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MLB Baseball Thread

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by woot21, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. woot21

    woot21 super noob

    The new Major League Baseball thread

    Well seeing as how the old one is technically dead, no post for over 30 days, I feel it would be fitting to start a new one to discuss off-season moves, the fact that pitchers and catchers report in 24 days, your favorite team and their chances to win the World Series (PROTIP: for the Cubs it is 0%), etc.

    Currently one of the biggest stories in MLB right now is that Tejada seems to be going back to Baltimore, and that Johnny Damon may or may not have a deadline of this weekend (today) to agree to a deal with the Yankees. Plus there are still some big name free agents still available, including Ben Sheets, Hank Blalock, Rocco Baldelli, and Jason Isringhausen.

    woot21 out dawgs
     
  2. PokemonHero

    PokemonHero I can see the future

    As the resident O's fan, I would have to say that I was surprised by the move to bring back Tejada. He's lost a lot of power, and he wasn't a popular person here at the end of his run. But he's a pretty good fit for the line-up, where he doesn't need to hit for power. The question is whether he can play third. Despite not being really effective at the plate, you could always count on Mora to have a pretty good glove over at third.

    Yeah, it's hard to wait for baseball season. I really want it to start soon.
     
  3. Lord Scalgon

    Lord Scalgon What title?

    Let's see...something to contribute...well, speaking of my favorite team (the A's), too bad their top prospect, Grant Desme, retired (early) from baseball to enter priesthood. I guess God is more important than his baseball career. As Desme would mention, he couldn't find himself inner peace, which is why he took the religious path.

    I wished he'd stay in MLB and play, but then again, it's his life, and it's his decision. Best of luck, Desme.
     
  4. BCVM22

    BCVM22 Well-Known Member

    So if it's 0% for the Cubs (hint: it isn't), what does that make it for the Pirates then, woot old boy? Can there be negative percentages?

    None of these are big names, just players who were talented/touted as being talented/gave the illusion of being talented at one point and are still unsigned. Isringhausen's probably done anyway; to pitch, you need a healthy arm and you need a team that wants you and Izzy has neither.
     
  5. woot21

    woot21 super noob

    Hey, I'm just going based on previous playoff history, and what it says. No matter how good the Cubs are, they always find a way to choke in the end. I really believe the Pirates will be the surprise team of the 2010 season. They are going to have 3 good starters at the top of the rotation, a number 4 who has the stuff to be an ace, if he can control it, and hopefully a serviceable number 5. On the offensive side the line up could be pretty scary, even more so come mid-season when Tabata and Alvarez arrive in the bigs. As long as Doumit stays healthy we could have a very good year.

    Hey now, Isringhausen is a "big" name. Well they are some of the biggest names remaining on the market, the remaining free agents are either older guys past their prime or guys who never becoming really good players.

    woot21 out dawgs
     
  6. SkinnySweatyMan

    SkinnySweatyMan Well-Known Member

    Desme definitely wasn't the A's top prospect, but he was definitely in the top 10-15 and was part of the reason Cunningham was expendable in the Kouzmanoff trade. However, there's still Taylor, Carter, Doolittle and Brown who are also good outfield prospects (or spending time in the outfield at least). It's still too bad he decided to retire though.
     
  7. Lord Scalgon

    Lord Scalgon What title?

    True, even with the other prospects, they still can't be expected to perform excellently in this upcoming season. Come to think of it, it took a season for Tim Lincecum to become an extraordinary player. Not only did he become a Cy Young award winner, but he surpassed Barry Zito and became the ace of the pitching staff for the Giants. If a player performs average on one season and unleashes a spectacular performance on the season after, the prospect just might be worth keeping.

    We'll just have to wait and see how this '10 season goes. I personally don't think the A's will do well, but maybe end up with an average record in the first 40 games as the '10 season continues. I hope I'm wrong when the A's pull off with a decent record, but then again, we just have to wait and see.
     
  8. DragonDance

    DragonDance thrasher

    As a Jays kindafan, I want to know if the prospects we got for Halladay are any good?
     
  9. SkinnySweatyMan

    SkinnySweatyMan Well-Known Member

    Well, this season I doubt Desme would have gotten any more playing time than a cup of coffee in the majors. He was going to start the season in AA. Since the starting outfield is basically decided that Davis will be in left, Crisp in center and Sweeney in right, there's really only a need for a fourth outfielder, which a still developing prospect should never be. Lincecum is a pretty good comparison for Anderson in my opinion, other than them being opposite-handed and having different secondary pitches. Anderson definitely has the potential, and should, develop into the A's staff ace.

    Not that I'm predicting a division win or anything, but the pitching/defense combo that the A's have is actually really good, especially considering they might just have the best bullpen in the majors. I guess I'm saying that I think this season will at least be exciting if nothing else (although I prefer watching great pitching and defense over a huge offense). A lot of signs are pointing to Barton and Anderson having really good years and possibly Gio as well.

    Yes, you guys got some pretty good prospects. At least from what I remember, that was more than what anyone was willing to give up for him during the trade talks during the season.
     
  10. Zenotwapal

    Zenotwapal have a drink on me

    I don't watch Major League Baseball that much.
    But i usually go for either the Rangers or the Astros.

    ..... although they haven't done too hot in recent years.....
     
  11. DaAuraWolf

    DaAuraWolf I'm Back...

    I like to see The Yankees to win another Title this Fall.They need to get ride of records that happen with a bit of Performance enhancing drugs.Steroids are like rare pokemon hacked by Action Replay.
     
  12. BCVM22

    BCVM22 Well-Known Member

    Good joke.

    It isn't anywhere near that simple. At all. Do more research.
     
  13. SkinnySweatyMan

    SkinnySweatyMan Well-Known Member

    As much as I don't like to say it, the Rangers are going to be a really good team really soon.
     
  14. Mimori Kiryu

    Mimori Kiryu Well-Known Member

    I'm a fan of the Red Sox and Braves so my teams usually look good. My dad, however, is a Royals and Cubs fan so I guess he's used to not succeeding.
     
  15. woot21

    woot21 super noob

    Just over 6 days until spring training starts. Anyone have thoughts on the fact that Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye are still unsigned? Personally I'm surprised, both are still good players who can help a team that signs them.

    woot21 out dawgs
     
  16. raichu2626

    raichu2626 Volt Tackle

    Well Johnny Damon lost a decent amount of money, so he wants more than he's worth. I used to die watching him in the outfield, but he was a great bat, and overall I think important in the Yankees chemistry, which in my opinion, was a major part of winning. As for Dye, I don't know. I'd take him.
     
  17. BCVM22

    BCVM22 Well-Known Member

    An accurate assessment of Damon was already posted - he wants too much money so now he's at the mercy of whatever bargain-shopping teams might be interested.

    Dye's case is largely the same, though worse in some ways. Unlike Damon, his numbers took a complete nosedive in the second half of 2009. Yet, he turned down a bench spot for $3.3 million guaranteed from the Cubs, ostensibly because he still thinks he's a starter and worth more money. He too can now only wait for a team to want his declining services at a heavily discounted price.

    Pride goeth before a fall.
     
  18. SkinnySweatyMan

    SkinnySweatyMan Well-Known Member

    Pitchers and catchers officially reported; this means we're one step closer to baseball season!
     
  19. BCVM22

    BCVM22 Well-Known Member

    Screw the groundhog; baseball tells me when winter's over.
     
  20. woot21

    woot21 super noob

    Damn straight. Also, what the hell were the Tigers thinking? $8M for Damon? WTF

    woot21 out dawgs
     

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