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Title: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 03, 2012, 04:40:00 PM
And we're off!

Feels real good to hear Scott and Larry on the radio broadcasting a Phillies game.

Pence gets a home run.  Papelbon had a 123 inning.

 :) ;D :highfive:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on March 03, 2012, 05:08:27 PM
I like the phillies in game 5 of the cardinals best!


Go STL again!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: anais.jude on March 03, 2012, 05:18:38 PM
What now? What's happening?
 
 
Remember, I am still learning about certain things. Is this pre-season? Donde esta the schedule for the Rockies?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 03, 2012, 06:08:58 PM
Yes, today was the first day of preseason games.

Today: Rockies and D'backs tied 1-1 (they only go 10 innings in preseason games so ties are possible).

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/?tcid=mm_mlb_schedule

Oh, and: "preseason" = "spring training".   ;D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: anais.jude on March 03, 2012, 06:41:25 PM
Ok there next game is on Monday....I will be at work during it though :(
 
Oh I am so excited., Hooray for Baseball!!!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 05, 2012, 01:10:38 PM
Oh hey there's a new thread!

(Someone should probably link to it on the other one.)

Also, we are still looking for teams for Roto & Razzball.  (Possibly Head to Head as well. I'd have to check.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: anais.jude on March 05, 2012, 06:46:52 PM
but if we link it to the other thread, it will become....MEGA THREAD
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 05, 2012, 07:57:49 PM

 I forgot Roy Oswalt was a one year deal last year and is a free agent now.   I guess he wants big money no one is willing to pay.  No wonder with his back hurting him all of last year, only winning 9 games, who's going to take the risk?   Someone will pick him up cheap mid season...

 Blanton and Polanco looked healthy today.  Utley might not play his first game until next week.

 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 11, 2012, 05:01:28 PM
Old man Jamie Moyer has done pretty well in his 2 spring training games for the Rockies so far.  I'd love to see him make a comeback somewhere. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on March 11, 2012, 05:51:25 PM
Let's win again Cardinals
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 12, 2012, 04:50:17 PM
Fun with the Sox & Marlins game today.

Beckett plunked 2 batters and walked in a run, Ozzie got thrown out of the game and Bobby V waved at him as he was exiting which went over well...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: anais.jude on March 13, 2012, 12:42:38 PM
Old man Jamie Moyer has done pretty well in his 2 spring training games for the Rockies so far.  I'd love to see him make a comeback somewhere. 

Oh nice. I swear the rockies are gonna be a brand new team this year....the year....of the ROCK(ies)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: mrbasehart on March 13, 2012, 04:12:39 PM
Huh.  Looks like my MLB tv subscription was automatically re-upped.  Guess I'll have to endure a whole season again... *sigh*  ;)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 13, 2012, 04:18:14 PM
Yeah, I don't remember anything last year about it automatically renewing.  I was debating if I wanted the whole package or just the audio this year, then it auto-renewed.

At least they now give you the at-bat app for free with the package, you download the free "lite" version and when you log in it becomes the standard version.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: mrbasehart on March 13, 2012, 04:22:22 PM
I'd really like to be able to have MLB on my PS3, but they don't consider us EU users for that kind of thing.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 13, 2012, 04:26:48 PM
I'd really like to be able to have MLB on my PS3, but they don't consider us EU users for that kind of thing.

Maybe see if it's supported on the WDTV Live over there? It is in the US.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 13, 2012, 04:27:20 PM
I'd really like to be able to have MLB on my PS3, but they don't consider us EU users for that kind of thing.

Well, isn't that a sticky wicket?  :o  :P  8)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: mrbasehart on March 13, 2012, 04:36:45 PM
I'd really like to be able to have MLB on my PS3, but they don't consider us EU users for that kind of thing.

Well, isn't that a sticky wicket?  :o  :P  8)

That's an impressive RVR impression there, DB.

(I would totally buy a similar package for Cricket though)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 13, 2012, 05:00:22 PM
I'd really like to be able to have MLB on my PS3, but they don't consider us EU users for that kind of thing.

Well, isn't that a sticky wicket?  :o  :P  8)

That's an impressive RVR impression there, DB.

(I would totally buy a similar package for Cricket though)

I love cricket. I remember watching matches from Lord's with my dad when we were staying in London, many, many summers ago. Also got to take some batting practice before one of the club matches in Headley. A lot harder than it looks!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 15, 2012, 06:55:44 AM
We need one more team for our Head To Head league. The draft is Saturday & we can't start with an odd number of teams.  Anyone else interested?  It's free, it's for fun, etc.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 17, 2012, 04:08:28 PM
Head to Head draft is tonight at 8:30 EST. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on March 17, 2012, 07:13:53 PM
I'd really like to be able to have MLB on my PS3, but they don't consider us EU users for that kind of thing.

I was thinking about getting the MLB.TV package to use on my PS3 this year.  Anybody have any experience with that specifically for PS3?  I have had the PC version in the past. How does the PS3 version compare?   I would gladly just buy the cable TV version if all of the games had both home and away feeds and were all in HD.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 19, 2012, 04:59:23 PM
 Darn, now it looks like Chase Utley won't be playing at all in spring training, and doubtful for opening day.

 If it is arthritis now in both knees, that's not good.  :'(
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 25, 2012, 08:24:04 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/vBBNK.jpg)

Man, I knew it was tough losing Pujols, but I didn't realize things were this bad.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 26, 2012, 11:39:53 PM
Xbox Live to Include MLB.TV

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Microsoft’s newest partnerships for its Xbox Live launches on Tuesday with thousands of hours of content from HBO Go, Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Major League Baseball’s MLB.TV, all of it controllable through voice or gesture commands via its Kinect device. Major League Baseball will supply 2,430 live games that will also be archived, along with all of last season’s games.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 27, 2012, 10:35:30 AM
What's the over/under on how many angry posts I will have about Bobby V this season? (not a fan)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on March 27, 2012, 11:46:13 PM
Magic Johnson Team Wins L.A. Dodgers with $2 Billion Bid

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Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Magic Johnson and partners have won the bankruptcy court auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball and team owner Frank McCourt announced Tuesday night. Johnson's group has agreed to buy the team from the beleaguered McCourt for a record $2 billion, the highest price ever paid for a North American sports franchise. The deal still must be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. McCourt threw the team into bankruptcy last June while he fought through a contentious divorce with Jamie McCourt that brought to light the Dodger organization's financial problems.

Johnson's ownership group is a collection of deep-pocketed businessmen and others with sports business experience; it is largely funded by Chicago-based financial services firm Guggenheim Partners and the company's CEO, Mark Walter, would be the controlling owner.

The $2 billion sale price would shatter the previous record price for a North American sports team of $1.1 billion paid for the Miami Dolphins in 2008 by Stephen Ross, CEO of Related Cos. In the lead-up to the sale of the Dodgers, analysts had predicted the team, winner of six World Series titles and one of Major League Baseball's most storied franchises, could fetch as much as $1.6 billion.

McCourt and "certain affiliates of the purchasers" would acquire the Chavez Ravine property around Dodger Stadium for an additional $150 million, according to a statement from the team. Transfer of the team is expected to take place by the end of April so that McCourt can satisfy terms of his divorce settlement and pay his ex-wife $131 million, which is due April 30. The baseball season begins April 4.

Damn, Dodgers. You expensive!

I was hoping Cuban would buy the team, or maybe even Peter O'Malley buy back the team, but I'll take this. Let's move on. No drama. Just good baseball.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 05, 2012, 01:02:14 PM
 Red Sox opener and we get bonus baseball! Me gusta.

Oh it's going to be like that is it?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 05, 2012, 01:22:17 PM
Anyone else see the opener in Miami last night? That place makes Vegas look understated and dignified. Seriously, at least Vegas knows it's fake. Fuckin' Miami...GAH!!!

Lohse was dealing! The Cards are gonna have to play smaller ball, but it looks as if they can definitely put hits on the board.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 05, 2012, 01:54:30 PM
I watched the game and Miami has terrrrrrrible stadium.   It looks like crap and the cards made fun of it in the st Louis paper!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 05, 2012, 04:51:38 PM
That stadium looks like something out of an 80s movie. So 35k in attendance for the opener... How long til they're back at the normal 9k?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on April 05, 2012, 05:10:59 PM
That stadium looks like something out of an 80s movie. So 35k in attendance for the opener... How long til they're back at the normal 9k?

When is their next home game? Still nicer than the rays dome. That thing was old and outdated the day they moved in.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 05, 2012, 09:57:13 PM
That stadium looks like something out of an 80s movie. So 35k in attendance for the opener... How long til they're back at the normal 9k?

When is their next home game? Still nicer than the rays dome. That thing was old and outdated the day they moved in.

Next Friday against Houston.

Anything would be better than the old Joe Robbie Stadium. That place was a mausoleum, and they really needed a roof. Apparently, it rains ALL THE TIME in Miami. But seriously, the new stadium looks like it got shot in the face with Homer's make-up gun.

The Rays are still relegated to horrible Tropicana Field, which probably now takes the crown for worst stadium in the league.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 07, 2012, 05:53:33 AM
Hey nobody else in my family likes watching baseball so I don't really get to follow the teams but now an antena hooked up to the TV in my room but I still don't get to follow them enough to know when they are playing or which network it will be on.  Is there a website out there that will tell me what day and times upcoming games are being played on and what network is showing them?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 07, 2012, 06:37:35 AM
MLB.com should give you the schedule or at least links to each team site with schedules.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 07, 2012, 10:11:02 AM
This link has all the info on the schedule and witch radio and TV stations are covering the games.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 07, 2012, 11:13:24 AM
Thanks a bunch guys!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012: Fenway Park
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 07, 2012, 04:43:52 PM
Even if you don't have a hook-up, let me know if there are any sections that i should steer clear of.

You should sit in that one section where the white people sit.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 07, 2012, 05:37:10 PM
I'll ask around. I'm always up for a Sox game.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 08, 2012, 11:03:48 AM
Is it too late for John Henry to call up Wakefield?

Also Bobby V, shut up already. "Beckett is physically fine but mentally damaged"

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 08, 2012, 01:55:50 PM
Does Aceves have an infinite ERA so far for the season? That's good for a closer right? Right? Hello? Hello? Why are the men in the padded van taking me away? This jacket is really constricting. Help!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 08, 2012, 03:30:01 PM
What is it with the Phillies and Pirates Stadium?  Blowing a 4-1 lead late in the game... arrgggg :grr:

Good news is it seems Vance Worley has picked up right where he left off last year, so a nice FU all those people that were saying he was a one year wonder and they should trade him for someone else.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Compound on April 09, 2012, 01:40:56 PM
For our first home game, I always like listening to this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZkpyZws4bJ8?version=3

Please note the 1992 date there. Yes, this is 20 years old now.

Gah.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 09, 2012, 04:21:22 PM
I think I need a night off from the Sox. Aw who am I kidding...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 10, 2012, 08:57:54 AM
Vladimir Guerrero is in police custody following a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic.

Reports out of the Dominican Republic are saying that Guerrero was involved in an all-night police chase after the incident in question. The 37-year-old is currently at a police precinct in Bani and will be reportedly be charged with physical and verbal assault of an authority.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 10, 2012, 09:40:18 AM
Vladimir Guerrero is in police custody following a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic.

Reports out of the Dominican Republic are saying that Guerrero was involved in an all-night police chase after the incident in question. The 37-year-old is currently at a police precinct in Bani and will be reportedly be charged with physical and verbal assault of an authority.

What is it about ballplayers named Guerrero?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 10, 2012, 10:23:51 AM
Vladimir Guerrero is in police custody following a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic.

Reports out of the Dominican Republic are saying that Guerrero was involved in an all-night police chase after the incident in question. The 37-year-old is currently at a police precinct in Bani and will be reportedly be charged with physical and verbal assault of an authority.

What is it about ballplayers named Guerrero?

Funny AND sad!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 14, 2012, 04:55:22 PM
This guy is so fun to watch. (Real-time first-to-home at 00:40).

http://www.youtube.com/v/Eca84_DSUtI?version=3&hl=en_US

Unbelievable speed. He has to be the fastest guy in the league.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on April 15, 2012, 07:00:12 AM
Been a Home Run Derby in the Baltimore/Toronto series so far this weekend.  10 combined homers over the first two games. 

All I know is that my O's are sitting alone in first place atop the AL East and I am going to enjoy that while it lasts.  Not for very long I am sure.  Hey I love my O's but am also realistic.  3 of their 5 wins were at home against the lowly Twins and we were then swept at home by the Yankees.  Not going to be able to make much noise if we can't win a series at home against the big guns of the division.  Just give me a season where they stay competitive and in the hunt.  That's all I ask.  ;D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on April 15, 2012, 12:31:40 PM
Cardinals put ‘Rally Squirrel’ on World Series ring

(http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusmlbexperts/cardinalsringsquirrell041412.jpg)

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Back in October, a squirrel invaded Busch Stadium during the St. Louis Cardinals run to the 2011 World Series. Fredbird let it live out of kindness, and the rodent would become so popular, it took the place of Skip Schumaker on one of his baseball cards.

Finally, the mascot has been immortalized for all time on jewelry commemorating the Cardinals 11th world championship.

This is not satire: The Cardinals made "The Rally Squirrel" part of the design of their World Series rings, which they received on Saturday. You can clearly see it in the photo, under the "StL" logo and above the crest of the bats and home plate with Chris Carpenter's No. 29. If Schumaker thought a squirrel on his baseball card was "ridiculous," what must he think of the rodent on the most symbolic piece of bling a ballplayer can own?

Nice touch!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 15, 2012, 12:35:28 PM
We love our small animals!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 16, 2012, 04:57:04 AM
No no no no no no no.....



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Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, on WHDH's Sports Xtra show Sunday night, said Kevin Youkilis isn't as into baseball as he has been in the past.
"I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said. Bobby V has long been a difficult motivator to understand intellectually, but this tactic seems particularly bizarre. Voicing concern over the idea of motivation will likely offend Youkilis far more than critiquing his on-field performance. Such a strategy might work with a rookie, but it's hard to envision it forcing Youk to reconsider the way in which he's currently approaching both his life and profession. Youkilis is hitting .200/.265/.233 thus far. He's more likely to turn things around based on his athletic ability than his wacky manager's poke-the-bear machinations. Apr 15 - 11:13 PM
Source: Boston Globe
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 16, 2012, 06:45:27 AM
More on this mess:

Youkilis: "I go out every day and play as hard as I can -- take every ground ball in the morning, take every at-bat like it's my last. I don't think my game has changed at all. ... That's just not how I go about the game of baseball."
Dustin Pedroia has come to his friend and teammate's defense, telling the media Monday, "I really don't know what Bobby is trying to do but that's not the way we go about our stuff around here." This is a situation that has great potential to turn even uglier. Youk is not in Monday's lineup.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 16, 2012, 09:10:30 AM
 Yeah, that's the way to motivate a veteran player.  ::) 

 Sounds like Valentine thought Ozzie Guillen was getting too much attention, so it's hey look at me, I can say crazy shit also...

 Not very many teams are hitting well, the Phillies have had 2 good innings so far this year, the rest have been pretty pathetic offensively, the few guys that are hitting are getting mostly singles so aren't scoring because they haven't been able to put hits together.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 17, 2012, 04:14:05 AM
The nice thing about those seats is that you have a roof over your head if it rains. Also if it's super warm the sun will be behind you and not in your face like it is along the first base line.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 17, 2012, 10:55:26 AM
First appearance of lobster Halladay last night.  He was pretty pissed about the strike zone, by the 6th inning even the back of his neck was red.  The score doesn't really show it but he barely held off the Giants, got in serious trouble several times.

The radio guys started the game joking that maybe the Giants have so many errors because they have a tough scorer, by the end they were laughing about it being true.  Some really hard plays were called errors.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on April 17, 2012, 11:02:08 AM
My O's finally got some late inning run production last night and turned a 4-2 deficit in the top of the 9th into a 10-4 win in 10 innings over the White Sox.

Things are looking a bit optimistic for them, if we can only get Brian Matusz to start pitching like he belongs there.  I think he has 10 or 11 L's in a row dating back to last season.  I dread it when he starts.

Anyway, the O's are tops in the AL East and 3rd overall in the AL.  I will enjoy that for now.  Baby steps...  baby steps.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 18, 2012, 09:22:47 PM
Wow, Cliff Lee goes 10 innings on 102 pitches.  Come on guys get him a run....

Frack, no decision for Lee, Phillies lose in the 11th. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 19, 2012, 05:32:22 AM
Have I mentioned that I can't stand Bobby V?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 19, 2012, 05:38:58 AM
Have I mentioned that I can't stand Bobby V?

Godzilla and all other Japanese residents agree.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 19, 2012, 03:01:48 PM
Ongoing insanity to follow the whole "Francona wasn't invited to the Fenway 100th Anniversary Celebration because we didn't have his address", Francona giving them a "screw you I am not going", then him deciding he is going now*, now we have "Theo Epstein wasn't invited because we thought we already had invited him".  What a freaking mess that front office is.


*I am glad he is going. I also want to see the crowd give him a standing O and boo Bobby V. Since we're 4-8, that might actually happen.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 21, 2012, 10:13:53 PM
Lee on the 15 day disabled list, strained oblique...
Halladay was the worst I've ever seen him tonight.
And all the bats are sleeping. 

 :grr:

Still, at least we are not Boston...   :rimshot:

Sorry K1, couldn't resist...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 22, 2012, 04:37:24 AM
9 run lead.... Cant even manage to lose in a close game?  I know bobby v isn't entirely to blame, but still.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 22, 2012, 05:07:46 AM
9 run lead.... Cant even manage to lose in a close game?  I know bobby v isn't entirely to blame, but still.

At least the game set red sox history!   

Oh wait.....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 22, 2012, 11:59:54 AM
Oh good.

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The only former Rangers teammate that pitcher Vicente Padilla has had a real problem with is new teammate Marlon Byrd, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (Twitter links).  The pitcher, now with the Red Sox, was released by Texas in 2009 for behavior that was seen as a distraction to the clubhouse.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 22, 2012, 12:39:39 PM
Maybe Boston should just give up all sports for a bit and rule for local colleges?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 22, 2012, 03:09:51 PM
Bobby V just told the media that Bard will pitch out of the pen between now and his next start.

It's like he is playing "Tommy John Russian Roulette".

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on April 22, 2012, 03:52:30 PM
Well my O's gutted out a win at the Angels to not get swept in their series.  Not liking a lot of their play over the last few games, but what else is new.

Go O's!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 26, 2012, 04:05:35 PM
Recycled some of our Burn-E riff to do a tribute to the 2012 Sox bullpen.
http://t.co/87Grcgn0
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 27, 2012, 01:28:43 PM
Let's add to the Bobby V fun!  Recently he set his lineup based on thinking a pitcher was a Righty. (He wasn't.)  He also mispronounced Mike Aviles name in a post game press conference.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 27, 2012, 01:47:16 PM
So, when you inviting him over for dinner?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 29, 2012, 05:09:06 PM
Uhggg,  seems like the Phillies can only play 1 game well out of every 3 so far this year, both at bat and in the field.  Charlie better do something to keep things from getting worse, can start to see players pushing too hard and making things worse.  I don't know how many times Pence has been diving for balls he shouldn't and costing extra bases, he was better than that last year, and he's really slumping at the plate.

Howard is going to start "baseball activities" this week, he should be back even better than the last few years if he can now run well, question will be if his bat comes back.

As for Utley, he's supposed to do "something" with the team on this road trip coming up, then maybe head down to Clearwater to start doing some baseball stuff.  Who knows when he'll be back.

