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Saturday, July 14, 2018

OMNICHATTER for the weekend of July 14-15, 2018

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courtesy of Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee).

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 122 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5709861)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TODAY?!
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 14, 2018 at 03:50 PM (#5709900)
In future MLB Draft news, Justin Verlander & Kate Upton are expecting their first child. Scouts will no doubt be attending the gender reveal party.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 14, 2018 at 03:56 PM (#5709902)
Scouts will no doubt be attending the gender reveal party.


So will Sports Illustrated editors.
   4. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:07 PM (#5709904)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tyler 'Hahaha' Clipboard !
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:36 PM (#5709913)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tyler 'Hahaha' Clipboard !

When Clippard pitches I count it as a save when he only blows a save and doesn't lose the game while he's at it. Naturally he pitches much better when he's in the National League, and naturally he stunk up the joint when he was with the Yankees.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:38 PM (#5709915)
No way the Red Sox don't win this game. This is one of the greatest teams in history in the making.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5709917)
Gee, that was hard to predict.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:46 PM (#5709918)
When and why the hell did ‘gender reveal parties’ become a thing?
   9. dave h Posted: July 14, 2018 at 04:57 PM (#5709919)
Pretty recently, and because people like throwing parties for friends and often feel like they need an excuse.
   10. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 14, 2018 at 05:15 PM (#5709926)
This Red Sox team is bonkers. They'll also only have 65 games to play in the second half, so it'll be harder for them to choke quite so badly.
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 06:19 PM (#5709945)
The Reds have performed a defensive clinic so far in these two games.
   12. Bote Man Posted: July 14, 2018 at 06:36 PM (#5709950)
As the kids say, this really sucks:

Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays
BREAKING: Rays' Wilson Ramos said he will not be able to play in All-Star Game due to hamstring injury. Will still attend and participate in festivities. Expects to end up on DL.

The guy was kidnapped, had 2 different ACL injuries and was reclaiming his place when this happens. I was not thrilled with how he "fielded" his position with the Nats so I don't want him back, but I hate to see him miss out even if it is this meaningless exhibition game.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 14, 2018 at 07:24 PM (#5709962)
Gardner BB, Judge single, & Didi dinger. 3-0 NYY. A good start.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: July 14, 2018 at 07:25 PM (#5709963)
Twins led, 6-4, in the top of the 7th inning when they went to the bullpen.
Rays get 5 runs in the 7th, 5 in the 8th, and 5 in the 9th.
Twins pen allowed 13 ER and 2 inherited runners scored while they were getting 9 outs.

#kerosenekids
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:15 PM (#5709970)
After two rain delays, the Cardinals had to pull Flaherty and Mayers is getting lit up already two batters faced and one run already, turning a 2-0 game to 2-1 with 4 innings to go....
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:16 PM (#5709971)
(mind you those two were Votto and Gennett, guys who regularly beat up on everyone the past few years)
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:24 PM (#5709975)
Carpenter has been a completely different hitter after the first month of the season... I had actually given up on him, thinking age had caught up to him, for a guy who was a late developer, it feels like they also have their career end suddenly, so I was thinking he was a guy that was on the downswing of his career(which he is probably...but he's not collapsing quite as bad as I had thought)
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:31 PM (#5709977)
Seriously, the Reds defense has been outstanding in these two games, not just great plays, but great heads up plays. Man on second one out, Schebler makes a catch against the wall falling down and hits the wall to the point that he was slightly injured, and he still makes a smart half throw to Hamilton who was backing him up, as the runner on second would have probably been able to tag up and score if he just lays down there.

   19. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:33 PM (#5709979)
Ozuna got the first 2-3 rbi for the Cardinals since 1987.... (not counting sacrifices) meaning he hit the ball with a man on third, the catcher fielded the ball and threw out the batter where the run scored.

