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by champaignchris
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: The Ricketts family kind of sucks
Replies: 165
Views: 3673

Re: The Ricketts family kind of sucks

On one hand I understand the logic of saying that spending more on a free agent doesn’t raise revenue so there’s no economic incentive for them to do so. And I’d respect them if they were out there Billy Beane-ing it, arguing that they’ll be a better team if they improve on the margins by bringing i...
by champaignchris
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: The Ricketts family kind of sucks
Replies: 165
Views: 3673

Re: The Ricketts family kind of sucks

Huh? He said he didn’t like Tunney, which should be pretty obvious. What else did you read into his comments? another republican whining about taxes, in a year when he already got a YUUUUGE tax cut. I didn’t realize the federal government cut the Chicago city amusement tax, which is what Ricketts w...
by champaignchris
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)
Replies: 96
Views: 5574

Re: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)

Collusion requires some behind the scenes agreement. I don’t think there is that. It’s all right there in the CBA. The players got took at the negotiating table. The owners’s greed Is a given. The players’ representatives’ incompetence isn’t. I think the players are going to have to bite the bullet ...
by champaignchris
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Bryce is Right, Bitch
Replies: 2374
Views: 126481

Re: The Bryce is Right, Bitch

I would let KB announce the Harper signing at the Convention. And then have Harper announce the Machado signing a little later in the day. But that's just me. I'm crazy like that. That must be why Rizzo isn’t going. Too jealous of watching the KB and Harper bromance Not our fault he doesn’t have an...
by champaignchris
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Cardinals
Replies: 2541
Views: 194854

Re: The Cardinals

Annoying people from Chicago by calling parts of Illinois “basically Chicago” is always good fun, though. Just casually, like telling a story about that time you were in “Chicago, well technically Evanston.” Then work your way out. By the end of the night you refer to Peoria or Springfield as part ...
by champaignchris
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING
Replies: 1019
Views: 60602

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING

Free agent relief pitchers still available: Greg Holland Cody Allen Adam Ottavino Sergio Romo Brad Brach Justin Wilson Alex Wilson Hunter Strickland A.J. Ramos Jake Diekman Sam Howard Can we afford any of these guys? Probably not. Did I miss Craig Kimbrell signing? Or are we just assuming there’s n...
by champaignchris
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING
Replies: 1019
Views: 60602

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING

The front office having the rug pulled out from under them by ownership would make some sort of sense out of what we've seen (or not seen, rather) this off season. As has been said a number of times in this thread, there are several transactions the Cubs front office should obviously not have done i...
by champaignchris
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING
Replies: 1019
Views: 60602

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING

This offseason is so weird. Obviously not done yet, but we’re only about 5 weeks to Spring Training. So what’s really going on? I see three options... 1. The front office is blowing smoke up the media’s ass, and they sign Harper and/or make some other “go for it” moves in the last few weeks before t...
by champaignchris
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs coaching staff 2019
Replies: 40
Views: 4447

Re: Cubs coaching staff 2019

Wilson A2000 wrote:Don’t forget Bob Tewksbury as mental coach


There’s an alternate universe where Steve Trout for Bob Tewksbury is considered one of the greatest trades in Cubs history.
by champaignchris
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Chicago Bears offseason
Replies: 146
Views: 4229

Re: Chicago Bears offseason

Butterscup wrote:
Ding Dong Johnson wrote:Gregg Williams is available


yeah, he's a piece of horsefeathers but his defenses perform. worth a look


There’s a Saints connection with Pace, but I don’t know if Pace would call that a plus or minus considering how Williams’ Saints tenure ended.
by champaignchris
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2018-19 Other Team Offseason Transactions Not Worth a New Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 23193

Re: 2018-19 Other Team Offseason Transactions Not Worth a New Thread

TomtheBombadil wrote:No clue why I’m randomly overstating the Mets this offseason, but that 3B from Houston is a serious Justin Turner candidate.


So he’ll be good after he leaves the Mets?
by champaignchris
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Round 1: Eagles at Bears Sunday 3:40 on NBC
Replies: 575
Views: 7967

Re: Round 1: Eagles at Bears Sunday 3:40 on NBC

The Philly headline writer is feeling pretty good today. No one wants to play the Eagles in the postseason, and they know it The Eagles are relaxed and experienced and the team no one wants to face in the NFC playoffs Seemed pretty obvious to me that the Bears wanted to play Philly in the playoffs....
by champaignchris
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Monday, bloody Monday
Replies: 84
Views: 3235

Re: Monday, bloody Monday

Any concern about Gase to MN as OC and immediately making them a lot better? Not really. I think we saw this year why Washington never wanted to go all-in on Cousins. He’s merely a pretty good quarterback. And Minnesota dumped a crap ton of money into him. No matter who’s the next OC, Minnesota is ...
by champaignchris
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING
Replies: 1019
Views: 60602

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread AKA The Rickettssss take a dump on EVERYTHING

Why? Absent an upcoming trade involving Monty or Q that makes no sense.

And even then...
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)
Replies: 96
Views: 5574

Re: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)

Just kill arbitration and add restricted free agency Does RFA really work out for players in other pro leagues. Arbitration is actually kind of nice in some ways, the problem is its so long and drug out after like a decade of control. RFA seemed to have worked out for Zach Lavine and Kyle Fuller ju...
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2018-19 Other Team Offseason Transactions Not Worth a New Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 23193

Re: 2018-19 Other Team Offseason Transactions Not Worth a New Thread

Post Count Padder wrote:The A's just traded for Profar.

Billy Beane doing Billy Beane things. That looks like a really solid trade for Oakland.
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs TV broadcast rights
Replies: 148
Views: 13385

Re: Cubs TV broadcast rights

Is the Tribune company known for a particular bias? The newspaper used to be pretty conservative, but it has moved slightly to the left. It used to be that their political endorsements would be basically very Republican unless a Democrat was running unopposed. :lol: The Trib was traditionally mains...
by champaignchris
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF
Replies: 69
Views: 3833

Re: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF

I've been trying to think of a stat that's better than saves or WAR in terms of how to measure the value of relief pitchers and figured out that Win Probability Added might do the trick since, among other things, it takes leverage into account. Here's the top 10 relievers (made more appearances in r...
by champaignchris
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)
Replies: 96
Views: 5574

Re: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)

The three top changes I’d make are: 1. Young talent is way, way too cheap. The MLB minimum should be tripled or even quadrupled. As it is now, that 30 year old shortstop might be better than that 23 year old shortstop, but he’s not 10 or 20 times better than the 23 year old. The artificially low sta...
by champaignchris
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF
Replies: 69
Views: 3833

Re: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF

...They’re objectively less valuable than your league average #3 starting pitcher. This is my problem with putting them in the Hall. You can take any teams top 3 or 4 starters and you would have the same or better results than the best relievers. Anytime 100+ players are equal or better than you .....
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF
Replies: 69
Views: 3833

Re: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF

looking at his stats, Raines' knees seems another tragic victim of Olympic Stadium brutality along with guys like Vlad & Dawson Yeah, he started missing a lot of games starting in about 1987. It’s pretty common for outfielders who get a major portion of their value from speed to have a major fa...
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Daniel Descalso
Replies: 64
Views: 4295

Re: Daniel Descalso

He’s played 179 games at SS in his career. Not well, mind you. So I suppose he could be a Javy back up on a short term basis.
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF
Replies: 69
Views: 3833

Re: Lee Smith, Harold Baines elected to HOF

There are plenty of arguments to be made that the Hall has already jumped the shark. I don’t think the inclusion of Tim Raines is one of them.

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