pmoehrin

Members
  • Content count

    7,190
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    2

Everything posted by pmoehrin

  1. pmoehrin

    2018 NFL Season

  2. pmoehrin

    2018 NFL Season

    I think your assuming my post to be way more serious than it was. Obviously there’s better options than Nate Peterman. They had one of them in Tyrod Taylor and traded him away without having a backup option in mind. I choose not to use names because in my view it better emphasizes how badly Buffalo messed this up. I could have very well written any name I wanted who could have filled the criteria and it would still be a disaster. Logic says there is no reason to do this and we’re now seeing the root of what said no to thought this play out. Peterman’s impetitude is just all the more magnified by how pass happy the league has become. He is the closest thing we have at the pro level to the “coach’s son”.
  3. pmoehrin

    2018 NFL Season

    Let's see. They traded away the one decent veteran QB they had on their team after leading them to a playoff birth. Used a first round pick to draft another QB. And are going with a fifth-round draft pick from last year as a stop gap. And here you are accusing this team of having no long or short-term plan for what they want to do at the position. You assume that the only reason Peterman has the job is that he and McDermott have some weird Tommy Maddox/Dan Reeves esqe relationship going on. What people don't understand is that it's just not realistic to expect a team that hasn't won a playoff game in over two decades to go out and find someone better. It's like asking why you're 40 something-year-old cousin can't get off the couch to go look for work, when you know damn well he is way too busy smoking weed and playing video games to have time for something like that. He hasn't even gotten over his girlfriend from seven years ago breaking up with him. That's the picture that comes to mind for me when people ask why the Bills can't better themselves.
  4. pmoehrin

    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    I don’t know of a single sports fan that doesn’t think at some point they can do better than management. It's a nice fantasy. Hence the name fantasy sports. I have to do provide an answer to this question to one organization for real. I had to break the news to my wife that we may have to move on short notice to a city she has never been to. That kind of real. I stopped posting on this board so I could devote more time to getting to this point with no guarantee it would ever happen. Now it’s up to me.
  5. pmoehrin

    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    I'm hoping to generate my own bit of offseason news. I have been applying for a job to major league teams on an on again off again basis since graduating from college which was nine years ago. The journey thus far has been fruitless, but I have never stopped trying. I started posting here regularly which helped hone my writing skills and eventually helped to land a part-time writing gig for Fangraphs, which I've held for the past four years. My attitude has always been never to stop trying, but I've never grown bitter about my current situation. The letdowns have been far more frequent than the successes, but I can't say I have any regrets about the path I've taken to this point. All that said, today I received my first contact from a Major League team about a potential job offer. I won't mention the team other than to say it is not the Miami Marlins who I will never work for a variety of reasons, current ownership being just one of them and I am still very early in the hiring process. But I am looking at this as a significant personal accomplishment of mine. Hundreds of people apply for these jobs and just to be seriously considered is an incredible achievement that very few ever reach. I will keep people updated if things work out, but regardless of whether or not it does, I will not stop trying to be in an MLB front office, and I don't think I would be at this point if not for the time I spent on the board. So to everyone here, I say thank you for the support.
  6. pmoehrin

