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  1. 5 minutes ago, tonycpsu said:


    What are you talking about?  The state budget is in shambles right now.  States don't produce money with a printing press, nor can they run a trade deficit.  I'm suggesting that, instead of trying to chase down dollars from out-of-state volunteers or beg for more from the feds, he raise revenues from New York's existing taxpayers, particularly those with extra slack in their budget, like a finance industry that was in large part exempt from the lockdown.  You'd prefer what, exactly?

    They don’t have to print money.  Here, it’s easy:
    Step 1- Tell all volunteers they’re excused and will not have to pay state taxes.

    Step 2- Whatever else you need to be (raise tax rates if you wish. Those corporations can move out of state if they wish. I don’t care.)


    *They shouldn’t be used as a political pawn (sorry, you’re getting screwed unless the federal government steps in and gives us money). 

  2. 22 minutes ago, tonycpsu said:

    If only the state of New York had some other way to find money to cover the shortfall.  Like, if there were businesses who operate in the state who wouldn't notice a few shekels missing.  Alas.

    Man, you found a way to turn incompetent government officials into “BLAME CORPORATIONS!” even here. Well done 👏🏼


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  3. All those health care workers who we called heroes for rushing to New York City to help their fellow Americans fight this virus...will be sent an income tax bill from New York for being out-of-state workers. Because New York is running a $13B deficit and they need their money. Despicable. 


  4. 34 minutes ago, TedStriker said:

    Yeah I have looked at it some. They've created scarcity which is good but it's incredibly expensive now. No way I'm going to encourage my kids to get into it at those prices. We still buy a few of the generic Topps packs that are worthless for fun but I'm not springing for those Hobby Boxes that are $80 or whatever they are.

    I guess you can't have it both ways though (kid friendly and scarcity). Left as it was, the cards were worthless so I get why they changed the model.

    It all depends. Their are 1 of 1 Mike Trout autographs that are out of my tax bracket. Buying big boxes of new releases is expensive. But for $15 my son and I can still get a box of decent product at Target or Walmart, and get rookies like (this season) Yordan, Bichette, Lux, and L.Robert. So they’re not necessarily worthless. But yeah, the game has changed. It’s almost like two different hobbies in one. 

  5. 2 hours ago, TheForearmShiver said:

    Maybe we should get the hobby going again and turn this into a bench coach / trading post for baseball cards since we can’t trade fantasy players. That would have been sweet to have on my Commodore 64 in 1989. 

    The hobby is going strong. I started a card thread in the off-topic section a while back. But cards are crazy right now, and even booming despite job outlook. All over eBay and twitter. @Members_Only_76 knows about it as well 😎. Feel free to PM me if you’re genuinely interested. 

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  6. 7 hours ago, AnonymousRob said:

    One seems to be taking steps to rectifying/limiting the effects of their mistake while the other seems to be doubling down at every turn and actively making things worse. 



    Eta by all means criticize both. They've earned it. But it's incredibly dangerous and misleading to try lumping these two into the same pile under some both sides argument. 

    Making things worse? Show me data to support that. Because the way I see it, one is fooling many people who judge based on words, not actions. “He’s taken 8 wrong turns but dog gone it, he’s now trying to fix that!” 😂👌🏼

    What’s incredibly dangerous is to blindly believe people at their word, despite results of their actions. “He’s trying” isn’t enough for me, and it shouldn’t be enough for anyone. Yet, here we are.

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  7. I think we should dive into the missteps of media darling Cuomo, who refused to close the busiest city in the world quickly, argued with Trump when Trump suggested the feds might make the decision if he wasn’t willing to, and now the whole nursing home problem. Yikes. I wonder why we’re so quick to bash one, and crickets on the other. 🤔

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  8. 1 hour ago, KingJoffrey said:

    I used to love collecting cards, went to my first convention way back in the 1980s. Yeah I’m that old.

    i was a young kid maybe all of 11 or 12 in the late 1980s. I went with 20 dollars to spend. My Goal was to buy a reasonably priced George Bell rookie card. Nothing else mattered. I went with my friend who had saved up 250 dollars.

