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the jaddler
03-26-2010, 09:10 AM
Let's talk baseball!!!

travmil
03-26-2010, 09:30 AM
Go Cubs!

Brad8888
03-26-2010, 09:42 AM
Go Indianapolis Arrows!

Jonathan
03-26-2010, 10:31 AM
The Central Divsions will be very competive in both the AL & NL

Twins have a new outdoor stadium and Nathan is out for the season.

Detroit is a huge ???? (Cabera, Guilen, Johnny Damon, Mags) (D Willis, N Robertson, Zumya)

Chisox Peavy & Rios both were non existent last season. What can they do?

NL

Everybody is on the Reds and I refuse to crown them. They have let me down too many times. I don't trust the young nucleus of Bruce, Votto, Stubbs to carry them. Volquez in injured and Chapman has yet to pitch a game in this league. Rolen, Caberra, are great vets but on thier last straw. Cubs are losers. It is going to be interesting to see who gets fired first Dusty or Lou!!! Cardinals have the best player & pitching coach in the game. I pick them.

duke dynamite
03-26-2010, 10:44 AM
Everybody is on the Reds and I refuse to crown them.
That's the first I've heard about that, but I agree with you. They aren't ready yet.

BigRik
03-26-2010, 12:47 PM
Everybody is on the Reds and I refuse to crown them. ... Cardinals have the best player & pitching coach in the game. I pick them.

I think most "experts" are picking the Redbirds to win the division, but several have mentioned Cincy as their sleeper pick. I take that to mean that if everything as well as possible, the Reds could very well win, but the odds of everything going right are slim. I pretty much agree with that idea, they're more than likely, a year away. But at least the franchise seems poised for some success.

pwee31
03-26-2010, 01:02 PM
Go Cubs indeed. They are at their best when under the radar. Doesn't help in the postseason though. = (

DrBadd01
03-26-2010, 01:05 PM
I am actually optimistic. The Nationals are acutually beginning to spend some money ( we signed Pudge, Capps, and Marquis so far) and will look to add to that core next off season. We have a absolute ace in waiting in Strausberg, who should be up my June, and a great young crop of players (such as Jordan Zimmerman) who will be awesome in the years to come. Bryce Harper should be our first pick in the draft, effectively establishing us at the Catcher position once Pudge's contract is up. Pudge should also be great at mentoring all our young arms. Add Dunn, and Ryan Zimmerman to the mix and we should be okay on offense (especially with Morgan swiping bases for us). Give it two or three years and the Nats "should" be contenders.

avoidingtheclowns
03-26-2010, 01:17 PM
Go Cubs indeed. They are at their best when under the radar.

Considering 'RADAR' wasn't coined as a term until 1940, it'd be more accurate to say the Cubs were at their best 32 years before radar.

avoidingtheclowns
03-26-2010, 01:21 PM
I am actually optimistic. The Nationals are acutually beginning to spend some money ( we signed Pudge, Capps, and Marquis so far) and will look to add to that core next off season. We have a absolute ace in waiting in Strausberg, who should be up my June, and a great young crop of players (such as Jordan Zimmerman) who will be awesome in the years to come. Bryce Harper should be our first pick in the draft, effectively establishing us at the Catcher position once Pudge's contract is up. Pudge should also be great at mentoring all our young arms. Add Dunn, and Ryan Zimmerman to the mix and we should be okay on offense (especially with Morgan swiping bases for us). Give it two or three years and the Nats "should" be contenders.

Oh so you're their fan!

Actually, if you don't mind me asking (if, in fact, you haven't blocked me yet), how did you end up a fan of the DC's finest?

travmil
03-26-2010, 01:49 PM
We have a absolute ace in waiting in Strausberg, who should be up my June...

I agree with this but wonder why in the hell he isn't starting the season with the Big club. If they have 5 pitchers better than him they're gonna win it all.

DrBadd01
03-26-2010, 04:56 PM
Oh so you're their fan!

Actually, if you don't mind me asking (if, in fact, you haven't blocked me yet), how did you end up a fan of the DC's finest?