Every season has a bad month or 2, hope this one is their worst and things pick up the rest of the way.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 02, 2012, 08:29:10 PM
Well, that was crazy.

Halladay has a 6 run lead at one point.
Chooch gets 7 RBIs
But we still lose in 11 innings.  :'(


                             1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11    R   H    E    
        Philadelphia     0  0  4  0  2  0  3  3  1   0   0     13  17  1
        Atlanta            0  0  0  0  6  2  0  5  0   0   2     15  19  0
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on May 03, 2012, 05:50:43 AM
That was a weird game.........lots of weird games yesterday.   The fact that the braves guy hit a LONG ball in the 11th just foul, then hits the winning homerun was strange.

And the Pirates starting pitcher facing the Cardinals who gave up 12 earned runs in the first 2.1 innings before he was removed was odd.  Who leaves a crappy starter in THAT long?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 09, 2012, 07:08:34 PM
Haven't seen the Phillies play this bad since probably 2005 or 6.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 09, 2012, 07:39:47 PM
Haven't seen the Phillies play this bad since probably 2005 or 6.

I haven't seen the Red Sox play this bad since... the other day. They are a disaster this season so far.  At least Middlebrooks is the read deal!  And they haven't lost yet tonight. (Only because the game isn't over yet. We're down by 1 in the 8th.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 11, 2012, 06:21:08 PM
Red Sox just traded cash for Scott Podsednick.  Thank goodness. Now all our pitching problems will be solved! *facepalm*
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 11, 2012, 06:38:54 PM
Red Sox just traded cash for Scott Podsednick.  Thank goodness. Now all our pitching problems will be solved! *facepalm*

You didn't know the secret to fixing pitching is to acquire more outfielders? 

When I saw the headlines saying he came from the Phillies I was like "who?".  Last time he played in the majors was 2010, he's been playing for the Ironpigs this year.

Phillies won!  ;D  Against the Padres...  ::)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 11, 2012, 06:51:23 PM
Red Sox just traded cash for Scott Podsednick.  Thank goodness. Now all our pitching problems will be solved! *facepalm*

You didn't know the secret to fixing pitching is to acquire more outfielders? 

When I saw the headlines saying he came from the Phillies I was like "who?".  Last time he played in the majors was 2010, he's been playing for the Ironpigs this year.


Yeah. The Marlon Byrd band-aid isn't working so well for us.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 15, 2012, 04:44:07 PM
Stephen Strasburg - S - Washington Nationals - May 15 2012 6:46PM est - Top Rotoworld.com News
News: Stephen Stasburg was bothered by stray Hot Stuff in his groin during Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

Impact: Hot Stuff is an analgesic ointment like Icy-Hot that is often used as a muscle-loosener. But it can cause quite a bit of pain when applied to ... more sensitive skin. "I can’t really tell you what the problem was, but some Hot Stuff got misplaced," manager Davey Johnson said. "It was on his shoulder and evidently – I don’t know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least." Strasburg allowed four runs in four innings.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on May 15, 2012, 04:53:20 PM
Stephen Strasburg - S - Washington Nationals - May 15 2012 6:46PM est - Top Rotoworld.com News
News: Stephen Stasburg was bothered by stray Hot Stuff in his groin during Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

Impact: Hot Stuff is an analgesic ointment like Icy-Hot that is often used as a muscle-loosener. But it can cause quite a bit of pain when applied to ... more sensitive skin. "I can’t really tell you what the problem was, but some Hot Stuff got misplaced," manager Davey Johnson said. "It was on his shoulder and evidently – I don’t know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least." Strasburg allowed four runs in four innings.

Ouch! It's like rubbing your eye with hot sauce on your fingers.

On the plus side, I bet his junk was limber as hell.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: The Lurker on May 15, 2012, 05:23:41 PM

Stephen Strasburg - S - Washington Nationals - May 15 2012 6:46PM est - Top Rotoworld.com News
News: Stephen Stasburg was bothered by stray Hot Stuff in his groin during Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

Impact: Hot Stuff is an analgesic ointment like Icy-Hot that is often used as a muscle-loosener. But it can cause quite a bit of pain when applied to ... more sensitive skin. "I can’t really tell you what the problem was, but some Hot Stuff got misplaced," manager Davey Johnson said. "It was on his shoulder and evidently – I don’t know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least." Strasburg allowed four runs in four innings.

Ouch! It's like rubbing your eye with hot sauce on your fingers.

On the plus side, I bet his junk was limber as hell.
I remember reading about an incident involving a misread label.  Instead of using Off! spray, a guy ended up using Easy Off Oven Cleaner by mistake.  Luckily, there was a body of water nearby.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on May 17, 2012, 08:46:25 PM
Well, it is May 17th and at the end of the night my O's are sitting atop the AL with a 25-14 record.  No one is more surprised than me.  After years of futility, they are showing some life.

I was hoping for a competitive season this year with a + .500 record for the first time in years, but didn't expect this.

I still foresee a drop at some point this summer (you know it has to come at some point), but can start to maybe think about a possible wild card berth.

Go O's!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on May 18, 2012, 11:35:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/A63XjuA8u3U?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 18, 2012, 10:25:28 PM
Big night in South Philly, Phillies and 76ers win.

Chooch is on fire, hitting, stealing, he's doing it all.

How crazy was the pitch that took Saltalamacchia out of the game, bounces off the hitters arm, the catchers arm, and then his ear.

Papelbon gets his save against his old team...


Oh, and that trip to the mound by Valentine  in the 7th was strange, what was that?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 19, 2012, 01:04:54 PM
His argument over the play at first, him getting tossed, umps gum falling out of his mouth and hitting Bobby in the face was highly amusing.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 19, 2012, 04:10:19 PM
His argument over the play at first, him getting tossed, umps gum falling out of his mouth and hitting Bobby in the face was highly amusing.

I thought his jumping up and down imitating the catch was pretty hilarious as well, especially since he did it 2 or 3 times in a row, the guys on Phillies radio were amused by that.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 25, 2012, 08:43:35 PM
I guess Pappelbon was a good acquisition, 14 of 14 in saves so far.

Poor Lee still doesn't have a win this year, and his ERA is only 2.66, he was fired up tonight but no decision.

Man, these games in St. Louis have been battles so far.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on May 26, 2012, 04:10:33 AM
Probably won't be a battle in the playoffs against the cards.......

Think I will go watch my WS DVD from last year now.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 26, 2012, 05:28:11 AM
Maybe the Cards & Sox can have a pretend World Series rematch. I think I read that the Red Sox are 0-7 in games that would put them above .500 so far this season.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 26, 2012, 07:09:14 PM
Kendrick throws his first complete game shutout against the Cards?

This game can be so strange.  Kendrick and Blanton now have complete game shutouts this season, our old ace Hamels is our new ace, Lee doesn't have a win yet, Halladay is 4 and 4.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 29, 2012, 09:55:11 PM
Halladay is gone for probably 8 weeks.  Blanton has been horrible his last 3 starts.  And they are back to stranding guys on 3rd, swinging at a pitch about 6 feet off the ground, come on Victorino take your ADD meds.

Just when I thought the Phillies might have turned the corner and might start catching up.  :grr:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on May 29, 2012, 09:58:46 PM
So many teams are MASH units right now; big names going down left and right. This season will be known as "The Year of the Injury."

Somehow, the Dodgers are weathering the storm. What an odd season so far.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 01, 2012, 08:27:27 PM
 And now Contreras goes down mid batter, damn, he was pitching really well lately.  Charlie was forced to use Papelbon for a 5 out save.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on June 02, 2012, 07:39:02 AM
It figures.  I put $40 on the O's to win it all while I was in Vegas last week and then they lose 6 in a row.  At least they are still only a game behind the Rays.   :angry:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: imapotato on June 05, 2012, 05:01:32 PM
Halladay is gone for probably 8 weeks.  Blanton has been horrible his last 3 starts.  And they are back to stranding guys on 3rd, swinging at a pitch about 6 feet off the ground, come on Victorino take your ADD meds.

Just when I thought the Phillies might have turned the corner and might start catching up.  :grr:

Marty,

I am a Phillies Phan as well, and have seen them worse...we just need to realize anything with their injuries will struggle

I picked them 3rd with Braves first and Nationals 2nd

Wish they would recall Brown and May though. If the season is lost, why not take some chances?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 05, 2012, 07:37:33 PM
Halladay is gone for probably 8 weeks.  Blanton has been horrible his last 3 starts.  And they are back to stranding guys on 3rd, swinging at a pitch about 6 feet off the ground, come on Victorino take your ADD meds.

Just when I thought the Phillies might have turned the corner and might start catching up.  :grr:

Marty,

I am a Phillies Phan as well, and have seen them worse...we just need to realize anything with their injuries will struggle

I picked them 3rd with Braves first and Nationals 2nd

Wish they would recall Brown and May though. If the season is lost, why not take some chances?

I moved to this area in the mid 80s, the 93 team made me a Phillies phan, so I've seen them much worse as well.  Those late 90s teams were, um, forgettable to say the least.

Lee still no wins, gets a loss tonight even though he had 12 strikeouts.  That one inning tonight was brutal, they tag out 2 guys at third, looks like they were out of trouble, but then Lee couldn't get the next few guys and they score 2 runs.

Edit: June 10th: Wow, Lee still doesn't have a win, amazing.  These last 2 losses to the Os were killers, hate to say it this early but the post season might already be out of reach.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: imapotato on June 11, 2012, 01:57:17 PM
The 1993 season, I was in Boot Camp and had to polish 22 pair of boots to get to watch Joe Carter tee off and end my hope
, I was later sent to Somalia or as everyone knows it "Black Hawk Down"

Then in 2008 my fiancee passes away from cancer at 35, so I really could care less about baseball then

I really worry about their next world series appearance, truly
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on June 11, 2012, 04:14:59 PM
#FireBobbyV
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 15, 2012, 06:20:16 PM
  :grr: :grr: :angry: :angry: :grr: :grr:

Chooch left the game holding his side when he was about to bat. 

Edit: Just announced, left oblique strain.

Edit2: next day; Chooch says it doesn't feel that bad, maybe he will only miss a few games.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 18, 2012, 04:35:24 PM
Roger Clemens found not guilty (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8068819/roger-clemens-found-not-guilty-all-six-counts-perjury-trial)

What a ridiculous waste of time and money. Everyone knows these guys juiced; just fucking drop it and move on.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on June 18, 2012, 05:57:23 PM
Roger Clemens found not guilty (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8068819/roger-clemens-found-not-guilty-all-six-counts-perjury-trial)

What a ridiculous waste of time and money. Everyone knows these guys juiced; just fucking drop it and move on.

Amen
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 23, 2012, 04:56:35 PM
Pappelbon gets his first blown save, but they were at home and big gentleman Jim gets his first pinch hit this year, a walk off homer (pinch hitting for Pappelbon).
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 27, 2012, 04:28:59 PM
 Chase Utley!  First game back, first at bat he hits one out. 

 Chooch comes up next an also hits one out.  He's now the MLB batting leader. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 02, 2012, 07:21:55 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/CHjNP.jpg)

It's okay, Bobby. Nobody's watching anyway.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MontyServo on July 02, 2012, 07:25:03 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/CHjNP.jpg)

This is my hat and this is my gun.  This is for wearing and this is for fun.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 03, 2012, 04:17:53 AM
Every freaking game he does that. Yet another reason to fire Bobby V.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 03, 2012, 05:40:21 AM
WHY would some freak do that?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 03, 2012, 06:35:27 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/CHjNP.jpg)

"Guess how much change I have in my pocket!"
"37 cents?"
"Wrong! I got a fist full of nuts!"
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 04, 2012, 09:33:19 PM
July 4th and Lee finally gets his first win!  And the Phillies finally get some runs in the late innings, that's been a huge problem this season.

Hoping this could spark a turnaround, but they are facing R. A. Dickey tomorrow, we'll see...



Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 07, 2012, 11:22:30 PM
Wow, haven't felt this bad about the Phillies in probably 10 years.  They have no one in the bullpen that can do the 7th and 8th and not give up a bunch of runs.  Kendrick actually pitched great the other night for 7 innings but the bullpen gave up a grand slam in the 8th.  They got runs off Dickey the other night but Papelbon gave up 2 in the 9th and they lose that one.

They have to forget about righty-lefty match ups, if the guy that matches up is pitching like shit forget the stats and put someone in that can pitch.  If the ball is down the middle it doesn't matter if a righty or lefty pitched it, it's going out.

Howard and Utley are now back, looking pretty good, but they can't pitch.  Although Chase's arm is looking pretty good...

Looking like they will probably have to win 3 out of 4 the rest of the way to have a shot at the post season.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 08, 2012, 03:58:32 AM
Like the Cardinals showed last year, July is nice, but September is key.   It's a long season.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 08, 2012, 04:24:14 AM
Like the Cardinals (and Red Sox) showed last year, July is nice, but September is key.   It's a long season.

Fixed it for you.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 08, 2012, 04:34:33 AM
I left the good October things to keep the Red Sox fans happy....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Starman! on July 08, 2012, 08:06:50 PM
So how 'bout them Pirates? 8)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 09, 2012, 05:50:31 PM
BACKBACKBACKBACKBACKBACK :gouge:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 09, 2012, 05:53:22 PM
BACKBACKBACKBACKBACKBACK :gouge:

I'm not even watching it this year...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 09, 2012, 05:53:35 PM
BACKBACKBACKBACKBACKBACK :gouge:

I hate him with the intensity of a thousand suns.

Oh, and TRUMB-BOMBS!!!  :o
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 09, 2012, 05:58:06 PM
Watch me lose my mind!

https://twitter.com/onewallcinema
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 10, 2012, 07:28:26 PM
FOX, show me the FUCKING game! 

Not the people in the stands, not the dugouts, not some idiot in the booth...

Saturday night they missed something like 6 pitches showing Pence laughing in the dugout, and tonight they do a fucking interview while the only guy I wanted to see was batting....

 :angry: :grr: :angry: :grr:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: imapotato on July 11, 2012, 01:31:50 PM
I know Tyrone Brooks, the Director of Player Personnel for The Pirates

I gave him a helluva 'Atta boy' for his role in getting the Pirates back to prominance

As for my beloved Phillies...I still think over .500 and 3rd place is a possibility
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 11, 2012, 01:58:56 PM
I know Tyrone Brooks, the Director of Player Personnel for The Pirates

I gave him a helluva 'Atta boy' for his role in getting the Pirates back to prominance

As for my beloved Phillies...I still think over .500 and 3rd place is a possibility

Yeah, that's an amazing turnaround for that club, at least one team in PA is doing well...

2007 the Phillies were pretty far back much later, but they were helped by the Mets losing most of their games in September.  3 teams would have to tank to help this year.

Utley and Howard still don't have their swing back %100, so in a few weeks when they are hopefully back to normal and Halladay gets back we will see if they can put together a run.  The bullpen is such a mess though, those guys will have to do way better or bring in new guys.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 11, 2012, 11:10:14 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/9fHoR.gif)

The most exciting thing to happen during the entire all-star break. I wanna see that in 3D!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Compound on July 13, 2012, 11:32:54 AM
Er... what?

(http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/504/snowcub.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 23, 2012, 03:30:37 PM
Ichiro just traded to the Yankees for RHPs DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar as well as cash.

I guess I hate Ichiro now.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 23, 2012, 06:40:04 PM
Ichiro just traded to the Yankees for RHPs DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar as well as cash.

I guess I hate Ichiro now.

(http://t.qkme.me/3q7csn.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 25, 2012, 02:03:17 PM
4 games in a row Phillies win on their last at bat, 3 of them walk offs.

It's like the 2008 or 2009 team is suddenly back....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 25, 2012, 02:19:15 PM
Hanley to the Dodgers. Thank goodness the Sox didn't do something stupid & try to get that idiot back. 

On a brighter note, I got retweeted by sports writer & author Steve Buckley.

(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/Screenshot2012-07-25at51634PM.png)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 27, 2012, 09:57:20 AM
I dont see anyone important or wonderful traded by the Tuesday trade day.   Well, Astros will end up trading all their players for boxes of doughnuts.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 29, 2012, 06:11:28 PM
Carl Crawford needs Tommy John surgery.

He wants to have the surgery now.  Upper management wants to hold off because "they need him in the lineup every day".

So...  they only play him 4 games a week and continually pull him in the 7th for defensive replacement?


That doesn't even get into how he was complaining about how butthurt he was about being dropped in the batting order by Francona last year and the next day Bobby V drops him in the order.


Oh but good news guys! Today upper management says they're going to let Crawford decide on surgery or not in another week!

 :grr:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on July 29, 2012, 07:13:25 PM
Somehow Detroit pulled off a win while Raburn was batting.  Figures that while I'm watching Olympic coverage is the one game this weekend the Tigers decide not to suck.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 31, 2012, 11:11:32 AM
Dodgers acquire OF Shane Victorino

Quote
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies traded two-time All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.

Philadelphia also gets a player to be named or cash for the 31-year-old Victorino, who can become a free agent after the season.

Victorino is batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 24 steals. He helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series championship.

"We're excited to add an All-Star caliber player with postseason experience," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He plays the game with passion, gives us a top of the order bat from both sides of the plate, can steal bases and is solid defensively in the outfield."

Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Los Angeles. The 25-year-old righty has a 2.91 ERA in 75 career games.

Martin, a 23-year-old righty, was the Dodgers' first round selection (15th overall) in the 2008 amateur draft. He's 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 starts this season with Double-A Chattanooga.

Victorino returns to the team that selected in the sixth round of the 1999 draft. He was a Rule 5 selection by the Phillies in 2004 from the San Diego Padres.

The switch-hitting Victorino batted .279 with 181 doubles, 63 triples, 88 home runs, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases in eight years with the Phillies. In 46 postseason games, Victorino hit .269 with six homers and 30 RBIs. He was a three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Trading the popular Victorino could be the first of several cost-cutting moves the last-place Phillies make before the 4 p.m. deadline for trades without waivers.

Under baseball's new labor contract, the Dodgers will not receive a draft selection as compensation if Victorino signs elsewhere during the offseason.

I like it! Either, Kemp, and Victorino...not too shabby an outfield. I think it'll bring good energy and and some seasoned veteran (especially postseason) experience to the team, too.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 31, 2012, 11:27:10 AM
Just waiting to see if Pence is going, seems likely.  Don't know what the deal was with him this year, way more mistakes in the field than last year.  He should have a lot more RBIs, but failure to hit with guys in scoring position has been a problem with everyone on the team this year, so in that area he just caught the same sickness everyone else had.

It's been a love/hate relationship with Victorino, when he is on he is very good, but all too often he does stuff he shouldn't.  I won't miss the pop-ups with guys in scoring position, he did that way too often as well, and not just this year, it's been getting worse the last several years.

Edit: And the Pence deal is done, he goes to the Giants.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 31, 2012, 12:12:57 PM
Suck it AL teams! We got Breslow!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 31, 2012, 07:12:56 PM
The trades seemed to wake up the guys, they beat the Nats 8-0

Jimmy get's an inside the park home run.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 31, 2012, 07:37:43 PM
This trade deadline was pretty crazy on the NL West side!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 01, 2012, 04:27:47 AM
Jeez, all the crappy reporting on espn and fox kept calling EVERYONE traded as superstars.   