I get that it's a rare thing, but since 1987....seems like a bit of a stretch to me.
   20. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:41 PM (#5709980)
I make fun of double switches because for the most part they make no sense in today's game... Cardinals did a double switch here, and I'm not sure where I lay on it. It's the top of the 7th inning and Hicks is coming into the game(2-1 game and he's our best reliever so that isn't an issue) but they swapped out Ozuna for Hicks and brought in Bader into the 9th spot. Now Bader is much better defensively than anyone on the team so that isn't bad. But it's very unlikely that Hicks will pitch more than one inning (meaning there is almost no chance that his at bat will come up with him) at the same time, you locked in your future pinch hitter for the other team, so that isn't something that you need to do.

ultimately Bader should have been starting anyway, so his addition isn't the issue, but the concept of the double switch in todays game is less important than it ever was.


Of course Hicks is shitting the bed in relief... first three batters reached base so it's possible that Hicks doesn't even make it through this inning, and it's very likely the 2-1 lead of this game that the Cardinals are enjoying is about to disappear.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:42 PM (#5709981)
fourth batter also reaches... bases loaded no outs tied game.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:48 PM (#5709984)
jimminy christmas... the bleeding needs to stop, another single....
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 08:50 PM (#5709986)
f'ing f'...f'... f'...

ugh. your best reliever isht the bed when you need perfection.
   24. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:18 PM (#5709996)
LETTUCE CELEBRATE THAT!
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:21 PM (#5709997)
our offense isn't showing up, our pen isn't showing up.... both are more capable than what they have been doing recently.
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:21 PM (#5709998)
Catcher's inside-the-park "HR" - Romine hits double to right-center, outfielder bobbles, and bad throw to third goes into dugout. The Baseball Gods must have intervened on the side of virtue there.
   27. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:43 PM (#5710004)
Carlos Gonzalez just hit a 455-foot homer with a 19-degree launch angle. It was like a rocket aimed at the top of the centerfield fence.
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:52 PM (#5710006)
back to back high scoring losses in which the other team's offense actually wasn't that impressive, but just dink and dunk and poor pitching from your side really pisses you off as a fan.
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:55 PM (#5710007)
Only positive is that the Reds made about a half dozen momentum defining defensive plays against the Cardinals. A normal play here or there and the score is massively different.
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 09:57 PM (#5710008)
Cardinal announcers... Jose Martinez is up to bat, and a pitch that is clearly a strike is called a ball. "a strike that is called a ball, we have been here for 9 hours."
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:01 PM (#5710009)
At this point in time, there is nobody in the stadium that cares about the game, whether they are playing or watching or announcing.
   32. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:02 PM (#5710011)
and mercifully it ends.
   33. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:07 PM (#5710012)
Does anyone know or care, if the Cardinals won or lost ? If so, please email someone... military !
   34. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:09 PM (#5710014)
Andujar makes the Indian Latinos look funny. What a jerk !
   35. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:11 PM (#5710016)
The funny thing about those Baez and Andujar and XY-Latino plays is, they are not special. Normal plays, creative... why even hire someone who doesn't creatively play BASEBALL ?!
   36. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:12 PM (#5710017)
For Example: Aroldis Chapman : what a Jerk !
   37. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:13 PM (#5710018)
Boy, Blake Parker's got a knack for pitching himself into a ton of trouble. Got out of it this time. Cody Bellanger looks weak right now.
   38. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:25 PM (#5710024)
Another blown lead by the bullpen, but... ####! Upton should have had that ball! ####### #####
   39. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:28 PM (#5710025)
Next stop : Giants !
   40. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:47 PM (#5710028)
Kole Calhoun is alive! ALIVE!
   41. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 10:56 PM (#5710033)
Justin Upton might be just completely terrible.
   42. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:11 PM (#5710035)
After a two-start exile to AAA, Rockies putative ace Jon Gray has thrown six shutout innings at the Mariners tonight.
   43. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:14 PM (#5710038)
So Hendricks is not good tonight. It's the Padres, so it could be worse, but he'll be lucky to get thru 4.
   44. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:15 PM (#5710039)
Cards just fired matheny?!?!?
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:16 PM (#5710040)
Does anyone know or care, if the Cardinals won or lost ? If so, please email someone... military !


