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Texsox last won the day on June 18 2020

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  1. Texsox

    Student Loan Debt

    You have to click on some questions at the end.
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    Help Me Understand fWAR

    I think it's the pace of baseball that draws fans who are more analytical than say the average football or basketball fan. Although I don't have an fIQS stat to back up my opinion. I enjoy analysis in a lot of areas, and during my business career I poured over a lot of reports. With baseball I haven't noticed a correlation between fWAR and my enjoyment of watching a player or team. I got heavily into the modern stats for a while but they just haven't held my interest beyond a casual look. It may be generational. I grew up in the days of buying random packs of baseball cards, trading dupes, and memorizing a few basic stats. I've decided in the final analysis baseball is nostalgic for me.
  3. Texsox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Gee I'm shocked that wealthier people will receive the vaccine before poorer people. That may get fixed in a hundred years. We suck at equality and fairness in every situation where rich and poor compete for a limited resource. So if you believe you would be receiving the vaccine unfairly, refuse it until you believe it is the correct time for you to receive it. If enough people do that we may make a difference.
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    Student Loan Debt

    The "counseling" that is required for the government back loans is so easy to click and ignore that I doubt 5% of the borrowers actually pay attention.
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    Thank You Jerry Reinsdorf!

    I understand what you are saying, but just looking at the total seems misleading. Here's what I'm mulling in my head, and thank you for your input. What does Tim get if we signed him as a free agent this off season? He's getting paid about half of Eaton's contract. Would we have Louis at his contract if he was a free agent? We have some really strong players at cheap prices. That shouldn't be a criticism. I think the criticism I have with this is small today versus what it may be in June when we know where the holes are. That payroll should allow the team to swallow a shitty, over priced contract for a one season fix where the rain comes in.
  6. Texsox

    '21 rules discussions

    Depending on where you set the distance it could help the runner or the pitcher. One step off the base and it favors the pitcher, one step from second and it helps the runner. Somewhere along that axis is something that may be fair. The more I think about it, the less I like it for all the reasons you mentioned.
  7. Texsox

    '21 rules discussions

    @soxsi75 it's putting on a bandaid but you could limit the lead off distance after a pitcher maxes out. You could change the rules to where the pitcher has to step back from the rubber to make a pick off move after he's reached his max. There are ways to mitigate. I'm not certain I would like any of those changes.
  8. Texsox

    '21 rules discussions

    Months? It's been split for years. It never should have been a league by league decision.
  9. Texsox

    Thank You Jerry Reinsdorf!

    2019 wins per payroll dollar. It's an interesting read https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.twinkietown.com/platform/amp/2019/10/10/20906889/mlb-minnesota-twins-best-buck-in-2019-rays-athletics-analysis-yankees-still-suck-dollars-per-win
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    Thank You Jerry Reinsdorf!

    If the team really nailed this we'd have the best lineup in baseball with the lowest payroll. If the team really fucked this up, we'd have the highest payroll with the worst players. So how to fairly judge the current state? Position by position we are kicking the Cubs and Cardinals asses and doing it for less money. That's great. Win for the front office. What happens next is where I start complaining. In this position it should be money over potential. Based on those other teams there is room to take on a bad year contract to fill a mid season need. Over pay a few million, you're saving it elsewhere. But congratulations to the front office for putting together a better roster than most teams and having a lower payroll.
  11. Texsox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Anyone have Walmart's in their area kind of randomly closing a store for 48 hours for deep cleaning and calling it part of a company wide initiative and allegedly not rooted in any one incidence or situation? We have one here that is happening to. Rumors are, well there are rumors of all sorts of explanations. From possible vaccine site to bodies from a super strain.
  12. Texsox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    So true. It (Biden's faith) certainly wasn't an issue in the campaign. I remember reading several books regarding Kennedy and the fear that the Pope would actually be running the country. Many Democrats at the time believed that it was impossible for a Catholic to win. While the separation shouldn't come into play, it would be forced upon by some, especially if we followed the American way and treated every house of worship as equal. I'm not certain I want any barriers. And while I enjoy the idea of "oh, you don't want to go to the Synagogue, Mosque, Catholic, Protestant etc? Well then I guess you won't be vaccinated." On the practical side I want as many vaccinated as possible to keep me safe. I'm going to have to gently ask my mother in law who is an actively practicing Catholic for eight decades what she thinks of Biden. She voted Trump. 🙂
  13. Texsox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I've read some of the arguments against the blanket payments because the money that is used to pay down debt or put into savings will not stimulate the economy. I couldn't come up with a way to guarantee the money would be spent. Give me a $600 credit at Amazon (or groceries, etc etc) and I'll just put the $600 I was already going to spend in savings. I'm still just shifting monies. I know I'm lucky. I've lost some weight and do need some smaller pants, so I guess I could say I'm spending the stimulus money that way, but honestly, it isn't "new" or extra spending. It is a planned purchase.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    The largest facilities here that are being used are a shopping mall and the former home of the Spurs, the Alamo Dome. In the 1950s you were injected on three Sundays at church. If it worked then, why not try it today? Schools, again at least in my tiny corner of the world, are mostly empty, so it seems like they would be good candidates for a more decentralized approach. I'm trying to learn who was handing out those sugar cubes or cups of vaccine. Government employees I assume. But how were they hired, trained, and paid? The overlap is interesting. Being anti-science does seem like a right wing ideology, but for example Obama won the Catholic vote, so I'm not certain churches are as conservative as we might believe. My priest in McAllen was so liberal that Balta might have been seen as a centralist. He unionized our church and led a drive to require the city and city contractors to pay a livable wage, not just minimum wage. I loved Fr. Jerry.
  15. Texsox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Agreed. If I said that however, there would be a couple comments that it isn't enough, it doesn't help everyone, I'm ignoring the bigger problem, and it should have been the $2,000 that Trump and Pelosi wanted. 🙂
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