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Re: Baez impresses Baez

Postby sneakypower » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:18 pm

Javy is the current rightful MVP, but this is a real hoot:
He’s just the fifth player in major-league history to have 35 doubles, nine triples, 30 homers, 100 RBI and 20 stolen bases in a single season

ah, that elusive club...
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Re: Baez impresses Baez

Postby sneakypower » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:03 am

i'm pretty sure WAR doesn't credit him with the extra bases he gains on errors like that, and it's a common enough occurrence that Len always laughs them off as 'another El Mago moment'; add that to relay throws, CS tags, your backup SS being a real player and not Eric Sogard and there's a ton of intangible value that won't help him in the fWAR rankings but he's still right at the top there anyway

Petriello makes a case for Baez deserving extra credit for his unusual versatility here though
https://www.mlb.com/news/javier-baez-ad ... -293303568
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Postby Banedon » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:15 am

sneakypower wrote:i'm pretty sure WAR doesn't credit him with the extra bases he gains on errors like that, and it's a common enough occurrence that Len always laughs them off as 'another El Mago moment'; add that to relay throws, CS tags, your backup SS being a real player and not Eric Sogard and there's a ton of intangible value that won't help him in the fWAR rankings but he's still right at the top there anyway

Petriello makes a case for Baez deserving extra credit for his unusual versatility here though
https://www.mlb.com/news/javier-baez-ad ... -293303568


Dating back to the beginning of baseball's history in the 19th century, here is a full and complete list of every player who had a qualified season with an OPS+ of at least 130 (100 is league average) while playing at least 15 games at second, shortstop and third, and doing it all with positive defensive value.

Rogers Hornsby, 1919
Billy Grabarkewitz, 1970
Toby Harrah, 1975
Javier Baez, 2018
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Postby Banedon » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:40 am

"I knew there was nobody at third, and the shortstop had to beat me to the bag at third base plus he had to catch the ball," Baez said. "As I was getting close to the bag, I saw his eyes go up and the pitcher was backing up. I just kept going because the ball, it went right between us."

Did Baez think Cain had to hurry his throw?

"I think they do because they know I'm not afraid to take another bag," Baez said. "When they speed up, they make some errors."
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Re: Baez impresses Baez

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"I knew there was nobody at third, and the shortstop had to beat me to the bag at third base plus he had to catch the ball," Baez said. "As I was getting close to the bag, I saw his eyes go up and the pitcher was backing up. I just kept going because the ball, it went right between us."

Did Baez think Cain had to hurry his throw?

"I think they do because they know I'm not afraid to take another bag," Baez said. "When they speed up, they make some errors."


one time when i was in high school i hit a ball into the left field corner and when i got to second i saw there was nobody at third. i was instantly thrilled about how smart i was for being the good baserunner who noticed things like that so i ran to third. the third baseman who was out in shallow left field immediately saw what i was doing and jogged back to the bag and i was out by 20 feet and my coach took me out of the game for being an idiot. i can’t even imagine what it must feel like to see stuff like that and be right.
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treebird wrote:
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"I knew there was nobody at third, and the shortstop had to beat me to the bag at third base plus he had to catch the ball," Baez said. "As I was getting close to the bag, I saw his eyes go up and the pitcher was backing up. I just kept going because the ball, it went right between us."

Did Baez think Cain had to hurry his throw?

"I think they do because they know I'm not afraid to take another bag," Baez said. "When they speed up, they make some errors."


one time when i was in high school i hit a ball into the left field corner and when i got to second i saw there was nobody at third. i was instantly thrilled about how smart i was for being the good baserunner who noticed things like that so i ran to third. the third baseman who was out in shallow left field immediately saw what i was doing and jogged back to the bag and i was out by 20 feet and my coach took me out of the game for being an idiot. i can’t even imagine what it must feel like to see stuff like that and be right.


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Re: Baez impresses Baez

Postby Duke Silver » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:02 pm

treebird wrote:
Banedon wrote:
"I knew there was nobody at third, and the shortstop had to beat me to the bag at third base plus he had to catch the ball," Baez said. "As I was getting close to the bag, I saw his eyes go up and the pitcher was backing up. I just kept going because the ball, it went right between us."

Did Baez think Cain had to hurry his throw?

"I think they do because they know I'm not afraid to take another bag," Baez said. "When they speed up, they make some errors."


one time when i was in high school i hit a ball into the left field corner and when i got to second i saw there was nobody at third. i was instantly thrilled about how smart i was for being the good baserunner who noticed things like that so i ran to third. the third baseman who was out in shallow left field immediately saw what i was doing and jogged back to the bag and i was out by 20 feet and my coach took me out of the game for being an idiot. i can’t even imagine what it must feel like to see stuff like that and be right.


In that case, you should have used a Javy Slide. Pretty simple.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:22 pm

treebird wrote:
Banedon wrote:
"I knew there was nobody at third, and the shortstop had to beat me to the bag at third base plus he had to catch the ball," Baez said. "As I was getting close to the bag, I saw his eyes go up and the pitcher was backing up. I just kept going because the ball, it went right between us."

