Norva

2017 MLB Season

440 posts in this topic

23 hours ago, The Six said:

This is stupid. If you want to walk someone, throw the four balls and walk him. 

Agreed 1000%

 

As Russell Martin has come out 'If a guy hits a HR, why not have him just walk to the dugout to save time'.

 

Baseball should not be dumb.

7 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, dont care said:

who is this neck beard?

 

That would be Colby Rasmus doing his best impersonation of an Amish person.

 

Seriously, dude... Shave it off! Do the world a favor and shave it off.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, CS85 said:

C5SY_ZGWEAEbIJb.jpg

Didn't know Jebediah Springfield played for the Rays!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Seadragon76 said:

 

That would be Colby Rasmus

I never would have guessed that was Colby Rasmus because: I didn't realize he was still in the league and 2: I didn't know he had taken up civil war battle reenactment as a hobby in his spare time, good for him.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, 2001mark said:

Agreed 1000%

 

As Russell Martin has come out 'If a guy hits a HR, why not have him just walk to the dugout to save time'.

 

Baseball should not be dumb.

always knew there was a reason i liked Martin

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Seadragon76 said:

 

That would be Colby Rasmus doing his best impersonation of an Amish person.

 

Seriously, dude... Shave it off! Do the world a favor and shave it off.

It seems all his wonderful flowing hair has been moved to his neck... bad choice Colby.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My 2017 MLB Predictions, right here:

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST

Boston Red Sox 1

New York Yankees WC

Baltimore Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays

 

CENTRAL

Cleveland Indians 3

Kansas City Royals

Detroit Tigers

Minnesota Twins

Chicago White Sox

 

WEST

Texas Rangers 2

Houston Astros WC

Seattle Mariners

Oakland Athletics

Los Angeles Angels

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST

Washington Nationals 2

New York Mets

Miami Marlins

Atlanta Braves

Philadelphia Phillies

 

CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs 1

St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

Milwaukee Brewers

 

WEST

San Francisco Giants 3

Los Angeles Dodgers WC

Colorado Rockies WC

Arizona Diamondbacks

San Diego Padres

 

 

PLAYOFFS

AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

Texas Rangers def. Cleveland Indians

New York Yankees def. Boston Red Sox

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

Chicago Cubs def. Los Angeles Dodgers

San Francisco Giants def. Washington Nationals

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Texas Rangers def. New York Yankees

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Chicago Cubs def. San Francisco Giants

 

2017 WORLD SERIES

Chicago Cubs def. Texas Rangers in 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rockies over Astros in 6

 

Talk about parity.

 

Blue Jays will be in the postseason once again because they'll be fine against NYY, BAL, TB for another season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only prediction I'll make because I stopped watching baseball. 

 

The Yankees will not make the playoffs. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Giants over who cares. 

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

May as well:

 

AL EAST

Red Sox

Blue Jays(WC1)

Yankees

Rays

Orioles 

 

AL CENTRAL

Indians 

Tigers

Royals

Twins

White Sox

 

AL WEST

Astros

Mariners(WC2)

Angels

Rangers

A's

 

NL EAST

Nationals

Mets(WC1)

Marlins

Phillies

Braves

 

NL CENTRAL

Cubs

Cardinals

Pirates

Brewers

Reds

 

NL WEST

Dodgers

Giants(WC2)

Rockies

D-Backs

Padres

 

WC GAMES

Blue Jays over Mariners

Mets over Giants

 

DIVISION SERIES

Red Sox over Blue Jays in 4

Astros over Indians in 5

Cubs over Mets in 3

Dodgers over Nationals in 3

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Astros over Red Sox in 6

Dodgers over Cubs in 7

 

WORLD SERIES

Dodgers over Astros in 6

 

AL MVP: Mike Trout

AL CY: Corey Kluber

AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi

NL MVP: Corey Seager

NL CY: Clayton Kershaw

NL ROY: Dansby Swanson

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Joey Bats with a new stance (lowered hands me thinks) annihilates the ball to kill Canada.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, FGM13 said:

May as well:

 

AL EAST

Red Sox

Blue Jays(WC1)

Yankees

Rays

Orioles

Orioles last?? Worse than the Rays??? If this happens, call me out on it but IMO, there is no way they finish last.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Re: Pitch clock - definitely needed, as well as enforce the batters walking around for 30 seconds adjusting their grip and doing whatever else they do in between pitches.

 

Roy Halladay was one of the best of the last couple decades, and he woudl just get the ball back from the catcher and pitch it again within a few seconds.  His games were so fast, a trait that many of the great ones shared.  I'm not sure why these other pitchers need to do everything they do in between pitches - if you're not good enough to just pitch then maybe you're not good.

