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Posted: September 29, 2018, 4:14 PM Post
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Random Question: Could an upcoming free agent be placed on waivers this weekend and then acquired Sunday night after the regular season is technically over, but eligible to play in a Game 163 on Monday for their new team? Obviously I realize they wouldn’t be eligible for the post-season. The odds of this actually happening are probably zero and if it was an impact player I am sure it would be universally hated by other organizations, but it would make for an interesting storyline.


I would think so since it's considered a regular season game.


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Posted: September 30, 2018, 8:41 PM Post
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Syndergard had a bat break on a swing today. Ball never even touched it. Just shattered in his hands shortly after starting to swing.

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Remember what Yoda said:

"Cubs lead to Cardinals. Cardinals lead to dislike. Dislike leads to hate. Hate leads to constipation."


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Posted: October 01, 2018, 7:01 AM Post
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Syndergard had a bat break on a swing today. Ball never even touched it. Just shattered in his hands shortly after starting to swing.


That was crazy. https://twitter.com/Cut4/status/1046490443079450626

"I wasted so much time in my life hating Juventus or A.C. Milan that I should have spent hating the Cardinals." ~kalle8

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Posted: October 01, 2018, 7:12 AM Post
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From the reaction from the dugout, it almost seems like they pulled a prank on him.


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Posted: October 01, 2018, 3:16 PM Post
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Can anyone with The Athletic subscription summarize this article about "Three teams that may have outsmarted themselves with their managerial decisions"? Thanks

https://t.co/E6ikxBYIKR


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Posted: October 11, 2018, 7:21 PM Post
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https://mobile.twitter.com/AdamMcCalvy/ ... 3981890561

Context...never would’ve known


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Posted: October 11, 2018, 7:30 PM Post
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People always rush to judge manager’s decisions, there is always stuff we don’t see. We don't know what's going on in these guys personal lives, I always use the example of a guy whose kid has been up puking the last 2 nights. This is even more if a harsh reality.


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Posted: October 12, 2018, 3:04 PM Post
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Arizona switching to artificial turf: http://arizonasports.com/story/1696534/ ... urf-field/


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Posted: October 30, 2018, 11:29 PM Post
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Cards' fans wear jorts.


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Posted: November 08, 2018, 5:13 AM Post
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Not sure when it happened but saw Baseball Reference has updated service times if you are curious where various Brewers are at.


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Posted: November 09, 2018, 3:45 PM Post
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Not sure where to put this, but Theo has indicated a willingness to listen on trade offers for Kris Bryant. The article mentions Bryant's likely arbitration cost and the Cubs' limited offseason flexibility due to their bloated payroll that will be included some significant arbitration raises to some of their younger players, plus Theo commenting about trying to rebuild their dumpster fire of a farm system that he poured gasoline on to create...The article also mentions the friction early on with Boras when the Cubs basically held Bryant back a full year before calling him up to the majors while they were terrible so they'd have him under team control for a longer portion of when they were competitive.

I'm sure there's some merit to the above being reasons why the Cubs would be shopping Bryant - but if they were confident he'll be healthy and completely over his shoulder issues there's no way Theo would be talking about trading the 2016 MVP - If they are actually serious about taking trade offers for Bryant, the Cubs have to be worried about Bryant's shoulder being a chronic problem. They are about to come into a ton of fun $$ with their own network, so I don't buy their payroll being a reason to trade Bryant - particularly when all indications are that they'll be pushing to sign either Machado or Harper.


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Posted: November 10, 2018, 12:35 AM Post
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Fear The Chorizo said:
Not sure where to put this, but Theo has indicated a willingness to listen on trade offers for Kris Bryant. The article mentions Bryant's likely arbitration cost and the Cubs' limited offseason flexibility due to their bloated payroll that will be included some significant arbitration raises to some of their younger players, plus Theo commenting about trying to rebuild their dumpster fire of a farm system that he poured gasoline on to create...The article also mentions the friction early on with Boras when the Cubs basically held Bryant back a full year before calling him up to the majors while they were terrible so they'd have him under team control for a longer portion of when they were competitive.

I'm sure there's some merit to the above being reasons why the Cubs would be shopping Bryant - but if they were confident he'll be healthy and completely over his shoulder issues there's no way Theo would be talking about trading the 2016 MVP - If they are actually serious about taking trade offers for Bryant, the Cubs have to be worried about Bryant's shoulder being a chronic problem. They are about to come into a ton of fun $$ with their own network, so I don't buy their payroll being a reason to trade Bryant - particularly when all indications are that they'll be pushing to sign either Machado or Harper.

