MLB 2017

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  1. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

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    Missed Opening day, but still got 159 to go. As an Angel fan w/such low expectations I'm trying to bask in the glow of a 2-1 record thus far knowing that it might be the only winning record they attain all season. Good luck to everyone's teams. First noticeable rules change; the intentional walk, I don't mind the pointing to first base w/out the 4 pitches, but purists hate it.
     
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  2. BarryWhite

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    I'm pretty close to a purist but I don't mind the intentional walk change in the least.
     
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  3. nevzter

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    The intentional walk rule is a product of recent generations' short attention span theater - I'm with Barry, it seems an ok change to speed up the game but I didn't mind the 90 seconds of my life it took to throw 4 pitches b/c I've seen games change from a wild pitch on an intentional pass.
     
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  4. HatterDon

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    Yes, by all means. Let's increase time between innings for another 30 second commercial. Let's also have 43 instant replay incidents per game. We can make up for all of it by automating the intentional walk rule.

    I've seen interesting things during intentional walks, by the way, including a run scoring on a balk. I remember Willie Mays hitting a two run opposite field double during a game, and a very good pitcher -- whose name is lost in the fog of my mind -- lob a pitch over everyone's head and stop at the base of the screen behind home plate. But, I DO SO understand the desire to eliminate those pesky once a game 35 second intentional walks.
     
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  5. jumpkutz

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    I'm just waiting to see how the marginally retooled Cardinals look. Outside of signing Dexter Fowler, not many changes in St. Louis this season. But it's a long season. And they've dropped 2 0f the opening three at Busch against the world champions. It's going to be an interesting year.
     
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  6. HatterDon

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    No comments re-MLB teams or players yet for me. Our TV is STILL on the blink -- going on two weeks now. I'm sure I'll watch a game at some point.
     
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  7. encorespanish

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    And the Twins are undefeated at 3-0! I can't remember the last time I said that...10 years ago maybe? And that was after the first game.

    Just like @SoCalJoe I'll enjoy it while it lasts because it won't take long to get to that losing record.
     
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  8. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

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    @encorespanish, can we start the playoffs now? One thing that does give a glimmer of hope is teams can have magical years. Teams like ours need good starts and comeback wins (like the Angels scoring 7 in the bottom of the 9th to sweep Seattle) to get the good vibes going.
     
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  9. encorespanish

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    I wish @SoCalJoe !! As it stands today, the Twins have the best winning percentage in all of MLB!

    That comeback for the Angels was amazing and unreal! I think the stat I saw was that teams with a 6-run lead going into the 9th inning had lost one game out of three thousand games such games. I guess they'd better make that two losses!
     
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  10. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    One of the great things about sports in general, and, for me, baseball in particular, is seeing perserverance rewwarded. It's obviously very early, but two such examples are playing out in the fledgling weeks of this season. One is in St. Louis, where career minor leaguer Jose Martinez, an outfielder by trade, beat out Tommy Pham, also mostly a minor leaguer, for the 4th outfield roster spot. He's gotten time mostly at 1st base, due to a since abandoned experiment to try Matt Adams in left field and some finger injuries to Matt Carpenter. Despite not being in the lineup tonight at Milwaukee, he's got a seven game hitting streak and was the only Cardinal hitting until this week's sweep of the Bucs. By the way, he's making $507.500 this season.
    The Brewer's Eric Thames is making $4 million this season after signing a 3 year deal for $16.5 million. A lot of money for a guy who bounced around the majors between 2011-13 before spending a year in Venezeula, then the last 3 in Korea. Not Japan. Korea. Hit his 8th homer tonight against Carlos Martinez, the other way, a no doubter. His slash is .408/7HR/12RBIs. And he is not missing many pitches at the moment. The league will eventually catch up to both of them, then they'll have to make adjustments, blah, blah, blah. But we can enjoy them for now, and the fact that they finally made it to The Show. Who knows? They may stick.
     
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  11. HatterDon

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    I love these stories
     
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