2019 MLB Season Catch-All

Okay, let's start this thread in the right place:

Namely, laughing our asses off at Scott Boras trying so hard to get Manny Machado and Bryce Harper the biggest contracts in sports, and then Mike Trout's agent showing up like Stone Cold Steve Austin and just obliterating everyone.

I also love that Trout is baseball's richest man and best player, and I still couldn't reliably identify him if I was sitting across a table from him.

Anyway, Opening Day is inexplicably just 9 days away! I have no predictions, other than I fully expect the teams I hate to do well, and the team I like to under-perform. Which at least means that NY-area sports talk radio will be a hilarious font of day-to-day screaming again.

I think my favorite part about the Trout deal may be that it is both the largest contact ever and a very team friendly deal.

I think I heard after Harper stops getting paychecks Bobby Bonilla will still get paychecks for a few more years from his 90s deal.

Yeah, Bonilla is getting paid on that deal through 2035.

The Mets will sign both Harper and Trout at the end of their current deals.

absurddoctor wrote:

Yeah, Bonilla is getting paid on that deal through 2035.

A true American hero.

absurddoctor wrote:

The Mets will sign both Harper and Trout at the end of their current deals.

A chill went up my spine when I read that.

I'm really looking forward to the start of the season. Spring training is interminable. At least I've learned to stop watching the games.

I'm modestly optimistic about the Mets. We could just as easily win 90 and battle for the division crown as we could lose 90 and be buddies with the Marlins at the bottom of the division. Either way, the NL East is going to be fun to watch this summer.

AL teams I'll be trying to watch this season: the Rays (underrated in the AL East methinks), the Twins (mainly to see Willians Astudillo), the Angels (Trout & Ohtani), and the Blue Jays (once Vlad Jr. gets called up).

B Dog wrote:

the Twins (mainly to see Willians Astudillo)

Unfortunately, La Tortuga is la third-string at any position he'll play. He won't play much until the injuries happen or Sano plays like sh*t.

Aight folks, season is under way and I'm curious to see if I can bring myself to care about baseball again.

Any good podcasts or blogs/writers/etc I should look to?

As for podcasts:

I'm a big fan of the Effectively Wild podcast from Fangraphs. Somewhat sabermetrically inclined, but not overly so. Hosted by Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer, Sam Miller of ESPN, and Meg Rowley of Fangraphs.

The Ringer MLB Show is another option.

Yeah, Effectively Wild is great. I was bummed when Jeff Sullivan got hired by the Rays, as him and Lindbergh always cracked me up, which is odd for a baseball podcast. Miller and Rowley are fine, but it's not the same.

Now this is art:

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Puig is an idiot. Archer isn't far behind in this instance, but Puig's track record is so very long for his age.

Great, great photo, though.

O's Davis ties mark with 46th straight hitless AB

BALTIMORE -- Eugenio Velez has company.

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis went 0-for-2 in his first two plate appearances against the Oakland A's on Monday night, extending his streak to 46 consecutive at-bats without a hit. In doing so, he tied Velez for the longest hitless streak by a position player in major-league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Velez went 0 for 46 spanning the 2010 and '11 seasons, starting in September 2010.

Facing Oakland starter Marco Estrada to lead off the top of the second inning, Davis hit a 92 mile-per-hour liner that A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty caught. In his second at-bat, with two on and one out in the third, Davis hit a 91 mile-an-hour liner to left that Robbie Grossman gloved.

In stark contrast to the heavy boos that he received during the O's home opener on Thursday, Davis got a warm reception from the tiny Monday night crowd at Camden Yards, which greeted him with ovations in each of his first two trips to the plate.

Y'know what sad is that, as kind as that is for the fans to do, I cannot imagine how utterly infuriating pity applause has to be for a professional who is supposed to be what Chris Davis is supposed to be.

Rare that I see a MLB player's stat line and feel I can say, with absolute, 100% honesty, "I could do that".

Prederick wrote:

O's Davis ties mark with 46th straight hitless AB

BALTIMORE -- Eugenio Velez has company.

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis went 0-for-2 in his first two plate appearances against the Oakland A's on Monday night, extending his streak to 46 consecutive at-bats without a hit. In doing so, he tied Velez for the longest hitless streak by a position player in major-league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Velez went 0 for 46 spanning the 2010 and '11 seasons, starting in September 2010.

Facing Oakland starter Marco Estrada to lead off the top of the second inning, Davis hit a 92 mile-per-hour liner that A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty caught. In his second at-bat, with two on and one out in the third, Davis hit a 91 mile-an-hour liner to left that Robbie Grossman gloved.

In stark contrast to the heavy boos that he received during the O's home opener on Thursday, Davis got a warm reception from the tiny Monday night crowd at Camden Yards, which greeted him with ovations in each of his first two trips to the plate.

Y'know what sad is that, as kind as that is for the fans to do, I cannot imagine how utterly infuriating pity applause has to be for a professional who is supposed to be what Chris Davis is supposed to be.

