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  1. So for Fantrax, once he starts 5 games he should qualify for SP?  Is that everyone's belief using that site?  I am in a weekly league, so I am happy to use him in Util when he is in the lineup opposed to pitching, but he's much more valuable if you can use him as an SP the day he is scheduled to pitch.

  2. On 4/16/2020 at 10:19 PM, Redphan said:

    What good does this do to tarnish the man's legacy years after he died? I don't get it..it only brings sorrow to his family, friends, and fans. 

    Well, the NTSB report is important for a number of reasons.  It speaks to there not being an issue with the plane in terms of manufacturing, maintenance, etc., which you can appreciate could be significant on a number of levels depending on what caused the plane to crash.  At the end of the day, the Report concludes that drugs in the system and the way the pilot (Halladay) was operating the plane in the moments before the crash were the cause of same.  It's REALLY unfortunate. And I do understand the human element, but it is also the reality of the situation.  Many times loved ones 'want answers' when things like this happen.  It just sucks that in Doc's case, the answers are not what anyone would like to hear.  

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  3. The one of George Bell and Sele above took me back to when I was a kid.  This was before all televised games, so there is not a vid I could find of the full-on brawl, but the below has the clip (twice) of Bell with a whicked kick and punch after being hit by Bruce Kison in 1985.  Man, those mid-80's Jays teams were pretty exciting.  The clip is a more recent interview and provides his perspective as to why he did what he did.


  4. 27 minutes ago, 89Topps said:

    Eno Saris had some interesting thoughts on his podcast Rates and Barrels, which is great, by the way.  Said playing the season in AZ would impact heavy breaking ball dependent pitchers more.  So maybe target more of the FB/change guys.

    Did he list any examples of guys to avoid then? 

  5. Ya, I would say Marte is the better comparison there.  The power spiked a bit last season, but the speed is real.  I would think 12-15hrs (possibly a few more) and 30-35sb (possibly more if Francona gives him the green light) is realistic.  Could also be a good source of runs if he hits 1 or 2 in that order for the whole season.

  6. 4 minutes ago, jonninho said:

    In the 7 inning double header, yeah, i could see closers being impacted, although in a shortened season, i still think clubs would want to use their bullpen just as often and keep those aces even more fresh for the playoffs than they may have been during a regular season.

    It's going to be interesting to see what goes on, for sure.  Another scenario I would anticipate, knowing that they have a DH, is to roll out the Ace in the first game to let them go deep, so the weaker link is starting game two (or they use an opener) then they will keep the bullpen fresh for the second game.  

  7. 10 hours ago, azeri98 said:

    If they will only be playing 7 inning games twice a week, i won't be drafting many starters.

    I wouldn't think starters would be the issue, rather closers.  Guys like Verlander, Kershaw, etc., can easily throw what will now be a "CG".  I would think that leagues where certain categories, like QS are involved would be influenced.

  8. 2 hours ago, wahoos1 said:

    I also took Pete in the middle of the third, could have waited a round or 2 to get Olsen or Rizzo, but I’m ok with Pete. I think he will be fine and be able to return close to his ADP. 

    Out of curiosity what size league/settings did he go third round?

  9. @Thenewwildone8 - Ya, lots of money being lost.  Look at the economy?  20+% likely unemployment.  It's not doomsday, it's the reality of the situation.  For sure, 95+% will fight this off, but if you are like me with an aging parent, it is significantly more urgent to keep this at bay.  Yes, Italy has an aging population, but then look at States like Florida... you think that's not an overwhelmingly aging population?  People sticking their fingers in their ears saying 'this isn't a problem', is just ignorant.  It might not be for YOU, but it is for others if you carry it and pass it on. 

    They are not 'playing a season' because it will cost too much lost revenue.  That's already the reality.  Businesses, and industries like hotel/food/travel-airlines, are being obliterated, so if you think baseball will be different and they'll just get back to playing you are sadly mistaken.  Even the idea that they will play with 'no one in the stands', so they can get TV revenue, in this atmosphere, is a pipe dream right now.

  10. Ya, I'm with many on the above.  I really wish things were different. My belief is that there won't be a season.  Many people think this is 'no big deal'.  Mostly because 'young and healthy' people will be fine.  Generally, it will be those same people are likely not going to self-isolate.  I just saw a pic on the news in San Fran and thousands of people on beaches in Florida, where people are just completely ignoring the warnings.  The results are going to be significant in terms of trying to maintain the disease until there is a vaccine.  The US is still behind places like France and Italy.  Those countries are now in complete lockdown.  There are thousands of people infected and in Italy over 2,500 people have died.  That number's expected to grow significantly.  Hopefully, I can come back to this post in a couple months and say 'boy was I ever wrong', and would happily to do so.  

  11. 10 hours ago, Jor357 said:

    Any thoughts on this guy going into the season? I've read he will come up mid 2020. 

    Well, I'm biased because I've been on Howard for awhile.  I think he has legit SP2 fantasy upside.  Seems like he will be ready, if/when they play this year, but ya likely not up before June at the earliest unless there's an injury or he absolutely killing it.  I would anticipate he starts at AAA and they let him continue to develop until he forces their hand.

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  12. 10 minutes ago, Hellgrammite said:

    Spring training really hard to judge.  Lewis Brinson always looks like a power monster in the spring, and then last year he doesn't hit a single home-run during the regular season.

    That's fair, but at least with Reyes he has had big league success not just in ST.  The bigger issue is the average, if he hits .260+ he's a top 25 player, if he hits .230-.240, he drops significantly.

  13. 2 hours ago, sleepysock said:

    Last projection I saw is that the US will be at Italy level (10k infected) in 10-14 days. Not that the testing is remotely accurate enough at the moment to know where the real # is. It's probably not going to slow after that. At some point an athlete or coach (NCAAB, NBA, NHL, or MLB) will likely get it and the response will say a lot about what happens in other sports. The NCAA tournament March 19-21 is in Spokane, Washington. If there are empty arena games there then I think it's a harbinger of things to come in every other sport.

    Canceling SXSW was essentially burning up $350M. That was a pretty huge deal. Aggressive responses are starting to look more common than not.

    I agree with this.  It sucks, but the need to avoid large groups together in a confined environment is becoming increasingly apparent.

  14. 'General soreness' is pretty vague.   Color me skeptical, but knee pain isn't generally something without an underlying issue so this may be more serious than initially thought.  Could be meniscus related or some kind of tendinits/bursitis issue.

  15. 1 hour ago, murraygd13 said:

    Maybe after a few weeks, once the Super 2 deadline is past.  The Orioles suck, so might as well see what Chris Davis has left.

    I think Davis was mostly to DH.  It might free up some ABs for Dwight Smith Jr., possibly Ryan McKenna gets a longer look out of spring training.  

  16. 28 minutes ago, spin doctor said:

    But what happens if Solak catches ? Solak was the odd man odd. 

    Solak was going to get regular ABs, whether at 3B or in a multi-utility role, regardless of this injury.  He seems the most likely to benefit from an everyday job, no matter what now.

    On the injury front, the one thing I think we might not want to lose sight on is how this impacts Calhoun's mental psyche when he comes back.  IMO, Heyward was never the same after he got hit.  Just something to keep in mind.

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