2022 MLB General Season Chatter: Ghost Runners On The Half-Billion Dollar Infield

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i don't really care what it's called as long as 2022 MLB is in the title somewhere for search purposes

― na (NA), Monday, April 4, 2022 1:34 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Hello also to additional wild cards, designated hitters, and SD and TX fighting for the most expensive infield possible.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 16:05 (one month ago) link

woooo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gnEZ8NFI-E

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 16:13 (one month ago) link

should've made a nebulous rolling rap thread-esque title indecipherable to everyone else

trick SNA normies into accidentally clicking on a baseball thread out of curiosity and then trap them here forever

, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 16:25 (one month ago) link

come for the enigmatic thread title, stay for the willie mcgee highlights and baseball cards

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 16:31 (one month ago) link

They'll come to ILB for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your general chatter thread, not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past.

, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 16:54 (one month ago) link

it's a small thing, but i don't want umpires giving explanations. much quicker and more dramatic to make a gesture

see also in hockey when they do a goal review -- much better to just have the ref point at center ice to denote a good goal

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 20:11 (one month ago) link

i want the explanations, but i want them to come via choppy telephone calls, with a new person on the other end of the line every time

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 20:14 (one month ago) link

Should be done more like an obnoxious gender reveal, where the people in the front rows are in a degree of physical danger from ill set-up explosive devices

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 22:02 (one month ago) link

habemus strikum

j.q higgins, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 23:46 (one month ago) link

geez

…While…she…is…in…surgery…for…a brain tumor……………………,………:…? https://t.co/Q6rkTUYtCh

— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) April 4, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 23:59 (one month ago) link

Only one year left on the Albert Pujols contract

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 00:08 (one month ago) link

Holy shit. Had no idea about the brain tumour part!!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 00:41 (one month ago) link

former pirate great austin meadows to the tigers, btw; at $4m for 2 bWAR he was getting too pricey for tampa

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 02:16 (one month ago) link

Still no deal for Conforto. He turned down both a nine digit extension from the Mets last year, as well as qualifying offer this year, and now he might have to wait for the draft to pass.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 02:26 (one month ago) link

that is brutal

although he was not great last year and probably should have taken the QO

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 04:02 (one month ago) link

Boras client? Didn’t this happen to a few of his guys a few years ago too?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 04:25 (one month ago) link

Yeah, my guess is that Boras promised Conforto there would be a big market for him, even after the lackluster season.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 04:47 (one month ago) link

I’m sure everyone looks at what he got for Hosmer and thinks well why not

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 04:49 (one month ago) link

sensible policies for a happier america

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/opinion/baseball-nationalize.html

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 19:17 (one month ago) link

Meanwhile Ramirez signs an extension at a massive discount.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 19:22 (one month ago) link

Bleacher Report with some interesting predictatrons... including Manoah for Cy young (yes please!) and Roberts for MVP.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 00:14 (one month ago) link

i guess we didn't do a predictathing this year, huh?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 00:14 (one month ago) link

i enjoyed this result from the 2022 ZiPS projected standings

https://i.imgur.com/LYLNHK3.png

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-hopefully-not-horrifyingly-inaccurate-2022-zips-projections-american-league/

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 00:18 (one month ago) link

same record after 162 games, but somehow Jays have better playoff and WS odds?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 00:23 (one month ago) link

you can read the intro of the link for the methodology.

it involves running a monte carlo simulation with ONE MILLION virtual seasons.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 00:33 (one month ago) link

i am going to be watching so many free streams this year. fuck all of these billions of exclusive ways to watch things

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 04:06 (one month ago) link

happy opening day!

yeah i'll probably be streaming too. i don't think there's even a way for me to pay to watch white sox games legitimately without buying an entire cable package. i'll probably resubscribe to mlb.tv at some point later in the season when the price drops.

na (NA), Thursday, 7 April 2022 17:08 (one month ago) link

this is first year i won't be paying for mlb.com in...a long time.

the dealbreaker for me was the poor quality of the official mlb.com streams. i became accustomed to the the feed hiccuping and stuttering around every 5 minutes or so, almost always right as someone hit a ball or as runners were tearing around the bases. the official feed would often go all pixelated/low quality on me, i'd have to refresh the window several times per game, etc.

then, i'd switch to any one of the many unofficial streams, and it's almost always a perfect quality stream, zero interruptions the entire game, with the commercials removed. so much better. also, you don't have to move 1000 miles away from your favorite team to watch your favorite team's games that you paid for

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 17:18 (one month ago) link

btw, my go-to source for streams these days is

sp0rtsurge.net

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 17:19 (one month ago) link

ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. acknowledged an internal rift with former teammate Freddie Freeman during an interview late Wednesday, saying there's "nothing" that he'd miss about the first baseman.

definitely wasn't expecting this lol

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 7 April 2022 17:40 (one month ago) link

i'd read Freeman got on his case a while back about admiring a home run that turned out to not be a home run and i guess he's been stewing about it since

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 17:47 (one month ago) link

very happy that today is here, even if my team is not playing today

Bee OK, Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:15 (one month ago) link

i got MLV Extra Innings through DirecTV again this year for 139.99 and includes MLB.TV and i have never had an issue streaming

