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Title: MLB
Post by: Jeff on January 8, 2014, 01:30 PM
(ps. can't forget to include the usual MN-homerism HOF voting rant here for Jack Morris  - '91 game seven is still the greatest game of baseball I have ever had the chance to watch.  8))

Last chance for Black Jack... and it doesn't look good. :(

Having Maddux on the ballot next year (355 Ws, 3371 Ks, 3.16 ERA) will really drive the PED point home for Clemens (354 Ws, 4672 Ks, 3.12 ERA) since Maddux is basically Clemens without the steroid revival (those extra three Cy Youngs).  I'm sure Clemens will be pissed next January when Maddux is a first ballot HOFer and he's still sitting on the couch waiting for the call.  :P


I'll guess Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, and Biggio get in today.  Maddux will lead the votes and Biggio will sneak in with a 76-77ish number.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on January 8, 2014, 01:37 PM
I think you are spot on except I still don't think Morris is a HOFer.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on January 8, 2014, 02:08 PM
Ouch for Biggio.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Jeff on January 8, 2014, 02:12 PM
Biggio = 74.8%, just missed it.  Maybe (probably) next year.

Interesting to see Clemens/Bonds lose votes this year... 
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on September 12, 2014, 12:17 PM
Chris Davis banned 25 games (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11512445/baltimore-orioles-first-baseman-chris-davis-suspended-25-games-mlb)

It's AMAZING how no athlete has ever ACTUALLY taken a performance enhancing drug.  Every single one of them just took Adderall and failed their drug test, regardless of what sport we're talking about.  Never mind that Davis went from an average hitter to a league leader in HR's between 2012 and 2013... he's just got ADHD.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Jeff on September 12, 2014, 02:55 PM
I saw this bumped and thought for sure it was going to be Giancarlo getting plunked in the face (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11510777/giancarlo-stanton-miami-marlins-hit-face-pitch-exits-stretcher) by a pitch...  :(
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on September 12, 2014, 03:07 PM
That is why I think intentionally hitting guys has no place in baseball. NOW I DON'T THINK THIS WAS INTENTIONAL. However, just the fact that something like that can happen should stop any pitcher from going that route.

Doesn't help that my all time favorite player as a kid, Kirby Puckett, was forced into early retirement thanks to being hit in the eye.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on October 5, 2014, 11:33 PM
KC vs. Baltimore. Just like all the experts predicted at the beginning of the year.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Dressel Rebel on October 6, 2014, 07:53 AM
KC vs. Baltimore. Just like all the experts predicted at the beginning of the year.

Hard to believe the Tigers and Angels got so thoroughly whipped via sweeps. You cannot predict these best of 5 series.

Even harder to believe this is Baltimore without Manny Machado and Chris Davis.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on October 29, 2014, 11:46 PM
I was rooting for KC, but hard not to enjoy watching Bumgarner do what he did. Wow!
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: I Am Sith on December 9, 2014, 10:31 PM
So it would appear as though the White Sox have sealed the deal with Sam!#$%#$!%ja.  I'm really going to need to learn how to spell his last name now I guess...

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/samardzija-traded-white-sox-175819793--spt.html

Considering how bad the team has been over the last 6-7 years, I'm glad to see that they are at least making waves with their signings this offseason.  Now it's just a matter of whether or not it will equate to regular season success.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on December 10, 2014, 12:38 AM
His last name is tough to spell, but his first name is spelled "Jeff."  :)
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: I Am Sith on December 10, 2014, 08:31 AM
Thanks Rob, spelling was never my strong suit.

I also hope that Robertson doesn't end up in the long line of closers that floundered on the South Side.  Maybe I'm just being pessimistic after the last few seasons, but after Jenks left town there doesn't seem to be anyone that can hold that job...

Meanwhile on the North Side of town:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--cubs-land-jon-lester-with--150-million-deal-165658135.html
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on December 10, 2014, 09:29 AM
That's awesome.  The headlines yesterday were that it was down to Boston and Chicago... having lived a block north of Wrigley Field for the last 5 years has slowly turned me into a little bit of a Cubs fan - now I want to see Kris Bryant called up.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: I Am Sith on December 14, 2014, 11:22 PM
And the White Sox Christmas spending spree keeps going :o :o :o

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/chicago-white-sox-agree-to-three-year-deal-with-melky-cabrera-053341773.html
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Jeff on January 6, 2015, 02:21 PM
Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame (http://m.mlb.com/news/article/105660410/pedro-big-unit-smoltz-biggio-make-hall-of-fame)

Can't argue with any of those picks. 
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Nicklab on January 6, 2015, 09:07 PM
That's a pretty respectable class.  All of those pitchers had amazing careers.

Glad to see Biggio get in at last, too.  Can't believe the dumb baseball writers made a 3,000 hit guy wait through 3 years of HoF eligibility like that.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: I Am Sith on April 6, 2015, 08:27 PM
So it would appear as though the White Sox have sealed the deal with Sam!#$%#$!%ja...

Now it's just a matter of whether or not it will equate to regular season success.

