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Posted 4/11/2018 11:46 PM


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And here I thought that it was bad enough that the attendance for tonight's Mets-Marlins game in Miami was listed at about 6,000. Minor league games draw bigger crowds than we have seen in some of these MLB ballparks so far this year.

I would be all for shortening the season, in terms of both games and the amount of time on the calendar. But I doubt very much that the owners or players for that matter would go for it. Given that they would figure to lose a considerable amount of $$$.
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Posted 4/12/2018 7:39 AM


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I give Nolan Arenado of the Rockies the decision over Yankee Tyler Austin or whatever his name is. Arenado at least charged the mound after being hit and if the Padres pitcher hadn't put it in reverse he would have gotten his block knocked off. One of the more entertaining basebrawls of late . In Boston after the Yankee got beaned he threw his helmet down in disgust waited a good 5 seconds to see if the catcher would stop him then proceeded to the mound, giving it an air of Marquis de Queensbury I really don't want to fight feel to it.

Baseball fever catch it !
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Posted 4/16/2018 9:43 PM


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Sure my Rangers are 6-12 and have a bunch of minor leaguers filling in for a rash of injuries. But old enough to witness some of the the best baseball played in the mid 70's Cinncinatti big RED Machine are the 2018 version the worst club in baseball ?
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Posted 4/19/2018 9:34 PM


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Speaking of the Reds, Bryan Price is relieved of his managerial duties only 18 games into the season.

After four seasons at the helm in Cincinnati with an abysmal record, it was definitely time to make a change.

But having said that, Price did not have the talent that his predecessor Dusty Baker had during his managerial stint. To be sure, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Chin Soo Choo, Johnny Cueto, Ardolis Chapman, Bronson Arroyo, and Mike Leake were all traded or departed for free agency during the Price era.

Their replacements to this point (especially in the pitching staff) have not been able to compensate for the losses. Thus, the Cincy teardown has not been successful, as it has in such places as Houston and Chicago.

Good luck interim manager Jim Riggelman. You will need it. The days of the Lou Piniella Reds of the early 90's, let alone the Sparky Anderson Big Red Machine glory days of the 1970's feel like ions ago.
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Posted 4/22/2018 11:07 AM


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It's too early to tell but some in the New Yawk tabloids are intimating Johnny Carlo Stanton might not be a New Yawk type fit. Meaning it's one thing to smack fifty homers in obsurity playing for a team in the Florida everglades under witness protection. Quite another doing it under the microscope of the rotten apple.

We shall see. Think it was Ed Whitson a pitcher of some note had success pitching in empty stadiums in other cities. Came to New Yawk and practically had to get a room at Bellevue.


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Posted 5/10/2018 10:19 PM


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The Mets batted out of order the other day in the first inning. Killing a rally in a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the worst team in baseball. Other then that the Hindenburg had good velocity that day . Oh my, the Mickey Calloway honeymoon is just about over in Gotham.

You could almost give the manager a pass when the dummies go to the plate out of order what he's got signs to give strategy etc what the hell is the " bench coaches " job then. Isn't he the lieutenant in the dugout. Was he preoccupied with the sunflower seeds ?
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Posted 5/11/2018 10:53 PM


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My kind of baseball. 1-0 Rangers over Astros Cole Hamels bests Justin Verlander. If things continue into July and Texas is irrelevant in the tough as nails AL West look for Cole Hamels to end up in Yankeeland or Red Sux zip code for a nice " prospects " package. Clint Frazier would look nice in Arlington.
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Posted 5/12/2018 8:24 PM


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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. One time New York Mets pitching ace Matt Harvey (who just a few years ago was considered to be one of the most prized prospects in all of baseball) is dealt to the lowly Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco. It will be interesting to see if Harvey approaching free agency will remain in Cincy past the trading deadline or might he be dealt to a contender.

But far more intriguing than Harvey insofar as the destination of free agents to be will be the question of where infielder Manny Machado will wind up. The O's are going nowhere in 2018, so in the likely event that Machado will sign elsewhere at season's end, might it be more prudent for Baltimore to trade Machado before the deadline, so they could get a boatload of prospects for him rather than just a couple of draft picks?

Speaking of free agents:
From the free-agent starting pitching class of 2018, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn and Jason Vargas are a combined 1-13 with a 7.81 ERA. And earning a combined $57 million this year!
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Posted 5/15/2018 10:42 PM


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Since Robinson Cano busted his hand getting hit by a pitch does his 80 game suspension start after he's all fixed up or does his 80 game start after police commissioner Manfred came down with the hammer ?
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Posted 5/16/2018 9:57 AM


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Quote: Since Robinson Cano busted his hand getting hit by a pitch does his 80 game suspension start after he's all fixed up or does his 80 game start after police commissioner Manfred came down with the hamm...

The 80 game suspension begins immediately upon its announcement because Robinson Cano is not appealing it. Thus assuming his injury has healed by then, Cano will not be eligible to play until around mid-August.

But the most staggering part of the suspension is that Cano will NOT be eligible for the post-season, should the Mariners finally get there. Something they have not done since their historic 116-46 2001 regular season.

Talk about bad luck. The M's are right in the thick of it in the AL West upper echeleon with LA and Houston to this point. Make no mistake about it. Cano's absence will be a significant loss to the lineup.

My guess is that Seattle will move Dee Gordon from center field back to second base, a position he played in the NL with both the Dodgers and Marlins. Such a move will free up center field for Guillermo Heredia, who brings to the table thus far this season an impressive .397 on base percentage.

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