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DomCasual 02-19-2016 12:50 PM

General Baseball Thread - 2016
 
Pitcher's and catchers are reporting in Arizona and Florida. It's a great time of year, despite the fact that we have no football for six months.

In just eight short months, we'll know who the Rockies will be playing in the World Series!

(Even I couldn't type that with a straight face!)

DomCasual 02-19-2016 03:16 PM

Just bringing this over from the 2015 thread.

I hate the Ian Desmond rumored pursuit. What in the world would he bring to this team, other than a contract with money that could be spent elsewhere? So, let's say he takes them from 70 wins to 74 wins - what's the point?

Even if we completely overperform this season, we're still in the best division in baseball. I would rather take our lumps, and put away the money for next season.

Beantown Bronco 02-19-2016 06:39 PM

Enjoy playing for 2nd place, suckers!

OBF1 02-19-2016 07:55 PM

Even years belong to the Giants

balero 02-21-2016 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by DomCasual (Post 4627697)
Just bringing this over from the 2015 thread.

I hate the Ian Desmond rumored pursuit. What in the world would he bring to this team, other than a contract with money that could be spent elsewhere? So, let's say he takes them from 70 wins to 74 wins - what's the point?

Even if we completely overperform this season, we're still in the best division in baseball. I would rather take our lumps, and put away the money for next season.

In the National League, they are clear-cut contenders (Mets, Cubs, Giants, Cardinals, Pirates, Dodgers, Nationals, Diamondbacks) and clear-cut bottom feeders, most of them are rebuilding (Braves, Brewers, Reds, Phillies, Rockies, Padres).

The Rockies though are interesting because they haven't traded Carlos Gonzalez yet after a monster 2015 season and he has probably his most value now at two years left and no recent injury.

It's a long shot, but out of these bottom feeder NL teams, I give the Rockies the best chance to surprise. It's a shot in the dark, but as long as the Rockies hold onto CarGo, I could see why they add Ian Desmond since they aren't fully committed to a rebuild.

IndelibleScribe 02-21-2016 02:53 PM

I wonder how the Yankees season will go. If and that is a big if, if we can stay healthy we have a chance to win the division and make some noise in the playoffs.
Our bullpen is loaded and we have a plethora of options in the minors should one of them falter but man alive, we badly need the starters and Tex to stay healthy.

balero 02-21-2016 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by IndelibleScribe (Post 4629093)
I wonder how the Yankees season will go. If and that is a big if, if we can stay healthy we have a chance to win the division and make some noise in the playoffs.
Our bullpen is loaded and we have a plethora of options in the minors should one of them falter but man alive, we badly need the starters and Tex to stay healthy.

What do you think of Joe Girardi telling the press that the goal is for Luis Severino to throw 200 innings this year? His previous professional high is 151 2/3 IP last year.

IndelibleScribe 02-21-2016 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by balero (Post 4629099)
What do you think of Joe Girardi telling the press that the goal is for Luis Severino to throw 200 innings this year? His previous professional high is 151 2/3 IP last year.

I have a severe disdain for the Yankees arm protection strategy. It does not work and hurts the players in the long run.
They did it with Joba, Hughes, Kennedy, Betances and others and they all got hurt at some point.
We have a minor league system filled with pitchers who have had season long injury issues. Limiting their innings does not work.

Let the pitcher pitch, if there is potential arm trouble then shut them down for a bit and let them heal.

TonyR 02-22-2016 12:23 PM

The Yankees told their players to act more like Russell Wilson instead of Cam Newton when handling a loss, and Michael Smith thinks they could have come up with a better example.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:14824211

IndelibleScribe 02-22-2016 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by TonyR (Post 4629732)
The Yankees told their players to act more like Russell Wilson instead of Cam Newton when handling a loss, and Michael Smith thinks they could have come up with a better example.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:14824211

Cam needs to get back to the SB in a hurry and win it. Otherwise.... all the venom thrown Elway's direction for not winning the big one back in the day will pale in comparison.

balero 02-28-2016 06:52 AM

The Texas Rangers sign Ian Desmond to a one-year deal and forfeit the No. 19 pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft in the process. I am not a big fan of the move even though the Rangers have a need for a bat in LF. His bat plays up at SS, not in LF. Even though he's a good athlete, there is no guarantee he will be a capable defender in LF.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rangers?src=hash">#Rangers</a> sign Desmond.</p>&mdash; Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/703949242092670976">February 28, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Desmond likely will play LF for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rangers?src=hash">#Rangers</a>. He was the last free agent attached to qualifying offer and will test market again next winter</p>&mdash; Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) <a href="https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/703953064965738496">February 28, 2016</a></blockquote>
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balero 02-28-2016 10:05 AM

I thought the Pirates organization had turned the corner in being one of the best run franchises in baseball, but apparently that's not the case.

