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  • in reply to: Outfield Dilemma … #122922
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    There’s no such thing as a fastball with upward movement.

    Ahhs, so we’re talking Newton’s 3rd law of motion. There is a real upward force. It’s relative due to the Magnus effect, moreso with fastballs having heavy rotation (backspin). This causes the ball to drop more slowly than the human eye anticipates. The illusion is a riser, and makes it hard to catch up to, which yields the relative effect of upward movement.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122916
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    I don’t know about 2020, but it used to be that EI did not include all games. MLB.tv does.

    This part varies by provider, and even varies by some providers from one market to another. It depends on how many channels they allocate to their EI package. I have always received all games. You usually just get the home feeds though. Also, just a couple years ago, there might be a few games not on Hi Def if more than 10 or so games were being played simultaneously, so you might have to settle for standard def. At those times, I’d just stream MLB.tv to get HD. The last couple years, my provider eliminated this problem by allocating more HD channels.

    I’m probably a very idiosyncratic MLB viewer, but I much prefer the Fios TV interface if I’m watching in my family room, which is where I take in 90% of the games. I like to often use the DVR to replay part of the game, slo-mo, etc. I also watch many games other than Cards game and switching back forth, especially like late last season. The switching back and forth and rewinding various games to see different plays from minute to minute works much cleaner and efficiently on-the-fly with the Fios TV interface. It’d probably be annoying as hell for most to watch late season games with me during a close pennant race, lol.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122900
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    Brian, if I was going with just one or the other, I’d also pick MLB.TV because of the flexibility. But since MLB.TV is included with Extra Innings, you’re getting MLB.TV at a fraction of its regular price. That part makes it a good value for me with the ultimate flexibility to watch/DVR different games on TV and watch games on the phone when I’m out of the house. The only downside is the issue I mentioned on spring training games.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122861
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    It’s also time to get your MLB.TV subscriptions squared away.

    I’ve had an issue over previous years for spring training games that I guess I’ll just have to live with. I get MLB.TV as part of my Extra Innings package via Verizon Fios. When you get MLB.TV via Extra Innings, you must verify your credentials through your service provider account prior to getting access to MLB.TV. Verizon doesn’t get around to settling customer accounts for Extra Innings until close to the start of regular season. I suppose that makes sense because Extra Innings is just for regular season games. However, that means I don’t get most of the spring training games on MLB.TV. Does this ring true for anybody else?

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122860
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    Please let us know if you’re able to talk your wife into it

    I’m pretty sure it’s happening this year, CFICT. I retired a few months ago and the wife has requested time off for 3rd week in March, so no reason not to. Just have to work on logistics now. My wife is good about doing sporting events with me if I mix in a couple things she likes. She loves beaches and we love seafood restaurants, so it has a good chance to be a nice trip.

    in reply to: Brad Miller Signing #122859
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    if I remember I will but don’t count on it.

    This sentence has a bit of humorous charm about it. If I didn’t know better, I’d say willie is yanking bccran’s chain.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122818
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    Mud and bccran, thanks for the food tips. If my wife decides to go with me in future years, it won’t be because of baseball — it’ll be because she likes the restaurants, beaches, and hotels.

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122719
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    bccran & Brian, thanks!

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122711
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    Thanks for the details, bccran. Sounds like a lot of fun. One more question — any hotel/lodging recommendations convenient to the facilities?

    in reply to: 2020 Spring Training #122704
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    bccran, how many years have you gone and what would a typical trip look like, if there is a such a thing for you (# days, day-to-day Cards-related activities, etc.)? Wife and I are thinking about going 2nd or 3rd week in March.

    in reply to: Pirates thread #122355
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    This country needs more unfettered honesty. Raise the Jolly Roger!

    in reply to: Questions about the New TCN – UPDATED 12/19 #122341
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    Euro, that is very helpful. If you get a chance, please copy and paste it into the “Questions about the New TCN” thread pinned to the top so others can benefit from the tip later, too. Thanks.

    These are the steps to quote another poster’s comments in your own post.

    1. I copied the text from your message that I wanted to quote.
    2. I pasted that text to the top of this message.
    3. I highlighted that text.
    4. I hit the B-QUOTE function (at that point, you can see the quote tags applied).
    5. I then typed this reply below the quoted text.

    in reply to: Houston Astros Stealing Signs #122322
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    But I am glad you brought that up because I have never figured out how people show quotes in shaded words.

    MM3, I have noticed the difference in your quotes too. Just to be clear, I will say in step-by-step detail what I did to get your text quoted above in this post to determine if it’s the same thing you’re doing.

