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  1. Dick Allen

    Trever Bauer updates

    He's already coming off of his idea to never seek more than a one year deal. He will be fine in a 5 man rotation. Let him pitch every 4th when the season is on the line and it matters, and tell him if Giolito or Keuchel or whoever is throwing well, and they were pitching on day 4, he will go on day 5. The guy is strange, a bit of a loose cannon, but can pitch. I doubt JR goes for him, but you never know.
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    Sox @ Reds GT 9/19/20

    4 automatic outs with Madrigal who should never have been drafted, and can’t hit the ball 250 next, and Abreu, who has no business batting 3rd in a major league line up, batting 3rd, he should be batting 7th, and Robert, now an automatic out should be batting 3rd, and Grandal catching.Why would Grandal be catching with James McCann on the team? I have learned a lot from gamethreads, all in a year when the Sox have been one of the best offenses in the game. Usually the more pre game complaining, the more runs are scored.
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    9/18 White Sox @ Reds at 6:10

    He missed the beginning of the season with what he is saying was strep throat, others believe it was Covid 19.
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    9/18 White Sox @ Reds at 6:10

    I think several have gone 108 AB without one. It is amazing how focused so many are during this great run on a guy who was sick and has not hit with any power since his return.
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    Kopech update

    So you are an awful teammate if you opt out during a pandemic, comimg off of an injury, have mental heath issues, are expecting a child, and going through a divorce. A good high school or little league teammate, whatever level you are “coaching”, would never even miss a practice because the team comes before anything else. Let me be the first to write, I am glad I don’t have a kid on your team. And the WhiteSox making the playoffs for the first time in 12 years are making personnel moves to send Kopech a message. Can there be a hotter take than that?
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    Kopech update

    What he did was fine and his teammates support his decision. Whatever the reason , Covid, his wife’s pregnancy, his marriage, his mental health, he wasn’t ready to go this year, and probably wouldn’t have contributed much anyway. It is no different than a star NCAA football player opting out of a bowl game. Are they quitters? It was the smart decision for Kopech and the White Sox, and I am no Kopech fanboy. He has some work to do to convince me, but in a way, his injury might be one of the better things that ever happened to him. I think he is going to be smarter both on and off the mound. One thing you don’t have to worry about is he will work his ass off.
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    Someone who went to the Chiefs game where they allowed limited fans, now has the virus. Everyone who was seated around him is in quarantine. Stupid to allow fans now.
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    Sox vs Twins. 9/16 - 7:10

    Engel is being used correctly. Overexposed is bad. Nomar has to be the pick to click tonight.
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    Sports Media discussion

    McNeil was basically going to retire after the 2022Super Bowl. His plan was to do voiceovers and fill in work, buy an RV and Iive a simple lifestyle out west. In a way I feel for him, but the tweet was pretty stupid, and since he probably made some money and ad sales are probably near an all time low, firing and perhaps getting out of the contract probably trumps a long suspension.
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    16 team playoffs here to stay?

    That is my point. The randomness of it, and being slightly above average, if that, gets you to the dance, the incentive owners have for financial risk gets very small. Especially once a 7 or 8 seed gets to the World Series. It happens in hockey occassionally. Blackhawk fans couldn’t care less if the Hawks win their division. It’s making the playoffs. Hockey is fairly close to randomness as baseball. A cheap goal here, a shot off a post there, and it’s an entirely different result . But many say the NHL playoffs are the best of all, maybe because more teams have a legit shot than any other sport.
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    16 team playoffs here to stay?

    Say the Sox bow out in the first round this year. If 8 teams make the playoffs in 2021, what is JRs incentive to make a big financial commitment this winter know that , at best, he will have to win a 3 game series, which in baseball is pretty much a toss up most of the time? There has to be some way they don’t take away the incentive of winning the division . Obviously, it doesn’t happen all of the time, but math and logic would suggest the better team wins a best of 7 match up more often than a best of 3. The one and done,I can see why a lot of people hate it, but the best of 3 isn’t that much better to where you take almost all the advantages of winning a division over 162 games away. I always thought the one and done was genius because it added a playoff team and added one huge game. Those games were always fun to watch. The playoffs are such a crapshoot. The 2005 White Sox were 11-1, one of the most dominant postseason records ever, but they were one ball going through Tony Graffininos legs, a play he makes probably more than 99% of the time, and one improbable ElDuque performance from going out in round 1.
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    16 team playoffs here to stay?

