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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
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    2007 Major League Baseball Trash Talk Thread!

    With only a short four months to go before pitchers and catchers report and the spring sap already starting to flow (in some veins, at least), I want to hear some goooood garbage on the new season!

    Some top quality beer and bratwursts for me when I see the best!



    Mike

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    An Early Look

    Will the real Detroit Tigers step forward? The Tigers that dominated everybody (except the Yankees and White Sox) in the first 3/4 of 2006.....or the Tigers that played sub-par baseball the balance of the season (except for the League Championship games)?

    You know Jim Leyland will work on defense, strengthen his pitcher's ability to catch a hard hit baseball and throw it in the right place. Will he trade a strong young arm for a power hitter? Not sure, yet. Casey showed some power late in the season but one still wonders if he is a full-season power hitter.

    The club had great balance in their line-up.....relatively strong batting averages and a number of guys who hit 20+ homers. Pudge will be back.....he will be hungry to erase our memories of his slump in the play-offs. He will continue to provide good advice for a pitching staff that is pretty good.

    The Tigers are in the same position that the Cleveland Indians were in about a dozen or so years ago. The Indians had a strong minor-league organization that provided a steady stream of quality players. The Triple A farm club for Detroit is Toledo.....the Mud Hens! The Hens just completed winning their second straight International League Championship. A whole slew of current Tigers earned their stripes in downtown Toledo, at the stadium considered the best in the minor leagues.
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    Yankees will be back.....you know that a pixxed-off Steinhitler will buy more platers.....propbably strong arms. Boston will go back to being a contender. Toronto will be improved.

    Tigers will have to battle White Sox and Twins for their division. Not sure if Kansas City can improve enough to pass Cleveland.

    Oakland will be back.

    In that "other" league.....Astros, Mets, Phily.....all will be good. Cardinals certainly will have the desire to defend their title.....are they good enough for another run? Too soon to call. Way too soon.
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    Early call (that I reserve the right to change next February and March).....

    Yankees beat Astros in Series. (And I hate the Yankees.)
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    Go Tigers In 2007 !!!

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    Edit: Will Florida be playing in Vegas? Interesting to see what shakes down.....
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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North View post
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    In that "other" league.....Astros, Mets, Phily.....all will be good. Cardinals certainly will have the desire to defend their title.....are they good enough for another run? Too soon to call. Way too soon.
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    Early call (that I reserve the right to change next February and March).....

    Yankees beat Astros in Series. (And I hate the Yankees.)
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    Four of the World Champion Cardinals' starting pitchers are free agents (Marquis; Mulder; Suppan; and, Weaver); Belliard (2B) is a free agent that says he wants to go back to Cleveland; the Cards have an option on Jim Edmonds (CF) but he had a down year (although he's a true leader on the team). If the Cards are going to defend they are going to have to make some major moves. Duncan (RF) needs to play lots and lots and lots of outfield in winter league before I'd turn him loose out there (as such a defensive liability -- but he's learning after being a 1B most of his career). Encarnacion was a disappointment (probably trying too hard, I'd give him another year to see what happens).

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    Somebody can have Marquis. He really let us down this season. I won't make any predictions regarding record. This past season, I told the co-workers at the old job that St. Louis would go 108-54. We came real close to hitting that mark.
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    SF Giants. Bruce Bochy. That's what I'm talking about. Mark my words.

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    Are the Cubs mathematically out of it yet?

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    A tip of the cap to the redbirds fans. Your guys did good. ( A die-hard Cubs fan eating his heart out)
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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon View post
    Are the Cubs mathematically out of it yet?
    No - their Magic Number is 162.
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    The Major League Baseball Thread - 2007 Edition

    ZG and I are making final plans to catch some spring training games next month in the Grapefruit League. Unfortunately, the Giants are in the Cactus League in Arizona.

    We're thinking about making a run to see the Yankees during the APA conference.

    Ya'll catching any games this season? And your predictions for division winners, league champs, and world series winner?

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    23 days til pitchers and catchers report!!!

    Lining up my Braves weekends now and reviewing a schedule. My brother and I are talking about a Pittsburgh weekend as well.

    Too early for predictions in my book. I think the Indians have made so me good off-season moves (and have been quiet about it), Toronto spent alot of money, Cubs have brought in Soriano and others, and I hope the Braves moves in their bulpen work this year (sorry is my bias showing?). Who knows right now, I'm just happy it's getting ready to begin.
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    Shot in the dark World Series prediction: Red Sox over Mets in 7.

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    Hmmmmm, Will the Brewers make the playoffs this season....

    We can always dream.



