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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    In my opinion, “small market” is little more than code for a team that doesn’t draw. Want proof of this. Look no further than the A’s. They play right across the street from the third most valuable team in the NBA, and have the exact same TV market as the Giants. Other than the fact they don’t draw, how are they a small market team? On the flip side you have the Cardinals who play in a small TV market in a relatively poor city, and nobody considers them small market. There’s teams who spend and draw, and there’s teams who don’t. “Market size” has almost nothing to do with it.
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    Last time around he reacted by cutting a wrestling promo on Bob Costs, then shut the league down. The interview is more entertaining than anything the XFL ever did on the field for those who haven't seen it. My hope this time around is it we get another Jim Everett/Jim Rome situation with either Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith playing the part of Jim Rome.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    That's probably true for this year, but the Padres aren't just thinking about 2019. I think part of the reason why the D'Backs and Giants are in rebuilding mode is because of how far ahead of them the Padres are in terms of farm depth. They're already conducting business as if they're going to the playoffs by 2021 as well they should be. Once Tatis gets the call for the big club, their left-side infield is going to be downright filthy. They also have what looks like a perennial 30+ home run hitter in Franmil Reyes on the roster, and he's only 23. The pitching leaves much to be desired and will likely have to be overhauled for the Padres to be serious contenders. That will be the biggest challenge for them going forward, but I wouldn't be too concerned. You can build a pitching staff almost entirely through free agency and trades, (see your current World Series champions for further info) and selling veteran players on coming to San Diego is one of the simplest tasks you can have as a GM. If you did a poll asking every Major League player where they would like to play the most based solely on location, my guess is at least 1/3rd of them would list San Diego as their first choice. They will not have issues tacking on veterans to add to their young core of talent. All that said, ten years is a lot of years to give to any player, no matter how young or good they might be. Best case scenario for Padres, they get a market return on the contract in seven of the ten years. The Machado signing is a massive bet on the future of the club with a decent probability of failure, especially if he continues to be a shell of himself defensively. For better or worse, this move will likely go a long way in determining the fate of this club for the next five-ten years.
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    Unrealized Stadiums

    Shea was intended to be Yankee Stadium, and Madison Square Garden all rolled into one. Baseball and the Mets were only supposed to be a part of the stadium experience. Not the only reason you came. Keep in mind this is a during a time when a new MSG is still a thought, Yankee Stadium is falling apart, and the Nassau Coliseum and Meadowlands aren't even ideas. So the purpose of this stadium being the premier sporting venue in NYC isn't that far fetched of an idea, and that's what Shea tried to promote itself as for the first decade-plus of its existence. Shea hosted all sorts of events during the '60s and '70s. Concerts, boxing, WWE, religious gatherings, you name it. The Beatles played there in '65 in what may very well be the most famous rock concert in United States history. Then came back again the next year. Why it didn't work out was the same reason none of the multi-purpose stadiums panned out. It may be suitable for all activities, but it's not optimal for any of them, so by '84, the stadium was a single-use baseball park.
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    Unrealized Stadiums

    Shea was built with the intention of having a dome. The stadium was rushed and left 2/3rds built so it would be ready in time for the World’s Fair. When they went back to finish it, they realized the building’s foundation wasn’t strong enough to support a dome, and there wasn’t much desire to expand capacity. So they just left the stadium as was.
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    Unrealized Stadiums

    Of every unrealized concept on this thread, the Addison Dome got the closest to being a reality. The park now known as Guaranteed Rate Field was the last minute fallback plan the Sox came up with when this failed. CBS put out a great article about it a few months ago that goes into extensive detail about how this ballpark almost came to be as well as the architecture inspirations behind it. This was HOK's baby before Camden Yards and unlike a lot of the other concepts here, there is an extensive amount of information online about this unrealized ballpark, mainly because of how far in the process it got before the rug got pulled. The White Sox invested at least 18 months worth of time and energy into the park.
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    Unrealized Stadiums

    Vaguely remember hearing about this. What knocked down this was real estate cost along with the number of palms you would have to grease just to get the project off the ground. The Prudential Center was built for about $375 million. My guess is the Hoboken Arena would have run triple that amount. Jersey City was never considered although it would have presented similar issues as Hoboken with costs and red tape. They went with Newark simply because it represented the cheapest option that would have given them what they wanted, which was an arena in an urban environment near a major transit hub. I'd say results have been mixed. It can't call it a disaster, but even after a decade plus, the surrounding area is almost identical to when they first moved in. That said, nobody misses going to the Meadowlands. If it were me, I probably would have moved them out to Parsipanny, which isn't a major city in Jersey, but it's where 80 and 287 intersect, making it the most accessible part of Northern New Jersey via car. In an area with a suburban population as large as Northern New Jersey, I think it would have worked great, but we'll never know.
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    Unrealized Stadiums

