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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Carlos Beltran: Mets manager out after Astros’ cheating scandal

Another casualty. At this point, if MLB is really serious about really getting to the bottom of this problem and fairness, they need to investigate *EVERY* team. Let’s get another 20 managers and GM suspended.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:19 PM | 120 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5916527)
Interesting.

Now what?
   2. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5916530)
Who had before his first spring training on the manager dead pool for Beltran?
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:32 PM (#5916534)
Red Sox should hire him
   4. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:33 PM (#5916536)
And we can hire Cora. Win/win.
   5. JRVJ Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:34 PM (#5916537)
It's for the best for all involved.

This will probably contain the 2017 Astros part of the scandal for a while. The jury is out on what other scandals may arise in Boston and other cities.
   6. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:34 PM (#5916538)
Beltran got Wally Backman'd.
   7. The Duke Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:41 PM (#5916547)
Does Beltran get credit on his record as being manager or was it all just a dream ?
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:42 PM (#5916548)
Does Beltran get credit on his record as being manager or was it all just a dream ?

I'm sure he cares more about whether he gets paid :-)
   9. Adam Starblind Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:42 PM (#5916549)
Typical Mets PR-driven reaction. They could easily have said "bad error in judgment, but we know Carlos for 15 years and this does not represent his character."

Piazza commented that this wouldn't have happened years ago, because if, say, Nolan Ryan found out about it you would come away "missing a head."
   10. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:43 PM (#5916552)
Is Mike Fiers in protective custody?
   11. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:46 PM (#5916555)
Mets employee Jessica Mendoza just verbal diarrhea'd out a bunch of stuff decrying Mike Fiers blowing the whistle.
   12. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:49 PM (#5916558)
Did Fiers reveal a motivation for openly snitching? It seems like the same objective could have been achieved anonymously.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:51 PM (#5916561)
I'm sure he cares more about whether he gets paid :-)
Unless the contract was worded rather strangely (creatively?), I would think it would be difficult for Beltrán to have breached his Mets contract by his actions as a player for another team years before he even signed the Mets contract. He should get paid for 3 years, but Luhnow, Hinch & Cora may be in a different situation.
   14. Sunday silence Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:52 PM (#5916564)
Thats a good pt. he has a much stronger case than the other two.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:53 PM (#5916565)
Mets employee Jessica Mendoza just verbal diarrhea'd out a bunch of stuff decrying Mike Fiers blowing the whistle.
What did she say? A Mets & ESPN employee trying to intimidate a whistleblower isn’t a good look.
   16. RoyalFlush Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:53 PM (#5916566)
Mendoza is now saying she faults Fiers for not going through his player rep or team at the time it happened. Not for the act of the blowing the whistle. For whatever that's worth.
   17. caspian88 Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:54 PM (#5916567)
Did Nolan Ryan have enough control to hit someone on the head?
   18. The Duke Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:57 PM (#5916570)
Hard to comprehend how Fiers is a bad guy to anyone. The league should come down hard on people like freese and Mendoza for calling him out.
   19. PeteF3 Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:57 PM (#5916572)
This is Mendoza on Golic & Wingo this morning:

Golic: "You have a problem with Mike Fiers leaving the Asrtros, going to another team, and then going public with all of this?"

Mendoza: "Going public, yeah. I get it if you're with the Oakland A's and you're on another team I mean heck yeah, you better be telling your teammates look, hey, heads up if you hear some noises when you're pitching, this is what's going on for sure. But to go public, yeah, it didn't set well with me. Honestly it made me sad for the sport that that's how this all got found out. This wasn't something that MLB naturally investigated or that even other teams complained about because they naturally heard about it and then investigations happened. It came from within, it was a player that was a part of it, that benefitted from it during the regular season when he was a part of that team. That, when I first heard about it, it hits you like any teammate would right it's something that you don't do. I totally get telling your future teammates, helping them win, letting people know. But to go public with it and call them out and start all of this, it's hard to swallow."


This is her statement released a couple of hours ago.

   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:58 PM (#5916573)
Hard to comprehend how Fiers is a bad guy to anyone. The league should come down hard on people like freese and Mendoza for calling him out.

Yeah. Give Mendoza 60 days without pay to think about her stupidity.
   21. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:01 PM (#5916575)
Undefeated!

How many managers can say that?
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:05 PM (#5916577)
Manfred supposedly ordered teams not to criticize or comment on the Astros discipline. How is Mendoza not in violation of that order?
   23. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:06 PM (#5916578)
A Mets & ESPN employee trying to intimidate a whistleblower isn’t a good look.


