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And Finally... Multi-Sport Athletes

04 May 2019 17:54:30
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Sporting Icons 1: Ben Hogan - Golf

27 Apr 2019 23:49:36
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Torture And Concrete Footballs, How Not To Motivate The Iraq Team By Uday Hussein

29 Mar 2019 10:53:54
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18 Mar 2019 19:31:19
SEASON PREDICTION

AL EAST
Red Sox 98-64
Yankees 97-65
Rays 81-81
Blue Jays 66-96
Orioles 62-100

AL CENTRAL
Indians 89-73
Twins 86-76
White Sox 72-90
Tigers 70-92
Royals 60-102

AL WEST
Astros 101-61
Angels 86-76
Athletics 84-78
Rangers 76-86
Mariners 72-90


NL EAST
Phillies 95-67
Mets 88-74
Nationals 86-76
Braves 85-77
Marlins 55-107

NL CENTRAL
Cubs 101-61
Cardinals 85-77
Brewers 84-78
Reds 79-83
Pirates 77-85

NL WEST
Dodgers 92-70
Rockies 83-79
Padres 76-86
Diamondbacks 73-89
Giants 69-93


AL PLAYOFFS

Wild Card
4 Yankees vs 5 Twins

ALDS
1 Astros vs 4 Yankees
2 Red Sox vs 3 Indians

ALCS
4 Yankees vs 2 Red Sox

WS
4 Yankees


NL PLAYOFFS

Wild Card
4 Mets vs 5 Nationals

NLDS
1 Cubs vs 4 Mets
2 Phillies vs 3 Dodgers

NLCS
1 Cubs vs 2 Phillies

WS
1 Cubs



WORLD SERIES
1 Cubs vs 4 Yankees


WS Champion
1 Cubs

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18 Mar 2019 23:58:07
we found the Cubs fan, everyone.

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19 Mar 2019 01:55:32
The Cubs winning the division by 16 games is the most ridiculous thing I've seen on this site, perhaps ever.

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20 Mar 2019 15:10:38
1, not a Cubs fan.
2, in the past six seasons, at least one team has won their division by 12 games or more.
3, the Cubs now have Hamels and Darvish (combined for 20 starts for CHC last season) replacing Chatwood and Montgomery (4.75 ERA combined last season) .
4, They get Bryant back (missed 60 games last season) .
5, They're one of the deepest teams in the league to offset injuries.

They may not win by 16, but they will win 100 games and easily win the division.

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20 Mar 2019 15:31:57
The NL Central is probably the best division in baseball. The Cardinals got better. The Reds got better. The Brewers are really damn good. To suggest the Cubs, who didn't even win the division last year suddenly take an improved division by 16 games is completely laughable.

You also have the Brewers losing 12 more games from 2018. Did you think last season was a total fluke?

As far as "deepest team". I'm confused by that suggestion. They have literally zero farm system. Their bullpen is atrocious. Their bench depth isn't what it was praised to be. And several of their "stars" aren't that good (Zobrist, Schwarber, Heyward, Happ) .

They might win the division. It will, by no means be "easily".

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21 Mar 2019 16:23:44
Flawed logic, you completely ignore the Brewers won the division last year and yes it was because of the one game playoff. But they have improved from last year, the Cardinals have gotten better, and the Reds have gotten better, and the Pirates are the Pirates, so winning the division by 16 games and winning 100 games in that division won't happen.

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GREAT TEAMS PART 3: The 1927 New York Yankees Baseball Team

18 Feb 2019 09:23:01
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29 Jan 2019 16:00:33
I think Machado and/or Harper should sign a contract with an opt-out after 1 year. The market just isn't there this year. I don't see them chancing it and signing a 1 year deal, but i think they will require an opt-out after year one to give them a chance to enter next year (age 27) to see if the market is better.

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31 Jan 2019 00:29:20
Both Arrieta and Hosmer signed very generous deals late into the winter. Arrieta didn't even sign until March 12th last year.

