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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:58 AM

All East teams are above .500.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:05 AM

View PostFCP Bob, on 26 May 2012 - 02:11 PM, said:

The umpires have been cheating openly against the Jays since Lawrie threw the helmet and hit the umpire.The latest example from today Marty Foster throws out Henderson Alverez in a 5-4 game for this pitch with no warnings claiming he was trying to hit the batter because he had just given up back to back to back home runs. What a joke.http://mlb.mlb.com/v...771419&c_id=mlb
I don't think they're "openly cheating" but this isn't the first time in the last week or two a guy has been thrown out without a warning. I'm not saying you need to give a warning every time, but the whole point of the 'warning' system was to prevent situations where teams kept hitting each other. The ability to do that SHOULD mean umps give more leeway to unclear situations like above, or recently to the White Sox. That follows logically, no? Before, you wanted to nip it in the bud, so you maybe had a quicker trigger. Now, since you can just issue warnings if you feel justified and the ejections are automatic, you should be less inclined to throw someone out before warnings are even issued.Like was said above, if the next guy gets clocked on the first pitch or something and intent is clear, you can go ahead and eject without a warning. But in several recent situations, the situation was borderline at best, and the game was still in hand. I think Alvarez may well have been going hard inside on purpose there. But there's no rule against that, I'm pretty sure. Doubtful he was actually trying to hit him in a 1-run game. So if you think he was trying to send a message, issue warnings and that's that. Don't change the game.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:54 AM

Matt Cain pitched a pretty good game last night.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:41 AM

That was one of the best perfect games of all time. 14 K's is super impressive.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:42 AM

What if someone struck out all 27 batters? calling it a perfect game would do that feat enough justice.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:57 AM

Jonah KeriBut there is one context-neutral stat that gives us some insight into where Cain's game ranks among the best-pitched games ever: Bill James's Game Score....here's where Cain stands:Highest Game Score in a Nine-Inning Game (Live Ball Era, Since 1920)Kerry Wood (1998): 105Matt Cain (2012): 101Nolan Ryan (1991): 101Sandy Koufax (1965): 101

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:29 AM

the youtube of vin scully's call of SK's perfecto is pretty awesome.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:52 AM

yeah, I figured it had to be up there. I remember that stat at the time when Wood threw that game. IT was a magnificent game, against a great hitting team.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:31 PM

View PostBigDMcGee, on 14 June 2012 - 09:42 AM, said:

What if someone struck out all 27 batters? calling it a perfect game would do that feat enough justice.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:34 PM

View PostEssay21, on 14 June 2012 - 11:29 AM, said:

the youtube of vin scully's call of SK's perfecto is pretty awesome.
I listened to the whole 10 minutes, god it's perfect (no pun, eyeroll).
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:09 PM

My random baseball observation:Why does no outfielder know how to catch a fly ball and and throw home without it taking forever? Seriously. Get 4 stops behind where the ball will fall, be moving in when you catch it, have your throwing hand directly next to your glove for the quick exchange. Unless you're Rick Ankiel or Jesse Barfield, you can spare the extra second for the exchange. Annoys me. I'm probably turning into a fundamentals codger but I don't think so.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:41 AM

RA Dickey has achieved must-watch status. Freakin' power knuckleball.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:14 AM

He's having a pretty amazing season.An 81 mph knuckleball that moves like that isn't fair.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:13 AM

View PostDJ Vu, on 19 June 2012 - 07:41 AM, said:

RA Dickey has achieved must-watch status. Freakin' power knuckleball.

View PostFCP Bob, on 19 June 2012 - 08:14 AM, said:

He's having a pretty amazing season.An 81 mph knuckleball that moves like that isn't fair.
I did not even know this was a thing. Never heard of something like this. Is he the first to ever do this?

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:07 PM

I don't think anyone has thrown it this hard before. It's faster than Wakefield's fastball. He gives up some movement on it, but he gets better control. And he also throws it slow, so you don't just have to deal with random movement, you have to be ready for anything from mid-60's to low 80's.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 10:53 AM

My favourite part of watching him pick is seeing the catcher try to catch.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:39 PM

why is detriot 420 to center? that is insane.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:12 PM

Just happend to flip on the home run derby right as Mccutchen was up. God it is an awful broadcast. Chris Berman's schtick is just so old. Also they spoke with Josh Hamilton the whole time. Barely even gave Cutch his due. Berman mentioned that he leads the majors in batting average and plays for the first place pirates. "Isn't that good to hear," he said. I understand that the viewing audience probably knows less about him than any other participant but it was pretty bad imo to let him be completely background entertainment. Nomar awkwardely steered the conversation back to what Cutch was doing (4:08). Screw ESPN. Don't even get me started on how they treat hockey.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:28 PM

The HR derby is pretty boring - which is why I didn't watch it - but that's pretty bad. I've never been a big fan of Chris Berman. He has a good tv voice, and that's about it.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:38 AM

I probably hate Chris Berman more than Skip Bayless.If I thought Skip was a real person, it might go the other way.Still, I hate Chris Berman a good deal.




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