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On 6/28/2019 at 11:03 AM, Marlins93 said:

Pujols to the Marlins was virtually a done deal during Loria's new ballpark spending spree. I really wonder what would have happened to him during the 2012-2013 offseason when they were dumping all of their players. I can't imagine that it would have been easy to unload that contract but teams seemed more comfortable giving these types of deals to aging veterans back then. If they were stuck with that contract, there's no way they would have given Stanton his megadeal.

 

Pujols to Miami was far from a done deal. The Marlins offered more money than the Angels and Cardinals, but wouldn’t include a no-trade. Albert feared exactly what happened. Loria would end up shipping the team off if things didn’t work out. Because of the crazy owner, Albert heard their pitch, but was more than willing to give up a lot of money for stability. 

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-money-albert-pujols-turned-down-from-the-marlins-2011-12

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14 minutes ago, Brandon9485 said:

 

Pujols to Miami was far from a done deal. The Marlins offered more money than the Angels and Cardinals, but wouldn’t include a no-trade. Albert feared exactly what happened. Loria would end up shipping the team off if things didn’t work out. Because of the crazy owner, Albert heard their pitch, but was more than willing to give up a lot of money for stability. 

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-money-albert-pujols-turned-down-from-the-marlins-2011-12

That article says nothing about timeline of the negotiations, though. According to the Marlins, they basically had Pujols "signed" at one point before Anaheim swooped in with the no-trade clause. Fear of a teardown probably contributed to his decision as well, but I believe the team when they claim that the deal was super close to happening.

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Happy Bobby Bonilla Day, everyone! Remember, Bobby Bonilla Day is a time to remember that when it comes to some things, the Mets are INCOMPETENT! They're the ABSOLUTE WORST!

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1 hour ago, willmorris said:

Happy Bobby Bonilla Day, everyone! Remember, Bobby Bonilla Day is a time to remember that when it comes to some things, the Mets are INCOMPETENT! They're the ABSOLUTE WORST!

 

Flashback to earlier this decade when Bobby Bonilla was the Mets highest paid outfielder.

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Found dead in his hotel room, no foul play.  Guessing accidental suicide.

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Absolutely heartbreaking news. @Cujo@alwaysr92 and I have basically been on the official “pencil stache” bandwagon since at least 2013 and have been to several of his starts. Very sad to hear that he’s gone. 

 

I was was just recently thinking about another Angels pitcher, Nick Aidenhart, who died ten years ago this year. Seeing another member of their staff die so young is terrible to see. 

 

RIP, stache. 

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This sucks.

 

Tyler Skaggs was 27, just married over the offseason, a SoCal kid who played ball at Santa Monica High School. He threw on Saturday, was scheduled to pitch in Texas on the Fourth of July.

 

Skaggs is the third Angels player to die in-season in his 20s with Lyman Bostock (27) in 1978 and, the player that immediately came to my mind, Nick Adenhart (22) in 2009. Luis Valbuena wasn't with the team, he was released in August, but the Angels were his final team when he died in December. The Angels have had plenty of team deaths when you add in Mike Miley, Dick Wantz and Chico Ruiz. Not to mention cases like Donnie Moore and Tommy Hanson... Too much for any one franchise.

 

Skaggs posted this just yesterday as the team took off for this Texas roadtrip:

 

This is devastating.

 

RIP, Tyler Skaggs.

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10 years ago, I remember waking up to the news of Nick Adenhart's tragic death. Today feels like deja vu. I'm utterly shocked. 27 is too young for anyone to pass away. Tyler Skaggs seemed like a really fun, kind and humble dude. I guess we all need to live life to the fullest and cherish every single day that we have on this Earth. Rest in peace, Swaggy

 

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2 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

Absolutely heartbreaking news. @Cujo@alwaysr92 and I have basically been on the official “pencil stache” bandwagon since at least 2013 and have been to several of his starts. Very sad to hear that he’s gone. 

 

RIP, stache. 

 

Damn bro, Skaggs was our boy when we'd catch games in Arizona. Would also go back and forth on Twitter about him with @Gary. as well.

 

Gone wayyyy too soon.

 

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RIP Pencil Stache. 😢

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36 minutes ago, Cujo said:

 

Damn bro, Skaggs was our boy when we'd catch games in Arizona. Would also go back and forth on Twitter about him with @Gary. as well.

 

Gone wayyyy too soon.

 

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RIP Pencil Stache. 😢

And he became one of my players over the years. Remember our Twitter conversations about Skaggs and just sad as here we are about his death 😔

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12 hours ago, willmorris said:

Happy Bobby Bonilla Day, everyone! Remember, Bobby Bonilla Day is a time to remember that when it comes to some things, the Mets are INCOMPETENT! They're the ABSOLUTE WORST!

 

They should just pay it all off in one or two chunks of 10 mil a piece and be done with this absurd contract once and for all...

 

 

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The NL Central has mostly been underwhelming, but literally every team is in the mix of things.

 

I wonder if it will continue towards the end of the regular season, or if one of them finally run away with it. I'm doubting the latter.

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As a Dodgers fan, I'm just wondering how they're gonna find a way to lose a third consecutive World Series, and who it will be to. Probably the Yanks, right?

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1 hour ago, Quillz said:

As a Dodgers fan, I'm just wondering how they're gonna find a way to lose a third consecutive World Series, and who it will be to. Probably the Yanks, right?

 

This kinda feels like their year. If they can get some bullpen help at the deadline, I don't see anyone beating them this time around.  

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2 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

This kinda feels like their year. If they can get some bullpen help at the deadline, I don't see anyone beating them this time around.  

 

Yankees need rotation help, because they don't have a reliable 4th starter as it is, and if Severino can't make it back (that it's halfway through the season and he's still not in rehab is hugely concerning), then they need two starting pitchers, and at least one of them a high-end starter at that.

 

They're in good shape at the moment but nothing they do right now indicates what they will do in October. At this point, I still think the Astros have to be considered the AL favorite; if those two were to meet, the Astros have the two best starting pitchers going out of both rosters.

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Sorry, I meant that this feels like the Dodgers year. 

 

This team just feels a little bit different to me. I think their playoff experience is going to serve them well. I also think that having dealt with losing in the biggest moments in the past two seasons will come in handy, too. They seem really determined this year and I'd be kind of afraid to run into them come playoff time. 

 

 

Not to mention, they ditched their big clownish idiot in the outfield. That can't be anything but good for them. 

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8 hours ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

This kinda feels like their year. If they can get some bullpen help at the deadline, I don't see anyone beating them this time around.  

That's what I heard in 2017. Until it wasn't. Unless they turn into the 2012 or 2014 Kings, I'm worried about their chances.

 

Granted, yes, I think getting rid of Puig was good for clubhouse morale. And last year they weren't really all that healthy. Sigh... I just want to see them win one title before I die. (I was only seven months old in October '88, that hardly counts).

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