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Posted 6/21/2018 11:11 PM


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The Phillies are said to be interested in 18 million $ Adrian Beltre ? Man's been on the DL 4 times in a yr and a half. He's a DH with legs that can't play 3rd every day anymore. No DH to hide in with NL baseball. No Beltre is an AL player through and through at 39. Time for Jurikson Profar to play the hot corner every day in Texas.
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Posted 6/26/2018 9:25 PM


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Quote: The Phillies are said to be interested in 18 million $ Adrian Beltre ? Man's been on the DL 4 times in a yr and a half. He's a DH with legs that can't play 3rd every day anymore. No DH to hide in with...

The Phillies would be foolish to make such a move for the aging Beltre. They have a young player at third base in Maikel Franco. If they have given up on Franco and seek to trade him, they could shift over currently disabled prized prospect shortstop J.P. Crawford to third once he becomes activated with Scott Kingery remaining at short.

Regardless, Philadelphia has been one of the best stories of this 2018 season. The fruits of their five year rebuilding program (a la the Houston Astros) seem to be coming to fruition with the development of a young, talented nucleus.

Carlos Santana, Reese Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, Cesar Hernandez, etc., plus the aforementioned Crawford, Franco, and Kingery all figure to be the core for years to come along with a developing young pitching staff of Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta, et al anchored by veteran ace Jake Arrieta to go along with an improving bullpen headed up by Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, etc.

What is unknown at this point is if the Phillies will go the free agency route in pursuing after the season coveted free agents Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. Philly has a lot of payroll flexibility with Santana and Arrieta being the only players currently making any significant $$$. And how about the nice job that first year manager Gabe Kaplan has done following the way he looked to be over his head in the first weeks of the season.

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Posted 7/10/2018 10:01 PM


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Very quietly the Oakland A's have emerged as a most surprising story in 2018. Not quite as good (yet) as the Moneyball teams of the early to mid 2000s or those of 2012-2014. But definitely a team on the rise.

They are 51-41 as of this writing. A win total that currently only one NL team (Brewers) has surpassed. But unfortunately for Oakland, they reside in the AL West where they will most likely finish behind the Astros and Mariners.

And with either the Yankees or Red Sox in all probability securing the first or second wild card spot, it looks like they will be an also ran in 2018. But the future does look bright for what will soon be Oakland's only professional franchise with the relocation of the Raiders to Vegas (unless you count the NBA champion Warriors, who go by the name of Golden State).

What this franchise needs though is a new stadium to replace the old, decrepit Oakland Mausoleum.

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Posted 7/14/2018 10:33 PM


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Didn't The Ripken papa start out like 0-23 one horrible yr in Baltimore ? I mean how is Buck Showalter still managing when Mike Matheny gets canned in St Louis. The Orioles are wretched. It's almost as if the front office in Baltimore is keeping Showalter in place as punishment.

27 wins thus far. This is a 100 plus losses mess.
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Posted 7/16/2018 9:56 PM


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Quote: Didn't The Ripken papa start out like 0-23 one horrible yr in Baltimore ? I mean how is Buck Showalter still managing when Mike Matheny gets canned in St Louis. The Orioles are wretched. It's almost a...

The year you are referring to is 1988. The Orioles started out 0-6 behind Ripken Sr. He was replaced at that point by Frank Robinson, who went on the lose 15 more consecutive games to worsen their start to 0-21. They went on from there to finish with a woeful 54-107 record. But happily for them, the following year of '89 they had a dramatic turnaround, as they went down to the final weekend of the season battling the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East, before finishing second with an 87-75 season.

Insofar as this season, Buck Showalter (who has been at the helm in Baltimore since the middle of 2010) is likely to be shown the door, as will Manny Machado be traded, as the Orioles will most assuredly go into full-scale rebuild mold.

With regard to St. Louis, they would be wise to hire Joe Girardi as manager. But you wonder with analytics being as much in vogue as they are in today's MLB, whether a hands on manager like Girardi will be passed over in favor of a more laid back, GM friendly strictly by the numbers type of manager.

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Posted 7/17/2018 6:55 AM


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The reverse of Showalter and Baltimore ( got to believe this is Bucks last managerial gig ) is Kevin Cash of Tampa. A finalist for the Texas job a few yrs back , Cash I believe he is possibly the youngest manager in baseball has the Rays plying .500 ball but with possibly the two best teams in baseball ahead of them in the East it will be difficult to grab one of the wildcards.

Given a little more talent in 2019 the Rays could become solid playoff contenders. With that stadium, that market it's awfully tough. What mid level free agent that might be affordable would want to play at the Trop ( Tropicana ) as it's called with whole sections of empty seats to cheer you on.
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