General 2019 MLB thread

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  1. Hauler

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    On this date in 1901, the Baltimore Orioles manager John McGraw signed a Cherokee Indian named Tokohama to play 2nd base. In reality, Tokohama wasn't Native American - he was an African-American whose real name was Charlie Grant. The ruse didn't work and Grant never played a game for the Orioles after Charles Comiskey recognized him as a player from the Negro Leagues.

    46 years later, Jackie Robinson officially broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
     
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    I'm more stoked than usual.

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    no more waiver trades effective this year.

    trade deadline is July 31st & nothing after.
     
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  4. Daglord

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    yep, I've had it as long as I can remember.

    couldn't imagine a season without it.

    IIRC, you can now purchase single teams.
     
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    Good.
    Shit was annoying.

    "We have a trade deadline. But we have trades after the trade deadline"

    Then it's not a deadline you momos.
     
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  6. HEATH VON DOOM

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    It was o my 30 bucks less for single teams so I just went with the full package. Still have to put the app on my tv's but I have a few weeks
     
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    agree. considering other teams can block the trade by claiming (& most then pulled), it never seemed to make much sense.
     
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    3 batter minimum is ridiculous.
     
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  9. Hauler

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    So are the never-ending commercial breaks for LOOGYs.
     
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  10. Ricky Bobby

    Ricky Bobby I apparently look like a Jewish accountant

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    strategy IMO. I'm in the minority not feeling games need to be sped up. on board with some rule changes, but not 3 batter minimums.

    I'd like to see this explained a little more, seems to give advantage to offense if you can pinch hit in the middle of the minimum.

    also, when a RP starts the ninth in a non-save & loads the bases, with only 1-2 batters left, can the closer still close out the game? (I'm sure there is some rule allowing this, but can't find it).

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    It’s worth noting the language here in the agreement between league and union: The Office of the Commissioner will implement an amended Official Baseball Rule 5.10(g) requiring that starting pitchers and relief pitchers must pitch to either a minimum of three batters or the end of a half-inning (with exceptions for incapacitating injury or illness). The Players Association has agreed that it will not grieve or otherwise challenge the Office of the Commissioner’s implementation.
     
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    Wut

    I'm a Giants fan
     
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    Good point about the pinch hitters.
    Huge advantage to the offense if a pitcher is entered into the game to face a lefty, lefty, lefty lineup and the offense pinch hits the 2nd and 3rd guys with righties.

    There should probably be some stipulation there.
     
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  14. Ricky Bobby

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    Wut
    Oh yeah
     
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    Mookie Betts got hit by a car today.
     
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    Coincidentally the Angels TV contract expires the same year his contract does. Good on the Angels for locking up a superstar but this will be a huge bust for them if Trout doesnt lead them to multiple World Series.
     
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    2018 marked the first year with more strikeouts than hits. I pulled the per game stats dating back to 1871 to see how dramatic of a strikeout increase we have seen in the sport.

    When you read about MLB's proposals to move the mound back a couple feet, this is why. They're trying to even the competitive balance between pitcher and hitter, similar to what they did in the late 60's when they lowered the mound.

    I also included the HR figures as that's the usual answer to why we are seeing so many strikeouts. "Everyone is swinging for the fences". While that may be true, the per game HR figures have remained fairly consistent throughout the years.

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    Oh look. The season started this morning in Tokyo.

    So fucking dumb.
     
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    Pitchers used in today's game in Japan: 12

    In an American League game.
     
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    Very interesting. The spike in SO's is ridiculous. They need to lower the mound.
     
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    It was dropped from 15" to 10" in 1969. You can see the results of that change in my graph above.

    They need to do something. Either drop it another 5" or increase the distance to the plate by a foot or so.
     
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    This is dumb indeed.

    Also do you know which national team is participating in the 2019's football America Cup? Japan. At one point the marketing people behind these decisions have got to realize it just looks silly as hell and devaluates the product over time, all in the name of some quick yens.
     
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    The Seattle Mariners have the best record in baseball.
     
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