I would assume about 3 million more than the Angels.
   46. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:19 PM (#5710041)
It's now up to seven innings. Rox 4, M's 0 through six and a half.
   47. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:20 PM (#5710042)
Matheny is gone. Wow. And hahaha.
   48. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:22 PM (#5710043)
Schwarbomb
   49. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:23 PM (#5710045)
Cards probably hoped the firing would fly under the radar, given the Jon Gray news that everyone is talking about.
   50. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:23 PM (#5710046)
Mike Schildt taking over
   51. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:26 PM (#5710049)
They also fired mabry and Mueller.

I know cfb defends him a lot from the mouth breather fans, but from the outside he did do some dumb ####. But it's not like he publicly ran down Fowler. I'd be pretty pissed about the Norris/Hicks stuff were I unfortunately a cards fan.
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:28 PM (#5710050)
I just don't get the firing. It makes zero sense, unless there is more to the Hicks story than anyone is talking about.
   53. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:33 PM (#5710051)
Matheny is solid that is the point I've tried to make, and an in season firing just doesn't make sense. This is a guy who has literally never posted a losing season or rarely posted a losing month...and almost all of his losing months have been in June, which indicates he does a pretty good job of evaluating the talent he has and making necessary adjustments (seriously since 2012... the Cardinals have had 6 losing months... 4 in June and 2 in May... this is a fairly good indication that Matheny does a decent job of letting his pre-established talent try and prove themselves and if they don't continue to dump them-----note... the worst month under Matheny was 11-14... so it's not like he's costing the team a lot of wins while doing this)
   54. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:34 PM (#5710052)
This late at night one day before the all Star game makes me think it's not just performance. Why not wait a day?
   55. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:37 PM (#5710054)
Matheny will not likely make the HOF, either as a player or manager. Prior to Matheny, the Cards had 30.5 years of HOF managers, Larussa, Torre,and Herzog. Herzog goes back to 1980. They had a few years in the last 70's without a HOFer, then Schoendienst from 1976-1965. Other HOF managers or HOFers as managers through the years were Southworth for about 6.5 years, Frisch for 5 years, McKechnie for 1.5, Hornsby for 1.5, Rickey for 6.5, Huggins for 5, Bresnahan for 4. That takes us back to 1909. So in the last 110 years, the Cardinals have been managed by a HOFer for 72.5 of them
   56. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:40 PM (#5710057)
I know heyward has been better, though he has cooled off some. But him hitting third just annoys me more than it should.
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:41 PM (#5710058)
This late at night one day before the all Star game makes me think it's not just performance. Why not wait a day?


Agree, they should have at least gone one more day, but I'm guessing the decision was already made, and they decided to make the decision after a loss... mine you, there was literally nothing in today's loss that can be blamed on Matheny, he managed it perfectly, the results are the results of baseball.

It's a dumb decision to make for a team still in the race, unless of course there is more to the Hicks story than is known. But in reality there is no way a nobody like schildt can run this clubhouse. Molina alone will be the bigger influence than this nobody. I mean seriously I am now seeing a Vern Rapp type of situation happening, Molina is arguably the most important person in the locker room, and I just can't see him accepting this nobody taking over.
   58. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:42 PM (#5710059)
Matheny will not likely make the HOF, either as a player or manager. Prior to Matheny, the Cards had 30.5 years of HOF managers, Larussa, Torre,and Herzog.