Not so much...  10-1 against the Royals to open the season.  Seems like another long year ahead of us in Chicago on both sides of town...
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: dave in the basement on April 7, 2015, 09:37 AM
I'm a Notre Dame fan, and a fan of the Cubs and the Sox (due to my dad), and I'd love to see Samardzija succeed, but he really needs to be more consistent. I was hoping he'd stay with the Cubs, but I'm glad we didn't drop a ton of cash on him.

I'm hoping the Cubs will be improved this year, and at least be fun/interesting to watch. At this point I think playing .500 ball would be considered a success, despite what the talking heads say.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Dressel Rebel on April 8, 2015, 10:09 AM
I'm a Notre Dame fan, and a fan of the Cubs and the Sox (due to my dad), and I'd love to see Samardzija succeed, but he really needs to be more consistent. I was hoping he'd stay with the Cubs, but I'm glad we didn't drop a ton of cash on him.

I'm hoping the Cubs will be improved this year, and at least be fun/interesting to watch. At this point I think playing .500 ball would be considered a success, despite what the talking heads say.

Disagree on Samardzija, Cubs should have kept him or at least signed another starting pitcher as good, in addition to Lester. They will have great offense with Starlin Castro, Bryant, Rizzo and Soler, Soler in particular should not be underestimated, he's a beast. And this is before Adisson Russell and/or Javier Baez come up.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on October 14, 2015, 04:22 PM
Disagree on Samardzija, Cubs should have kept him or at least signed another starting pitcher as good, in addition to Lester. They will have great offense with Starlin Castro, Bryant, Rizzo and Soler, Soler in particular should not be underestimated, he's a beast. And this is before Adisson Russell and/or Javier Baez come up.

Seems to be working out pretty well so far!
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Jeff on November 3, 2016, 10:52 AM
Congrats to the Cubs and all the long suffering fans.  :)

Not sure exactly where that epic game 7 will rank, but surely it's gotta be top 3 at least.

Kind of amazing to see both the Red Sox and the Cubs end their curses; have to imagine Theo Epstein is a HOF lock just for that...
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on November 3, 2016, 11:14 AM
Congrats to the Cubs and all the long suffering fans.  :)

Not sure exactly where that epic game 7 will rank, but surely it's gotta be top 3 at least.

Kind of amazing to see both the Red Sox and the Cubs end their curses; have to imagine Theo Epstein is a HOF lock just for that...

They should enshrine Theo tomorrow.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on November 3, 2016, 11:37 AM
I live a block north of the stadium, this whole week has been insane.  DHS and the FBI set all these rules in place... my street has been a tow zone since the 28th.  You have to have ID to get back to your house... they're threatening to fine people $1500 for selling their parking spaces... all the trash cans were removed from the area... they've had roughly 1000 police in the immediate neighborhood during and after each home game, and then again for game 7.  The Alderman's office is overwhelmed, and they're blaming everything on the feds...

But hey, this is what everyone's been waiting for, and it's exciting and security is important and all... so after the game I tried to wander over and join the crowds... there were so many police and barricades and swat teams and road closures that I literally couldn't walk two blocks south to get to where everyone was.  I could just wander around the north side of the stadium and join up with the much smaller crowd over by Murphy's Bleachers.  Instead of bag checks, it was just road blocks... they shut down the Red Line stop near the stadium... anything to prevent people from gathering and getting out of hand.  I asked a cop how I get over to the marquee and he just laughed and said that I can do that tomorrow...

It was a total let down after having lived here for 7 years and imagining what this day would be like.  The whole thing was like one big militarized zone designed to prevent a non-existent problem rather than observe and maintain a celebration.

(http://i.imgur.com/Vlc3Fpk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Il2rHWO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/K68MzId.jpg)

I was trying to get to here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Yb3qCa7TQ&feature=youtu.be

Literally two blocks from my house...
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Darby on November 3, 2016, 02:27 PM
Sorry to hear that Rob. I was there for games 3 4 and 5 and the police situation seemed much more relaxed in terms of posture (not numbers), at least to me, in terms of the crowd management. That being said it wasn't Game 7 or the Cubs clinching, so I can only imagine how much more intense it was. And how cool is it to live so close to the stadium?

GO CUBS GO!!!!
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on November 3, 2016, 05:06 PM
Yeah the cops were everywhere for the home stand, but they weren't really interfering.  Ultimately it's all fine, it just seemed like total overkill to me last night.  At least they managed to hang on and win.

The parade tomorrow should be equally insane.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Darby on November 3, 2016, 05:29 PM
Wish I was going to be there for the parade. And kind of not at the same time.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Rob on November 4, 2016, 10:44 AM
Wish I was going to be there for the parade. And kind of not at the same time.

The middle portion of the three locations that they announced the route for is 3 blocks from my office... so we're going to walk down there now and see if we can catch glimpse.

So many people... this has been fun but I'm looking forward to things calming down, it's been a lot of juggling trying to make sure my car doesn't get towed or I don't end up without a parking space...
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: Darby on November 4, 2016, 11:04 AM
ENJOY IT!

Pics of downtown right now look NUTS.
Title: Re: MLB
Post by: GrandMoffNick on July 13, 2019, 12:24 PM
Pretty amazing game in Anaheim yesterday