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  1. As I read the board these days, I see a lot of difference of opinion as to when the Sox can be competitive again. What do you think? My own opinion is rather optimistic, despite the terrible season so far this year. As I noted in another thread, the Sox have the one thing that is hardest and most expensive to find and acquire: affordable, effective, and mostly young pitching. Also in the Sox favor is the lack of terrible contracts. Even the ones people complain about really are not all that bad when you look at the buffet of awfulness that exists across the league for contracts. At least the unproductive ones (e.g., Dunn) have only one more year (2014) or have hope that the player can still produce at the major league level (e.g., Danks). The Sox also have not spent (we believe) the extra money coming to them from MLB for media rights, and they have that pitching staff in place for several more years at a pretty affordable rate. IMO, the current team would be in position to compete for 88-90 wins if the offense and defense were at least league average. I think these can be rebuilt at a reasonable price (in terms of trades or free agents). Instead of spending for that big $20 million+ bat, I think the Sox can compete with a 'balanced' offense, and as others have noted in other threads, players will be available in the offseason that fit this bill. This is in addition to anything that could be acquired via trade during the season or offseason. My own vote is 2014. I think Hahn has his work cut out for him, but I think he can do it without blowing up the strength of the current team.
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    When Will the Sox be Competitive Again?

    QUOTE (chitownsportsfan @ May 12, 2013 -> 03:12 PM) Not until they commit to a full tear down and rebuilding. Which, under KW, was never. Hopefully under Hahn things change. The Sox should have committed to a rebuild back in 2010, instead they went all in with guys like Dunn and the Konerko extension. You'd have to think 2016 is the earliest they could field a contender. All the big bad contracts will be off the books and you'd think a few of the young outfielders in the system would hopefully have progressed to MLB ready by then. Hawkins will obviously be key. A full rebuild will have a hard time matching the pitching the Sox have now. Which contracts are so bad to prevent the Sox from competing?
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    When Will the Sox be Competitive Again?

    QUOTE (winninguglyin83 @ May 12, 2013 -> 02:29 PM) not until they get salary relief and fix the farm system. Sit back, relax and ... well, you know the rest. It'g going to be awhile. Why do they need salary relief? Konerko, Floyd, and Crain alone combine for 27.5 million off the books for 2014.
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    What I Would Do

    QUOTE (Marty34 @ May 12, 2013 -> 01:50 PM) I'd say at least 20 of the 30 teams in MLB have more upside than the Sox. Particularly if you count the minor league systems. You bolded the pitching part. Please list the 20 teams with more upside. Look at how many "good" teams have weak pitching. The Angels are tossing Jerome Williams out there (granted, anyone is effective these days vs the Sox offense), and look at how mediocre the Yankee pitching staffs have been lately. The hardest thing to get in MLB is young, effective, affordable pitching. The Sox have that. The one thing you can build around is young pitching. This year is awful so far, but at least they have the one thing that is both the hardest and most expensive to acquire.
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    What I Would Do

    QUOTE (Marty34 @ May 12, 2013 -> 08:45 AM) The roster has very little upside/value. There are no ideas that aren't awful. Maybe though you have a few to share. This just is not true. The offense and defense are underperforming, but the Sox have both affordable and young pitching in the rotation and the pen.
  6. Callaspo (3B) Trout (CF) Pujols (DH) Trumbo (LF) Hamilton (RF) Kendrick (2B) Harris (SS) Iannetta © Jimenez (1B) vs. Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.86 ERA) Quintana needs to be better tonight at going deeper into games, as he has only two starts (of 6) longer than 5 innings. De Aza (CF) Ramirez (SS) Rios (RF) Konerko (DH) Dunn (1B) Viciedo (LF) Keppinger (3B) Flowers © Greene (2B) vs. Jerome Williams (1-1, 3.16 ERA) Williams is making only his second start of the season after pitching in the bullpen earlier this year.
  7. Only getting 2 runs is frustrating there, but you can't ignore how lucky the Sox got on the infield hit.
  8. QUOTE (Soxfest @ May 11, 2013 -> 07:51 PM) How many runs has PK slow ass cost the team so far 10. You're so right...his slowness >>>>> than his other contributions to the team.
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    Santiago for 5th starter

    QUOTE (Chicago White Sox @ May 3, 2013 -> 01:52 PM) How long is Peavy really going to be out for with back spasms? Also, anyone know how hard Danks was throwing last night? According to South Side Sox:
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    2013 TV Thread

    QUOTE (Brian @ Apr 24, 2013 -> 05:34 PM) Just finished first ep of Season 2. I'll be more patient. There's some good stuff coming
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    Is Ventura a good game manager?

