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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Fool's Requiem, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem Is that a pro Genji?! Premium Member

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    Recently, Joe Maddon opted out of his contract in Tampa Bay so he wouldn't have to manage that sad sack of a team that was obviously going nowhere fast.

    Even more recently have been the reports about Maddon going to the Cubs.

    Well, apparently the Cubs and Maddon have agreed on a blockbuster deal or on the verge of agreeing to said deal to have Maddon manage the team.

    The Cubs have a young team with lots of talent and a much larger budget than TB and most other teams in the league. The Cubs need a manager who knows how to take a losing team and make them a winning team and needs to end that nearly 100 year championship drought. Joe Maddon needs a team who is willing to do what it takes to make it to the World Series. The way the Cubs played towards the end of the season, there was lots of promise.

    If this deal gets completed, the Cubs are infinitely better and could be a playoff team. The biggest obstacles I see for the Cubs are their lack of experience and a difficult division.

    How crazy would it be to see the Cubs and the Indians, the two teams with the longest championship droughts in baseball, play each other in the World Series? Almost as crazy as a Lions v Browns Super Bowl?
     
  2. Callahan

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    I absolutely hate this movie by the Cubs because I'm a Brewers fan. The Cubs scare me so much.
     
  3. Tubby23

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    So this is a big bump but I was thinking today about just how dangerous the Cubs could be this year.

    Do you guys think the can make playoffs and if they do do you think they can go deep? I think once Bryant comes up from the minors and if Rizzo, Castro, Lester and Soler have good seasons they are going to play playoffs this year. I also expect they will continue to make moves in regards to trades/signings.
     
  4. Callahan

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    As a Brewers fan, they are for sure scary. It's all on paper though until they prove themselves. Which I'm sure they will. Who are their pitchers these days anyways other than Lester and Arieta?
     
  5. Tubby23

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    Jason Hammel, Hendricks, Jacob Turner.

    They lack pitching depth both in relievers and starters
     
  6. Alu

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    AL East is looking to be extremely weak, probably the weakest it's been in a very long time. Yankees and Sox are still both down (most likely) and Tampa with no Maddon will probably return to being Tampa before Maddon.

    I would be happy for the Cubs if this all works out for them though.
     
  7. Tubby23

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    There is still this investigation into them tampering in order to get Maddon too.

    Watching the game so far, while the players are different they still seem like the same Cubs.
     
  8. BigDaddy

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    It's so weird to think of the Yankees and Red Sox being down at the same time. Meanwhile the Al Central is looking very strong on paper. Most agree that the Twins will be at the bottom, but the other four teams appear to be poised to completely beat each other up all year. Cleveland seems to be the most trendy pick this year, and I have to admit their starting pitching has a lot of potential.

    I am excited to see how the Royals come out of the gate following winning the Pennant. I'm off work tomorrow so I'll get to watch all of Opening Day, and I get to go to Wednesday night's game.

    As for tonight's game: Oh, Cubs...
     
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  9. Tubby23

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    Is Stalin Castro the most inept short-stop in the league?
     
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  10. BigDaddy

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    If by shortstop you mean dictator. :D
     
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  11. Tubby23

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    Forget the r hilarity ensues
     
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  12. The Eye in the Sky!

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    That was the greatest spelling mistake ever.

    @BigDaddy - I do like having a team with money but I envy you smaller market guys so much sometimes. The ability to just get tickets and go to a game without breaking the bank or chasing ticket agencies around town is something I've always secretly wanted. Just walk up to a gate and buy a ticket... that would be nice.

    Red Sox are actually one of the favored teams to get to the World Series out of the AL according to some Vegas odds.

    Have they seen our pitching staff? Do they know Clay Buchholz is our #1 starter? Do they know our best pitcher is an injured 40 year old closer?
     
