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Balta1701 last won the day on April 28

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About Balta1701

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  • Birthday 01/22/1981

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  • Favorite Sox Minor League Affiliate
    Birmingham Barons (AA)
  • What do you like about Soxtalk?
    Just love baseball & love chatting
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    2005: Rookie of the Year 2006:Leftist of the Year 2007:Lefty of the Year 2009: Lefty (DEM)
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    October 26th, 2005. Sitting in a class with my computer open on MLB's gameday.
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    Frank Thomas.

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  1. Balta1701

    9/26 GT: Cubs @ Sox (6:10pm)

    This ball better be put in play
  2. Balta1701

    9/26 GT: Cubs @ Sox (6:10pm)

    If we had Lance Lynn everything would be fixed!
  3. Balta1701

    Cordero & Renteria suspended for hit batter incident

    That could not possibly have been more on purpose.
  4. Balta1701

    MLB 2020 Catch-All thread

  5. Balta1701

    9/26 GT: Cubs @ Sox (6:10pm)

    Stone did the same sort of stuff last year except he was ranting about the fans at the time. The White Sox clearly are ok with that type of behavior. https://www.soxmachine.com/2019/07/23/steve-stone-fans-complaining/
  6. Balta1701

    9/26 GT: Cubs @ Sox (6:10pm)

    2012 was straight up exhaustion. Sale and Quintana were so far over their previous innings highs that they just had nothing left to give.
  7. Balta1701

    Which postseason opponent would you prefer?

    They’re doing a full bubble starting in round 2 and I think by now most teams have figured out that you need an effective bubble anyway. No restaurants, limited outside contact. The Cleveland thing where people were banished from the team for going to restaurants was probably a good part of that lesson.
  8. Balta1701

    So many here treat baseball like football

    That’s the literal point! To the letter! We signed 4 guys in 2015 in that range and 3 busted! We did the same thing this year and have busts! They aren’t all busts but a lot are! You are repeating my words back at me!
  9. Balta1701

    So many here treat baseball like football

    The numbers on the middle part of the FA market were TERRIBLE in 2015-2018. In 2018, out of about 20 guys who got salaries between $10 and $20 million a year, there were 2 guys you’d have resigned to the same deal a year later, everyone else underperformed their contract. The numbers improved marginally in 2019 after the whole FA market collapsed, but here in 2020 we are right back to the 50% bust, 25% success, 25% iffy rate we saw in 2015 and 2016. Next offseason has a chance of being a nightmare for even good free agents because of the revenue losses, so on that who knows? But the rule to me is the same aside from that. If you have a 95 win team before you hit the Middle part of the FA market, you spend $50 million next year and you are a 97 or 98 win team. You are a 72 win team on talent, you spend that money and you win 74 games. You might fill one hole, but you spend money and find yourself with 3 holes still remaining.
  10. Balta1701

    So many here treat baseball like football

    Balta: says the phrase “occasional success” Caulfield: cites the one success out of several signings this year by name as though it’s an exception. Dude, what do you think that phrase meant?!
  11. Balta1701

    Fire Ricky

    I can pick the things I like about baseball. I love it when a guy I’m cheering for hits a big home run and is pumped up about it. Have some fun when you win. You don’t want a guy to show you up, beat him.
  12. Balta1701

    So many here treat baseball like football

    The long term rule is, if you’re playing the middle part of the free agent market, you find the occasional success and a majority of busts. We saw this over and over again this decade. If you aren’t willing to spend with the top guys...some of your signings will work, but most of them won’t, so your team will be about as good as it was beforehand.
  13. Balta1701

    Fire Ricky

    The 2019 White Sox made a big deal of how throwing at a guy for having too much fun was stupid. They were right!!!!
  14. Balta1701

    Fire Ricky

    Tim Anderson better not flip a bat this series otherwise it’s open season on him. Good thing he’s not popular in the clubhouse and no one in this org has made a big deal about those unwritten rules in the last 2 years.
  15. I keep saying this...the middle part of the free agent market is the absolute worst. You sign 4 guys, you get 1 guy who is really good and 2 who are busts. It’s inherent in that part of the market. Guys who teams think will perform well don’t reach free agency, the bust rate in that range from year to year is 50 to 75 percent.