There is zero reason for either of those guys to panic yet. They'll get paid.

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31 Jan 2019 15:00:21
Although i agree they shouldn't panic, my comment was more towards what i think would be best for them. Outside of Philly and Chicago (AL) there doesn't seem to be anyone willing to give Machado anywhere near what he is wanting. As for Harper, i think the only teams in are Philly and Washington. Unless another team comes from nowhere (which is very possible) and offers a crazy deal, then i could easily see them pushing for an opt-out after year one to at least give them an option.

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20 Mar 2019 15:33:43
23 years, $630 million combined.

The market seemed to work out just fine for them.

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25 Jan 2019 05:09:40
Top 10 By Position

C:

Realmuto
Posey
Sanchez
Perez
Molina
Contreras
Ramos
Grandal
Gomes
Zunino

1B:

Goldschmidt
Votto
Freeman
Cabrera
Rizzo
Abreu
Hosmer
Hoskins
Belt
Santana

2B:

Altuve
Cano
Murphy
Dozier
Torres
LaMahieu
Lowrie
Pedroia
Kinsler

3B:

Arenado
Ramirez
Donaldson
Bryant
Bregman
Turner
Rendon
Chapman
Andujar
Seager

SS:

Machado
Lindor
Correa
Seager
Boegarts
Gregorius
Simmons
Segura
Turner
Crawford

LF:

Acuna
Soto
Benintendi
Brantley
Cespedes
Upton
Davis
Kemp
Ozuna
Braun

CF:

Trout
Springer
Blackmon
Cain
Marte
Pollock
Hicks
Kiermaier
Pillar
Buxton


RF:

Betts
Judge
Harper
Yelich
Martinez
Stanton
Haniger
Conforto
Peralta
Bruce

SP:

Kershaw
Scherzer
Sale
Kluber
deGrom
Bumgarner
Snell
Syngergaard
Severino
Lester

RP:

Jansen
Diaz
Chapman
Kimbrel
Britton
Miller
Betances
Davis
Hader
Robertson

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29 Jan 2019 16:41:47
Jay Bruce and Ian Kinsler shouldn't even be discussed when it comes to top 10. That alone makes this awful, but the fact that you missed so many great players shows you don't really follow baseball

Players missing that shouldn't be

1B Matt Carpenter
1B Jesus Aguilar
2B Ozzie Albies?
2B Scooter Gennett
2B Whit Merrifield
SS Trevor Story
LF Eddie Rosario

SP Justin Verlander
SP Gerritt Cole
SP Aaron Nola.

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24 Jan 2019 17:36:37
Top 10 By Position

C:

Realmuto
Posey
Sanchez
Perez
Molina
Contreras
Ramos
Grandal
Gomes
Zunino

1B:

Goldschmidt
Votto
Freeman
Cabrera
Rizzo
Abreu
Hosmer
Hoskins
Belt
Santana

2B:

Altuve
Cano
Murphy
Dozier
Torres
LaMahieu
Lowrie
Pedroia
Kinsler

3B:

Arenado
Ramirez
Donaldson
Bryant
Bregman
Turner
Rendon
Chapman
Andujar
Seager

SS:

Machado
Lindor
Correa
Seager
Boegarts
Gregorius
Simmons
Segura
Turner
Crawford

LF:

Acuna
Soto
Benintendi
Brantley
Cespedes
Upton
Davis
Kemp
Ozuna
Braun

CF:

Trout
Springer
Blackmon
Cain
Marte
Pollock
Hicks
Kiermaier
Pillar
Buxton


RF:

Betts
Judge
Harper
Yelich
Martinez
Stanton
Haniger
Conforto
Peralta
Bruce

SP:

Kershaw
Scherzer
Sale
Kluber
deGrom
Bumgarner
Snell
Syngergaard
Severino
Lester

RP:

Jansen
Diaz
Chapman
Kimbrel
Britton
Miller
Betances
Davis
Hader
Robertson

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21 Jan 2019 22:50:40
So, thestatbook, now that Sonny Gray was traded to the Reds for Shed Long and a Draft pick, with Long then being traded to the Mariners for Josh Stowers, wouldn't you say this was better than people thought. I recall you said they wouldn't get a teams top 30 prospect and chastising me for saying it. However, Long was number 6 on the Reds list, and Stowers is 10 on the Mariners. While he may not pan out, they still got a top 10 prospect and a draft pick.

