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|Jul-21-16|| ||Penguincw: < WannaBe: I like fewer teams in the play-off. Make the regular season more valuable. And by making regular season less games, each game becomes more important. >|
True. A benefit of not having more teams make the postseason is that most teams by the Trade Deadline will know if they are buyers or sellers. Right now, teams like the Yankees, 5 games out of a postseason spot, are sellers, as there seems to be a lot of demand for their closer, Aroldis Chapman. With 8 teams, they actually currently hold the 8th spot, and probably would be buyers.
5 years ago, these teams finished with a losing record; now, they are all within 3 games of a postseason spot (current format): BAL, WSH, NYM, FLA/MIA, PIT and HOU. Re-building!
In contrast, Dodgers seem to be buyers right now. It's kinda hard to follow a team that's in the opposite league and on the opposite side of the continent, but looks like Dodgers could use some pitching help. I mean, they're decent without Kershaw (FTR: they should not rush his return), but the other starters usually don't go deep into games, so the bullpen has done a lot of work (one of the starters Urias, who is under a pitch count too). Maybe a starter who can go long and more bullpen arms would be useful.
< Then again, you'd get some 9-7 team winning a very weak division, and a 10-6 or 11-5 team miss out because they are in a tougher division. >
Yes, that's why there are wild card teams. Recent example, last year before Wild Card teams were eligible to make the postseason, the 1993 Giants (MLB) finished 103-59, one game back of the Braves, missing the postseason.
|Jul-21-16|| ||WannaBe: Why is MLB wasting their time with non-issues like this?|
In other news: LAD 6, WAS 1. Strasburg 6R 6ER still in the game.
|Jul-21-16|| ||Penguincw: < WannaBe: Why is MLB wasting their time with non-issues like this? >|
Something tells me maybe Manfred wants to leave a legacy, and he'll do things like basically address baseball's #1 concern: games are too long.
IMHO, if MLB really wanted to reduce time, how about reducing how long it takes to throw a bunch of pitches. Why does it take like 1 minute/pitch? Well, pitchers always got to step off the mound, batters adjust their gloves after looking at ball 1, etc. I heard there's some rule in MLB where the pitcher has like 12 seconds to pitch a ball or else a ball is called on a pitcher, but I never see it enforced. I'm sure it can be enforced though. If things like StatCast exist, then there can be a timer to time how long it takes a pitcher to throw a pitch.
There are other things that I don't mind taking up time, such as IBB. Coaching visits should be kept to a minimum, but they are regulated. Relief pitchers, if I were a manager, I would have a relief pitcher pitch to more than 1 batter every time (unless due to injury or something).
(and other stuff that I forgot about)
And regarding shortening the season, I just realized that if there are fewer games, to make up for lost ad revenue, there has to be more commercials (or commercials will be more expensive).
|Jul-21-16|| ||saffuna: <Yes, that's why there are wild card teams. Recent example, last year before Wild Card teams were eligible to make the postseason, the 1993 Giants (MLB) finished 103-59, one game back of the Braves, missing the postseason.>|
<Recent example, last year before Wild Card teams were eligible to make the postseason, the 1993 Giants (MLB) finished 103-59, one game back of the Braves, missing the postseason.>
On the other hand SF and Atlanta had a nerve-wracking pennant race, down to the last day, which wouldn't have happened with the wild card. They both would have made it. You give a little, you get a little.
