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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Relocation Less Common in MLB Than NFL, Other Leagues

In 1972, the Washington Senators packed up and moved down to Texas to become the Rangers. In the 45 years since the Senators’ departure, however, only a single other Major League Baseball franchise has relocated: the Montreal Expos (owned by MLB at the time) moved to Washington before the 2005 season and became the Nationals.

During that same 45-year period, meanwhile, the National Football League has seen the relocation of franchises on nine occasions (10 if Oakland completes their move to Las Vegas). The National Hockey League has featured nine moves of their own (including one merger); the NBA, eight.

There are quite a few reasons for MLB’s stability relative to the other leagues, including antitrust protection, willing local governments, and a little bit more patience when it comes to stadium issues. And baseball hasn’t always possessed such geographic consistency. Consider: the creation of the Rangers actually marked the end of a 20-year period that saw quite a bit of movement throughout Major League Baseball. Rarely did a move leave a city without a franchise — and for those cities left without teams, all had new teams in short order — but there was activity nonetheless.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2017 at 02:55 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, mlb, nfl, relocation

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Hardball Times Q&A With John D’Acquisto

Markusen: How much of a factor was Bonds’ lifestyle of “living in the fast lane” in contributing to his early decline as a ballplayer?

D’Acquisto: It was his demise. You can see that on the back of the baseball card or his baseball-reference page. It hurt his game tremendously. He was a world-class athlete and probably one of the top 175-200 offensive players of all time. If he would have left the booze alone, that number probably goes to 75-100 easy. He had all the tools.

djordan Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

2016 World Series GAME SEVEN OMNICHATTER

THIS IS IT. LET’S DO THIS!

Cubs (Hendricks) at Indians (Kluber).

8. FOX. Buckle up.

Gamingboy Posted: November 02, 2016 at 12:08 AM | 2977 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

2016 WORLD SERIES Game 6 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 3-2.

Cubs (Arrieta) at Indians (Tomlin). 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:02 AM | 890 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 30, 2016

2016 World Series Game 5 OMNICHATTER

The Indians could win their first World Series since 1948.

Indians (Bauer) at Cubs (Lester). 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 30, 2016 at 12:44 AM | 628 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 29, 2016

2016 World Series Game 4 OMNICHATTER

Best of 7. Cleveland leads 2-1.

Indians (Kluber) at Cubs (Lackey).

8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2016 at 12:13 AM | 391 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 28, 2016

2016 World Series Game 3 OMNICHATTER

For the first time since WWII, World Series baseball will be played in Wrigley Field.

Indians (Tomlin) at Cubs (Hendricks). Game 3. Series tied 1-1. 8. FOX.

Gamingboy Posted: October 28, 2016 at 12:06 AM | 625 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OMNICHATTER WORLD SERIES GAME 2

DUE TO THE THREAT OF RAIN, GAME 2 WILL START AROUND 7 PM.

GAME 2: CUBS (Arrieta) AT INDIANS (Bauer).

FOX.

BEST OF 7. INDIANS LEAD 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 26, 2016 at 12:36 AM | 749 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WORLD SERIES GAME 1 OMNICHATTER 2016

THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL GAMES ON THE OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD. THIS IS IT.

CUBS (LESTER) AT INDIANS (KLUBER). GAME 1. BEST OF 7. 8. FOX.

GET HYPE.

Gamingboy Posted: October 25, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 804 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 20, 2016

NLCS Game 5 OMNICHATTER

Series tied 2-2.

Cubs (Lester) at Dodgers (Maeda).

8 PM.

FS1.

Winner of series will face Cleveland.

Gamingboy Posted: October 20, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 875 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OMNICHATTER LCS DAY 6

4: Indians (Merritt!?!?) at Blue Jays (Estrada). Cleveland leads 3-1. TBS.
8: Cubs (Lackey) at Dodgers (Urias). Dodgers lead 2-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 538 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LCS Day 5 OMNICHATTER

4: Indians (Kluber) at Blue Jays (Sanchez), Indians lead 3-0. TBS.
8: Cubs (Arrieta) at Dodgers (Hill), tied 1-1. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 373 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 17, 2016

LCS Round Day 4 OMNICHATTER

8 PM: Indians (Bauer) at Blue Jays (Stroman), TBS. Indians lead 2-0.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 17, 2016 at 01:38 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 16, 2016

OMNICHATTER LCS Round DAY 3

The “I overslept” LCS OMNICHATTER

8 Eastern, FS1: Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cubs (Hendricks). Cubs lead 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 16, 2016 at 12:47 AM | 275 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 14, 2016

OMNICHATTER ALCS GAME 1

BEST OF 7. WINNER TO WORLD SERIES.