Bee OK, Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:19 (one month ago) link

happy opening day from my family

https://i.imgur.com/S67FXmm.jpg

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:20 (one month ago) link

i'll be watching Waino pitch this afternoon!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:29 (one month ago) link

VERY NICE! are you there right now? god, to hear the organ and see the clydesdales is just the best

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:37 (one month ago) link

going to the home opener in Milwaukee, pretty excited

KM you and I are now enemies until October

frogbs, Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:51 (one month ago) link

oh goodness no. I'm in Toronto. i just want to watch baseball, and I choose Wainwright over Witt.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 20:06 (one month ago) link

JOIN THE LIST FROGBS, let's fukken do this

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 20:21 (one month ago) link

also, check this out, lol

Noah Syndergaard calls #Angels new team to beat in LA, says slumping Mookie Betts "could use a protein shake" 👀 pic.twitter.com/n0WZke885U

— FAX Sports: MLB  (@MLBONFAX) April 5, 2022

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 20:21 (one month ago) link

is that real?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 7 April 2022 20:32 (one month ago) link

shit. i posted on the hot stove thread that ke'bryan hayes had just gotten an eight-year extension. he struck out, missed a couple close plays in the outfield (it's very windy though), and just came out of the game with an apparent wrist injury. all in the first inning.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 20:40 (one month ago) link

what list

frogbs, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:11 (one month ago) link

oh, i was just kidding. the legions of people who don't understand that the cardinals are america's team

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:16 (one month ago) link

;)

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:17 (one month ago) link

Cheers from this Ruthian Omni Canine and Ever-Slumping Human Vegan
https://i.imgur.com/iocS7vH.png

francisF, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:18 (one month ago) link

whats a better nickname for Chicago, Scrubs or Cubes

frogbs, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:20 (one month ago) link

<3 francisF

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:22 (one month ago) link

Scrubs is perfect

francisF, Thursday, 7 April 2022 21:26 (one month ago) link

Fuck Michele Tafoya.

Bee OK, Monday, 16 May 2022 02:23 (one week ago) link

Your eyes are not deceiving you. pic.twitter.com/cAv8yhHjr2

— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 16, 2022

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Monday, 16 May 2022 03:03 (one week ago) link

the final pitch of the game was a 46.6 mph curveball

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Monday, 16 May 2022 03:05 (one week ago) link

should have posted on that all on the He Reigneth thread

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Monday, 16 May 2022 03:05 (one week ago) link

this is gonna be the thing that keeps him below 100 rWAR

, Monday, 16 May 2022 06:14 (one week ago) link

my brain is fried today so sorry if this is a dumb question, but why didn't ke bryan hayes' RBI count as a hit (in the reds' no-hitter loss)?

na (NA), Monday, 16 May 2022 15:44 (one week ago) link

Ruled as a fielders choice I believe.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 16 May 2022 15:47 (one week ago) link

Naturally I'm extremely pleased to see that Pujols throws the eephus

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 16 May 2022 15:55 (one week ago) link

xxp hayes *almost* hit into a double play but beat the throw to first

mookieproof, Monday, 16 May 2022 16:39 (one week ago) link

right ... i don't really get the baseball scoring logic of that not counting as a hit - he hit the ball and ended up on first without an error. i guess the idea is he probably would have been out if he had been the only runner.

na (NA), Monday, 16 May 2022 16:43 (one week ago) link

right

Tracer Hand, Monday, 16 May 2022 16:45 (one week ago) link

lol sorry for that last post where i make an argument and then immediately counter my own argument.

na (NA), Monday, 16 May 2022 16:46 (one week ago) link

the answer was within you all along

Tracer Hand, Monday, 16 May 2022 18:04 (one week ago) link

The top 5 for household rating are:

St Louis Cardinals – 7.52
Milwaukee Brewers – 5.21
Kansas City Royals – 4.80
San Diego Padres – 4.59
Detroit Tigers – 4.23

it's confirmed: we've got jack shit to do in the midwest

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 17 May 2022 04:32 (one week ago) link

that pujols pitching performance will go down with the great beltre/colon videos

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 19 May 2022 05:40 (one week ago) link

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/05/chris-paddack-undergoes-tommy-john-surgery.html

The Padres dodged a bullet there, so much so, that that trade seems fishie.

Bee OK, Thursday, 19 May 2022 06:08 (one week ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/cDxLCo1.png

*2 New Challengers Enter the Tournament*

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:14 (one week ago) link

oops, sorry - the number on the right is sprint speed (ft/s). they are the bottom 4 in MLB. the number in the column to the left is the number of "sprints" that are being measured

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:15 (one week ago) link

i attributed maldonado's presence a few weeks ago to small sample size, but he has REALLY lost a step. last year he was running 23.5 ft/s, which is still very slow for a baseball player, but muuuuuch faster than he's running now. is he injured?

