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    Fair enough. I tend to forget about cricket actually. Doesn’t exactly demand a ton of airtime in the states.



    I honestly couldnt tell you a single rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fro View Post
    sox/yanks put up an american football score in london
    Both teams outscored the Raiders in their most recent trip to London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caito View Post
    That’s def different, as most baseball fans I know would be miserable at the idea of watching a 4 hour game. Though I suppose being there may be different.
    Probs more so first game over here and it was a high scoring game, so we couldn’t get enough.

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    Plus I absolutely hate Cricket.

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    It is that time of year again. Happy Bobby Bonilla Day.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...ry-july-1-2035

    Second best contract in the history of professional sports. He still has 16 more years of this somehow!

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    Absolutely brilliant piece of negotiating on his/his agent's part. I actually just sent him an autograph request a couple weeks ago. Fingers crossed he sends it back.

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    The Yankees homered in every game they played in during the entire month of June.

    Edwin Encarnacion has played in MLB games in three different continents this season alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _me View Post
    It is that time of year again. Happy Bobby Bonilla Day.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...ry-july-1-2035

    Second best contract in the history of professional sports. He still has 16 more years of this somehow!
    Bobby Bonilla

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    Yankee fans I’ll be gracing my presence at Yankee stadium in September. Who is meeting me to get my very drunk? Since @Beefy fucked me off on Saturday in London.

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    Times Square to the stadium how and what price I’m looking about?

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    Tyler Skaggs died. 27 years old

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    Tyler Skaggs of the Angels dead at 27. They canceled tonight's game as well. Very sad situation. He went to high school here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Scott View Post
    Times Square to the stadium how and what price I’m looking about?
    I think you can take the D train from Rockefeller Center station to Yankee Stadium. Should cost you like $3.75 for a single ride Metro card. Takes 30 minutes or so.

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    Not bad that, nice one.

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    If you're going to take more than a few subway rides, look into getting the 7 day unlimited ride Metro card.

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    I will be mainly doing tourist stuff, so will it be worth it?

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    Unlimited card is $35 I think, so if you’re doing more than 10 rides it’s worth it. And you can share it with the people you’re traveling with.

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    Jeez, that D-backs loss last night. Ouch.

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    Been checking out tickets for $16 in section 416, row 9. It shows you the view and it looks brilliant still.

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    That was some show by Vlad Jr and Alonso last night.

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    Vlad and Joc in the second round were astonishing.

    Its pretty cool for Alonso to earn more in one night ($1 million) than his full year rookie contract of $550,000 pays him.

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    The Atlantic League, at the behest of MLB, is testing out a new rule in which a batter can attempt to advance to first base on a passed ball/wild pitch that isn't caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    The Atlantic League, at the behest of MLB, is testing out a new rule in which a batter can attempt to advance to first base on a passed ball/wild pitch that isn't caught.
    that sounds horrible.

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    Oh it's a terrible idea. I doubt MLB ever discusses instituting it.

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    With two strikes, they can swing well after it has crossed the plate and advance to first on a strikeout stolen base. Pete Rose did this more than once. Are they proposing that a batter can try to advance with less than two strikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3puppies View Post
    With two strikes, they can swing well after it has crossed the plate and advance to first on a strikeout stolen base. Pete Rose did this more than once. Are they proposing that a batter can try to advance with less than two strikes?
    On any pitch not caught during it's flight. So basically if a ball touches the ground, on any count, the batter can attempt to advance to first base. Wild pitch, passed ball, doesn't matter.

    I guess if there's a guy on third and less than two outs it would be worth a shot, maybe. In that case I'd assume the catcher would probably make an attempt to get the guy at the plate since it would be a) a potentially run-saving play and b)possibly be a shorter throw depending where the ball ended up. Then the batter is on first.

    I would also assume this would result in less breaking balls being thrown to speedier guys who could attempt to steal first if a ball gets away. Still, awful idea.

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    Well, it happened for the first time. A batter took first on an 0-1 count after a wild pitch.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/atlantic-le...031326652.html









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    Curious that they are saying it is a stolen first base, but then also say it goes down as a fielders choice cuz of the catcher.

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    Mets are supposedly shopping Syndergaard pretty hard. Not sure if they’ll actually pull the trigger on a trade but if they do it better be for a big return. After the Cano/Diaz trade the fan base is fed up with the GM in addition to the constant simmering hatred of the Wilpons. Syndergaard is probably as popular as deGrom and Alonso. Trading him without receiving top prospects will be career suicide.

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    But why trade FOR Stroman?

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    He's got a year left on contract I think, probably delusional in thinking they get that wild-card spot but can always flip him for someone else later. Seems like a low-risk move with what Mets gave up.

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    Yeah seeing what they gave up it's not bad at all.

    From the Jays perspective, that's really the best we could get? Fuck me Atkins you're trash.

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    I love Stro and know he really wanted to stay... they seem to be trying really hard to eat shit like the Orioles outside of core of Guerrero, Bichette, Biggio etc. I admit I don't know too much about pitching prospects they may have, I'm just disappointed they decided to trade him away... especially for that.

