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MLB Offseason Thread
« on: September 30, 2019, 03:01:25 PM »
The Angels, Padres, Giants, Royals, Cubs, and Pirates have managerial openings.
There are rumors Joe's going to end up with the Angels cause he spent so much time there and he owns a house in Long Beach.


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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2019, 05:31:44 AM »
Mickie Callaway will not return as Mets manager. Would love Girardi but I would guess he will go to the Cubs

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2019, 06:37:34 AM »
It sounds like David Ross has a good shot at the Chicago job.  Jon Heyman thinks he's the favorite, he's already in the organization, and he'll be cheap. 

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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 05:45:09 AM »
I take back my bitching about Girardi cause I like him more than Ross the more I think about it. Ross feels like the MLB equivalent of the Bulls signing Fred Hoiberg but he has far less coaching credentials than Hoiberg had.

Also, Joe Maddon is expected to be named manager of the Angels this week. Joe/Trout is scary enough, but I'm interested into seeing how Joe is with Shohei Otani.

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2019, 02:38:27 AM »
Gabe Kapler is no longer the manager of the Phillies.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2019, 03:09:17 AM »
Joe Maddon is the Angels manager. Hopefully they can put together a rotation.
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2019, 12:57:13 AM »
Sounds like Joe Girardi is the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2019, 05:51:46 AM »
NXT wrestler Jayce Tingler to manage the Padres.
https://www.mlb.com/news/jayce-tingler-to-be-padres-manager

Really we couldn't get Dusty Baker or someone with actual experience?
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2019, 01:14:49 AM »
Tingler's hire is getting positive reviews from the hive I follow on Twitter. He's managed a few seasons in the minors and he's served on major league coaching staffs so it's not the same as hiring someone like Brad Ausmus. Time will tell but I think this is a strong rookie hire.

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Re: MLB Offseason Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 06:15:19 AM »
Carlos Beltran looks like the new Mets manager.

The Baseball HOF announced the Ford Frick nominees (for broadcasters). Familiar names include Hawk Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Joe Castiglione, Dewayne Staats, Mike Shannon. I'm hoping though that this is the year Jacques Doucet gets the honor. He is the current French announcer for the Blue Jays and worked for the Montreal Expos in that capacity for their entire tenure.

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2019, 06:23:05 AM »
Beltran apparently wants .Terry Collins as his bench coach. That got a legit laugh out of me. He was just fired two years ago!

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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2019, 12:48:13 PM »
And two years later after Beltran is let go, Terry can take his place.
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2019, 05:15:39 PM »
Carlos Beltran looks like the new Mets manager.

The Baseball HOF announced the Ford Frick nominees (for broadcasters). Familiar names include Hawk Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Joe Castiglione, Dewayne Staats, Mike Shannon. I'm hoping though that this is the year Jacques Doucet gets the honor. He is the current French announcer for the Blue Jays and worked for the Montreal Expos in that capacity for their entire tenure.

I want to see Hawk in while he’s still alive. Hawkisms are great. I know he’s polarizing, but as a White Sox fan he made watching someone outside of Chicago feel like he was watching with someone. Homer announcers deserve a spot.

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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2019, 03:20:44 AM »
They essentially set up the system where local announcers are considered every three years (this year being one).

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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2019, 08:10:38 AM »
If they weren't going with a more experienced manager I think Beltran was a great hire by the Mets.  Heard numerous stories from his time as a special assistant with the Yankees of him helping hitters make adjustments at the plate or pitchers when he noticed them tipping pitches.  Incredibly well respected among the players, especially the young guys from Latin America

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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2019, 03:06:57 AM »
If Joe Castiglione gets the nod, I hope he mentions the specials that week at Shaws Supermarkets during his induction speech.

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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2019, 02:45:45 PM »

Padres got new unis.
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2019, 02:49:17 PM »
They’re the pirates now?

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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2019, 02:17:23 AM »
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2019, 01:13:23 PM »
Pete Alonso wins NL rookie of the year.

Yordan Alvarez wins AL rookie of the year

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« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2019, 06:22:45 AM »
That the Astros have enjoyed the best road record in baseball over the last five years suggests that this is a very broad issue.

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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2019, 09:43:28 AM »
Jacob deGrom wins 2nd straight Cy Young

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« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2019, 12:35:49 AM »
Digging into Awards season...

-Every writer had Trout/Bregman or Bregman/Trout as their top two. No other players snuck in.

-Four writers gave J.T. Realmuto (deserved, IMO) downballot votes. None of them were Philly writers. Freddie Freeman got a 2nd place vote from Tracy Ringolsby in Colorado.

-Kirby Yates got a fourth place Cy vote.

There are a handful of individual ballots that are a little puzzling, but overall the writers really got this one right.

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« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2019, 09:55:15 AM »
There's been a ton of proof so far, but that clip doesn't show much. I've never been in a dugout, so I don't know if they all have a table and a garbage can in them like that or not, but nothing there proved anything. There was no monitor there, just table and a garbage can.
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« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2019, 01:20:01 PM »


Brewers got new threads too.
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« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2019, 02:53:26 AM »
I saw some articles a few months ago about how the Astros are the dynasty the Chicago Cubs should've been. With them being exposed as cheaters, those articles didn't age well. I don't think there will be a Yankees type dynasty anytime soon in MLB. There's too much parity and the one thing MLB has over NBA and NFL is unpredictability in the postseason. Like no one thought the Nationals would win the World Series, same with Cleveland making the series and the Royals making it two years in a row.