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:18 (one week ago) link

aaron judge hitting two homers and then bitching about camden yards’ new wall because he didn’t get a third is lame af

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 May 2022 18:48 (one week ago) link

Johnny Cueto owns an ambulance that transforms into a portable sound wall with 54 speakers. It's just another reason he is The Most Interesting Man In Baseball. Story at ESPN, free and unlocked, on the legend of leisure -- and, it turns out, work ethic: https://t.co/goh3wgnmGp pic.twitter.com/r3TAMiWFPl

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 21, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 21 May 2022 16:04 (six days ago) link

Yes let’s glorify the rich and their extravagant lifestyles its totally healthy

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 21 May 2022 16:32 (six days ago) link

What sucks even more is Donaldson saying he did it to him starting last year, and didn’t understand why it was a big deal now. After Anderson had even let it slide the first time he did it in the game yesterday. Everyone know someone like a Josh Donaldson. Fuck him is right. How many Jackie Robinson tributes has he seen in his life?

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Sunday, 22 May 2022 13:46 (five days ago) link

I realize Donaldson can be an asshole - but if Anderson was comparing himself to Robinson, it kind of opens himself up to some ribbing.

there's a lot to say on that, but in short, i completely disagree. and regardless, there is no way that the pattern of behavior going back to last year, with Anderson alone (who knows how many other players he is doing this to) is "some ribbing"

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Sunday, 22 May 2022 16:54 (five days ago) link

it's not something that requires banning or disciplinary action, that sounds like it would be a complete mess. but Donaldson should stfu for the rest of his life

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Sunday, 22 May 2022 16:54 (five days ago) link

Yeah, gentle ribbing does not lead to on field brawls. Donaldson should know better. It’s not like I need another reason to dislike the Yankees.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:35 (five days ago) link

yadier molina has joined prince albert in the career 36.00 ERA club

mookieproof, Sunday, 22 May 2022 19:32 (five days ago) link

yankees fans both booing tim anderson and chanting ‘jackie’ at him tonight

mookieproof, Monday, 23 May 2022 00:10 (four days ago) link

The Padres spanked The Giants this weekend, they outplayed them in every aspect. This Giants team is not even close to what they were last year.

Posey effect.

Bee OK, Monday, 23 May 2022 00:14 (four days ago) link

On to the Mets...

Bee OK, Monday, 23 May 2022 00:15 (four days ago) link

sorry to parachute into the thread like this, but i was curious *why* Anderson brought up Jackie in that old interview and now having read it, *that* - that he said that - is the dumbest part of all of this!

i thought at least maybe he was the only out player or something. he's the Jackie Robinson of *bringing fun back to the game*?!

alpine static, Monday, 23 May 2022 07:20 (four days ago) link

Without bringing Robinson's name into it, if Anderson really sees himself as a pioneer of "fun" as that 2019 article suggests, then he's opening himself to ridicule. But it wouldn't surprise me if the name calling had gotten out of hand since then, not at all. To be on the safe side, it would be best for all the players involved in this to STFU from now on.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 23 May 2022 08:14 (four days ago) link

i'm sure ben shapiro fan josh donaldson simply found TA's comparison gauche, no other reason he'd bring it up 3 years later out of the blue i'm sure

, Monday, 23 May 2022 11:04 (four days ago) link

He said he’d brought it up before, which is why he was caught off guard by the reaction.

I just watched the craziest game I have ever seen. Mets went up by three after trailing by six runs. Joc Paterson hit three home run. Giants then were down again by one in the ninth and win 13-12.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 05:42 (two days ago) link

Lol Joc said he was chatting with Barry Bonds before the game and said it probably rubbed off on him.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 05:46 (two days ago) link

What a game, I love baseball.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 05:48 (two days ago) link

I don’t know if anyone deserved to win that game though, pretty bad pitching and lots of fielding gaffes. Ball was flying everywhere like it was Coors field.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 13:44 (two days ago) link

Lol Joc said he was chatting with Barry Bonds before the game and said it probably rubbed off on him.

― Bee OK, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:46 AM (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

insert flaxseed oil joke

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 14:16 (two days ago) link

What a great playlist I just made. pic.twitter.com/35mT7nwP99

— Nationals on Reddit (@NatsOnReddit) May 25, 2022

mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 21:46 (two days ago) link

Holy fuck. If my neighbours were asleep, they’re not anymore

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 23:49 (two days ago) link

the yankees have signed utterly washed-up cardinals legend matt carpenter and are using him tonight as a designated hitter, which seems like a slap in the face to everyone else in the organization

mookieproof, Friday, 27 May 2022 00:30 (three hours ago) link

i have just heard about this, along with the news that he shaved and looks weird, and i am desperately searching for info

apparently he was putting up above average production in AAA for the rangers, which would be the first sustained period of non-awfulness for him since maybe 2018?

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Friday, 27 May 2022 00:32 (three hours ago) link

Our first look at Matt Carpenter in his Yankees threads! pic.twitter.com/H65bm89DQI

— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 26, 2022

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Friday, 27 May 2022 00:33 (three hours ago) link

he can still draw walks i guess

mookieproof, Friday, 27 May 2022 00:35 (three hours ago) link

David Strathairn, DH


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