    Report: Miami Marlins Getting New Logos for 2019

    In defense of the Marlins not going to a more teal based look, there is no reason why they have to switch. Just because an overwhelming majority of their fans say they should? What reason is that to be a uniform/logo design off of? There's also no reason for them to have an identity. Or a decent team. Or a fanbase. Or any aspect of a successful franchise whatsoever. They have finally rid themselves of Loria, but they still have a ways to go before they can shed the label of the team that sues its season-ticket holders. A good step in that direction would be to give the fans what they want and go teal. This feels like a missed opportunity.
  7. There's a lot of misinformation going on about what baseball was like at the turn of the century, so as a public service announcement I will clear a few things up. 1. Baseball was by far and away the most popular team sport in nearly every area of this country from the advent of the Civil War all the way up to the start of the baby boom. This is not disputable. Major League Baseball was a successful and established sports league decades before the NBA or NFL were even thoughts. The most successful renegade league in pro sports history the American League came about in large part because of the success one could have in the Wild West culture that was baseball at the turn of the century. What this means is that one cannot merely look to Major Leauge Baseball as a sign of the game's popularity at this time. Yes if you look at the attendance numbers of regular season games, it looks sad by comparison. Your average Major League team only draws about 5,000 fans a game. It doesn't seem like much, but keep in mind most fans are getting around by horse and buggy. Your population base is limited to the neighborhood your in. Beyond that lies thousands of minor-league, semi-pro, factory, business and church league teams that were each capable of drawing at least several hundred fans a game. You add those in, and the real popularity of the game becomes much clearer. 2. You could access the results of the game as it happened before the advent of radio, thanks to the Telegraph. Bars would have these installed and turn them into media news feeds to get the results of the game as it happened. If you were in a city, it wouldn't be uncommon to install a makeshift scoreboard in a public gathering space to read off results and display them as they happened. Here's a picture of Times Square during the 1912 World Series between the Red Sox and Giants showing this. That is an electronic scoreboard that would light up and display as best it could a virtual reality experience of what was happening on the field. Amazingly cutting-edge technology at the time. People came from over 200 miles away to Times Square in 1912, to see this board. 3. Major League teams may not have existed West of the Mississippi, but there are semi-pro and factory league teams that started play within years of the city or town they played in being incorporated. The Pacific Coast League dates itself all the way back to 1903. Most of the original teams played in California. California wasn't even a state until 1850, and within five decades it built up the economic system to support the most successful minor league in major professional sports history. How the Japanese League compares to Major League Baseball is how roughly the Pacific Coast League compared to Major League Baseball well into the 1950's. One of the reasons the reasons the Yankees made a then 21-year old Joe DiMaggio the sixth highest paid player on the team before even playing a Major League game was because he was perfectly content to spend the rest of his career playing for the San Francisco Seals if it came to it. Before he signed with the Yankees, he was making around $5,500 a year with the Seals, which is about $100,000 in today's money. Your average career minor leaguer in AAA today earns less than $30,000 playing ball and no baseball player in the 1930's was making the equivalent of $30,000,000 in today's money. DiMaggio was making more money as a teenager playing for the Seals than some everyday Major League starters. No Pacific Coast league team was ever in a position to outspend a Major League team, but its nowhere near as lopsided as most may think it was. The best offer a Major League team could realistically present to a PCL player was to triple his current salary. Its a quality of life jump, but it's not life-changing money. Picture being a pro wrestler in the 1980's going from the NWA to the WWF. That's about as close of a parallel as I can draw. Push comes to shove most want to go there if given the opportunity, but it's not like the other side isn't without its benefits, and some may even be willing to stay over money. Same with the PCL. 4. The only thing to come out of New York City with regards to spreading baseball was a set of standardized rules. That's all the New York Knickerbocker club provided. To claim a year when baseball is invented is like measuring the fog. Ball and stick games go back to the times of the Egyptians. Baseball's origins are about as old as the invention of agriculture. To suggest a few bankers from New York City were solely responsible for the popularization of the orientation of a sport that had been around for several millennia does a tremendous disservice to the incredibly complicated nature of how modern baseball developed. All 13 colonies enjoyed some various form of a ball and stick game with a differing set of rules depending on the region. None of these games was baseball as we know it today, but all had elements of what would one day become baseball. The sport doesn't begin to even resemble its modern-day form until the late 1880's. Before that, the game is about as standardized as beer pong, all the way down to not even being able to 100% agree on what actually to call it. Curveballs may be illegal to throw. Run limits may be in place. Gloves may or may not be permitted. The quality and types of balls used are all over the place. Mounds and bases have no set dimensions. Drinking may be encouraged or outright banned. To try to put all of this in a neat and tidy perspective is impossible. Baseball is just another take on a game that's as old as recorded history.
  8. pmoehrin

    NBA G League adding "one and done" players

    The goal is to make money. If you can develop players in the process to better ready them for the NBA, fantastic, but if the league isn't profitable, none of this matters. The biggest hurdle with any league like this that nobody considers is the coaching. The main reason more players don't follow the Brandon Jennings route aside from having to go overseas is that the quality of coaching you get in Europe isn't as good as what you get in the NCAA. It doesn't mean the gap hasn't closed, but even average D1 programs have coaches who either played in the NBA, played at a high-level NCAA program or served as a multi-year assistant for a big name program. The difference regarding coaching quality between the NCAA and the NBA is almost negligible. You ask college players what the most significant factor was in deciding on their school; I would guess at least 70% of them would say who the head coach of the program was. And this is coming from someone that worked as a student manager for two years under Travis Ford, the current head coach at St. Louis. I would speak with players on a daily basis, and these topics would come up all the time. Finding quality coaches capable of teaching NBA level prospects who aren't already employed by the NBA or NCAA is not going to be easy. It's the main reason why I would say Lavar's league is doomed to failure no matter what he does. You're just not going to be able to convince big name players to come in with crappy coaching. The sad part is I like the idea of Lavar's league. But to make a league like this work, you're going to need to bring in someone who has a lot of established connections and is willing to take a chance on a renegade league. There's probably only a dozen or so people who fit that bill and Lavar Ball isn't on the list.
  9. They should rename themselves the Clippers and let the basketball team keep the Chargers name and identity. It would provide the basketball team with a great new look, and it would give the football team a constant reminder about how much their owner sucks.
  10. pmoehrin

