Baseball 2020

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by jumpkutz, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    Too early you say?
    Pitchers and catchers report next week.
    Today I purchased 12 tickets to a pair of Reds-Cardinals games in St. Louis in August.
    Got a loft big enough for us, the kids and their spouses. Haven’t made the pilgrimage to the Mecca of baseball in several seasons. Looking forward to some good old fashioned National League baseball, some great Italian on The Hill, frozen custard at Ted Drewe’s on Route 66 and the Clydesdales and a free, cold Budweiser at the end of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour. And we we’re way overdue for another trip to the top of the Arch!
  2. stlouisbrad

    stlouisbrad Active Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    One of the best and worst and worst things about my house is it's proximity to Ted Drewe's. It's less than a 5 minute walk.

    I'm still hoping the Cardinals add a proven bat before opening day, but that's looking extremely unlikely.
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  3. nevzter

    nevzter Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    A City by a Bay
    Los Dodgers just won the NL West...again. Betts is an incredible talent and they didn't even have to divulge the cream of their loaded farm system to acquire him. They're on another level in the NL West and this is coming from a guy who bleeds black and orange.

    Oh, and the 'stros got off easy. Post-season death penalty for 5 years - make them play regular seasons with no prospect of the post season. I think Jim Crane found the $5 million to pay their "fine" in his couch cushions. It's a bunch of BS in my opinion - and yes, cheating has always been present in baseball, but I don't see the punishment as any meaningful deterrent to clubs pulling the same stunt in the future.
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  4. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    I haven't given up on Arenado yet Brad. Just once, I'd like to see us get a player like that instead of the Yankees or the Angels or the Astros. Speaking of the Astros, I strongly agree Nev. They got off VERY easily. I don't think a post season ban is logical for professional sports teams. I would say a more appropriate penalty would be a significant increase in the club's luxury tax, aka, the "competitive balance tax threshold," although Houston is not one of the eight clubs who have surpassed the current limits, reset in 2003. It starts at 20% on all overages the first year, goes to 30% for two consecutive years, then 50% for every year three and over. I'd say make theirs 80%-85%. That still may not be high enough to punish them adequately since they've never done it. The Yankees, on the other hand, did every year between 2003-2017, paying $319,600,000 over that period. I think a one season ban for every player and coach involved isn't too harsh. Determining involvement might be tricky, but that definition should include every player or coach who knew about it and said or did nothing to stop it.
  5. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    Brother, if I lived that close to Ted Drewe's, I wouldn't look like the Goodyear blimp, I'd BE the Goodyear blimp. That's temptation beyond what any mere mortal should have to endure. Prayers for your strength and resolve, sir!
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  6. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    I know there's some professional sports writers on this site, so I have a question about the "three batters rule" -- that is, a relief pitcher must face at least three batters. This is, I suppose, a "speed up the game" thing, along with the 10 seconds shaved off the time managers have to decide whether or not to appeal a decision on the field.

    Here's my question: does this mean that a pitcher can't come on in the 9th [or potentially final] inning with nobody out if there's a base runner? I mean, if the runner is out stealing or is part of a double play, then the pitcher can't face more than two batters.

    Now for my annual rant: want to speed up the game? Here's two things that can be done:
    1. have the same time interval between half innings that they have in the minor leagues &
    2. get rid of instant replay altogether

    you're welcome ... now about my question ... .
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  7. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    South Carolina
    Pitchers have to face a minimum of three batters or reach the end of the half inning. You can always start the inning with a new pitcher no matter how many batters the previous pitcher faced. So you could still technically bring in your LOOGY if there are two outs and your pitcher gets his one guy out.
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  8. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    RIP Tony Fernandez. Heartbeat at Shortstop for those great early 90’s Blue Jays teams. Underrated bat to go along with that amazing glove and signature flip throw across the diamond.
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