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22 Jan 2019 14:45:23
The context was different. The Reds did this after they were given a window to try and extend Gray before the trade.

Every indication suggests they wouldn’t have made that trade without being able to extend Gray. So, yes, it’s better than people thought, but it’s also an entirely different scenario.

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22 Jan 2019 15:33:17
And for what it's worth, it's almost unanimous that the Reds significantly overpaid for Gray, even with the extension.

The value "price" for Gray (at a rental cost) was a lot lower. Check out what "reclamation" SPs got who were 1-year rentals in recent offseasons:

-Tanner Roark cost the Reds Tanner Rainey, a 26-year-old run-of-the-mill reliever.
-Ivan Nova cost the White Sox Yordi Rosario, a low-ceiling, low floor future middle reliever.
-Matt Moore, just last season, cost the Rangers Sam Wolff, who wasn't even protected by the Giants.

So, based on history, you can see why people would virtually agree that the price tag for Gray should have been along those lines. It's also why many teams rightly pulled out after they heard what the Yankees wanted for him. The Reds, apparently, are stupid enough to play Gray in their tiny ballpark and overpay for him to play there.

Again, the value changed once he signed an extension.

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24 Jan 2019 17:12:14
way to spin so it looks like you were right. There is no way to determine what they what have gotten without the Reds desire for an extension. The same prospect was rumored to be in the trade well before there was word of a possible extension. There were also agreements with other teams in place had an extension not happened.

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24 Jan 2019 21:40:11
I'm not spinning anything. I'm simply stating that the context of the trade that occurred and the context of the trade we were projecting are different.

If anything, I did my due diligence in showing WHY I made the prediction I made. A trade for one year of Gray probably would have been in line with the trades I showed above. I don't think any of that was unreasonable.

Please, BATMAN!, if you feel the need to make an entire post in an attack on someone, at least make some attempt to see the context of what actually occurred. You didn't do this, and now your post seems even pettier than it was to begin with.

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25 Jan 2019 13:36:26
So this really wasn't to attack you, just to see what you thought after you basically told me they wouldn't get a decent return, despite what insiders were saying. Trust me I could have been more egotistical about this and really gloated, but that's not what I wanted to do.

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25 Jan 2019 13:43:04
And to be clear, it was mainly to get your opinion, which I respect, but I only felt the post was somewhat necessary after our discussion when Gray trade discussion started.

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25 Jan 2019 18:06:03
All of the discussion that was had about Sonny Gray centered around Gray being a 1-year rental for whatever team acquired him.

If we knew that the acquiring team was going to extend him on a really friendly contract, of course the discussion was going to change. That was a crucial detail that no one knew back in November/ December when we had these conversations.

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31 Dec 2018 16:46:28
Houston is said to have interest in Mets P Seth Lugo as a starter.

Not sure why Mets would do this unless they feel they can replace Lugo via free agency.

But - What do you think is a fair trade with Houston, keeoing in mind the Mets needs of CF, RP, SP and 3b?

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31 Dec 2018 21:25:36
Lugo is 29 and has 4 years of team control remaining. I'm sure something revolving around Tony Kemp and Rogelio Armenteros would be pretty good.

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24 Jan 2019 14:31:44
Lugo is a very solid, under the radar pitcher. as Thestatbook said, Armenteros would be a nice fit in a deal, but with the Mets crowded infield, I think that Tyler White (who can play a little bit of the outfield) would be a better fit.

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