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    Birmingham Barons (AA)
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    the NBA thread (just kidding)
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    Theeee TANK
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  1. Jake

    Shifts could be endangered

    Trying to solve a non-existent problem and by doing so, you just greatly incentivize one-dimensional hitters that the same sort of people can't stand. I don't know how many times I have to say it, there's been a significant change in the game in the past 10 years and that's the size of the strike zone. It's gotten a lot bigger, especially on the bottom of the zone, because the umpires have gotten better at calling it according to the rulebook. They should switch the rulebook strike zone back to what it was before mid-90s, which defines the bottom of the zone as at the top of the knee. The reason the rule was changed was because umpires weren't calling the low strike properly so changing the definition made them call it as if the rule was the top of the knee. But now they call it correctly and the zone has expanded downwards. Make pitchers attack hitters more and you'll see a significant reduction in strikeouts and a more exciting game. Unlike the 3-batter rule, also a fairly significant change to the rules IMO, there is really no justification for banning the shift besides a very specific opinion about the aesthetics of the game. And unlike the 3-batter rule, banning the shift helps promote more specialized/less well-rounded players. And banning the shift of course won't shorten games; it will probably lengthen them by making it easier to hammer a grounder through the infield. Allowing shifts adds an advantage for hitters who use all parts of the field and further incentivizes teams to have well-rounded defenders who can be shifted around the field.
  2. Jake

    Five Sox get Gold Glove nominations

    Have to think that Mendick was listed by mistake and now there's no takebacks
  3. Jake

    Trade Watch Rumor

    Still no all clear from Sox beat writers.
  4. Jake

    Trade Watch Rumor

    Yeah this just doesn't seem like a good trade for the Indians to me. Quantity over quality is definitely what occurred. They improved the MLB team's offense a bit but I'm surprised they couldn't do better.
  5. Jake

    Trade Watch Rumor

    Yeah I don't endorse the way of talking about aces that some scouting use that defines a #1 as someone meeting a definition that typically between 1 and 3 or 4 pitchers meet at any given moment.
  6. I thought it was pretty clear in context that Coop literally didn't (yet) know why Kopech had opted out and was worried about him based on the same public information we all had on his past.
  7. Jake

    Gio Gonzalez to the 10 day IL

    Yeah I mean the decision to put him out there is defensible but it was clear he was in big trouble pretty quick
  8. I don't know what peripherals you're looking at, but seems to me that Lynn is pitching his ass off.
  9. Jake

    Tigers Claim Fulmer off waivers

    I think he has a non-zero chance of success, but not with the Sox. Wish him the best.
  10. Jake

    JR worried about 2021 season

    FWIW, I think the "loss" he's referring to reflects this math: Revenue MLB expected to generate in 2020/21 – Revenue MLB will actually generate in 2020/21 = 9 figure difference I think it's not obvious to the reader that this is the case and leaves one with the impression that there will be a negative profit of 9 figures, which would be preposterous IMO
  11. I'll be honest that I'm surprised we haven't yet seen pitchers getting hurt — surely anyone who was following stay-at-home orders in March-April-May-June was not getting their arm ready for a season and is going to be at risk of heating up too quick. I'm sure that's something that was weighing on Kopech. Very unorthodox pre-season and then he's going to be in some weird situation where maybe he's pitching sim games to the taxi squad while they manipulate his service time. And after that, they might have him bouncing back and forth from bullpen to rotation depending on other players' performances, health, etc. If you're worried about this strange season costing you arm health and add on top of that concerns about COVID-19, it's not crazy to me that he might have seen it all as not worth it.
  12. Seems plausible to me that he could feel fine physically but still be worried that he'll re-injure himself due to the strange run-up to this season. More of a concern based on just the facts of the situation than actually having a present physical problem. Of course, that's only speculation.
  13. Have to wonder whether Mookie would be willing to take even a semi-discounted deal versus something relatively short with opt-outs.
  14. I searched "Jake Burger" on Twitter and I immediately saw people saying they had seen him at ST (but not playing of course).
  15. Jake

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    I like Coby White.