News for them, only average guys were traded.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 01, 2012, 04:32:13 AM
For real. When Ryan Dumpster is the biggest name out there?  He's decent, but I've been hurt by him on my Fantasy Baseball team more times than not.  (I forget if I shared the story about nearly getting tossed from an Iowa Cubs game for yelling at him on here.  If I haven't, let me know and I'll type it up.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 01, 2012, 04:40:07 AM
Iowa Cubs.....I've been to their games in person and they are better than real Cubs
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 04, 2012, 03:26:58 PM
Chooch on the 15 day disabled list.  Any faint hope of getting close to a wildcard spot is really gone now.  Doubt they can even make it a winning season now.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 06, 2012, 07:25:58 PM
The sellout streak at Citizens Bank Park is over.  43,000+ but not a sellout.  Longest streak in the NL.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 06, 2012, 07:46:54 PM
The sellout streak at Citizens Bank Park is over.  43,000+ but not a sellout.  Longest streak in the NL.

The red sox "sellout" streak is a joke.  Much like their season.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 06, 2012, 08:16:33 PM
The sellout streak at Citizens Bank Park is over.  43,000+ but not a sellout.  Longest streak in the NL.

The red sox "sellout" streak is a joke.  Much like their season.

Because it's such a small park or because groups buy up all the unsold tickets?

When the Phillies new park opened it only held something like 30,000.  If they hadn't expanded it so much the last few years the streak could have kept going much longer.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 07, 2012, 05:33:05 AM
The sellout streak at Citizens Bank Park is over.  43,000+ but not a sellout.  Longest streak in the NL.

The red sox "sellout" streak is a joke.  Much like their season.

Because it's such a small park or because groups buy up all the unsold tickets?


I consider groups that buy tickets to count towards the sellout.  It's the idea of them counting "donated" tickets that are left over to their sellout numbers.

Here's an article that gives a little more insight into the streak.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/05/04/red_sox_sellout_streak_proves_to_be_a_real_numbers_game/
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 07, 2012, 10:02:39 AM
The sellout streak at Citizens Bank Park is over.  43,000+ but not a sellout.  Longest streak in the NL.

The red sox "sellout" streak is a joke.  Much like their season.

Because it's such a small park or because groups buy up all the unsold tickets?


I consider groups that buy tickets to count towards the sellout.  It's the idea of them counting "donated" tickets that are left over to their sellout numbers.

Here's an article that gives a little more insight into the streak.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/05/04/red_sox_sellout_streak_proves_to_be_a_real_numbers_game/

So what exactly are they doing?  If they give a certain number of tickets away how can they suddenly increase that number?  Are there people just hanging around waiting to get these free tickets that they donate during the game?  It does sound completely bogus.

I know the Phillies give away a lot of tickets, and count the standing room ones sold during the game.  But I believe the donated ones are counted before the game.  During the streak they often had over 100% attendance because of the standing room tickets that go on sale a few hours before the game.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 07, 2012, 10:57:03 AM
Fenway math!


On a lighter note, the Disastros strike again!
http://deadspin.com/5932452/the-nationals-bunted-in-the-winning-run-from-first-because-the-astros-played-defense-like-morons

Watch the video.  Several times.  It's hilarious.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 07, 2012, 12:09:57 PM
Fenway math!


On a lighter note, the Disastros strike again!
http://deadspin.com/5932452/the-nationals-bunted-in-the-winning-run-from-first-because-the-astros-played-defense-like-morons

Watch the video.  Several times.  It's hilarious.

Wow, scoring from 1st on a pop up bunt. 

It is hilarious, should be 4 or 5 errors given on that play.  I can sort of understand the first throwing error due to panic, but how can you be that far off trowing from behind first base?  I could see being off if throwing from deep in the outfield but that was really terrible.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 10, 2012, 11:04:08 AM
John Lackey seen double fisting beer in the clubhouse after last nights loss.

This team is such a joke.  I know he didn't personally cost the team the game, and sure the Sox ban of beer in the clubhouse "doesn't apply to road games" (now), but dude... after what happened at the end of last year, use some brains.


Speaking of smart moves, Beckett was out at a bar until 2am Monday night.  And he gave up 8 runs on Wednesday.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 14, 2012, 04:10:09 PM
Report: Red Sox players take Valentine gripes to ownership
http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/thebuzz/2012/08/report_red_sox_5.html

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A group of Red Sox players met with team owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino in July to express their discontent with manager Bobby Valentine, according to a Yahoo! Sports report published today.
Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the players who were "the most vocal" at a July 27 meeting in New York, and some players said they did not want to continue playing for Valentine, Yahoo! reported.

The meeting was called after ownership received a text message from Gonzalez on behalf of his teammates to complain about Valentine leaving starting pitcher Jon Lester in as he allowed 11 runs on July 22 vs. the Blue Jays.

The report also says another example of a deepening rift in the organization was a photo that has been circulated via text message that shows Pedroia smiling with two thumbs up in front of an apparently sleeping Valentine. The message with the photo reads "Our manager contemplating his lineup at 3:30 p.m."

The report also says players at the meeting complained that Valentine spends too much time in his office.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed to Yahoo! that the meeting took place.

"The intent of the meeting was to provide a forum for people to express whatever frustration needed to be expressed at a time during the season when things were not going exactly the way we wanted to on the field in hopes that we could put whatever issues were there aside and focus on playing games the rest of the season. That was the intent of the meeting. That was the focus of ownership. It was a productive meeting," he said.

The Red Sox have supported Valentine throughout a rocky first season as the field manager. Both Cherington and Henry have made public statements backing him in recent weeks.

I'd love to see that picture.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 14, 2012, 04:16:50 PM
I'd loooove that photo too!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 14, 2012, 07:30:22 PM
Valentine lost the team the first week of the season, and it was all downhill from there. It wasn't like it was hard to see all this coming, too. Hiring him was a horrible decision. What the hell were they thinking?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 14, 2012, 07:48:47 PM
Valentine lost the team the first week of the season, and it was all downhill from there. It wasn't like it was hard to see all this coming, too. Hiring him was a horrible decision. What the hell were they thinking?

I want to like this 10000000 times.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 15, 2012, 12:18:56 PM
Oh Melky...  ::)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 15, 2012, 12:26:13 PM
I guess all this throws more pressure on the Patriots not to lose.

Yeah, just start barbequing and beer drinking now.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 15, 2012, 12:40:27 PM
I guess all this throws more pressure on the Patriots not to lose.

Yeah, just start barbequing and beer drinking now.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 15, 2012, 12:50:03 PM
Sports fan approval...........
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: bigheadtodd82 on August 18, 2012, 06:04:13 AM
I'm just happy the O's are playing 12 games over .500 ;D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 18, 2012, 06:51:19 AM
I'm just happy the O's are playing 12 games over .500 ;D

I remember when the Red Sox used to be able to play AT .500   :grr:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 18, 2012, 05:02:54 PM
At least you guys are only a few games under .500, Phillies will be lucky to maybe get there by the end of the season, 9 or 10 games under now.  20 fracking games back of the Nats!

Hamels('s?) scoreless streak ends at 23 innings, Brewers get a run in the 2nd, but Phillies up 4 to 1 now in the 3rd.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 19, 2012, 11:08:15 AM
Wat.  :o

From Rotoworld.com
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The New York Daily News reports that Melky Cabrera created a fake website and a nonexistent product in an effort to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that led to his suspension.
Impact: Cabrera had the help of Juan Nunez, who is a paid consultant with the agency that represents the outfielder. It didn't work, of course, and it's now possible Melky could face some legal issues, as the Daily News says FDA criminal investigative agent Jeff Novitzky and MLB’s Department of Investigation "have begun looking into Cabrera’s associates and his entourage." There's surely more to come in regards to this bizarre story.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: bigheadtodd82 on August 19, 2012, 11:32:04 AM
So players are now learning HTML to cover their roided tracks???? :o
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 19, 2012, 03:14:43 PM
Wat.  :o

From Rotoworld.com
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The New York Daily News reports that Melky Cabrera created a fake website and a nonexistent product in an effort to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that led to his suspension.

Impact: Cabrera had the help of Juan Nunez, who is a paid consultant with the agency that represents the outfielder. It didn't work, of course, and it's now possible Melky could face some legal issues, as the Daily News says FDA criminal investigative agent Jeff Novitzky and MLB’s Department of Investigation "have begun looking into Cabrera’s associates and his entourage." There's surely more to come in regards to this bizarre story.

Seriously?!? He should be suspended another fifty games for insulting the intelligence of MLB, fans, and single-celled organisms everywhere.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 19, 2012, 03:46:27 PM
So I should probably stop giving my kids the Melk-man's Vitamin Gummies?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on August 19, 2012, 04:35:04 PM
So I should probably stop giving my kids the Melk-man's Vitamin Gummies?

I dunno, are they achieving maximum muscle gain with minimal effort?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 21, 2012, 06:29:30 PM
Whoops.
(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m945f9eea71qctkcl.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 21, 2012, 06:34:00 PM
Hitler was good at advancing the man off first......
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 22, 2012, 07:26:21 PM
The last 2 games between the Phillies and Reds have had some seriously amazing defensive plays for both teams.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 24, 2012, 03:38:05 PM
From MLBTRADERUMORS.COM
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The Red Sox and Dodgers are closing in on a trade that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports (on Twitter). Hurdles remain, but the sides continue working toward a deal.

 :o

But then we'll be without PUNTO POWER!!!!

But seriously... do this deal.  I don't care what we get back.

Actually if it does go through Beckett will say no since he's got 10-5 rights just to F it all up.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 24, 2012, 03:57:57 PM
Is Carl Crawford still alive or did he spend too much time with JD Drew?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 24, 2012, 04:46:32 PM
Loney pulled from lineup for LA.  Punto & Gonzalez scratched from lineup and now in the clubhouse.

Somethings going down.

FIRE SALE IN BOSTON!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 25, 2012, 03:12:16 AM
Um, espn is calling this a "block buster" trade that will "shake baseball to its knees" by sending "all star monsters" to LA....

Espn, shut the fuck up and only report correctly.   Jesus they are stupid and only report for idiots to listen.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 25, 2012, 10:10:11 AM
Poor Vicorino, when all thouse high priced guys show up his chances of staying in LA goes down a bit.  Maybe he'll be back with the Phillies, could be another Cliff Lee deal, trade him away then sign him next year.

Is Carl Crawford still alive or did he spend too much time with JD Drew?

Boooooo.   Sorry, as a Phillies fan I'm required to do that at the mention of JD Drew.  ;D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 25, 2012, 10:41:41 AM
*Throws a 9 volt battery at screen*
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 28, 2012, 03:39:41 PM
Rays prospect outfielder Josh Sale was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Impact: Sale is the fourth player from Class A Bowling Green to test positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine. The 21-year-old outfielder was selected No. 17 overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and owns a .238/.345/.408 batting line over his first two seasons in pro ball.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: bigheadtodd82 on August 29, 2012, 05:14:15 AM
Rays prospect outfielder Josh Sale was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Impact: Sale is the fourth player from Class A Bowling Green to test positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine. The 21-year-old outfielder was selected No. 17 overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and owns a .238/.345/.408 batting line over his first two seasons in pro ball.

If only he knew Java......
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 01, 2012, 06:56:14 AM
Stats from last nights Red Sox game A's batting practice.

• Tonight was the worst loss for the Sox since the Yankees beat them, 22-1, on June 19, 2000.

• The Sox had not allowed 20 runs since Aug. 21, 2009, also against the Yankees.

• Former Red Sox players Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and George Kottaras combined to go 9 of 15 with four homers and 13 RBIs.

"That was a blast. “Everyone is running to the bat rack and ready to bat and you can’t wait to get in the batters’ box," Reddick told the Oakland writers.

• The Sox are 0-4 on their road trip and have allowed 41 runs.

• The Sox finished August 9-20. They were actually 53-51 on July 31 and 3.5 games out in the wild card.

• The Sox are 1-6 against Oakland this season. One team started the season with a payroll of $175 million and the other at $52 million.

• Aaron Cook (3-8, 5.35) was done after 37 pitches. Of the eight outs he recorded, four were hard-hit fly balls.

• The Sox hadn't allowed nine runs in an inning since 2006.

• The Sox have allowed 13-plus runs six times this season and 10-plus runs 11 times.

• The Sox have a 7.04 ERA in 11 games since they fired pitching coach Bob McClure and replaced him with Randy Niemann. It's not Niemann's fault, he's basically the guy who got shoved in front of a train rolling downhill.

• The Sox are 69-91 since last Sept. 1. Happy anniversary.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 01, 2012, 08:05:56 AM
Ugh, sorry to see that.

Guess its nfl time in your part of the country
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 01, 2012, 10:18:14 AM
Well, what did the Red Sox expect, trade half the team and expect that to turn things around?  Really seems like the owners think the manager can go out there and win the games, sure the players and fans hate him but he's our guy!

Looks like there is a flu bug hitting our pitching staff, Hammels went down and they needed to call up a minor league guy and Halladay looked like he was going to die on the mound last night.  Luckily our bull pen is doing better now, kept things close and the Phillies actually won an extra innings game on the road, that's been a rare event this year.  Those 2 losses to the Mets were killers, they really should have swept the Mets, then there might be real wildcard hopes still alive instead of false/slim ones.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 02, 2012, 08:19:49 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9jhwrn0HP1qhq1pjo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 03, 2012, 03:46:14 AM
Oh, a fat drunk guy losing his shirt.....

Eh, get me another beer.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 03, 2012, 12:13:54 PM
Tyler Cloyd didn't look that great in his emergency call up last week against the Mets, but he's striking out the Reds like crazy today...

Update: so, good day for the new guys:

Cloyd gets his first big league win.
De Fratus gets his first hold.
Aumont gets his first save.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 06, 2012, 10:03:18 AM
Hey K1, what's the scoop on those Bobby V interviews?  Looks like he's trying to get fired.  Of course nutjobs always look that way...

Phillies have been playing well, but way too many teams ahead of us for the 2nd wildcard slot, we can probably jump over the Brewers and Diamondbacks but chances of the Pirates, Cardinals, and Dodgers all tanking is a long shot.

At least there's hope for next year.  Third base will be an issue, Frandsen has been doing a great job there but no one in the organization is talking about keeping him for next year.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 06, 2012, 10:16:06 AM
I have no idea. I think that he thinks he is being funny and sarcastic but he can't even do that right.  He is seriously coming unhinged.

I'm waiting for Aceves to actually attempt to hurt Bobby V. I feel like that's a possibility. Aceves is a certifiable crazy person. He got into it with Pedroia during a game not long ago.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 06, 2012, 11:01:53 AM
I have no idea. I think that he thinks he is being funny and sarcastic but he can't even do that right.  He is seriously coming unhinged.

Well, it worked for Bobby Knight!  Oh, wait.....

Quote
I'm waiting for Aceves to actually attempt to hurt Bobby V. I feel like that's a possibility. Aceves is a certifiable crazy person. He got into it with Pedroia during a game not long ago.

Well, if it happens on the field that would be something for the fans to cheer for...  :P
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 06, 2012, 11:04:33 AM
That would be better that the sad grabbing on the head of OLD Don Zimmer and tossing him that the Pedro pitcher did.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 09, 2012, 07:30:47 PM
 All of a sudden the Phillies only have 3 teams to climb over to get the 2nd wildcard slot.

 Still a really hard climb but not as impossible as it seemed a few days ago...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 12, 2012, 10:11:57 PM
Wow, if the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates all continue to play the way they are now, and the Phillies continue to play the way they are now, we get the 2nd wildcard spot.  Basically, we need to play above .500 and the Cardinals need to play below .500, the other 2 I'm pretty sure we will move past soon (they all seem to be in the middle of pretty bad slumps at the moment).
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 13, 2012, 09:03:42 AM
If the Red Sox don't attempt to re-sign Cody Ross, they have made a huge mistake.

When your team is this bad & he still wants to bash the ump over the head with his bat over a bad strike call... THAT is the attitude you want someone to have on your team.  Not guys like Beckett who don't give an eff and go golfing while they're missing a start because of an injury.

(Best picture I could find. Doesn't do it any justice...)

(http://c0014479.r32.cf1.rackcdn.com/x2_e889801)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 13, 2012, 12:54:42 PM
Hitting up the Red Sox & Yankees game tonight with MrTorso & our significant others.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 17, 2012, 02:03:48 PM
Well, the flames of wildcard hope that were being fanned last week were just about blown out this weekend.  I know the atmosphere in Houstan can put a team to sleep but come on, with the playoffs just within reach they lose 3 out of 4 to the Astros?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 17, 2012, 02:27:11 PM
I'm amazed that Chris Carpenter (who has missed all season after shoulder surgery) is actually going to join the Cardinals and start a game this week.

Amazing.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 26, 2012, 12:25:53 PM
Longest silent treatment I've ever seen after Ruff got his first big league hit/homerun last night.  They waited until the end of the inning, 3 more batters, then mobbed him.

They should use him to replace Brown in the outfield, send Brown back down the minors, can't count how many times he has messed up in the outfield this year, gliding to balls and not getting there in time to make a clean catch, bad routes, bad dives, throwing errors..

Still no one taking about keeping Frandsen at 3rd for next year.  He has been the only one all year that has come close to being as good as Polanco.   Stupid idea that every one of the infielders should be a big home run hitter, rargggg..
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 29, 2012, 01:52:26 AM
 :'(

Phillies are officially done.  Pretty amazing run the last bunch of years.  It was 05 or 06 the last time they had games left to play where they had no chance of the post season.

Hope for fewer injuries next year and they should have a better shot.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 29, 2012, 07:00:36 PM
Wooooooooooooooooooooooo! Red Sox lose again! Closing in on a secured top draft pick spot! Wooooooooooooo! (I also have fireworks ready for when they fire Bobby V.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 29, 2012, 07:19:51 PM
Maybe Bobby V can move and be your next store neighbors?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: JimJ on September 29, 2012, 08:40:32 PM
O's tied for first place in the AL East with 4 games left.  I'm not much of a fan of baseball in general, so I'm a very fair weather fan when it comes to the O's, and there's not been much fair weather recently.  This is exciting though.  They haven't made the playoffs since I was a kid.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 30, 2012, 01:06:59 PM
Woooo! Red Sox lost again!  Time to turn it around and sweep the Yankees!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 30, 2012, 01:12:55 PM
Woooo! Red Sox lost again!  Time to turn it around and sweep the Yankees!

I'll support that
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: JimJ on September 30, 2012, 02:09:19 PM
Woooo! Red Sox lost again!  Time to turn it around and sweep the Yankees!

Please, please do.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 30, 2012, 02:20:35 PM
They should give all the Red Sox fans free beer at the games......and the manager's home phone number.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 02, 2012, 07:26:52 PM
Pulled into a half point out of first in Roto! Tied in saves with the guy in 1st, tied in wins with the guy in 3rd! Trailing the guy in 1st in ERA by 0.01. My two starters today both sucked. I have two more going tomorrow and 4 closers.

(Looks like 3rd place for me in Head to Head, and 1st by a mile in Razzball.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 03, 2012, 03:56:11 AM
Espn saaaaad that their over published home teams of Dodgers and Angels did not playoffs.

After weeks of over reported how dodgers picked up "many superstars on blockbuster" trades, gee, their make up of news hardly being mentioned on TV.   They are sad the Cards made playoffs again.

Maybe some day espn will get out of having bad reporting and will actually think again. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 03, 2012, 04:17:44 PM
Good god, espn loves the Red Sox........the zombies must kill them all.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 03, 2012, 07:31:42 PM
Good god, espn loves the Red Sox........the zombies must kill them all.

