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    Quote Originally Posted by MTR View Post
    Nice to see Pujols back with the Cards for one last run before retirement.
    Yeah it's fitting. I love it when players can retire in the proper uniform. Pujols is a cardinal. Always and forever.

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    Well, the punch in the that was hearing the DeGrom news is starting to fade after two daze....


    Truth is, after five injuries last year with no resolution as to cause, I was saying this was a likely outcome all fall, winter and spring, and will continue until both parties come clean as to what is really going on with DeGroms health, like

    1. Did he have a partial tear to the elbow ligament as Alderson said and DeGrom denied this winter?
    2. Can DeGrom ever pitch again without some sort of major reconstructive arm or shoulder surgery?

    ...and all we get is the usual bs about him opting out of a 30 million dollar a year contract when it will be an entire year out by the time he returns, only to break down again 1-2-3 starts later.

    Welcome to Mets hell.

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    Manaea traded to the Padres. A’s win total keeps projecting downward.

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    Have to imagine deGrom won't be opting out at the end of the season now that he's slated to miss the first month.

    And if you believe deGrom is only going to miss a month you're a fool. Dude won't pitch before the All-Star break guaranteed.

    As a fan I love watching him pitch when he's healthy but that qualifier is happening less and less frequently. I hate to say it but I hope they don't make him an extension offer until he proves he can go a whole season without getting hurt. And even then I'd do maybe a three year deal. At least they'll insure the contract so when he inevitably misses months at a time they're not on the hook for paying him.

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    I hope deGrom bounces back but once this kind of thing becomes routine then you have to assume the worst.

    Mike Soroka is a similar issue. 2 years ago most people would've told you he was the future of the Braves rotation but when you keep tearing the same muscle in the same part of your body multiple times it becomes less and less likely that you're going to be able to pitch full seasons ever again. The Braves don't even mention Soroka's name now even though he's due back from his most recent surgery sooner rather than later.

    You just can't count on pitchers once they become prone to injury. It's sad but incredibly true.

    Mike Hampton would be another case. The Braves signed him to that massive deal way back in the day and every season he would come and start a game or two and then his arm would fall off and he'd have it surgically reattached, rinse and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    Mike Hampton would be another case. The Braves signed him to that massive deal way back in the day and every season he would come and start a game or two and then his arm would fall off and he'd have it surgically reattached, rinse and repeat.
    When Mike Hampton left the Mets in 2001 to go to the vaunted Colorado school system, the Mets were awarded a compensatory pick which they used on David Wright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    When Mike Hampton left the Mets in 2001 to go to the vaunted Colorado school system, the Mets were awarded a compensatory pick which they used on David Wright.
    Gotta love those comp pick stories lol. God I love baseball.

    And it's back baby.

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    Hey BigAl and Rancy.. we're Mike Hampton Eskimo bros.

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    It's back baby.

    I suggested last year we predict our divisions and I'm doing that again this year.

    Braves - 96 wins
    Mets - 91
    Philly - 80
    Nats - 78
    Marlins - 72


    Braves become the 1st team to repeat since the fucking Yankees.

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    I like Fangraphs ZiPS prediction for the AL East

    Jays 88-74
    Yankees 88-74
    Tampa Bay 88-74
    Red Sox 88-74
    Orioles 64-98 (24 Games Back)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    It's back baby.

    I suggested last year we predict our divisions and I'm doing that again this year.

    Braves - 96 wins
    Mets - 91
    Philly - 80
    Nats - 78
    Marlins - 72


    Braves become the 1st team to repeat since the fucking Yankees.
    Braves-93
    Phillies-90
    Mets-78
    Marlins-73
    Nats-68

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    I don't know that this is news but I thought some of the stuff in today's ESPN article was interesting, in regard to pitch clocks and PitchCom:

    The average nine-inning game in 2021 lasted a record 3 hours, 10 minutes -- up three minutes from 2020, 15 minutes from 2011 and 31 minutes from 1984, the last season that average lasted less than 2 hours, 40 minutes. Studies have shown that additional time between pitches is the primary factor in the increased length of games.

