2014 MLB Season thread

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by quagmire, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Well Spring Training is officially here!

    Some things to look for this season.

    • Big thing to look for is how well Tanaka will transition to the majors. Will he be a Darvish( not saying as good as Darvish, but successful like him so far) or will he be a Dice K?
    • Will Cano enjoy his career suicide decision?
    • How will the expanded instant replay rules work out?
    • Yankees just extended Brett Gardner to a 4 year $52 million deal with a team option for a 5th
    • Angels are nearing a 6 year $150 million extension with Trout.
    • How will the Toronto Marlins fare this year?
    • I still don't know why Salty signed with the FL Marlins. He will just be traded to Toronto next year. :p
    • Yay no ARod this year!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Here's my $.02

    I think the Red Sox felt they overpaid and given the performance of Dice K were gun shy with even entering into the contest for Tanaka. I have to say even before he agreed with the Yankees, I thought it was a foregone conclusion that he'd land there. They have the cash.

    Poster boy for the mercenary athlete. I mean there's no way he can justify going to Seattle other then because they offered him the most money. It will be interesting to see how he responds with a consistently bad team.

    On paper, I think its a good idea, but I'll have to wait and see as it plays out in real life.

    I agree, all of baseball is happy over this, though it remains to be seen if the Yankees cut him. I think he'll end up like Bonds where no one wants him.
     
  3. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Lets add the new catcher collision rules. How will that affect the game.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I missed that, has it been fully fleshed out? I thought there were still questions regarding how they'd actually implement the rule.
     
  5. MacNut macrumors Core

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  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Monday the addition of Rule 7.13, covering collisions at home plate, on an experimental basis for the 2014 season.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb...md=20140224&content_id=68267610&vkey=news_mlb
     
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  8. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    it is possible the mariners might have a plan to get better

     
  9. MacNut macrumors Core

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    In how many years. Cano maybe has 4 good years left.
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Sadly, I think the Rockies will also lose a lot as well.
     
  11. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    even if he only has 4 years of top notch production left, he will be there to mentor the new guys
     
  12. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Good luck with that, Cano is not the mentoring type. Unless you want him to mentor the young ones to casually trot to first base on a ground ball to short.

    Cano is a good player but not enough to carry a team. And just wait until July when the Mariners are in last place and see how well he hustles.
     
  13. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    WTF is the point of running all out when you know you are going to be out?
     
  14. MacNut macrumors Core

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    How do you know you will be out?
     
  15. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    unless you hit it through a hole which you see right away, 9/10 a grounder is out. if it's not out and an error than chances are trotting won't hurt your chances to get on base
     
  16. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Just wait until you see Cano makes the easy out and you want to throw something at the TV. Trust me it will happen, Yankee fans have been going through it for years putting up with his lazy base running.
     
  17. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    To be fair, it's not just on ground balls.

    It's stretching a single into a double, or a double into a triple....the difference between being in scoring position and not being in scoring position can change the outcome of an inning and a game.

    He likes to watch pop-ups and towering drives.

    I like Robby and I hold no ill will for him - it's hard to blame someone for getting as much money as they can. But he can be frustrating to watch at times.
     
  18. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Chances are trotting is a good way to get a one way ticket to the bench. Or the minors.

    What happens when the 2nd baseman bobbles the ball? Has difficulty getting it to his throwing hand to toss it to 1st? Or what happens if the throw is off and the 1st baseman is pulled off the bag?

    There's also plenty of times where it's hit near a fielder and he'll have a play on it, but the runner has a chance to beat out the throw.

    I mean, I'm not a big baseball fan by any means, but come on.. this is little league stuff.



    PS. Hey MacNut.. enjoy your offseason? :p

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  19. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Let me guess. You're wearing a Pink 2013 WS Champions hat as we speak. Right?
     
  20. MacNut macrumors Core

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    muahaha
     
  21. zioxide macrumors 603

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    :D

    I didn't know there was a rule that I had to be a die-hard baseball fan in order to enjoy my city bringing home its 8th championship in 12 years. :p

    For the record though, the only hats I wear are black and gold.
     
  22. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    If you paid attention to baseball more, you might know more of the rules. ;)

    Anytime you want to learn more, just ask. I'm always happy to educate Red Sox fans. :p
     
  23. zioxide macrumors 603

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    I try to pay attention and watch, it's just too slow of a game for me to get into it until the games really start to matter. If they sped up the pace of the game to where it used to be (like throw a pitch every 20 seconds, not one a minute), I'd watch more.

    I follow the results and read up on the previous night's game almost every morning, I just don't have the time or the attention span to sit down and watch every one of the 162 games. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm more of a casual fan for baseball, especially compared to hockey and football.

    I'll always root for the Sox to do well though.. still have my tiny old Sox cap from when I was like 4 somewhere in the attic.
     
  24. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    i'll watch a few dozen games per year and still the chances of beating a throw to first from a grounder are like 1/10. even if its bobbled or the fielder has to get into a better position to throw it

    statistically you are better off having a player who draws more walks than one who's a faster sprinter to first

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    looking at Cano's OPS, there is no way you can say he doesn't get extra base hits. to get a double or triple you have to hit the ball in a corner and have the outfielder run after it, not just run a a second or two faster
     
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Once the ball is hit, you never know what will happen.
     

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