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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Cubswin11 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:30 pm

sweetpeteman wrote:What's interesting to me is that, according to the data on Fangraphs, the Cubs shifted the least out of any team last year. And in 2017. And 2016.


Over those three years they were first in DRS.

This is more hitter focus than defense focused for us, but yeah overall it seems we'd benefit the most if shifts were banned. Since our defense already rates out pretty well without doing it much at all and some of our hitters are hurt the most by it and we have a team in the division (VBs) who use it a ton and are damn good at it.

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Postby Bull » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:31 pm

I can foresee a volleyball like set of rules where you have to be “in position” as the ball is served.

Shortstop has to be on the left side of 2B as the ball is thrown and can shuffle to his left immediately after it’s released. I don’t like it but I could see it being thrown out there.
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby WrigleyField 22 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:11 pm

Bull wrote:I can foresee a volleyball like set of rules where you have to be “in position” as the ball is served.

Shortstop has to be on the left side of 2B as the ball is thrown and can shuffle to his left immediately after it’s released. I don’t like it but I could see it being thrown out there.

I think it would have to at least be at the start of the windup or it would lose any practicality.
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:38 pm

definitely looking forward to fat old incompetent umpires enforcing this stupid rule
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Postby Banedon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:48 pm

jersey cubs fan wrote:definitely looking forward to fat old incompetent umpires enforcing this stupid rule


I'm trying to think if there's much need for strict enforcement. I don't think anybody will care if the shortstop is a smidge over to the 2nd base side. The potential rule is designed to keep the 3rd baseman from playing short-right field. Which nobody will even attempt after this rule. I just don't anticipate a lot of umpire enforcement being necessary.
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:50 pm

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jersey cubs fan wrote:definitely looking forward to fat old incompetent umpires enforcing this stupid rule


I'm trying to think if there's much need for strict enforcement. I don't think anybody will care if the shortstop is a smidge over to the 2nd base side. The potential rule is designed to keep the 3rd baseman from playing short-right field. Which nobody will even attempt after this rule. I just don't anticipate a lot of umpire enforcement being necessary.

oh good, unenforced rules that the Joe Wests of the world will arbitrarily decide to enforce from time to time to get on television. This will go swimmingly.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:59 pm

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Cubswin11 wrote:I’m all for this mostly because it would horsefeathers with the Brewers the most




So managers can't position players where he wants them? I think batters ought to learn how to hit to the opposite field or lay down a bunt to the opposite side.


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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:27 pm

Brutal. I was always irrationally pumped about Valbuena.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:44 pm

oh no

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Postby Cubswin11 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:54 pm

He gets hurt as often as Soler

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Not bad Kintzler, not bad

This is my favorite baseball related Twitter account
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Alex Cora is a gd treasure
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:05 pm

Man, Syndergaard’s the one non-Cubs player I really, really look forward to watching in 2019. He has the filthiest raw stuff of any SP on the planet, and I think he makes the leap this year:



The pitches to Harper in there... :shock:...Looks like he’s following the Scherzer blueprint and mastering the changeup
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:48 pm

Guys, this may surprise you, but it turns out that Trevor Bauer is a fragile manbaby:

https://deadspin.com/trevor-bauer-has-b ... 1831545503

Ideally Baez was just confused that this stranger who apparently wandered into the baseball clinic kept insisting on reading tweets out loud like a totally normal person who is super confident and not at all insecure and creepy.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:56 pm

horsefeathers; the FO is totally going to trade for this schmuck, aren't they?
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Postby jersey cubs fan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:01 pm

Sammy Sofa wrote:horsefeathers; the FO is totally going to trade for this schmuck, aren't they?

he's going to make like $12m this year, no way they can afford him.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:06 pm

lol this is actually funny talking about someone who is widely known as being intelligent*

*Real Bauer quote about himself
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:04 pm

Man, Brandon McCarthy is the man. One of my good friends graduated from HS with him. Knowing the area that he grew up in, the rich part of Colorado Springs, its doubly impressive how cool he is. I guess its where he got his sh1t talk chops from.
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Cubswin11 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:49 pm

JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:Man, Brandon McCarthy is the man. One of my good friends graduated from HS with him. Knowing the area that he grew up in, the rich part of Colorado Springs, its doubly impressive how cool he is. I guess its where he got his sh1t talk chops from.

I don't know what his post playing career plans are but he seems like he'd be an awesome addition to an organization in either some sort of coaching or FO role.


Edit: a quick google shows he's already a special assistant to the GM for the Rangers
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Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:58 pm

First over/unders are out....

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Postby Bertz » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:10 am

I don't see any that really stand out too much. I'd probably hit the under on the Twins and Rockies. Over on the Braves and Nats?
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:10 am

Bertz wrote:I don't see any that really stand out too much. I'd probably hit the under on the Twins and Rockies. Over on the Braves and Nats?

Under on the Brewers.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:18 am

JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:
Bertz wrote:I don't see any that really stand out too much. I'd probably hit the under on the Twins and Rockies. Over on the Braves and Nats?

Under on the Brewers.

Yup. Rays, Dodgers (because the division sucks), Braves (though seems trap level low) and Nats over, Tigers, Royals, and D’backs unders jump out to me as well.
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Postby Bertz » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:29 am

JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:
Bertz wrote:I don't see any that really stand out too much. I'd probably hit the under on the Twins and Rockies. Over on the Braves and Nats?

Under on the Brewers.


I definitely agree with that, but didn't say it because some people around here get very sore about the whole dismissing the Brewers thing.
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