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Sports 🥌 2021 MLB Thread

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My hometown has lost their team in the big shakeup. They've had professional baseball off and on since 1896 and steadily since 1981. It sucks. :(
 

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My hometown has lost their team in the big shakeup. They've had professional baseball off and on since 1896 and steadily since 1981. It sucks. :(
Lot our Pioneer league team. Too bad. Nice stadium and fun to watch. Not nearly historic as yours but sucks for both of us.
 

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Some i's left to dot, and t's yet to cross, but the St. Louis Cardinals are acquiring Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies. The spectre of Matt Carpenter at third base for the Birds on the Bat just went poof.


Happy Cards fan here.
 

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Pitchers & Catchers please report to Spring Training.







Back in January, MLB offered the MLBPA a 154 game season, at full (162 game) pay and expanded playoffs. That meant the season would start a month later trying to lower COVID concerns. The MLBPA said no, we don't like the expanded playoffs and we've been working out. Lets playball.
 

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Will this be the year for my White Sox? If Kopech comes back it will be a big move in the right direction.
 

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Tim Tebow retired from baseball either yesterday or today. It really doesn't matter when, just like his baseball career.
 

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San Diego signed its young phenom Fernando Tatis to a 14 year, $340 million contract extension (I haven't seen a detailed breakdown, but I assume it includes several options for both the team and Tatis). The best thing about this story? When his contract expires, the Mets will still have one more annual deferred salary payment to make to Bobby Bonilla. :ha:
 
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I saw this live Sunday while doing my taxes. Yadier being Yadier, schooling rookies.

 

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White Sox lose Eloy Jimenez for the year on a nothing outfield play in a spring training game.

sigh
 

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San Diego signed its young phenom Fernando Tatis to a 14 year, $340 million contract extension (I haven't seen a detailed breakdown, but I assume it includes several options for both the team and Tatis). The best thing about this story? When his contract expires, the Mets will still have one more annual deferred salary payment to make to Bobby Bonilla. :ha:
...and then Tatis injures his shoulder swinging at a third strike last night (partial dislocation, to be reevaluated today). Dang.
 

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I’m surprised the BlueJays haven’t finalized playing in Buffalo yet (as I understand). That’s a bit surprising.


Maybe this should be in Buffalo thread.
 

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Thank you, MLB, for proving yet again that replay "reviews" exist only to give cover to your umps for their obviously wrong calls. Manfred is apparently determined to f*ck over the Braves in any way possible.
 

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Thank you, MLB, for proving yet again that replay "reviews" exist only to give cover to your umps for their obviously wrong calls. Manfred is apparently determined to f*ck over the Braves in any way possible.

His foot still hasn't touched the plate!
 

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Rangers rookie Adolis García was denied his first career home run twice last night.

He hit a long fly ball. It bounced oddly, so it wasn't clear if it was off the seats or off the top of the wall. García slowed a bit, thinking it was over the wall, but then realized it was a live ball and sped around the bases. He came all the way around and was called safe at home.

Upon review it was overturned. Tell me: Do you think there was enough evidence to overturn the safe call? I'm not seeing it.

 

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^^^It hit the railing, its a live ball-in-play. All good with an inside the park HR!
 

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Today is Opening Day for MiLB. Looks like a washout in the SE.

My team starts the season away, so our first home opener is next Tuesday.

Remember there's new rules in place for MiLB:
robot umpires. That's almost worth it's own thread. What do y'all think about that? They can achieve near perfect accuracy with machines registering balls and strikes. It occurs to me that eventually they should be able to replace all umpires with machines. Just need good enough cameras and a decent AI.
 

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robot umpires. That's almost worth it's own thread. What do y'all think about that? They can achieve near perfect accuracy with machines registering balls and strikes. It occurs to me that eventually they should be able to replace all umpires with machines. Just need good enough cameras and a decent AI.

Pass. It's all fun and games until the MLB robot umpires become self aware.

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Pass. It's all fun and games until the MLB robot umpires become self aware.

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Yes, but ball players will think twice before arguing with a self-aware terminator machine umpire. Come to think of it, once robotics have advanced farther, why not simply replace the players with machine players? Think about it, they'll be able to hit farther, run faster, no contract disputes or players unions....
 