GAME 1: Blue Jays (Estrada) at Indians (Kluber). 8 PM. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:03 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 13, 2016

NLDS Game 5 OMNICHATTER

Winner faces Cubs in NLCS.

Dodgers (Hill? Urias?) at Nationals (Scherzer).

8 PM. FS1.

Gamingboy Posted: October 13, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 356 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

OMNICHATTER NLDS DAY 6 OMNICHATTER

I’m too tired to look up the times the games are, so do it your damn self I’m going to bed.

Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:46 AM | 735 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 10, 2016

“Fastball John” Book Review: Joe Lanek of Gaslamp Ball/SB Nation

The narrative tone chosen by D’Acquisto and co-author Dave Jordan keeps the reader engaged, while everything works to keep the story as a whole moving forward. They also have a knack for dropping seemingly innocuous details that one wouldn’t think twice about, then rendering them relevant pages or even chapters later. It’s done subtly and artfully, as is the constant theme of tying in the music of the time. In many ways it reads more like a detective novel than an athlete’s autobiography, right down to the climactic betrayal at the hands of a character we met very early in the book.

djordan Posted: October 10, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb

ALDS/NLDS DAY 5 OMNICHATTER

4 PM Eastern: Nationals (Gonzalez) at Dodgers (Maeda), MLB Network. Tied 1-1.
6 PM: Indians (Tomlin) at Red Sox (Buchholz), TBS. CLE leads 2-0.
9:30 PM: Cubs (Arrieta) at Giants (BUMGARNER, KING OF OCTOBER AND SLAYER OF ROYALS), FS1. Cubs lead 2-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2016 at 02:07 AM | 1006 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 09, 2016

ALDS/NLDS DAY 4 OMNICHATTER

1 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nats (Roark), Game 2 (LA leads 1-0), FS1
4 PM: Cleveland (Tomlin) at Boston (Buccholz), Game 3 (CLE leads 2-0), TBS
7:30 PM: Texas (Lewis) at Toronto (Sanchez), Game 3 (TOR leads 2-0), TBS

Gamingboy Posted: October 09, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 201 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 08, 2016

ALDS/NLDS OMNICHATTER DAY 3

4 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nationals (Roark), FS1

8 PM Eastern: Giants (Samardzija) at Cubs (Hendricks), MLB Network

Dodgers and Cubs lead 1-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 08, 2016 at 12:45 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Thursday, October 06, 2016

ALDS/NLDS ROUND DAY 2 OMNICHATTER

FOUR GAMES!

1 PM Eastern: Toronto (Happ) at Texas (Darvish), TBS
4:30 PM Eastern: Boston (Price) at Cleveland (Kluber), TBS
5:30 PM Eastern: LA (Kershaw) at Nationals (Scherzer), FS1
9 PM Eastern: Giants (Cueto) at Cubs (Lester), FS1

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2016 at 11:56 PM | 331 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

ALDS GAMES 1 OMNICHATTER 2016

Best of 3, both games on TBS.

Toronto (Estrada) at Rangers (Hamels), 4:30 Eastern.

Red Sox (Porcello) at Cleveland (Bauer), 8 Eastern.

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 420 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

NL WILD CARD OMNICHATTER 2016

From Citi Field in Flushing…

Mets (Syndergaaard) vs. Giants (Bumgarner)

8 Eastern. ESPN. Winner to NLDS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 05, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 496 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 03, 2016

AL WILD CARD GAME OMNICHATTER

The AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD.

Baltimore Orioles (Tillman) at Toronto Blue Jays (Stroman)

Winner to ALDS. 8 PM Eastern. TBS.

Gamingboy Posted: October 03, 2016 at 11:36 PM | 593 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

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