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  1. MLB changes 2018?

    Neither have I. The flap obviously doesn't impact the on-field look, but it looks godawful on fans. And I'm not sure I've seen a single fan wearing one of those flex base Yankee uniforms yet.
  2. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    Yankees just dumped Chase Headley's $13M salary on the Padres (Headley and Bryan Mitchell for up-and-down OF Jabari Blash, who I bet will never once play for the Yanks). The Yankees' payroll basically stands in the same exact spot that it did a week ago. Headley and Castro, combined, were due about $23.8M. Stanton is due $25M, but the luxury tax hit is only $22M, as the Marlins will pay $30M of his remaining contract should Stanton not opt-out in 2020 (and the luxury tax rules assume he will not). So the Yankees just added Giancarlo Stanton (and likely opened up two additional 40-man roster spots - Headley and Mitchell - assuming the Yanks DFA or trade the random outfielder they got back from the Pads) without taking any luxury tax hit in the year 2018. I would imagine that this Headley deal is a prelude to some further action for the Yankees this offseason, whether it be adding a starting pitcher and/or an infielder. I think - and hope - we will see Gleyber Torres move into a starting role at 2B or 3B at some point in 2018, but he won't be on the Opening Day roster. I'd expect the Yanks are going to seek to fill one of those positions with a one-year contract for a veteran, and then have Torreyes hold down the other position with the intention of having Torres take it over midseason.
  3. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    Definitely. His name would've barely come up in HoF discussions if not for his performance in Game 7 in 1991. Javy Vazquez racked up 43.3 bWAR in 2840.0 IP, with a 105 ERA+. Jack Morris, by comparison, garnered 43.8 bWAR in 3824.0 IP (1,000 more innings pitched than Javy), with a 105 ERA+. If Jack Morris is a Hall of Famer, Javy Vazquez is as well. And he was a guy that was completely omitted from the BBWAA ballot (wrongly so - he should've been on it - but he would've been a one-and-done even if he were included). This is an asinine induction, frankly.
  4. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    Alan Trammell is long overdue, and I can only hope that Lou Whitaker gets his due soon as well. Jack Morris is terribly undeserving though. Honestly, he lowers the standards of the Hall for starting pitchers.
  5. 2018 MLB Hot Stove Season

    Middle of the Yankees' lineup: Aaron Judge Giancarlo Stanton Gary Sanchez Didi Gregorius Greg Bird Homers galore. This is probably Cashman's biggest heist ever. And this is a guy who has traded for reigning Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez, as well as Bobby Abreu, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, Sonny Gray, etc., all in fairly lopsided deals. The 28 year old reigning NL MVP, plus $30MM in salary relief, in exchange for Starlin Castro, a mid-level prospect, and a fairly obscure 18 year old minor leaguer. Holy crap. And FWIW, there's still a really good chance that the Yankees will get under the luxury tax threshold in either 2018 or 2019. They'll have Stanton and Gleyber Torres (at ML-minimum) for about the same amount that they paid Castro and Holliday in 2017. They also have lots of money coming off the books after 2018 - Gardner ($11.5MM), Headley ($13MM), Sabathia if he gets resigned, Chris Carter. So the Yankees can easily re-set the luxury tax still, since so much of their roster is filled with pre-arbitration and pre-FA guys. These aren't the days of the $200MM+ payroll Yankees with tons of aging free agent acquisitions.
  6. Quebec City will become to the NHL what Los Angeles was for the NFL for two decades. NHL owners in struggling cities have the threat of relocation to a ready-made arena in a great hockey market in their back pocket, whenever they need to bend over municipal governments to give them more subsidies. "Well, you know I want to stay in Raleigh/Arizona/Miami/Vegas, but I need more favorable lease terms to do so. Did I mention there's a vacant brand new arena in Quebec just waiting for an NHL team?" Of course, anybody with half a brain realizes that Quebec City would provide far more value to the NHL as an active market than it does as a relocation threat for failing, unprofitable teams, but this is the NHL we're talking about...
  7. Rice Krispies new logo/packaging.

    I really like the new logo, but have to agree about the elves - they just look less happy and excited now.
  8. New Romanian National Team Brand Identity

    The fish on the bottom is the only thing that falls short for me. Other than that, looks great.
  9. MLB Changes 2017

    I hate alternates in the World Series, those fortunately the Astros; orange tops are some of the better alt jerseys in baseball. Other than the gigantic NOB, I rather like the Astros' current set. Still wish thy'd go to a modernized version of these, but this set is pretty good overall:
  10. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    Thing is, they didn't even need to have those contrived dimensions in order to fit it in to its plot of land (which is actually quite large): The areas to the immediate north and immediate south of the ballpark are vacant - covered by a plaza on one side, and a parking lot on the other. The building could've easily been expanded on either end to accommodate a larger left field. On top of that, the Crawford Boxes are what's really confining left field down the line. Those aren't a function of the plot of land at all. That field could've been much more conventionally designed if they so chose. But it was built in 2000, when contrived dimensions were all the rage.
  11. That requires three things: The university being able to legally claim the Beavers nickname as a trademark that would prevent any other Oregon-based teams from adopting it, despite the fact that the Portland Beavers name was first used in 1906, and has been used intermittently since then, without any successful trademark claims by OSU. I highly doubt a trademark infringement suit would hold water in court, given those facts. Even if they were able to enforce the trademark, the university then being willing to license the Beavers name to another team in Oregon (which is a lot different from a professional team in Wisconsin licensing a derivative of their logo to two college teams down South). The ML ownership team being interested in the Beavers name, despite the potential marketing issues posed by OSU's presence. I can't foresee any licensing agreement occurring, since the ML team would never pay to license a nickname whose trademark likely isn't enforceable in this context. The decision to use the Beavers name would likely lie solely within an MLB ownership group's hands. I hope they'd decide to use it, but far from a guarantee.
  12. Well, that too. But I do think OSU may very well put up a fight against a big 4 team in their own state adopting the name "Beavers." Legally, I'm not sure they'd have much of a leg to stand on, but an ownership group may wish to avoid a protracted public fight with a major university in the area, if it comes to that. And ownership may want a name they feel they can exclusively 'own' in the area.
  13. The AAA Portland Beavers actually shared this same concern, and ran a "Name the Team" contest to rename the team back in 2007. They had retaining the Beavers name as an option, and I believe it won in a landslide. That actually prompted a rebrand for the team in which they kept the name "Beavers" but switched their colors and logo. I can guarantee that it would be a concern of both any prospective MLB ownership group, and of Oregon State University, if a major league team were to consider the name Beavers. It'd probably be the fans' preference, and an ownership group might be willing to overlook the marketing concerns if the fans were clearly demanding the Beavers name, but I have to say - much as I wish for a potential ML team in Portland to be named the Beavers, I don't see it happening.
  14. MLB changes 2018?

    Having a team maintain an existing respectful Native American logo (a la the Blackhawks or Seminoles) is one thing, but debuting a brand new Native American logo in the year 2017 would be completely counterproductive. Not every team needs a logo that related to their nickname, and that's doubly true when a team is named after Native Americans. I know the block C is criticized for being boring and/or muddled, but I think that can largely be solved by a simple outline. I've mocked up a few potential versions. Personally, I like the one on the far left - a white logo outlined in red. It'd distinguish the Indians well from the Red Sox and Cardinals, and I think it'd look pretty distinctive.
  15. 2017 MLB Postseason Thread

    Baseball, bloody hell.