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« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2019, 05:47:40 AM »
Teams can dominate over a long period of time in the regular season. But I think those late '90s Yankees teams fooled us into thinking the postseason isn't as random as it actually is.

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« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2019, 04:51:33 AM »
Yasmani Grandal to the White Sox for four years, $73 million. The White Sox will be interesting to watch. They have several young star level players (Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito) and with the right acquisitions they could make a big step forward in 2020.

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« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2019, 04:54:23 AM »
White Sox are the only team in Chicago Sports right now that look to be on the upside.

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« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2019, 12:36:12 PM »
Yasmani Grandal to the White Sox for four years, $73 million. The White Sox will be interesting to watch. They have several young star level players (Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito) and with the right acquisitions they could make a big step forward in 2020.

Read that it's the biggest contract the White Sox ever gave out which I found hard to believe.  Biggest since Albert Belle I guess.  I remember them giving Konerko a big contract or two, and they signed Thome for at the time big money.....but yeah, that's crazy to me

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« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2019, 11:55:24 PM »
Yasmani Grandal to the White Sox for four years, $73 million. The White Sox will be interesting to watch. They have several young star level players (Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito) and with the right acquisitions they could make a big step forward in 2020.

Read that it's the biggest contract the White Sox ever gave out which I found hard to believe.  Biggest since Albert Belle I guess.  I remember them giving Konerko a big contract or two, and they signed Thome for at the time big money.....but yeah, that's crazy to me
Biggest ever in total committed dollars. The previous record was Jose Abreu's 6 year/$68 million contract (a bargain for his production). Albert Belle got $55 million (and took $22 million before opting out). Paul Konerko got 5 years/$60 million. It looks like Grandal's $18.375 million is also a record for single season salary in club history.

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« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2019, 05:53:22 AM »
They turned around and extended Abreu today too, which screams a JR loyalty contract. We had him on the one year qualifying offer and there’s not huge demand for aging DH/1B types. That third year is going to be when the young core starts getting expensive too so I’m not thrilled with the deal.

Grandal is a nice get though can rotate him between C/1B/DH with McCann and Collins backing him up (26th roster spot next season). Leaves a RF and top line SP as the glaring holes to fill. Will be fun to have meaningful White Sox games to watch next season.

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« Reply #38 on: November 25, 2019, 07:27:58 AM »
Braves sign Travis d'Arnaud to a 2 year deal

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« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2019, 08:21:14 AM »
What the ever fucking hell? Geezus that's awful.

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« Reply #41 on: December 04, 2019, 04:32:13 AM »
Cole Hamels is an Atlanta Brave. One year, $18 million. Phillies fans are mad online.

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« Reply #42 on: December 04, 2019, 04:38:54 AM »
He was very good during the first half but he seemed washed up and broken down the last two or so months of the season. It's only a year, but 18 million seems like a lot of money.

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« Reply #43 on: December 04, 2019, 05:21:04 AM »
He was very good during the first half but he seemed washed up and broken down the last two or so months of the season. It's only a year, but 18 million seems like a lot of money.

They have the right pieces to win a World Series now, so it seems like the right move.



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« Reply #44 on: December 04, 2019, 06:08:10 AM »
Zack Wheeler to the Phillies on a 5 year deal

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« Reply #45 on: December 05, 2019, 11:58:17 PM »
Given a choice between Wheeler and Hamels at those prices, I'd certainly rather have Wheeler. I don't think the Phillies can afford either of Strasburg or Gerrit Cole now, they still have upgrades to make in the lineup.

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« Reply #46 on: December 09, 2019, 06:26:23 AM »
Strasburg back to the Nats for a record 7 year $245m deal
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« Reply #47 on: December 10, 2019, 03:15:56 PM »
Gerrit Cole to the Yankees for 9 years 324 million.

Baseball contracts are the dumbest in sports.

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« Reply #48 on: December 10, 2019, 04:27:02 PM »
Gerrit Cole to the Yankees for 9 years 324 million.

Baseball contracts are the dumbest in sports.

Why? If the Yanks don't spend the money, it goes in the Steinbrenners pockets. Good for him but if he fails in NY, the fans there will let him hear it.
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« Reply #49 on: December 10, 2019, 04:29:51 PM »
YES!

full no-trade and opt out after 5 years when he'll be 34

It's insane money, but honestly it's worth it for the Yankees.  They've desperately needed a top of the rotation ace for years and Cole ticks every box.

NYY have been relatively fiscally conservative all things concerned since the Ellsbury signing and waiting for some of the big contracts to come off the books.  Other than the Stanton trade they haven't gone too big in years or money for anyone.  This is the biggest FA pitching splash they've made since CC 11 years ago or the Tanaka posting, and it was badly needed.  The fanbase was desperate for them to acquire an ace by any means necessary after passing up on a number of dudes via trade or FA over the last several years.

Cole
Tanaka
Severino
Paxton
Haap (who's probably getting traded)

not bad