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  1. Delicious Sponge

    Passan: Baseball is Burning (in which Manfred calls the WS trophy a “piece of metal”

    Not defending Manfred but what should he have done? I‘d have liked to see that every player found to be involved in this should be suspended for a year. Basically would make the Astros play with a replacement team. Why should Hinch and Beltran and Cora be the only ones to pay a price (answer...
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    Not defending DD here but he did bring in Cashner (which you figure helps the pen by reducing workload), and added Eovaldi and Hernandez. So it’s not like he did *nothing*. Meanwhile he’s right that if they could get consistent starting pitching they’d be in a much better position. If they...
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    Nathan Eovaldi to close

    Separate from what they should have done in the offseason - and I agree with the prior posts on how they could have spent $17M - if what they need is 2 or more new strong bullpen arms, putting Eovaldi out there helps a lot. They can now trade for someone who doesn’t need to step in and think he...
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    Statistics claiming to show that the Red Sox bullpen is actually good when it’s apparent that it’s not — are like talking about “more days in first place.” Look: with a good bullpen the Red Sox win both games in this series. The Yankees aren’t unstoppable and based on their starting pitching...
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    It isn’t working but it seems like the strategy is: 1. Don’t spend much of anything on the bullpen 2. Find a bunch of guys who have good curveballs 3. Hope someone unexpected turns into someone good 4. Don’t bother with a closer or a LOOGY 5. Hope that the starting pitching and offense makes...
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    Kimbrel to Cubs

    Good for Craig. Good for Theo. Glad we didn’t do a deal like that. That first year’s $15m is for basically half a season.
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    Looking at this year’s pen it seems like the concepts were: * good curve balls are the new market inefficiency * having a bullpen ace is more important than a traditional “closer” * it’s not worth spending money on relief arms Maybe they’re right?
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    Finn: Red Sox Potentially Changing Radio Broadcast Approach

    And why would legendary broadcasters like McDonough and Castiglione stoop to this level? It’s trash and it’s sad to see them do this.
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    Finn: Red Sox Potentially Changing Radio Broadcast Approach

    So well said. Baseball is a game you should be able to “watch” on the radio. This new format is unlistenable in its own right, but it also robs us of the special experience of listening to the game. It’s a horrible idea, and poorly executed at that. When will it stop?
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    Red Sox acquire Steve Pearce

    Can’t be good news for Swihart.
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    Fenway Park changes: 2015

    They also posted interleague splits for Panda at one point - which is pretty much exactly the opposite of what they should have been showing for him.
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    Fenway Park changes: 2015

    * Dark and Stormys are now being served * There's a DJ behind the bleachers pre-game. He managed to play right through the moment of silence for Menino and Bresciani. * They're doing a big screen "dance off" between one of the innings, sponsored by New Balance. * They installed a new CF and...
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    Goddam right. I mean, this accountability stuff is so much easier to *talk* about - can't we just move on? PSU is showing itself to be one of the most full of shit organizations in the country and I suspect we're just seeing the beginning of it.
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    No - they're doing that because to do otherwise is potentially slanderous in the event isn't convicted of anything. News organizations do this all the time. It doesn't make it any more pleasant to listen to, but there it is.
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    That message on ESPN from the interim PSU president is so off-key. Yes, we know your "heart goes out" to those who were victimized. Good for you that you plan to rebuild the trust and respect that PSU used to have. But you're asking for people to join you in doing that? Why should any of us...
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    Yes. And punting on McQueary is another example of the same. They still don't get it - and at some point you say - even the people who seem to be trying to fix it are part of the problem. The people charged with the protection of this institution are destroying it by their actions.
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    Well then all I can say is that if that's the case they're getting really bad legal advice.
  18. Delicious Sponge

    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    No - I didn't mean to suggest that. I am talking about the Board's state of mind. They are acting like people who don't know what to do which is either because they are stupid or because they think they are better off with him still coaching Penn State football. Oh, wait.
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    They aren't this dumb. They're probably afraid to deal with McQueary because he knows a lot of shit and they are worried about how he'll act if he is kicked out along with those who may seem more guilty. In other words, he's really useful if you're hoping to obstruct justice. The BoT...
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    Penn State AD and Sandusky Charged

    I get it, and of course it's an academic discussion. They haven't fired McQuery because they're worried about the whistleblower law, it's because they don't have any clue what to do. And it's not because they're stupid, it's because they're really and sincerely fucked.