    First time ever hearing about this stadium myself. I know the Pirates played on Pitt’s campus at the time, so from a logistical standpoint it makes some sense. I also know the Pirates had been set on the Three Rivers site for over a decade before they moved in. They sold Forbes Field to Pitt in 1958 with the intention to move to Theee Rivers. (I say Pirates and not Pirates AND Steelers because I want to say the Steelers didn’t become part of the Three Rivers plan until after the Pirates finalized the land deal for Three Rivers. I’m not 100% on that, so don’t quote me.) That’s likely what torpedoed this stadium idea before it got past the initial design phase. Like you said, the infrastructure at Pitt just isn’t there to support a stadium of this size. I’m sure both the Steelers and Pirates took note of that at the time as well.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Last night's Super Bowl is in my bottom five worst NFL games I've ever seen. I remember a Browns/Patriots contest back in '03, where the Pats won 9-3 in a game that saw both teams struggle to move the ball past the 50-yard line. That's the only game that immediately comes to mind that was as painful to watch as that abortion last night. Nothing happened in the first half, and I started rooting for the Patriots in the second half, just because I didn't want the game to go to overtime and prolong the suffering. If nothing else, last night provided proof that the NFL isn't fixed, because nobody would script a game that boring.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    How did the grandmother get Kapler's email? She probably got an office secretary on the phone and asked for Gabe Kapler's email. It's not hard to get this type of info if you know who to ask. It doesn't matter if other people are culpable. You're in charge; it's your job to right the ship. Any action that's anything other than going straight to the authorities is the wrong move. Full stop. Your responsibilities as a citizen to be diligent in reporting crimes you're aware of trumps any obligation you have to the ballclub. I take issue with anyone who disagrees with that assertion, and I put Kapler squarely in that camp. Whether or not the Phillies want to continue to employ Kapler or not is up to them, but if I were the Phillies GM, they would be looking for a new manager right now.
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    2018-19 NBA Season - New and improved!