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    I swear the Mets (read: Wilpons) could fuck up a wet dream. There is absolutely no doubt they should be sellers. But they win four in a row and suddenly decide to start buying. It should tell you how bad their farm system is if the guys they gave up are their fourth and sixth ranked prospects.

    The optimist in me hopes they’re trying to put together a package deal of Stroman and Wheeler to get a really good return from somebody who needs two starters, whoever that might be.

    The Mets fan in me knows they’re about to trade Syndergaard for less than they should be able to get for him, and the Wilpons/Van Wagenen are in CYA mode. They’ll spin it as looking forward to 2020, couldn’t pass up such a deal, the Mets will be the team to beat next year, blah blah blah.

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    I was forgetting Stro is from NY. Hope he gets treated good by the fans there, Al!

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    He should get a pretty nice reception, I'd imagine. Mets fans are usually pretty welcoming until the players start turning into the exact opposite of themselves on other teams. Or they inevitably get bit by the injury bug and the Mets staff bungle the treatment.

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    Trevor bauer has a hell of an arm

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    At 22 years old, Rafael Devers is on a 162-game pace to be the 6th player in MLB history with 30+ HR, 120+ runs, and 120+ RBI in a season before turning 23. He would join Alex Rodriguez (1996), Ted Williams (1939), Joe DiMaggio (1937), Jimmie Foxx (1930), and Mel Ott (1929). Bafflingly didn't make the all star game.

    Twenty two. The Red Sox offense is stacked. It would be a shame if they miss out on a wild card spot because of their mediocre pitching. They're underachieving. Don't let them get hot.

    EDIT: I originally quoted a tweet with stats that were inaccurate. UPDATED FOR ACCURACY.
    Last edited by Fro; July 30th, 2019 at 2:10 PM.

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    The Red Sox lineup hasn't been their problem, starting pitching has been nothing special, and their bullpen has generally been poor.

    I don't think anyone wants to face them in the post season, but as a Yankees fan, I'll be glad if they don't even make wild-card game.

    I agree that Devers is really something special

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    Don’t know which part of the Reds-Pirates brawl I enjoyed the most: that it started with a pitcher charging the opposing dugout and throwing haymakers only to flex afterwards or that Puig was involved after being traded.

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    The Red Sox are spending 226m on payroll and trail a team spending 62m by 2 wins

    Price, Porcello and Eovaldi's salaries for 2019 are as much as the entire Rays payroll

    Imagine mediocre pitching being the problem after that. What a well run baseball team. It would certainly NOT be a shame if they miss out on a playoff spot.

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    I love the Bauer the Cincinnati move. The Reds have been rebuilding for 6-years now, it's about time they stop fucking around and pull the trigger on "real" talent. The rotation will not consist of Bauer, Castillo, Gray, Wood and Roark, all of which are solid, to All-Star level players. They have the best rotation they've had since 2012, easily. If Votto can find his swing, Senzel stays healthy and this offense can start putting some runs on the board, they could overcome the 6.5-game deficit they currently sit in for the NL Central. It should be a fun run the last two months of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torn View Post
    The Red Sox are spending 226m on payroll and trail a team spending 62m by 2 wins

    Price, Porcello and Eovaldi's salaries for 2019 are as much as the entire Rays payroll

    Imagine mediocre pitching being the problem after that. What a well run baseball team. It would certainly NOT be a shame if they miss out on a playoff spot.
    This is all true, but they have an incredible homegrown lineup with Betts, Devers, Bogaerts, Benintendi, Vazquez and Bradley. JD Martinez being the one major hired gun on offense. I love that core of homegrowns and it's them that make me say it would be a shame to miss out on the wild card game.

    Pitching is a mess of high paid external hires. And yea the overall payroll is the highest in the league which rightfully makes us a not very likable team, like the Yankees. We've become like them, no doubt, and it's been that way for a while now. Very fair. But man the lineup is exciting and young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torn View Post
    Love the return on the Archer trade. I was surprised. Shame Ramos had to go but there's just no point letting his contract run down.
    A year since the Archer trade and what an absolute fleecing this was. The return looked obviously great when it happened but it has turned out even better than that.

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    I wish the Texans had a GM even a fraction as capable as Jeff Luhnow.




    I just wish the Texans had a GM, but ahem ... back to baseball.

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    What a difference a week makes for the Red Sox.

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    Yea, 8 game losing streak. Not good. I still think they could get hot and make a run at a wild card spot because baseball is a fickle sport like that (and their lineup is gangbusters) but it seems more and more likely that this is a wasted season. Oh well, can't win em all.

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    Just saw this today..



    ..poor fuckin kid. Thank goodness for ice cream sandwiches.

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    So maybe the Mets do have a shot at making it after all. Not doing too bad.

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    They played outstanding against shitty teams. Big test this weekend against the Nats. Have to take two out of three to keep it going. There’s a good chance if they do that they’ll be leading the wildcard.

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    Will they wear old-style uniforms?

    Surprised the White Sox would give up a pretty full stadium as the Yankees always draw well on the road.

    Speaking of the Yankees, it's been pretty amazing to see them beat up on the Orioles this season.


