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Old 04-14-2015, 02:52 PM   #61
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Lifelong Royals fan living in Tigers country. A fun start with both teams starting hot, now time for KC to keep piling on the wins. I tell my Tigers fan friends that I can only imagine what KC would do with another 70 million in payroll each season.
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Hey Boston fans...........................

Did my cubs make a huge blunder in signing Lester? Not the throwing to first so much but 9 earned runs in 2 games?
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Hey Boston fans...........................

Did my cubs make a huge blunder in signing Lester? Not the throwing to first so much but 9 earned runs in 2 games?
He has a Steve Sax arm throwing to 1st base.

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So, Jon Lester might have a problem with pickoff throws | HardballTalk

I think "might" is an understatement
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Thanks, but was asking about his pitching. The first base thing is getting all the coverage it needs here in northern Il.
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I gave up on MLB after the strike of '94. I was so disgusted with both the players and the owners I just walked away, after being a huge Dodgers fan all my life. At this point I probably couldn't name more than 4-5 active players, and some HoF players have probably played their whole careers with me never even hearing their names (unless they got called before Congress for juicing). I have watched some minor league games off and on, but very few Shorebirds players make it to the Show.

However, for the first time in decades I've got a bit of an itch to see what's happening in the game. For some reason Sports Illustrated started showing up in my mailbox unsolicited, and now that March Madness is over they are talking about baseball. If I do jump back in, I'll still be a Dodgers fan, but maybe I'll look into the Nationals too, since they are the local team. Other than the Orioles, who I always hated.

The point of this is, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get up to speed on what's happened over the last 20 years or so? Any good books or anything like that? At least to figure out who people are talking about when they compare the new players to guys I never heard of. Like I know that the MLB has gotten a lot of Japanese players over the years, but the only one I know about is Hideo Nomo, and only because he was a Dodger. Things like that.

I'll be interested in seeing what y'all suggest.
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I am really liking this MLB AtBat app, new to me and free. There's also one for the minors called MiLB FirstPitch.

I used to pick up those little foldout schedules at "the beer store" and put one up on the fridge at home and at work. It's all there in the app.

One time I learned that there was a series scheduled between the Cubs and Pirates in Pittsburgh during a work-related week I was to be there. Guess where I was?

Apart from the fact it was a very nice early September day in a great city, I'll remember how nice/accommodating the PGH fans were to a guy from IL.
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OMG, I better post this today since I doubt it will last very long. The Houston Astros are in first place in the American League west.
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Don't want to see anyone hurt. But it looks like the ace of the Cardinals is done for the year.

With that bad break, do the Cubbies really have a shot to win the division?
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The Baltimore Orioles will take on the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday at the Orioles' home stadium, Camden Yards, but fans won't be allowed to watch from the stands.

Riots and protests throughout Baltimore prompted Major League Baseball officials to close the stadium for public safety.
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This will be interesting. Game goes on but no public fans. Understandable, for safety, but, if say, someone hits a home run, will there only be the sound of dead silence?
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I just got an email to vote for Phillies All Stars. I needed a good laugh!
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St. Louis sure didn't give up last night. Down 5-0 to Chicago in the top of the first at Busch. No problem. I tip my cap.
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St. Louis sure didn't give up last night. Down 5-0 to Chicago in the top of the first at Busch. No problem. I tip my cap.
"Who are those guys?" (like in the movie Butch Cassidy). The Cards spot the Cubs a good lead in 2 games in a row and then comeback to win.

Same old Cards.

Same old Cubbies.
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"Who are those guys?" (like in the movie Butch Cassidy). The Cards spot the Cubs a good lead in 2 games in a row and then comeback to win.

Same old Cards.

Same old Cubbies.
Same Cards. Disagree with Cubs. I think they are showing improvement. Those that thought this was the year for contention were a year too early IMHO.
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Same Cards. Disagree with Cubs. I think they are showing improvement. Those that thought this was the year for contention were a year too early IMHO.
Yeah, I was probably too harsh on the Cubs as they are improved. Castro actually hustles down the base path now.

But Soler is diving for breaking balls like Javy Baez
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I don't get to do this very often, but this year's performance speaks for itself.

LETS GO METS !!!!

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I think Jack_Pine has got it right at this point.

I was surprised by three things Opening Night: Lester's showing, that big screen in left field (it's been a while since I've been, I guess it's something I'd "get used to"), and how much it seemed that only StL seemed to be ready to play ball after spring training.
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Well they're piling in the bucks. Ticket prices are up 20% this year. The "K" has been packed.


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Yeah, I was probably too harsh on the Cubs as they are improved. Castro actually hustles down the base path now.

But Soler is diving for breaking balls like Javy Baez
I hope Javy can learn but I am not too sure about him yet. I believe that Soler is the real deal, but time will either prove me right or not.

All these kids have to live through the adjustments the league is going to show them and then adjust themselves. You are seeing that from Rizzo now and Castro to some extent.
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Soler will have to adjust to a steady diet of breaking balls. When Javy is ready to come back up, it'll be interesting to see if there's room for him, with Russel already up, and Castro playing like he actually wants to stay on the team
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Well, that was a pleasant early season series in St Louis.

I'm reminded, when I watch a game at Busch, of one year when pieces of the roof at Olympic Stadium started falling off and the Expos had to reschedule their home games at the other teams' park.

You could get them dirt cheap, and all really good ones. I went to one at (the old) Busch with a friend who is a StL native and big fan, so he knows what's what. He was into it and I said I'd get the tickets.

I got tickets for right around July 4th, afternoon start. I was excited and told him. He said, "you're kidding me. We're gonna be picking our underwear from the crack of our a$$."

We did, it was too hot and humid. No beer for me, but some good lemonade in a good place!
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