I was originally a Montreal Expos fan. . . . When the team moved I hedged on whether or not to support a different team. Thought about the Red Sox, Mariners, or Cubbies. In the end I decided that the team was still the same, it was just located in a different location. I still wish they were in Montreal ( I thought the strike killed the teams chances their though).

DrBadd01
03-26-2010, 04:58 PM
I agree with this but wonder why in the hell he isn't starting the season with the Big club. If they have 5 pitchers better than him they're gonna win it all.

They are taking him slow they don't want to burn out that arm too soon. Also if he is in the minor leagues until June we have him for a extra season before arbitration kicks in.

the jaddler
03-26-2010, 09:06 PM
This is deffintly going to be a NL powerhouse year espically in the central!!!! The Reds are looking tough, the Cards will as always be contenders, the Cubs look like they might be able to make somethign happen also!!!! As for the cheating AL...whocares!!!!

I think this will become a very exciting baseball season of unlikely heros!

Jonathan
03-28-2010, 01:25 PM
Nationals
They made a great trade with Pitt and brought over N Morgan for Milledge. I believe you paid too much for Marquis he was horrific after the allstar break last season and Chen Mei Wang is often injured. I enjoy Zimmerman and Dunn but your GM Bowen is awful.

The Reds as a sleeper I dont know Harang needs to be consistent the Reds have a great bull pen Rhodes, Masset, and Cordero are quality. Owings and Bailey pitched well recently but spring is spring and Bailey is Bailey. I will end up picking him late in a fantasy draft only to cut him and question my logic another year.

I sympathize for you Cubs fans, you guys keep rooting and hoping just like the loyal Reds fans. I really want you to make the Playoffs as a wild card because your team finds the best and most interesting ways of losing in the postseason.

duke dynamite
03-30-2010, 11:23 AM
Harang needs to be traded, then demoted to the minor leagues. I've never seen a franchise wait around so long for a player to "come around" as much as the Reds have done with Aaron Harang.

Luckily Arroyo has come around.

DrBadd01
03-30-2010, 12:13 PM
Nationals
They made a great trade with Pitt and brought over N Morgan for Milledge. I believe you paid too much for Marquis he was horrific after the allstar break last season and Chen Mei Wang is often injured. I enjoy Zimmerman and Dunn but your GM Bowen is awful.

The Reds as a sleeper I dont know Harang needs to be consistent the Reds have a great bull pen Rhodes, Masset, and Cordero are quality. Owings and Bailey pitched well recently but spring is spring and Bailey is Bailey. I will end up picking him late in a fantasy draft only to cut him and question my logic another year.

I sympathize for you Cubs fans, you guys keep rooting and hoping just like the loyal Reds fans. I really want you to make the Playoffs as a wild card because your team finds the best and most interesting ways of losing in the postseason.

Our GM isn't Bowden. all our current operations are being overseen by Stan Kasten, the former Braves VP of Baseball Operations. Bowden was fired last year.

cramerica
03-30-2010, 02:14 PM
Championship road goes through Arlington, Texas.

avoidingtheclowns
03-30-2010, 02:42 PM
Championship road goes through Arlington, Texas.

Apparently cocaine goes through Arlington, Texas too.

Sollozzo
03-30-2010, 02:50 PM
Go Yanks. I think they have a great shot at making it 2 in a row.

Jonathan
03-30-2010, 03:59 PM
Our GM isn't Bowden. all our current operations are being overseen by Stan Kasten, the former Braves VP of Baseball Operations. Bowden was fired last year.

Things are already looking brighter. Thanks I did not follow the Nationals that much last year till the Morgan trade. I will this year to see how Strausberg and Storen (Mark Patrick son's) are playing.


I like the Yankees reacquiring Johnson as DH and Granderson should be an upgrade over Damon and Caberra. Gardener needs to play well but they are in the toughest division Rays, Sox, & Yanks. The Orioles remind a little of the 2008 Rays. Young pitching with some stars on the cusp A Jones & Markalelis.

the jaddler
03-31-2010, 10:56 AM
Go Yanks. I think they have a great shot at making it 2 in a row.

They always do!!!! Remember there flow of money is endless!!!!

Noodle
03-31-2010, 12:10 PM
GO Braves!

