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Posted: February 19, 2019, 9:35 AM Post
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Clemente’s Dream said:
Yost proved himself with a small market team. No other Brewer manager can say that. All managers are flawed, just like all players. We rode Yost outta town and people, especially the media were delighted. The egg is on our faces, not Yost’s. We were wrong, not Yost. How many times have impatient teams let go players only for them to turn into winners ala Ortiz. Same for managers. Best just to admit it and move forward. Until we actually win something...we’ll, it just sounds like...well, you know, nuff said.


Ned's winning% with the Brewers was .477, it's .483 with the Royals. Basically the same. I understand he won a world series and a division in KC, neither of which he did in Milwaukee, but he was gifted with by far the best bullpen and most complete teams in baseball those years. Outside of those two KC teams, he's only been over .500 once. He's pretty much the same guy he was in Milwaukee.


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Posted: February 20, 2019, 7:40 PM Post
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So found this on ESPN's MLB home page.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26034573/mlb-putting-new-rules-place-curtail-sign-stealing

Going to some extremes to curtail sign stealing aside from the typical on 2b stealing.


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Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:52 PM Post
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I think the fact that the Dodgers had no interest in signing Machado following their 2018 season was telling. They had an opportunity to bring him in on a trade for a few months and got real idea of what having Manny Machado as a part of their organization truly offered. Of course we fans are on the outside looking in, but I never got the impression that he was a part of the team or was fully accepted by the team. Organizations can talk with people and players around the league to learn more about a player, but having him on your own teams bench is the ultimate test. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but after seeing Machado’s interactions in the postseason a part of me thinks it may have cost him some money or the chance to be with a team he truly wanted to be with. Of course it doesn’t change the fact that $300 million is an insane amount of money, but I don’t think he landed with a team he whole heartedly wanted to be a part of.
Of course I may be a bit bias as a Brewers fan and Manny solidifying himself as a dirty player in the postseason, but even before the playoffs and his altercations with Brewer players, I was suspect of who he is as a teammate.


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Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:55 PM Post
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I like the updated sign stealing rules. These are the kind of rule changes I like as they don't impact the way the game has been played for so long, but has a chance to cut down on some of the peripheral crap we have to listen too.

Really wish MLB would have taken this off-season to better define what pitchers can use and can't use to get a better grip on the baseball. Pine tar OK or not OK? I don't care one way or another and I'd bet most MLB fans feel that way. But I have a problem with the rules stating one thing but everybody looking the other way because they want their own guys to be able to do it. If everyone wants to do it, then change the rule. Don't need a whole bunch of stuff popping up in June about this pitcher using pine tar and this other pitcher not using pine tar. IMO, this is something that has a chance to develop into a big story and I think MLB is kind of foolish for not addressing it now.


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 12:13 AM Post
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brewcrewdue80 said:
So found this on ESPN's MLB home page.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26034573/mlb-putting-new-rules-place-curtail-sign-stealing

Going to some extremes to curtail sign stealing aside from the typical on 2b stealing.


Does that mean the Tv's in the concourse will be on a 8 second delay? That's lame if that's true.


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 12:44 AM Post
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stalton said:
brewcrewdue80 said:
So found this on ESPN's MLB home page.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26034573/mlb-putting-new-rules-place-curtail-sign-stealing

Going to some extremes to curtail sign stealing aside from the typical on 2b stealing.


Does that mean the Tv's in the concourse will be on a 8 second delay? That's lame if that's true.


I was concerned with that too, but it says Clubhouse/bullpen. So I'd have to think no?


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 10:25 AM Post
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I think the fact that the Dodgers had no interest in signing Machado following their 2018 season was telling. They had an opportunity to bring him in on a trade for a few months and got real idea of what having Manny Machado as a part of their organization truly offered. Of course we fans are on the outside looking in, but I never got the impression that he was a part of the team or was fully accepted by the team. Organizations can talk with people and players around the league to learn more about a player, but having him on your own teams bench is the ultimate test. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but after seeing Machado’s interactions in the postseason a part of me thinks it may have cost him some money or the chance to be with a team he truly wanted to be with. Of course it doesn’t change the fact that $300 million is an insane amount of money, but I don’t think he landed with a team he whole heartedly wanted to be a part of.
Of course I may be a bit bias as a Brewers fan and Manny solidifying himself as a dirty player in the postseason, but even before the playoffs and his altercations with Brewer players, I was suspect of who he is as a teammate.

Living in Los Angeles and being friends with a significant amount of Dodger fans...I would say your assessment is correct. Listening to sports radio and discussing with Dodger fans, it seemed like Machado was a hired gun and never really was embraced by the team or fan base. In regard to the fan base, he turned off a lot of people with the Johnny Hustle comment and the Aguilar kick.


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 12:32 PM Post
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https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/foul-balls-are-the-pace-of-play-problem-nobodys-talking-about/?addata=espn:mlb:index

I thought this was very interesting, and is often an overlooked aspect of the Pace of Play debate...the combination of pitching getting more difficult to hit and the shrinking size of MLB foul territories have led to significant increases of foul balls that don't result in outs. When coupled with the concerns of fan safety in recent years, one would think MLB should be open to expanding foul ground in ballparks, particularly down the lines. In most stadiums, foul ground is negligible down the lines, and there are easily 5-6 foul fly balls/pop ups hit on average each game that wind up landing in the first 3-4 rows of the stands instead of being caught as outs in the field of play. I'd think that each one of those instances adds 2 minutes to the time of a game, not to mention the added time any foul ball adds to an at bat regardless of its outcome.