ESPN is a corrupting element in American sports and life. They really suck tailpipe hard.
   24. The Duke Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:13 PM (#5916583)
Yes, I would think Mendoza’s statement would run afoul of the edict not to comment. On top of that, it’s just an incredibly stupid thing to say as if mike Fiers is the real problem here
   25. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:14 PM (#5916585)
This is clearly why the Cubs pulled off that blockbuster to ship Tony Kemp to Oakland... By eliminating the only tie they have to this horrific malfeasance, every other team will find itself in complete turmoil.

I can Trust the Plan again!
   26. Nasty Nate Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:15 PM (#5916586)
Mendoza should have just said that the so-called whistleblower was Deep State and it was a hoax. WITCH HUNT!
   27. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:24 PM (#5916590)
Did Nolan Ryan have enough control to hit someone on the head?


Robin Ventura says "yes".
   28. Dock Ellis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:25 PM (#5916591)
   29. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:26 PM (#5916593)
Beltran's niece posted on Twitter that Altuve and Bregman "wore devices that buzzed on inside right shoulder from hallway video guy". She also claims to have pictures from the locker room that corroborate her accusation.

If Altuve and Bregman lied about this during the investigation it could open them to a suspension.
   30. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:27 PM (#5916594)
This is just so Mets that I'm almost a little proud of it.

Bring back Bobby Valentine!
   31. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:29 PM (#5916596)
Beltran's niece posted on Twitter that Altuve and Bregman "wore devices that buzzed on inside right shoulder from hallway video guy". She also claims to have pictures from the locker room that corroborate her accusation.


Sounds like the Mets getting rid of Beltran means it's on.
   32. salvomania Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:31 PM (#5916597)
Apparently Altuve wouldn't let his shirt get ripped off after a walk-off.... said his wife didn't like it...
   33. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:35 PM (#5916600)
If Altuve and Bregman lied about this during the investigation it could open them to a suspension.


If it's true that they wore a wire to steal signals, and the system actually worked for more than like two games, they should be suspended for at least a year whether they lied or not. This is kind of a first reaction, but I'm thinking if the system worked for more than like 10 games, putting them on the permanently ineligible list wouldn't bother me. If it turned out they had a working system as described for half the season or more, I think I'd first blush advocate their lifetime ban. First blush reaction is that this is significantly worse than roiding.

It's fun to watch the snakes turn on each other. Pass the popcorn.
   34. The Duke Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:40 PM (#5916603)
Mendoza takes a first step towards a recant. It’s not good enough. Look for further clarification. Until she says “this isn’t the person I am” it’s not over.
   35. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:44 PM (#5916607)
Holy hell -- Altuve not wanting his shirt ripped off makes so much more sense now than his original explanation.
   36. The Duke Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:46 PM (#5916610)
So Beltran ( or his niece :)) is ratting out his teammates now. Makes Mike Fiers stuff look innocent. Good. We need it all out there. Wearable buzzers - yeah no way luhnow knew about that. “ hey what’s this expense report from Cora for 400 buzzers ? Gifts for the kids in the front row. Very charitable. Approved.”

I guess all the players will need to walk through an airport screener before getting to the batters box just like the fans do.
   37. Blastin Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:48 PM (#5916612)
Beltran's niece posted on Twitter that Altuve and Bregman "wore devices that buzzed on inside right shoulder from hallway video guy". She also claims to have pictures from the locker room that corroborate her accusation.

If Altuve and Bregman lied about this during the investigation it could open them to a suspension.


Will this be investigated?

I guess since it's through 2019, it could be a new investigation.
   38. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:49 PM (#5916614)
The only way to be sure now is to make the Astros play naked.
   39. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:51 PM (#5916615)
So Beltran ( or his niece :)) is ratting out his teammates now.


I wonder if Beltran threatened to tell all as a means to try to keep his job.
   40. PreservedFish Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:53 PM (#5916618)
Wow, this is nuts
   41. The_Ex Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:53 PM (#5916619)
Beltrans family denies she is a niece.
   42. JJ1986 Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:55 PM (#5916621)
Maybe "niece" is code.
   43. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: January 16, 2020 at 02:55 PM (#5916622)
I really have to wonder if Manfred thought through the repercussions and dominoes to fall after his phase 1....

I'm not necessarily saying there was a better solution, the punishment was too much/too anything, or unevenly applied (though, it may well be all those things).

Maybe you just grit your teeth, realize this would all come to pass regardless, and power through...
   44. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5916628)
The only way to be sure now is to make the Astros play naked.

