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Old 10-07-2020, 05:42 PM   #751
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If MLB gets their collective asses kicked by this Astro team after this past off season...
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:04 PM   #752
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If MLB gets their collective asses kicked by this Astro team after this past off season...

I'm wondering what they're doing to cheat. They have to be doing something.
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:22 PM   #753
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If MLB gets their collective asses kicked by this Astro team after this past off season...

...it would be freaking hilarious!

Especially if they rolled through the Yankees and the Dodgers, after all their whining (as if these aren't teams that have bent the rules excessively, as well, while trying to play the "oh, we're totally clean next to these guys" card)

That would give the Astros the asterisk title in 2017 and the asterisk (for a different reason) title in 2020. There's some lovely symmetry to it.

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Old 10-08-2020, 04:19 PM   #754
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Oh, Zack, you lovable rascal. Showed the sign to the catcher (and batter), but hung the slider to give the A's a 3-0 lead. Whoops.

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Old 10-09-2020, 01:07 AM   #755
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Old 10-09-2020, 09:21 PM   #756
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Let's go Rays. Need you to make this a successful season.

Appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:32 PM   #757
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THAAAAA YANKEESS LOSE.
THAAAAA YANKEESS LOSE.

(do not like John Sterling)

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Old 10-09-2020, 10:34 PM   #758
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I can handle a Rays championship.

They simply must beat the Astros.
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:40 PM   #759
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Bummer. Sucks that you can only muster 1 run out of that lineup. But i guess the outcome is expected when you only have 1 starting pitcher.
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:41 PM   #760
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Thank God.

Fuck the Yankees.
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:50 PM   #761
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I am so confused with did he or did he not try to get out of the way of a pitched ball decisions.
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Old 10-12-2020, 11:25 PM   #762
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Well that sure went all to hell in a hurry
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Old 10-12-2020, 11:59 PM   #763
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Billy Beane is leaving the A's to take a job with Fenway Sports Group to work on non baseball projects.
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Old 10-13-2020, 08:28 AM   #764
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Billy Beane is leaving the A's to take a job with Fenway Sports Group to work on non baseball projects.

End of an era. Seems strange to not think about him as head of the A's and also likely not a good thing for the A's to maintain any semblance of competitiveness.

Then again, I have no idea how much he was involved in day-to-day ops of the team these days.

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Old 10-14-2020, 11:18 AM   #765
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I have not followed the Astros in depth after the intial reaction to the cheating scandal so I may be way off with this. Are the Altuve struggles similar to Lebron's first year in Miami? I don't mean how they played on the field per se. I mean how they went through that season trying to embrace being the villian despite wanting everyone to love him. It may be an act but I believe Carlos Correa is like fuck you guys I am going to show you. Same with Alex Bregman. Altuve from the outside seems like someone who is troubled by the accusations.
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Old 10-14-2020, 01:13 PM   #766
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I'd chalk it up to not being able to hit when you don't know the pitch.
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Old 10-14-2020, 01:16 PM   #767
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Also I read that you can't watch your previous at bats in the dugout anymore during the game. That seems like a really good rule.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:01 PM   #768
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Both LCS go to game 7. Fun!
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:54 PM   #769
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This Arozarena guy might be pretty good

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Old 10-18-2020, 08:19 PM   #770
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Here we go

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Old 10-18-2020, 09:52 PM   #771
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BRaves may have just run themselves out of the World Series.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:22 PM   #772
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BRaves may have just run themselves out of the World Series.

Just an inexcusably bad play. TOOTBLANs are horrible, especially in a situation like that.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:31 PM   #773
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Meanwhile, the Dodgers have left an army of runners on base so either team is going to have something to point to when they lose

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Old 10-19-2020, 12:07 AM   #774
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:20 AM   #775
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I'm sorry Larry. I honestly had that melt down 4 days ago and the last 3 days were simply waiting for the inevitable. Not much else to say. Baseball is dumb.
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:34 AM   #776
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Rays v Dodgers is going to be fun Series. Hopefully the Rays can pull it out.
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:37 AM   #777
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Roberts finally did something right. Urias had to at least start the 9th, and to my stunned dismay, HE DID.
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:53 AM   #778
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:54 AM   #779
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Of course, it was 29-3 prior to Atlanta's game. But still.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:30 AM   #780
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So not everyone cares equally about all of these to be sure. But:

- Braves choked away 3-1 series lead
- GT destroyed by Clemson
- UGA reminded that they have to play the second half against Alabama
- ATL United lost
- Falcons won and started their fuck up of their draft pick.

