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« on: February 22, 2016, 09:48:06 AM »

it's nice that spring training has arrived, and hope springs eternal.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 11:44:10 AM »

I "came"' in here hoping to see pics of hot sexy males.
Disappointing thread title of non peace...
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2016, 11:47:13 AM »

I "came"' in here hoping to see pics of hot sexy males.
Disappointing thread title of non peace...

here you go ritch, you can see pabloat sandoval aka fat panda takes his off season conditioning seriously.


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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2016, 07:20:32 PM »

John Henry said he was 17% body fat the other day.
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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 01:56:23 PM »

John Henry said he was 17% body fat the other day.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 07:06:13 AM »

John Henry said he was 17% body fat the other day.
maybe he was measuring in MILK FAT..
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2016, 11:27:11 AM »

good book , used to have it but lost it along the way. Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided


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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 08:32:13 AM »

good book , used to have it buy lost it along the way. Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided
Super book. My fave is Jim Bouton's Ball Four. Serious classic.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2016, 08:21:05 AM »

Super book. My fave is Jim Bouton's Ball Four. Serious classic.
i've got an autographed copy of ball four..
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2016, 02:04:50 PM »

i've got an autographed copy of ball four..
Amazing! Good for you! I keep looking for the same, but all the copies I see are inscribed, in poor condition (endemic to book), or library copies. I will find one.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2016, 08:57:17 AM »

The season starts tomorrow!

So let's see some predictions ...

AL East
Blue Jays
Red Sox
Rays
Yankees
Orioles
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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2016, 09:33:03 AM »

The season starts tomorrow!

So let's see some predictions ...

AL East
Blue Jays
Red Sox
Rays
Yankees
Orioles
yankess if it all comes together will be fine.
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2016, 10:28:44 AM »

yankess if it all comes together will be fine.

that can be said for two-thirds of the teams in baseball.

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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2016, 11:12:49 AM »

The season starts tomorrow!

So let's see some predictions ...

AL East
Blue Jays
Red Sox
Rays
Yankees
Orioles

I don't get the sox love at ALL.  Horrid corner IF, one SP and a closer.   Price/Kimbrel don't equate to15+ win improvement.  NY was way better than Boston last year, and got better too with their bullpen being possibly the best 7-8-9 ever.   Toronto's line up is INSANE, but their pitching is suspect at best.

NY
Toronto
Tampa
Boston
Baltimore

Now, Mr. Joad, the real answer I need from you is:  Will Storn replace Osuna as closer?  I want to pick him up off waivers if you think this is a likely scenario.

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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2016, 01:24:22 PM »

very rarely does "it all come together" for a team over 162 games.
Boston in 2013 is an example of when it did.
last year, for example, AL teams used an average of 10 different starting pitchers.
it's a war of attrition.
the Jays have 8 viable starting pitchers.
while the pitching ain't elite, the team defence is.
the gap between the Jays offense last year over the 2nd best offensive team (the Yankees) has not been seen since the '27 Yankees.
I don't think the Yankees will suck.  They're not a below .500 team.  
But (gun to head) i'd put three teams in the East finishing above them.
The Yankees ain't even "all in" this year.  
(I think they're the only team that didn't sign a FA in the off season ... Biding their time for Harper etc.)

yes, the Yankees have the 7th, 8th & 9th locked down, but how many more additional wins is that?
how many games did NY blow when leading in the late innings last year?

Osuna being named closer surprised many.  
I wouldn't count on Storen replacing Osuna as closer anytime soon.
But, of course, IF Osuna stumbles (his leash won't be that long,) Storen will get save opportunities.
So ... in other words ... who knows?  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2016, 03:48:08 PM »

Yankees don't need to be "all in".

They improved at 2b, improved their already dynamic bullpen.   Gregarious shouldn't have the 1st half adjustment disaster he had last year, and Severino is more seasoned.  It's about SP health with them.   If they stay healthy, the have the best SP and bullpen in the AL East.  And their lineup isn't horrid.