    NBA G League adding "one and done" players

    I think if you combined this idea with the ABA model of putting teams in underserved markets like San Diego, Baltimore, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, etc. You could have a profitable league. Another alternative would be to just film everything in-house in a TV studio rather than going on tour across the country in front of half-empty arenas. (aka what Lavar's league should be doing) A third alternative would be to combine this with Ice-Cube's league. Every team would get assigned "a legend," and you fill out the remainder of the roster using the 18-22-year-old roster pool. The only reason I suggest this is to help give the league some name value. The biggest hurdle I see with any league like this would be attracting quality coaching, especially out of the gate.
  11. pmoehrin

    NBA G League adding "one and done" players

    Unless the G-League starts going after two-star prospects who can’t keep a 2.0 GPA, Lavar’s league should be unaffected by this.
  12. The only thing I'll say about last night's game aside from how great it was is half the country was asleep by the time it ended. Just something to keep in mind when the league tries to figure out why these games pull the same rating numbers as some NFL preseason games. What gets me is that this is the only sport that regularly receives this complaint. The NBA, NFL, and NHL have all figured out how to make it work. Meanwhile, baseball is still fighting to start games at 9 PM EST for the sake god knows what at this point. It's not to maximize TV ratings because last night's game peaked at 10 PM, three hours before the game ended.
  13. A hole in the ground is a better fit for the Chargers than LA is. Up to this point, the Chargers in LA have been an unmitigated indefensible disaster. Not even two years in and the franchise has already resigned itself to being the stepchild team. It may go down as the worst and most short-sighted franchise move in pro sports history before all is said and done.
  14. I will be stunned if the Angels leave Anaheim simply because no other market would give them a better option. A stadium deal is sweet, but long-term it's your market size that matters the most, especially in a sport like baseball where so much of the revenue comes from local television. I always hear people bring up how the Browns moving to Baltimore is a move that shouldn't have happened. From a fan's perspective this is an easy argument to make, but from a financial one, the move to Baltimore long term has made the franchise more valuable. The lousy move from that time I don't understand is Bud Adams moving the Oilers from Houston to Tennessee. Regardless of what the stadium situation would have been in Houston, its the sixth largest metro area in the country. Where do you think you're going where you're getting a better situation than that? For the last decade or so, the Texans have consistently been one of the ten most valuable teams in the NFL, while the Titans have been one of the ten least valuable teams in the NFL. Once Houston built a new stadium and made it a level playing field with Nashville, it's not even close regarding which market you own an NFL team in. It's much the same I see with Orange County. The only other market I could see matching Orange County would be Northern New Jersey. That will never happen because of the Mets and Yankees territory rights over the area. After that its a tossup between Portland, San Antonio, Austin and Charlotte as I see it. To a lesser extent Vancouver and Montreal. Possibly even Mexico City depending on the circumstances. But in every case, I would much rather stay put in Orange County than take a chance on any of these places regardless of the stadium they were presenting.
  15. He's a self-aggrandizing promoter which rubs a lot of people including myself the wrong way. But aside from that, I really don't see any issue with the guy. He's done a lot of charity work, is careful who he associates with, and doesn't come off to me as anything more than a superfan with a ton of money and no real hobbies outside of going to sporting events. There are worse people you can meet in life. I don't have any objection to him. Now if you want to talk trash about Zack Hample elbowing kids out of the way to satisfy his OCD tick to catch every foul/home run ball in existence, feel free to grab a seat next to me.
  16. pmoehrin

    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Jacksonville had arguably the best ownership group at the time of the bids and they were one of the few cities that could guarantee a state of the art NFL ready stadium by ‘95. It can’t be understated how big having that stadium was for their bid. Without that stadium, I doubt they would have even been allowed to submit a bid. That said, even at the time Jacksonville was considered an odd choice. The small market size was downplayed because Jacsonville was and still is a growing city. I also think a lot of people in the NFL took it for granted that they would be able to convert college football fans to NFL fans, because football is football. If you like them in college, why wouldn’t you want to see them in the pros? But when the team was good in the late 90’s-early 2000’s and still couldn’t get much National support, red flags should have been going up then.
  17. pmoehrin

