2012 MLB Season Discussion: Off-Season

Kush15 wrote:
Changing the best of 5 format from 2-2-1 to 2-3 does hurt the game, and was a horrible move. I was more upset with that than anything else.

There's so many more things about baseball to worry about and change, I thought the playoff format was fine. If anything, change the Division Series to a 7-game format.

Agreed 100% on the above. 2-3 is mind-boggling.... I assume the concern that they are addressing is travel? (If not - what is the reasoning for change?)

AndrewA wrote:
Kush15 wrote:
Changing the best of 5 format from 2-2-1 to 2-3 does hurt the game, and was a horrible move. I was more upset with that than anything else.

There's so many more things about baseball to worry about and change, I thought the playoff format was fine. If anything, change the Division Series to a 7-game format.

Agreed 100% on the above. 2-3 is mind-boggling.... I assume the concern that they are addressing is travel? (If not - what is the reasoning for change?)

I think you're right, that it's about eliminating extra travel time, but how many times is there a Game 5, forcing a 3rd travel day? 2-2-1 is the way to go, or make it a 7-game set, and play it 2-3-2.

The only reason there is another wild card is the same reason the first wild card was added... poor Red Sox couldn't get in the playoffs... first it was the Yankees in the way, now it's the Rays too. :p

Stele wrote:
The only reason there is another wild card is the same reason the first wild card was added... poor Red Sox couldn't get in the playoffs... first it was the Yankees in the way, now it's the Rays too. :p

Haha good one!

Anyway the 2nd wild card just adds ONE more game to the season. In last year's case, the Rays and the Red Sox would have had to play one extra game to determine who was moving forward in the playoffs. Maybe some added excitement, maybe not.

I'm not a big fan of the 1 and done 2nd WC spot.

I don't think I'll be able to stand watching this Twins team for an entire season. The pitching staff is just f*cking terrible.

Shields better get it together or this will be a long, painful game!

The Jays/Indians game last night was incredible; it had a little bit of everything, and ended up making history as the longest opening day game ever.

AndrewA wrote:
The Jays/Indians game last night was incredible; it had a little bit of everything, and ended up making history as the longest opening day game ever.

Except I have Perez as my closer on my fantasy team.

Go Rays!

Cardinals say, "Boom goes the dynamite!"

Jayhawker wrote:
AndrewA wrote:
The Jays/Indians game last night was incredible; it had a little bit of everything, and ended up making history as the longest opening day game ever.

Except I have Perez as my closer on my fantasy team. :evil:

My expectations of that Perez would fall on his face is why I picked up Pestano.

Lincecum had a rough day today. Man. That first inning just took the wind right out of his sails.

karmajay wrote:
Go Rays!

Any day where the Yankees lose is a good day.

The Brewers got pounded. I think I'll be selling most of my season tickets this year. Anyway, I'm now watching a real game, Let's Go Oakland!!!!

Ulairi wrote:
The Brewers got pounded. I think I'll be selling most of my season tickets this year. Anyway, I'm now watching a real game, Let's Go Oakland!!!!

Yeah, the Brewers should just pack it in. They are on a pace to lose 162 games!

AndrewA wrote:
karmajay wrote:
Go Rays!

Any day where the Yankees lose is a good day.

Nothing like a pie in the face to celebrate another 9th inning comeback over the evil empire.

Cespedes a damn beast.

Anybody doing MLB.TV? Its out for the 360 this year and I've been enjoying it so far. There were some skipping and stuttering issues early on but it looks like they've been patched out.

I have it, but I'm not paying for the full premium content. Because I live in St. Louis, I can't get Cardinals games. But it does have a free game each day and highlights.

I did buy the MLB At Bat for the iPad for $15. You get great real time updates including cool graphic the shows each pitch type, location, and speed. You also get live radio feeds from each team, and also some highlights of big plays within an inning or so. I had it last year, and it was great way to take in games.

GioClark wrote:
Anybody doing MLB.TV? Its out for the 360 this year and I've been enjoying it so far. There were some skipping and stuttering issues early on but it looks like they've been patched out.

I subscribe most years, given that baseball isn't on TV over here, so if I want to watch the Cards play, I have to pay some money.

Three years ago, the stuttering and quality issues were much worse, but they've had a while to iron them out now and I've not had many issues this year.

Except it telling me I need to install 'Next Def' and then the installer not working. You getting the same thing?

You get great real time updates including cool graphic the shows each pitch type, location, and speed

For others, this is actually free on the mlb.com website.

Jayhawker wrote:

I did buy the MLB At Bat for the iPad for $15. You get great real time updates including cool graphic the shows each pitch type, location, and speed. You also get live radio feeds from each team, and also some highlights of big plays within an inning or so. I had it last year, and it was great way to take in games.

This sounds like exactly what the gamecast feature is at mlb.com, except without the radio?

I tghin the iPad app is a little cooler.

Um yeah that's exactly the gamecast that you can watch in any web browser on MLB.com. The pitches come in like that with the batter, showing where they are. Tons of stats and scores you can pull up in menus. And an inning or so after they happen, video highlights would pop up for big plays. Last year during that final series, I was watching one of the Baltimore/Boston games on that while watching the Rays on tv.

Like I said, just without the radio. It's amazing what you can charge Apple users by not allowing Flash Player to run on their devices.

Looking at MLB.com it looks like they have radio now, too.

*Edit* But not for free. My bad. but its also $20 instead of $15. That's odd.

sweep! (Rays vs. Yanks)

karmajay wrote:
sweep! (Rays vs. Yanks)

Yeah the only thing better than starting 3-0 is seeing the Yankees start 0-3. Go Rays!

Go Tigers!

Stele wrote:
karmajay wrote:
sweep! (Rays vs. Yanks)

Yeah the only thing better than starting 3-0 is seeing the Yankees start 0-3. Go Rays! :cool:

I'm liking it too. It's actually the only thing I'm liking right now. It was total domination for the Red Sox in the 3 games with Detroit: 1 homer, 30 strike outs and 2 blown saves. And now it's off to the dark horse Toronto.

Oh, and not to compare this yanks team to yesteryear's, but the last time they started 0-3 ('98), they ended up winning 114 games. They're lucky if they break 90 this year.

I don't know why it took this long, but it just occurred to me that Ozzie Guillen is the Hugo Chávez of baseball. Don't stop tellin' like it is, Ozzie!

Okay, the season can end now. The Orioles are 3-0 and the Yankees are 0-3. Truly the world is ending in 2012.

Weren't the Yankees slow to start last year too?