Now if San Diego hadn't gift-wrapped Fred McGriff midseason and shipped him to the Braves, the Giants would have won easily.
|Jul-21-16|| ||WannaBe: Hmmm, no one really took a try at that Ground Rule Double and Fan Interference scenario question.|
I asked that question in seriousness, not as a gag =)
|Jul-21-16|| ||OhioChessFan: I won't stake my reputation on it, but I think the umpires have complete discretion in all scenarios.|
|Jul-21-16|| ||WannaBe: Ichiro is now 4 hits shy of 3K (MLB), Marlins host New York Metropolitans this weekend.|
Depending on if/when Don Mattingly decides to play him, Ichiro probably will break the record Sat or Sun. Unless he goes 4 for 5 or 4 for 6 Friday night.
|Jul-22-16|| ||Party Animal: Yo Phony, Matt Holliday of St Louis last night just missed getting smashed in the face with a 95 mile per hour fastball!! It clipped him on the nose & he escaped major injury. He even had the stones to touch first base!|
|Jul-22-16|| ||Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> Will it count if Ichito goes 4 for 4 Friday night?|
<Party ANimal> Always scary. Boy, it looked HOT out there.
|Jul-22-16|| ||WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> No, going 4-4 will not count. Now, I want to see him go 4 for 3!|
|Jul-22-16|| ||WannaBe: Here's an interesting bit of Trivia:
Ichiro is on pace to become the 4th player born outside of U.S. to have 3K hits.
Who are the other 3?
|Jul-22-16|| ||saffuna: Clemente, Carew and... Canal Zone counts, right?|
|Jul-22-16|| ||WannaBe: <saffuna> You just need one more.|
|Jul-22-16|| ||saffuna: I could, you know, google it.|
|Jul-22-16|| ||WannaBe: <saffuna> Of course, I know you can simply google it. Hence I'm not offering any Rice-O-Roni the San Francisco Treat Prizes. |
|Jul-22-16|| ||saffuna: I'm trying to think of one who's from outer space, like Bill Lee.|
|Jul-22-16|| ||WannaBe: Both LAD and SFG have tied their game at 2. LAD at StL and SFG at NYY.|
|Jul-22-16|| ||WannaBe: This has to be strangest stat for 2016 season:
StL at home 24-28 on road 27-16
The only other team that's even close to that kind of road record is the AL East leading Bosox, home 33-20 on road 21-19. Cleveland is close, with 26-16 and 30-22
Everybody else have 20+ losses on the road. Then you have Toronto, 27-21 and 27-22, it doesn't matter where they play.
|Jul-23-16|| ||Phony Benoni: Odd box score line for Ian Kinsler tonight:
Should be easy to figure out what happened.
|Jul-23-16|| ||WannaBe: Two Pitcher's inteferences?|
|Jul-23-16|| ||saffuna: There has to be at least one dropped third strike. I see no other possibility.|
|Jul-23-16|| ||OhioChessFan: HBP, E, dropped 3rd strike, reached base on fielder's choice, no, I can't figure it out, although I'm betting on the fielder's choice and the error once each.|
|Jul-23-16|| ||saffuna: I was figuring BB included HBP, but if not that's the best possibility.|
|Jul-23-16|| ||Phony Benoni: My bad. I didn't read the fine print deeply enough to see that he had an HBP.|
As it stood, I figured there had to be a dropped third strike somewhere, but it occurs to me that I'm not sure sure how catcher's interference is scored.
|Jul-23-16|| ||Penguincw: Yeah, if he's 1 for 5 with 3 K, that has to mean he has 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, and 1 other out. That last out could be reached on error, fielder's choice, whatever.|
I believe catcher interference, the catcher is charged with an error, and batter reaches, but no at bat.
Of course, you also don't mention how many RBIs he has, so he could've had a sac fly, and reached on an error. But in that case, if the fielder drops it, but the runner would've scored anyway, it would've been an error, and thus an at-bat. Same for a sac bunt, as if the runner would've advanced anyway, and the batter-runner reaches, he would've been credited with a hit or error.
In other news, Cabrera had a big night yesterday, has he now has 1500 career RBI. In NYM-MIA, it's deGrom vs. Fernandez today. Hopefully Ichiro gets to play.
I know this is unlikely, and probably no one is even considering this, but imagine if he got traded to the Pirates, Cubs, Red Sox (or any future Mariners opponent), and got his 3000th MLB hit vs. the Mariners.
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