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Balta1701 last won the day on February 3

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About Balta1701

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    2 Legit 2 Quit
  • Birthday 01/22/1981

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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
  • Soxtalk Awards
    2005: Rookie of the Year2006:Leftist of the Year2007:Lefty of the Year2009: Lefty (DEM)
  • Favorite Sox player
  • 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

    Mickey Callaway accused of sexual harassment

    I think it’s a travesty that you posted this article without a tweet including his nickname, “Dick pic Mick”.
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    WTF It's Seriously &^$%^ Cold Outside

    As they should be. Wind and sunlight are abundant there. It's far cheaper to build those than to run coal or nuclear plants.
  3. Balta1701

    WTF It's Seriously &^$%^ Cold Outside

    I'd say that rather than doing either, they were taking profits and using them occasionally to buy other utility providers around the country.
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    2021 Plan for Kopech and Crochet

    Sale should always be used as a cautionary tale rather than a comparison. He was almost turned into a permanent reliever when he had arm problems in his first season as a starter, the team even announced they were permanently turning him into their closer when he returned from injury, and he had to have a screaming match with KW and co to be let back into the rotation . Not exactly the way you want to handle things professionally, and teaching Sale that the way to get what he wanted from this team was to have a giant tantrum also probably not great in hindsight. Thank goodness the team listened though.
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    Spring Training thread

    It’s not tough at all to give an answer where you compliment rather than criticize the people paying your salary. Hell, Rick Hahn is often fine at it. 90% of the time he gives a fine non answer, but 10% of the time he gives a real answer and puts his foot in his mouth. ”if we keep playing like this we’ll be right there at the end (July 2015)”. ”we expect to add middle of the order hitters” (2018 Soxfest) ”The money will be spent” ”I look forward to conducting a number of interviews as it will help me learn about how to make this team better from a variety of perspectives” ”How dare people be mean on Twitter of all places!” Here’s a better one, one that isn’t dripping with entitlement and acknowledges that the fans are demanding but also pay his salary. ”Oh we understand the fans are frustrated, they have a right to be, it’s been a tough few years for this team. But we believe we’ve put an excellent team on the field this year and we look forward to rewarding their patience”. Doesn’t insult or call out his customers, acknowledges their frustration, keeps the response focused on the team and is positive in its reaction rather than negative. If that’s so hard for him, the White Sox employ one of the best public relations teams in baseball and I’m sure they’d be happy to provide him some media training.
  6. Balta1701

    Spring Training thread

    I will trade a 7 figure salary in a public job watching a kids game happily for being called out regularly for my job performance on Twitter. Right now. Please. But if that’s too tough for poor little Ricky’s fee-fees, he can resign today.
  7. Balta1701

    Spring Training thread

    Then please lodge your complaint with the general manager who is paid 7 figures to run this team and who still has time to whine about how unfair it is that people are being mean to him on Twitter, and even by using his own words!
  8. Balta1701

    NFL 2021 offseason thread

    Houston’s a mess in terms of cap space, they had the highest payroll in the league last year which means they already have used some of their cap space the next several years. They have virtually no recent impact draft picks because O’Brien traded them all away. That’s why they are releasing Watt and not tagging Fuller, so that they can get under the cap and have a little space. They are getting worse in FA, not better.
  9. Balta1701

    NFL 2021 offseason thread

    They can play that game up to the draft. If the draft passes and they don’t have a QB, he has leverage over the entire season, and can literally force them to punt on the year.
  10. Balta1701

    Spring Training thread

    I very much disagree with this. If built correctly, teams can with with a controlled payroll, or at least they could (the Dodgers may have changed this last year by being that good). The Astros only had a $130 million ish payroll the year they won the title (slight assist from a cheap trash can noted). Cleveland made the World Series then won 100 games the next year. Tampa Bay made the World Series last year and had a legit shot at it. Kansas City. The decisions, the professionalism of the front office are key in whether that is possible. That includes when to rebuild, what players to hold onto and extend, how you behave with the press, fans, and players, and how to deploy your resources when they are limited (do you buy the best closer in the league and the second highest paid catcher if your payroll has strong limits?).
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Well, after a week of this I unfortunately think we can call this a trend. We got down to under 70k cases a day in the moving average, but this week it turned around and it has gone up every day this week, now up to 77k. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html The drop off over the last month was almost certainly a combination of the vaccine and people not gathering as much after XMas. An increase this week could be one of two things - the Super Bowl leading to gatherings, or the B.1.1.7 variant taking over the trend. Based on the data from January, this is right about when that variant should be reaching 20-40% of the total cases, so if it is growing rapidly then we could actually be seeing its effect in case numbers.
  12. Balta1701

    2021 Catch-All

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    NFL 2021 offseason thread

    Combine the bad press with the cap space locked up in Watson, and if he’s really willing to sit out the Texans will lose eventually.