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  1. 20 minutes ago, Jerksticks said:

    Well here we go right?  If we don’t see the exponential death in the coming weeks... gonna be surprising right?  

    Obviously we should expect to see some growth since we simply flattened the curve with social distancing and staying home somewhat and never tried to snuff out the virus.  But if we don’t see EXPONENTIAL death...how can that possibly be explained?


    Countries around the world opening up, but 90% of the populations are still vulnerable.  We know how infectious it is.  So here we go.  Exponential death.  It must be so.  The narrative this whole time ONLY supports that particular outcome.  So here we go.  Buckle up.  Stay home.  This thing is about to be a brushfire.  

    Pretty easily - increased mask wearing, schools closed, no large gatherings, and, even in open cities, seatings in restaurants only at levels 25% of where they were in early march, testing many multiples higher than where it was, and perhaps some effect of hotter weather/humidity.

  2. https://theathletic.com/1816970/2020/05/26/griffey-a-pirate-chipper-a-tiger-the-mlb-draft-rule-that-changed-history/


    All of that is due in part to a small yet significant draft rule retired 15 years ago. It stipulated that the No. 1 pick alternate each year between leagues. The NL drafted first in even years; the AL was first in odd years. Take Griffey’s draft, for example. The NL had drafted first in 1986 — Pittsburgh took Jeff King — and the top pick ping-ponged back to the AL in 1987. The lucky losers? The Mariners, despite having a better record than the Pirates.

    This rule, alternating draft order by league, lived for 41 years. It shaped the course of baseball history, and then it quietly went away.

    Harold Baines (White Sox)
    Bill Gullickson (Expos)


    Did not remember this rule. Highlighted that it helped the mariners land Arod and Griffey.

    Griffey would have went to pirates where they could have had bonilla, bonds, and griffey in same outfield (mercy)

  3. 49 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

    18% k rate over 3 years in the SEC.  11% in 78 AB's this year.  Maybe a tad high but certainly not too much and you don't know how Arkansas coached him.  They may have told him we want you to do damage so don't cut down your swing with 2 strikes.  That's why you evaluate the player and not the stats.  I like Kjerstad fine but again not the direction I would like to see them go.  

    No Kelley even in first round? School at that point?

  4. 49 minutes ago, caulfield12 said:

    What position is he going to play?  1B, RF, DH....yes?   Or we’re basing most of our excitement on Passan/Shohei Ohtani comps?

    Just not seeing how he’s anything close to fitting in the Robert/Cespedes mold, but very few are...   It means, and we’ve debated the value of Jose Abreu for the past three years, that he’s going to have to be an amazing hitter to bring a ton of surplus value.

    I also haven’t seen many scouts claiming he should or could give up pitching to be a starting pitcher like with Ohtani ever since he was in middle school.  I guess part of the attraction is throwing from the LH side, but I guess we’ll find out.  


    If he’s Jose Abreu and signed for 64 million less that is a very good outcome. There is a lot of room beneath cespedes and Robert whole still being worth a few mill

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  5. 15 minutes ago, NorthSideSox72 said:

    I'm not sure that's true, because gravity (this virus needs droplets to travel upon), but honestly I can't sit here and say I know what the danger is overall. Substantially less than smaller spaces and closer together like a typical gym class space I am sure, and not 100% safe I am also sure. Where in between I don't know.

    Playing singles tennis, baseline to baseline is 78 feet. Even if you both rush the net to get to the midline, that's like 40 feet of gap and only on those occasions. In a room that is not only big enough for multiple tennis courts wide, but also has ceilings that have to be 30' or more. I would have to think that is nearly as safe as being outside. I am more worried about the ball, as DA pointed out, as it travels and is handled by each player.


    They are also typically partitioned so the exposure is likely contained to the court itself

  6. 10 minutes ago, ptatc said:

    I think it's more him being a public scapegoat for the injuries the last few years. It's funny how they publicized it usually these moves don't get much press. The new regime didn't know the medical director, physician or strength and conditioning people either. You can see by the reaction a couple on this board. It makes fans feel better that they did something even if it was the lowest guy in the hierarchy. I'm sure his contract being up helped but Chip will hire the new guy anyway not the GM.

    I'd wait until the next season begins before making this judgment.

  7. 33 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

    Would people be wearing gloves while playing tennis? Every player touches the ball, the virus could be on the ground where it could get on the ball. You are sweating,s oo probably touching your face. 

