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« Reply #8960 on: April 1, 2019, 02:40:07 AM »
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« Reply #8961 on: April 1, 2019, 08:24:50 AM »
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Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox are finalizing a seven-year, $132M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN

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« Reply #8962 on: April 2, 2019, 02:40:34 PM »
I listened to the Director of this Documentary last week on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Arod sounds like a douchebag in private the way he talked about him on the Podcast last week. :D

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« Reply #8963 on: April 2, 2019, 06:46:04 PM »
Have to say the Blue Jays have employed a er, remarkable strategy of trading some of their top players in the first week of the season, as opposed to the deadline, when they might have some more value. First Morales, now Pillar. All in for an epic tank by the sounds of it

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« Reply #8964 on: April 2, 2019, 07:20:14 PM »
Found this video on Youtube just now, digitally remastered and speeded up of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth taking hitting practice in Brooklyn before a game.

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« Reply #8965 on: April 2, 2019, 07:27:30 PM »
Shapiro and his colleagues need to fuck off. The Indians only became a contender after they fucked off.

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« Reply #8966 on: April 2, 2019, 10:39:02 PM »
For a couple of seasons Toronto were easily in the top 3 most dangerous teams in the American League when Bautista and Donaldson were in their pomp.

It's tough for them when they play in a division with 2 behemoths, not sure what their Front Office can do, they have never been big spenders and maybe it's time of transition and using their farm system and also trading for good young talent.




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« Reply #8967 on: April 2, 2019, 10:56:24 PM »
It's tough for them when they play in a division with 2 behemoths, not sure what their Front Office can do, they have never been big spenders and maybe it's time of transition and using their farm system and also trading for good young talent.

The joke is their owners are probably among the richest in baseball (Rogers is Canada's biggest media conglomerate), but since they also own the broadcast rights to the NHL in Canada, the Blue Jays tanking this year won't be that bad for their viewership. They spent heavily on free agents just around the same time the Maple Leafs were tanking, so they had an audience. The fans who attend Blue Jays games tend to be younger people, who are priced out of Leafs and Raptors games, and will go downtown on the weekend for afternoon games (where some will get obnoxiously drunk in the upper tier)

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« Reply #8968 on: April 3, 2019, 06:30:40 AM »
For a couple of seasons Toronto were easily in the top 3 most dangerous teams in the American League when Bautista and Donaldson were in their pomp.

It's tough for them when they play in a division with 2 behemoths, not sure what their Front Office can do, they have never been big spenders and maybe it's time of transition and using their farm system and also trading for good young talent.



It's an undemanding ownership and an unimaginative banking city that let's them get away with it. Sure the AL east is hard, but it was harder when there were only 2 divisions and no wildcard. Now at least finishing 2nd can count for something. They won 2 world series 20 years ago in the old system. Once again, not down to the owners but down to Pat Gillick being a genius and doing things on the cheap.

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« Reply #8969 on: April 3, 2019, 11:30:19 AM »
Found this video on Youtube just now, digitally remastered and speeded up of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth taking hitting practice in Brooklyn before a game.

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Unreal.  Ruth was on the downside and of his storied career, though still dangerous.  Gehrig was at the peak of his powers, though.  His slash line for 1931 was .341/.446/.662.  Oh, and he only manged to hit 46 dingers and drive in 185 runs!  A Yankee who put up those numbers in 2019 would command $50 million a year.

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« Reply #8970 on: April 3, 2019, 12:03:47 PM »
Unreal.  Ruth was on the downside and of his storied career, though still dangerous.  Gehrig was at the peak of his powers, though.  His slash line for 1931 was .341/.446/.662.  Oh, and he only manged to hit 46 dingers and drive in 185 runs!  A Yankee who put up those numbers in 2019 would command $50 million a year.
Babe Ruth stats for 1931.

145 games, 199 hits, 46 HR, 162 RBI, 128 walks , 495 OBP.
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« Reply #8971 on: April 3, 2019, 01:36:14 PM »
Found this video on Youtube just now, digitally remastered and speeded up of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth taking hitting practice in Brooklyn before a game.


Great find. 

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« Reply #8972 on: April 6, 2019, 10:51:23 AM »
I knew the Blue Jays would be bad, but my word the offence is absolutely brutal. They can't hit a breaking ball to save their lives.

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« Reply #8973 on: April 9, 2019, 12:27:16 AM »

Trump Administration Ends Deal Allowing Cuban Baseball Players to Directly Sign With MLB
BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN / AP 7:10 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB.

The Treasury Department told MLB attorneys in a letter Friday that it was reversing an Obama administration decision allowing the major leagues to pay the Cuban Baseball Federation a release fee equal to 25% of each Cuban player’s signing bonus. The decision made public Monday afternoon appears to make the MLB-Cuba deal unworkable by eliminating the payment mechanism, similar to one MLB has with leagues in China, Korea and Japan.

“The U.S. does not support actions that would institutionalize a system by which a Cuban government entity garnishes the wages of hard-working athletes who simply seek to live and compete in a free society,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said. “The administration looks forward to working with MLB to identify ways for Cuban players to have the individual freedom to benefit from their talents, and not as property of the Cuban state.”

