MLB Pseudo-Season 2020: Everyone is Contagious

Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by Timby, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. Jedi_Master

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    I hate the fact that they are eliminating minor league teams (which are the best way to introduce your kids to the joy of baseball) but I am ok with the division changes.
     
  2. Jayson1

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    I was actually thinking they should have gotten ride of interleague games except for rival games like Cubs vs White Sox etc not to blend the entire league into one thing.

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  3. The Nth Doctor

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    I didn't think it was possible to have someone worse than fucking Bud Selig as commissioner but Rob Manfred really has gone above and beyond in that regard. I really hate how much he's trying so hard to destroy the minor leagues. Fuck that guy. :scream:

    Damn. That sucks. :(
     
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  4. Isaac

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    Ugh all of this just feels so wrong to me, boomer me or whatever as many people do over my 'stuck in the past' views on baseball but I don't want to watch a game with a designated hitter, I just find it utterly boring. Some of my favourite moments come from the rare times a pitcher makes a good hit and there is a lot of strategy to be had in putting your pitcher in the batting box, Koo Dae Sung running the bases on one of his only games and scoring against Johnson, Bartolo hitting a homer. There are some great moments that come from a hitting pitcher and it means that you have to work around a disadvantage in the order, the DH isn't for me.

    As for the leagues I'd honestly go out on a limb and say there isn't a huge group of fans truly calling for them to merge so I won't even touch on that. Ridiculous idea.
     
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  5. BillJ

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    Unfortunately, you can't stop the future from coming. Whether it be your favorite sport now beholden to crank out as much offense as possible thanks to the FanDuel/DraftKings crowd or your favorite TV franchise that has to be "adult" and one long narrative because people can no longer enjoy individual stories.
     
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  6. Jayson1

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    I don't mind the DH but I like how it is now. You can watch a DH while watching American League games or the pitcher if watching National League games. I like having two options to creates a little difference between the leagues.


    Jason
     
  7. bigdaddy

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    The only thing I like about the awful Idea of no leagues is the fact the Yankees and Red Sox can play each other in a Word Series.
     
  8. cardinal biggles

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    But the Yankees and the Red Sox would be in the Eastern Division together. Are there details as to how the playoffs in this proposed restructuring might work?
     
  9. Jayson1

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    Knowing Manfred everyone makes it in! It's going to be like the NCAA Tournament and everyone is just playing for seeding.

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  10. Isaac

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    What games have people been watching in lockdown with the past 2 years free on MLB.TV? I watched the 18 run cardinals game from July 20, 2018 yesterday. Any other suggestions from 18 and 19?
     
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    Maybe Jeets will get a participation trophy for letting them rebuild the Dinger Machine outside the ballpark.
     
  12. Ar-Pharazon

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    I saw the 23-22 Phillies over the Cubs game a while back. That was 1979 of course.
     
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  13. BillJ

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    You’ll find some gems if you dig around YouTube.
     
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  14. Danny99

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    I heard on FAN590 that Manfred is really trying to be the first league back from the COVID crisis. I'm hoping they'd make sure all precautions are taking, but knowing how Manfred seems to rush into things, I have my doubts.
     
  15. The Nth Doctor

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    Yeah, I'm pretty skeptical that he'll make sure everyone is completely safe. He cares more about the profit margin than anything else.
     
  16. Ar-Pharazon

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    MLB (may) shorten 2020 draft from 40 rounds to 5

     
  17. bigdaddy

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    In the plan that was out when I posted that the divisions didn't matter besides in the regular season that's who you would play.

    That plan went out the window, the new ones is they want to play in the actual parks. There isn't a fucking chance in hell of this newest plan happening either. It's time for MLB to just call it quits and try again next year. Now everyone is bitching about money when there will be at least one more wave (and probably 2-3 more because America is a dumpster fire.) by the time baseball would end.

    Also NASCAR and golf will be the first 'sports' back.
     
  18. Timby

    Timby You will choke on those words, Guile. Administrator

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    Per The Athletic, the MLB owners' proposal to start the season is a complete non-starter for the union.

    The basic version of it is that the union is not upset over the actual amount of revenue being split each way (the proposed split is 50 / 50 owners / players), but rather that they're convinced that tying player income to revenue, even temporarily, is setting precedent for the owners to argue for a salary cap come the next CBA. So the whole proposal is dead on arrival unless one side blinks.

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    And bear in mind the union already agreed to pay reductions across the board, and MLB wants to rip up that agreement. Fuck the owners.
     
  19. BillJ

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    Union should’ve grabbed them by the balls and twisted when they had the chance.
     
  20. Timby

    Timby You will choke on those words, Guile. Administrator

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    That would have required the union to have a more competent executive director than Tony Clark.

    But, really, the MLBPA should have seen this coming when they negotiated the pay reduction agreement back in March. The owners are going to use every underhanded trick in the book to try and get the union to agree to an actual salary cap in next year's CBA negotiations.