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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:26 pm

such a painful way to read a solid conversation
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Postby Little Slide Rooter » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:41 pm

Not sure if there's a WBC thread (heck, I didn't even know there was a WBC going on until yesterday,) but this evening, Ryan Dempster will take the mound for Team Canada as they take on Carlos Martinez and The Dominican Rupublic.

Meanwhile, in where are they now news, Jason Marquis is the apparent ace for Team Israel, Jair Jurjens for the Netherland's, and Ryan Searle's in Team Australia's pen.

That is if anybody cares about the WBC. Which they probabaly don't.
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Postby David » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:23 pm

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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:19 pm

in WBC news, Dempster is pitching now and just hit 91

Smoltz says "his fastball likely won't get up to 90"
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Postby bukie » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:23 pm

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:in WBC news, Dempster is pitching now and just hit 91

Smoltz says "his fastball likely won't get up to 90"

Well it's 91 Canadian so you still need to do the conversion.
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Postby UMFan83 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:55 pm

So I guess this isn't the start to an improbable MLB comeback for Demp?
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Postby NonProfitCow » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:51 am

I think I root for the Dominican team over USA. They just have so much damn fun. Much more enjoyable to watch.
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Postby Heyward Fan » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:53 pm

Chris Dominguez seems to be this year's Spring Training hero.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:56 pm

Ian Happ homer!
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Postby David » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:07 pm

SCHWARBOMB
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:50 pm

Happ and Eloy blasts give the Cubs the lead
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:03 pm

Apparently Butler looked really good too.





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Postby Tryptamine » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:48 pm

I really can't believe Eloy, who hasn't even seen A+, is absolutely mashing the way he is in spring training. In my mind he's not far from being completely unavailable pending some kind of ridiculous overpayment.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:22 am

Andrew Miller hasn't been the same since David Ross got done with him in Game 7.
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Postby Liam Neeson » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:42 am

The Royals back up catch completely ignored the stop sign while trying to score from 1st only to end up rolling Salvador Perez's knee and injuring him.



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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:37 am

Javi just hit a double.

MLB Network still thinks he plays for the Detroit Tigers.
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Postby David » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:58 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Apparently Butler looked really good too.






These mother [expletive] just know how to find hitters don't they
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:11 am

Correa threw one away and nearly got Javi killed in the process.
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Re: 2017 Spring Training Game Thread

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:06 am

JAVY HOMER!! Look at him prance around the base paths.
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Postby Duke Silver » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:42 am

David wrote:basically, what i'm saying is, heyward has always looked ugly. last year def more out of whack and obviously results were awful, but scouts have been talking crap about his swing and overall mechanics forever. so hopefully he can go back to being good at the plate again despite looking goofy, instead of looking a little more goofy and being very bad like last year.

edit - here he is with the goofy footwork again, taking james russell deep

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32792295/chcatl ... s+home+run


Yep. We are now just looking for the Jason Heyward that hit .275 or so with 15-18 homers and made everybody say, "Wow, this guy could be a monster, hitting 30-some homers, if his swing wasn't so ugly." I suppose we can give up on the hope of him ever figuring it all out and being an absolute monster. But, maybe, just maybe he doesn't have to be completely horrendous. Pretty please.
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Postby Duke Silver » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:54 am

I've been incredibly busy and haven't really seen much of anything. So can someone that's been paying attention to things fill me in on how Almora has looked? Obviously, his numbers look good, but is he actually making solid contact a lot? Is he showing any patience whatsoever? Any details would be appreciated. He's the one guy I'm most intrigued by heading into the season. I'm hoping he can be a pleasant surprise.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:54 pm

Duke Silver wrote:I've been incredibly busy and haven't really seen much of anything. So can someone that's been paying attention to things fill me in on how Almora has looked? Obviously, his numbers look good, but is he actually making solid contact a lot? Is he showing any patience whatsoever? Any details would be appreciated. He's the one guy I'm most intrigued by heading into the season. I'm hoping he can be a pleasant surprise.


I've only seen the replay of his HR and heard a few tweets about him having put on some muscle and hitting BP bombs, but comparing his spring to last year might be illustrative:

2016: 47 PA, .244/.255/.311, 7/1 K/BB, 3 XBH (all 2B)
2017: 24 PA, .304/.333/.609, 6/1 K/BB, 4 XBH (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR)

It'll be interesting to see if he's trading some contact for pop. I'd be on board with that, since he has so much room to safely trade K's for IsoP with his past K rate, and because that would help make it easier for him to add some BBs too.
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Postby UMFan83 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:01 pm

Overall a great day for the Cubs yesterday including Javy and the fact that Rondon won't be needed since Venezuela was eliminated
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Re: 2017 Spring Training Game Thread

Postby David » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:31 pm

Duke Silver wrote:
David wrote:basically, what i'm saying is, heyward has always looked ugly. last year def more out of whack and obviously results were awful, but scouts have been talking crap about his swing and overall mechanics forever. so hopefully he can go back to being good at the plate again despite looking goofy, instead of looking a little more goofy and being very bad like last year.

edit - here he is with the goofy footwork again, taking james russell deep

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32792295/chcatl ... s+home+run


Yep. We are now just looking for the Jason Heyward that hit .275 or so with 15-18 homers and made everybody say, "Wow, this guy could be a monster, hitting 30-some homers, if his swing wasn't so ugly." I suppose we can give up on the hope of him ever figuring it all out and being an absolute monster. But, maybe, just maybe he doesn't have to be completely horrendous. Pretty please.


i mean if by absolute monster you mean mike trout, yeah...because he's pretty horsefeathering good as it is being the guy he was before last year (especially - and obviously - if he can channel 2012 like they're trying).
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