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Balta1701

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    Ithaca is Gorges

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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 Year2006:Leftist of the Year2007:Lefty of the Year2009: Lefty (DEM)
  • Favorite Sox player
    Abreu
  • Favorite Sox minor leaguer
    He Who Must Not Be Named
  • Favorite Sox moment
    October 26th, 2005. Sitting in a class with my computer open on MLB's gameday.
  • Favorite Former Sox Player
    Frank Thomas.

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  1. Balta1701

    MLB 2020-21 off season catch all

    I have no other Chicago based reference points for a president of baseball operations and a general manager both being experienced baseball people. Can you give examples of two ways that might work and what would happen if the owner overruled them to hire his drinking buddy?
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Do the right thing yourself, encourage all of your family to do the right thing. Don’t go to any restaurants or gatherings for the next 2 months this is a disaster. Just act like he doesn’t matter, either find a way to laugh at it or just drink. Keep yourself safe and try to encourage (politely) the same of those you know. It’s the best anyone can do now. If you focus on him it will eat you alive.
  4. “And what’s worse is you’re using blind luck to justify your playing god” -Admiral Pike to Captain Kirk, Kelvin Timeline, Star Trek Into Darkness.
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    James McCann looking at a 4 year deal (perhaps Mets)

    We coulda had James McCann for 3 more years or so and Kole Calhoun out in RF for like $20 million less than Grandal.
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    Len Kasper is new White Sox radio play by play announcer

    I mean, do the Cardinals still have John Rooney?
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    Offseason Targets

    I will admit that the world has slightly changed since 2019, but the scouting reports on his fielding weren't awful in 2019. Generally several places seem to rate his fielding at a 50 on the normal draft scale. https://www.soxmachine.com/2019/04/25/mlb-draft-profile-andrew-vaughn/
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    Offseason Targets

    Where did that come from? I was under the impression that Vaughn should be a significant improvement in 1b fielding compared to Abreu.
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    Offseason Targets

    You're parsing numbers here a lot. Yes he's been a negative defensive UZR in 3 of the last 5 years - in two of those years, he was -0.3 and -0.1, and that's also while counting time that he spent playing CF for 200 and then 50 innings in each of those years.
  10. Balta1701

    George Springer Thread

    People were thinking his numbers would improve when he moved to a better hitters park. He had a few more HR, but all his other numbers plummeted. Are we looking at a bad luck situation last year for him or are we looking at a legit dropoff?
  11. Balta1701

    2020 NBA Offseason Thread

    I mean, I’m not calibrated enough on NBA contracts and this cap to put numbers on things, but even if you do still think he has something left, I would want to see him stay reasonably healthy for most of a season first unless the contract was impressively low. If the cap has to drop substantially, I think I can confidently say that range is far higher than I’d pay with what he has shown me so far.
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    2020 NBA Offseason Thread

    That level seems like a very unreasonable gamble by the Bulls on a player who hasn't impressed. And if the Cap has to drop by 10% a year for the next couple years to make up for this year? If you're thinking about him getting anything close to that money, let him play out the year, he becomes an RFA next year when maybe you know better what your revenue numbers/long term cap numbers will look like, and you've got the option to match anything he's offered or let him walk to play the FA market.
  13. It wouldn't be the first time the "analytics" position was used that way. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/11/18/ed-lewis-a-former-veterinarian-is-the-diamondbacks-new-director-of-analytics/19229543/
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    Sox/Pederson speculation via CSN

    Considering that last year was easily his best career season, regression is possible for Abreu. But who is going to make up for that? Luis Robert. He's gone through a set of struggles now and seen what that's like...now the opposing pitchers are really in trouble.
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    Sox/Pederson speculation via CSN

    I think that was just "white sox fans hoping so". They've clearly got a little to spend, but the fact that they're talking about trades for Musgrove and what not suggests they are feeling some pinch.
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