Why do they love them? There is nothing to love about them this year.  3 outs away from (Salty strikes out. Shocker.) ..... 2 outs away from the end of Bobby V!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Starman! on October 03, 2012, 08:27:23 PM
So...how 'bout them Pirates?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 03, 2012, 10:00:00 PM
So...how 'bout them Pirates?

What did happen to them?  It was looking so good for them to have a winning season this year, then they fell apart.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 04, 2012, 11:31:55 AM
The AP article on the firing of Bobby V is pretty funny.  Sounds like he has paranoia issues, blaming other coaches, medical staff, just about everyone except the ownership.

It's as if he thinks everyone was against him...., oh, right, maybe he wasn't paranoid after all, just plain old crazy.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 04, 2012, 11:57:25 AM
Yeah, no wonder Japan kicked him out.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on October 05, 2012, 05:17:05 PM
Can anyone explain what the controversy was that caused the delay in the braves game?

Tuned in late  and they haven't really explained it well. The umps messed up an infield fly call?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 05, 2012, 05:17:49 PM
ATLANTA FANS
WAT R U DOING?
ATLANTA FANS
STAHP.


nice to see the replacement refs filling in for the umps in this game.

By seriously, Atlanta fans you're giving Philly fans a run for their money tonight.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 05, 2012, 05:19:08 PM
They called the Infield fly really late (and on the replay it looks like at the point they called it he had no chance to catch it)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on October 05, 2012, 05:24:10 PM
I see. 

Atlanta fans gonna riot!  These single game wild card play-in's are too intense!

Go O's!!!!!!  Beat Texas!

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 05, 2012, 05:33:57 PM
And that's the game! NOPE! Infield hit for Chipper.

Exciting game.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 05, 2012, 05:39:19 PM
Cardinals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My team, whew!

And the "classy asshole" fans.    Haha
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: JimJ on October 05, 2012, 09:29:27 PM
O's made it in!  What an exciting day of baseball (and I don't say that often).  I really love the new wild card system.  One and done type of games like that are usually fun to watch.

Yankees are up next.  We split the regular season series 9-9.  Should be a great match up.  I just really hope we can get the 2 wins at home before going to NY (which makes no sense that the division winner has to play on the road for the first 2 games, but it benefits my team so I'll take it  8)).
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on October 05, 2012, 10:07:43 PM
O's made it in!  What an exciting day of baseball (and I don't say that often).  I really love the new wild card system.  One and done type of games like that are usually fun to watch.

Yankees are up next.  We split the regular season series 9-9.  Should be a great match up.  I just really hope we can get the 2 wins at home before going to NY (which makes no sense that the division winner has to play on the road for the first 2 games, but it benefits my team so I'll take it  8)).

Go O's!!!

Bet on them when I was in Vegas back in May.  I've got $40 on them to win it all at 35-1.  Pays $1440 if they can pull it off.   8)

 :highfive: 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: JimJ on October 05, 2012, 10:20:02 PM
O's made it in!  What an exciting day of baseball (and I don't say that often).  I really love the new wild card system.  One and done type of games like that are usually fun to watch.

Yankees are up next.  We split the regular season series 9-9.  Should be a great match up.  I just really hope we can get the 2 wins at home before going to NY (which makes no sense that the division winner has to play on the road for the first 2 games, but it benefits my team so I'll take it  8)).

Go O's!!!

Bet on them when I was in Vegas back in May.  I've got $40 on them to win it all at 35-1.  Pays $1440 if they can pull it off.   8)

 :highfive: 

Nice.  It would be amazing if they did.  I'm just happy they got past the one game playoff and I get to see them in a playoff series for the first time since I was 11 years old.  I'm also glad that the Ravens game will be over before game 1 starts on Sunday.  Hopefully both Baltimore birds can get a W.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 06, 2012, 05:00:38 AM
I am not sure that the next payoff schedule is really fair to the two teams with the best records.   They both play their next two games on the road at the wild card sites.    Washington, in a first to win three games series, has to play their next two games in St Louis?   As a cardinal fan I find this nice......but is that fair?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on October 06, 2012, 07:27:38 AM
I am not sure that the next payoff schedule is really fair to the two teams with the best records.   They both play their next two games on the road at the wild card sites.    Washington, in a first to win three games series, has to play their next two games in St Louis?   As a cardinal fan I find this nice......but is that fair?

Don't know why it isn't 2-2-1, but I ain't complaining.  If the O's can take both of their home games, then they only have to win one of three at NY.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 06, 2012, 07:41:23 AM
I think next year it is 2-2-1, but not this year.   Oh well.

So, since Josh Hamilton is done in Texas, where does he go?   I could not believe the home fans booing and yelling insults at him like that.   Terrible fans.....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 06, 2012, 07:56:15 AM
Yeah safe bet with them booing and insulting him he probably won't be back there despite him saying he will give TX the chance to match any offer he gets.  Stupid. I just hope he doesn't relapse because of the stupid fans.

I have no idea where he'll end up.  I assume an AL team so he can eventually DH, but I'm not sure where.  He's going to take a good chunk of dough, so KC, TB, SEA are out.  Maybe Houston will do something crazy and go after him as their way of attempting to "compete" in the AL?

Maybe the Giants to erase the bad taste of Melky & his awesome second career in web design?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 06, 2012, 09:16:49 AM
If he was smart, he would pick a city with real baseball fans.....and not a lot of easy to get drugs. 

Houston sux so he needs to avoid those bums.    Gonna be hard to find a good match at the money he wants.   The Cards would work but we got enough outfielders and don't spend that much.   If he ends with a west coast big team, might as well get his rehab room ready.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 06, 2012, 09:22:53 AM
And with all the bars in Boston (and the insane fans) I really don't think he'd be a good fit here.  Same with Anxiety Disorder Greinke.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 06, 2012, 09:30:13 AM
Wonder if the Reds can afford him?

I'm just afraid his agent does not care about his life and just wants the most agent tip.   Speaking of that problem, wonder how Pujols is enjoying his free falls now?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on October 12, 2012, 05:42:37 PM
Well it was a great season for the O's.  Looking forward to next year!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 12, 2012, 10:12:38 PM
Okay, the Cardinal game made my heart the size of a basketball.

Wow....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 12, 2012, 10:25:56 PM
I'm glad the nats are gone.

Cards fans need to make sure they have strong hearts, how many times can they keep going to their last season ending strike and survive?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: JimJ on October 13, 2012, 12:24:42 AM
Well it was a great season for the O's.  Looking forward to next year!

Yeah, this season did the impossible and got me interested in baseball.  Thinking about going up to Baltimore next season to see a few games.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 14, 2012, 04:38:22 AM
Made the mistake of watching espn this morning to see if Yankees or Detroit won game in extra innings.    I see that Detroit won on my phone, but espn is showing several minutes of Yankees tying game in 9th and blubbering how this comeback will be remembered forever.   Oh, then they show a second of one of detroits runs in the 12th (only show a bit of one run) and nothing of Detroit getting the save.

And of course, they then have SEVERAL bits about Jeter getting hurt.  Then some baseball guy said that "this injury will super impact and override all baseball teams".   REALLY?

Jesus espn, get over your Yankees and dodgers all time love and crap reporting.   
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 14, 2012, 05:28:12 AM
I fell asleep in the 8th. All those extra innings O's games took a toll on me.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 17, 2012, 09:17:25 PM
Well, I was at what was supposed to be a game today, but ended up not happening.  First time I've ever seen a game called on the chance that there would be rain as opposed to rain actually stopping play.  They could've played in it.  I certainly could have sat in it...especially with the rain not starting until two hours after scheduled game time.  Then, there was the drunken loser who threatened to smash our car if we didn't let him get into the line in front of us in the parking garage... (SPOILERED FOR LANGUAGE)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Anyway, game's rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon, and I'm going to try and make it, since I'll be downtown for Evil Dead the Musical later on that night and it's playing right across the street.
Made the mistake of watching espn this morning to see if Yankees or Detroit won game in extra innings.    I see that Detroit won on my phone, but espn is showing several minutes of Yankees tying game in 9th and blubbering how this comeback will be remembered forever.   Oh, then they show a second of one of detroits runs in the 12th (only show a bit of one run) and nothing of Detroit getting the save.

And of course, they then have SEVERAL bits about Jeter getting hurt.  Then some baseball guy said that "this injury will super impact and override all baseball teams".   REALLY?

Jesus espn, get over your Yankees and dodgers all time love and crap reporting.   

We've gotten used to this sort of coverage.  We just assume no matter what team we're playing, Joe Buck is automatically going to start rooting for the other side without coming out and saying it.  But if Joe Girardi's going to get all upset about a blown call and begin wanting Instant Replay instituted immediately in a game where no Yankee scored a run, Detroit's got eight words for him:

Armando Galarraga.  Perfect Game.  We got over it.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 18, 2012, 04:02:09 AM
I'm rooting for the Tigers and sooooooo tired of ESPN "Yankee Love" reporting.  If at all possible, go to the game!

My sister and brother in law are going to Cardinal game today.   Since they went to WS game 6 last year, I approve them going.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 18, 2012, 08:23:39 PM
And...huzzah!  Much more pleasant evening this time around, for a multitude of reasons.  I did miss the ninth inning, because I had to go across the street to catch Evil Dead: The Musical (I was concerned I was going to have to miss one or the other though I bought tickets a week ago for Evil Dead), but I caught all the good stuff.  Seeing at least one playoff game in my life was worth it, I think.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 18, 2012, 08:28:10 PM
Good job for the Tigers chomping on the Yankees.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 21, 2012, 05:39:55 AM
Sox traded Mike Aviles to Toronto for John Farrell. 

It's a step in the right direction, but pretty much any of the candidates this time around were a step in the right direction.  I'm thinking Ausmus goes for the job with the Jays now that he didn't get the one in Boston.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 24, 2012, 01:32:41 PM
Bobby V is the gift that keeps on giving..

http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2012/10/24/bobby-valentine-might-want-check-his-facts

He made TONS of comments that went against what actually happened in his Costas interview.  In some cases HE was the one who originally spilled stories to the media only to then turn around and claim he has no idea where the media was getting this misinformation from.

He's gone and I still can't stand him.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: NRRork on October 24, 2012, 06:42:40 PM
Goddamn it, Tigers, you're doing it wrong!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 24, 2012, 06:44:18 PM
Seriously un-Verlanderish.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 27, 2012, 07:17:38 PM
Well, hey, Verlander does have his bad days...Sabathia had a VERY bad day when he went against us.

Nice thing is, Verlander usually doesn't have the same screw-ups in a pitching cycle, if we can get back to him in the rotation (EDIT: Wow, I really fumbled writing this sentence the other night.  Me speak English good).  But even in Game 2, our pitching was great, but our hitting looked like mid-season stuff when we were struggling.

About halfway through game 3 now, and they've at least gotten on base a number of times.  Sanchez allowed two, but that's still excellent pitching on his end all things considered.  Just need to close the deal...

EDIT: Annnnd no deal closing tonight.  Now it's just up to the statistically unlikely (but potentially hilarious) 4 game comeback.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 28, 2012, 06:57:02 AM
Never say never. I seem to remember about 8 years ago something happened that humiliated a certain Yankees franchise.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 28, 2012, 09:11:09 PM
Annnnd...it's over.  Well, there's always next year.  Of course, we said that in '09...'10...'11...

We're a very hopeful town, I'll say that.   ;)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: NRRork on October 28, 2012, 09:16:27 PM
No, I can't be optimistic today. Different people have different ways of coping with disappointment. Some look for silver linings and look ahead to the future, others spew forth a cathartic blend of profanity and verbal abuse.

But as I rather like the message boards here and the people who frequent them, I've done my raging elsewhere. After a little while of licking my wounds, I'll be able to move on and by April I'll be looking forward to another season. But TONIGHT, I am pissed the hell off.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 28, 2012, 09:33:52 PM
Oh, don't me wrong, I'm mad, too.  But I figure the more time I spend engaged in other things, the quicker it will get better.

I just get a little tired of the words "Choke" popping up whenever Detroit gets to a championship.  Happened to the Pistons a couple of years ago, and it keeps happening with the Tigers.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 29, 2012, 04:15:03 AM
I think it is mostly idiots who use terms like 'choke' when a sports team loses.  And, mostly spoken by people who cannot toss a baseball.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on November 13, 2012, 05:35:22 PM
What the heck? What kind of insanity just happened in Florida?

Also it's a disgrace that they got public funding for that new stadium if they clearly aren't going to bother putting together a major league team.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on November 13, 2012, 05:55:15 PM
Maybe they can hire the ex Red Sox manager now......or just give all the fans free shrimp cocktails.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 13, 2012, 06:50:43 PM
If I had to work in that stadium looking at those colors all day I'd also be a little nuts.

Seems like fire sales are just something the Marlins like to do, remember the year after they won the World Series?

Yay for the Phillies signing Frandsen for next year, he was pretty darn good at 3rd base when filling in last year, and wasn't bad with the bat either.  They've got 2 guys left eligible for arbitration.

Boo that they let Polanco become a free agent.  Guess they didn't think he was worth 5.5 mil, after all the time injured last year, and also his hitting slump.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on November 13, 2012, 08:02:50 PM
They do fire sales quite a bit. I just find it odd given the "we are going to get a new ballpark, logo, uniform, and build our team around guys like Hanley Ramirez (oops)" statements they were making last year.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on November 14, 2012, 03:00:07 AM
Well, it is NOT a baseball town for sure.   I mean, that kind of stuff would never happen in St Louis or Philly or any other real place.   They are just flipping the card, restarting and will now sign all new guys and tell the few fans "okay, NOW we got it".    Hell, maybe they can get a new stupid uniform this year too.  Real teams do not change uniforms every few years.   I mean, teams like the Yankees and Cardinals have had the same ones since the 1800s.

Maybe they can just enjoy the shrimp cocktails.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 14, 2012, 08:47:38 AM
I guess people in Florida don't travel from one town to another?  The way spring training parks fill up it sure seems like there are a lot of baseball fans in the area.  Kind of surprises me the teams down there don't get more people at the games.  Unless most of those people fly in for spring training vacations?

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on November 14, 2012, 10:38:22 AM
Tons of people from Boston head down for spring training. There were a bunch of people I used to work with who had "season tickets" for spring training each year.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: SJP on November 14, 2012, 09:21:14 PM
But we did get Torii Hunter.  A lot of guys I know are really excited about that, especially since he came to us...word was the Yankees were looking to scoop him up.

Between Jackson, Cabrera, Fielder, a healthy Martinez, and Hunter, that's a damn good start to next year's lineup.

Also, a friend pointed out to me that every time Joe Buck has announced during a Tigers playoff series, we've lost, be it World Series or League Title.  Therefore, we kindly ask Joe Buck to take a long vacation next October.  I hear Antarctica is very nice that time of year.  ;)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on November 15, 2012, 03:03:06 AM
Signing 37-38 year old outfielders........might be time to actually have the minor leagues pick up some.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on December 03, 2012, 01:45:24 PM
Well the Sox signed Napoli.  3 years 39 million.

I'm decidedly "meh" on this.  He's not a good 1B defensively which is where ownership says he'll be playing.  He's a decent OBP guy, but his batting average career-wise isn't great.  (Shocking for a catcher I know...) 

My hope is they go after Swisher so they can use him in the outfield & swap him in at 1B late in the game for defense.  I'm not a huge fan of Swisher, but I think trying to get him makes sense because he fills multiple needs.  (And he's better than Johnny Gomes...)

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on December 05, 2012, 05:10:44 AM
"And you get a 3 year 39 million deal! And you get a 3 year 39 million deal! We ALL GET A 3 YEAR 39 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL!" - Boston Oprah Sox.

Well... I guess Victorino isn't the worst player out there, but that's not the greatest signing...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 05, 2012, 09:16:37 AM
 With Victorino it's a lot of taking the bad with the good.  He's still pretty fast, makes some great plays because he can get to the ball quick, he can steal if he's paying attention.  The bad is that he tends to forget how to play baseball, making really stupid mistakes, if things are going bad they stand out, if things are going well it's easy to shrug them off.

I was reading one of the reasons to bring him in might be to get some life into the clubhouse after things being so poisonous. 

And WTF! Chooch, getting suspended for 25 games for taking an amphetamine?  Details are pretty hard to find but it seems like he admitted taking it.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on December 05, 2012, 10:07:42 AM
He admitted taking Adderall (however its spelled). Really not much in the news about it though probably because of all the NFL guys getting suspended for the same thing around the same time.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on December 15, 2012, 01:55:27 PM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/227018_10150265952939984_93869774_n.jpg)

Mmmmhmmm.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: Bob on January 19, 2013, 07:29:42 AM
Proof that playing for the Cardinals means you live forever, hall of famer Red Schoendienst is celebrating his 90th birthday and still looks great.   He goes to spring training every year and still wears a uniform on the bench as a coach.

One of my favorite lines recently is listed below and still means he is sharp.


Schoendienst, who was feted Friday night with a pre-90th birthday party at Mike Shannon’s Steaks and Seafood restaurant, surely couldn’t have imagined this long a life after the 1958 season when he became ill with what later was diagnosed as tuberculosis while he was playing with the National League champion Milwaukee Braves.

“Of course, I couldn’t imagine having a cellphone in my back pocket either,” Schoendienst joked.


Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: k1 on January 19, 2013, 10:00:18 AM
R.I.P. Earl Weaver

http://cdn.hark.com/swfs/player_fb.swf?pid=npylfkhyxq

Or the full version:
http://www.youtube.com/v/QWQbN0jFo_k?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 20, 2013, 04:08:27 PM
Think I'll just rename this thread and add 2013, since we only got to 18 pages in 2012.

Wanted to do this but it's seems you cant do text formatting in subject lines.

Baseball 2012 2013, The Thread
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 27, 2013, 11:09:27 PM
So, the old third to first fake pick off has officially been changed to a balk.

Always thought it was odd that it was allowed, if you are going to call a fake throw to one base a balk then it should apply to all.

I assume this now applies to second base as well, so the spin move to second is affected, I guess the pitcher will have to throw the ball to second now instead of holding onto it if there is no play?  If so then the "speeding up the game" argument of the new rule is shot, I'm pretty sure the spin to second is done way more often than the third to first move.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 05, 2013, 08:47:10 AM
its Truck Day!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 05, 2013, 06:18:19 PM
More names listed in the BioGenesis records released today.

The list so far:
A-Rod
Melky Cabrera
Nelson Cruz
Cesar Carrillo
Gio Gonzalez
Bartolo Colon
Yasmani Grandal
Ryan Braun (which reminds me, I miss seeing TeamRAD around these forums...)
Francisco Cervelli
Danny Valencia
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 08, 2013, 06:56:26 AM
Fantasy Baseball is back!

For anyone who wants to join, Head To Head league is up, Razzball is up (although I can't remember the login for the Dummy Team), and Roto will follow shortly.

If you want in and you aren't a returning team just let me know & I'll post the league info.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 08, 2013, 07:54:06 AM
All leagues are on Yahoo.

Here's the Razzball info:

Quote
League ID#:   18032
League Name:   AlfredoAceves Anger Mgmnt Club
Password:   bobbyv
The idea of this league is to construct a team that is terrible. But you can't do it by grabbing bench players since you need plate appearances (or batters faced) to get points.  It's weird, but kinda fun.


Traditional Head To Head league:
Quote
League ID#:   17976
League Name:   Angels In The Troutfield
Password:   biogenesis


Classic Roto league:
Quote
League ID#:   22782
League Name:   Werth Every Penney
Password:   Sandwiches
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 09, 2013, 11:07:04 PM
4 people in line to buy Marlins tickets:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/photos-marlins-fans-turn-winter-warm-event-220646017--mlb.html

Pitchers and catchers report Tuesday!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 12, 2013, 01:55:54 PM
So... anyone? Fantasy Baseball? DB? Bob? Chief?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on February 12, 2013, 02:42:39 PM
Debating.....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: BiteMe316 on February 13, 2013, 11:44:35 AM
So... anyone? Fantasy Baseball? DB? Bob? Chief?