    These things are all very unlikely. Worst issue is the group getting together to talk at midcourt.

    Surface transmission continues to see very low reports, I think outdoor tennis is good. As caulfield said, main concern is air conditioning flow indoors. They are certainly way more spread out than an indoor exercise class, with max of 4 players over a huge space. But the heavy breathing is a concern. We will see but I'd tend to believe it's not that terrible to reopen.

  8. but yes restaurants/night clubs/entertainment do not have much of a lobbying group and it has led to them getting short shrifted despite being the most affected, and forcefully limited, by governments. Throw money at them.

  9. I think outdoor is going to be fine. Moving forward indoor is going to be difficult as the air conditioning really does seem to cause issues.

    I wouldn't advise going with company as much but going with family you live with it should be nice.

  10. 8 hours ago, Chi Town Sox said:

    I have seen Jordan a handful of times, I remember him hitting a game winner on Charlotte in '97...awesome moment.

    I was very lucky when I was in 5th and 6th grade to attend his came in Elmhurst for 5th grade up to 12th grade, we got to meet him.  10 hours a day for 5 days, MJ showed up 3 times a day, each time in a new car....15 total cars that week.  Upper Deck was there to authenticate autographs, all the counselors were great college players (Jason Terry, Shawn Marion), the last day featured a scrimmage with NBA players and the counselors, Juwan Howard and Pippen showed up, I came in 2nd in a free throw contest and lost in the championship to a senior, I was devastated.  Best week of my life and well worth using my summer allowance on that week, you more than make up for it with the value of the signature you'd get (I don't think I'll ever sell)

    My favorite story is Jordan scrimmaged three kids a day (one for each visit) up to 5, picks a short senior in high school kid with a Superman shirt on.  Kid gets the ball first, takes MJ to the baseline and crosses him over three times...Jordan gets faked a little on the last crossover and the kid rises up and swooshes a 12 footer over Jordan and leaves his hand raised in the air as he walked back to the top of he key.  The entire gym went nuts....Jordan then blocked him and dunked on him 5 times in a row to win 5-1.   The competitiveness is unquestionable.  

    This is ah-mazing. I love every part of this story.

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  11. I apparently saw Jordan play in old chicago stadium, and I don't remember it at all.

    A happy memory for my dad. We started going to a lot of games during the rebuild (khalid el-amiiiiinnnn)and that's when I started really getting into basketball in the type of fandom I have today.

    Going to games live is so important for really starting to get into sports as a kid. Can't wait until it can happen again :(

  12. 12 minutes ago, Tony said:

    Surprised there were no comments on the finale of The Last Dance. Thought the series was incredible, it was awesome to hear sports radio the next day basically re-wond back to 1998 all over again, the debates and stories. 

    It was great, glad it was made. I was too young to appreciate what it meant because it started as my earliest memories. I had no perspective how crazy it was to have the hometown team be a global phenomenon. I remember being confused when in tv shows "jordan coming to town" was something they were excited for rather than dreading.

    I can't believe they didn't do the Rodman mcdonalds cups though. That was so, so important to me.

  13. 3 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

    5 teams (O's, Miami, KC, SD, Rockies)  have 2 selections between the Sox 1st and 2nd round picks.  It will be extremely risky to try to float someone to the 2nd round.  

    I wouldn't consider this floating. If you take kelley you probably get a deal, but I would hope they don't pick him to get a deal.

    I don't feel confident saying any one player will make it to 47, but when I see an expensive college pitcher at 47 I'd guess it's a play on van eyk, burns or mlodzinski falling. I could just as easily him in the teens, but it's a mock draft, so I'll go with the pitcher I like most. 

  14. 3 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

    I would be shocked if Mlodzinski is still available at 47.

    Well it's above slot. I've seen him and Van Eyk all over the place though, yeah I guess I would put the money on college pitching rising all things considered.

  15. 18 hours ago, Y2Jimmy0 said:

    I'm doing a mock draft for FutureSox and I'm gonna do all 5 rounds for Sox included in there. I won't give player names right now but I went like this:

    1st Round: HS pitcher $4 million

    2nd Round: College Pitcher $2 million

    3rd Round: HS OF $1.2 million

    4th Round College Infielder: $600K 

    5th Round College Pitcher: $350K

    I am going to try and guess that you went kelley / mlodzinski