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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

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    If I was an employer with an office building or something like that...with a workforce that wasn't low-wage people, I'd worry way more about liability if I didn't require some extensive safety procedures. Maybe the 20 people who sue me after getting sick because I let unmasked people into my office don't win in the end, but how much do I spend on legal fees fighting those cases? There's a reason why it's a major priority of the Congressional Republicans to offer some sort of immunity.
  2. Alexei may not have been a "Very good" player, but he was absolutely a "Good" player for a number of years. Alexei also had the potential to be a very good to great player, so not reaching that potential was disappointing, but he was absolutely a fine player to have on our roster. If Tim Anderson had a career as productive as Alexei's we would be content. Not thrilled or delighted, but absolutely content.
  3. Balta1701

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    While the players likely aren't at risk of dying nearly as much as the rest of the population, the risk isn't zero, and it's now well known that there are serious complications in a number of cases that we don't really have a good ability to predict. If, hypothetically, we had worst case scenario and it raced through the whole league - 900 players, nearly all get it. There's a reasonable probability 1 to 2 die (0.1 to 0.2% death rate for healthy, young individuals). Bad enough as it is, but then at least several dozen have long-term organ damage, including kidney and lung damage, and maybe a couple come down with various other post-disease complications like the stuff they've recognized in a few hundred kids so far. That's what Blake Snell was talking about. That's what, a 5% chance that this season, for way less money, dramatically damages you physically and leaves you in really bad shape for the rest of your career. Is that worth the risk? If you've convinced the players that you have a fully operational testing and safety system, then maybe only ones like Carrasco opt out (leukemia last year), but if you're Mike Trout, would you take a 75% pay cut and risk something that could cost you the rest of your career and even damage your life? If you're someone who's a year away from Free Agency, with no long-term security, wouldn't you be extremely nervous about that?
  4. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    You're in good shape on declining rate but the number of positive cases that are untraceable is still too high. If you open things up too rapidly and cases level out at this spot because you can't limit the spread of new cases, then you never reach the next phase.
  5. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    FWIW i did check.
  6. Balta1701

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    I know everyone is talking about the money part as that makes more headlines, but it's also clear the PA had objections to the player safety setup and those objections are going to make things way more complicated too. The initial MLB plan for testing - players every few days, limited testing of ground crews or other staff members - was clearly inadequate, and that testing proposal would have been hard to manage and cost over $30 million according to an article by Passan last week. Doing a testing regime correctly, for multiple months - we're talking about probably $100 million plus in testing costs, and something like >1% of the virus tests done in the entire country being done by Major League Baseball or their contractor. There are major issues here that aren't getting the same press as the contract proposals.
  7. Balta1701

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    “Most” definitely don’t. It seems possible but it’s impossible right now to anticipate problems or to figure out if a company is releasing positive press releases to bump up its stock price. Most of the experts are still saying 12-18 months for it to be available and then several more months to manufacture hundreds of millions of doses is more likely. Passans statement specifically was that if we go into next year and baseball owners are on the hook for full salaries but can’t have normal stadium capacities, the owners will say they can’t do it.
  8. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Scared of a black woman, but totally ok with 100,000 bodies. At least he's white!
  9. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    South Korea has had 11,000 cases. Something like 6000, more than 1/2, trace back to 1 infected person going to a church.
  10. Balta1701

    2005 Sox Rewind

    Prior to that game, we were all panicked, and someone here took a photo of the Angels Rally Monkey and photoshopped Joe Crede’s face on it as the Rally Crede. It was after 9:00 and I was sitting in my office stressed out waiting, literally half this site had the Rally Crede as their avatar already, and bang. Even though we lost the next game, we had our swagger back. We went to Minny, lost game 1, then McCarthy gave us a great performance, and that was Cleveland’s last chance. I think that may have started the 8 game win streak to end the year. The Rally Crede and McCarthy, they pulled us out of it. Many of us had the Rally Crede as our avatars the rest of that offseason. And yes, I have this. credehr.wav
  11. Balta1701

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    I’m willing to bet you on this. Football, a bunch of people doing maximum effort in close proximity, some of them seriously heavy, for 3 hours?...we won’t see a football game until there is a vaccine. basketball has the same physical contact issue, but they finished most of the season, they could quarantine everyone for 6 weeks and get away with playoffs, not a whole season. Especially counting travel, you can’t quarantine the league from July to February, and the moment 1 person has it, 2 whole teams have it.
  12. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Mr. Ewing, after those years of rooting against you but still respecting your game, and respecting your coaching...do this to that Virus.
  13. Balta1701

    2005 Sox Rewind

  14. Balta1701

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    From who's view, the owners?
  15. Balta1701

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    If you can't have people masked, then yeah, indoor tennis would be very likely to transmit, regardless of the distance. If 100 people in a fitness studio can get it from 1 person, then it's going to get from one partner to the other during an hour of high effort exercise.