McCloud!!

(Runs and hides in bushes outside Rifftrax offices  ;D )

I really can't help that.  I always think that whenever someone says "Chief!"
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 13, 2013, 02:08:03 PM
So... anyone? Fantasy Baseball? DB? Bob? Chief?

McCloud!!

(Runs and hides in bushes outside Rifftrax offices  ;D )

I really can't help that.  I always think that whenever someone says "Chief!"

I knew someone would appreciate that. :)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 18, 2013, 06:50:09 AM
Still looking for more teams especially in H2H & Roto:

All leagues are on Yahoo.

Here's the Razzball info:

Quote
League ID#:   18032
League Name:   AlfredoAceves Anger Mgmnt Club
Password:   bobbyv
The idea of this league is to construct a team that is terrible. But you can't do it by grabbing bench players since you need plate appearances (or batters faced) to get points.  It's weird, but kinda fun.


Traditional Head To Head league:
Quote
League ID#:   17976
League Name:   Angels In The Troutfield
Password:   biogenesis


Classic Roto league:
Quote
League ID#:   22782
League Name:   Werth Every Penney
Password:   Sandwiches
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 23, 2013, 11:47:47 AM
Ahhh, baseball on the radio/TV/computer/smartphone/tablet...

Phillies outfielders are looking pretty rusty in this first game.

Best news: Chase Utley playing during spring training, haven't seen that in 3 years.
Not seeing any limp in Howard.
Maybe we will have the core guys throughout the season this year, fingers crossed...

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 23, 2013, 11:49:32 AM
Lackey is in mid-season form already.  Awful.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on February 23, 2013, 02:16:09 PM
Lackey is in mid-season form already.  Awful.

Jesus. Is that guy still hanging around?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 26, 2013, 11:10:01 AM
 I (and the guys broadcasting) was (were) wondering why they left Papelbon in so long as he was getting ripped up by the Tigers, then I remember him shooting his mouth off.  Nothing like letting him flail out there as payback, 6 runs and he gets the loss, nice....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 26, 2013, 01:39:33 PM
I (and the guys broadcasting) was (were) wondering why they left Papelbon in so long as he was getting ripped up by the Tigers, then I remember him shooting his mouth off.  Nothing like letting him flail out there as payback, 6 runs and he gets the loss, nice....

Classic Pap.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 26, 2013, 02:00:44 PM
I guess with J-Roll keeping more quiet these days we need someone to step into that void.

I have a good feeling about this year, if everyone stays healthy we should do well.  The attitude even for spring training is way better than last year.  Seeing more of the 08, 09 type of team coming together now.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 14, 2013, 08:46:29 AM
Roto has already drafted, but we're still looking for more teams for Head To Head and Razzball.  Anyone else want in?


Here's the Razzball info:

League ID#:   18032
League Name:   AlfredoAceves Anger Mgmnt Club
Password:   bobbyv
The idea of this league is to construct a team that is terrible. But you can't do it by grabbing bench players since you need plate appearances (or batters faced) to get points.  It's weird, but kinda fun.


Traditional Head To Head league:

League ID#:   17976
League Name:   Angels In The Troutfield
Password:   biogenesis
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on March 19, 2013, 10:41:05 AM

Here's the Razzball info:

League ID#:   18032
League Name:   AlfredoAceves Anger Mgmnt Club
Password:   bobbyv
The idea of this league is to construct a team that is terrible. But you can't do it by grabbing bench players since you need plate appearances (or batters faced) to get points.  It's weird, but kinda fun.


The Biogenesis Brauns have signed up. I'll have to be at this draft. :)


Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on March 19, 2013, 10:46:55 AM
I would love to, but man, looking at your line up every day from April to October............yoinks.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 19, 2013, 10:52:02 AM
Hey welcome back! How's it going?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on March 19, 2013, 11:05:12 AM

I would love to, but man, looking at your line up every day from April to October............yoinks.

Your lineup would be more accessible than what the Marlins will be rolling with, sans Stanton, this season.

Hey welcome back! How's it going?


Hey k1! How are things on the east-coast? I am doing super and missed talking baseball (amidst other things as well) w/ everyone here. I was in the neighborhood and hoping the Razzball draft didn't happen yet.  I'm looking forward to amassing my roster of awfulness this Saturday.

Go Crew.


Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 19, 2013, 01:15:18 PM
Things are looking up now since Bobby V is gone. Playoffs a lock? Don't think so. But anything is an improvement over last year.  2nd wild card here we come!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on March 21, 2013, 02:47:03 PM

Have you warmed up to this yet, k1?

(http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/New+York+Yankees+Photo+Day+t3TH7IwUphll.jpg)

 :P

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 21, 2013, 04:39:42 PM
He's like Sampson.

Without his mighty chin gopher, he is useless.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 27, 2013, 02:49:20 PM
Marlins desperate to sell opening day tickets:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-miami-marlins-1-6
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 05, 2013, 07:32:33 PM
So, the first 4 innings of the home opener were fun, the next five, not so much..............................
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 06, 2013, 12:14:46 PM
Poor John Lackey. I may not like having him on the Red Sox, but nobody wants to see that happen to him.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 06, 2013, 07:39:59 PM
Sounds like Lackey might just have a biceps strain, so hopefully the elbow is not injured again.

Well, it was looking like another loss at home, 2 outs in the 9th down by 2, Kevin Frandsen gets his first career walk off hit, a pinch hit 3 run double.

Expect Cole to be pitching well tomorrow, after being pretty bad opening day.  That would leave Halladay as the only question mark out of the starting 5.

Edit:  Just read that Frandsen's parents were visiting from California and were in the stands when he hit the game winner.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 07, 2013, 12:02:55 PM
The Legend of Middlebrooks grows...

Home Run Derby has broken out in Toronto.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 07, 2013, 05:08:31 PM
Well, so much for Cole bouncing back from his bad opening day...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on April 11, 2013, 11:21:38 AM

Screw all you guys, Yuniesky Betancourt's currently my team's first baseman. I'm in baseball hell.  :D

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 11, 2013, 11:24:06 AM
"Yuniesky Betancourt"?  Sounds like one of the goofy names used on "Game of Thornes".
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on April 11, 2013, 11:28:44 AM

I'm sure you can find him in one-of-the-nine free cities of Westeros during the offseason.  :P

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 11, 2013, 03:01:33 PM
Nut job Aceves is starting tonight? These thunderstorms can't roll in fast enough to cancel tonight's game...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on April 12, 2013, 12:22:17 PM

I'm sure you guys caught this last night:

http://www.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=mlb&content_id=26207091&partnerId=as_mlb_20130412_7094784

Get a load of this, this was published by fangraphs on Wednesday:

http://www.fangraphs.com/not/a-plea-to-carlos-quentin/

Quoting Temple from that above piece:

So, hear my plea Carlos Quentin: FUCKING MOVE!

Finally, check out the Dodgers' response on Twitter from last night's game:

https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/322586892111593472

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on April 12, 2013, 12:25:15 PM
That was a terrible and loser move the SD player made by charging the mound in close game like that.  I wish Bob Gibson or Nolan Ryan would have been pitching.  That guy would have been knocked out in seconds.

If I were the Dodgers, I would plug him with baseballs the rest of his career.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on April 12, 2013, 04:49:18 PM
According to the numbers, he HAS been hit by baseballs his entire career.

My concern now is that the Tigers are headed out west to do battle against the A's, who have a phenomenal record so far this year...and the Tigers, with the lineup they have, should be doing better than  .556.  Don't turn into the Yankees, guys, have those salaries mean something!   ;D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 28, 2013, 06:03:12 PM
Chooch is back!  Phillies sweep the Mets.  Actually they have won 6 in a row up in NYC.  Cole didn't pitch great but finally got his first win.  So not a bad weekend for the fight'n Phils.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 02, 2013, 09:49:00 AM
Annnnddddd now it feels like the late 90s, 2 games they get outscored 20 to 2.

I was all for the spread out interleague idea but these 2 and 2 series don't seem to be scheduled all that well.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on May 02, 2013, 10:40:17 AM
I wonder how much longer the Angels will enjoying paying Pujols 20-30 million a year for the next decade when he stopped hitting and has to DH because his foot hurts?  And he will need Tommy John surgery eventually on his bad elbow.   

The good thing about Pujols in St. Louis is we all pretty much ignore his current melt down and just have happy memories of him. 

Oh well, that is not our problem anymore.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 05, 2013, 04:24:30 PM
Halladay had zero control today, giving up 9 runs in less than 3 innings.  Now they say he has a sore shoulder.  Let's see, some of his bad outings have been due to illness, now a sore shoulder, getting a bit hard to believe the excuses....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 06, 2013, 05:11:17 PM
I forget... do we have any Braves fans here?

I was cleaning out some stuff from my parents house & came across a large Braves ring shaped paperweight I got back in 1995.  I can take a picture and post it here if anyone's interested in it. (I'll also post it in the Yard Sale thread.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 11, 2013, 09:03:06 AM
Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay) became the first pitcher in MLB history to fan 13 batters without making it through five innings.

Cobb surrendered three runs on five hits and a pair of walks over 4 2/3 innings in the game, while also issuing a balk, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. He generated an absolutely astounding 23 swings and misses on the evening, 21 of them coming on his changeup.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on May 11, 2013, 10:15:26 AM
Sadly, he plays for Tampa.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 11, 2013, 03:12:44 PM
Halladay owns up for playing hurt:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies/Roy-Halladay-apologizes-to-Phillies-fans.html

Just wish he would have had the surgery he is scheduled for now last fall....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 23, 2013, 06:17:53 AM
I love how pumped Koji gets after each inning.

(http://nesncom.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/koji-uehara-high-five.gif?w=400&h=225)

I can't imagine how he'd react in the playoffs. But I hope to see it!

(I can't stop laughing at Victorino getting smacked.)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on May 23, 2013, 06:37:04 AM
I see him getting his hotel room door getting keyed shut on the next trip.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 06, 2013, 01:31:04 PM
How about that Dominic Brown, leading the NL in home runs...  Now if he could just learn to run to a spot and wait for the ball instead of always running to the ball, that would be even better.  But that seems to be a problem with a lot of outfielders these days.

And the Phillies are at 500, survived 2 games with terrible calls by the umpires:

I guess it's ok to slide feet first into the bag at 2nd and have your feet take out the guy throwing the ball, but if you slide in head first and your arm barely touches the leg of the guy after he throws the ball to first it's called interference.    :grr:

And if the pitcher misses his spot badly, ball doesn't hit the bat or the catchers glove, but hits and injures the home plate ump, it's some kind of magical foul ball called a strike....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on June 30, 2013, 05:53:20 PM
I just wanna say that Chris Davis is a stud!

Go O's!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 02, 2013, 08:15:24 AM
Just the rumors that Utley might be traded are depressing. 

I'd rather see Rollins go than Utley, they are sort of opposites in leadership ability.  Chase pretty much always fires up the team no matter how he is doing, Jimmy has a tendency to bring it down when he isn't doing well.

It's going to be hard to see the core of the 2008 team go, it was a nice run while it lasted.  Howard and Hamels are locked in for a few more years.  They are playing like crap at the moment but hope they can get back to normal.  Also hope they can hold onto Ruiz for a few more years.

Barring a miraculous turn around I doubt Charley will be back managing next year, not that you can blame him for what is going on, with his choices for who to bring in being what they are.  But his contract is up and simply not renewing it would be better than a mid season firing.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on July 03, 2013, 05:31:46 PM

I'd rather see Rollins go than Utley

Chase should be simple to move, b/c his contract expires after the season. Rollins' contract is another story; if his prior two seasons are an indicator, his option will vest in '15. I wouldn't classify his contract as an albatross, but I don't know of any suitors in need of a 34 year-old SS making eleven-million over the next two seasons.

On the other hand, we're open for business w/ the only untouchables being Braun, Segura, Gomez, and Luc.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 04, 2013, 07:01:10 AM


On the other hand, we're open for business w/ the only untouchables being Braun, Segura, Gomez, and Luc.

Yeah, they will need money to sign another old Cardinal starting pitcher as a free agent!

I think it will be a normal free agent time when strange teams like the Angels trade more young guys to get old payroll sponges. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 06, 2013, 07:55:19 AM
I can see either the Dodgers or Yankees tossing money her way to be a relief pitcher.

After doing the gymnast move to deliver the ball, she threw a normal overhand toss.  She must have a lot of workout time on her hands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVeo6QMcbW4&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVeo6QMcbW4&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 06, 2013, 09:19:38 AM
Just wondering if any of those moves are against the rulebook.

I'm thinking the way she moves her feet might be?

She certainly couldn't pitch when baulk'n Bob is one of the umpires.  ;D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 09, 2013, 10:05:55 AM
Wow, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols just both went terrible recently.  Well, not TERRIBLE, but not worth $25 million a year for the next few years.

Too bad, they both seem like nice people too.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 09, 2013, 10:17:30 AM
 News just came in that Howard will need knee surgery, might be out for the rest of the season.  No word on if they will keep the Ruf kid at 1st or what. 

 Tonight we will see if Hamels finally has his mojo back, his last start he started to look like his old self.

 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Starman! on July 09, 2013, 10:27:07 AM
I'm going to the Pirates game tonight, so expect them to lose
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on July 09, 2013, 03:14:35 PM
Long time Brewers fan and this is the type of season I've been waiting for.  The worse they play, the better Bob Uecker's stories get during the radio broadcast. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 11, 2013, 05:13:19 AM
I'm going to the Pirates game tonight, so expect them to lose

Let me check the box score.......hmmm, have the Pirates banned you yet?
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 11, 2013, 04:34:20 PM
Manny Ramirez has already undergone one "random" drug test since reporting to Triple-A Round Rock.
And he's only been there since Sunday. Manny has been busted for performance-enhancing drugs twice in his major league career so he carries a big target on his back. He's 3-for-12 with a homer and three RBI so far with Round Rock and could become a realistic option for the Rangers at some point after the All-Star break.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 11, 2013, 05:11:29 PM
I would not want him to even walk into my team's club house.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on July 11, 2013, 06:17:43 PM
Yeah he seems like it would do more good to send him from your Triple A club to your opponents Major League team.  He can dick around, take plays off and then get suspended again and leave them a roster player short.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on July 13, 2013, 10:16:45 PM

The worse they play, the better Bob Uecker's stories get during the radio broadcast.

However, Joe Block has to go though. Wow, is he *falls asleep in 4th inning*.

I'm dreading to the day Bob leaves the booth. It's gonna be such a sad day for Brewer fans.

Good god, the Marlins are only 1.5 games in back of us right now. On a positive note, high draft pick!


Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on July 13, 2013, 11:34:03 PM

The worse they play, the better Bob Uecker's stories get during the radio broadcast.

However, Joe Block has to go though. Wow, is he *falls asleep in 4th inning*.

I'm dreading to the day Bob leaves the booth. It's gonna be such a sad day for Brewer fans.

Good god, the Marlins are only 1.5 games in back of us right now. On a positive note, high draft pick!

I still think it hasn't been the same since Jim Powell went to the Braves franchise.  He was the perfect Straight Man for Ueck's bits.  I'm more amazed by the fact that Uecker has never worked under a contract.  They just call him up at the beginning of each season and ask him if he's got another one in him. 

I'd rather listen to Joe Block do brewers games than Larry McCarrin on the Packer games any day.  He's worthless. 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on July 14, 2013, 12:02:25 AM

I think Provus filled in admirably for Powell, and the booth didn't miss a beat after Cory became acclimated. At times, one could've easily mistaken Cory for Jim.

However, this Provus-to-Block transition, yikes.

On the other hand, the television team is solid. Anderson has become a stud play-by-play man, and I enjoy how much of a dork Bill Schroeder is. As a fan of the Crew, it's nice to have both options available.

And the McCarren reference, he's interesting. :D

So is Lincecum's right-arm still attached to its shoulder? The 148-pitch no-hitter, wowzers.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 14, 2013, 10:05:07 AM
Long double header day for the Phillies yesterday, playing from 3:30pm to 12:40am with one short rain delay and one hour between games, 24 innings.  They had golden opportunities to win the first one but blew them, managed to win the second.

Ben Revere broke his foot fouling off a ball in the first game, this season it seems like when ever we have someone on a hot streak they get hurt...

Hope Cole went home early last night and got some sleep, need a win today to get back to .500 before the break.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 14, 2013, 11:07:17 AM
A-Rod had a meeting with MLB Officials regarding Biogenesis & then no showed a minor league rehab game he was supposed to be at.  Rumor is MLB is aiming for a 150 game suspension for him.  :highfive:

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 14, 2013, 12:06:53 PM
A-Rod had a meeting with MLB Officials regarding Biogenesis & then no showed a minor league rehab game he was supposed to be at.  Rumor is MLB is aiming Yankees are praying for a 150 game forever suspension for him.  :highfive:

Fixed it for you.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on July 14, 2013, 02:25:47 PM
Heard on the radio yesturday that ESPN is reporting that MLB is "chattering" about potential lifetime bans for Ryan Braun and A-Rod.  That would be a HUGE step and I'm pretty sure the players union would have something to say about that.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 14, 2013, 02:44:39 PM
ESPN has given up reporting only facts and they make stuff up these days.  Best to just ignore all their fake "news"
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 22, 2013, 06:33:00 PM
Let the fun begin!

Quote
Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The first big shoe to drop in the Biogenesis investigation, Braun has agreed to accept the suspension and will not appeal. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes," said Braun. "I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions." That Braun didn't appeal doesn't exactly bode well for some of the other players involved, though this is a lost year for the Brewers. Braun will end up missing 65 games and is projected to lose around $3.4 million in salary.

Quote
ESPN's T.J. Quinn reports that the evidence Biogenesis clinic founder Tony Bosch gave Major League Baseball about Alex Rodriguez is "far beyond" what he gave them about Ryan Braun.
Braun accepted a 65-game suspension Monday, so A-Rod is surely to get at least that much. Of course, we don't know at this point if the third baseman would plan to appeal the suspension. Rodriguez had been slated to return from the DL Monday but recently had a setback during his rehab assignment with a strained quad.

A-Rod also refused to answer questions when he was interviewed during the investigation which will probably not help his case any.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on July 22, 2013, 09:28:14 PM
65 is a lot less than I thought he was going to get.  I figured at least the even 100.  I bet he's cooperating(snitching) on others he knows about.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 24, 2013, 08:21:45 PM
Caught this on MLB network out of the corner of my eye... Did A-Rod seriously go to get a second opinion on his injury w/o the Yanks ok (which violates CBA)?

And the dr already had ties to PEDs and was or is under investigation by MLB?

I'm torn because I want it to be true, because A-Rod. But I also want the Yanks to not be able to void his contract because of the PEDs or debilitating injury so their team will suck for a few years.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 24, 2013, 09:47:58 PM
These last 2 games against the Cardinals have been seriously depressing.  Just shows how bad off the Phillies really are now.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 28, 2013, 12:41:31 PM
Ortiz went nuts on a dugout phone in Baltimore last night.

http://www.boston.com/news/source/2013/07/after_david_ortiz_destorys_dugout_phone_ryan_dempster_jonny.html

But don't worry guys, Jonny Gomes & Ryan Dempster fixed it.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BQRRTc_CcAAobC_.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 05, 2013, 04:03:03 PM
Happy Biogenesis Day everyone!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 05, 2013, 06:12:26 PM
These last 2 games against the Cardinals have been seriously depressing.  Just shows how bad off the Phillies really are now.