Toronto is counting on Happ and Dickey, and need Strohman to be the real deal.  I see it between those two teams.

Maybe I'm wrong about Boston, but I've called them in last place the past two years, despite  the media feeling obligated to say how good they're going to be each year.

I see them in 4th, 3rd at best.
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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2016, 04:35:00 PM »

Dickey is Dickey ... he's thrown 200+ innings for 5 consecutive seasons.  Happ's just the 4th-5th starter.  The wild card in the rotation is Aaron Sanchez.  Stroman's a stud ... time will tell if he becomes a true ace. David Price himself said that had he returned to Toronto he wouldn't have been top dog.  Smiley

well, i'm rooting for Boston to finish last again haha

I have MLBTV this season and so i'll be watching a helluva lot of Red Sox games & Yankees games too.
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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2016, 03:44:32 PM »

Dickey is Dickey ... he's thrown 200+ innings for 5 consecutive seasons.  Happ's just the 4th-5th starter.  The wild card in the rotation is Aaron Sanchez.  Stroman's a stud ... time will tell if he becomes a true ace. David Price himself said that had he returned to Toronto he wouldn't have been top dog.  Smiley

well, i'm rooting for Boston to finish last again haha

I have MLBTV this season and so i'll be watching a helluva lot of Red Sox games & Yankees games too.

MLBTV is a fantastic product - even better if you have it on an iPAD - you can swipe in out for real time stats, splits, etc.....can see a lot of video highlights very quickly.  They did just an awesome job with this since it debuted.

Stroman NEEDS to be an ace, or close to it.  But he's never thrown more than 130 IP,  and it's tough for a 24 year old to be expected to lead an MLB staff.
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2016, 08:28:55 AM »

MLBTV is a fantastic product - even better if you have it on an iPAD - you can swipe in out for real time stats, splits, etc.....can see a lot of video highlights very quickly.  They did just an awesome job with this since it debuted.

Stroman NEEDS to be an ace, or close to it.  But he's never thrown more than 130 IP,  and it's tough for a 24 year old to be expected to lead an MLB staff.

yeah, I've got MLBTV on my iPad and love it.  
I chromecast games onto my big screen TV when i'm at home and wife is watching too.

We disagree with Stroman needing to be an Ace this season.
Toronto's offense is so elite.
Defense up the middle probably is the best in baseball.
Pen is solid (doesn't have the flashy names but it won't be a weakness.)
Hence, IF the Jays have a "2", a couple of "3s"' and a "4", plus many legitimate "#5" options (for depth)
I believe they're playoff bound.
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2016, 06:10:15 AM »

I'd like to officially thank Toronto for trading Syndergaard the fuck out of the AL East.
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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2016, 07:11:44 PM »

I'd like to officially thank Toronto for trading Syndergaard the fuck out of the AL East.

yep, that Syndergaard & d'Arnaud for Dickey deal is difficult for Jays fans to digest, but the same dude who dealt away Thor took prime JD (with 4 years of control) off of Billy Beane's hands.
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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2016, 06:38:02 AM »

yep, that Syndergaard & d'Arnaud for Dickey deal is difficult for Jays fans to digest, but the same dude who dealt away Thor took prime JD (with 4 years of control) off of Billy Beane's hands.

That is a great point.

I know NY unsuccessfully tried to get JD.
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2016, 05:29:22 AM »

Dickey is Dickey ... he's thrown 200+ innings for 5 consecutive seasons.  Happ's just the 4th-5th starter.  The wild card in the rotation is Aaron Sanchez.  Stroman's a stud ... time will tell if he becomes a true ace. David Price himself said that had he returned to Toronto he wouldn't have been top dog.  Smiley

well, i'm rooting for Boston to finish last again haha

I have MLBTV this season and so i'll be watching a helluva lot of Red Sox games & Yankees games too.
Dickey never fails to fail. Guy is useless, unless it is it hot, the dome open, or whatever...Unload him, but who would take him? Last Sat when I heard who was pitching...fawk. Guy just hurts the team.   
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