 

Re: intentional walk - I was opposed to this at first, but now I'm not seeing the point of the four pitches, considering you could just intentionally hit someone to save the pitchers arm and put them on 1B with one pitch vs four.  In this era where pitch counts are so important, even though the IBB doesn't strain a pitcher's arm that much, it's still something and there's really no harm in getting rid of it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 This is the best news coming from MLB in a very long time! I hate seeing 4 pitches thrown as it is a waste of time! Now if they just put Designated Hitters in the National League I may start watching baseball again. 

You are glad they are saving, I'd guess, about 4 seconds off the average game, but in order to watch, you want the NL to add about 10 minutes to its games?

 

I am against the automatic walk rule.  There are a ton of MLB games and one of the great things about going to one is the possibility of seeing something great/weird/rare, etc.  One of those things would be a botched intentionally-thrown ball that sails over the catcher's head and advances a runner?  Rare?  Sure.  But it's all about possibilities.  Secondly, I hate that MLB is trying to pass this off as a meaningful solution to a problem.  It's not.  The intentional walk is practically dead anyway.  Games are too long and while this will placate some fans this offseason, it won't take long to learn that this is not meaningful.

 

In the long term, MLB is going to have to figure this out.  Casual fans are their bread and butter and those people don't want to stay until 11:30 on a Tuesday.  Intentional walks are not the problem.  Extra-inning games really are not, either.  It's the length of the nine-inning game.

 

And the below problem is going to be difficult to deal with...

 

On 2/12/2017 at 9:13 PM, HedleyLamarr said:

The bigger issue is that the game is so specialized now, as well as teams are so fearful of overusing their expensive arms.  It was a breath of fresh air seeing Andrew Miller pitch like 3-4 innings of relief.  It used to be 5 starters, one closer, and 5-6 interchangeable relievers.  Now there's a closer, an 8th-inning guy, a 7th inning guy, a left-handed specialist, a groundball specialist, and a long reliever.  Starters generally get yanked before the 7th inning.  (And now there's that philosophy the Rays and Royals used...starter goes a couple trips through the lineup, then it's onto the relievers, even if the SP has thrown just 65 pitches.)  And in the NL, these pitching changes mean pinch hitters, and you burn through your reserves.  And now there's defensive specialists, too.  The spirit of the setup of baseball wasn't to use 18 guys in a 9-inning game.

Every manager tries to alternate left/right-handed hitters and starting in the 7th (OK, 6th inning), the opposing team will bring out a different pitcher to face each one of them.  And it's boring.  I understand why it's happening...but it's boring.  And my wife complains about it every time.  And while that may be her problem, it's MLB's problem, too because their fans don't like it.  Unfortunately, it's hard to institute any rules that will make the game go significantly faster.  Can we really have a "must face two batters" rule?  Can we really have a limit on how many tosses a pitcher makes to first?  It's a problem because if you look at NFL and NHL games, they go about 2.5 hours.  I really think it would be great if MLB could routinely have games go that long, but that would take drastic measures such as taking at least one commercial off of each inning break (and that's only about nine minutes) and very, very firm timing rules, which are hard to enforce in a clock-free sport.  

 

If baseball is truly on the verge of dying, as some think it is, they may have to go really drastic and look into 7-inning games.  (My wife, who likes going to games and will spend the money, has semi-jokingly suggested that for years.  And there are probably more fans like her at games than fans like me).  We don't want that.  But I really think they need to find a way, for now, for the majority of games to be on the short side of three hours.  Automatic intentional walks is not the answer.  Something in the area of pitch clocks, etc may be.  A few less commercials...that would be nice but I am sure that throws the economics off.  They need to be very careful being going all-in on the DH.  I know most fans prefer the DH, but I am not sure that offsets the extra time.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, jmac11281 said:

Orioles last?? Worse than the Rays??? If this happens, call me out on it but IMO, there is no way they finish last.

 

I love Zach Britton and Manny Machado but I can never get past that rotation, and their depth is awful. They've been getting lucky a lot recently and I think it's gotta run out eventually. Plus I probably like the Rays a little better than most.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 minutes ago, FGM13 said:

 

I love Zach Britton and Manny Machado but I can never get past that rotation, and their depth is awful. They've been getting lucky a lot recently and I think it's gotta run out eventually. Plus I probably like the Rays a little better than most.

I agree that the rotation is downright awful at times but I feel like the offense can help them steal a few games.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got some WBC fever.  I like games starting at 10pm.

I'm actually rooting for the US a bit because anything to help put a bigger spotlight on the event is a good thing.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

USA - DR game was great, not least helped immensely by the fans at the park.  It sounded like a game 7 at old Yankee Stadium on tv.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now