Not sad for me!

Baseball seasons are long and run in "we have hope" stretches......so all will be good soon
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 05, 2013, 11:57:34 PM
These last 2 games against the Cardinals have been seriously depressing.  Just shows how bad off the Phillies really are now.

Not sad for me!

Baseball seasons are long and run in "we have hope" stretches......so all will be good soon

Ah, 2 weeks ago when the Phillies had only been massivly outplayed a few times, now it's something like 14 out of the last 16 lost....

No deals at all at the trade deadline, just shows this is a "tossing in the towel" season.

And now the only guy in our bullpen that has been pitching OK get's a 50 game suspension.

Going to the game tonight with my boss, pretty good seats near first base, so that's something.   I'm guessing it will not be a huge crowd, 2 loosing teams playing.  He's a Cubs fan BTW.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 06, 2013, 01:34:25 PM
I'm torn because I want it to be true, because A-Rod. But I also want the Yanks to not be able to void his contract because of the PEDs or debilitating injury so their team will suck for a few years.

I want this to be true. I will inject Performance Enhancing Drugs and win a bunch of stuff I don't deserve and get endorsement deals and stuff JUST to make this come true.


Wait...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 06, 2013, 09:21:16 PM
I was wearing my Ruiz T-shirt at the game and he hit a home run, cool, and I can't remember the last time he hit one, pretty sure it's been a long time.

Good thing he got us up by 4 because Pappelblown gave up 3 runs in the 9th.

Pretty good crowd for a Tuesday night game between 2 loosing teams, and the seats were pretty good, the view:

(http://www.science.widener.edu/~schultz/phillies/philliespanorama.jpg)

Not a bad panorama for hand held over my head...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 08, 2013, 08:51:09 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/gl5Ifzq.gif)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on August 08, 2013, 09:37:25 AM
And you wonder how many people got bonked on the head before they put those screens behind home plate up.

The NHL had bad things before they learned.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 12, 2013, 04:56:06 PM
Red Sox have an off day today.  Then some fan at the Toronto/A's game posted this online:

(http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/peteabepics/BRe9Y96CQAAzngF.jpg-large.jpg)

  :D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 16, 2013, 05:39:20 AM
So looks like we're getting instant replay "challenges". (1 in the first 6 innings, 2 in the last 3)

But what's stupid about it is there doesn't seem to be any repercussions for throwing a challenge & being wrong.  So if you have an opposing pitcher who is on a roll you can just throw a challenge to break up his rhythm even if you know you aren't going to win the challenge.  Definitely not going to help with all the complaints that games take too long either.




Also just saw that A-Rod (or someone "in his camp") is apparently the person who leaked the names of Braun, Melky, Cervelli, & Carrillo to Yahoo back in February.  That's certainly not going to win him any friends in the game.  He also plans to sue MLB if they don't drop his suspension to 0 games.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on August 16, 2013, 10:20:14 AM
I think by now, A-Rod is the only guy who thinks A-Rod should be playing ball right now.

On the Tigers, Jhonny Peralta got suspended for 50 games.  He shrugged, said, "I'm heading out for a bit.  Sorry I screwed this up for my team and my friends, I made mistakes, I'll live with the consequences, and I wish my teammates all the best."

Last time I checked, one team was leading their division in the AL and one was watching Boston and Tampa Bay duking it out from quite a distance away.

Isn't there a saying that people are willing to put up with arrogance as long as it gets results? ;)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Locuststakethesky on August 16, 2013, 12:06:12 PM
But what's stupid about it is there doesn't seem to be any repercussions for throwing a challenge & being wrong.  So if you have an opposing pitcher who is on a roll you can just throw a challenge to break up his rhythm even if you know you aren't going to win the challenge.  Definitely not going to help with all the complaints that games take too long either.
I heard that if the coach gets a challenge wrong he will lose the challenge, whereas if he's right about the call he will still be able to challenge another play.  Sure he may throw away his challenge in the 6th knowing he gets two new ones the following inning, but other than that he may not want to waste it.  I'm all for the rule...to hell with tradition, it's about getting the call right.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 16, 2013, 12:11:25 PM
But what's stupid about it is there doesn't seem to be any repercussions for throwing a challenge & being wrong.  So if you have an opposing pitcher who is on a roll you can just throw a challenge to break up his rhythm even if you know you aren't going to win the challenge.  Definitely not going to help with all the complaints that games take too long either.
I heard that if the coach gets a challenge wrong he will lose the challenge, whereas if he's right about the call he will still be able to challenge another play.  Sure he may throw away his challenge in the 6th knowing he gets two new ones the following inning, but other than that he may not want to waste it.  I'm all for the rule...to hell with tradition, it's about getting the call right.

I agree with the addition of replay as well.  Just some aspects of it seem weird.  I guess we'll have to wait for all the details to come out so we can see what all the little rules are with it.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 16, 2013, 02:19:44 PM
Well, the Charlie Manuel era for the Phillies is over.  Kind of pointless to replace him at this point in the season but who knows what has been going on behind closed doors.  It's not like anyone new is going to get us into the post season at this point.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 18, 2013, 10:39:38 AM
 Times like this I really miss Harry Kalas.  He would always come up with great stuff to say when things were going badly.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 24, 2013, 10:40:47 AM
3 ninth inning walk off wins in a row for the Phillies.  Can't remember the last time that happened.
Ruf is up to 10 home runs for the month.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 24, 2013, 11:56:16 PM
Well, that was a strange one.  Phillies had lots of chances to get a 4th consecutive walk off but couldn't get it done.  When your starting pitcher only lasts 2/3 of the first inning you don't expect to then run out of pitchers in the 18th.  Casper Wells (outfielder) came close to getting through the 18th but things fell apart, he got the first 2 guys out but then he was squeezed pretty bad by the home plate umpire so it wasn't all his fault.

Longest running time game in Phillies history, 7 hours 6 minutes.

Sundays starter pitched 5 innings in Saturday's, some before midnight and some after so he did pitch on Sunday...

Roy Halladay was going to pitch a rehab in Reading Sunday but will now pitch in Philly.  That should be interesting, he should be on a limited pitch count at this point, and we don't have any bullpen left, no off day until 9/5 so it's not like there will be a chance to rest anyone if Roy doesn't make it far into the game.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 28, 2013, 09:47:09 AM
(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/h.gif?w=320)

 :D
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on August 29, 2013, 03:54:25 PM
Holy crap, Max Scherzer is the luckiest man in baseball.  Not many pitchers get to 19-1, let alone hang onto that record for another day thanks to a three-shot walk-off home run, when every other starter on the team gets smoked by the A's offense.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 29, 2013, 04:36:46 PM
Holy crap, Max Scherzer is the luckiest man in baseball.  Not many pitchers get to 19-1, let alone hang onto that record for another day thanks to a three-shot walk-off home run, when every other starter on the team gets smoked by the A's offense.

I picked a bad year to pass on Scherzer in fantasy baseball.  Had him several years in a row & decided "nah" this time around & took Gio Gonzalez... ungh.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 08, 2013, 05:08:45 PM
Phillies swept the Braves this weekend, with lots of cool late innings heroics.   But not sure how hard the Braves are really playing right now with the big lead they have.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 16, 2013, 06:52:49 PM
It was the Cliff Lee show tonight, 14 strikeouts, 3 hits, 4 RBIs.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on September 21, 2013, 08:25:35 PM
Wow.

Tigers, White Sox.  Sox ahead, 6-0, when Tigers took up bats bottom of the ninth.

3 outs later, game is tied 6-6.  Tigers win in the 12th on an Infante single with the bases loaded.

Only in baseball.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 22, 2013, 05:35:35 AM
Playoffs soon.  All the NL teams are set (still working on which two teams are wild cards, but the teams in playoffs are set).   AL still figuring that out.

Now just keep Chris Berman from announcing any games please
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 25, 2013, 09:47:10 AM
Watched the last few innings of the Cardinals Nationals game last night, Michael Wacha was so close.
That 27th out in the 9th inning is a killer.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 25, 2013, 05:05:46 PM
I do find it odd that the cardinals ( my team) have three rookie starting pitchers and five rookie release pitchers......and they all have been fine.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 29, 2013, 09:15:58 PM
Not sure who to root for in the post season.  I guess I want the Pirates to win at least a few, but as for who I'd like to see in the World Series, probably the Red Sox and the Cardinals.

Very cool no-hitter to end the Marlins season, never seen a walk off no-hitter before.  How weird that he was on deck when the winning run scored, so he was able to be out on the field in the on deck circle. (not that it was possible for him to bat, there were 2 outs with the bases loaded)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Starman! on October 02, 2013, 12:09:46 PM
WHOO, BUCCOS, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 02, 2013, 04:10:50 PM
WHOO, BUCCOS, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

Well...... 9 of us picked at random could have been the sleeping Reds.  They just melted this season.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 02, 2013, 04:27:26 PM
I really don't know how to view the postseason right now.  Granted, I want the Tigers to nab the World Series this year, after getting into it twice in the past decade and blowing it, but they've been struggling as of late...heck, if they hadn't clinched in Minnesota, they might have had to play Cleveland for the Division champ.  And speaking of, Cleveland has been going nuts with its win streak, but I don't know if they can keep the momentum through the postseason or if they blew themselves out trying to get there.  Boston has been good all year long and the current best record in the AL, but the Yankees had that distinction last year and got wiped out in four against Detroit, so that's no guarantee either.  Tampa Bay eked out against the Rangers at a time when both were fighting tooth and nail to avoid elimination, so they can't be counted out...and hell, the NL was a damn close race for the wild card as well for awhile there (at least, in the Central), even though the division champs had nothing to worry about.

It's a crazy year, and nobody looks like a lock to me.  Ought to be fun to watch.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 02, 2013, 05:08:44 PM
You have no idea how enjoyable this years Sox team is for me to watch after the  :angry: year with  :grr: Bobby  :grr: :grr: Valentine was.  :angry:

I freaking hated last year.  The only enjoyment I had was every time that idiot opened his mouth to the media.  Because I could not believe he was so stupid even though I knew he was.

Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 07, 2013, 02:16:04 PM
Wacha pitching a gem(and I ruined it. Home run as I was typing)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 07, 2013, 04:31:10 PM
It's always fun when the Cardinals win a game 2-1 by pitching three rookie pitchers.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 13, 2013, 01:26:47 PM
Just to put it out there...there might be a good chance that due to the ALCS series there may no longer be any OneWallCinema/One Man Band crossovers.  Baseball rivalry can be a strong thing indeed. ;)

I kid, of course.  Go Tigers, though.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 13, 2013, 03:58:46 PM
Just to put it out there...there might be a good chance that due to the ALCS series there may no longer be any OneWallCinema/One Man Band crossovers.  Baseball rivalry can be a strong thing indeed. ;)

I kid, of course.  Go Tigers, though.

If you sacrifice Joe West to the baseball gods then I will forgive you.  Maybe.

That was painful to watch. Especially watching a PED guy get the game winning RBI.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 14, 2013, 05:45:17 AM
Just gonna leave this here for SJP:

(http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/assets_c/2013/10/BWg42XoCYAEQ9t5-thumb-450x499-116036.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 15, 2013, 02:00:54 PM
Did SJP just cause a power outage in Detroit just to screw with John Lackey & help out his beloved team? I suppose we will never know. But I'm keeping an eye on him...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 15, 2013, 02:44:02 PM
Verlander is filthy today.  So. many. strikeouts.  :gouge:
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on October 16, 2013, 01:10:31 AM
As a Brewers fan this is looking like the worst possible outcome for a world series.  Seriously fuck the cardinals and I would have at least had Prince Fielder to route for if the Tigers could make.  If it's Cardinals vs Red Sox, I doubt I'll watch a single game.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 16, 2013, 02:07:18 AM
The Brewers are still a team?  I thought they merged with the Astos......
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 16, 2013, 09:38:04 PM
Well, Dodgers pulled off a win, so that makes the NLCS interesting.

As for the ALCS...

Well, at this point, win or lose, I must admit to a little Schaudenfreude when I hear the disappointment coming out of Joe Buck.  I have nothing against anyone in baseball...except him.  And Nick Swisher (but that's nothing personal on his end; just every time I see him I feel like the guy in Stepbrothers who can't stand Will Ferrell's face).  He doesn't seem as bad this year as he's been in years past, but he's one of those guys that, unlike most announcers I hear regularly, cannot bring himself to acknowledge good plays by the team he himself hasn't picked as his favorite.  It was all "Yankees This, Yankees That" last year, even as they were getting swept in the playoffs.

Is it wrong to want my team to win just so Joe Buck can cry himself to sleep on his solid gold pillow? ;)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 19, 2013, 02:28:19 PM
Cards in WS and espn crying their precious dodgers are not.

I am a happy boy.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on October 20, 2013, 08:15:12 AM
Oh, St. Louis made it to the world series?


*yawn*


Seriously, we could have had the tigers, the dodgers, or another team that hasn't been in the series practically every year. Ya know, at least football is less predictable.

It's the only downfall of baseball...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2013, 10:54:20 AM
So close but so far....

(http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/816343399.gif?1382236562)

Not only was that part of a double TOOTBLAN but it was also the only 4-2 double play in ALCS history.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 20, 2013, 11:26:29 AM
Missed most of the game...was out half the night, and when I finally checked the score it was 2-1, Tigers.  So I didn't see that particular play.

Unfortunately, the score didn't stay that way.  Well, Red Sox played the better game, and congrats.

Now it's time to sit and eventually be disappointed by the Lions.  Again. ;)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2013, 12:10:11 PM
I suppose now we can go back to being friends.  ;) 
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 20, 2013, 12:40:42 PM
How can a vegetarian be that heavy?    The Tigers must feed him ice cream between innings.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2013, 01:03:20 PM
I feel more intimidated by the red birds this time around than I did in 2004.  Should be a much more exciting series this time around.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 20, 2013, 01:16:35 PM
Maybe the Cardinals should dump Bobby Valentine in the Red Sox dugout......

Be right back.....
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2013, 03:04:45 PM
Maybe the Cardinals should dump Bobby Valentine in the Red Sox dugout......

Be right back.....

Bound & gagged, bloody & beaten? Why thank you!  :)
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Raven on October 20, 2013, 04:06:07 PM
As a Brewers fan this is looking like the worst possible outcome for a world series.  Seriously fuck the cardinals and I would have at least had Prince Fielder to route for if the Tigers could make.  If it's Cardinals vs Red Sox, I doubt I'll watch a single game.

Well it's been a good season.  See you all next year.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 27, 2013, 07:26:20 AM
This World Series is insane. Strike zones all over the place, crap analysts by Fox, and freaking Jim Joyce. Ugh.

I should be happy the Sox made it to the series but unnngh...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 27, 2013, 07:35:26 AM
My fear is that Fox will put the "stars" of their network shows in booth for "clever comments".
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 27, 2013, 10:08:07 AM
What gets me even more than the crappy commentators is the crappy camera work.

Can I see more than 5 seconds at a time of the players on the field please?  And some wide shots to see how they are set up for each batter?  And they spend way too much time in closeup on faces.  It's as if everyone involved in the production hates baseball and has no idea what to put on camera.

Has anyone measured how much time they spend showing people in the stands?  I want to see the players, not people in the stands.

I haven't watched an entire game yet because of getting fed up with the coverage.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 27, 2013, 02:05:20 PM
Yeah, showing people in the fans must be their way to get people SO interested in what fans at a game look like.

I hate that
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: Bob on December 06, 2013, 10:12:01 AM
"Robinson Cano agreed Friday to a 10-year, $240 million free-agent contract with the Mariners, as confirmed by FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. The deal ties Cano with Albert Pujols for the third largest in baseball history."

Those two contracts were PATHETIC.......given by teams that will never make the playoffs.  And the Yankees WAY overpaid for the ex-Boston outfielder too.

That is not how you win people, learn!

At least ESPN can now think even less and drool over these teams more.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 06, 2013, 10:28:27 AM
I'm happy the Phillies signed Chooch for another 3 years.  Now if he can just stay healthy.

But have no idea how they are going to get what is needed to get back to playing well.  Seems like too many holes need to be filled...

Guess it's time to change the name of the thread again, 2014 is almost here...
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: k1 on December 06, 2013, 01:20:16 PM
And the Yankees WAY overpaid for the ex-Boston outfielder too.

That is not how you win people, learn!

That deal will be ok (not great) for maybe 3 years.  After that it'll be Carl Crawford in Boston all over again.  Speed doesn't necessarily age well.  Not to mention he's not really the quickest to come back from injury.

The amount of $ the Yanks have tied up between CC, Teixeira, Ellsbury, McCann, Jeter, & possibly A-Rod is just silly.  It'll be even funnier after A-Rod has been out of the game for a year and attempts to come back.  I'm actually torn.  I want him suspended, but I also want the Yanks to have to pay his salary.  But I don't want him to get paid....  I hate A-Rod more than I hate the Yanks, so I'm leaning towards suspension.
Title: Re: Baseball 2012, 2013, The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 06, 2013, 02:05:02 PM
I hate A-Rod more than I hate the Yanks, so I'm leaning towards suspension.

I only dislike the Yanks, so big lean towards suspension.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on December 07, 2013, 04:32:30 AM
I want the (failing to make the wild card) Yankees to keep over paying, having personnel issues and have to do with a failing A-Rod on the roster......and pouting all the rest of his contract.   Maybe they can add one of the over rated Drew boys to their team.

Boston must love this.

The Cardinals have their team set up for next year, so that is good.   I wonder what they are planning next as they have 7-9 starting pitchers and a few closers.   
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on December 19, 2013, 02:20:39 PM
Yankees offered Choo a $140 million dollar deal AFTER they signed Ellsbury?  :o  (He said no so they signed Beltran.)

They are spending STUPID amounts of money.  It's kind of amazing.  They're just digging themselves a deeper hole each time they do that.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 19, 2013, 02:25:05 PM
Meanwhile we sign loosing pitchers....
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on January 31, 2014, 06:10:27 AM
I'm renewing the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball leagues.  If anyone new is interested & wants to join, speak up.  It's free, not overly cutthroat, and we have 3 leagues. Join one, join em all. Whatever you want.

Roto - standard roto league
Head To Head - You vs another team each week, playoff bracket at the end of the "season"
Razzball - Create the worst team you possibly can. Score points for things like getting caught stealing, wild pitches, losing, errors, etc. (It's weird, but fun.)

The more the merrier.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 16, 2014, 05:12:41 PM
 Not sure what to make of the A J Burnett deal.

 Video of Ryan Howard has him looking pretty good, he has been down in Florida working out for a while already.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 17, 2014, 06:33:10 AM
I'm renewing the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball leagues.  If anyone new is interested & wants to join, speak up.  It's free, not overly cutthroat, and we have 3 leagues. Join one, join em all. Whatever you want.

Roto - standard roto league
Head To Head - You vs another team each week, playoff bracket at the end of the "season"
Razzball - Create the worst team you possibly can. Score points for things like getting caught stealing, wild pitches, losing, errors, etc. (It's weird, but fun.)

The more the merrier.

Bumping up because baseball.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on February 17, 2014, 02:44:08 PM
I'd love too, but the NFL is almost too much time picking each week's starting team, let alone a 162* game season


* or in the Astro's case, a 5 game season
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on February 18, 2014, 06:19:23 AM
Yankees offered Choo a $140 million dollar deal AFTER they signed Ellsbury?  :o  (He said no so they signed Beltran.)

