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Postby Cubswin11 » Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:01 am

Wonder how they horsefeathers up Cohen’s bid again

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Postby Brian » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:48 am

Jake did not have a nice no hitter anniversary.

August 30, 2015 - 9IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 12K
August 30, 2020 - 1 1/3 IP, 6H, 7ER, 3BB, 0K - fewest pitches thrown in a start in his career (46)
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Postby ConstableRabbit » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:53 am

Brian wrote:Jake did not have a nice no hitter anniversary.

August 30, 2015 - 9IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 12K
August 30, 2020 - 1 1/3 IP, 6H, 7ER, 3BB, 0K - fewest pitches thrown in a start in his career (46)

I’m so glad we didn’t sign him
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:56 pm

Just read this blurb from Yahoo fantasy:
The 26-year-old continues to swing a hot stick after his dreadful July, and that homer -- his fourth of the season -- now has him slashing .299/.342/.523 in 107 at-bats. Don't forget that Candelario was once among the top infield prospects in baseball. He's shown why for most of this truncated season.


...that's not quite how I remember it. Playing fast with words like "among" and "top."
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Postby abmillis » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:25 pm

JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:Just read this blurb from Yahoo fantasy:
The 26-year-old continues to swing a hot stick after his dreadful July, and that homer -- his fourth of the season -- now has him slashing .299/.342/.523 in 107 at-bats. Don't forget that Candelario was once among the top infield prospects in baseball. He's shown why for most of this truncated season.


...that's not quite how I remember it. Playing fast with words like "among" and "top."


Well, he did play with KB and Javy in the minors, right? So he was kinda top prospecr adjacent?
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Postby big ball chunky time » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:58 pm

he was among them
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Still having a case for the GOAT at death is pretty terrific
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Postby Regular Show » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:05 pm


This is hilarious lol

I hate Steve Stone so much... You know Jim Deshaies would know what Pokemon/Pikachu is. Also, for those unaware/older crowd here, you're super horsefeathering annoying if you're a Ness main in Smash. Just spamming horsefeathering PK thunder and PK fire all day.

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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Regular Show » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:28 pm

Good article on Hawk-Eye tech:

Yes, you already know where this is going for baseball. Robo-umps are coming to call balls and strikes. I don’t know when. But they’re coming soon.

Look: The ball-strike thing in baseball is a problem. It’s a problem because every ball and strike call is really important.

On a 2-1 count this year, batters hit .336 and slug .575.

On a 1-2 count this year, batters hit .157 and slug .257.

The difference between those two counts is a single pitch, maybe one around the corner, that an umpire now calls a ball or a strike.

On a 3-1 count this year, batters hit .358 and slug .726.

On a 2-2 count this year, batters hit .170 and slug .292.

Same thing, one pitch is the difference. This is true across the count landscape. Every pitch matters. We’ve known that for a long time. And ever since four balls equaled a walk and three strikes a strikeout, umpires have crouched behind home plate making those crucial calls. For most of those years, that was baseball’s best chance to get the calls right, just like there was a time when a horse was the fastest way to get from place to place.


2. I’ve written this before in passing: Pitch framing — which has become ubiquitous over the last few years — exposes the entire home-plate umpiring system. Let’s face it, catchers frame pitches for two purposes. One is that framing helps ensure umpires don’t miss close strike calls. The other is to try and trick umpires into calling a ball a strike. Both reasons mock the idea that home-plate umpires are up to the challenge of calling pitches in this modern time where everyone throws 98 mph with sliders that defy gravity.

Basically, either umpires need a catcher’s help to make the right call or they can be manipulated into making the wrong call. Neither one of those is good.


I can't really discuss the accuracy of Hawk-Eye in professional tennis because it always recreates a 3D rendering of the line call and where it "says" the ball bounced, but I've never seen a top tennis player ever question the technology. They seem pretty happy with the results/accuracy. This will be the tech MLB uses when an automated strike zone is deemed ready (probably 2022 or 2023).
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Postby NOLA » Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:11 pm



Heard on Cespedes Family BBQ today Clayton has the highest career WAR in Dodgers history, Brooklyn or LA. That’s pretty amazing.
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I always enjoy watching this play lol
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:17 am

Not sure if you guys read the fg article on Devin Williams' change up

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/devin-willi ... -changeup/

Apparently this guys CH generates 400 more rpm than any other CH in baseball.