The Toxic Avenger
04-18-2010, 05:13 AM
Went to an (Indy) Indians Game tonight... good game, a lot of fun. I can't remember the last time I went to one but me a few other folks went and had a great time.

I built my own burger... I went the more traditional route with american cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard while my friend had Chili, salsa, pepperjack cheese, and sauteed onions, and banana peppers. Fries were amazing!

Anyway, the tribe lost but fun was had and I hope to have it again soon!

the jaddler
04-20-2010, 08:40 PM
indians games are always fun and cheap tickets for good seats!!! always a good time!!!

travmil
04-20-2010, 09:17 PM
We got our tickets for our Indians package again this year. We had an absolute blast year.

On a side note, who had Volquez in the pool as the first major leaguer to ge bounced for PED's this season?

SycamoreKen
04-20-2010, 11:16 PM
We are looking forward to going to the Padres AA team again this season. It is always a fun time. What makes it neat is that my brother lives in Ft. Wayne where one of their A teams is located. He tells me who is coming up that is good. We also catch the Astros AA team in Corpus. Very nice stadium there.

french lick
04-21-2010, 11:49 AM
Looks like another lost season for my Royals. Slip into a coma until the fall.

the jaddler
04-21-2010, 07:21 PM
Looks like another lost season for my Royals. Slip into a coma until the fall.

well unfourntly the cubs arnt much better!!!

Pointz
05-27-2010, 02:47 AM
Go Red Sox!

duke dynamite
05-27-2010, 09:25 AM
The Reds are amazing this year! They have some issues with their bullpen, however, but it will all work out. The recent crop of farm players (pun intended) have really shown that they can produce. Jocketty has resurrected this franchise from the dead.

Rupert Stilinski
05-27-2010, 09:35 AM
well unfourntly the cubs arnt much better!!!

I may actually be giving up on this season earlier than I did last season.

Since86
05-27-2010, 11:15 AM
Go Red Sox!

Yep. They've had a pretty damn good last two weeks. Hopefully they can keep it up the rest of the season.

Sollozzo
05-27-2010, 11:37 AM
It looks like it's going to be a 3 team race between Boston, The Rays, and my Yanks for that division. Yanks won a nice doubleheader yesterday with the greatest closer of all time getting saves in both games.

Sollozzo
05-27-2010, 02:12 PM
The Reds are amazing this year! They have some issues with their bullpen, however, but it will all work out. The recent crop of farm players (pun intended) have really shown that they can produce. Jocketty has resurrected this franchise from the dead.


Have you ever gone down to Louisville to see a Bats game?

Pointz
05-27-2010, 03:50 PM
Yep. They've had a pretty damn good last two weeks. Hopefully they can keep it up the rest of the season.

I do too. This looks like the team Theo wanted by design but with additional hitting because the offense has been very good. Adam1987...the Yankees? I am disappointed...but we all need a rival. The Yanks have had our number so far (And I am sickened by it) but hopefully we just wanted to try out their formula for 2009. :-p

Sollozzo
05-27-2010, 04:51 PM
I do too. This looks like the team Theo wanted by design but with additional hitting because the offense has been very good. Adam1987...the Yankees? I am disappointed...but we all need a rival. The Yanks have had our number so far (And I am sickened by it) but hopefully we just wanted to try out their formula for 2009. :-p


Haha. Yeah, you all owned us last year at the beginning of the year, then we got hot down the stretch and owned you in July, August and Sept.

I've been amazed at how well Andy Pettitte has been pitching this year. If he keeps this up, he could be in CY Young contention.

Mark Teixera needs to get it together. He's about to fall below the Mendoza line.

Pointz
05-27-2010, 05:16 PM
Pettite is pitching very well...but IMO Hughes has been stellar! I was watching the Yanks last night and they are playing well. Mark T has been the Yanks version of Big Papi. He is off to a slow start but he will get it turned around and it should be interesting between the Yanks and Sox later this year...with the Sox returning the favor of course! :-p

avoidingtheclowns
05-27-2010, 05:44 PM
Unlike Papi, Tex can be useful even when his bat isn't.