    Pitch clocks have been used in the minor leagues for several years. Starting in June 2021, baseball experimented with a 15-second clock in the low-Class A West League with nobody on base and 17 seconds with runners on. Prior to the 15-second clock, the average game in the West League lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes; after the clock, it lasted 2 hours, 41 minutes.
    This sounds good to me. Speed up the game and get the pace back to where it was in the 80s and prior.

    Manfred said he believes the new PitchCom device approved for 2022 will also help speed up the game. Using a pad with buttons on the wrist of his gloved hand, the catcher can signal the type of pitch and location to the pitcher through a listening device. The technology is an anti-sign-stealing device, but "it also has a pace-of-game effect," Manfred said. "We think PitchCom is going to improve our product on the field this year."
    This also sounds good. While the catcher throwing down his fingers for the sign is a classic part of baseball, let's get with the times and do away with sign stealing scandals. It'll be cool seeing how this works this year. Of course I can't wait for some team to hack the PitchCom of their opponent, lol.

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    I don't see how anything is faster than a quick finger between the legs.


    Heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    I like Fangraphs ZiPS prediction for the AL East

    Jays 88-74
    Yankees 88-74
    Tampa Bay 88-74
    Red Sox 88-74
    Orioles 64-98 (24 Games Back)
    Lol

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    I don’t care that the Sox lost the game.

    Gerrit Cole is still a muppet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sober CWE View Post
    I don’t care that the Sox lost the game.

    Gerrit Cole is still a muppet
    I mean does he not understand that Billy Crystal was in City Slickers?

    CI-TY SLICK-ERS?

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    Big fan of heads up, smart baseball plays that tend to fly under the radar but can have a huge impact on a game. One happened yesterday during the Mets game. They'd had a runner tag up and score but the Dbacks thought the runner left third early. When the pitcher stepped off the rubber to appeal the play at third, the Mets runner at first took off for second in an attempt to give himself up. The pitcher panicked and ran towards second base but threw to third AFTER the runner slid into second. Since the runner taking second had just become the previous play, the play at third was no longer appealable.

    Buck Showalter said it was the kind of thing they'd worked on in spring training. Really smart play that saved a run from being erased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAl View Post
    Big fan of heads up, smart baseball plays that tend to fly under the radar but can have a huge impact on a game. One happened yesterday during the Mets game. They'd had a runner tag up and score but the Dbacks thought the runner left third early. When the pitcher stepped off the rubber to appeal the play at third, the Mets runner at first took off for second in an attempt to give himself up. The pitcher panicked and ran towards second base but threw to third AFTER the runner slid into second. Since the runner taking second had just become the previous play, the play at third was no longer appealable.


    Buck Showalter said it was the kind of thing they'd worked on in spring training. Really smart play that saved a run from being erased.

    I saw the recap of this, and agreed this was really heads up, smart baseball.

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    Freddie Freeman hits his first homerun as a Dodger against...the Braves. Because of course he did.

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    Bring on the robot umpires!

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    Congrats to the great Dusty Baker on his 2000th win.

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    While I was on vacation, this brought back memories of when I was younger.

    Aaron Judge HR lifts Yanks to 11th straight win (mlb.com)

    Cool moment that baseball needs more of. Classy of the Toronto fan to give the kid the Judge HR ball.

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    I don't panic about 500 baseball in April and I don't really in May either.

    But the Bravos need to start scoring runs consistently. Hopefully as Acuna continues to heal up things get a little better but Ozuna has to start hitting his weight. Same for Swanson and Duvall.

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    With a combination of timely hitting and solid pitching, both starters and a great bullpen, despite the lockout and a late start to the season to the point I considered giving up baseball, the Yankees have gotten off to their best start in my lifetime.

    Baseball has a long long season, and I don't expect them to keep up this pace at 28-9. But this has been fun so far.

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    The Yankees are good but it won't mean a thing without a ring.

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    Braves won again today. That's TWO in a ROW. According to Lou Brown if we win again tomorrow that's called a winning streak and it apparently has happened before.

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    3 teams in MLB have not won 3 games in a row this season. The Pirates, the Nationals and your defending world champion Atlanta Braves.

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    I haven't had a chance to watch games just highlights but loving the run my Ole Miss team is having in the NCAA tournament. 4 SEC teams in the college world series.

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    Cardinals in first place. Ole Miss plays today for a spot in the College World Series finals. Life is good.

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