    So, it turns out RV didn't call the Rios steal with Dunn batting: http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpos...mp;city=chicago
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    Sox push back rotation

    QUOTE (Chilihead90 @ Apr 20, 2013 -> 01:01 AM) For the love of god, bump Axe's turn. I'm not a fan of Gavin, but I'd take him over Axe any day of the week. At least Floyd CAN be dominant. The best Axerold can do is somehow get by with a good start. How often do we say "Man, Axerold dominated tonight". It's usually that he did a good job keeping us in the game, or he battled out there, or he gave a good performance. He rarely overmatches anyone, he just "gets by". For a back of the rotation guy, who cares if he overmatches anyone? He has been effective out there, giving the Sox a chance to win.
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    Midcentury Modern

    I grew up in Clarendon Hills and still have family in the area. Clarendon Hills is less expensive than Hinsdale, but it has really shot up in price the last 10-15 years, comparatively. The "knock down small houses and build mansions" thing that was going on in Hinsdale when I was in high school has been going on in CH for the last decade now. For something affordable, you have to go west or east. I second the comments on LaGrange. My brother bought in Countryside when he and his wife left the city. Most of the rest of my friends went further west. I hear there are some good deals in Lisle these days, along with schools that are pretty good.
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    Upsets thread

    QUOTE (Swingandalongonetoleft @ Mar 21, 2013 -> 02:29 AM) My bracket is upset-heavy: Cincinnati (10) over Duke (2) Pitt (8) over Gonzaga (1) New Mexico State (13) over St. Louis (4) Belmont (11) over Arizona (6) Colorado (10) over Miami (2) VCU (5) over Kansas (1) I realize how absurd that looks. I'm going to continue ruminating over Colorado/Miami, and possibly Cincinnati/Duke until the very last second I can change it. After my bracket is done getting butchered, I'm going to try to sell it to a meat packing company. I had this as well. DOH!
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    Places to live in Peoria?

    I've got some experience here as well. I lived in Peoria for 5 years, and my in-laws live near there. In fact, "in my day," I knew some of the med students that lived there. Many of them lived in one the of high rises on Main Street. It didn't seem like the safest place, but it was cheap. IMO, renting in Peoria was more expensive than it should have been for the size of the city. In general, the north and northwest sides of Peoria area pretty good. Also, if you want to live a little further out, Morton has a lot of young professionals and families. If you want a couple of specific recommendations, PM me.
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    2013 TV Thread

    QUOTE (Brian @ Feb 5, 2013 -> 08:14 AM) I thought the episode was kind of cheap. Paul Shaffer? Weak punchline, IMO. The stalker stuff was good, "This is kind of embarrassing..." and Abby Elliott is super hot. True - but bonus points for having Geddy Lee involved.
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    Job Hunt Thread

    QUOTE (Balta1701 @ Dec 17, 2012 -> 01:59 PM) What would people wear for an interview conducted over Skype (university professor position)? I'll probably do shirt and tie, would people do more/less than that? Probably way too late (I was out of town), but we have interviewed potential faculty over Skype. Usually, they wore what they'd wear on campus (shirt and tie or coat and tie).
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    Job Hunt Thread

