefly had the urge to get MLB The Show 19 until I looked up what a PS4 Pro costs.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:07 (eight months ago) link

I’m really liking it. But I’ve only played about 6 hours of it.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:35 (eight months ago) link

same

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:48 (eight months ago) link

did i already complain about opening day taking place during the afternoon of a weekday? sure was fun to read the boxscore of my favorite team's game after it was over

Karl Malone, Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:49 (eight months ago) link

It's just hard to drop $400 + the game when I already have an XBox and only play one or two games a year.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:56 (eight months ago) link

if the Indians score more than zero runs per game this year I will be surprised

brownie, Friday, 29 March 2019 00:22 (eight months ago) link

the day after opening day is always such a buzzkill

na (NA), Friday, 29 March 2019 15:32 (eight months ago) link

was hoping royals/white sox would get rained out yesterday so we'd have a day game today

mookieproof, Friday, 29 March 2019 15:55 (eight months ago) link

That’s really cool.

There’s a great track on The Show 19 by High Tatras. They’ve only released one EP and info on them on the internet is very scarce. I assume the band either know someone at SDS or someone there is a fan of super unknown indie music. Anyway, I can’t find the track from The Show 19 anywhere.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Friday, 29 March 2019 16:59 (eight months ago) link

Seems weird to play on Thursday and then not play on a Friday night.

earlnash, Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:23 (eight months ago) link

interesting name, interesting pitching profile

https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2019/3/29/18286586/nick-margevicius-san-diego-padres-starter-velocity-fastball-curveball

johnny crunch, Saturday, 30 March 2019 01:25 (eight months ago) link

3 HRs for goldschmidt, and hopefully a chance for 4 in the 9th. the lone out he made tonight was a screaming line drive to deep center at 108 mph EV

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:15 (eight months ago) link

that's like as many HRs as he hit in the first 2 months last season.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:50 (eight months ago) link

spurred by st louis-style bagels

mookieproof, Saturday, 30 March 2019 04:35 (eight months ago) link

bagel bites?

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 05:21 (eight months ago) link

I didn't believe it at first, but when the Padres won on opening day, it was the first time they were over .500 since June 8, 2015.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 30 March 2019 05:31 (eight months ago) link

Cards lose in 19 innings; another 24-pitcher game!

division lead down to 2.5

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 12:12 (two months ago) link

regular season games should probably end in a tie after 12 innings

k3vin k., Wednesday, 25 September 2019 13:39 (two months ago) link

No! This isn't hockey.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:58 (two months ago) link

would be better for pitchers (and rosters) and no one needs a 17 inning game in july imo

k3vin k., Wednesday, 25 September 2019 21:58 (two months ago) link

The Indians went 18-1 against the Tigers this year (a record).

The Astros tied that record with yesterday's win (18-1 vs the Mariners).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 26 September 2019 07:53 (two months ago) link

top 5 in bWAR, all players

Bellinger 8.6
Trout 8.3
Bregman 8.2
Semien 8.0
deGrom 7.9

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 26 September 2019 17:41 (two months ago) link

Ask me if I care Pete

— Mike Minor (@MikeMinor36) September 26, 2019

Andy K, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:00 (two months ago) link

lmao that Mike Minor game was incredible, much respect to the Red Sox for repeatedly popping up on the first pitch to try to stop him from getting it

frogbs, Friday, 27 September 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

Congrats to the Rays making the playoffs despite having the lowest payroll in the league, and the second lowest attendance. They deserve more.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 28 September 2019 02:45 (two months ago) link

i know essentially nothing about tampa bay-area geography, but some local columnist recently called out the fans and the response was like 'it takes multiple hours to get there unless you live in st. petersburg'

between that and the money and the catwalks, might as well watch it on tv

mookieproof, Saturday, 28 September 2019 02:58 (two months ago) link

one sad thing about pete kozma is that he was not good enough to play on the 2019 detroit tigers

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Saturday, 28 September 2019 17:10 (two months ago) link

Yarbrough is such a crap pitcher... good luck Rays.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 28 September 2019 19:43 (two months ago) link

what to watch for today besides NL Central?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 September 2019 16:23 (two months ago) link

Nice moment:

https://www.mlb.com/news/madison-bumgarner-s-final-at-bat-vs-clayton-kershaw

clemenza, Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00 (two months ago) link

:,(

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 30 September 2019 00:17 (two months ago) link

The Angels have fired Brad Ausmus.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 30, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 17:53 (two months ago) link

That’ll get Albert fired up!

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Monday, 30 September 2019 17:59 (two months ago) link

No Angel pitched more than 100 IP in 2019, is that Ausmus fault?

