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2 hours ago, cmm said:

They were going to suck anyway. Their starting pitchers' bodies are being held together by bubble gum and duct tape and most of their hitters are members of AARP.

That plus the fact that losing Chapman for a month is hardly going to cripple a bullpen with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

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13 minutes ago, FGM13 said:

That plus the fact that losing Chapman for a month is hardly going to cripple a bullpen with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

Yeah, it really equates to a 10-games-or-so suspension.  Chapman wasn't going to pitch in all 30 of these games.  Doubt he even would have gotten 15 appearances this early.

 

I've always thought MLB needs to come up with some equation to equate suspensions handed to everyday players.  A 5-game suspension for an everyday player is one missed start for a starting pitcher or 2-3 games for a reliever.  Plus, it probably does the pitcher more good than harm by not pitching. 

 

Perhaps a team has to play with a 24-man roster with a suspended pitcher, or a suspended pitcher can only be subbed out of the 25-man roster with a non-pitcher....

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To be fair, with the way Girardi uses his bullpen, Chapman probably would've appeared in 29 of the 30 games he'll be missing. Ol' Lizard Face lives for making pitching changes.

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24 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:

So, Ruben Amaro Jr. said some things...

 

Also, my hopes aren't exactly up for Shark and Cueto.

 

I don't see why not. Shark I can understand, but he's as high reward as he is high risk. But Cueto has consistently been one of the better/best pitchers in baseball over the past few years. And it's certainly a more promising rotation than Mike Leake and hoping and praying that Lincecum gets over his noodle arm. 

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So, does anyone else think that Goose Gossage is an absolute moron? My goodness, talk about a guy trying to desperately cling to relevancy. Put down the Wild Turkey, Goose. 

 

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14943065/goose-gossage-rips-jose-bautista-toronto-blue-jays-nerds-ruining-baseball

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6 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

So, does anyone else think that Goose Gossage is an absolute moron? My goodness, talk about a guy trying to desperately cling to relevancy. Put down the Wild Turkey, Goose. 

 

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/14943065/goose-gossage-rips-jose-bautista-toronto-blue-jays-nerds-ruining-baseball

 

Goose comes across as a bitter, old man who hates every aspect of life. I'm glad I was never a part of that generation.

 

As for Harper's comments in the ESPN Mag, I agree with the 100%. Baseball's dated, unwritten rules are a joke. The sport can be and needs to be more fun and taken a little less serious. More Bryces, less Gooses.

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Goose Gossage is nothing but a worthless hack at this point. All he ever does is sit behind the bleachers at Scottsdale Stadium signing autographs all Spring Training for a bunch of kids who have little idea who he is, and care even less who he is. The dude is nothing but his mustache at his point. His comments were (IMO) borderline racist, and just flat out stupid. He needs to quit desperately trying to cling to relevancy and just go away, because he's just about the last person anyone cares to hear from. Harper is right, baseball's "Old timers" are nothing but completely tired at this point. Sure, baseball has tradition. Wonderful. So does every other sport. 

 

And one final point that someone just pointed out to me. 

 

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That's Mickey Mantle. 

 

 

Really, just STFU, Goose. I HATE guys like that. I'd rather be stuck in a two bunk cell with Curt Schilling for 10-15 for squandering state funding than have to listen to this idiot spew this nonsense. 

 

And for as much as I love Sergio Romo, he can shut up, too. He's about a week of bad pitching performances away from being out of the game completely. And that's SO rich coming from a guy who basically spent the first half of his career trying to pathetically mimic the antics of Brian Wilson. 

 

 

 

 

EDIT: Yoenis Cespedes basically summed it up perfectly. Who the hell is Goose Gossage? 

 

http://nypost.com/2016/03/10/yoenis-cespedes-about-ranting-goose-gossage-whos-that/

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I'll gladly get off his lawn.

 

Goose's stupid, gimmicky mustache was likely the equivalent to Bryce's hair of today.

 

Hypocrite.

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On 3/10/2016 at 7:18 PM, Bucfan56 said:

 

I don't see why not. Shark I can understand, but he's as high reward as he is high risk. But Cueto has consistently been one of the better/best pitchers in baseball over the past few years. And it's certainly a more promising rotation than Mike Leake and hoping and praying that Lincecum gets over his noodle arm. 

 

I agree. I tend to be skeptical about the Giants, which makes me enjoy it more when they prove me wrong. Besides, it's only Spring Training, and the offense doesn't look too terrible.

I do hope Timmy gets signed by somebody, so he can stick around a little longer. It'll be so weird seeing him in a different uniform, but I'd be happy for the guy.

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Can't believe I forgot to post about this, but the Orioles signed Pedro Alvarez to a 1 years, $5.75 mil deal. It reminds me a lot of the Nelson Cruz deal from a few years ago, but Alvarez is probably more comparable to Chris Davis (SOs and HRs). 

 

I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the Orioles' runs next year are produced via the long ball as we have no one that can get on base consistently. This is going to be a fun year. 

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19 minutes ago, Crabcake47 said:

Can't believe I forgot to post about this, but the Orioles signed Pedro Alvarez to a 1 years, $5.75 mil deal. It reminds me a lot of the Nelson Cruz deal from a few years ago, but Alvarez is probably more comparable to Chris Davis (SOs and HRs). 

 

I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the Orioles' runs next year are produced via the long ball as we have no one that can get on base consistently. This is going to be a fun year. 

It'll be interesting to see where Davis, Trumbo and Alvarez fall into the lineup. As an Angels' fan who frequents Camden Yards, I'm especially excited to see some Trumbombs this year.

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VERY scary moment in the Giants A's game tonight. The very first pitch Johnny Cueto threw was hit right back at him and drilled him directly in the forehead. Luckily he wasn't hurt any worse than just being shaken up a bit, but it obviously dazed him a bit and three pitches later he surrendered a three run bomb to Josh Reddick. Hopefully he doesn't have a concussion. 

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The Pyramid Rating System: The Results

 

My second Hardball Times article to be published.

 

If anyone has any questions or comments feel free to direct them either to me in a PM or on the Hardball Times site itself. This is a nine year project that is still on going and of those nine years seven of them were spent on coming up with the method. The other two has been spent on perfecting it, which I am still working on.

 

The only thing I really want to add that I'm not sure I got across in the article is don't take these rankings as absolutes. The confidence I have in each ranking decreases the further down the list you go and I think if you're doing it right that's how it should be. To give an example of what I'm talking about, who's the better player all-time between Mark Teixeira and Troy Tulowitzki? Teixeira has more years under his belt and is a better overall hitter, while Tulo plays a more valuable defensive position and I would say in general is a more well rounded player. How you compare the two is not an easy thing to do and anyone who says it is doesn't know what they're talking about. At best these rankings are great estimates and I think that's all anyone can really hope for at this point.


There may be more articles coming out through this site, but that will probably be it for the next couple months at least. I still have a few ideas in the back pocket that I could take out at any point. Its just a matter of finding the proper outlet to put it on and at the moment I don't have that, but that always has the potential to change. That outlet might Hardball Times, or it might somewhere else, but it will eventually happen. Timing is a big factor as well, which I don't have a lot of control over.

 

I hope people enjoy the piece and the next time you'll be hearing from me in this thread is in regards to my potential SABR presentation which I will probably find out about in a month.

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