Whats most notable is that the pitch was graded as a 40. Its movement is unparalleled and scouts only saw it as a 40.
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Postby NOLA » Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:43 pm

Never seen this before, but this is awesome and needs to happen more often.



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Postby The Logan » Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:28 pm

I get that Baseball-Reference is a high traffic website that needs ads in order to stay afloat since it's not a profit-generating entity, but the sheer volume of ads I've been getting on the site lately, even with an adblocker ON, is absurd. I've got 8 ads on the page right now, and my AdBlocker continually keeps blocking ads as the page remains on the screen. It has blocked 272 ads on Baseball-Reference. oh, 283 now, it goes up when you scroll through the page. 315 now. The ads that do squeak through make the user experience horrible. I go to click on something and it keeps moving around the page because ads keep loading and shifting it all over the place.

What the horsefeathers, BR? 350 ads now.
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Postby champaignchris » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:14 am

The Logan wrote:I get that Baseball-Reference is a high traffic website that needs ads in order to stay afloat since it's not a profit-generating entity, but the sheer volume of ads I've been getting on the site lately, even with an adblocker ON, is absurd. I've got 8 ads on the page right now, and my AdBlocker continually keeps blocking ads as the page remains on the screen. It has blocked 272 ads on Baseball-Reference. oh, 283 now, it goes up when you scroll through the page. 315 now. The ads that do squeak through make the user experience horrible. I go to click on something and it keeps moving around the page because ads keep loading and shifting it all over the place.

What the horsefeathers, BR? 350 ads now.


It’s ok on my phone. It’s unreadable on my cpu. You can’t click on anything because the whole screen moves every time an ad pops up.
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Postby UMFan83 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:08 pm

Not sure which thread to put this in, so ill just throw it here. Tonight is a sports equinox - aka a day where MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL all have meaningful games. This has only happened in 21 days ever. Guessing there will be a few more added in the coming weeks, but pretty cool after having absolutely 0 sports for several months.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:06 pm

The Mets got sold to Steve Cohen. Seems inevitable, from the sounds of it the ARod/Jennifer Lopez led group was never really taken seriously

This seems like a good time to buy the Mets. The ML club has an ace in his prime, the lineup has some bats, the home park is great and beloved, and they lowkey have some of the better prospects in the league: Ronny Mauricio, Pete Crow-Armtrong, Matt Allan, Francisco Alvarez, Mark Vientos, JT Ginn, Isaiah Greene, Brett Baty, and Andres Gimenez up top. I hope this guy doesn't go in and blow it up thinking major changes needed to be made. BVW will always be tied to the Cano trade and Kelenic, but their drafting under him has been on point with only two players in that group signed before he was GM. A hot take is that Crow-Armstrong has the potential to be a more balanced version of Kelenic, less power but more defense and speed
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Postby Brian » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:55 pm

The division winners pick their opponent idea was goofy, but actually looking at the playoff scenarios now and the current set-up is not exactly favorable to the 1 & 2 seeds. With the Current set-up the 3 Seed faces the 6 seed, which is the the lowest division winner against the lowest the lowest 2nd place finisher. As is the case in both leagues currently and I imagine it would be in most seasons (if played under this format) the 6th seed is going to be the worst team (record wise) in the tournament.

Should have seeded 4-8 by record, that still sets up the scenario where the 1 seed would probably face the team with the 2nd best record in the 2nd round but that isn't any different that what happened in the prior wild card scenarios.
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Postby bukie » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:00 pm

Brian wrote:The division winners pick their opponent idea was goofy, but actually looking at the playoff scenarios now and the current set-up is not exactly favorable to the 1 & 2 seeds. With the Current set-up the 3 Seed faces the 6 seed, which is the the lowest division winner against the lowest the lowest 2nd place finisher. As is the case in both leagues currently and I imagine it would be in most seasons (if played under this format) the 6th seed is going to be the worst team (record wise) in the tournament.

Should have seeded 4-8 by record, that still sets up the scenario where the 1 seed would probably face the team with the 2nd best record in the 2nd round but that isn't any different that what happened in the prior wild card scenarios.


In the NL, the 6 seed has a better record than the 7 and 8 seeds. It's only in the AL that the 6 seed is worse.
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