General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Banedon » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:31 pm

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/BASportsGuy/status/1317321234749648897?s=19


Now imagine that there were runners on base and that they got a double or triple play out of this. Why hasn't this been done more?
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:08 pm

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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Bertz » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:05 pm



Like Brett, I think I'm coming around on this. Something modest probably, like mandating two infielders on each side of 2B. (Though there is the sticky question of when they're allowed to cross) But little things we can do to help encourage balls in play should all at least be on the table.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:53 pm

Shifting blows, I wouldn't mind if they got rid of it altogether
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:54 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:Shifting blows, I wouldn't mind if they got rid of it altogether

I am glad you have chosen this stance.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:35 am

I wouldn’t give a horsefeathers if 7 guys played 2B.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:30 am

I'm going to mulligan that post as a terrible take and say the exact opposite: do all the shifts
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Postby Andy » Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:58 am

I am not in favor of rules that force teams to lower their chances of making an out on a ball in play.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:27 pm

The shift sucks, I’m all for restricting it if not outright banning.
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Postby CubinNY » Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:59 pm

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:I wouldn’t give a horsefeathers if 7 guys played 2B.

Agree. How are they going to make a rule that works?
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Omar » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:23 pm

I always thought of defensive shifts in baseball similar to a defensive formation pre-snap in football. It is strategic, makes the sport more competitive, adds another predictive analytics aspect into the game. And I enjoy watching it, especially at the stadium.

Don't take away opportunities for strategy.
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Postby squally1313 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:49 pm

Omar wrote:I always thought of defensive shifts in baseball similar to a defensive formation pre-snap in football. It is strategic, makes the sport more competitive, adds another predictive analytics aspect into the game. And I enjoy watching it, especially at the stadium.

Don't take away opportunities for strategy.


Agreed, but to the bolded point, I think television coverage needs to do a much better job of making the viewers aware of at least the general alignment before the ball gets put into play. The only times I get frustrated with the shift is when I think the Cubs have a base hit up the middle or through the hole or whatever and then the camera switches and there's a guy right there. Shouldn't take up too much room on the screen to show a little diamond, and you don't really have to include the outfield.
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Postby UMFan83 » Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:02 am



You know what would have made 2016 better? If all the games were played in Marlins Park
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Postby 17 Seconds » Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:12 am

why does he keep coming up with new ideas that nobody wants? it's just one inexplicable thing after another with manfred
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Postby CyHawk_Cub » Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:29 am

I'm convinced dude doesn't even like baseball.
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Postby javy knows my name » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:21 am

CyHawk_Cub wrote:I'm convinced dude doesn't even like baseball.


I'm thinking not liking baseball is now a pre-requisite for the job
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Cubfanintheknow » Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:31 am

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CyHawk_Cub wrote:I'm convinced dude doesn't even like baseball.


I'm thinking not liking baseball is now a pre-requisite for the job


I mean, they're just playing for a piece of metal. What does it matter where they play?
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Postby The Logan » Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:47 pm

Buster Olney of ESPN writes that the universal designated hitter being used in 2021 is a "safe bet."
The DH spot is currently set to be used only in the AL in 2021, but Olney believes that will change "unless the MLB and players' union animus erupts to the point of complete dysfunction." Olney's colleague, Jeff Passan, reported previously that owners want to keep the expanded playoffs in exchange for the universal DH sticking around, although some executives told him they think there will be a universal DH regardless of whether the MLBPA agrees to expanded playoffs or not. The consensus is that the universal DH will almost surely be part of the new CBA which will be negotiated next offseason, and it wouldn't seem to make much sense to have a one-year gap without it before it becomes a permanent fixture.
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Bertz » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:18 pm



As a team that might be sneaky buyers this winter I hope they do something dumb.
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:24 pm

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/CraigMish/status/1326918564297715714?s=19

As a team that might be sneaky buyers this winter I hope they do something dumb.

Show up Cohen by hiring Michael Steinberg
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby WrigleyField 22 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:32 pm

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/CraigMish/status/1326918564297715714?s=19

As a team that might be sneaky buyers this winter I hope they do something dumb.

I'm putting money on some non baseball executive coming in.
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Bertz » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:42 pm



Okay this is actually pretty cool. I think she's been in the league office the last few years.
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby jersey cubs fan » Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:04 pm

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1327274674372419584?s=19

Okay this is actually pretty cool. I think she's been in the league office the last few years.


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