Did Baez think Cain had to hurry his throw?

"I think they do because they know I'm not afraid to take another bag," Baez said. "When they speed up, they make some errors."


one time when i was in high school i hit a ball into the left field corner and when i got to second i saw there was nobody at third. i was instantly thrilled about how smart i was for being the good baserunner who noticed things like that so i ran to third. the third baseman who was out in shallow left field immediately saw what i was doing and jogged back to the bag and i was out by 20 feet and my coach took me out of the game for being an idiot. i can’t even imagine what it must feel like to see stuff like that and be right.


I can top this in the shame department.

I tried the same thing during a middle school game and actually just barely made it, but I did the worst "slide" of all time to cap it off. Not really a slide so much as a flying belly flop that completely knocked the wind out of me. I tried to play it off like I was OK and stood up to dust myself off, but then...I'm still not even sure what happened. The 3B coach asked if I was OK, and, still trying to catch my breath all I could do was nod and unleash the loudest damn fart I've ever managed. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a foghorn this sounded like; it was like a delayed reaction to the belly flop and all of the air inside of me was blasting out of my ass. There's zero chance the people in the stands didn't hear it. The ump and the coach are trying their damnedest to not laugh, the third baseman is losing his mind, and my damn dugout is going nuts. Meanwhile, I'm finally doubled over with my hands on my knees trying to breathe again.

I was not good at baseball.
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:31 pm

When I was a freshman I got called up to the sophomore team and hit a double. Then I got picked off 2nd with some [expletive] like this on the very next pitch.



To clarify, I was only called up as part of a rotation of guys needed to fill the roster after a bunch of sophomores cut kicked off the team for drinking on the bus to a road game.
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Sammy Sofa wrote:
treebird wrote:
Banedon wrote:


one time when i was in high school i hit a ball into the left field corner and when i got to second i saw there was nobody at third. i was instantly thrilled about how smart i was for being the good baserunner who noticed things like that so i ran to third. the third baseman who was out in shallow left field immediately saw what i was doing and jogged back to the bag and i was out by 20 feet and my coach took me out of the game for being an idiot. i can’t even imagine what it must feel like to see stuff like that and be right.


I can top this in the shame department.

I tried the same thing during a middle school game and actually just barely made it, but I did the worst "slide" of all time to cap it off. Not really a slide so much as a flying belly flop that completely knocked the wind out of me. I tried to play it off like I was OK and stood up to dust myself off, but then...I'm still not even sure what happened. The 3B coach asked if I was OK, and, still trying to catch my breath all I could do was nod and unleash the loudest damn fart I've ever managed. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a foghorn this sounded like; it was like a delayed reaction to the belly flop and all of the air inside of me was blasting out of my ass. There's zero chance the people in the stands didn't hear it. The ump and the coach are trying their damnedest to not laugh, the third baseman is losing his mind, and my damn dugout is going nuts. Meanwhile, I'm finally doubled over with my hands on my knees trying to breathe again.

I was not good at baseball.



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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:05 pm

I thought I painted a pretty clear picture.

I was not good at baseball.
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Duke Silver wrote:https://deadspin.com/javy-baez-was-in-the-brewers-heads-1828854717



After the game, Báez explained that he knew the first throw was coming because the catcher didn’t give any signs. The catcher did put down signs before the second throw, but Báez was still able to sniff out his intentions. “After the first one I looked at him again, and he tried to act like he was giving signs, but I saw he was so fake about it, so I just stayed there,” Báez explained.


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Postby UMFan83 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:06 pm

I've run out of ways to describe how awesome Javy is. He is God's gift to Cub fans
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They should have a broadcast focused solely on Javy and then after every decision he makes, he explains why he did what he did.
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Postby Banedon » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:39 pm

UMFan83 wrote:I've run out of ways to describe how awesome Javy is. He is God's gift to Cub fans


Now lets go back and find all the posts where people wanted to trade him and shame them appropriately.
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Duke Silver wrote:They should have a broadcast focused solely on Javy and then after every decision he makes, he explains why he did what he did.


or, all the players on the opposing teams as to why they failed to stop his awesomeness. Not that Javy should remember any of their names.
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Postby CyHawk_Cub » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:48 pm

Banedon wrote:
UMFan83 wrote:I've run out of ways to describe how awesome Javy is. He is God's gift to Cub fans


Now lets go back and find all the posts where people wanted to trade him and shame them appropriately.


Endless shame for those that wanted to trade him for a horsefeathering pitching prospect.
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Duke Silver wrote:They should have a broadcast focused solely on Javy and then after every decision he makes, he explains why he did what he did.



Pitch this idea to the Cubs new tv station. They will have a lot of downtime especially in the off season.
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Banedon wrote:Now lets go back and find all the posts where people wanted to trade him and shame them appropriately.

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I mean Javy becoming this player without ever learning how to take a walk has to be an almost impossible outcome.
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TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:I mean Javy becoming this player without ever learning how to take a walk has to be an almost impossible outcome.


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TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:I mean Javy becoming this player without ever learning how to take a walk has to be an almost impossible outcome.


He really is a Road To the Show character come to life
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