RichO

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  1. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    My first thought on floating expansion is that the A's and Rays need somewhere to threaten to move to. I'm not totally sold on the travel argument BA makes. To me that's not just team travel costs (and attendant performance and player rest issues), there's also a bit of fan attention cost to following a team travel more than a time zone away (weird start times and all). Baseball being driven by local fan affiliation that's matters. So in 2018 the Mariners have 27 road games in the proposed west (+Colorado)- so with 81 home dates, that's 108 easily watchable games in their time zone or the next one over (unless I counted wrong). In this scenario its up to 112/113 if I did my math right (156/2 = 78. 24 other division opponents - Colorado in Mountain Time= 69, 69/2= 34.5, 34.5+78=112.5). That's not a particularly big gain. Right now the Mariners play in the eastern time zone 20 times. Under BA they're in the east 22 times roughly, so that's not a great help. My White Sox go to the west coast for 10/year right now. that stays about the same. Side note: in the BA alignment I'd actually split NY and Chicago teams from each other. Flip the White Sox and Twins and Mets and Orioles. But that undercuts the travel argument.
  2. NBA Changes 2017-18

    So we're, what, 5 years from belly sponsors in the NBA? Maybe 3?
  3. The Trappers and HorseHeads have affiliated minor league quality logos in a summer college league universe where I basically expect clip art.
  4. NCAA Basketball 2017-18 New Uniforms

    Sure we're talking about taller dudes, but this isn't hard. I can go online and get the same model of running shorts in 5, 7 or 9 inch inseam. You find out what the player wants, you get that for them.
  5. I miss "Authentic jerseys"

    The needs/uses of the athlete and the fan are fundamentally different. I'm not sure the companies selling to us do a good job recognizing that. I do think this is something that Nike did a good job with when they rolled out their NFL fan jerseys. But in football, there's really no choice but to recognize that a fan jersey can't be the same as a player jersey. Literally no one wants to see fans in the real thing. I think with basketball and baseball fan jerseys the ideal would be some medium ground between light enough to feel comfortable, and sturdy enough to take being worn by us doughy, drunk, fools in the stands who don't have an equipment staff who can get us a new jersey when this one gets nicked up a little.
  6. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    I'm the same way with Abreu. I want him to be a lifer. He's definitely loosened up over time (probably thanks to the bigger personalities of Melky and Yolmer especially) but is the kind of steady pro that you want around with younger guys. Yolmer is guy I want around for as long as his utility player game can hold up. He's got a good looseness and energy to go with filling that utility role well. Avi's tough because this was a breakout but there's also no way a .392 BABIP is sustainable. The thing with Rodon's shoulder is bad news because shoulder injuries are about the worst thing for pitchers. Hit on a couple more bullpen reclamation projects, find a couple more guys to chew up starter innings, find a CF body and see if what's here can cut the losses to, say, 85 next season.
  7. MLB changes 2018?

    This wasn't Junior, this was driven by Deion. Reds join Deion, roll up sleeves Also, Junior wasn't on the Reds then.
  8. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    And only the Brewers have the opportunity, whenever it may come, to win a WS game as champion of both leagues.
  9. MLB changes 2018?

    At least once, the Reds and White Sox need to have a Big Klu night where the teams wear throwbacks with hacked off sleeves and no undershirts.
  10. MLB changes 2018?

    And that "Jackie Robinson" nod was always weird because in photos his sleeves were at most at the short end of normal, and not the Klu-like stuff Deion did.
  11. The Motion W that never was.

    That's so perfectly 1991. If they were a minor league baseball team, they'd build an entire promo around wearing it one time, with the crowd dressed in their Saved by the Bell finest.
  12. The Chicago Bears NEED a real logo

    That's only been true since 1948.
  13. NCAA Basketball 2017-18 New Uniforms

    Reminds me of the mid 00s uniforms. I liked those.
  14. Football teams ripping off other teams

    College football rule proposal: midriff can only be exposed if you have the abs for it. Otherwise, 10 yard penalty. 10 yard penalty, beer gut, Akron. Baylor's ok, but needs to cover the pads.
  15. MLB changes 2018?

    Note his last name.