    He was kind of a speculator and he said I should buy Barry Bonds rookie cards.  He said Barry Bonds would emerge as one of the greatest hitters of all time.  He ended up buying 1000 Barry bonds rookie cards.  I thought he was nuts!  With 250 he could have bought like 5 Eric Davis rookie cards!  He told me stuff like OBP was the most important statistic and I argued with him it was all about HRs and RBIs.

    I remember how Bonds career took off and I was so jealous of my friend.. now destined to become a millionaire.  I seem to remember those cards going for like 20 each at one time. Maybe more ? I can’t remember.

    Years later the steroid scandal came out and the card market crashed. I ran into him at a supermarket and asked about those cards and he told me he traded the cards for drugs or something like that.  

    I looked up the price of Barry Bonds rookie cards these days and the prices seem quite low.  I recognize he is a hated player and a cheater.  But he does hold several offensive records. 

    A near mint Mickey mantle rookie goes for like 3 million dollars.  A near mint bonds may be acquired with some drain for like 2 dollars.  I understand supply and demand but should Mickey go for like 1.5 million Barry bonds rookie cards??!!!


    The mid-80s and 90s is referred to as the junk wax era. It is all about supply and demand. Bonds cards aren’t worth a lot because there were so many made (nothing to do with PEDs). The market was flooded with them. The Honus Wagner card is not the most valuable because he’s the greatest player ever, it’s because they’re so rare (and he was good, like Mantle).

    I still have two 1987 Topps Bonds cards. But so does just about everyone who collected back then.

  9. 21 minutes ago, Ecofolux said:

    There are a few things on the line: the trophy, sizable $ and "feelings". To just wipe clean the draft is so totally unfair. And yes indeed I had a VERY front loaded draft this year :D. In fact, I finished my entire draft by round 9. One owner in the league didn't even start until round 8! With money on the line, it's unfair to just reset the picks with no severe advantage given to me and other owners who bled and sacrificed in the 2019 season to give a glimmer of hope towards the next season.

    Scenario 1: is still clearly option 1 for me still, option 2 would be the absolute most I would bend

    Scenario 2: (if money is still payed out for the 2020 "season") I could go option 3 because I still would have an advantage due to my nice 2020 draft, even in a shortened season. My commissioner is debating not collecting dues for the 2020 season, which would be unfair once again.

    Or to summarize, “Screw logic and fairness across the board, here’s why it works best for me!”

  10. 2 minutes ago, Ecofolux said:

    So those of us in keeper leagues, what will your league do if the 2020 season is not played but you've already had your 2020 draft?

    Will your league:

    1) Just carry the entire team over to the 2021 season with no new draft

    2) Re-draft in 2021 but use the 2020 draft order

    3) Re-draft in 2021 but pay no attention to the 2020 draft order (unfair in my opinion)


    Also what will your league do if MLB somehow, someway has a 2020 "season" (whether it be 80 games or whatever)

    Will your league:

    1) Just carry the entire team over to the 2021 season with no new draft

    2) Re-draft in 2021 but use the 2020 draft order

    3) Re-draft in 2021 but pay no attention to the 2020 draft order (unfair in my opinion)


    Personally, I think it's option 1 for both scenarios. 

    Sounds like someone had the number 1 pick and doesn’t want things to change lol.

    I disagree with you on both accounts. Your draft you had was for the 2020 season. Mookie may not play for the Dodgers and could be somewhere else. Verlander, Max, etc. all a year older. Clevinger, Judge, Sale completely different value based on recovery from injuries. To think carrying over your team to the next season is somehow fair is...odd. Next year will be a whole new season. You start fresh. If someone argued keeping draft order because people didn’t get benefits of draft order, ok. I can see that. But option 1 is by far the most ridiculous solution.

    For the second one, option 3 (that you call unfair lol) is the ONLY option. If they play a season this year, even shortened, next year is a new year. You start over, just like every other season. I mean, will you have a champ and pay out? But you think you should then keep that roster? Huh?