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  13. shortkut

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    red sox and yankees have equal odds of winning the division or coming in second or third. The AL East sucks this year
     
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    Yeah, even though our tickets have gone up in price in recent years (and we have "dynamic pricing," which means more expensive tickets for the more attractive opponents/days of the week), I can't imagine trying to buy tickets for Fenway. I bought my tickets for Wednesday from a local ticket site for about half the price of what I would have paid on the Royals website. Two tickets in the front row of the upper deck just to the left of home plate for $9 each + $7.50 service charge for a total of $25.50. Not too shabby.

    I was wondering earlier today who was in their rotation after Buchholz, but my brain didn't want to work that hard. I would ask, but I don't want you to spiral into depression.
     
  15. Tubby23

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    I got my tickets for Fenway pretty easy last year however they were pricey. I was sitting 4th row directly behind home though.

    I love the dynamic pricing model on American sports. We need that here.

    Rockies winning away from home and not conceding a run, that's different
     
  16. Callahan

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    I never thought about it like that. I don't know about any other teams, but you can get $1 bleacher seats just about any day you go to Miller Park.

    On the other hand though, it would be nice to have a higher payroll to be able to retain players like Carlos Gomez in 2 years, or Prince Fielder when he left.

    I agree about Cleveland, they seem to have a very nice roster, and a great manager. Would be cool to see them win the division. Mostly because I hate the Tigers for what they do to the A's every post season.

    I don't know too much about him, other than when I watch the Brewers vs Cubs, but if I was the Cubs I would have looked into trading him. I thought they had a stud SS in their minors? They seem to have a stud at every other position.
     
  17. Tubby23

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    Yeah Addison Russell is in their minors but maybe not quite ready yet.
     
  18. Tubby23

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    Also Rockies have won two games away from home, we are off to the World Series!
     
  19. Tubby23

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    Adrian Gonzalez today...wow.

    Also we should change thread title to "MLB Discussion"
     
  20. The Eye in the Sky!

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    Xander Bogaerts is on a mini tear right now. After what happened to him last year thanks to terrible management decisions, I'm hoping he rebounds and gets that swagger back that had him as a top prospect the last three years.

    Gonna rename this the MLB Thread now.
     
  21. Alu

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    Good call on renaming it.

    Goddamn that game last night though. 19 innings is ridiculous...I could only make it so far myself, I think the 14th.
     
  22. Tubby23

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    I really like Bogaerts so hopefully he can.

    Kershaw hasn't had a great start to the year but then again he didn't last year either. Also I am happy with the Rockies despite the fact we are just about to lose our first game right now.
     
  23. Tubby23

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    Also Kris Bryant's line through 3 games: .333/.357/.667, 1HR, 4RBIs

    So he will be up soon (which we all knew but just saying)
     
  24. shortkut

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    I'm just glad he is not on the dodgers with how fast they go through 3B
     
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    True. Dodgers really seem to burn through them

    Speaking of the Dosgers, I honestly think Joc Pederson will be better than Bryant long term anyway
     
  26. shortkut

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    not if he keeps up his high minor league strikeout rate. I do not expect him to have a high batting average, but I expect his other numbers to be high. He'll have stats like a Mark Teixeira from a few years ago, but with a lot more steals
     
  27. Tubby23

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    He also walked 100 times last year in the minors so I don't think the strikeouts are concerning and I certainly think he will improve on that.
     
  28. Coleman

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    Forget Bogaerts, Mookie Betts is the real fuckin' deal. The home opener he robs a homerun, steals two bases (with expert game sense), hits a homerun. Kid's so legit. Not as fast as Ellsbury was, but I think he's a more well rounded player.
     
  29. Alu

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    Mookie is already on the best path possible for him. Moved up through the minors quickly, success everywhere he's been, transitioned to a much needed spot on the field...young and overall likeable.

    So very glad he's around.
     
  30. Tubby23

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    Mookie Betts does seem to be quality.

    Can't believe the Rockies have won more games than they have lost.