Even Georgia State lost in football.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:51 AM   #781
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Whew. What a series. Hopefully we can get the ring for Kershaw and don't need to keep foolishly pushing him out there in a desperate attempt to win it all. Just play our game and hopefully we can take it. 1988 was a long time ago. We should have won in 17, but the Astros. Should be a fun matchup with two teams built similarly in style
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:00 AM   #782
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And #2 in payroll vs. #28 in payroll should provide a lot of narrative fun.
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:01 AM   #783
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And #2 in payroll vs. #28 in payroll should provide a lot of narrative fun.

It shouldn't, since the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations led the Rays to the postseason with a minimal payroll as well. The story should more be how the Dodgers President left a culture of winning on limited resources, but there shouldn't be a comparison. The Dodgers aren't buying championships. You could put in a salary cap of 100 million and the Dodgers will still be a successful organization and the Rays still wouldn't hit the cap ceiling
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:27 PM   #784
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If this were a full season the Dodgers would have 85.5 million in payroll, more than the entire Rays payroll, for,

Mookie
Turner
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The Dodgers are a very good organization, but it makes a huge difference that they have so much money to spend.
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:28 PM   #785
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also keep in mind big market teams have more resources to scout, develop, etc...
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:39 PM   #786
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Right, what the Rays are doing (and the A's for that matter) is nothing short of remarkable.
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:00 PM   #787
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As much as I love Kershaw and really want him to get a ring,..and as predisposed as I am to cheering for Mookie (though he doesn't really need another ring)...I'd be 100% okay with the Rays winning this one.

Perhaps related, I watched Moneyball again this weekend (since it just dropped on Hulu or Netflix or whatever). Man, what a fantastic movie that is. One of those rare cases where the movie is -- in some ways -- just as good or better than the original.

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Cool graph of how the teams were built. Dodgers have the second most FA's signed, but also have the second most drafted players. Not bad considering they never picked very high, other than a decade and a half ago when they grabbed Kershaw

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Old 10-19-2020, 07:34 PM   #789
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Perhaps related, I watched Moneyball again this weekend (since it just dropped on Hulu or Netflix or whatever). Man, what a fantastic movie that is. One of those rare cases where the movie is -- in some ways -- just as good or better than the original.

yeah, it's a great movie.

I dunno about what they're saying about his next movie (Chicago 7) but Aaron Sorkin had a helluva run there as a screenwriter. The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs were all excellent films. His directoral debut Molly's Game is great, but if you gave his script to a better director I'm pretty sure it would be top tier.
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:22 PM   #790
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I'll totally admit to being non traditional, but a neutral site WS/LCS should be the norm. Rotate it among the warm weather stadiums. Those places are also attractive vacation destinations. Plus if you schedule it in Miami often, there's no chance that a team will get homefield advantage.
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:36 PM   #791
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Man, no way.....crowds are soo much of the post season atmosphere, but your thoughts on Miami are on point.
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:39 PM   #792
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The Marlins have won the WS a couple of times recently. More than a lot of other teams can say.
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:40 PM   #793
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You mean the location that is home to a 2 time World Series winner?

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Old 10-20-2020, 01:48 PM   #794
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I believe 2020 is the 1st year they made the playoffs and haven't won the World Series.
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I believe 2020 is the 1st year they made the playoffs and haven't won the World Series.

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Old 10-20-2020, 07:58 PM   #796
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Uh... There seems to be a good amount of people at the World Series with areas that don't seem to have much social distancing in a state that isn't known for a good plan for Covid... Yikes

Edit: Ah, looks to be far less people/spread out in the OF areas.

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They all want to see Kershaw get shelled
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They all want to see Kershaw get shelled

Are you not entertained?
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Took him long enough.
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Old 10-21-2020, 08:33 AM   #800
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The Kershaw post season thing is funny to me. He has been pretty much the same picture minus two things that are mostly uncontrollable. His HR/FB percentage is absurdly high in the postseason 15.6% vs 9.2% in the regular season. His left on base percentage is typically around 80 percent in the regular season while his postseason has fallen to 68%.

Kershaw has basically had his worst luck in the postseason. Last night's performance might start the progression back to the mean for him.

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