    It’s option 3 for both scenarios.

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  11. 12 hours ago, tonycpsu said:

    Yep, and the Pirates may end up winning the Chris Archer trade if Glasnow, Meadows, and Baz are captured by aliens.  But if that happens, that doesn't suddenly vindicate Neal Huntington, because good outcomes don't vindicate bad process.


    2 hours ago, tonycpsu said:

    Right, but you can't measure a baseball trade and an epidemic strategy on the same time scale. 


  12. 48 minutes ago, IceGoat said:


    It's too early to tell. Sweden's numbers will look worse at first but in the end will they? Once the other Scandinavian countries relax their restrictions, will they not have surges in cases and fatalities? All these lockdowns may to be accomplishing is stretching out the cases and fatalities over a longer period of time. 


    Director of the Center for Disease Research and Policy, Michael Osterholm, predicts 60-70% of Americans will be infected. According to him, the disease stops at that number because we achieved "herd immunity." If the hospitals are not being overrun, what is the purpose of the lockdown? Shouldn't we try to choose what demographic of Americans make up the 60-70% to save as many lives as possible?  


    This is correct. What flattening the curve does is extend the length of time that deaths continue. We’re not sure what the results will be. Will Sweden be nearing an end when a second wave comes for us in the Fall?

    The “zombie nonsense” is looking at current numbers and yelling “See!” and not understanding we won’t know what the right answer was until it’s over, unfortunately. But Sweden just might be doing it right. 

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  13. An article about the NBA trying to start back up. And while it’s not the MLB, I think it highlights what a few of us have said on multiple occasions—dissecting each plan as it’s “leaked,” like Arizona or 3 state plan, is pointless. These are multi-billion dollar corporations who are 1) Trying to find some Type of solution/cooperation amongst players, owners, governors, doctors, etc., and 2) coming up with contingency plan on top of contingency plan as things change daily. 


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  14. 23 hours ago, shakestreet said:

    I sure hope you are right but I don’t put any stock in Jeff Passen. 

    Did you see this ... Anthony Fauci 


    Major League Baseball may be plotting a return, but Dr. Anthony Fauci has some bad news for everyone hoping for team sports to return.

    Fauci, the infectious disease expert who’s a part of the White House’s coronavirus task force, says that without widespread testing and quick results, sports may be sidelined for the duration of 2020. “Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Fauci told the New York Times. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”

    I just don’t see us having baseball this year. Get real guys 



    5 minutes ago, shakestreet said:

    On March 11 there was 278 positive cases and the first NBA player tested positive. Today there is over a million positive cases. Zero chance the MLB can keep all players & employees from testing positive for up to 5 months. What is their plan when a positive hits?.. 

    It won't happen but keep tweeting it and maybe that will change our reality.

    I was under the impression we put a stop to this passive aggressive nonsense. Pretty much everyone is ramping up efforts and planning on some type of season, but YOU’RE the smartest guy in the room.


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  15. 29 minutes ago, Dr. Whom said:

    Do you keep the same draft order or just refund teams and start fresh?

    We didn’t draft, as we knew this was an issue. But you absolutely redraft if no season. Mookie may play for another team and never play for the Dodgers (among other changes). Obviously some, particularly older SPs, all a year older. Things change.

    As for draft order, either of those things are acceptable. That’ll be up to each league. I’d say keeping draft order would ruffle the least amount of feathers, and seems fair.

  16. 1 hour ago, 89Topps said:

    I'm sorry if this has been posted.  Consider it a repost for those who missed it if it has.


    Players being told they will report mid May and season will begin in June.

    Jeff Passan has since disputed this...


    FWIW, Lookout Landing, and Joe Doyle, in particular, have been pretty reliable sources, in my experience.

    I posted both, but no worries about a repost. My take here:

    Joe Doyle is correct. That’s what is going to happen. League upset it leaked before they could let everyone know, does damage control. Passan is able to report season is not canceled because technically it’s not...yet. 

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