Anyone know of a good resource to search average 9 inning game times by stadium by year? I think it would be interesting to gauge that compared to foul ground territory, and see if there's a correlation between the two that is independent of other park factors/home team roster talent level.


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 12:36 PM Post
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I think the fact that the Dodgers had no interest in signing Machado following their 2018 season was telling. They had an opportunity to bring him in on a trade for a few months and got real idea of what having Manny Machado as a part of their organization truly offered. Of course we fans are on the outside looking in, but I never got the impression that he was a part of the team or was fully accepted by the team. Organizations can talk with people and players around the league to learn more about a player, but having him on your own teams bench is the ultimate test. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but after seeing Machado’s interactions in the postseason a part of me thinks it may have cost him some money or the chance to be with a team he truly wanted to be with. Of course it doesn’t change the fact that $300 million is an insane amount of money, but I don’t think he landed with a team he whole heartedly wanted to be a part of.
Of course I may be a bit bias as a Brewers fan and Manny solidifying himself as a dirty player in the postseason, but even before the playoffs and his altercations with Brewer players, I was suspect of who he is as a teammate.


The Dodgers are set at SS and 3B for the next few years. I would say that is probably the #1 reason they weren't going to blow $300M on anyone who plays those positions.


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 12:40 PM Post
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The Dodgers are set at SS and 3B for the next few years. I would say that is probably the #1 reason they weren't going to blow $300M on anyone who plays those positions.


+1. Not only that, they have elite performers at both positions. It's not like they aren't signing him because they have Jordy Mercer holding down SS.


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Posted: February 21, 2019, 5:20 PM Post
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Boston sports writer Nick Cafardo died at age 62 today.

I always thought Cafardo was a pretty decent writer. While he obviously was a Boston guy, he didn't always wear him home-team goggles, so I appreciated reading his stuff.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2604 ... er-dies-62


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Posted: February 26, 2019, 10:32 AM Post
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https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1100431688587309056
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Colorado #Rockies offer Nolan Arenado a record-breaking contract for average annual salary.

Nolan Arenado has been offered an extension of 7 years and 245 million.


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Posted: February 26, 2019, 10:45 AM Post
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https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1100431688587309056
Bob Nightengale
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Colorado #Rockies offer Nolan Arenado a record-breaking contract for average annual salary.

Nolan Arenado has been offered an extension of 7 years and 245 million.


I saw this too, there's also potential for an 8th year vesting option from what I saw. That seems like a very good deal for Arenado, I know it only takes him through age 34(35 if vesting option)...but tough to turn down that money. That AAV is insane. If that offer is real, I can't imagine an agreement not being reached by opening day(or much sooner).


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Posted: February 26, 2019, 10:54 AM Post
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jerichoholicninja said:

The Dodgers are set at SS and 3B for the next few years. I would say that is probably the #1 reason they weren't going to blow $300M on anyone who plays those positions.


+1. Not only that, they have elite performers at both positions. It's not like they aren't signing him because they have Jordy Mercer holding down SS.


While true, they could put Turner at 2B and have Taylor go to super utility again and wait for injuries to happen. Or play Taylor in CF and not sign Pollack. Which is also where it comes back to the whole money/contract issue we've discussed so much here. Sign Pollock at around 1/6 or 1/7 the financial commitment or be locked into a massive 10 year deal for MM or Harper?

Career numbers:
Pollack: 281/338/805
MM: 282/335/822


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Posted: February 27, 2019, 9:02 PM Post
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If Brandon Nimmo was on any other team there's not a chance this would've happened.

https://nypost.com/2019/02/27/mets-outd ... %20buttons

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Posted: February 28, 2019, 11:39 AM Post
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If Brandon Nimmo was on any other team there's not a chance this would've happened.

https://nypost.com/2019/02/27/mets-outd ... %20buttons


why is that?


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Posted: February 28, 2019, 2:44 PM Post
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trwi7 said:
If Brandon Nimmo was on any other team there's not a chance this would've happened.

https://nypost.com/2019/02/27/mets-outd ... %20buttons


why is that?


Because the Mets are the Mets and stupid stuff like this only happens to the Mets.

Cards' fans wear jorts.


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Posted: February 28, 2019, 4:01 PM Post
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turborickey said:
trwi7 said:
If Brandon Nimmo was on any other team there's not a chance this would've happened.

https://nypost.com/2019/02/27/mets-outd ... %20buttons


why is that?


Because the Mets are the Mets and stupid stuff like this only happens to the Mets.


The Brewer's clubhouse salad tongs would disagree with that.


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Posted: February 28, 2019, 4:07 PM Post
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YOU GUYS ARE RUINING THE LONG HELD BASEBALL JOKE THAT STUPID STUFF ONLY HAPPENS TO THE METS.

Cards' fans wear jorts.


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Posted: March 05, 2019, 1:36 PM Post
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I find this incredibly interesting if true. I'm not sure any organization can "force" a pitcher to do anything. He's established enough that he should go with his own game plan based on his strengths, not necessarily what the Yankees want. I'll add that's generally awful management by the yankees to apply a one size fits all approach to pitching. You want to have every player on your club playing to their strenghs, not a specific blueprint that every player has to follow.

https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/ ... 9425158144


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