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  2. bmags

    Formula One

    I was surprised with Piastri. Everyone was saying McLaren but I thought the theory of him being offered AT and eyeing a top seat at red bull in a few years seemed a better fit. Would I even bet on mclaren having a better car than alpine in 2-3 years? Plus all the marketing stuff you have to do at mclaren. With Ricciardo...do you think there's a chance Haas to replace a magnussen or any weird Schumacher moves? Seems like he would be an ideal get for an "American" team, and could give him opportunities in Nascar races as well.
  3. South Side Hit Men

    Moncada

    Stone has been inferring Yoan is lazy and unmotivated for years. Steve Stone "pleaded the 5th" when asked whether Tim Anderson led the league in stupidity on Saturday. Stone historically found joy trashing Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella and Ricky Renteria. Yet he'll defend Jerry Reinsdorf, Tony La Russa and Frank Menechino, among other unqualified hacks to his last dying breath.
  4. bmags

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    I was amazed the post actually had identified a problem, let alone the one I'd point to.
  5. bmags

    MiLB 2022 Catch All thread

    danke
  6. South Side Hit Men

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    That wasn't the case over the decade before Jerry Reinsdorf built the team. Stu Holcomb, the interim GM after Ed Short was fired, brought in both Roland Hemond and Chuck Tanner in September 1970 to serve as GM and Manager, respectively. Roland Hemond's tree includes Dave Dombrowski, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin, and Dan Evans. Paul Richards mentored, and Bill Veeck & Roland Hemond hired Tony La Russa for AA Manager in 1978, and ML Manager in 1980. Tony La Russa brought in Jim Leyland and Dave Duncan shortly thereafter.
  7. DirtySox

    MiLB 2022 Catch All thread

    29th. Not a subscriber so I don't have details.
  8. Squirmin' for Yermin

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    There is no accountability and that starts with the owner for making management accountable and the manager for making the players accountable.
  9. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    8/8 Games

    Ronny Hernandez DSL, C, RH 17 yo hits his 5th HR. Impressive season so far.
  10. CaliSoxFanViaSWside

    8/8 Games

    Godwin Bennett, 19, RF ,RH with his 9th HR. Still K's a lot but overall his stats look like they've been trending up. .400 OBP .591 Slg. .991 OPS.
  11. South Side Hit Men

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    100% Agree. I noted Tampa's strengths is patience / bargains for FAs & smart trades, player development and prioritizing players on pre-arb contracts. The Sox are struggling due to the the lack of player development / poor selection of not only their first round picks beyond 3 Vaughn (Busts - 8 Fulmer, 26 Burdi, 10 Collins, 4 Madrigal; 11 Burger a DH/reserve 3B, 11 Crochet an injured reliever), but the lower rounds as well. The highly rated prospects obtained in the tanking trades have not developed as expected between injuries and non-optimal approach. The Core generally improved and played well under Ricky, but stalled or even regressed the past two seasons outside of Katz' work with Cease, Rodon, Lopez, Kopech. Player development and having 10-15 solid contributors in their year 0-3 seasons allow a small-mid market team compete at the highest levels. The Sox are on the opposite end, very top heavy in terms of payroll and fWAR production, and few players playing at $0.7M-$1.0M making a big impact. Failure to improve scouting and player development his is where Hahn has failed most the past decade, more so than the poor FAs he signed that most people focus on (Leury, Keuchel, etc.).
  12. gusguyman

    Moncada

    I understand the hesitance to label Moncada lazy or a bad attitude player -- it's generally a reflexive response by sports radio fans who have nowhere close to enough insight into the team to justify those labels. That said, I posted a conversation into the gamethread on Saturday where Steve Stone pretty much put this debate to rest in my opinion (copy/pasting): Based on the tone, situation, and words, it was very clear that Stone was calling out Moncada for not working hard. For anyone who wants to go back and watch, this happened during the Moncada's at-bat in the top of the 5th inning. Look, I agree that fans who want to look at Moncada's facial expressions and judge him as lazy are being unfair. But Stone has insight into the team, and there's been rumors that the team is unhappy with Yoan. At a certain point, there's enough smoke to conclude there is fire here. (or that there isn't fire I guess, since that's the whole issue)
  13. chitownsportsfan

    8/9 Game 1 GT: Sox at Royals - Lynn vs. TBD (Tue 310CT)

    TA probably has off field shit to attend to. Not ideal but is what it is.
  14. Four with the 'Stros next week how many homers??
  15. The Kids Can Play

    Fire Tony Chant

    Agreed! It had nothing to do with Tony! He still sucks and still needs to be FIRED!
  16. ron883