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no contract disputes or players unions....
You say that, but if they are intelligent enough to play autonomously....



The Texas Rangers aren't very good but they're kind of fun to watch. Adolis Garcia in particular is a bright spot. He's been producing some timely hitting (such as last night's 2-run homer in the 10th). If their pitching would settle down they might be a decent team. They're dead last in their division, but only 5 games off the division lead and 3.5 games out of a WC spot, so if they went on a run they'd be right in there.
 

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You say that, but if they are intelligent enough to play autonomously....



The Texas Rangers aren't very good but they're kind of fun to watch. Adolis Garcia in particular is a bright spot. He's been producing some timely hitting (such as last night's 2-run homer in the 10th). If their pitching would settle down they might be a decent team. They're dead last in their division, but only 5 games off the division lead and 3.5 games out of a WC spot, so if they went on a run they'd be right in there.
I am Unit #185732843BaXX representing the Cyberplayers Union local #110. Our players demand an increase of 0.6 nanoseconds of inactivity between innings and an additional 0.2 liters of machine oil per player per week.
 

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As a long-suffering O's fan that was awesome. Palmer pitched the last solo no hitter before I was even born in 1969! I remember the combined no-hitter 30 years ago this summer. I was living at the beach as a 21 year old and watching in a bar. That was a fun night.
 

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Yeah, they mentioned that during the Rangers game today. That's crazy.

The Texas Rangers [are] dead last in their division, but only 5 games off the division lead and 3.5 games out of a WC spot, so if they went on a run they'd be right in there.
And a day and a half (and two games) later, and the Rangers have moved ahead of the Angels, are only 3 games out of first and 2 games out of a WC spot. They've taken 3 of 4 in every 4 game series they've played this year, against Tampa Bay, Boston and with today's win, Minnesota. Their pitching is still rocky, and their offense is good-not-great, but they're doing what they need to do to win.
 

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I been watching some baseball & the announcers are getting on my nerves. What I really want to hear are pieces like this. My friend & I came up with this @ the game this weekend.


Let’s highlight 1 player for the Preseason Player Profile report - or the PSPP. Juan MacPharland is a 5’10” 2nd baseman (is he really 5’10”? Okay) whose been working on all aspects of his game. Hitting Coach Pete Roberts says Juan has stepped up his game with strong warning track power with the occasional squibber through the gap. His foot work around the base not been described as ‘like a dancer’ but his unique lateral movement prevents the expected stumble. A good prospect all around whose glove is smoothest part of his game.
 

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The Texas Rangers are Jekyll & Hyde. They seem to sweep series or get swept. For instance: 0-4 in Houston, 3-0 against the same Astros at home.
Adolis Garcia seems to be the real thing. The last player that had this big of an impact right out of the gate was Josh Hamilton who, despite off field problems, had some good years with the Rangers.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa is pretty damned good as well. The team is reasonably sound defensively. If they could get more consistent pitching, they might have something here.
 
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I actually like my local Rangers announcers. They've got a gaggle of them and switch around. Their primary TV crew I guess would be Dave Raymond (who they poached from Houston a few years ago) on play-by-play and Tom Grieve, a former Rangers player and GM. Backups include former pitcher CJ Nitkowski (my personal favorite) and former player David Murphy. When Raymond takes a break, CJ does play-by-play.

What I like about CJ is that he is knowledgeable as hell, a stat wonk, knows and can explain pitching, stats, and the business of baseball. He had a middling career as a pitcher (he doesn't brag about how good he was, it's more about how he struggled to hang on) and spent some time in Japan. If he ever wrote a biography, I'd read it. The snippets of his life he shares from the broadcast booth are fascinating.
 

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I always text a friend who's a lifelong Mets fan on this day. Bonilla's agent should be in the hall of fame.
 

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A couple of thoughts:

Alonso with a big stick for the repeat in Home Run Derby + I liked the new format.

ASG uniforms look like WalMart Industrial league knockoffs.
 

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The AAA Charlotte Knights have a new promo night scheduled.

They will become the Charlotte Traffic Cones :r:
 

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The Guardians????!!!!!!!

So bad, even for a minor league team.


Should have named them the Spiders or even better Steamers. Thats better than Guardians.
 
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