    It would become more like the NFL in that way. The playoff droughts will be a lot shorter obviously. There still will be some teams that will almost always be good and a few that will almost always be bad, and the rest will be jockeying for playoff position on an almost yearly basis. The thing is, the playoffs will be a bigger crapshoot than any sport except maybe hockey, so it would be interesting, I do think it will cheapen winning a division, although in the future you won’t be playing in empty stadiums so maybe playing the best of 3 all at home will be a huge advantage.
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    16 team playoffs here to stay?

    Now they won’t need to make that trade. You are around .500, you have a decent shot of making it. Then it’s a crapshoot. Where it might help is tanking. It shouldn’t take too much of a commitment from an organization to be average.Then have a hot month, win a trophy. Both extremes probably will be the most affected. I suspect owners would love it because more playoffs is more TV money. And a lower standard to make the playoffs is a smaller payroll.
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    16 team playoffs here to stay?

    That is exactly right. Teams going crazy on payroll with the exception of the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and perhaps Cubs will be over. You won’t need a 100 win roster, and why risk the money to try to put one together? Best of 3 in baseball, anything can happen especially if the underdog has one or two really good starters.
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    Do you keep playing EE or Mazara?

    No Kopech, no Bummer, EE hitting .160, Mazara no home runs, nothing from Rodon,Moncada suffering from Covid aftereffects. Still 32-16. This is pretty unbelievable to me.
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    Tim Anderson's Don't Come Along Often

    To be fair, he was coming off a batting title for sure, but it did seem like it would be nearly impossible to keep his BABIP that high. He didn’t walk, and his defense was pretty bad last year. I thought it was probable his defense would pick up, most of his mistakes were on pretty easy plays, but his offense would probably regress. The defense has risen, but so has the offense. I have come to the conclusion that this is no fluke. I still don’t think he is a .360 hitter, or a .330 hitter, but at some point soon, I think I am going to have to change my mind. What’s next? 30 homers a year?
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    Nick Madrigal

    It does appear Madrigal is better than Mendick.
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    Stone's Throwing of Shade at Ricky

    I’ve ripped Ricky as much as anyone but it’s kind of hard to argue with 32-16.
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    Playoff Pairings Are A Joke!!!

    I think if they do keep it 8 there will be some adjustments. I think the division winners will get in, and then the next 5 best records. They will get rid of the top 2 in each division requirement, although with a full schedule, with everyone playing every team, the top 2in each division will most likely qualify anyway.
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    Playoff Pairings Are A Joke!!!

    I get that, but they should make all non division winners wildcards, and seed them accordingly from 4-8. They had to do it like this because of the schedule this year. To me you have to beat them all anyway so playing Cleveland in round one doesn’t really matter. That is why I previously wrote having your rotation set up properly is the most important thing of round one because 2 losses, your done. You lose to Beiber, which wouldn’t make you unique, you could be a few inches or a bad call away from going home.
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    NFL Thread 2020-2021

    I agree. Whether they win or not with Mack remains to be seen, but they weren’t going to get a player like him with the picks they gave up.
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    NFL Thread 2020-2021

    The defense was worrisome but I am going to take this to be more like college. The difference between game 1 and game 2 will probably be very noticeable. Not playing any preseason games, as worthless as they might seem, has to have some sort of effect. I think the Bears defense plays a whole lot better next Sunday. Hopefully Mitch continues to play as well as he played vs. the Giants 1st string as he did against the Lions 3rd string corner. For the first 3 quarters it was the Mitch we have come to know. But he was pretty awesome in the 4th albeit vs guys deep on the depth chart. But he did make some nice throws.
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    NFL Thread 2020-2021

    Bears go for it 4th and 7 from the 35. Mitch had been OK until this pass, about 4 feet behind the receiver.
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    Crunching the SoS Numbers

    The Sox are going to make the playoffs, but more important than winning the division or even coming in second, is lining up the rotation for round one. If it is lined up for round one, it will probably be lined up for round two.
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    NFL Thread 2020-2021

    According to Dan Patrick, the Bears were the runner up for Tom Brady. It would have been fun but probably ultimately dissappointing.