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    You post this as if you are surprised that you are starting a post with that sentence
  17. I am shocked that fans and his mom would get into it like that. True the Sox defense was terrible for him but obviously he is not pitching effectively any more. Terrible.
  18. caulfield12

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    Right, how many times have the relatively paltry signing bonuses for Latin American players come up? It’s just like stock market investing. Taking your 25-30 shots with small incremental amounts is almost always going to win out over the amount of talent surrendered and then $500+ million for a Soto extension. The only positive is that you can pretty quickly rebuild your minor league system when you have those frontline stars to move if your team still can’t compete. A broadcaster the other night was praising the Sox for their payroll allocation because there were so many “bets” made in the $10-20 million range as opposed to $20-45 million yearly deals. As we all know, most of those deals aren’t looking all that great right now. Back to the Cardinals example. Their fans want frontline/ace pitching, but options like Musgrove, Castillo and Verlander are already off the board. deGrom is unlikely to leave NY. That likely makes Carlos Rodon one of the top FA pitching options, which is probably scaring the heck out of a lot of GM’s right now. Eovaldi or Thor? Kershaw? Freaking Adam Wainright arguably is the fifth best option if he doesn’t retire or re-up one final year with the Cards or LaRussa, lol.
  19. Bob Sacamano

    Fire Tony Chant

    Nice win yesterday but still: FIRE TONY!!!
  20. He is quitting because of you guys ragging on him.
  21. The Kids Can Play

    Tony's Wake Up Music

    Breathe in right away. Nothing seems to fill this place. I need this every time So take your lies, get off my case. Someday I will find A love that flows through me like this This will fall away, this will fall away. You're getting closer To pushing me off of life's little edge 'Cause I'm a loser And sooner or later you know I'll be dead You're getting closer You're holding the rope and I'm taking the fall 'Cause I'm a loser, I'm a loser, yeah. This is getting old. I can't break these chains that I hold My body's growing cold There's nothing left of this mind or my soul. Addiction needs a pacifier, the buzz of this poison is taking me higher. This will fall away, this will fall away. You're getting closer To pushing me off of life's little edge 'Cause I'm a loser And sooner or later you know I'll be dead You're getting closer You're holding the rope and I'm taking the fall 'Cause I'm a loser, I'm a loser, yeah. You're getting closer To pushing me off of life's little edge 'Cause I'm a loser And sooner or later you know I'll be dead You're getting closer You're holding the rope and I'm taking the fall 'Cause I'm a loser, I'm a loser, yeah. You're getting closer To pushing me off of life's little edge 'Cause I'm a loser And sooner or later you know I'll be dead You're getting closer You're holding the rope and I'm taking the fall 'Cause I'm a loser, I'm a loser, yeah.
  22. If anyone wants to read this stream of consciousness, they can just go to Twitter.
  23. chitownsportsfan

    8/9 Game 1 GT: Sox at Royals - Lynn vs. TBD (Tue 310CT)

    did the sox know what an utter embarrassment the entire Keuchel family is before they brought him in?
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  25. caulfield12

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    You read enough front office bios, you never see any crossover with the White Sox “trees”. I guess Hostetler leaving the Braves (seemed like writing was on the wall on his departure)? Getz from KC, that’s pretty much it. Otoh, you see terrible organizations like the Orioles realizing the only way to survive in the gladiatorial AL East is to bring in the best and brightest…who have actually produced positive results elsewhere. Mike Elias graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia,[1] where he was born.[2] He attended Yale University, graduating in 2006.[3] He played college baseball for the Yale Bulldogsas a pitcher.[4] After his sophomore season, Elias required surgery to repair a torn labrum.[5] After graduating from Yale, Elias became a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007.[3] When the Houston Astros hired Jeff Luhnow from the Cardinals as their general manager in 2011, Elias went to Houston with him as their director of amateur scouting.[6] Elias is credited with the Astros' selection of Carlos Correa in the 2012 MLB draft.[7] In 2016, after David Stearns was hired by the Milwaukee Brewers as their general manager, the Astros promoted Elias to fill Stearns' role as assistant general manager. He was given oversight of player development and minor league operations.[8] On November 16, 2018, the Baltimore Orioles hired Elias as their general manager and executive vice president.[3] Elias hired Sig Mejdal from the Astros as his assistant general manager to bring analytics to the Orioles.[9]
  26. JoshPR

    Diagnosing the heart of the problem

    Me too. That's what Reinsdork never understood. Cool you don't wanna give 300 mil to a player but if you scout and develop correctly you will be competitive yearly.
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