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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby sloopjohnc » 13 Feb 2018, 19:29

Pitchers and catchers report today.
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby never/ever » 23 Feb 2018, 07:35

Any thoughts about the new ninth inning batting order change for teams that are trailing in the game?
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby LeBaron » 03 Mar 2018, 04:34

I reckon most have seen this, concerning THE NEW BASEBALLS

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/juiced-baseballs/
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby LeBaron » 03 Mar 2018, 04:37

never/ever wrote:Any thoughts about the new ninth inning batting order change for teams that are trailing in the game?


I'm pretty sure I would be so outraged if they actually did that I would well and truly give it all up. They can nibble around the edges to trim a few seconds off here and there and I can't really blame them (well, I can) but this would totally upend everything. So wrong.
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby sloopjohnc » 15 Mar 2018, 20:12

I'm getting old. As I follow college baseball, it was sad to hear of ex Univ of Texas coach, Augie Garrido, dying. And Mark Marquess of Stanford just retired and isn't coaching this year. Seeing games at Stanford's sunken diamond is a little different.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 28 Mar 2018, 17:33

One of my favorite days of the year is on Friday. The first day baseball boxscores appear in the daily paper.
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby LeBaron » 29 Mar 2018, 02:21

I’m stoked.

I keep meaning to go back to the 2017 thread to post something about MY BALLCLUB being World Champs for the first time ever and I guess I never did because I was in an airplane over Greenland when it happened and then in the UK for awhile immediately thereafter. So I never really wrote the teary, sentimental, ecstatic post I meant to write, and now Spring Training is over so there’s not much point.

Anyway, I’m stoked. The team is better than it was last year and I’m feeling greedy.

Unfortunately, the first game is tomorrow afternoon and the first home game is Monday at 6:30, which are the two most impossible days and times for me to blow off work.

We’ll see what the season brings!
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby Diamond Dog » 29 Mar 2018, 13:15

Today is the first day of the season isn't it? Did I see the Dodgers are hosting the Giants? Nice match up to kick the season off with.
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Re: Baseball 2018

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Diamond Dog wrote:Today is the first day of the season isn't it? Did I see the Dodgers are hosting the Giants? Nice match up to kick the season off with.


It is. I think they schedule a bunch of rivalries to start the season.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 29 Mar 2018, 16:36

Very Stable Baron wrote:I’m stoked.

I keep meaning to go back to the 2017 thread to post something about MY BALLCLUB being World Champs for the first time ever and I guess I never did because I was in an airplane over Greenland when it happened and then in the UK for awhile immediately thereafter. So I never really wrote the teary, sentimental, ecstatic post I meant to write, and now Spring Training is over so there’s not much point.

Anyway, I’m stoked. The team is better than it was last year and I’m feeling greedy.

Unfortunately, the first game is tomorrow afternoon and the first home game is Monday at 6:30, which are the two most impossible days and times for me to blow off work.

We’ll see what the season brings!


Good opening day game for you guys vs. Texas. Verlander vs. Hamels.
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Diamond Dog wrote:Today is the first day of the season isn't it? Did I see the Dodgers are hosting the Giants? Nice match up to kick the season off with.


It would be if the Giants ace wasn't hurt and Johnny Cueto were scheduled to pitch. As it is, it's Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers, who was lights out in the Spring: No runs scored in 23 1/3rd innings, I believe.

The Giants start second year guy Ty Blach who had a 6+ ERA in the second half of last year. I am looking forward to seeing Andrew McCutcheon and Evan Longoria in Giants' uniforms.
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Diamond Dog wrote:Today is the first day of the season isn't it? Did I see the Dodgers are hosting the Giants? Nice match up to kick the season off with.


It is. I think they schedule a bunch of rivalries to start the season.


A's vs. Angels is this afternoon in Oakland. First day time opener in years for Oakland, which is celebrating 50 years here.

My dad was a huge A's fan and as a third baseman, Sal Bando (Captain Sal) was one of my favorite players when I was little. I still have a vinyl record from the first championship season in the '70s.

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Postby toomanyhatz » 29 Mar 2018, 20:24

Three holy days in one week!

Regardless of the disappointing off-season the Dodgers have had, we're still going into the season not afraid of anyone. We will compete, and as the mighty Cubs not holding their early lead on the lowly Marlins shows, anything can happen.
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toomanyhatz wrote:Three holy days in one week!

Regardless of the disappointing off-season the Dodgers have had, we're still going into the season not afraid of anyone. We will compete, and as the mighty Cubs not holding their early lead on the lowly Marlins shows, anything can happen.


I go home for lunch and was watching some of it. My response: It's April.
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It's somehow fitting that Rusty Staub died on opening day.

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I am under no illusion - the Giants are going to suck again this year.
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby toomanyhatz » 04 Apr 2018, 19:48

Wish I could say the Dodgers were going to win it all this year. They still could, but they came so close to winning it all, then took a step back instead of a step forward. Anything can happen, of course, and I'm certainly not afraid of any other teams, but the Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Nationals all worked to improve while our FO worked to get under the luxury tax threshold. :roll:
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Re: Baseball 2018

Postby toomanyhatz » 04 Apr 2018, 19:51

Ohtani appears to be the real thing, however. First Major League win and first HR this week. And looked pretty amazing doing both:

https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/04/01/shohe ... es-angeles

https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/04/03/shohe ... gels-video
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toomanyhatz wrote:Ohtani appears to be the real thing, however. First Major League win and first HR this week. And looked pretty amazing doing both:

https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/04/01/shohe ... es-angeles

https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/04/03/shohe ... gels-video


I think you might have posted this before he hit another yesterday. He's talented, that's for sure.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 06 Apr 2018, 18:10

It's been interesting to see what Gabe Kapler's done in Philly and the response. I guess the Dodgers dodged a bullet when they hired Roberts over him, as he was one of the other leading candidates. When Roberts was at the Giants at the end of his career, I remember the broadcasters, former players Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper, saying he'd make a good manager someday.

For the Dodgers sake, I hope he stays around for awhile.
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