Torre's years as a Cardinal was basically an example of crappy managers, assuming Matheny wants to continue managing.... I'm pretty sure a few teams are out there willing to give him a chance.
   59. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:43 PM (#5710060)
Bernie Miklasz less than 15 minutes before the cards tweeted out the firing:

Non-sarcastic answer: I would be surprised by an in-season change (manager). I expect a half-measure move; fire or reassign a coach. https://twitter.com/DJSchrum2/status/1018328180783026176
   60. Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:43 PM (#5710062)
I too am very surprised about the Matheny firing. My only guess is that there was a discussion which did not go well. I can see Matheny responding poorly to suggestions about how he might make adjustments in the clubhouse.

The Cardinals aren't underperforming terribly, but they aren't overperforming, that's for sure. And since 2015 they've been a consistent just over .500 team. This might be a case where an abrupt management change puts a charge in the team.
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:44 PM (#5710063)
I'm now fully expecting the Cardinals to hire a Whitey Herzog manager, who is plain spoken, ugly and the fans love for no ####### reason who consistently takes 100 win teams to 70 win seasons and they want to keep on because he attempts a steal here or there.... god Cardinal fans are ####### idiots... I'm thinking Trump is probably the next Cardinal manager after his eventual impeachment.
   62. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:45 PM (#5710064)
I love javy
   63. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:45 PM (#5710065)
I too am very surprised about the Matheny firing. My only guess is that there was a discussion which did not go well. I can see Matheny responding poorly to suggestions about how he might make adjustments in the clubhouse.


which would go against everything ever posted or stated about Matheny. He's flat out admitted he needs to learn how to manage, he's flat out admitted he needs help, he's pretty much the anti-Herzog in that he accepts that managing a major league team is a team effort.
   64. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:46 PM (#5710066)
A couple people on Twitter are speculating about girardi.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:47 PM (#5710068)

The Cardinals aren't underperforming terribly, but they aren't overperforming, that's for sure. And since 2015 they've been a consistent just over .500 team. This might be a case where an abrupt management change puts a charge in the team.


I think it has to do with the fact that the Reds fired their manager and have kicked ass since then, but that is a bit different to be honest... nobody really expects the Reds to continue playing .500 ball going forward, they just aren't that good of a team, but a hiccuup from a managerial change can help for a few weeks ...
   66. Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:53 PM (#5710070)
He's flat out admitted he needs to learn how to manage, he's flat out admitted he needs help, he's pretty much the anti-Herzog in that he accepts that managing a major league team is a team effort.

The Cubs announcers said it well: Matheny is Matheny, and he can't be Joe Maddon. I have a feeling that the Cardinals decided they wanted Matheny to be someone else. And that Matheny did not go along with that idea.
   67. Andere Richtingen Posted: July 14, 2018 at 11:54 PM (#5710071)
I can totally see the Reds playing .500 ball from here on out. .600 ball, not so much.
   68. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:03 AM (#5710072)
I can totally see the Reds playing .500 ball from here on out. .600 ball, not so much.


I can't... I don't see any reason to think that, unless you really believe Suarez is a 150+ ops+ hitter, Matt Harvey is a 110 era+ pitcher, and scooter Gennett is actually a 130 ops+ hitter, and Schebler is a 120 ops+ hitter. Sure if those are the reality of the situation, then they are a .500 team.
   69. greenback slays lewks Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:06 AM (#5710074)
Molina alone will be the bigger influence than this nobody.

LOL. Molina's complete and total invisibility with this Hicks thing tells you how important Molina is in the clubhouse.
   70. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:08 AM (#5710076)
I didn't even think of this, but how the #### do you fire Matheny and not replace him with Oquendo? Seriously? You replace him with a guy who 95% of Cardinals fans have never heard of, who was a bench coach who not one player has ever ####### mentioned in an interview....basically he's a complete nobody who has zero respect within the organization...


I mean, c'mon if you fire Matheny, the only option to replace him was Oquendo, simply because the opposition among the fan base was because he wasn't named manager originally.
   71. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:10 AM (#5710079)
LOL. Molina's complete and total invisibility with this Hicks thing tells you how important Molina is in the clubhouse.