Theo already came out and shot this down. Olney took some out of context quote from him and ran with it/ESPN sensationalized it. Theo said something like “of course nobody’s untouchable but I’d fine it hard to see a scenario moving him (Bryant) makes sense” and Olney somehow ran with the whole he’s being shopped thing. It’s kinda odd, he even had that quote within the article.


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Posted: November 20, 2018, 8:03 AM Post
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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.

Source: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterNov 19 - 9:33 PM


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Posted: November 20, 2018, 8:18 AM Post
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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.

Source: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterNov 19 - 9:33 PM


The thought of Goldschmidt in the middle of that Cardinal lineup kind of makes me a little ill. I really hope that doesn't happen.


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Posted: November 20, 2018, 8:29 AM Post
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Although not likely...I would just hope that his slow start last year was actually a sign that he is slowing down period and has a crummy year. If of course, he's traded to the Cards.


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Posted: November 20, 2018, 8:38 AM Post
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Although not likely...I would just hope that his slow start last year was actually a sign that he is slowing down period and has a crummy year. If of course, he's traded to the Cards.


If he is traded to the Cards, he will have a career year, more than likely, an MVP season...

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Posted: November 20, 2018, 12:55 PM Post
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turborickey said:
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.

Source: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterNov 19 - 9:33 PM


The thought of Goldschmidt in the middle of that Cardinal lineup kind of makes me a little ill. I really hope that doesn't happen.


He'll only be there one year and it will hurt the Cards farm system.


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Posted: November 20, 2018, 1:08 PM Post
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Joey Meyer Bombs said:
turborickey said:
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.

Source: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterNov 19 - 9:33 PM


The thought of Goldschmidt in the middle of that Cardinal lineup kind of makes me a little ill. I really hope that doesn't happen.


He'll only be there one year and it will hurt the Cards farm system.


One year during the Brewers' limited contention window. I'd much prefer the Cardinals just go away down to mediocre land for the next 5 years. If they need directions, they can ask the Reds and Pirates.


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 11:01 AM Post
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Thought this was interesting considering how shift-heavy the suddenly solid Brewers' defense has become:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25463813/mlb-commissioner-rob-manfred-backing-rule-change-limit-defensive-shifts

I think it's kind of silly to try and make a rule to restrict shifts - what would it be, 2 infielders have to be on each side of 2B at the time of the pitch? What about OF shifting? Are there going to be markers or boundaries added to the field where fielders need to be? If players wanted to see their offensive stats go back up, maybe spend a little more time working on your approach and becoming a better hitter at either going the other way or getting a bunt down in certain spots to force teams out of the shift. Sure, that may come at the expense of more chances to swing for the downs and hit HR, but if your OBP increases by 50 percentage points because you hit to all fields you're probably a better and more valuable offensive player.

It seems like MLB is at the point where heavy defensive shifting is industry standard across MLB - there will come a point where statistical/spray chart analysis determines that having a more balanced lineup of hitters whose approach forces teams to scrap or dramatically reduce shifting is a better approach for scoring runs than trying to hit through/over it. There will be a team that applies that strategy and succeeds in doing so..


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Posted: December 06, 2018, 11:26 AM Post
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Thought this was interesting considering how shift-heavy the suddenly solid Brewers' defense has become:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25463813/mlb-commissioner-rob-manfred-backing-rule-change-limit-defensive-shifts

I think it's kind of silly to try and make a rule to restrict shifts - what would it be, 2 infielders have to be on each side of 2B at the time of the pitch? What about OF shifting? Are there going to be markers or boundaries added to the field where fielders need to be? If players wanted to see their offensive stats go back up, maybe spend a little more time working on your approach and becoming a better hitter at either going the other way or getting a bunt down in certain spots to force teams out of the shift. Sure, that may come at the expense of more chances to swing for the downs and hit HR, but if your OBP increases by 50 percentage points because you hit to all fields you're probably a better and more valuable offensive player.

It seems like MLB is at the point where heavy defensive shifting is industry standard across MLB - there will come a point where statistical/spray chart analysis determines that having a more balanced lineup of hitters whose approach forces teams to scrap or dramatically reduce shifting is a better approach for scoring runs than trying to hit through/over it. There will be a team that applies that strategy and succeeds in doing so..


Because, the shift made the Brewers a contender, and Major League Baseball wants its playoffs to be in the big markets.

It's the same with the way they're messing with draft compensation over the years. It's become less and less costly for a big-market team to sign free agents. In essence, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and a few other teams we can all name are really to be an advanced farm team for the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Nationals, and a couple others that we can probably name off the tops of our heads.

MLB doesn't like having Milwaukee as the team with the best record in the NL. So, they're gonna change the rules to screw the Crew over.


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