NBC Sports - HardballTalk: Gerrit Cole had a great season. The Pirates considered cutting his salary.
http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/02/28/...ng-his-salary/

DomCasual 02-29-2016 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by balero (Post 4634948)
The Texas Rangers sign Ian Desmond to a one-year deal and forfeit the No. 19 pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft in the process. I am not a big fan of the move even though the Rangers have a need for a bat in LF. His bat plays up at SS, not in LF. Even though he's a good athlete, there is no guarantee he will be a capable defender in LF.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rangers?src=hash">#Rangers</a> sign Desmond.</p>&mdash; Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/703949242092670976">February 28, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Desmond likely will play LF for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rangers?src=hash">#Rangers</a>. He was the last free agent attached to qualifying offer and will test market again next winter</p>&mdash; Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) <a href="https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/703953064965738496">February 28, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Glad he's not a Rockie.

balero 02-29-2016 05:50 PM

Troy Tulowitzki rips Colorado Rockies organization.

NBC Sports - HardballTalk: Troy Tulowitzki says Rockies spring training was “like a country club”
http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/02/29/...-country-club/

TheRationalist 02-29-2016 06:34 PM

The Rockies are really, really bad. Unfortunately they probably always will be as long as anyone named Monfort is involved.

balero 03-06-2016 09:38 AM

Donald Trump once tried to buy the Cleveland Indians. The only reason why his bid didn't go through was because of his intentions to move them to Tampa Bay.

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb-news...l-campaign-gop

IndelibleScribe 03-06-2016 10:02 AM

So both Steinbrenner and Trump could have owned the Indians. How the fortunes of that franchise could have changed.

balero 03-07-2016 09:15 AM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jairo Diaz felt &quot;weird.&quot; And he was worried. Now he needs Tommy John and the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rockies?src=hash">#Rockies</a> lost a potential closer: <a href="https://t.co/CvLmiGeAHe">https://t.co/CvLmiGeAHe</a></p>&mdash; Nick Groke (@nickgroke) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickgroke/status/706655365396459520">March 7, 2016</a></blockquote>
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balero 03-07-2016 06:43 PM

It appears the Cardinals will have to make do with Jedd Gyroko, Aledmys Diaz and Greg Garcia.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mozeliak: Peralta will have thumb examined in STL. Initial read, could be tear, could be &quot;2-3 months.&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/STLCards?src=hash">#STLCards</a></p>&mdash; Chris Hrabe (@chrabe) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrabe/status/706893745422266368">March 7, 2016</a></blockquote>
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balero 03-07-2016 08:08 PM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Orioles">@Orioles</a>, slugger Pedro Alvarez reportedly agree to 1-year deal. Club has not confirmed. <a href="https://t.co/ZNWbPa8ZMU">https://t.co/ZNWbPa8ZMU</a> <a href="https://t.co/wkXSlgArFX">pic.twitter.com/wkXSlgArFX</a></p>&mdash; MLB (@MLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB/status/707054086093287424">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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balero 03-07-2016 10:14 PM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Right before heyward was traded for shelby miller a winter ago, word is yanks tried hard for heyward and andrelton simmons</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/707070885883027456">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heyward said he'd heard many times the yanks were close to getting him in 14-15 winter. Others recalled 5-for-5 blockbuster</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/707071463379959808">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heyward/simmons/carpenter/bj upton/c Johnson for severino/judge/banuelos/clarkin/sanchez said floated. Nyy didnt pull trigger</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/707073485445541888">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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balero 03-08-2016 08:28 PM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tomorrow's front page:<br>APPALL O'NEILL - ex-Yankee <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulONeillYES">@PaulONeillYES</a> latest to endorse Trump: <a href="https://t.co/BqbIgyE4Yq">https://t.co/BqbIgyE4Yq</a> <a href="https://t.co/a2XB5iCaEJ">pic.twitter.com/a2XB5iCaEJ</a></p>&mdash; New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NYDailyNews/status/707421531656343552">March 9, 2016</a></blockquote>
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IndelibleScribe 03-08-2016 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by balero (Post 4642408)
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Right before heyward was traded for shelby miller a winter ago, word is yanks tried hard for heyward and andrelton simmons</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/707070885883027456">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heyward said he'd heard many times the yanks were close to getting him in 14-15 winter. Others recalled 5-for-5 blockbuster</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/707071463379959808">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heyward/simmons/carpenter/bj upton/c Johnson for severino/judge/banuelos/clarkin/sanchez said floated. Nyy didnt pull trigger</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/707073485445541888">March 8, 2016</a></blockquote>
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I like Heyward but good God, thank heavens it did not go through.

Drunken.Broncoholic2 03-16-2016 11:01 AM

Bonds schooled the Marlins players by beating them all in home run derby contest. Including Stanton.


http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-...ncarlo-stanton



His swing never needed steroids. As a Pirate he was still putting up great hitting numbers along with steals. Sosa/McGuire and MLB and publics fascination with the long ball fueled steroids in that era.

Rohirrim 03-16-2016 11:05 AM

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