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 18:08 (two months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EFuzxyUUYAEuNdM?format=jpg&name=small

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 18:11 (two months ago) link

as time goes by i am certain that very few managerial changes are tied strongly to "fault"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 September 2019 18:14 (two months ago) link

longest tenured manager with their current team in the NL is now.....Craig Counsell

frogbs, Monday, 30 September 2019 18:19 (two months ago) link

did maddon ever get any shit for basically stealing rick renteria's job? it's not illegal or anything, but some people would not have done it

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 18:28 (two months ago) link

In the position player’s top 30 in fWAR, nine are third basemen.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 19:01 (two months ago) link

lol... can't wait to see which 3B defense buff is being applied.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 30 September 2019 20:15 (two months ago) link

if you look at just wRC+ (hitting only), 7 of the top 30 are 3B, and 9 of the top 34.

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Monday, 30 September 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

there are just a lot of good 3B right now, and many of them are also excellent defenders in addition to being good hitters.

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Monday, 30 September 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

in baseball's reference oWAR, there is 9 3b in the top 30. As Karl said, I really don't think it's a fluke.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 21:54 (two months ago) link

oWAR counts positions too, but yeah 3B is a deep position right now

k3vin k., Monday, 30 September 2019 21:56 (two months ago) link

weirdly this was the first season since 2005 that a player didn't "break" Bobby Bonds' previously held record of strikeouts by a batter in a season (Eugenio Suarez tied him w/189!).

omar little, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:05 (two months ago) link

after adjusting for the average strikeout% per season, rob deer's 1987 is the modern single season strikeout record. he struck out the modern-day equivalent of 923 times that year

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:11 (two months ago) link

that graph clearly indicating the only thing in baseball that needs to be "fixed"

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:12 (two months ago) link

we need to walk more people, clearly.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:14 (two months ago) link

i appreciate the added breeze from whiffing on a humid day

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:21 (two months ago) link

i have to admit i'm curious what a sudden return to late 1920s baseball (post-deadball, low strikeouts+walks) would look like in the modern era

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:25 (two months ago) link

general charlie morton / lol pirates question (for mookie, probably): why is he so good now when he was so mediocre in the NL for so long?

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:34 (two months ago) link

i haven't really seen enough of AL morton, but for one thing, he seems to be throwing significantly harder. the pirates/ray searage (rip) theory dictated pitching inside and throwing ground balls, which morton was theoretically perfect for -- i mean his nickname was ground chuck. maybe he was trying to paint the edges too much? the astros seem to have freed him (and cole) to simply throw the ball by people.

two years old, but: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/charlie-morton-now-dictating-his-own-fate

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:52 (two months ago) link

Sinker usage rate went from high 50% to 20%

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:21 (two months ago) link

BREAKING: Angels employee tells DEA about extensive opioid use with Tyler Skaggs, that he told two team officials about Skaggs' abuse, and named other players as having used opioids, sources tell OTL.https://t.co/YGmF58mX7M

— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) October 12, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 12 October 2019 19:58 (one month ago) link

Kay told DEA investigators that hours before Skaggs' death in July, Skaggs was in his Southlake Hilton hotel room and texted Kay to visit him, according to a source familiar with what Kay told the DEA. Kay also told investigators that Skaggs snorted three lines of crushed opioids in front of him, the sources said. Kay recognized that two of the lines could have been crushed oxycodone, but the third was not a substance he recognized, the sources said. Kay said he did not take any drugs despite being offered them by Skaggs, the sources said, because he was on a medication that would have negated the effects.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:01 (one month ago) link

Holy shit. I wonder if this will blow up bigger than just Skaggs or if this was just a dude with a problem.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 13 October 2019 02:12 (one month ago) link

this piece argues the latter


https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/10/12/major-league-baseball-has-an-opioid-problem-now-what/

maura, Sunday, 13 October 2019 03:29 (one month ago) link

er the former, sorry.

maura, Sunday, 13 October 2019 03:29 (one month ago) link

Phillies' mgr candidates:

Buck Showalter
Joe Girardi
Dusty Baker

2 lols outta 3

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 14:15 (one month ago) link

Phillies hire Girardi.

It's his next logical stop on Morbs' personal shitlist.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:07 (one month ago) link

padres hire Jayce Tingler, which i'm pretty sure is a made-up name

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:19 (one month ago) link

I have a real soft spot for Girardi, it's funny he's only 55 but w/ how much the game's changed he might as well be Connie Mack

He'll be good for them

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:53 (one month ago) link

I heard the two fucking morning morons on WFAN interviewing Jon Heyman (who seems like a genius in that context), and they are livid that Girardi didn't go to the Mets. Among other things, it never occurred to them that he doesn't want any part of the Wilpons.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:20 (one month ago) link

i forget which recent thread (hof?) had some good discussion on catching framing/metrics, including the big boost in fWAR that some players got in the process. but resuming that discussion here, i guess, i share the skepticism about the numbers, and even if they're reliable, i agree that it sucks that it's only incorporated for games back to 2007 (or whatever year it goes back to), for comparative purposes.

but i thought this was a good, simple explanation of how the numbers really can be so dramatic:

http://tangotiger.com/index.php/site/article/statcast-lab-catcher-framing-wowy-at-the-individual-game-level

i'd excerpt some of it here but there are images that are important and i'm lazy right now

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Friday, 25 October 2019 02:25 (one month ago) link


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