MLB Offseason 2018-19: Machado About Nothing

Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by Timby, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. Jayson1

    Jayson1 Vice Admiral Rear Admiral

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    What's also weird is being disabled and injured in sports is not always the same thing. Sometimes a player will play hurt and thus has a injury. To be disabled means to be disabled. To be so hurt you can't play with the injury and thus you got to be put on the DL until you heal enough to be able to go out and play again.

    Jason
     
  2. The Nth Doctor

    The Nth Doctor Infinite Possibilities... Premium Member

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    I have a feeling that I'll keep calling it the DL. :lol:
     
  3. Danny99

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    Baseball has always been slow moving. It's more of a strategy game than other sports and I like it for that reason. Like was said above, people who don't like the game aren't going to suddenly like it because you've shaved ten minutes off of it.

    If there are going to be changes, can we shorten the 162 game schedule and make some changes to the playoff format. Add a team or two per league and have them play division winners or just re-rank them by record, abolish divisions and have 1 vs 6, 2 vs 5 and 3 vs 4 in both leagues.
     
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  4. Herbert

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    Go back to two leagues and the two teams who win their respective league win the pennant and go to the world series.

    Yes, I realize that's never coming back :D
     
  5. Scout101

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    Disagree with most of that, even with the preciously clever Double Shift. Football is 100% more strategic than baseball. Baseball is an individual sport dressed up as a team sport. For all the talk of strategy, it's a pitcher and a hitter; the rest is all after the fact. Not too much to disguise it, or trick plays; you try to hit the ball, and then if you do, the guy you hit it closest to tries to catch it. Can't really to a ton with shifts (a little bit, though), you're not swapping out people for mismatches (or you lose them when you do), just a very static game

    Compare that to NFL and formations, trick plays, sustained drives, ability for Defense to break up or sabotage a play instead of just trying to independently react afterwards. Even NBA and NHL have shift changes, plays to set up, zones that involve multiple players, etc.

    Baseball is a fun sport, but most of it is 48-49 guys in uniform watching 1-2 players do something for a couple seconds. Except for the long periods where all 50 guys are waiting for someone to do something :)
     
  6. BillJ

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    Well, that is the NFL. It has something like 18 minutes of action across a three-hour time slot.
     
  7. Skywalker

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    Describing baseball as simply a one-on-one sport is a little short-sighted. Every at-bat is strategy. The catcher is observing the batter and calling pitches based on both the batter's current position in the batter's box and their previous tendencies that the catcher has studied. The pitcher is doing the same from his position on the mound. The fielders position themselves based on the batter's tendencies (and whether or not there are any runners on, what the count is, what the score is, etc.), and the batter is not only reading the pitcher (and was doing so in the dugout as well) but reading the defense behind them which can determine what they try to do at the plate (which is, again, situational based on the count, how many outs there are, if any runners are on base, what the score is, etc.)

    When a batter hits a ball right at a fielder for an out, odds are that the defense set it up that way, not because of random luck.
     
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  8. Scout101

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    Familiar with that study. Same one that said MLB games take a little longer and have 14-18 minutes of action, on average, so not one I’d have pointed to, though. :techman:

    Tbh, 14 minutes seems on the high end, but maybe there were lots of foul balls or pimped HRs dragging up the average? Not that I’d argue that foul balls are ‘action’, but it’s not people standing around at least.
     
  9. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Don't forget the Bartolo Colon home run trot in 2016. That was like 5 minutes.
     
  10. Scout101

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    Lol, that definitely skews the results for the whole season! Damned pitcher dingers again...
     
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  11. Timby

    Timby For me ... it was Tuesday. Administrator

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    Well, fuck this noise.

    I swear, this offseason has just been one event after another of the Cubs trying to make themselves unlikable. Fucking Sinclair?
     
  12. The Nth Doctor

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    Ugh, fucking Sinclair needs to rot away already.
     
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  13. Jayson1

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    Next time the Cubs go into another 80 plus year drought of no World Series wins then I think people will be rooting for it the second time around.

    Jason
     
  14. Jedi_Master

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    So I'm guessing that the Marlins hate their fans. All 10 of them.