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29 minutes ago, McCall said:

So Hector Santiago has been suspended 10 games, but the glove was never tested by MLB. They're simply going on the umpire's ruling/ejection.

 

So, obviously, there's noooooo way any umpire would ever dare use this unilateral judicial power for any kind of personal vendetta or vengeance... right?

 

Huh?  They don't even have to prove it's Spider Tack or something illegal?

 

Why can't pitchers just use nail files or sandpaper like in the good old days?  Makes me remember this clip from when I was a kid - they even used the bags to put the doctored balls in kinda like they do today:

 

 

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2 hours ago, McCall said:

So, obviously, there's noooooo way any umpire would ever dare use this unilateral judicial power for any kind of personal vendetta or vengeance... right?

First Thought after reading that was Ángel Hernández

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6 hours ago, bosrs1 said:

 

Oh I've missed Bud Selig since the first few months of Manfred's tenure. Selig may have been a douche, but at least I never questioned that he loved the game and wanted to do right by it, the fans, and the history of the game. He may have messed up on occasion, overlooked roids, etc..., but then he also made some very smart moves that improved the game on the whole I think. 

 

Manfred I'm still not convinced has ever watched a baseball game, nevermind likes it. 

 

I'll never forgive Selig for the Expos screwjob, but Manfred is a clown.

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6 hours ago, Lights Out said:

 

I'll never forgive Selig for the Expos screwjob, but Manfred is a clown.

Good thing you didn't say Montreal screw job.

If you referring to the MLB ownership of the Expos, yeah, they got screwed.

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18 hours ago, bosrs1 said:

 

Oh I've missed Bud Selig since the first few months of Manfred's tenure. Selig may have been a douche, but at least I never questioned that he loved the game and wanted to do right by it, the fans, and the history of the game. He may have messed up on occasion, overlooked roids, etc..., but then he also made some very smart moves that improved the game on the whole I think. 

 

Manfred I'm still not convinced has ever watched a baseball game, nevermind likes it. 


Watching the way Manfred has handled, well, just about everything makes Dan Lebatard eviscerating him live on his show  even sweeter. 

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37 minutes ago, Cujo said:

The Cubs championship window has officially been slammed shut.

 

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Bring on the rebuild. And the pain.

 

I have nothing against the Cubs, but watching a scumbag like Jake Arrieta have his career ending before our eyes makes me smile.

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Watching Angels-Yankees and I have a question-

 

So this is the first time I’ve watched Ohtani pitch and he’s in the lineup as the Pitcher, but not DH. Once Ohtani got pulled, they still allowed the relief pitcher to hit instead of getting a pinch hitter. My friend told me that an AL team can forfeit the DH if they choose to allow the pitcher to hit and it’s always been a rule.

 

If that’s the case, why even make the DH a thing? In my head, there’s no point to the DH if that’s the rule. The position is what separates the AL from the NL yet you can forfeit it to allow AL pitchers to hit against AL teams?

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8 minutes ago, DNAsports said:

Watching Angels-Yankees and I have a question-

 

So this is the first time I’ve watched Ohtani pitch and he’s in the lineup as the Pitcher, but not DH. Once Ohtani got pulled, they still allowed the relief pitcher to hit instead of getting a pinch hitter. My friend told me that an AL team can forfeit the DH if they choose to allow the pitcher to hit and it’s always been a rule.

 

If that’s the case, why even make the DH a thing? In my head, there’s no point to the DH if that’s the rule. The position is what separates the AL from the NL yet you can forfeit it to allow AL pitchers to hit against AL teams?

Because, other than Ohtani, why would you WANT the pitcher to hit? 

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29 minutes ago, Sec19Row53 said:

Because, other than Ohtani, why would you WANT the pitcher to hit? 

It’s a rule that allows the AL pitcher to hit against AL teams. Any AL pitcher could do this. It nullifies the importance of the DH in the AL.

 

The Angels easily could’ve used one of their bench players to pinch hit yet decided to keep the relief pitcher (in this instance Dylan Bundy) in the game. For what reason?

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2 minutes ago, DNAsports said:

It’s a rule that allows the AL pitcher to hit against AL teams. Any AL pitcher could do this. It nullifies the importance of the DH in the AL.

You're nuts.

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9 minutes ago, DNAsports said:

It’s a rule that allows the AL pitcher to hit against AL teams. Any AL pitcher could do this. It nullifies the importance of the DH in the AL.

 

The Angels easily could’ve used one of their bench players to pinch hit yet decided to keep the relief pitcher (in this instance Dylan Bundy) in the game. For what reason?

Angels starting pitchers have a habit of not eating up very many innings, so keeping Bundy in there was likely an effort to save some of the bullpen, as they've thrown far too many innings. Also, they've been short on position players on the bench lately (at one point last week, they literally had 2 available for a game), so not pinch hitting in this situation saves the use of a bench player for a single AB. And third, sometimes Joe Maddon makes weird decisions.

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No AL team is required to use the designated hitter. Technically, I suppose, the default lineup for both the AL and the NL is to have your pitcher batting. Teams playing in an AL park have the OPTION, but are not required, to name a player to hit in the place of the pitcher.

 

Hell, before they closed the loophole, Earl Weaver used to name the next day's starter as the DH and then pinch hit for him when the spot came up.

 

AL teams have forfeited the DH before as well, notably when the DH is a backup catcher and the starting catcher gets hurt and needs to leave the game.

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5 hours ago, SFGiants58 said:

 

I don't wanna say it's funny that he could possibly be busted for this because domestic abuse is never something to laugh about, but considering how much this guy talks and talks, something was bound to bite him back.

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