    1. I copied the text from your message that I wanted to quote.
    2. I pasted that text to the top of this message.
    3. I highlighted that text.
    4. I hit the B-QUOTE function (at that point, you can see the quote tags applied).
    5. I then typed this reply below the quoted text.

    If there is a difference, give this a shot. Sometimes things might display differently anyway due to different browsers, operating systems, versions, etc.

    in reply to: What do they do with Tommy Edman if —— #122076
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    If you’re human, you make faulty arguments. It’s what you do.

    At least we’re not politicians (guessing).

    jj, I’m guessing the point of contention is the assertion that Edman won’t be a regular starter if there are no injuries and everybody else performs well. In other words, he’s holding the short straw even though he was better than most last year. Mo, Girsch and Shildt have said as much. Experience and investment is part of the equation. However, we know everything (performance and injuries) won’t go perfectly, so Edman will get his reps.

    in reply to: Proposed New MLB playoff format #121977
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    In 2019, every team but the Cubs with a positive run differential would have made the playoffs under the new format.

    I think this would also impact how rosters are constructed. As we know, a roster that optimizes success over a 162-game season isn’t the same as one that maximizes the chance for a playoff run ending in a World Series victory.

    in reply to: Proposed New MLB playoff format #121972
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    As I interpret it, the head to head record is only to break ties and this would not be a tie.

    Brian, I must not have been clear on my point. I understand your statement that I quoted above. What I was offering with my comment was reasoning why I don’t like giving the team with best record such a big advantage. Just because they have best record doesn’t mean they should be #1 seed, especially considering the huge advantage it brings.

    The article talked about comparing the playoff selection show for TV to the NCAA March madness tournament selection show as a way to generate interest. Another comparison to NCAA BB is a team like Duke or Kentucky, with a 32-2 record would not be seeded behind a team, say like Ball State, who has a 33-1 record. Strength of schedule and head-to-head enters into it.

    I realize that makes it more difficult, but again, the #1 seed is such a big advantage. At least the new format gets rid of the possibly of the second best team in the league being eliminated in one game because another wild card team has one dominant pitcher.

    in reply to: Proposed New MLB playoff format #121963
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    Not sure I like such a big advantage going to the team with the best record since not all divisions are equal and schedules are so heavily division-weighted. What if the top winner is from a weak division and noses out the team with the second highest wins by one game, but loses the head-to-head season series 5-2?

    in reply to: Proposed New MLB playoff format #121961
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    I’m sure Mr. Dewitt would be happy about this.

    Also puts more pressure on PBO/GM/manager to make the playoffs, i.e., less forgiving expectations.

    in reply to: Matt Carpenter Questions #121844
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    Carpenter’s leash will probably be shorter because we already know Shildt believes Edman can replace him if needed. However, for the Cards to match last year’s success with the current roster, I believe they’ll need Carp to bounce back, plus have Edman also produce somewhere in the lineup.

    Not specific to Carpenter, but on a related note, Shildt might be one of the league leaders in varying his lineup this year. Due to a few too many question marks, I think it’s likely he’ll need to try different combinations and change up the order more than you’d like during the year.

    in reply to: DeJong talks about his offseason work, mindset #121785
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    bccran, if you keep asking questions, people are going to start thinking last year’s offense was good. 😉

    in reply to: DeJong talks about his offseason work, mindset #121681
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    It was a 1-minute audio clip, not an article. Not detail-oriented, but he mentioned:

    – Soul searching, figuring out who he is as a player
    – Pursued strengths more so than working on weaknesses
    – Focused on quality of workout over quantity
    – Being a leader in the clubhouse

    in reply to: Dakota Hudson #121382
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    Ha stlcard25, I thought of him too! They were similar in multiple ways.

    in reply to: Dakota Hudson #121364
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    BHC giving me a Seth Maness flashback.

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    Seems like Hudson’s 2019 “issues” are fixable. If you look at it that way, it does give hope to upside as much as downside.

    in reply to: How disappointing is Harrison Bader? #121252
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    why do some players swing at so many breaking pitches out of the zone. Is it lack of ability to pick up the spin on the ball? Is it lack of reflexes needed to adjust to the pitch?

    Those are two big reasons. It’s often not a simple matter of plate discipline. It’s a talent/skill some will never develop to overcome the physics. A fastball takes about 0.4 seconds from release to reach the plate, while a curve takes about 0.5 seconds. Assuming a batter can recognize the pitch in a quarter of second to make any necessary adjustments, that leaves about 0.15 seconds for the fastball and 0.25 seconds for the curve. Percentage-wise, that’s a relatively huge difference. There’s no way most hitters are catching up to the fastball if they were sitting on the curve, and many will look foolish on the curve if they were expecting the heater.

    Banging on trash cans was such a good idea!

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