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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 23, 2019, 12:36:06 pm »
I doubt they will touch Beltran or Cora. If so, slap on the wrist.

They have NY and Boston pedigrees which cannot be sullied

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 23, 2019, 09:47:30 am »
Excluding the players, of what benefit is it to the other teams apart from the emotional satisfaction of seeing Houston's comeuppance to have this "scandal" progressing? There are winter meetings and a new CBA to invoke after 2021. Anyone think a couple of draft picks is going to change the trajectory of any team? Houston had a draft earlier this decade with no signings nor advancements thru the system. It's not as though we've experienced setbacks before. I can see a suspension hurting this franchise. Oakland, Texas, SF, and NYY marinated in anabolic steroids had hid behind legal drug protections to keep their crowd favorites and team records successful.

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 20, 2019, 11:38:00 am »
Then hold a celebratory parade with 10,000 trash can drummers leading the way.

In MMP all season long. Miss St Bulldog cowbell-worthy. Want more cowbell.

Jomboy is peripheral to this, but if Manfred wants to follow Jomboy into the rabbithole leading to Jomboy's basement dwelling, they deserve each other

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 19, 2019, 06:44:19 pm »
I speculate that the punishment could be that the entire Astros roster will be turned over to the Brewers.

There. Now you can all go forth and tell everyone that you have heard speculation of this.

Now you’re talking! Make them Brewers; case solved.

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 19, 2019, 03:50:06 pm »
Manfred is protecting the MLB brand. Ole Miss beat Alabama twice and the SEC and NCAA came down on the interlopers like a hailstorm. We're MLB interlopers, trespassing on the rightful territory of NY, Boston, and LA. What combination of fines, suspensions, and draft picks will this cost?

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 03:57:22 pm »
If the Astros do not fight this with every ounce of their being, I will be so disappointed. This piling on with speculation on speculation is ridiculous.

Excepting 19th century gambling mischief, this potentially takes second place to the BlackSox as a team-tainted ws victory. It must be fought at all levels. Were the title to be vacated or Hinch suspended, at least go down fighting

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 02:10:37 pm »
Actually, the Chris Russo I quoted is an intern, so he's not the same guy on MLB Network. Just a coincidence that two people sharing the same name could be such fools.

You’re telling me this is an “adult” sensibility because he has an MLB network gig? This should be fought until hell freezes over.

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:34:37 pm »
Thoughts and prayers.

He seemed like a “Cheers” extra, who ‘d make Cliff Clavin a Rhodes Scholar by comparison

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 12:20:52 pm »
Just watched someone named Chris Russo filet the Astros on his MLB telecast, wanting fines, suspensions, and draft picks, all by Thursday. For good measure, his followup commemorated Vera Clemente's passing over the weekend, discussing Roberto's death when he sent aid after the hurricane. You know, the one which struck on New Year's Eve. The nation wants a hide, it appears.

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:11:51 am »
We should Work out Kaepernick and sign him to a contract, and earn some good will. It worked for Tebow and the Mets, and it would be a tremendous publicity boost.

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 17, 2019, 11:28:28 am »
Our championship window extends probably through 2022, so losing draft picks would be the minimum penalty, unless they want suspensions of front office or managerial personnel. That would produce an immediate negative impact. Examples were made of selected anabolic steroid cases, but only after the players’ careers had ended

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 16, 2019, 09:05:39 am »
Slate republishes a Rob Arthur article from Baseball Prospectus using audio amplitudes to map the 2017 late season games, a method which did not consistently translate into the postseason. The Sept ChiSox game is the most blatant example and seems to be exhibits A, B, and C in this case. This amplitude model can be easily refuted.

https://slate.com/culture/2019/11/astros-sign-stealing-trash-can-audio.html

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 15, 2019, 07:31:47 pm »
The Twitter stuff is entertaining,  but the interesting thing here is 2 more teams have suspicion cast their way publicly.  Un-sourced and unsubstantiated.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/mlb/brewers/2019/11/15/brewers-christian-yelich-tweets-harshly-yu-darvish-over-accusation/4206317002/

Good for Yelich. Our players remain quiet and let others make the case and set the agenda

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 15, 2019, 04:15:39 pm »
When the ‘51 Giants vacate for clean proven signstealing, then I’ll listen to current offers

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Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: November 15, 2019, 02:35:39 pm »
Did Bregman possess too much swag? Could that be a factor?

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 15, 2019, 07:59:52 am »
The extreme anger and butthurt by Dodger and Yankee fans over this is the greatest thing to happen to baseball since the invention of the baseball.  They're calling for the Astros to be stripped of the title, banning for life of all Astros player, and long jail time for A.J. Hinch.  This is awesome.

And think of the resulting book and movie. Who's our Charlie Sheen? How will we cast the principle actors?

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Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:55:36 pm »
The WSJ two days ago had an article on Trout. Over the last seven seasons, the only player in MLB history with a higher WAR was Babe Ruth, from 1920-27. Although not for lack of trying, no team with a superstar of that caliber has less postseason success than him. He extended his contract two years before it expired, and he is figuratively buried in LA

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Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:49:45 pm »
Trout mvp

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 14, 2019, 04:27:35 pm »
Trained monkeys in the foul line seats. Make it happen

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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 14, 2019, 04:11:24 pm »
But the good news is, this just gives the Astros another way to fuck with other teams. You'll have guys on the bench doing the Bridge Over the River Kwai, some joker in the hallway going Keith Moon on a trash can, dudes in the bullpen lined up waving like human semaphore... Next season is shaping up to be a lot of fun, Cole or no Cole.

Trash can lid promotion night at Minute Maid park for NYY. Bring a garbage can lid, get a special Altuve-special ALCS walkoff commemorative miniature bat to bang incessantly at the top of each inning when the Yanks come to bat

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