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Are Miami going to keep Stanton in the long run ? gonna pay him what he is worth ?

If Jeffrey Loria is the owner of the Marlins, you can count on Stanton being traded in the future for some “prospects".

Damn, i wish they would pay the man, def a fan favorite

Loria can afford to pay him, but Loria's an incompetent :censored: who only knows how to ruin teams, not run them.
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Doug Fister tosses a 3 hit, 9K, complete game shutout to help the Nationals clinch the best record in the National League for the second time in three years.

He also pitched enough innings to qualify for the ERA leaderboard and now stands 4th in the league.

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I actually laughed at the Strasburg joke. Well played.

Roark is likely to be the odd man out. He's something like 40 innings over his career high of innings pitched in a season so they may want to ease his workload. He's definitely pitched well enough to be in the rotation though. It's a good problem to have.

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Doug Fister tosses a 3 hit, 9K, complete game shutout to help the Nationals clinch the best record in the National League for the second time in three years.

He also pitched enough innings to qualify for the ERA leaderboard and now stands 4th in the league.

I'll never forget the Fister-Furbush trade. I'll also never forget the Fister-Furbush video I saw, which as it turns out, wasn't baseball related.

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The Diamondbacks have fired Kirk "Little Dodger-Hating Napoleon" Gibson today.

http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=11594666

In non-playoff news...

Arte Moreno has broken off lease extension talks with Anaheim and may enter into discussions to build a new park down the 5 in Tustin.

Article - LA Times

So I guess the team will be referred to as the "Los Angeles Angels of Tustin."

And I will laugh if Moreno does indeed open talks for a new Angels ballpark at the Farmers Field site (Convention Center) in Downtown Los Angeles.

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I'm not an expert on the LA/Anaheim region, but moving the Angels to downtown LA is probably a terrible move. The Angels have a stadium in a region which can draw 3 million fans a year. If they move into the heart of LA 1) It's overwhelmingly Dodgers fans, and 2) I don't think huge numbers of the OC-ers which are their current bread-and-butter would gleefully follow the team into the city on a regular basis. I think it would be much easier for them to cater to LA fans with "drive on out to see us" than it would be to steal LA fans from the Dodgers and invite the Anaheim fans to drive into LA.

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The Angels didn't move to Long Beach because Long Beach wanted the Angels to be called the Long Beach Angels and Gene Autry didn't want that.

Part of the reason for the move to Anaheim was that Walt Disney was on the Angels board and he suggested Anaheim.

I'm not an expert on the LA/Anaheim region, but moving the Angels to downtown LA is probably a terrible move. The Angels have a stadium in a region which can draw 3 million fans a year. If they move into the heart of LA 1) It's overwhelmingly Dodgers fans, and 2) I don't think huge numbers of the OC-ers which are their current bread-and-butter would gleefully follow the team into the city on a regular basis. I think it would be much easier for them to cater to LA fans with "drive on out to see us" than it would be to steal LA fans from the Dodgers and invite the Anaheim fans to drive into LA.

That's one of the big reason against the Angels moving to LA.

Unfortunately Arte has had Hollywood stars in his eyes since he bought the team.

EDIT: Just looked up Tustin. I wouldn't be against a move there, but I would be against a move to actual LA. But what's going to happen with the name? Arte's probably still going to want LA, even if it's not.

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My prediction would be that they officially get to be simply the Los Angeles Angels again, though continuing to do business as only "the Angels" or the exasperatingly dumb "Angels Baseball," with part of the deal with Tustin being that they won't get a giant bug up their ass about the name.

With the Barves' move to Cobb County, the Cubs' feints toward Rosemont, and the Angels considering moving from a suburb that thinks it's a city to a suburb that knows it's a suburb, it seems like the renaissance of downtown baseball as an ethos is over. That's too bad. I hope it's not a harbinger for urban planning in the big picture.

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I'm not going to get into the whole "Anaheim is a city/is not a city" argument (even though it is in it's own county and whatnot), but I'm not sure where I stand on teams moving to the suburbs. It doesn't really matter to me, but in some cases it seems to be better for the teams to be in the city. (Angels for example, you got Disney, the Ducks and oodles of hotels, restaurants and tourist areas within a couple of blocks, but Tustin isn't that much of a difference.)

At least in Canada you'll still have the downtown arenas because suburbs aren't really a thing here.

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I think the Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers has set a new precedent on name locations for a sports team. Not only is that several counties over, but a completely different metropolitan area according the census. So, LA Angels in Tustin wouldn't be the most egregious case.

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The Diamondbacks have fired Kirk "Little Dodger-Hating Napoleon" Gibson today.

http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=11594666

In non-playoff news...

Arte Moreno has broken off lease extension talks with Anaheim and may enter into discussions to build a new park down the 5 in Tustin.

Article - LA Times

So I guess the team will be referred to as the "Los Angeles Angels of Tustin."

And I will laugh if Moreno does indeed open talks for a new Angels ballpark at the Farmers Field site (Convention Center) in Downtown Los Angeles.

I don't think it stopped with just Kirk Dbad...Los Angeles and San Francisco are both two teams that the city of Phoenix can't stand.

From what i've been hearing from John Gambadoro here in Phoenix. New GM Dave Stewart has stated that the only untouchable is Paul Goldschmidt. They are also looking at former Diamondback and Reds Bench Coach Jay Bell as their Manager

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I think the Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers has set a new precedent on name locations for a sports team.

What about the New Jersey New York GIants/Jets? That's a whole 'nother state!

Maybe a move to Long Beach would suit them well in getting closer to Los Angeles without alienating the Orange County base too much. The Angels originally wanted to move to Long Beach before settling on Anaheim, which was little but orange groves at the time.

There's really nowhere to put a stadium in Long Beach.

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