Or more accurately, his invisibility was because it was totally a non-story.
   72. Howie Menckel Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:10 AM (#5710080)
moved to other thread
   73. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:14 AM (#5710082)
Baez is going to be a MVP some day. Remember when everyone wrote him off after his disastrous 2014 debut?
   74. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:17 AM (#5710083)
I'm now fully expecting the Cardinals to hire a Whitey Herzog manager, who is plain spoken, ugly and the fans love for no ####### reason who consistently takes 100 win teams to 70 win seasons and they want to keep on because he attempts a steal here or there....


The fans loved Whitey Herzog because he won three pennants in six years. That's a pretty good reason.

god Cardinal fans are ####### idiots...


Concur.
   75. greenback slays lewks Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:17 AM (#5710084)
Or more accurately, his invisibility was because it was totally a non-story.

Nope. Matheny asked Norris to be a grizzled old guardian angel or something for Hicks during spring training. Matheny doesn't have to do that if Molina exercises that much influence. Either Molina takes that responsibility himself or, if Molina thinks somebody in the bullpen has to have that role, then he finds the veteran reliever.

I mean, Matheny had the major league version of Crash Davis on his roster, and went to Bud F. Norris instead. Molina is a cipher in clubhouse.
   76. greenback slays lewks Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:18 AM (#5710086)
I hate it when Tom Nawrocki and cardsfanboy concur that I'm an idiot.
   77. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:28 AM (#5710088)
WTF is baseball coming to? Starters can't go more than 5 innings, relievers can't pitch 2 days in a row. Are 10 man bullpens in our future?
   78. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:29 AM (#5710089)
The fans loved Whitey Herzog because he won three pennants in six years. That's a pretty good reason.


He was a manager for 11 years, he was't fired...

the Cardinals had 92 win season in 1982... he inherited a 92 win team and led them to 79 win season
the Cardinals had a 101 season in 1985... he inherited a 101 team and led them to a 79 win season.
The Cardinals had a 95 win season in 1987.... he inherited a 95 win team and led them to a 76 win season.
in 1990 he led the team to the first last place finish the Cardinals have had since 1918....

Basically the guy either wins the division or he runs a team who is non-competitive where every fan in the city knows by July we have zero chance.... I'm not sure how that is better than a guy.....
who inherited an 90 win team in 2011, and led them to 88 record then followed that with a 97 record and an NL championship, followed that with 83 record, 100 wins, 86 wins, 83 wins....



   79. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:32 AM (#5710090)
the Cardinals had 92 win season in 1982... he inherited a 92 win team and led them to 79 win season
the Cardinals had a 101 season in 1985... he inherited a 101 team and led them to a 79 win season.
The Cardinals had a 95 win season in 1987.... he inherited a 95 win team and led them to a 76 win season.


he didn't inherit them. they were his teams.
   80. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:33 AM (#5710091)
the Cardinals had 92 win season in 1982... he inherited a 92 win team and led them to 79 win season


Herzog didn't "inherit" a 92 win team. He built a 92 win team. Before Herzog took over the Cardinals, they hadn't won 92 games in more than a decade.
   81. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:36 AM (#5710092)
he didn't inherit them. they were his teams.


The argument against Matheny is that he inherited great teams and never performed as well, and the point is that every manager inherits the team from the year before and what they do with them is up to them.
   82. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:37 AM (#5710093)

Herzog didn't "inherit" a 92 win team. He built a 92 win team. Before Herzog took over the Cardinals, they hadn't won 92 games in more than a decade.


