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Everything posted by crashcarson15

  1. The Díaz for Jake Bauers part of the Carlos Santana trade is a wonderful example of the Indians ownership’s cheapness playing them out of a contention window. Dealt a dude who’d be a sure-fire starter for a project who’s not very good and just about blocked from playing time to save $5 million.
  2. Players who go the junior college route can actually get drafted any year — but once you're at a four-year college, you have to wait until you're a junior or 21 until you can be drafted again.
  3. I actually like a 10-team field, but my biggest complaint about baseball's current playoff structure is that going to the one-game Wild Card round really increased the chances that a deserving team gets screwed over by nothing more than geography — the 2015 Pirates (second-best record in baseball*) and 2018 Cubs (tied after 162 for best record in National League) both not making the NLDS are probably the poster children for this. Even though it would certainly disadvantage my team, I'd prefer a shift back to a two-division format in each league, which would guarantee that the top two teams in each league qualify for the LDS (first Wild Card of three would get a bye). *Perhaps worth noting 2015 was a weird year, since the Pirates actually lost that Wild Card game to the third-best record in baseball, the Cubs (which IMO, further strengthens the two-division argument)
  4. I will gladly have my team take yours’ spot in tonight’s game.
  5. The best news of this Monday morning: Bundesliga rights are headed to ESPN (mostly ESPN+) from next season.
  6. I bought my first low-crown 5950 when I was in Cleveland this summer. I really like it! (I'm a 7 5/8 in high-crown 5950s, but bought a 7 3/4 in the low and it fits really well.)
  7. Giving away Diaz and Cano? What? The Mariners got back a top-25 and a top-75 prospect in baseball. That's a fantastic return, and it always is for a reliever and a 36-year-old washed-up infielder.
  8. They're marginally better than the normal set (thicker numbers & gold pants), but this is predictably underwhelming.
  9. Indians lost ground in the AL Central, but won the night. That's awesome.
  10. I am a fan of an American League club. I have always enjoyed watching National League baseball. I think it's neat that we have both versions of the game.
  11. The Indians' lack of competitiveness early in the season had a few things involved, but none of them were really the natural end of a contention window — this has always been a six-year contention window for the Tribe, starting with 2016 and aligning with the six years of team control for Francisco Lindor and the end of Corey Kluber's contract. I don't think the Indians are actively trying to move Bauer, but would deal him for the right package. Bauer is a free agent after next season, and has said that he'll sign one-year contracts with the highest bidder every offseason once he hits free agency. He'll also be due a good amount of money next year in arbitration, and the Tribe still have some level of financial constraints. Both of those mean he's likely not staying with the club after the 2020 season. There's also the roster construction side of things, which is why they were shopping him and Kluber over the offseason in the first place. If healthy and performing, the Indians have an absurd starting rotation — Shane Bieber and Mike Clevinger are both aces; then you'd have Bauer, Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. That doesn't include a maybe-healthy Danny Salazar, nor does it have room for Zach Plesac, who has a 1.4 WAR in 11 starts as a rookie. Even now, with Carrasco, Kluber and Salazar all (currently) out of the picture, Bauer is the No. 3 starter on this team. He also hasn't pitched quite as well as he did last year. If Kluber comes back from his broken arm next month and looks remotely like his "old" self, and the rest of the rotation stays healthy, the Indians don't need Bauer to have postseason success — Bieber, Clevinger, good Kluber and Carrasco/Plesac/Salazar is still the best playoff rotation in the American League, as it stands now. The lineup is also probably not as good as it looks right now, and doesn't have recognized top-end hitters outside of Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana. This recent run has been bolstered by some young outfielders having good runs — while I enjoy what Greg Allen, Oscar Mercado and Tyler Naquin have done at the plate, the Indians shouldn't want to go to October with that as their starting outfield. There's absolutely the need for a couple bats in this squad, and that's what's holding them up. At the end of the day, I think they would move Bauer at this deadline for two young, controllable MLB bats — think two of Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes and Luis Urias from San Diego, for example. I doubt an offer on that level's coming, but with the injury uncertainty at the back of the rotation, I think they wait until the winter to make this kind of move for one MLB bat.
  12. More netting at baseball games is good. It lets me bitch about Trevor Bauer on Twitter while the game is going on.
  13. The 2001 (and surrounding years) Diamondbacks fit this bill pretty well. With the exception of small hints in the sleeve/cap logos, black only appeared on the road jersey (where it was the dominant color!), while teal only appeared on the home sets. They’re both among my favorite baseball jerseys, even if they weren’t a great cohesive unit together.
