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Well, spring training is here now. The long winter snooze and speculative blah blah is being replaced by that marvelous sound of slapping leather and cracking wood. I’m ready. I just tossed last season’s dirty, sweat-stained STL cap onto the burning fireplace logs and slipped on a fresh new one for 2020. I’m going with the navy blue away model this year. RAH CARDINALS!
All these sports are essentially the same:
Soccer: Run up and down the field and kick the ball into the goal.
Football: Run up and down the field and throw or run the ball across the goal line.
Basketball: Run up and down the court and throw the ball into the goal.
Hockey: Skate up and down and hit the puck into the goal with a stick.
Rugby: (Big in France) Run up and down the field and run or kick the ball over the goal line.
Baseball: Ah, how does one score in baseball…
I’m on the bandwagon of two divisions per league, an LCS and World Series follow the season. Period. Who wants to watch the sub .500 Mets play in the playoffs? I’d rather see four 98-100 win dynamos duke it out.
Make room for me on that bandwagon Card25.
How much money is enough for these owners?
Hell, let’s just skip the regular season and go directly into a 30-team elimination playoff.
They already ruined things when they decided to let teams that didn’t win anything to get into the post season.
Boy, if we hadn’t had all the Ozuna “will he or won’t he” and all the Arenado “it might be it could be” stuff, this winter’s reading would have been pretty boring.
Anybody who pays me $35 million for playing a game I love can disrespect me just as long as those checks keep coming and I’ll keep smiling, keep playing and have a little more strawberry ice cream.
I could never get excited about Ozuna one way or another. He was not an exceptional player in St. Louis. Yet I don’t see how his departure makes us any better. We have not improved through trade or FA. Barring a brilliant move between now and opening day, all we have is hope, hope that one of the kids will suddenly transform into a serious offensive weapon. Let’s hear it for hope! Hope doesn’t cost anything.
I’m fine with Wieters coming back. Are there that many experienced catchers out there willing to play second violin?
Yes I know it’s an impossible dilemma. I was just thinking of that tub-thumping business in the video that was going around and trying to imagine a player saying to himself: Uh oh, fastball coming. But I’m not going to use that information.
How can the players’ action be separated from the illegal theft? Isn’t that like receiving stolen goods?
I understand that if players steal signs themselves it’s not illegal to use that information.
Non-uniformed personnel can steal all the signs they want but it’s useless information if not used by the players.
The players didn’t rob the bank. They just spent the money?
I like all the above wishes, to which I’d add:
For Yadi to have at least an historical average year and make it through the season without injury.
Yes, that was the high point of the season wasn’t it! More so than the playoffs.
Let’s hope for an even better 2020.
I’m opening the year with duck paté de foie gras, a roasted guinea hen with gratin dauphinois (a sort of scalloped potatoes loaded with butter, garlic and cream), baby carrots, and finishing with wifey’s wondrous lemon pie. Mmmmmm.
Rats: might I suggest you open the year by losing the ice cream bars pix and returning your charming dog?
Happy New year.
You are quite right, there are many who hold that view of moral and ethical equivalency.
But heck, I’m all in favor of stealing signs in baseball. Let the user beware.
Well, I won’t belabor the point. It just seems to me that stealing signs is stealing signs, no matter how you go about it. It’s either illegal or it ain’t. If you steal money from a bank it’s still stealing whether you do it at gunpoint or embezzle it. Angels dancing on a pin I guess.
So then, Triple, if I understand you correctly, sign stealing is “illegal” only if it involves electronic devices or binoculars, and all other means of purloining signs are “legal,” or, not prohibited?
Is there an explicit MLB rule spelling out exactly what consitutes “illegal” sign stealing?
Is it cameras no, binoculars yes? Banging on a washtub no, 3b coach scratching his nose yes? Batter peeking no, runner peeking yes?
It seems to me the burden rests with the team using signs to come up with better signs.
Ah, to live in a world where $4 million a year is considered cheap! And to think it took Stan 17 seasons to make $100,000.
I’m ambivalent about this Kim signing. But what the heck, he’s cheap!December 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm in reply to: Less and less demand for traditional sports writers #116726
Am I the only one who finds this Anne Rogers person a large waste of space? I have yet to read anything by her that is even slightly informative. I understand she is young and new to the game, but she needs to spend some time in the journalistic minors.
Nobody involved in major league baseball these days is suffering financially. All this is a tussle among the merely well-off, the rich, and the really really rich. It makes me tired.
I’m one of those who would keep Jose Martinez around. I just like his attitude. Also, he can hit if given semi-regular ABs.
Yadi has got a whole year to go yet, why all this extension talk now? Let’s wait for ST and a few months into the 2020 season to see how how he’s doing and how he’s feeling physically before thinking about an extension. And it’s gotta be one year, not two. It’s not like he’s going to jump to another team.
Keep the base the same is my view, whatever that’s worth, and bump him up on incentives. How can that go wrong?
FUD! Hey, I like that. I’ll enter it in my personal glossary.
It’s the “ong” factor.
Who have we got right now better than Edman for 3rd base? If we have another player who hits better, fields better and runs the bases better, then by all means lets play the better guy. If we haven’t got such a player, then start Edman. If Edman doesn’t perform next year after a reasonable time, you can always put the slow, rubber-armed strike taker back at third. What have we got to lose? All predicated on spring training performance, of course.