    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Lil Duval and one of the kids who survived Colombine are the only two Jags fans in existence that I am aware of. Never in my life have I met a Jags fan nor can I recall ever running into anyone on the streets rocking some Jags gear. If and when Khan moves the team (more when at this point) I sadly don’t foresee much of an uproar. Even with all of Jacksonville’s growth it’s still only the 40th largest metro area in the country with a ton of transplants, and in that region, you’re going head to head with college football for entertainment dollars. I’m not usually an advocate of teams moving, but if I was in Kahn’s shoes I’d probably be looking to pull the plug to.
  18. The Heyward trade wasn’t bad, but I thought they could have gotten more for him at the time. In hindsight he was the one player out of that group who probably should have been cut loose regardless of what the club was planning to do. The Miller trade I didn’t understand at the time from Arizona’s perspective and still don’t. I even remember saying that I found his late season dip in 2015 concerning and he hasn’t been the same since. The move not only helped cost Dave Stewart his job, but probably any future GM job as well. Newcombe has shown signs of being a promising starter, but out of every Atlanta trade, letting Simmons go was probably the worst move. Its not that Atlanta got nothing in return, but Simmons could be setting off on a Hall of Fame career track. To get return value on a player like that is damn near impossible. Noah Syndergaard would have been a solid return for Simmons. That’s the level of pitcher Atlanta would have needed to get back just for the deal to be considered a wash.
  19. pmoehrin

    The Sports Media Thread

    He and his buddies did a great job of covering his ass. They never found his clothes from that evening and the murder weapon was clean of any DNA. Everyone knows Lewis did something that night, but nobody can definitively say what. Scream enough motivational advice at enough people mixed in with some Jesus references and how it’s “for the kids” and people will start to think you’re actually a good person after awhile. Worked for Jim Brown minus the screaming part.
  20. One thing I will say with regards to the Milwaukee Brewers in the vein of people talking about how important it is to build a team from the ground up through homegrown talent. The Brewers are a small market team with hardly any homegrown talent on the roster, and they're in the NLCS. Yelich, Cain, Wade Miley, Travis Shaw, Aguilar, Chacin, Knebel. None of these players came up through the Brewers system. All of them except for Cain and Chacin were brought in through trades after they reached the Majors. Whether or not the Brewers will be able to keep this team together remains to be seen, but the Brewers right now have a GM in his early 30's in David Stearns who just pulled a division title and what is up to now an NLCS berth seemingly out of thin air with a small market club. I could think of 29 other teams that would be interesting in talking to someone like that if they had a GM opening. It would not surprise me to see him as the GM of a team like the Yankees, or the Dodgers one day. Contrast that with the Braves who got almost nothing in return for trading away guys like Kimbrel, Simmons, Upton, and Heyward. But they did such a great job with developing talent internally they were able to retool entirely and put themselves in as good if not a better situation then when they had all of those players on the roster. What makes for a good team? Having a roster filled with good players. How you get them though is almost irrelevant. Its proven itself over and over again in pretty much every sport, and yet you still have people trying to come up with these six sigma type systems on how to run a team. And it just doesn't work, because no one method is superior to everything else when it comes to building a team.
  21. I would give the AL award to Cash and the NL award to Counsell, only because I thought those were the two most improved teams from last year. I feel like putting any further thought into the award implies it has actual meaning and isn't based purely on qualitative attributes that can't be measured. It is a fun award to debate though because you can make up almost any criteria you want and nobody will tell you that you're wrong.
  22. pmoehrin

    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Stop looking at this logically.
  23. pmoehrin

    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    None of these options sound that great, which is why I’m surprised the Raiders are so against playing in Sam Boyd. I know the venue is undersized and not up to NFL standards, but any situation they go into is coming with baggage and strings attached. The London/multi-city ideas are great for fans, but nobody wants to be on a team that is literally flying all over the world to play home games. Unless the Raiders plan on moving their entire orginzation overseas, London is a no go. The goal is to make sure at the very least you can play all eight games in one location, which is going to be difficult enough in of itself. Most of if not all of these venues have their 2019 schedules already set. You can work around it. No venue is going to turn down hosting an NFL game if they can do it, but again baggage and strings.
  24. pmoehrin

    The Oakland/Las Vegas/Where The Hell Are We? Raiders

    Considering how badly the NFL has butchered the LA situation, this is the likeliest scenario.
  25. pmoehrin

    2018 MLB Season

    I can buy you saw this stat in another article, but Shaughnessy did site that stat in one of his most recent articles. It’s just one of “only a person of this ilk would even think this” feel to it that gives it away. There’s fewer and fewer people out there like that these days. People like Shaughnessy are dinosaurs in the sports journalism landscape. Everything about him and his writings just screams old. Not “old-school”. Just old as in no serious person besides him thinks this way anymore and hasn’t in quite some time.