  14. It's probably better than the All-Star Game winner deciding home field, but I don't think record is a particularly good measure for baseball's setup, either. In the NBA or NHL, there's 58 or 60 shared games out of an 82-game schedule (since you play every other team at least twice). While there may be effects because of a stronger/weaker division in those leagues, it's less likely. In baseball, the two World Series opponents will share just 20 games out of the 162-game schedule, which makes a team's final record very dependent on who their regular-season opponents are. I think back to 2016 for this — everyone freaked out because the Cubs won 9 more games than the Indians, but they also played in a god-awful National League (compared to the Indians, who played in a very competitive American League). That year, 9 of the 15 AL teams won at least 84 games, and two others (the defending World Series champion Royals and the White Sox) were very much trying to compete. On the flip side, there were a bunch of NL teams not really trying to win that year, and just 6 National League squads finished with at least 80 wins. Did the difference in league quality amount to an extra 9 wins? I'm not sure — but saying that the 95-67 Nationals should've had home-field advantage over the 93-69 Red Sox that season in a prospective World Series doesn't really seem right to me.
  15. The Reds wearing their ’39 throwbacks today against the Indians is a good reminder of a neat MLB history quirk:
  16. 32 is also probably a good idea for where the game in Europe is now, considering that the Netherlands were the playoff qualifier, and the Euro 2017 runners-up missed the World Cup entirely. As the game continues to get better in Europe, expansion of the field will also get more of the world’s best teams to the final tournament.
  17. Actually pretty pleased with the Cavaliers' draft. Took two big upside guys in Garland and Porter Jr., and Windler was my favorite dude in this draft. All three can be pieces for this team, but none of them are probably good enough to make them not bad next year. Awesome!
  18. This is 100% a negotiating tactic, I think, but the idea isn't really that far from workable. If you want an outside park in Montreal and are concerned about early-season weather, just have the team play 3 or 4 home series in wherever their Spring Training park is, then have "home" Opening Day in May or whatever. Home slate of 69ish games, which is fine and balances the need to have a clear home city with scheduling concerns (and also keeping something as egregiously stupid as this from happening).
  19. Bumped the Montreal/Tampa stuff into its own thread, FYI.
  20. MODERATOR COMMENT: We're going to have separate threads for this, so let's keep this discussion to team name/aesthetics only and all discussion about the plan itself over in Sports in General.
  21. Freezing Cold Takes on line 1:
  22. Sam Kerr is fun. Might get me out to Bridgeview next time I'm in Chicago...
  23. No, Thailand is very much a cupcake. They likely only qualified for the 2015 World Cup because North Korea was banned, and likely only qualified for the 2019 World Cup because of the fall-out from North Korea being banned in the previous version. Beating the worst team in the last World Cup 3-2 doesn't keep them from being a cupcake. Beating Chile this World Cup wouldn't keep them from being one, either.
  24. The biggest issue at play here probably isn't the 24-team World Cup; I think there's 24 teams in the world that could play at least somewhat respectably with the US. The issue is a combination of how World Cup slots are allocated and the continued fallout of North Korea's doping suspension from the 2015 World Cup. On the latter, AFC gets five qualification slots, and broadly speaking, there are five good women's soccer countries in Asia — Australia, China PR, Japan, North Korea and South Korea. Normally would be no problem. Key is that the AFC's qualification is routed through the Asian Cup, where the top 3 teams from the previous Asian Cup plus the hosts qualify automatically, and the other 4 spots are determined by a single-group qualifying. Teams are seeded for the qualification based on their results in the previous year's competition. So Australia, China PR and Japan all qualified automatically for the Asian Cup, and South Korea was seeded in Pot 1 as would be normal. But since North Korea was banned from the 2014 version, they were placed in an unseeded pot and, of course, got drawn in the same group as South Korea. Only one could advance, guaranteeing that we would get an over-matched team into the World Cup. -- On the former, though, the Women's World Cup absolutely has the issue where it's not at all possible for the top 24 teams in the world to qualify. Think about it — the way the draw fell out, one of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden was guaranteed to miss the tournament. That's the two finalists of EURO 2017, plus two long-time powers in the sport. UEFA gets 9 qualifying spots for the tournament, despite having 15 of the 24 highest-ranked teams in the world by the FIFA rankings. Meanwhile, CONMEBOL has 1, but gets 2.5; CAF has 0, but gets 3; OFC has 1 and gets a full slot; CONCACAF has 2, but gets 3.5. None of this is to say that they should change the allocation — like on the men's side, there's a need to balance getting good teams to the finals with growing the game — but I think it goes to show why they needed to go to 24 teams. In the 16-team World Cup, UEFA got 5.5 berths, plus the host's spot. There's a good chance that if the World Cup was still 16 teams, the Netherlands (a team that could genuinely win this thing) would still be sitting at home. That's worse for the game than any blowouts that come from a 24-team tournament.