That might be one way to get bbc back in the fold. :-)
   45. Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:07 PM (#5916629)
If we take 0-0 as 500 then Beltran has the 7th best win %age of any Mets manager, between Callaway at 503 and Yogi at 497. The most successful Mets' short-term manager was Roy McMillan in 1975 at 26-27. And out of curiosity ... McMillan's only other managerial experience was 2 games for the Brewers in 72 when he went 1-1. Greatest interim-only manager of all-time?
   46. Dock Ellis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5916631)
She may not be his niece but apparently she called Beltran's hiring and his firing before it hit the news.
   47. Dock Ellis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:13 PM (#5916632)
   48. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:14 PM (#5916633)
It's actually true. Wow.

Jose Altuve always will remember his walk-off home run that sent the Houston Astros to the World Series with a Game 6 win of the American League Championship Series that sent the New York Yankees packing. But as Altuve rounded third and headed home to his teammates waiting to celebrate with him, he pointed to his jersey to tell them to not rip it off. So, why did he want to keep the jersey intact? “I don’t know. I’m too shy,” Altuve said, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. “Last time they did that, I got in trouble with my wife.” The second baseman added to the reasoning. “We won the game not because I hit a homer. Yuli (Gurriel) hit a three-run homer. Michael Brantley made a really good play (in left field). Springer just walked and put some pressure on them to get some momentum going. We were working as a team. We don’t rely on one player.” Talk about a team player.

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2019/10/astros-jose-altuve-explains-not-wanting-jersey-ripped-after-walk-off-hr/


Dude didn't want his jersey ripped off because he was wearing an electronic sign-stealing device.(*) Amazing stuff. "I'm too shy." LOL.

(*) Most likely.
   49. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:16 PM (#5916635)
That might be one way to get bbc back in the fold. :-)


Ausmus is gone, though.
   50. Rusty Priske Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:16 PM (#5916636)
Huh. I have been opposed to player penalties, but that was with the trash can thing.

If they were 'wired up', throw the book at them.
   51. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5916637)

Wouldn't his teammates know not to rip his jersey off if he had this buzzer on? Would seem like a difficult thing to keep secret from your teammates, expecially if Bregman was doing it as well.
   52. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:20 PM (#5916639)
Beltran's niece posted on Twitter that Altuve and Bregman "wore devices that buzzed on inside right shoulder from hallway video guy".
I don’t claim to know anything about the technology, but wouldn’t you want something that vibrated rather than made an audible buzz? Seems like an alert umpire or catcher might notice. Perhaps the ‘niece’ was using the term imprecisely, or is making things up, but MLB should take a look at this, to see if anyone lied about it, or whether it made its way to Boston. Maybe they already have.
   53. Sunday silence Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5916643)

I really have to wonder if Manfred thought through the repercussions and dominoes to fall after his phase 1....


or maybe he really has thought through it and this is part of
the expected other shoe to drop..


I wonder if Beltran threatened to tell all as a means to try to keep his job.


I would think these guys would tend to play nice with management as a way to keep their long term future options open. God knows there's a long way to go in all this. And there were guys like Tris Speaker who had fingers pointed at them and they were re habilitated....

OTOH its certainly possible.
   54. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:23 PM (#5916645)
Wouldn't his teammates know not to rip his jersey off if he had this buzzer on? Would seem like a difficult thing to keep secret from your teammates, expecially if Bregman was doing it as well.
If every player wasn’t buzzer worthy, maybe not everyone knew about the scheme? Getting harder to figure out what the limits to this sort of stuff might be.
   55. I am Ted F'ing Williams Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:24 PM (#5916646)
Wouldn't his teammates know not to rip his jersey off if he had this buzzer on? Would seem like a difficult thing to keep secret from your teammates, expecially if Bregman was doing it as well.


Maybe not everyone knew. Or maybe it was just a friendly reminder.
   56. Sunday silence Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:24 PM (#5916648)
off season is sort of more fun than on season.
   57. nick swisher hygiene Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:27 PM (#5916650)
Yeah, if they were wearing the type of devices described--throw the mothefucking book. The full OED. All volumes.

Seriously, I'd want to consider lifetime bans for that. Altuve can go be big in Japan.

Absolute minimum would have to be a full season, no?
   58. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:27 PM (#5916651)
Wouldn't his teammates know not to rip his jersey off if he had this buzzer on? Would seem like a difficult thing to keep secret from your teammates, expecially if Bregman was doing it as well.