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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon View post
    Are the Cubs mathematically out of it yet?
    Not until April 3rd...
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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North View post
    The Triple A farm club for Detroit is Toledo.....the Mud Hens! The Hens just completed winning their second straight International League Championship. A whole slew of current Tigers earned their stripes in downtown Toledo, at the stadium considered the best in the minor leagues.
    And the Tiger's A minor league club is the West Michigan Whitecaps, playing at beautiful Fifth Third Ballpark here in Grand Rapids. Among others who made it to the Tigers, we claim the best third baseman in the major leagues, Brandon Inge.
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    If any of you are at Joker Marchant Stadium (Lakeland FL) on March 22nd (Section 209) or 24th (Section 205) or at Chain of Lakes Park (Winter Haven FL) on March 23rd (Section L), stop by and have a beer with the ZG and me.

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    I'll take this opportunity to chime in about my Minnesota Twins.

    They are going to miss Radke and Francisco Liriano's career is probably over. Nevertheless, the Cy Young/Batting Champion/MVP team should have no problem going over .500, even in what is going to be the best divsion in baseball. We know about the Tigers and White Sox and I think Cleveland is ready to bust out. Those four teams will all finish at lest .500 by beating up on many AL teams and kicking tail in interleage.

    The Twins will fall just short of the postseason as they will be unable to field quality starting pitching too often.

    World Series:

    White Sox over Dodgers
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    An agent of the Federal gov't delivered tickets to three spring training baseball games to my humble abode today. Yes!!

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    The Rangers are holding a press conference for their new acquisition on a MINOR league contract. The player's name ... Sammy Sosa. That's right the same guy who forgot how to speak english in front of congress a couple years back. Do ya think he'll be giving high fives and chest taps to Barry Bonds like he did with Mark McGwire a few years back?
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    3 days until pitchers and catchers report!!!
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    This season is an end of an era as this will be the final year of TBS showing Atlanta Braves baseball. If Hudson can find a fastball, Hampton can avoid another prolonged series on the DL then the Braves could start another string of post season appearances...if not then its going to be an October or cheering against the NY teams.
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    This season is an end of an era as this will be the final year of TBS showing Atlanta Braves baseball. If Hudson can find a fastball, Hampton can avoid another prolonged series on the DL then the Braves could start another string of post season appearances...if not then its going to be an October or cheering against the NY teams.
    Brocktoon - I noticed in another thread that you labeled yourself as a loyal Braves fan - please continue to contribute to this throughout spring training and the season as it devolves into the "Bubba Gripes About the Braves While Planit Remains Eternally Optimistic Thread".

    The Braves' bullpen looks solid, but the starting rotation has a lot of questions, and the right side of the infield is just frightening.
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    The Colorado Rockies are aiming for the .500 mark this year!!! (No one cares here or in the owners' box ... ) As usualy, they let their best pitcher go, and have done very little in the offseason except for unload a record losing pitcher from the Orioles. Oh, and almost traded Todd Helton. (Kind of good...)

    My friend got traded from the Cubs to the White Sox, keep an eye on Aardsma in the bullpen. If you happen upon him at a game, tell him ZMan says "Hello"

    The Cubs got some good players this offseason. The Denver Post picked them third in the division in yesterday's preview though. We'll see, but as I have focused more on them the past couple years, I'll wait until they "fizzle out" ...and yes be pissed off about it.

    The Cards suck (eventhough they won...)
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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    Some top quality beer and bratwursts for me when I see the best!

    Mike
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    Are you from Appleton? I think the former Razorback baseball coach Norm DeBriyn is from up that way. An outstanding coach and all around guy...
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    The Braves are done for. It looks like the sale to Liberty Media, who is buying them solely as an accounting device to avoid paying capital gains taxes on Time-Warner stock, is about to go through. Liberty has no real desire to own and operate the Braves but they have to take them to get the tax breaks. Expect to see them cut expenses, especially in salaries, everywhere they can so keep this "asset" from ever costing them money. Five years from now when they can resell the Braves without incurring the tax liability they're trying to avoid, the Braves will be the new Marlins.

    Of course, I could be wrong about this. Liberty might want to plow lots of money into the team in hopes of making it a more valuable property to later sell but if history is any indication, it is best to gut the franchise of its high price players and other expenses so the books look good when it is time to sell.
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    Quote Originally posted by AubieTurtle View post
    The Braves are done for. It looks like the sale to Liberty Media, who is buying them solely as an accounting device to avoid paying capital gains taxes on Time-Warner stock, is about to go through. Liberty has no real desire to own and operate the Braves but they have to take them to get the tax breaks. Expect to see them cut expenses, especially in salaries, everywhere they can so keep this "asset" from ever costing them money. Five years from now when they can resell the Braves without incurring the tax liability they're trying to avoid, the Braves will be the new Marlins.
    Oh, hey... the Phillies are buyin'.
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