    • 43 Home runs at Camden Yards, an MLB single-season record for a visiting team
    • 5 Games, including three straight, with five-plus homers, an MLB record for a road team at any ballpark
    • 10 Individual multi-HR games — a record for any road park
    • 52 Home runs against the O’s in 15 games, a record vs. one opponent, with four more games remaining at Yankee Stadium

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    It'll make the White Sox just about the promotional center of the baseball world for a spell.

    This once in a forever event is probably a bit more marketable than game 120 of another baseball regular season.

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    What. A. Comeback.

    4 runs in the 9th to keep the streak alive and to move to winning 13 of their last 14.

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    Chris Sale reached 2,000 career strikeouts in 1,626 IP. The fastest in MLB history.

    Now granted this was bound to happen given that strikeouts are on the rise league wide, but still impressive. He's having a down year but his ERA is 4.31 and dropping. I could see it getting into the 3's by year end.

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    He signed a 5 year $145 million contract. Hoping to get your ERA under 4 doesn't seem like a very lofty goal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fro View Post
    Chris Sale reached 2,000 career strikeouts in 1,626 IP. The fastest in MLB history.

    Now granted this was bound to happen given that strikeouts are on the rise league wide, but still impressive. He's having a down year but his ERA is 4.31 and dropping. I could see it getting into the 3's by year end.
    He would almost have to be perfect in the 7 or so starts he has left to get it under 3.

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    I think he meant get it into the 3's as in it could end up being 3.99

    Again, not very high standards for the contract he has and that he is supposed to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. He still has a lot left to prove and needs to have his post season defining moment someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxfanatic View Post
    I think he meant get it into the 3's as in it could end up being 3.99

    Again, not very high standards for the contract he has and that he is supposed to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. He still has a lot left to prove and needs to have his post season defining moment someday.
    yes sorry i meant into the 3s. That's still a tough task with such few starts. Like if he goes 7 innings and 3 runs, that won't do much to his era.

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    True especially since he gave up a few more runs in the game that night after I posted that. Anyway, yea, down year for sure but I don't expect him to be falling off. He's 30, other aces have had down years and bounced back nicely. I'm still happy they extended him.

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    So the Yankees got shut out yesterday for the first time in 220 games. During that time period, the Marlins were shut out 26 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3puppies View Post
    So the Yankees got shut out yesterday for the first time in 220 games. During that time period, the Marlins were shut out 26 times.
    Well that happens when you play in a Little League Park.

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    Cardinals hopefully will pull away from the Brewers this series and then Chicago soon. They seem to be getting hot at the right time.

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    Man, the Cards have owned us the last few series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hithit View Post
    Man, the Cards have owned us the last few series.
    Yelich being hurt most certainly helps STL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdestiny View Post
    Yelich being hurt most certainly helps STL
    Definitely does, but even pre injury they were owning Milwaukee

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    Quote Originally Posted by hithit View Post
    Definitely does, but even pre injury they were owning Milwaukee
    I guess I haven't paid as much attention I just remember them killing STL early on

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdestiny View Post
    I guess I haven't paid as much attention I just remember them killing STL early on
    Early on yes, but the last 3(I think) series St Louis has been dominant

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    I know we don't really have a Pirates fan on here, but holy fuck the Felipe Vazquez news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    I know we don't really have a Pirates fan on here, but holy fuck the Felipe Vazquez news.
    Felipe Vazquez' nickname is Nightmare. Seems applicable.


    On to more positive MLB news - I thought it was great to see Severino make his season debut in fine form. And it was fun to watch the standing ovation the Fenway crowd gave to Yaz's grandson Mike for homering - even for the visiting SF Giants.

    But the highlight for me was Cavan Biggio (son of HOF'er Craig) hitting for the cycle, becoming only the second ever father-son duo to both hit for the cycle.

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    With the nice season Mike Yastrzemski is having there has been quite a bit of Carl Yastrzemski talk this year in Boston.

    The guy was a solid player, and probably HOF worthy. But there is a bit of revisionist history now where he is talked about as an all time great. He certainly is not. He benefited greatly from one of the longest careers of all time, which does say something about him that he lasted as long as he did.

    From 1967 to 1970 he was among the best in the game. The other 19 years he was good, but not great. And I say this as a Red Sox fan. A bit overrated in my opinion.

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    An 18 time all-star (out of 22 seasons), and you're counting 14 of them as good, but not great. Perhaps you're forgetting the era he played in - when pitchers could dominate. In the time he played, total runs scored per game were a hovering below and around 4, now they are about a run higher per game. So individual offensive stats are higher, while pitching stats like ERA are much worse.

    I think it's kind of silly to exclude longevity from consideration as to whether a player is an all-time great.

    I will agree that from 67-70 he was among the best in the game, but he won 7 gold gloves in those and was a top fielder most of his career. There's little doubt that those 4 years added to his legendary status. He won a batting title in 63, and led the league in runs scored

    I am not saying he belongs on a Mount Rushmore as one of the top-four best players to ever play, but he's still an all-time great player.

    And I say this as a Yankee fan, who was elated when another sometimes overrated player, Derek Jeter surpassed Yaz on the all-time hits with a single team list.

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