They are spending STUPID amounts of money.  It's kind of amazing.  They're just digging themselves a deeper hole each time they do that.

Wait, they offered Choo that? Somehow I managed to miss that over at MLBtraderumors. That's insane.

I still cannot comprehend why they didn't resign Cano even though the Mariners were literally bidding against themselves leading up to the eventual deal. They're going to miss him big-time and vice-versa. Good luck @ Safeco, Robinson.

I'm quietly optimistic about my Crew's chances this season. Our pitching's deep (really loving the Garza & Smith acquisitions); we can undoubtedly hit. However, I'm concerned if we'll be able to get on base consistently sans Braun & Lucroy. The NL Central's gonna be a beast again, and I believe we'll be throwing our hat into the race this year.

And I know he's a scumbag and all, but I'm really enjoying Braun taking the heel route when it's coming to his approach to the road games. This is gonna be a ride. If he can stay healthy, he's gonna destroy.


Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on February 18, 2014, 10:30:12 PM
I'd love too, but the NFL is almost too much time picking each week's starting team, let alone a 162* game season


* or in the Astro's case, a 5 game season

I joined the fantasy league, but you're right, that is a LOT of games.....
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 26, 2014, 10:49:32 PM
I hope the Phillies don't broadcast the regular season the way they are doing spring training games.  2 guys doing color commentary is too much.  Although I do like Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs way more than the guys they replaced, having both of them on at the same time is too much.  Please go back to one announcer and one color guy per inning with swapping them every few innings.

That said, it was a joy to watch a game without Chris Wheeler talking to me as if I was an idiot that had never seen a baseball game in my life.  Matt Stairs had a few moments that got close to that, Jamie Moyer didn't seem to go there at all.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 10, 2014, 07:43:42 PM
Home opening series has the Phillies swept by the Brewers.   :'(

I know the Brewers are on fire out of the gate but it really exposed the fact that our pitching sucks.  Defense has been spotty.  Only bright side is they are getting hits and some runs, much better than they did in spring training.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 25, 2014, 04:56:48 PM
Well, at least something interesting happened at a Phillies game, too bad it was the other pitcher pitching a no hitter, 3 walks shy of a perfect game....

The 2 big patterns so far this year:  Opponents lead off on base percentage is insane, and it's leading to a lot of runs.  And blowing leads or ties in the last 3 innings.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on May 28, 2014, 02:39:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/i-yuxF-C4_8?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

"Juuuuuust a bit outside..."
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 31, 2014, 04:54:39 PM
Phillies and Mets might as well just play 24/7...  Guys on the radio are down to adding up the hours played so far this year, with rain delays added it's almost up to 2 days worth so far this season.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 01, 2014, 08:10:36 PM
So Ortiz just decided that he should just walk to first on a 3-0 pitch... and watch the next pitch come in as he's walking to first.

(https://d13csqd2kn0ewr.cloudfront.net/uploads/image/file/58107/cropped_ortizwalk.gif)
http://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/531167

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 03, 2014, 11:21:21 AM
Looks like it's going to be fire sale time for the Phillies.   :'(

Of course there are only a few on the team that don't have big red flags (age, injuries, etc...), so it's not like we could get much in return. 

Some of the deals made several years ago are really hurting now, the Hunter Pence deal probably did the most harm to our farm system.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 07, 2014, 03:08:45 PM
Tornado warning at Fenway at the moment.  :speechless: (We're not supposed to get tornados in Boston! That's why I didn't move to the mid-west!  Well... one reason anyway.)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Br-Tk_hIEAEmiX3.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 31, 2014, 01:44:49 PM
 :gouge:
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on July 31, 2014, 02:31:19 PM
K1, at least you got rid of JD Drew.........who I warned you about a few years ago how crappy he was and you threw all the "Moneyball" junk at me for being glad the Cardinals dump him for their All Star pitcher?

Well, have a beer and just be glad you got rid of all the DREWS

The odd thing was, the Cardinals still have way too many outfielders even with Craig getting traded.  I can see some more movements by them this off season.

And despite how terrible Craig has played this year, he is a great guy and player and you all will love him.

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 31, 2014, 02:48:34 PM
Phillies do NOTHING!  We are screwed for several years at least, no prospects and an old team that can only play well about 1 week a month....
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on July 31, 2014, 03:36:37 PM
K1, at least you got rid of JD Drew.........who I warned you about a few years ago how crappy he was and you threw all the "Moneyball" junk at me for being glad the Cardinals dump him for their All Star pitcher?

Well, have a beer and just be glad you got rid of all the DREWS

The odd thing was, the Cardinals still have way too many outfielders even with Craig getting traded.  I can see some more movements by them this off season.

And despite how terrible Craig has played this year, he is a great guy and player and you all will love him.

I still say JD was a decent signing despite how maddening it was to see him show zero emotion and constantly taking called third strikes, grounding into double plays, and...  :grr: you know what, screw that guy.  (But he did put up decent numbers.)

Absolutely HATED the Stephen Drew re-signing especially when we had Bogaerts and Holt up already.  And now we have Kelly Johnson for him? Yay?

As much as I hate Lackey, I kinda didn't want to see him go.  HOWEVER, I really like what the Red Sox got in return.  Craig has serious potential, and Kelly was a beast last year with an ERA of around 2.69ish IIRC.

The Lester & Gomes for Cespedes deal...  :-\  Sure Cespedes has some pop and a cannon for an arm, but what good does it do to score a bunch of runs if you have ZERO STARTERS OTHER THAN BUCHHOLZ ON YOUR ROSTER????  Great, you scored 5 runs a game! But you just gave up 8 because you have no starters!

We will see how the Miller deal to the O's works out. Could be fine & who knows. Maybe Miller will come back to the Sox after the season. (If not, oh well.)

So by my count the Red Sox currently have 8 outfielders on the roster???  Nava, Bradley Jr, Victorino, Cespedes, Craig (1B/OF), Carp (1B/OF), Johnson (2B/OF), Holt (1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF)

Our new starting rotation is Buchholz, De La Rosa, Webster, Workman, & Kelly.  :speechless:
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 21, 2014, 01:41:08 PM
At least there's one baseball team in Philly people can be proud of...

Taney Dragons are no longer undefeated, but still alive in the LLWS.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on August 23, 2014, 06:05:33 AM

...and somehow we're still in first place. What a strange and enjoyable season this has been.

Phillies do NOTHING!  We are screwed for several years at least, no prospects and an old team that can only play well about 1 week a month....

I don't envy your situation whatsoever. You need to cut ties w/ Amaro. He's so out-of-touch.

K1, at least you got rid of JD Drew.........who I warned you about a few years ago how crappy he was and you threw all the "Moneyball" junk at me for being glad the Cardinals dump him for their All Star pitcher?

Well, have a beer and just be glad you got rid of all the DREWS

The odd thing was, the Cardinals still have way too many outfielders even with Craig getting traded.  I can see some more movements by them this off season.

And despite how terrible Craig has played this year, he is a great guy and player and you all will love him.

I still say JD was a decent signing despite how maddening it was to see him show zero emotion and constantly taking called third strikes, grounding into double plays, and...  :grr: you know what, screw that guy.  (But he did put up decent numbers.)


Drew was an above-average player throughout his career, and I wouldn't have minded him on my team at all throughout any point of it.

k1, you guys really overpaid for Castillo, and I think you should've gotten more for Lester than you did. There's a reason why the A's got rid of him; he can't get on base.

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on August 23, 2014, 06:25:35 AM
K1, at least you got rid of JD Drew.........who I warned you about a few years ago how crappy he was and you threw all the "Moneyball" junk at me for being glad the Cardinals dump him for their All Star pitcher?

Well, have a beer and just be glad you got rid of all the DREWS

The odd thing was, the Cardinals still have way too many outfielders even with Craig getting traded.  I can see some more movements by them this off season.

And despite how terrible Craig has played this year, he is a great guy and player and you all will love him.

I still say JD was a decent signing despite how maddening it was to see him show zero emotion and constantly taking called third strikes, grounding into double plays, and...  :grr: you know what, screw that guy.  (But he did put up decent numbers.)


Drew was an above-average player throughout his career, and I wouldn't have minded him on my team at all throughout any point of it.

k1, you guys really overpaid for Castillo, and I think you should've gotten more for Lester than you did. There's a reason why the A's got rid of him; he can't get on base.
[/quote]

I don't disagree with any of that.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 23, 2014, 10:21:18 AM
Phillies do NOTHING!  We are screwed for several years at least, no prospects and an old team that can only play well about 1 week a month....

I don't envy your situation whatsoever. You need to cut ties w/ Amaro. He's so out-of-touch.

I really hope Amaro is gone next year, he was delusional with how much he wanted in return for some of our crap players.  I can only think of one or two deals he has done that turned out well, but many that have hurt us badly in the long term.

It's hard to tell what kind of manger Sandberg really is, he's in a really bad situation, trying to manage a team of older guys that were used to how Charlie did things. 

Wednesday night there were about 35,000 people 3 hours away attending the Taney Dragons game, only 24,000 people at the Phillies game.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 15, 2014, 09:50:06 PM
Papelbon gets a fine and a 7 game suspension for grabbing his crotch while walking off the field. ???
I could see a fine and maybe one game, but 7?

(http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/visual/whatshot/Papelcrotch091514.jpg)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 16, 2014, 01:54:04 AM
Being a lifetime idiot has a bad payout.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Compound on September 17, 2014, 02:42:09 PM

(http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111121223950/simpsons/images/2/26/Woo_hoo!_poster.jpg)

Woo-hoo!

The Isotopes are now the Rockies' AAA affiliate.

I'm not quite sure what this means for the Sky Sox, down in the Springs, but it does mean that our AAA team now have cooler hats.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 20, 2014, 04:18:02 PM
Living for obscure stats kinda sucks but what the hell:

Jerome Williams becomes the first pitcher ever to beat the same team 3 times in a season playing for 3 different teams.

With Papelbon suspended Ken Giles gets his first big league save.  Something positive for the future.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 25, 2014, 07:32:09 PM
F-ing Jeter with a walk off hit in his final home game of his career.  What a friggin' joke.  I told my wife before the game that he would either get a meatball for a HR or a walk off hit somehow.  Almost got a HR in his first AB, ends up with a walk off.  Ridiculous.

I hate Jeter. I respect him, I think he was overrated defensively, but I hate him.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 28, 2014, 01:31:48 PM
Post season, let's go!

Congrats to the other Missouri team to make the playoffs
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: KidFlash on October 03, 2014, 01:46:06 PM
Oh great, another year of Fredi Gonzalez.

Glad I'm a Braves fan living in Western New York, so I don't have to watch the inevitable trainwreck day in day out.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 04, 2014, 02:07:07 PM
Pujols since leaving the cardinals a few years ago has won as many playoff games as my dog.

Good decision!
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 07, 2014, 06:27:02 PM
My heart was pounding for 9 innings in these 4 games against the Dodgers.

I will need more White Russians in round two
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Trekker4747 on October 16, 2014, 05:59:44 AM
And, after 29 years the Kansas City Royals make a record-breaking rally through the play-offs and head into the World Series!

As a Kansas Citian, this is a fantastic day.

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on October 16, 2014, 07:26:54 AM
And, after 29 years the Kansas City Royals make a record-breaking rally through the play-offs and head into the World Series!

As a Kansas Citian, this is a fantastic day.

Time to bust out my retro Royals jersey!
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on October 16, 2014, 05:26:41 PM
It's been 29 years.....good for them
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 16, 2015, 08:27:50 AM
Fantasy Baseball season is upon us!  We'd LOVE to have some more people join up this year.  We will have the usual 3 leagues again this year (Roto, Head To Head, & Razzball)

If you're not familiar with Razzball the idea is to draft the worst team possible.  You earn points for getting caught stealing, losing games, errors, blown saves, etc.  Lose points for home runs, wins, etc.  It's weird but kinda fun.

Head to Head: Angels In The Troutfield
https://yho.com/mlb?l=58847&k=aff9da3f3d0c27b6&ikey=61201a807a84db7e

Razzball: Alfredo Aceves Anger Management Club
https://t.co/sV4hobGBjA

Roto: The A-Rod Apology Tour
https://yho.com/mlb?l=74518&k=4c28ca50657172b4&ikey=40019c717ea59f67
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on February 19, 2015, 06:21:02 AM
Still looking for more teams.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 04, 2015, 11:57:53 AM
*Bump*
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 06, 2015, 08:22:03 PM
Worst opening day loss ever for the Phillies.

Just terrible on all levels.
Expectations were pretty low for this season already, but yikes....

Last year was feeling as bad as the badness of the late 90s, not sure what this year will be like, certainly nothing like anything I've seen since I started following them in the early 90s.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on April 06, 2015, 10:16:25 PM
Well, as far as Detroit is concerned, I am happy with the start.  Guarded, and rightly so, considering their Spring Training performance, but they've shaken up a lot this year, and the new things seem to be working out.  Price with a near complete game, a healthy Iglesias and Davis stealing every chance they've got...the only thing weird right now is that Cabrera didn't hit squat.  But he has time...and time is the one thing this season has plenty of to sort everything out.  But I'm optimistic this year.

And go Royals, too.  They're already out of the gate ready to do battle, and I think they'll be fun to watch this year as well.

I guess my big villains this year (in terms of how baseball can really have 'villains') would be the usual suspects of the Yankees (can't help it) and Cleveland (the 'good' Central team I don't want to win), with added bonus the Nationals (for getting Max).  For the "Hope to do Wells" I have the D-Backs (I got family rooting for them out in Arizona) and the Cubs (because eh, why not?).
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 08, 2015, 04:51:14 PM
The Cubs had a fun opening day didn't they?

http://nypost.com/2015/04/06/urine-in-beer-cups-as-wrigley-fields-potty-shortage-gets-gross/
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 11, 2015, 08:23:10 PM
Phillies have a winning record for the first time since last May.  I better enjoy it while it lasts...  ;)

And the rookie Herrera gets his first major league hit as a walk off double in the 10th.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on April 14, 2015, 08:45:35 PM
Dang.  Forgot Porcello got traded to Boston.  Now I can't shake my fist in rivalry at the Sox.  At least, on certain pitch days.

On the other hand, Shane Green looks almost like a dead ringer for Porcello and has pitched two 8-inning games with an ERA of 0.00.  That's pretty impressive.  Hope he keeps it up.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 14, 2015, 10:24:46 PM
Hot dang Mookie Betts is fun to watch.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 23, 2015, 01:17:33 PM
It's going to be a long, long, long, long season................
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 24, 2015, 07:26:39 AM
Ok so I really don't follow baseball.. Unless there's a brawl :o
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2441547-white-sox-royals-benches-clear-after-yordano-ventura-adam-eaton-exchange-words?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on April 27, 2015, 01:11:44 PM
Wonder if this is the start of a long-standing Royals/White Sox rivalry.  But the Mets are turning out to be impressive this year.  11 game win streak ain't nothing to sneeze at.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 27, 2015, 01:48:01 PM
Wow. Yesterdays Red Sox vs O's game got ugly FAST.

The Sox pitching staff is exactly what I figured they'd be.  Either fairly good or REALLY BAD & basically no way to predict it.  So far looking at match ups has been less successful than just flipping a coin to guess how they do.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 24, 2015, 04:01:45 PM
All the little things I haven't liked about Sandberg as a coach just hit the breaking point.

Let's see, Bryce Harper is red hot, even more so with guys in scoring position, what to do when he come up with a guy in scoring position and the score tied, with a base open....  Hmmm....  Any little league coatch would have the brains to intentionally walk him, but what does Sandberg do??  He brings in a reliever to pitch to him, a reliever with a worse record against Harper than the guy that was on the mound......   And surprise, surprise he gets a hit.  And then leave the same guy in for Zimmerman even though he his hitting lefties like crazy, so he gets a hit also.....  Has to be the most stupid management of a game I've seen in quite a few years.... 

And he sat Ryan Howard today because a lefty was pitching, when Ryan is on a hitting streak you don't sit him!  He's healthy this year, no need to sit him like last year...



Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 16, 2015, 07:56:32 PM
Worst road trip for the Phillies since 1883.....

How do Amaro and Sandberg still have jobs?
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on June 30, 2015, 09:51:16 PM
We'll see what all the changes made so far lead to for the Phillies, hopefully at least a few more changes will happen in the off season.

Things literally can't get any worse, we can't win a series at home against the Brewers...  :'(
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 25, 2015, 06:01:37 PM
2 walks shy of a perfect game for Cole today, a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on July 28, 2015, 05:48:58 AM
What the ever loving eff, Colorado!?!?!?  :grr:


http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/ap-source-rockies-trade-troy-tulowitzki-to-blue-jays/ar-AAdAkil?ocid=iehp (http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/ap-source-rockies-trade-troy-tulowitzki-to-blue-jays/ar-AAdAkil?ocid=iehp)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 09, 2015, 04:57:36 PM
What a difference a month makes, Phillies were lifeless, now full of life.

They are now .500 since Sandberg left, best record in the league since the all star break.

Pete Mackanin has to be given consideration for permanent manager if this keeps up.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on September 04, 2015, 07:07:25 AM
Welp, this year, baseball has made for some strange bedfellows.

As a fan of Detroit, and seeing the relative records, we now can share the pain with Boston.  We know how you feel.  We understand. ;)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 04, 2015, 09:32:00 AM
Welp, this year, baseball has made for some strange bedfellows.

As a fan of Detroit, and seeing the relative records, we now can share the pain with Boston.  We know how you feel.  We understand. ;)

We appreciate it. Can we offer you a Hanley Ramirez for a bag of double bubble?
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 10, 2015, 10:37:54 AM
 Phillies dump Rubin Amaro.

Yay!

I do feel bad for the guy, started as a bat boy, played for the Phillies, spent his whole career in the organization, and seems to be a nice guy, probably too nice to be a GM, he just wasn't good at that job.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Bob on September 20, 2015, 04:04:47 PM
Yeah, some guys are great at what they do, then they get a raise up and then not so good.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on September 23, 2015, 07:50:18 AM
I'm sure this will get a thread somewhere on the board at some point, but I didn't want the year to go by without noting the recent passing of Yogi.

Wish I could've seen him play in his prime, but beyond that, he left a legacy of (attributed) quotes that I still love saying at any given time...

"Hey Yogi, you want this pizza cut into four or eight slices?"  "Better make it four.  I don't think I could eat eight."

Condolences to his family and to the loss of a great player and, from the sound of it, a great man as well.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Nobody on September 23, 2015, 02:28:26 PM
He came to a fork in the road, so he took it.

RIP Yogi.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 27, 2015, 02:51:11 PM
So Papelbon starts a fight with Harper in the Nationals dugout because Harper didn't run out a fly ball, and then goes out and blows the save, gets a loss.

Payback is so nice, after Papelbon dissed the Phillies players saying no one ever came ready to play, Blanco gets a 2 run homer off him.

Coincidence that the Nationals started their slide into the crapper at the same time they got Pap? 
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on September 27, 2015, 05:15:58 PM
So Papelbon starts a fight with Harper in the Nationals dugout because Harper didn't run out a fly ball, and then goes out and blows the save, gets a loss.

Payback is so nice, after Papelbon dissed the Phillies players saying no one ever came ready to play, Blanco gets a 2 run homer off him.

Coincidence that the Nationals started their slide into the crapper at the same time they got Pap?

They're under .500 by I think 3 games since they got Pap.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 04, 2015, 02:59:41 PM
We avoided 100 losses this season, only 99, so, um, yay?