Sollozzo
05-27-2010, 05:46 PM
True, he's a great 1st baseman. He'll turn the batting average around eventually you'd think, though a .208 average 2 months in is a bit alarming. I think this years Yankee team will be a lot like last years - that is they'll get red hot after the all star break.

Pointz
05-27-2010, 05:51 PM
Unlike Papi, Tex can be useful even when his bat isn't.

I can't disagree there. That's why Tex makes the big bucks but I would have to think his hitting is a bit of sore point for them.

Sollozzo
05-27-2010, 06:06 PM
I can't disagree there. That's why Tex makes the big bucks but I would have to think his hitting is a bit of sore point for them.


He's a notoriously slow starter in April, but usually gets his act together in May. He did just that, going on a 22-66 swing to start the month. But he followed that with an awful 1-20 streak over a 5 games stretch. That all translates to a poor .210 average. When all is said and done though, I think he'll have an average in the high 200's along with his usual power numbers.

Sollozzo
06-02-2010, 10:17 PM
Wow, what a horrible call in Detroit. That kid should have had a perfect game. That would have been 3 perfect games in the first 2 months of the season - absolutely insane.

Pacergeek
06-02-2010, 11:03 PM
I agree. What makes the call so horrible is that it was a routine play that always results in an out. I mean the ball was hit hard enough that the runner simply did not have enough time to beat the throw. Whenever a ball is hit like that towards the first base side, it is an out. Maybe if the ball was hit slowly to allow the runner time, I could see a safe call.

travmil
06-03-2010, 09:19 AM
To that kid's credit, he handled the blown call with more grace than about 99% of people would have. I mean the guy isn't a superstar. You just took away what will undoubtedly be the highlight of his career, and what would have been the only perfect game in a very long Detroit Tigers history. And how did he react? Basically he said about the ump "Stuff happens, nobody is perfect". How many of us would have done the same?

Sollozzo
06-03-2010, 12:05 PM
To that kid's credit, he handled the blown call with more grace than about 99% of people would have. I mean the guy isn't a superstar. You just took away what will undoubtedly be the highlight of his career, and what would have been the only perfect game in a very long Detroit Tigers history. And how did he react? Basically he said about the ump "Stuff happens, nobody is perfect". How many of us would have done the same?



Not very many, that's for sure. I know I would've blown a gasket.

vapacersfan
06-03-2010, 12:18 PM
I apologize for the thread in the other forum, I forgot about this forum.

I really do hope they overturn the call.

As for the pitcher, he showed what a class act he was. By all accounts he was furious after the game (which was understandable) but after the ump called him and apologized he said there was no way he could be mad at him.

Since86
06-03-2010, 02:03 PM
Considering it was the last out, I hope baseball overturns the ball.

With that said, both the pitcher and the ump should be celebrated for how they handled it afterwards. That's the type of characteristics that baseball should celebrate. Human error is part of the game. Pitchers throw wild pitches, batters swing at balls, fielders either boot a grounder or drop a fly ball. It's part of the game. Unfortunately, when umps make a mistake it changes what happens between the players. Mr. Joyce being a man and stepping up and admitting his mistake shows a lot of class.

Brad8888
06-03-2010, 03:50 PM
Bud Selig. Epic FAIL. Figures.

vapacersfan
06-03-2010, 05:57 PM
Just another reason why I do not care for baseball.

A horrible decision by Mr. Selig

Rupert Stilinski
06-03-2010, 06:45 PM
Two men could not handle, what is clearly the worst of situations, any better than Galarraga and Joyce did. What gentlemen. I wouldn't have been able to restrain myself as much as Galarraga did, and it takes a big man to admit he made the biggest mistake of his life. Joyce will never be remembered as anything except the guy who robbed another guy (unfortunately I think Galarraga will be the forgotten man, even though he was indeed perfect) of a perfect game. That's it. Put it on his headstone now.

Selig had an absolute easy home run ball teed up for him. He missed it by a mile. His decision is worse than Joyce's call. He actually had time to consider his options, and he struck out. Big time. It was the 27th out. 27 up, 27 down. End of story. Bud Selig is, far and away, the worst commissioner in major professional sports. How that guy has managed to keep his job is beyond me.