And he built that team, and the following year that team won 79 games.... if you are going to give him credit for building that team, then he deserves "credit" for that 79 win team. That is kinda the entire point I'm trying to make.
   83. cardsfanboy Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:38 AM (#5710094)
For the record, I don't argue against Whiney Herzog's ability as a gm... but we aren't talking about his gm status, we are talking about his field manager status.
   84. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:52 AM (#5710098)
Molina's complete and total invisibility with this Hicks thing tells you how important Molina is in the clubhouse.

So, you're saying Molina has no balls?
   85. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:02 AM (#5710099)
Javy ####### Baez
   86. Spahn Insane Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:09 AM (#5710103)
Javy is the most entertaining player in baseball today. The way he shut up the home crowd with his ho-hum, score-from-first-on-a-stolen-base-attempt last night was just beautiful.
   87. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:10 AM (#5710104)
The way he shut up the home crowd with his ho-hum, score-from-first-base-on-a-stolen-base-attempt last night was just beautiful.


I couldn't tell, because the noise from the Cubs fans was almost overwhelming.
   88. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:11 AM (#5710105)
Javy ####### Baez


Me:

73. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 15, 2018 at 12:14 AM (#5710082)

Baez is going to be a MVP some day. Remember when everyone wrote him off after his disastrous 2014 debut?


He is in the 2018 MVP discussion.
   89. Brian C Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:15 AM (#5710107)
The argument against Matheny is that he inherited great teams and never performed as well, and the point is that every manager inherits the team from the year before and what they do with them is up to them.

I'm pretty sure you're the first person to ever use "inherited" in this way.

Anyhow, Matheny had success and didn't ever seem incapable, but nevertheless he always seemed vaguely overwhelmed to me. I'm trying to think of who I'd compare him to ... maybe someone like Erik Spoelstra with the Lebron-era Heat teams, successful despite always kinda looking like he had a tiger by the tail.
   90. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:17 AM (#5710108)
Between here and the matheny thread, and with the cards and Brewers valleying right as the Cubs are peaking again, we Cubs fans sure are strutting our feathers aren't we? Gotta enjoy it while it lasts, right?
   91. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:18 AM (#5710109)
So maybe don't make this one interesting Rob Zysfdsfsdfksftski.
   92. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:18 AM (#5710110)
maybe someone like Erik Spoelstra with the Lebron-era Heat teams, successful despite always kinda looking like he had a tiger by the tail.

As a NBA fan, that's a terrible comp. Maybe first year, but spo earned his stripes and is a very well regarded coach. Had Riley canned him and took over, sure.
   93. Brian C Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:29 AM (#5710112)
As a NBA fan, that's a terrible comp.aybe first year, but spo earned his stripes and is a very well regarded coach. Had Riley canned him and took over, sure.

Yeah, I wasn't talking so much about ability as demeanor, but still I suppose you're probably right.
   94. Bote Man Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:51 AM (#5710115)
Jane Lee @JaneMLB
Mark Canha, on the bat toss: “I got on Twitter and got out in front of this a little bit, and I’m sure a lot of San Franciscans are offended by that, and I’m sorry.”

Then he took it back.

“People getting offended by bat flips is so silly. I’m not sorry. I’m not really sorry.”
   95. Bote Man Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:25 PM (#5710255)
Nats @ Mets start delayed by rain. Now scheduled to start at 13:55 ET

Is Francisco Mejia going to play in the Futures Game? Because the Indians called him up to the big league club for some unknown reason.
   96. Bote Man Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:47 PM (#5710264)
Tanaka with a no-hitter going into the bottom 2nd in Cleveland. This could be Big News.
   97. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: July 15, 2018 at 01:50 PM (#5710265)
Bote is back and starting at third for the Cubs today, bote.
   98. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 15, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5710282)
JBJ is finally on one of his hot streaks. He'll need another few weeks to get his numbers back to respectability, but he's like .325/.375/.550 over the last 20 days.
   99. Perry Posted: July 15, 2018 at 02:53 PM (#5710285)
Shildt has fixed Dexter already!
   100. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 15, 2018 at 03:03 PM (#5710290)
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