Few bright spots with the rookies, I think we had 9 or 10 rookie pitchers get their first win, and a couple of them look good for the future.  Our rule 5 pickup also looks great for the future. 

Next year will be a somewhat new coach (interim coach after Sandburg is now permanent coach), new GM, and new president.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on October 21, 2015, 10:09:08 PM
Ah, dang.  I should've gone back in time, bet some money against the Cubbies.

Well, it seems yet another Back to the Future 2 item has failed to come true, but hey, at least they got into the pennant race.  Now I can root exclusively for the Royals to finish the job...if they can just keep Toronto away for one more game.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on October 22, 2015, 05:23:43 AM
Ah, dang.  I should've gone back in time, bet some money against the Cubbies.

Well, it seems yet another Back to the Future 2 item has failed to come true, but hey, at least they got into the pennant race.  Now I can root exclusively for the Royals to finish the job...if they can just keep Toronto away for one more game.

The cubs are a young and inexperienced team. They will win in the next couple years....and then we can just change the calendar to make it 2015 again. :)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 01, 2016, 10:16:20 AM
First spring training game on the radio, nice to hear Scott and Larry joking again...
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 01, 2016, 11:15:52 AM
I'm going to miss Don Orsillo in the booth. At least Dave O'Brien is a solid replacement. Hopefully he and Remy will have some fun back and forth.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on April 07, 2016, 08:30:43 AM
Here I am waiting for Opening Day here in Detroit, and I didn't even realize the season's started.  This is what happens when I don't have cable...but we're off to a good start.  But then, we were off to a good start last season, too.  We'll see how the new lineup works out this year, especially considering our bullpen still sounds like it's troubling...
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Compound on April 07, 2016, 05:42:07 PM
An ad heard while listening to the Avs' preshow "Don't look now, but your Rockies are still in playoff contention."

Well, I sure the hell hope so.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 07, 2016, 10:57:13 PM
They made it this far without blowing it!?
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 14, 2016, 01:41:53 PM
Wow, the rookie Velasquez throws a 16 strikeout complete game shutout in his first game in front of the home crowd, sure it was against the Padres, but it was still a heck of a performance.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 17, 2016, 11:51:06 AM
Weird. Hanley hasn't been a complete train wreck at first base.

Then there's Sandoval. And his exploding belt.

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 28, 2016, 04:46:22 PM
Phillies sweep the Nats in DC, what is going on?
First time we have been 2 games over 500 since 2012...
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Compound on May 06, 2016, 01:09:47 AM
Huh.

The Rockies scored 13 runs in an inning.

Good job.

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Compound on July 23, 2016, 06:11:41 PM
So, Pitcher Chris Sale of the White Sox got scratched from the game today at the last minute. Why? Well apparently Sale was so insistent that he not wear the scheduled Sox throwback jerseys that he grabbed a knife (or a pair of scissors. There are reports of both) and cut up all the mentioned jerseys. He claimed that "they were uncomfortable" and was outraged that "Sox management was more concerned about promotions than winning."

(https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/6ZoN38N-4rygkS9FAsSGsFNe4xo=/124x21:2274x1454/709x473/filters:format(webp)/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/50187127/543161012.1469319823.jpg)

Yeah, methinks that Mr. Sale is just about to be traded for practically nothing, just to get the little psycho out of there.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 23, 2016, 07:06:27 PM
So that's what it was, listening to the Phillies game today the guys kept talking about it trying to guess what a "non physical incident" could be.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on August 07, 2016, 04:27:36 PM
Two walks and then a triple play, how's that for a shutdown inning after taking a 1 run lead....
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on August 16, 2016, 12:54:05 PM
Haven't kept up as much as I would like, but two nights ago Michael Fulmer pitched his first complete game of his career, and it was a 3-hit shutout.  Not bad for a rookie year.  He's definitely somebody we've needed ever since Anibal Sanchez crapped the bed.  Very sad about Sanchez...to go from a top-class starting pitcher to a guy who can barely keep himself in line in the bullpen in a single year is a rough time.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on October 02, 2016, 03:51:20 PM
Phillies gave Ryan Howard a nice send off today, and pretty good timing that on my way home from NJ I was on I-95 driving by the stadium when he was up for his last at bat.

So that's it, no more of the 08 world series team left on the Phillies roster.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 25, 2016, 11:34:20 PM
I don't follow baseball, but I liked this!

https://www.youtube.com/v/hNSti0duL8A
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 02, 2016, 07:20:23 PM
Joe Buck yammering on and on is ruining the world series for me.   :(
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: NRRork on November 02, 2016, 10:29:29 PM
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-Y_CCdFv7EU/mqdefault.jpg)

See, because Cleveland is sad. . .

Which as a Tigers fan makes me happy. And as a baseball fan I'm just crazy happy for the Cubs in general! But I get to add some schadenfreude! That'll learn 'em to have a better season than my team did.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on November 03, 2016, 11:42:06 AM
Which as a Tigers fan makes me happy. And as a baseball fan I'm just crazy happy for the Cubs in general! But I get to add some schadenfreude! That'll learn 'em to have a better season than my team did.

Tigers fan, eh?  I was hoping they'd send it to a Tigers-Cubs finale, but then, I wouldn't be rooting for the Cubs.

I have family in Arizona, and I'd love to see a Tigers-Diamondbacks World Series, but based on the last few years, it may be a long wait before that happens...;)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 11, 2017, 07:52:03 AM
Spring training 2017!

Nice to hear games on the radio again (can't watch them since I dropped down to limited basic cable years ago...)

Crazy time of year when they announce players at bat I only recognize about 1/4 of the names...
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on March 11, 2017, 11:33:29 AM
Speaking of baseball... We interviewed the organ player for the Boston Red Sox on our podcast!  He talked about his influence Nancy Faust (White Sox organ player) & even said he will play the MST3K theme (or ending theme) at some point during the game on the day the new MST3K series launches!

https://twitter.com/HittingPlay/status/839630360510083073
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 08, 2017, 05:02:30 PM
Phillies just put up 12 runs in the first inning against the Nationals.  A club record for the first inning, one shy of the overall single inning club record.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 09, 2017, 04:42:07 AM
Phillies just put up 12 runs in the first inning against the Nationals.  A club record for the first inning, one shy of the overall single inning club record.

Just be glad Clay Buchholz wasn't pitching. "12 runs? Hold my beer..."
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 09, 2017, 07:27:09 AM
Phillies just put up 12 runs in the first inning against the Nationals.  A club record for the first inning, one shy of the overall single inning club record.

Just be glad Clay Buchholz wasn't pitching. "12 runs? Hold my beer..."

The poor guy pitching for the Nats had waited a year to get back to the majors, and it was his birthday, gave up 10 runs and threw something like 60 pitches in 2/3 of the first inning before a reliever came in and gave up 2 more runs.  Not a happy birthday for him...
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on April 11, 2017, 11:55:53 AM
Detroit had an interesting couple of games against Boston, and seem to be doing...OK this year?  Still bullpen problems, but what else is new there?

The big surprise for me is seeing the D-Backs pulling ahead in their division.  I have family out west that have been waiting to see them do something special for awhile, and I keep joking that one day there'll be a Detroit/Arizona World Series that would be fun for us to watch.  Too early to know for sure, but it would be funny if that's what happened this year.  Be surprising at the very least.

Quote
Speaking of baseball... We interviewed the organ player for the Boston Red Sox on our podcast!  He talked about his influence Nancy Faust (White Sox organ player) & even said he will play the MST3K theme (or ending theme) at some point during the game on the day the new MST3K series launches!

That's awesome,  by the way.  But did he mean the official launch day, or Kickstarter launch day?
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 11, 2017, 03:14:37 PM
Detroit had an interesting couple of games against Boston, and seem to be doing...OK this year?  Still bullpen problems, but what else is new there?

The big surprise for me is seeing the D-Backs pulling ahead in their division.  I have family out west that have been waiting to see them do something special for awhile, and I keep joking that one day there'll be a Detroit/Arizona World Series that would be fun for us to watch.  Too early to know for sure, but it would be funny if that's what happened this year.  Be surprising at the very least.

Quote
Speaking of baseball... We interviewed the organ player for the Boston Red Sox on our podcast!  He talked about his influence Nancy Faust (White Sox organ player) & even said he will play the MST3K theme (or ending theme) at some point during the game on the day the new MST3K series launches!

That's awesome,  by the way.  But did he mean the official launch day, or Kickstarter launch day?

This Friday.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 03, 2017, 08:48:17 PM
It's amazing how contagious forgetting how to play becomes, Phillies had a nice lead against the Cubs and suddenly reverted to a little league team for half an inning.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.....
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 14, 2017, 05:59:35 PM
Phillies just announced my favorite broadcaster Larry Andersen will not go on the road much next season, he might only call home games.  He says all the travel is making him too grumpy after 48 years of no time off in the summer.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: SJP on September 15, 2017, 11:41:27 AM
It's amazing how contagious forgetting how to play becomes, Phillies had a nice lead against the Cubs and suddenly reverted to a little league team for half an inning.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.....

Speaking of which...the Tigers suddenly decided they didn't want to play baseball anymore, it seems.  Trades, Verlander gone, Sanchez couldn't throw a ball anymore, Cabrera is not the Triple Crown overachiever he used to be, team as a whole dropping from a high place slot in the first half to competing with the Giants for a run to the bottom...only in sports can a team ride so high and then drop so low.

Ah, well.  Maybe we will see some fresh talent next season.  Be nice to see some new stars emerge.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 01, 2017, 12:08:44 AM
Best world series in a while, hope the Dodgers win it, just because I want Chase Utley to get another ring.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 03, 2017, 10:13:47 AM
Ooopps, I thought game 7 was Thursday night, so I was confused yesterday with the reports of who won...

Phillies announce Gabe Kapler as the new manager, don't know a thing about the guy.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on November 08, 2017, 09:26:01 AM
Roy Halladay died in a plane crash. 

 :'(
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 09, 2018, 07:27:08 PM
The equipment trucks are rolling for Florida....
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 01, 2018, 10:40:16 AM
Seems this dude Gabe Kapler is a freaking moron.  3 games in and 2 of them he has messed up badly.  Phillies finally have some talent on the team and we have a used car salesman for a manager.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 24, 2018, 06:01:07 PM
MLB.TV is pissing me off this year. Have subbed to the steaming package for- I don't know- 9 or 10 years now- and never had any problem with the quality of the video stream. For some reason this year I've had frequent stuttering video in each and every game that I've watched (video freezes for seconds at a time but the audio continues as normal). Never had the problem in years past and don't have the problem with any other streaming services. Pausing the video and then restarting it fixes it for a time, but it reoccurs and is annoying as hell.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 24, 2018, 07:40:41 PM
This along with the comment in the other thread about Amazon streaming makes me think there is something wrong with your connection.  I've seen no changes at all watching anything on Amazon streaming the last 2 weeks, all shows still look as good in HD as Netflix or Hulu.  Can't comment on MLB.TV since I canceled that a few years ago.

MLB.TV is pissing me off this year. Have subbed to the steaming package for- I don't know- 9 or 10 years now- and never had any problem with the quality of the video stream. For some reason this year I've had frequent stuttering video in each and every game that I've watched (video freezes for seconds at a time but the audio continues as normal). Never had the problem in years past and don't have the problem with any other streaming services. Pausing the video and then restarting it fixes it for a time, but it reoccurs and is annoying as hell.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: wihogfan on April 24, 2018, 08:16:34 PM
No...different issues. Lots of folks are upset about yhe Amazon problems. Pirates who were downloading and distributing Amazon files that were previously 1 gb plus in size are now seeing file sizes/bitrates a fourth of what they were 2 weeks ago. Sometimes it's hard to see a difference, but in shows with dark scenes or a lot of action, it can be pretty obvious.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 25, 2018, 07:00:40 AM
No...different issues. Lots of folks are upset about yhe Amazon problems. Pirates who were downloading and distributing Amazon files that were previously 1 gb plus in size are now seeing file sizes/bitrates a fourth of what they were 2 weeks ago. Sometimes it's hard to see a difference, but in shows with dark scenes or a lot of action, it can be pretty obvious.

Guess if it stays that way I'll notice it in the fall when the next show I watch starts up again, everything I'm watching now is at least a year old, so they are not messing with the older files so far.

It could be the studios doing it, the few times I've complained about an issue with a video they always pass the buck to the studio, saying they are either waiting for the files or they have to request new files if there is something wrong with one.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: k1 on April 30, 2018, 07:49:17 PM
Seems this dude Gabe Kapler is a freaking moron.  3 games in and 2 of them he has messed up badly.  Phillies finally have some talent on the team and we have a used car salesman for a manager.

Awww that’s too bad. I liked him when he played for Boston.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on April 30, 2018, 08:13:51 PM
Seems this dude Gabe Kapler is a freaking moron.  3 games in and 2 of them he has messed up badly.  Phillies finally have some talent on the team and we have a used car salesman for a manager.

Awww that’s too bad. I liked him when he played for Boston.

He is getting better, fewer bonehead moves, and he isn't sounding as much like a used car salesman in interviews lately, but still a bit too much for my taste so I mostly avoid listening to the pre and post game interviews.

Phillies were rolling along nicely for several weeks, but the last 3 games they have not played well other than a few spectacular defensive plays.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 05, 2018, 12:04:56 PM
MLB.TV seems to have worked out the freezing issues I was experiencing early this season-video would freeze for up to 10 seconds with the audio continuing normal-would happen every 10 to 15 minutes. Just speculating, but I think it had something to do with how the MLB Roku channel was dealing with fluctuations in the wifi signal. In years past if my wifi signal degraded (due to interference or bandwidth issues like a bunch of devices accessing wifi at once) MLB would automatically switch to a lower quality video until the bandwidth was available again. Wasn't doing that earlier in the season. It is again now.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: wihogfan on May 16, 2018, 04:53:17 PM
MLB.TV problems back after a game or two of not having any problems. A quick but ugly solution I've found is when the video freezes to pause it for a second and then unpause and the problem generally won't occur again for another 20 to 30 minutes (this via watching 3 different Roku devices)
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: wihogfan on July 14, 2018, 09:00:55 PM
MLB.TV Roku problems seem to finally be resolved.
Cubs back in first place finally despite a lot of horrible starting pitching.
Brewers have been very impressive though and I fear the Brewers might be able to make a trade or 2 before the deadline that the Cubs can't (or at least the Cubs shouldn't as the Cubs have a lot of low salary players that they'd have to give up in any significant trade and short of a pitched ace of some kind, I see most trades as hurting them long term).
Biggest disappointment (obviously) has been Darvish. Would have done much better to resign Arrieta for that money, but hindsight is always 20/20. 
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 14, 2018, 11:01:44 PM
Friday I'm driving home from work and the sports radio people are all saying things like "Utley will be remembered for bla bla bla", "he WAS great at bla bla bla", etc.
After about 5 minutes of this I assumed he had died and started to feel pretty sad about it.
Turned over to the local news station at the top of the hour and it turns out he was announcing his retirement at the end of the season...

Hopefully the Phillies can stay in 1st place for a little while, been a while since they were in the position half way through the season.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 14, 2018, 11:09:52 PM
Would have done much better to resign Arrieta for that money, but hindsight is always 20/20.

Hard to say if he has been worth all the money the Phillies gave him, not that he's terrible or anything, but something like 30 million for this year and he's 7 and 6?   Maybe just for his influence on all the young guys we have it is worth it.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: wihogfan on July 16, 2018, 05:27:59 PM
I'm watching it mainly because the wife is working and nothing else on TV or in my queue of things I intent to watch really interests me tonight, but I just can't get excited about the homerun derby like I did when I was a kid- just hoping that it doesn't screw up the 2 Cubs that are in it's swings for the next few weeks. 
I don't get too excited about the All Star game anymore either (they're great to go to if you ever have a chance though), but I am very happy that it's back to being the exhibition game that it was intended to be (and it's still the best of any of the other leagues' all star games). 
 
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 28, 2018, 04:26:06 PM
Battle of the tongue twisters: Phillies now have Odubel Herrera and Asdrubal Cabrera in their lineup.

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Post by: wihogfan on August 12, 2018, 08:05:23 PM
Still kind of early, but the Cubs trade for Cole Hammels may be what leads them into the playoffs. Would have been much more excited if the the trade had occurred 5 years ago, but it's amazing that Cubs are doing as well as they are with such terrible starting pitching and that Hammels (at least so far) is number 1 to Mike Montgomery's number 2 as far as best Cubs starters.

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Post by: wihogfan on August 25, 2018, 07:18:46 PM
Cubs pitching has been much better of late, but hitting was abysmal until they picked up Murphy from the Nationals early this week. (The fact that they were able to take 3 out of 5 games during a 5 game stretch last week when they only scored 1 run each game was pretty amazing). Still not feeling overly confident that they'll win the division, but the mid/late season trades they've made seem to have all been positives and have more than offset the higher than expected DL stints they've experienced this year (and are still experiencing- Darvish out for the rest of the year and unless he has a big comeback next year it might end up being one of the worst contracts ever).

 
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Post by: wihogfan on September 26, 2018, 08:56:35 PM
Cubs doing their best to try and give me a heart attack. Truthfully, with all of their injuries and the Addison Russell domestic violence suspension and Hammels reverting to pre-trade form, I don't expect them to make the series this year. But their only chance is really to win the division and rest their 2 decent starting pitchers for the first playoff series and they're doing about everything they can to blow the division and end up in the wild card. Still have a half game lead, but only 4 games to go now.
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Post by: wihogfan on September 28, 2018, 09:09:33 PM
Cubs have a 1 game lead with 2 games to go and I'm sill not feeling confident they'll win the division.
Feeling the worst case scenario may happen-a tie with the Brewers for the division, then them losing the tie breaker game going into the wild card...which would be worse then just losing the division and being a wild card.

Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on September 29, 2018, 09:59:52 AM
Even during the terrible losing years in the late 90s I don't remember a Phillies team falling apart this badly.

7 weeks ago they were still in contention, had a good record well above 500, now there's a good chance they lose the last 2 games and end the season with an 11 game losing streak and a record well under 500.

I suspect our "everything is always great" manager doesn't have the skills to motivate players when they are doing poorly.  The stick with the system and it will be good in the long run didn't work out so well there dude...
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Post by: wihogfan on September 29, 2018, 01:23:53 PM
Cubs lead down to a half game. Brewers win tonight = tie heading into last game. Go Tigers!!!
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Post by: wihogfan on September 30, 2018, 09:43:42 AM
Tigers blew a lead and now the Cubs and Brewers are tied going into the final day. Rockies and Dodgers tied as well.
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Post by: wihogfan on September 30, 2018, 04:07:29 PM
Cubs/Brewers in Chicago @noon Monday for the division championship.
Dodgers/Rockies in LA @ 3:30 for the West.
Losers play the wild card on Tuesday (@ Milwaukee or Chicago).
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Post by: wihogfan on September 30, 2018, 04:08:31 PM
Times quoted CST.
Winners tomorrow off until Thursday.
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Post by: wihogfan on October 01, 2018, 01:14:46 PM
Yup.  worst case scenario for the Cubs happened. Wild card game Tuesday night.
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Post by: wihogfan on October 20, 2018, 08:36:19 PM
Thank f'ing God that the Brewers didn't make it to the World Series. Nothing pisses me off more than fairweather fans. Living in Brewers country, it's been more amazing to me than usual the number of people who have come out of the woodwork this year claiming to be diehard Brewers fans who don't know shit about baseball.
Title: Re: Baseball: The Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 01, 2019, 10:30:58 AM
Phillies get Harper.