MLB 2021 season: You Spin Me Rate Round, Baby (Rate Round)

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  1. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Oy gevalt. That's your answer to everything :rofl:

    I don't have Timby's recollection for such things and I know he's right about the Reds (maybe it takes having them in our division). And that isn't even counting when they had that l'il bitch Puig on the team. He seems to love starting bench clearing events, then hiding at the back of the pack most of the time.
     
  2. Timby

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    Holy shit. Per Patrick Monaghan, about a year after he took a leave of absence from the Chicago Cubs, Ben Zobrist discovered his wife was having an affair with their minister. The minister was also accused of defrauding Zobrist's charity foundation, for which he worked.

    Wowwwwww. No wonder Zobrist kicked Julianna straight to the curb.
     
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  3. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Poor guy always seemed to be a really nice dude. Apparently too nice.

    A shame all that garbage spoiled his last season as a major leaguer.
     
  4. Timby

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    The umpires checked Jacob deGrom for sticky stuff in the first inning of the first game of the day. I guess MLB wanted to show it's serious about this crackdown.
     
  5. Worf factor9

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    Happened also in the 1st of the Reds/Twins game. And Mahle can't find the plate.
     
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  6. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    Javy Baez seems to have a major mental block when it comes to fundamentals like, IDK, knowing how many outs there are.

    Add in the number of errors he's made on routine ground balls and relatively easy throws to first.

    Tho I really feel like the entire team has a problem with basic fundamental baseball.
     
  7. Timby

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    Well, it's not like this is the first time a Cubs shortstop has had a mental breakdown. Remember my nemesis, Starlin Castro?

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  8. Ar-Pharazon

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    I remember his bird-watching escapades every time I watch a gNats game :guffaw:

    In fact, on that one super play Hoerner made to throw Castro out, Castro looked to be dogging it to first and might have made it if he went all out.

     
  9. Timby

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    Joe Girardi got himself ejected in a very bizarre incident yesterday. Max Scherzer had been checked for sticky stuff twice by the umpires, at Girardi's request, who found nothing. Girardi asked for a third check, which ticked Scherzer off to the point that he undid his belt and asked the umps if he needed to take his pants off. :lol:

    After the inning, Scherzer shot a death glare at the Phillies dugout, which prompted Girardi to come storming out like an angry water buffalo, challenging Scherzer to fight him. Girardi then got summarily tossed. I have several thoughts on this:

    1) This was clearly an attempt to rattle Scherzer, but Girardi's incredibly stupid to try picking a fight with Scherzer of all people. Scherzer is already a frothing lunatic on the mound; he's called Mad Max for a reason. I was half-expecting him to throw his jersey on the ground and elbow-drop it like Ric Flair cutting a promo.

    2) The rule explicitly states that managers are not allowed to ask for a check on the pitcher in bad faith. Girardi should eat a suspension for that.

    3) Pitchers are going start trolling with this. Don Sutton and Gaylord Perry were the masters of this back in the day.

    Sutton once got searched by an umpire after a string of accusations. When the umpire reached into Sutton’s pocket looking for evidence, he found a note that read, “Not here, but you’re getting warmer …”

    Perry would simply tell the umpires where to look, then start laughing once they started, because that’s where he was ticklish. He also told an ump once to check his back; when the umpire said he couldn’t find anything, Perry simply said he knew, but there was itch he couldn’t reach and needed help scratching it.

    4) It's pretty hard to make a good-faith argument that pitchers' use of sticky stuff has curbed HBPs:

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    5) God help us all, I just had the thought of Tony La Russa in the World Series doing pitcher checks in the top of the inning, then pitcher matchups in the bottom of the inning; it'll take until December to finish the Series.

    EDIT: On a change of topic, while I'm a day late, Fuck the DH, 50th Anniversary Edition. Worth the click just for the Harry Kalas calls alone.
     
  10. Ar-Pharazon

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    ^ I can see Perry doing that. He was from the era of insane pitchers.

    Sergio Romo might have seen the Scherzer incident and decided to take it one step further.

     
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  11. Starbreaker

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    Girardi was actually going after hitting coach Kevin Long. They were with the Yankees together. He was yelling K-Long and there's footage of Long hiding behind the railing and jawing back at him.
     
  12. Aragorn

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    Yadier Molina has been behind the plate in the league for so long that when Daz Cameron stole a base off him, it marked a father-son combo (Mike Cameron) for stealing a base off the same catcher.
     
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  13. Timby

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    I remember when the adage in the league was "You do not run on Yadi."

    Age makes fools of us all.
     
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  14. The Nth Doctor

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    I saw a video of that on Twitter last night. The whole thing was very silly. :lol:

    Brilliant! I've always been a big fan of Sutton's but now I love him even more! :lol:

    I hope today's pitchers take all of this in stride and follow Sutton and Perry's lead.

    Damn, that's impressive. :lol:
     
  15. Timby

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    Not as impressive as Ken Griffey, Sr., and Ken Griffey, Jr., hitting back-to-back home runs back in 1990.

    Edit: Seriously, has anyone had as majestic a swing as Junior Griffey? It looked effortless.

     
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  16. MikeH92467

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    How's this for a debut? 20 year old Wander Franco makes his first hit a 3 run homer and gets a curtain call! Looks like the Rays finally have someone who can put butts in the seats.
     
  17. Aragorn

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    I wonder how many fantasy baseball players picked up Wander Franco of the Giants when they heard that super stud prospect Wander Franco had been called up?

    Many years ago in my fantasy football league, one manager drafted Adrian Peterson, RB, Chicago Bears, thinking he was the other Adrian Peterson.
     
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  18. Worf factor9

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    You do not steal a base on the catcher. You steal it on the pitcher, but it sure as Hell helps when the catcher has a cannon for an arm.

    To add: having a Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk or a Yadi squat behind the dish every day sure as Hell helps.

    [​IMG] arms all.
     
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  19. Timby

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    If you don't run on the catcher, then why is CS% one of the key metrics in evaluating catchers? ;)

    (As a former pitcher myself, you absolutely run on the catcher. The pitcher has a role in it, most notably in the speed of delivery, but the catcher's ability to hop out of a squat and fire to the base--see the way Willson Contreras snipes people at first like ten or fifteen times a year--is where the rubber meets the road on stolen bases.)
     
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  20. The Nth Doctor

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    Yeah, that was pretty damn awesome.
     
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