Rare that I see a MLB player's stat line and feel I can say, with absolute, 100% honesty, "I could do that".

Flew out and then struck out twice to finish the night, 0-49. Myself and most other people in Baltimore are amazed the team hasn't released him yet. This squad is supposed to break the record for losses in a season so giving Davis at bats that could be used to evaluate talent seems a little dumb.

mindset.threat wrote:
Prederick wrote:

O's Davis ties mark with 46th straight hitless AB

BALTIMORE -- Eugenio Velez has company.

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis went 0-for-2 in his first two plate appearances against the Oakland A's on Monday night, extending his streak to 46 consecutive at-bats without a hit. In doing so, he tied Velez for the longest hitless streak by a position player in major-league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Velez went 0 for 46 spanning the 2010 and '11 seasons, starting in September 2010.

Facing Oakland starter Marco Estrada to lead off the top of the second inning, Davis hit a 92 mile-per-hour liner that A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty caught. In his second at-bat, with two on and one out in the third, Davis hit a 91 mile-an-hour liner to left that Robbie Grossman gloved.

In stark contrast to the heavy boos that he received during the O's home opener on Thursday, Davis got a warm reception from the tiny Monday night crowd at Camden Yards, which greeted him with ovations in each of his first two trips to the plate.

Y'know what sad is that, as kind as that is for the fans to do, I cannot imagine how utterly infuriating pity applause has to be for a professional who is supposed to be what Chris Davis is supposed to be.

Rare that I see a MLB player's stat line and feel I can say, with absolute, 100% honesty, "I could do that".

Flew out and then struck out twice to finish the night, 0-49. Myself and most other people in Baltimore are amazed the team hasn't released him yet. This squad is supposed to break the record for losses in a season so giving Davis at bats that could be used to evaluate talent seems a little dumb.

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Baseball is so stupid and I love it.

Poor Chris Davis. He's smacking the crap out if the ball and still not getting a hit.

Sounds about right for modern baseball.

Looks like the Cardinals' young gun figured it out.

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He had a rough start to the season, but in his last 6 appearances since his blown save, he has 5 saves and a win, along with 9 K's and a 0.00 ERA, which drops him to 2.00 on the season.

That 104 mph pitch sealed his fifth save as he just froze the batter. The kid is legit.

I always give Jake Arrieta credit for not being afraid to say things. Called out Harper for getting ejected last night saying how they need him on the field instead.

hello all

is it possible some one can spare my Metropolitans some pitching?

GrandSlamSingle wrote:

hello all

is it possible some one can spare my Metropolitans some pitching?

Brewers are just as gassed after that game last night. 18 innings and low scoring. I did not stay up and watch, though I did finish it this morning before knowing the outcome.

GrandSlamSingle wrote:

hello all

is it possible some one can spare my Metropolitans some pitching?

Sorry, there is a ban on providing Pond Scum pitching.

Seeing the Yankees play so well despite their revolving door to the IL makes me hate baseball. A little bit.

The most frustrating thing is the Yankees using their incredibly wealth to remake their entire organizational infrastructure in a short period by investing heavily in analytics, sports medicine, and more staff members at every level.

Vector wrote:

The most frustrating thing is the Yankees using their incredibly wealth to remake their entire organizational infrastructure in a short period by investing heavily in analytics, sports medicine, and more staff members at every level.

I heard an interview with Cashman where he said their analytics department rated Voit extremely well and were convinced he just needed more at bats. We all know how that worked out...the Cards went out and signed/extended Goldschmidt for a hell of a lot more than had they let Voit play every day. And cut Shreve on top of that.

On the other hand, they also took on Stanton's contract. So I guess things balance out.

Another crazy thing is they took Stanton's contract and he spent the most of last season as DH despite being quite good at OF.

Going to bump my request . Got any owners looking to buy a team in a big market?

GrandSlamSingle wrote:

Going to bump my request . Got any owners looking to buy a team in a big market?

Not one this cursed.

Sell the Mets and move them to Montreal. Problem solved.

Prederick wrote:
GrandSlamSingle wrote:

Going to bump my request . Got any owners looking to buy a team in a big market?

Not one this cursed.

Lolmets! I'd imagine falling off your horse / stepping on a landmine voids the contract right? So now the GM has to go after the contract that he helped the player sign? So juicy.

mindset.threat wrote:
Prederick wrote:
GrandSlamSingle wrote:

Going to bump my request . Got any owners looking to buy a team in a big market?

Not one this cursed.

Lolmets! I'd imagine falling off your horse / stepping on a landmine voids the contract right? So now the GM has to go after the contract that he helped the player sign? So juicy.

They can't outright void the contract, but if they can prove he was performing any 'prohibited activities' in the contract, they can make a non-guaranteed contract and essentially end up in the same place. The GM who brought about the current contract is no longer there, which maybe increases the chance they will try to take some action. Insurance has presumably already been covering a big chunk of it while he has been out anyway, so the good will/morale hit that is likely to occur might not be worth it when the contract is only through 2020 anyway.