I'd want to see the video. It could have been just a "Hey, keep your #### together and remember, even though we just won the pennant" more than a "DON'T TEAR OFF MY JERSEY!!!" I'd say the baseline expectation for such a situation would be that players would rip a teammates jersey off even if he tried to have them not, so there's a reasonable pathway to even greater suspicion in the fact that they didn't.
   59. The Duke Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:28 PM (#5916652)
The wearable buzzers have been part of the story from the beginning. I can’t remember if it was in the Athletic articles but it’s been floating around from inception and of course logically banging on a trash can will get you caught. That’s why they stopped not because “it wasn’t working”. They likely switched.

As to altuve and Bregman I thought I read somewhere that the only players doing the wearable tech were the guys with long term contracts (ie teammates didn’t know ) to avoid detection. You can see a certain logic. Sign long term with me and I’ll give you and only you the keys to the kingdom. Probably a bridge too far..... but
   60. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:29 PM (#5916653)
Man this guy from the first penalty thread....

133. Zonk didn't order a hit on an ambassador Posted: January 13, 2020 at 06:46 PM (#5915370)
I could get behind a conspiracy theory to protect Jose Altuve....

In both senses of the sentence :-)
   61. caspian88 Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:31 PM (#5916655)
I assume "buzz" means "vibrate." "Buzz" is pretty much how you'd describe the sound of a cell phone on vibrate, so it makes complete sense that someone would use the word for a vibrating device.
   62. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:33 PM (#5916657)
Altuve can go be big in Japan.


I see what you did there.
   63. base ball chick Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:34 PM (#5916658)
Walt Davis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5916628)

The only way to be sure now is to make the Astros play naked.

That might be one way to get bbc back in the fold. :-)


- true dat

but theyd hafta wear boxer briefs. trust me on this we like to do a lot of imagining what kind of surprise we be getting. seeing the entire, um package on a bunch of guys running around is, well, hilarious, not sexy

and SBB

do you srsly think i am incapable of drooling/lusting over any other hot nekkid male besides ausmus? pls. i'm not prejudice. Hotttttness comes in all sizes, shapes and colors
   64. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:35 PM (#5916659)
The only way to be sure now is to make the Astros play naked.


I'm not sure I'm ready to read a story about a player having a buzzer hidden up his butt.
   65. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:37 PM (#5916664)
Holy hell -- Altuve not wanting his shirt ripped off makes so much more sense now than his original explanation.
I think "because the whole shirt-ripping-off thing is weird and dumb" would be a good enough reason.
   66. Fancy Pants Handle on Altuve's Buzzer Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:41 PM (#5916667)
I don’t claim to know anything about the technology, but wouldn’t you want something that vibrated rather than made an audible buzz?

FWIW I assumed buzz meant a small electrical shock, rather than an audible noise. Maybe that's because there is precedent for that kind of sign stealing from like 1900, that my mind went there though.
   67. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5916668)
How is not #28 not an Albright? You all fail, and I appoint none of you to be manager of the Mets.
   68. PreservedFish Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:43 PM (#5916670)
I heard they had a intravenous drip that would flush amphetamines into their body when a fastball was coming.
   69. TJ Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:44 PM (#5916672)
If it's true that they wore a wire to steal signals, and the system actually worked for more than like two games, they should be suspended for at least a year whether they lied or not.


If they were 'wired up', throw the book at them.


Guys, you might be good with this, and I might be good with this, but there is no way in Hades the players union would be good with this.
   70. jmurph Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:46 PM (#5916673)
I heard they had a intravenous drip that would flush amphetamines into their body when a fastball was coming.

Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet making babies and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me!
   71. PreservedFish Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:47 PM (#5916674)
Throw the book at them, and then hash it out with the union when they appeal.
   72. Mefisto Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:49 PM (#5916675)
Can't somebody tie this to Gabe Kapler? Please?
   73. Kiko Sakata Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:49 PM (#5916676)
Guys, you might be good with this, and I might be good with this, but there is no way in Hades the players union would be good with this.


There are some members of the players union with Twitter accounts who sound like they would be extremely good with this (Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger being two examples).
   74. base ball chick Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:49 PM (#5916677)
um
dontchu think we might could need some PROOF of the guys wearing buzzers? before we talk about banning players for life?
   75. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:53 PM (#5916678)
Beltrans family denies she is a niece.


Mistress?
   76. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:54 PM (#5916679)
um
dontchu think we might could need some PROOF of the guys wearing buzzers? before we talk about banning players for life?
Huh? All of those comments started with some form "if it's true."
   77. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:55 PM (#5916681)
do you srsly think i am incapable of drooling/lusting over any other hot nekkid male besides ausmus? pls. i'm not prejudice. Hotttttness comes in all sizes, shapes and colors


I am incapable of thinking such a thing ....
   78. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 03:57 PM (#5916683)

Can't somebody tie this to Gabe Kapler? Please?