The MLB and Cuba engaged in intense negotiations on a player-transfer deal through the Obama administration’s two-year effort to normalize relations with Cuba but the deal was only finalized after Donald Trump took office pledging to roll back Obama’s policy. Opponents of normalization inside and outside the administration argued for its cancellation as soon as it was announced, and appear to have now succeeded.

U.S. law prohibits virtually all payments to the Cuban government under the 60-year embargo on the island but MLB argued the Cuban Baseball Federation, which oversees all aspects of the sport on the island, was not formally a part of the Cuban state.

Opponents called that argument ridiculous given the tight control the highly regimented government maintains over virtually every aspect of life in Cuba.

The letter from the Office of Foreign Assets Control obtained by The Associated Press agrees, saying that “in light of facts recently brought to our attention, and after consultation with the U.S. Department of State, OFAC has determined that MLB’s payments to the Cuban Baseball Federation are not authorized.”

“We stand by the goal of the agreement, which is to end the human trafficking of baseball players from Cuba,” an MLB statement said.

Without a formal path from Cuba to the major leagues, hundreds of top players have left the island for good, many making harrowing crossings on rafts and rickety boats in the years before Cuba abandoned a hated exit permit requirement for most of its citizens.

While such dangerous escapes were mostly eliminated with greater travel freedoms, players still needed to cut ties with Cuban baseball and often their families and hometowns, going years without returning after signing with the major leagues.

“The deal with Major League Baseball is an attempt to stop human trafficking, encourage cooperation and elevate the level of baseball,” the Cuban Baseball Federation said on Twitter. “The politically motivated attacks on the deal hurt players, their families, and fans.”

Last week the Cuban federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some expected to be playing in the United States this year.

The 34 players were 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and eligible to sign minor league contracts. No likely stars were apparent on the list, but more notable players included 22-year-old Raidel Martinez Perez and 23-year-old Liván Moinelo Pita, who have played professionally in Japan; 17-year-old infielder Loidel Chapellí Zulueta; and 18-year-old pitcher Norge Carlos Vera Aldana.

The Cuban federation also agreed to release all players 25 and older with at least six years of professional experience to be classified as international professionals under MLB’s labor contract with the players’ association and not subject to international amateur signing bonus pools.

Associated Press Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.

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Re: Any Baseball Lovers Around
« Reply #8974 on: April 12, 2019, 05:45:21 PM »
Some amazing hitting stats so far that stick out.

Khris Davis has 9 home runs already.

Cody Bellinger has 19 rbis in 14 games and a .411 avg.

Mike Trout .406 avg and 592 OBP and 1.529 OPS .  :lmao

Daniel Vogelbach .400 avg 513 OBP 1.646 OPS

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« Reply #8975 on: April 12, 2019, 05:47:07 PM »
Trout is a freak, nobody in baseball can hold a candle to him. If he retired tomorrow he'd still be a HOFer.

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« Reply #8976 on: April 12, 2019, 06:54:06 PM »
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« Reply #8977 on: April 16, 2019, 10:30:45 AM »
Not much in the way of good news so far for the Red Sox. For their sake they better hope Sale is just building arm strength because his fastball has been battered so far. Rays are already 6.5 games ahead and they were expected to be good this year with Snell, Glasnow and Morton leading the rotation and a lights out bullpen.

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« Reply #8978 on: April 16, 2019, 11:46:13 PM »
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« Reply #8979 on: April 18, 2019, 09:24:23 PM »
Khris Davis gets a thoroughly deserved contract extension. Think this is one that benefits all parties, he gets a pay day and a small payroll club aren't tied into a mental contract for an aging player.

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« Reply #8980 on: April 25, 2019, 07:35:22 AM »
Guerrero Jr to make his major league debut on Friday. Finally something to look forward to for Blue Jays fans. The roster is so bad, I've no idea how we've won some games.

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« Reply #8981 on: April 25, 2019, 09:40:07 AM »
The most rag tag bunch of Yankees in forever, have won six straight. No idea how but yeah...maybe Judge, Stanton et al wont be missed after all ( they will ).

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« Reply #8982 on: April 25, 2019, 09:59:51 AM »
Guerrero Jr to make his major league debut on Friday. Finally something to look forward to for Blue Jays fans. The roster is so bad, I've no idea how we've won some games.
Finally.

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« Reply #8983 on: April 25, 2019, 10:01:46 AM »
The most rag tag bunch of Yankees in forever, have won six straight. No idea how but yeah...maybe Judge, Stanton et al wont be missed after all ( they will ).
It's ridiculous this winning streak.

So many muscle injuries, whoever is in charge of the fitness side of things over there needs sacking asap.

Good to see guys like Frazier, LeMahieu, German step up.
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« Reply #8984 on: April 25, 2019, 10:03:14 AM »
Guerrero Jr to make his major league debut on Friday. Finally something to look forward to for Blue Jays fans. The roster is so bad, I've no idea how we've won some games.

Hope he lives up to hype.
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