    The Knicks are just clearing out cap space so they can go after Harper and Machado.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    There might be an entire article related to this subject up on the site today.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    For what its worth I would be stunned if he went anywhere put Philadelphia at this point. He doesn't seem interested in going back to D.C. and that's the only team out there I can see matching the Phillies offer at this point. He also hasn't had much contact with the Nationals organization since the new year, whereas he's been exchanging texts with Gabe Kapler for a few weeks now.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    To follow up on this, it was mutually agreed upon that it would be best if I didn't take the job, but I will let people in on the job I was applying for. I was applying to be an official stat stringer for Major League Baseball. You can read more about it here below, but basically, it involved doing the scorekeeping for the MLB At-Bat app, although the data is used by numerous media outlets including ESPN, not just MLB. https://tht.fangraphs.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-stringer/ If I had gotten the job, I would have been doing the scoring for roughly 30 games at Fenway Park this year from the press box. I will warn you that the Major League jobs are extremely competitive. I was told the position I was applying for had over 2,000 applications, but there are numerous minor league jobs available like this with a fraction of the candidates, and it's not a bad way to make side money if you have a job that allows you work part-time during the summer. I won't get into specifics of what you will make, but it pays more than minimum wage, and I would much rather do this than selling hot dogs.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    So nice that the Rays are letting Kevin Cash take home game off.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    I don’t consider Edgar under the same light. Every year he’s a full time DH I rate him the same as the worst fielder in the league. But as bad as a team with eight Edgar Martinez’s would be defensively, they would also outhit the ‘27 Yankees with ease. Who cares about pitching and defense at that point? That’s what makes him a Hall of Famer. He is the level of hitter you make that exception for. Frank Thomas was that level of hitter. So was Paul Molitor. Harold Baines sat against lefties. With David Ortiz, honestly it’s no for me. I would be very comfortable building a team around Edgar Martinez even knowing he couldn’t play the field. He was the best player on the ‘95 Mariners team that got to the LCS. Griffey was hurt for a good chunk of the year if people remember. I’m not quite there with Ortiz. Yes, he was a key component of three World Series teams, but the key word is component. He wasn’t the best player on any of those teams. Gary Sheffield could have done the same thing. Teams tried to build around Gary Sheffield. Ironically the one year a team like that won the World Series, he only hit .250 on the year with 21 home runs. An averageSheffield led teams is the fate I see with theoritcal Ortiz lead squad than a three-time World Champion, which is to say a high 80’s win team that goes nowhere. Edgar was the better hitter. He has a higher career OPS plus than Ortiz, and a bigger chunk of his OPS comes from the on-base side of the equation which is the more important part. Martinez was also still a full time starting third basemen when he won his first batting title in ‘92. Martinez is also the better base runner for what it’s worth. The only thing Ortiz has on Edgar is longevity, but if you throw out Ortiz’s Twins numbers as almost everyone does, they wind up with around the same number of plate appearances. I effectively do this, because when it comes to the Hall, I don’t care that much about average or below average seasons. It’s just the number and quality of the great seasons I care about. I see more of and better great seasons from Edgar. There’s enough of a difference here for me to say yes to one and no to the other. As for possibly of Ortiz getting in and Bonds and Clemens not. I guess it just makes anyone who votes this way a hypocrite. Either that, or it’s not really about the PED’s which has always been my contention. Maybe we can finally have an honest conversation about what’s really happening and why, but I doubt it.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    Offense is offense. The scoreboard doesn’t care from which position it’s coming from. I can only judge guys based on what they did. No what someone else could have done in their shoes or what they would have done if scenario X, Y, or Z happened. The offensive standard for DH’s should be much higher than say shortstop or center field, but even accounting for that Edgar, in my opinion, clears the bar. I’m not a fan of the DH either, but I’m not going to disqualify someone just because I don’t like it. The Olbermann thing I just thought was a hoot. I don’t care if he disagrees with me. I’ve yet to meet a single baseball fan I’m aligned 100% on how the game should be seen and played. I was just happy for the attention.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    Theoretically yes, but I don't see any desire from either the Hall of Fame or the Today's Era Committee to even consider a player with PED allegations against him. They also have to be dropped from the BBWAA ballot to be eligible for consideration, so this sentiment could change in the near future, but I doubt it. My guess is both Clemens and Bonds will have to wait at least another decade, but will eventually get in through a process that doesn't currently exist. Hopefully, more writers come around on both Clemens and Bonds, but my feeling is that there is a solid 30% of the voters that won't vote for either under any circumstance. Until that changes, they don't have a chance of getting in through the writers.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    A reliever with a 4.50 ERA has at least a 50/50 of closing out a game in the ninth given a one run lead with nobody on base. This is how you can have a 5.07 ERA and still lead the league in saves as Joe Borowski did in 2007. Granted this is an extreme example, but I would put the overall value of saves as a measure of talent at near zero. But it’s a completely separate argument. I get it being made for Lee Smith, but nobody has ever disputed Rivera’s save total as being due to anything else than a lights out reliever for the better part of at least 16 seasons. I viewed it as a straw man argument. He’s disproving a point nobody was making. Edit: Has now come out that Ballou voted for Rivera after all.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    I’ve read that article at least five times and still don’t understand his point. The save rule is dumb, that’s why I didn’t vote for Mo. I have no idea what one has to do with the other but to teach their own I guess.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    We can't all agree on his induction, but like many, I am happy to see Edgar finally getting his due credit. As for the others, Mariano finally ends the nobody getting 100% of the vote streak which was always stupid. I don't know how one objects to Willie Mays or Babe Ruth being in the Hall, but people did. Roy Halladay took over the title of "most dominant right-handed American League pitcher" from Pedro Martinez and held onto it for several years before winning another Cy Young award in Philadelphia. That's enough for me. Mussina's argument against was never something I understood. The guy was top five in ERA as many times as Bob freakin' Gibson and people were trying to claim he wasn't all that dominant. Give me a break. Clemens and Bonds continue their slight upward tick, which reflects more negatively on the Hall than it does them IMO. The Hall needs to induct these people to validate themselves as an institution more than either Bonds or Clemens need to be inducted to prove the greatness of their careers. Schilling's omission also falls under the category of flat out silly. Yes I rather slam my foot into a door than being alone in a room with this guy, but that doesn't take away from the fact that he was one of the dominant right-handers who ever played, and is arguably the greatest postseason pitcher in baseball history. The guy was money in multiple big game outings for the Phillies, D'Backs, and Red Sox during his career. Short of a Joe Paterno or an O.J. Simpson situation, I can't deprive someone of a historical achievement like the Hall of Fame based solely on moral grounds. I am disappointed to see Berkman and Oswalt kicked off the ballot after just one vote. Regardless of how you feel about their HOF candidacy, they deserved more than one ballot to make their case. To me, this is the direct result of stingy voters taking way too long to make decisions on guys like Edgar and Mussina who should have been in long ago without much debate. Oswalt for his part will join the ranks of Kevin Brown, David Cone, and Bret Saberhagen for Hall of Fame debate worthy starters that never even given a chance by the writers.
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    NFL Playoffs: Super Bowl LIII