I heard Gabe Kapler once peeled the clothing off of 40 Jose Altuves.
   79. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:08 PM (#5916687)
I heard Gabe Kapler once peeled the clothing off of 40 Jose Altuves.

Altuve probably has less saturated fat than 40 McNuggets.
   80. PreservedFish Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:10 PM (#5916688)
Gabe Kapler will lubricate the Giants butt buzzers with coconut oil.
   81. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:16 PM (#5916689)
The only way to be sure now is to make the Astros play naked.


"Not in my ass!" Altuve yells as he approaches his jubilant teammates gathered around home plate. "My wife won't like it!"
   82. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:22 PM (#5916693)
latest: Gary Sheffield claims on Twitter that "Beltran's niece" is actually some MLB player's burner account
   83. Nasty Nate Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:28 PM (#5916695)
latest: Gary Sheffield claims on Twitter...
Well, a Gary Sheffield claims it.
   84. RoyalFlush Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:39 PM (#5916698)
latest: Gary Sheffield claims on Twitter that "Beltran's niece" is actually some MLB player's burner account


FWIW, that was Gary Sheffield Jr. that said that.
   85. jmurph Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5916700)
Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1
from MLB with so much coming out publicly about Altuve HR to end ALCS and other incidents: "MLB explored wearable devices during the investigation but found no evidence to substantiate it.” That investigation, MLB said, includes 2019.
   86. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:47 PM (#5916702)
FWIW, that was Gary Sheffield Jr. that said that.


He still counts as a Gary Sheffield!
   87. Nasty Nate Posted: January 16, 2020 at 04:57 PM (#5916706)
But in a time like this, we need Justus!
   88. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 16, 2020 at 05:07 PM (#5916710)
Great time to be a fan of not the Astros and Red Sox.
   89. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 05:40 PM (#5916718)
Altuve didn't just signal not to tear off his jersey, he grabbed hold of it to make sure it wouldn't get torn off. He basically put his arms around himself at one point.
   90. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 16, 2020 at 05:53 PM (#5916722)
That would have been awesome if the jersey got ripped off and he had a wire underneath like an FBI informer.
   91. Howie Menckel Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:01 PM (#5916724)
Alex Wood
@Awood45
I would rather face a player that was taking steroids than face a player that knew every pitch that was coming.
4:37 PM · Jan 16, 2020

(Trevor Bauer replied: "All day every day for the rest of time")

we also have Scott Brosius's son saying that Mike Trout is on HGH for a "thyroid" condition

and

Laura Albanese
@AlbaneseLaura
·
45m
On the bright side, wild boar injuries are looking positively quaint these days.
   92. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:01 PM (#5916725)
Altuve was reminiscent of Big ##### at the spa with Paulie. Didn't want the free sauna. Eventually, it became clear why.
   93. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:02 PM (#5916726)
I would rather face a player that was taking steroids than face a player that knew every pitch that was coming.


It's not even close.
   94. . Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:03 PM (#5916727)
Boras is Altuve's agent and is pointing everyone back to the "wife, modesty" statement.
   95. Karl from NY Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:05 PM (#5916729)
That would have been awesome if the jersey got ripped off and he had a wire underneath like an FBI informer.

Holy crap this is fun to think about. If it were caught that freshly, what would happen? I don't think there's any prescribed penalty to be able to invalidate the play and call it an out, like for a corked bat or pine tar. The opposing team would surely protest, but I have no idea what rules or adjudication would apply.
   96. Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:05 PM (#5916730)
Twitter.... including some blue check Twitter.... is running wild with closeup shots of Altuve.....

Is it awful that my primary reaction remains a sort of surprised, surreal amusement?
   97. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:13 PM (#5916731)
we also have Scott Brosius's son saying that Mike Trout is on HGH for a "thyroid" condition


I had a thyroid ultrascan about 3.5 hours ago, as it happens. Unfortunately, for me to benefit baseballistically from HGH or anything else I'd have to be at least half as old as I am. And possess at least a modicum of skills. *sigh*
   98. depletion Posted: January 16, 2020 at 06:52 PM (#5916742)
Coming soon: the “buzzer” is wired directly into the batter’s nervous system causing him to swing exactly where halChase9000 predicts the pitch will be thrown.
   99. caspian88 Posted: January 16, 2020 at 07:00 PM (#5916746)
Don't you mean the spatial mean of the seven million bets that have been placed on the next pitch?
   100. Dock Ellis Posted: January 16, 2020 at 07:03 PM (#5916748)
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