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2018 MLB Postseason: The Hunt for <insert team color here> October

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16 minutes ago, the admiral said:

dey got dat Aarn Rown guy, da Sahx shoulda brungim back

 

Gotta a huge pay day for running through a fence. 

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When it came to circuitous paths to routine flies, he was good, but he was no Jim Edmonds. There's a guy who would find time to run in several figure-eights and light his shirt on fire.

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Hey look, Aaron Rowand is taking a huge dump on home plate. Oh no, that's just his batting stance. 

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4 minutes ago, Wings said:

Hey look, Aaron Rowand is taking a huge dump on home plate. Oh no, that's just his batting stance. 

 

 

I never pass up an opportunity to post this gem.

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Remember when guys in the 80s would meander over to the plate and just kind of take a whack at the ball?

 

Baseball was weird then.

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Do you ever wish for one team to renounce analytics-based baseball and be as old-school stupid as possible out there, just to see what happens? I bet they'd still finish ahead of the Padres. I've grown tired of the cargo cult around intelligence in sports, where anything that's deemed smart must necessarily be good. I don't know what's good about 30 strikeouts a game or hockey's ugly shot attempts for the sake of shot attempts.

 

How about Craig Counsell's goofy-ass batting stance, like he was trying to use a bat to dust the top of a ceiling fan.

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Ugh, how horrible is it to see a new generation of Yankee stars growing into the game before your very eyes. And these ones are so young and charming and talented! Gross.

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The only benefit I can see from this Yankee/Red Sox series is that its in the Division series round and not the League Championship round. At most we have 5 games for ESPN to drool all over. Really pulling for Houston from the AL to make it back. 

Braves in the NL would be my dreams come true, but I think they are still a year or two away from being a true championship contender. If they don't make it, then I'd like to see Milwaukee make it to the WS.

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8 straight winner-take-all playoff losses for the A's. Incredible. If they were an NFL team they'd be the Cincinnati Bengals. See ya again in 4 years with another group of randos who somehow won 95 games. 

 

 

Yankees-Red Sox Resurrection might be fun because these are all new players, kind of fun players, and because this will only be a 5 game series instead of a dreadful 7. And because these are two of the best teams in baseball and this series has been foretold all season long so it kind of feels like it should happen. But it'll only be fun if I ignore the uniforms and ignore that every single fan of both teams is an awful, despicable person who isn't due one more single good sports memory for as long as they live. That might be hard to do. I'll hate watch this series and probably have fun. 

 

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9 hours ago, the admiral said:

 

The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks, mopped the floor with the Cubs, and were a crappy Yu Darvish start away from winning the World Series. That's not in the same universe as the '01 Mariners, whose how-did-this-bunch-of-guys-win-that-many-games roster betrayed them exactly when you'd expect it to

Not to mention suffering through the most bizarre, gut punching game in the history of the sport (as painstakingly retold by the LA Times).

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6 hours ago, Digby said:

Ugh, how horrible is it to see a new generation of Yankee stars growing into the game before your very eyes. And these ones are so young and charming and talented! Gross.

I feel like the Red Sox are in the same boat; Gary Sanchez is a bit of a diva so you at least have him as a target for ire

 

I mean, I'll cheer against the Sox because it's what I do, but how the hell am I supposed to find a way to hate Mookie Betts?

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duh I'm a big dumb idiot who takes Josh Hader out of the game.

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19 hours ago, the admiral said:

Do you ever wish for one team to renounce analytics-based baseball and be as old-school stupid as possible out there, just to see what happens? I bet they'd still finish ahead of the Padres. I've grown tired of the cargo cult around intelligence in sports, where anything that's deemed smart must necessarily be good. I don't know what's good about 30 strikeouts a game or hockey's ugly shot attempts for the sake of shot attempts.

 

How about Craig Counsell's goofy-ass batting stance, like he was trying to use a bat to dust the top of a ceiling fan.


The next time I hear "launch angle," it'll be too soon.

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Costas/Smoltz has to be the best national commentary team going right now.

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Ewww no. I’d take a bad case of pink eye over being stuck listening to Costas drone on and on. 

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1 hour ago, NicDB said:


The next time I hear "launch angle," it'll be too soon.

You can't say "launch angle" without saying "exit velocity," it's like finger-drumming "shave and a haircut" without finger-drumming "two bits"

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12 minutes ago, the admiral said:

You can't say "launch angle" without saying "exit velocity," it's like finger-drumming "shave and a haircut" without finger-drumming "two bits"

And in this era or launch angle this, exit velocity that, where are the non-pitchers who can lay down a perfect bunt?

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1 hour ago, NicDB said:


The next time I hear "launch angle," it'll be too soon.

 

It's one of those things that baseball people say to try and make the simplest sport in the United States sound more complex than it actually is.

 

I mean, launch angles and the whole "flyball revolution" thing. You know, flyballs, the only way to hit home runs. Home runs, of course, are a good thing. I'm glad it took baseball players 115 years to figure that one out. And I guess I actually mean that in a non-sarcastic way too, because there have still been people in the sport who talk about home runs as being "rally killers" and generally trying to find ways to make it sound like being a home run hitter is Actually Bad. 

 

It's pretty odd because you would surely think the sport with the most brain-damaged analyses of how the sport is played today would either be football or hockey and yet here we are.

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