    Aside from the obvious, my only question about the Saints/Rams game what was on earth was Sean Payton thinking on the play calling sequence before the non-pass interference call happened? You have the ball on the 13-yard line within two minutes to go. The game is tied and the other team only has two timeouts left. ESPN had them at an 89% chance of winning the game at that point. Just run the damn ball three times and kick the field goal. It would have given the Rams less than a minute to get into field goal territory without any timeouts to help them. That first down incomplete pass completely changed the dynamic of the game. It added at least another 30 seconds on the clock for the Rams offense and now instead of "a touchdown here would be nice" you almost need to score a touchdown to ensure the game is put away.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    For every one transaction a team makes, they discuss ten others than never come to fruition. That’s about the same percentage of confidence I apply to all of these contract rumors.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    You would have to ask the Phillies brass themselves why they seem to have soured on Machado. I’m sure signing Trout is in the back of people’s minds in Philly, but planning your future around players who aren’t even in your system is a very dangerous game to get into. Im sure they’ll do what they can to get him, but I doubt the Machado situation has any impact on what they may be planning to do to attract Trout. As for the second part, when I was with UMass basketball coaches would regularly make it a point especially to incoming freshmen that you need to learn how to be effective while playing at less than 100% effort. Guys who give it 100% effort on every play usually end up in the trainer’s room within a month of playing like that. It doesn’t mean you have a license to be lazy. It just means you need to know how to pick your spots and maybe not lay out to catch that bases empty single when you’re up by three runs with two outs in the eighth inning in the middle of August. I’m sure that’s more along the lines of what Machado was saying and his regular season numbers should override anything he did over a three week span in October. But the image of him pimping a long single in the middle of the World Series as well as the various dirty play is going to be tough to get out of people’s heads. The only thing Machado can do to redeem himself is to have a kickass Postseason at some point. Who knows if he’ll ever get the chance.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    That's probably as high as most teams are willing to go. If he weren't dead set on playing shortstop and didn't come off as a raging douche in October, he would be getting better offers. I think his "hustle" comments were and are being overblown, but I do get teams having reservations over giving someone big money who has admitted he doesn't give 100% on every play, even in big games. More than one team who was interested in signing him in July was all set after seeing what he did in October. You can't tell me there are 50 players better than Manny Machado and $25 million would still put him at a pretty elite pay scale. He would become the best player on the White Sox overnight as well as their highest paid player if he were to sign there. But if you asked every game around the league if you could start a team with any player, who would you want? Most every GM would name at least a dozen players before they got to Machado. If the White Sox view Harper as potentially being the next Frank Thomas, that makes Machado the next Robin Ventura. Solid player to have on the roster and one who can help propel a team to a World Series title. But nobody is looking to him as being the guy to carry a franchise, and if that's the type of money he's asking for, I have a feeling he's going to be waiting awhile. As for the other big fish, Harper, he's probably going to wait right up until Spring Training starts before signing. Everything I've heard has him going to Philly if a decision had to be made today. Harper and the Phillies management also seem to be getting along swimmingly which is another reason why I think the race to sign him is more or less over at this point. The only reason Harper still hasn't signed is that he's still waiting to see if another team comes along to blow Philly's offer out of the water. There are other teams out there who are willing to offer Harper more money per year, but nobody is willing to match the Phillies regarding contract length, and that isn't likely to change. Teams like the Dodgers will up the money offer before they up years. But there's no incentive for him at this point to sign right away, and I don't think the Phillies are in any rush to bring him in either. The Phillies already locked up their contingency plan with the McCutchen signing, so why rush him on having him sign, especially when they've been talking to each other the whole time?