MLB 2023 Season - The Winter Stove of Warmth

Athletes can talk all they want about wanting to win a championship, but the only example I can think of (I'm sure there are more, but not many) where a player took less money to sign with a better organization was Judge last year. If Anaheim offers him more money than anyone else, there's a pretty good chance he'd take it.

Which is why I'm pretty confident he's gonna end up in LAD (better in recent memory, though lacking on the championship front) or SD (sure like to spend money with nothing to show for it). Mariners fans, who should know better by this point, seem to think there's a chance. That's one team where I think he'd say 'no thanks, you're a sh*t organization' if they (won't happen) somehow made a mistake on the paperwork and made the highest offer.

In most instances, I'd agree, but from what I've read, dude doesn't just idolize Ichiro (which I think genuinely puts Seattle in play, even if only a minority chance), he has a similar mentality RE: money. I think it's genuinely possible that he takes a "lesser" contract (but still probably the GDP of a small country) to play for someone that fits his title ambitions.

Now, that said, I've also heard that he wants to stay on the West Coast, which limits potential suitors. Not that that's gonna stop the Mets/Yankees.

I don't know about baseball, but I heard multiple players took paycuts to play on the NE Patriots to win those championships in the early 2000's.

That dude wants to win so bad.

(GOD the Yankees are awful. Like, they're over .500 and they're sh*t.)

The Yankees fired their hitting coach for poor performance and somehow they got worse.

It's not every day a closer gets two saves in one day, but Camilo Doval did.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

The Yankees fired their hitting coach for poor performance and somehow they got worse.

That's because hitting coaches only exist to be scapegoats when the players aren't hitting as they're expected to be. Much easier to fire the guy on a 1yr/200k contract than put the blame on the players. Anyway, I'd be surprised if there's a major league player out there who doesn't have their own private hitting coach.

It's like, Yankees fans online are out for Boone's blood, and listen, I'm not arguing that he hasn't made some mistakes this season, but a manager arguably matters less in baseball than in any other sport. The dudes have gotta go out there and hit/pitch, you can't manage Giancarlo Stanton into not being a .201 hitter.

Prederick wrote:

It's like, Yankees fans online are out for Boone's blood, and listen, I'm not arguing that he hasn't made some mistakes this season, but a manager arguably matters less in baseball than in any other sport. The dudes have gotta go out there and hit/pitch, you can't manage Giancarlo Stanton into not being a .201 hitter.

Yeah, same over in Mariners-land. AFAICT, the primary functions of an MLB manager are to manage the personalities in the clubhouse and deal with the press. Scott Servais does that well enough, and he's definitely not the reason that Julio Rodriguez has failed to adjust to the little league pattern (hard up-and-in, breaking ball low-and-away) that pitchers use to get him to strikeout all the time.

You're welcome Anaheim. The Yankees are doing their part to try and convince Shohei to stay.

(GOD WE SUCK)

Chris Hoiles. (Got MVP votes in 1993!)

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So much sucking.

The AL East standings are now in reverse order of roster cost.

Just noticed this thread. The wife was quite pleased with Fox Sports' ballot options for mid-season AL MVP:

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He'll probably get a lot of write in votes, too.

MLB 23: The Show update -

Honestly, I think the push for constant online PvP is what's ruining sports games today, because that's where you get the endless microtransactions and other niggling annoyances.

Just a few things I've noticed in the last month or so:

- Any unlocked celebrations from RTTS can only be used if you're online.
- Franchise mode is just missing so much, and has odd bugs where, if you're playing with Player Lock, runners will randomly disappear
- You can't offer people minor league contracts in Franchise mode, if you wanna sign a free agent, you have to have room on your MLB roster.

Like, the game itself isn't terrible. If I could merge OOTP with this, I'd have the perfect game to waste my life on.

I'm guessing Shohei doesn't get traded. I mean, he should, but the Angels are just close enough to the Wild Card that it gives them an excuse to hang on to him.

Eric Karros. One of those dudes you always traded for in a Triple Play/High Heat franchise because he was one of those solid dudes with pop. Not great, but solid.

Since you guys seem fond of remembering guys, I want to make sure you are aware of Immaculate Grid which is Remembering Guys: The Game. It's a daily 3x3 grid of six categories and you need to name a player in each square that fits in both categories. I've played it for a couple weeks and I'm terrible because I can only ever remember Twins.

Bonus, here's a Twitch stream of Defector staffers, including prime guy rememberer David Roth, playing.

Prederick wrote:

I'm guessing Shohei doesn't get traded. I mean, he should, but the Angels are just close enough to the Wild Card that it gives them an excuse to hang on to him.

Tom Verducci says you're right:

Shohei Ohtani is off the trade market. After fielding various trade offers for Ohtani and holding internal discussions the past two days, the Angels decided late Wednesday afternoon not only to hold Ohtani but also to be buyers in advance of the Aug. 1 trade deadline, according to a source familiar with the club’s decision.

Los Angeles entered play Wednesday four games out of a wild-card spot. It last reached the postseason in 2014. Its eight-year playoff drought is tied with that of Detroit for the longest current drought.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Since you guys seem fond of remembering guys, I want to make sure you are aware of Immaculate Grid which is Remembering Guys: The Game. It's a daily 3x3 grid of six categories and you need to name a player in each square that fits in both categories. I've played it for a couple weeks and I'm terrible because I can only ever remember Twins.

Ha, I saw your post about this over on the NFL thread and took a look.

Back in the day when I was an avid baseball card collector this would have been a lot easier for me.

As it is, I did manage to fill in a grid (with only a peek or two at some old rosters). Most of the guys I put in there played in the 1970s or 1980s. On the list of "most popular" answers, I only had one (Rickey Henderson, the obvious A's All-Star). The others that came to mind were Catfish Hunter or Reggie Jackson, also popular.

Jim Eisenreich, who I knew as a Phil, but we got him from KC and left for Florida

I hope they trade for Verlander or something and still end up missing out. That is the ideally hilarious ending.

Prederick wrote:

I hope they trade for Verlander or something and still end up missing out. That is the ideally hilarious ending.

Presumably nobody gave them a serious offer because of the assumption that they won’t re-sign him after the season.

Saw a post about MLB 23: The Show on reddit titled "How are you guys grinding this much?" RE: Diamond Dynasty and boy howdy, if that isn't what I think that game's problem is in a single sentence?

I’m concerned that the pitching won’t hold up but am definitely enjoying my O’s right now.

Prederick wrote:

he did it again

Interesting. He’s 38, hasn’t been great, and has a 40+m player option next season. That’s quite the risk.

Speaking of things that age is catching up with … I’m watching the SEA-AZ game and there’s a Fry’s sign in the outfield?! I coulda sworn they no longer existed. sh*t, the last time I went into one in ~2012ish most of the building was empty and they were selling a bunch of as-seen-on-tv junk.

Man, my best friend is in Cali right now and BLEW UP my phone this afternoon after seeing the first Sizzler either of us East Coast kids have seen in like 25 years.

Also, like, I know the entire Yankees offense revolves around Judge but...

THE ENTIRE OFFENSE REVOLVES AROUND AARON JUDGE.

Prederick wrote:

Man, my best friend is in Cali right now and BLEW UP my phone this afternoon after seeing the first Sizzler either of us East Coast kids have seen in like 25 years.

Also, like, I know the entire Yankees offense revolves around Judge but...

THE ENTIRE OFFENSE REVOLVES AROUND AARON JUDGE.

I used to think he was a humble guy but then I realized when he says things like "I wouldn't count us out" he uses "us" to refer to himself.

Also it's too bad he and David Justice missed playing together by a couple of generations.