MLB thread





  • Speaking of MLB, what about that Japanese chap that essentially turned down $200m by signing as a 23(?) year old rather than waiting until he's 25 and then signed with the Anaheim Angels where he could have pretty much chosen any team!

    Loves Disney land apparently.....



  • The Marlins have always been a selling club but the locals will question who Jeter actually works for.

    Yet another reason to hate the Yankees.



  • @canefan

    The Red Sox's response to the signing.

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  • Good news for the sport - Yankees back to being the super-villain team (in terms of talent overload not personalities).



  • Giancarlo Stanton seems to have settled into life as a Yankee after blasting two home runs on opening day



  • Yankees on a 17 wins from 18 stretch, first time since the 50s. The bombers are back!!



  • go on the yankees! (have shamelessly jumped on the bandwagon as Yankee stadium is the only place i have watched baseball)



  • There's still 120+ games to go in the regular season. 🙂

    I still like the Astros as they have the best starting pitching rotation.



  • @mariner4life said in MLB thread:

    go on the yankees! (have shamelessly jumped on the bandwagon as Yankee stadium is the only place i have watched baseball)

    I went to the old stadium and watched a game, great history, but the new one looks more comfy



  • That time of the year again - the World Series (Red Sox vs Dodgers) starts shortly. Boston are heavy favourites after winning 108 games this season. LA were the NL champs last season too and are hoping to win their first title since 1988.

    The MLB beancounters will be happy that two of the bigger TV markets are represented.



  • Pundits on ESPN calling it that Boston's season will be a waste if they don't win. No pressure.



  • Boston beat the only other 2 teams that won 100+ games (Yankees and Astros) to get to the WS. I expect high scoring games where the bat dominates pitching.



  • @bovidae said in MLB thread:

    Boston beat the only other 2 teams that won 100+ games (Yankees and Astros) to get to the WS. I expect high scoring games where the bat dominates pitching.

    good pitching rosters though



  • Red Sox win Game 1 8-4. They never trailed but LA kept the game close until the 7th inning.



  • Boston wins game 2 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead as the teams ahead to warmer climes.

    The Red Sox are getting hits when they need them and their bull pen has been stronger so far.



  • LA wins 3-2 with a walk-off homer in 18 fuckin' innings. The longest game in WS history.

    Both teams would have used a lot of pitchers.



  • Washington Nationals win the World Series 3-2 over Houston Astros for their first ever title.

    This celebration from the corpulent gentleman in the grey baseball cap and scarlet shirt is perhaps the best I have seen after any sports result ever:



  • @sparky Wonder how Bryce Harper is feeling?



  • @KiwiMurph 🙂

    I watched all 7 games. Amazing that the home team never won a game. The Astros had plenty of chances in Game 7 but couldn't get a hit when they needed it.



  • biggest story was my 3 favourite insta-skanks getting their norks out



  • @mariner4life said in MLB thread:

    biggest story was my 3 favourite insta-skanks getting their norks out

    Who are they?

    If Houston had won we would have seen Justin Verlander's wife.



  • @mariner4life Ha ha, I normally follow the play-offs, but that was the only reason I even knew that the world series was happening this year.



  • Holycrap, these new rule changes are RADICAL.

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  • That pitching move is a good one - makes the game faster and more offensive friendly.



  • I will withhold judgment until I’ve lived through a season of it.

    But I want Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame.

    “It’s Time.”



  • I know nothing about MLB. Why are pitchers workloads so carefully managed? I only know cricket where bowlers seemingly have a much higher workload without the same management as pitchers seem to have.

    Is it because they don't operate in overs so they never get a break? Is the pitching action more strenuous than bowling? Is it not as common to have relief pitchers as it seems to someone who only glances as MLB news from time to time?



  • @Cyclops said in MLB thread:

    I know nothing about MLB. Why are pitchers workloads so carefully managed?

    Money. The game has fundamentally not changed much in over a century, they’ve played over 200,000 official recorded games and kept individual statistics on every single one of them. There is so much money involved in guaranteed salary (you sign a seven-year $300-million dollar contract and blow your elbow three games into the life of that contract and never play ball again, you get to keep ALL that money) and they have to protect their investments. With the use of computers and super-slo-mo video they’ve gotten down to what they believe is a science. They know how many innings an arm on a style of a pitcher at a certain age can play and pitch counts and days between starts and innings, etc., whether the mechanics of a pitcher can handle a long season; whether that pitcher is best suited to a starter role (long games and usually on a five-man rotation) or specialist middle-relievers and closers (usually you’ll carry a 5 man starter rotation, ideally include at least one lefty, a couple who throw smoke, and maybe a junkball pitcher or curveball specialist to mix up 3-4 game series’ and get batters off balance; and then specialist short relievers). The best starters and closers are now routinely topping out over 100 MPH, even some middle-relievers which was unheard of a decade ago. Nolan Ryan was a freak in the 1970s. Now there are a number who throw with his heat, consistently like we’ve never seen before. So they probably do have a lot of it down to science, the physics, the mechanics, the biology and kinesiology. It’s huge business.

    They’ve pretty muchI only know cricket where bowlers seemingly have a much higher workload without the same management as pitchers seem to have.

    Is it because they don't operate in overs so they never get a break? Is the pitching action more strenuous than bowling? Is it not as common to have relief pitchers as it seems to someone who only glances as MLB news from time to time?

    Watch the elbows, and see some money evaporate:



  • @Salacious-Crumb

    Thanks! Really interesting to know.


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