    QUOTE (2nd_city_saint787 @ Dec 7, 2012 -> 01:02 PM) How else am I to respond to what wite said? I'm not ignoring anything, I hear you guys. Yes, I agree the route that should be taken is from the bottom to the top of the food business. I'm asking for too much right off the bat. This is just a "dream location" and thats why I even brought it up, and I truly believe I can be successful at this spot. This house I'm living in now is already willed to me, it's paid off, my family has been in it since the 30's, so how sweet would it be to run the business 5 seconds away? Pretty flippin sweet. The #1 thing investors look for is knowledge of the business / industry. You don't have it. If your passion can't lead you to learn and develop a plan on how to succeed, then it is only going to lead you to failure. Chances are that location you want to buy will turn over 10 more times in the next 3 years. You'll have your time, if you really want it to happen. I know others have given their advice, but I see this stuff every single day. Even the entrepreneurs with great plans realize that even the best plan doesn't survive first contact with the real world, but at they are prepared for it. All we see and hear about are the entrepreneurs that become huge successes. Nobody ever talks about those that fail miserably and lose everything. You've got what it takes; just do it the right way. Everyone in this thread wants to see you become a huge success; just give yourself the best chance to succeed.
  19. QUOTE (Disco72 @ Dec 7, 2012 -> 07:22 AM) Rumor around campus that Tennessee will name Butch Jones head coach today at a 2:30pm press conference. The linked article doesn't state that but gives some background on the candidates / search. This is now confirmed.
  20. Rumor around campus that Tennessee will name Butch Jones head coach today at a 2:30pm press conference. The linked article doesn't state that but gives some background on the candidates / search.
  21. Thanks for the feedback, everyone. We didn't state this at the start of the season, so I'm in the wrong there. There is no consolation bracket, so there is literally nothing going on for those non-playoff teams. I made it clear that I would happily process (manually) adds for keeper purposes.
  22. I'm the Commish of a standard Yahoo! FF league. Today, I locked the rosters of the non-playoff teams because some owners were still adding/dropping players despite the fact that there were no more games left to play. One owner is really upset, claiming he paid his league fees for 16 weeks of FF, not just 13 and that if a playoff team wanted the player they could pick him up first (which isn't really true if it is off waivers). I made an exception for potential keepers. We have a system were you can keep a player depending on the round in which they were drafted, so there is some value in picking up hurt star players or potential up and comers. My view is that their season is over by virtue of not making the playoffs. The owners still playing have a chance to win some decent money, and they shouldn't be shortchanged by some bored owner picking up and dropping random players. Any thoughts? Anyone disagree with my decision?
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    Keppinger to Sox 3 yr deal

    QUOTE (Eminor3rd @ Dec 5, 2012 -> 03:34 PM) I don't understand why you think I'm arguing that. Once again, someone asked why people think he's a sub-par defender, and I said it's because he has a -17.7 career UZR. That's the answer. You're right that we can't transfer that data over to third and know for sure, and I feel like I've said that in every post I've made. But, if an infielder is bad at a blend of 2B/SS/3B, I would argue it's more likely he's bad at 3B than it is that he's good at 3B. If you disagree, that's fine -- we really don't know. No need to take it further. I felt you were implying that one approach was more statistically (or logically) appropriate than another. My argument is that either the data can tell us something or it cannot. If we do not have enough data to say he plays a good or bad 3B, then we should leave it at that.
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    Keppinger to Sox 3 yr deal

    QUOTE (Eminor3rd @ Dec 5, 2012 -> 03:09 PM) Right, there is some reason to believe he MIGHT be, but UZR historically doesn't become a reliable indicator of true talent until about three seasons of data. So pick your poison -- small sample of numbers not nearly enough to show the whole picture, or larger sample of numbers that can show a related picture but isn't exactly what you want to see. Again, the truth is somewhere in between. My point on the UZR data from third is that that number doesn't do much for us. I'm more confident that he'll be better at third because I believe it is an easier position, not because of small sample UZR data. You can't trade one statistical issue for another and say one is ok and the other isn't. A small sample size means that you might not be observing the actual relationship (thus, the combined 'full season' of 3B datapoints might not be accurate until we get more data). However, it is also statistically incorrect to conflate data gathered at other positions as evidence of a true relationship at a different position. Your point is no more statistically correct than those wanting to use the 3B data only.
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    Job Hunt Thread

    QUOTE (2nd_city_saint787 @ Dec 2, 2012 -> 12:47 AM) For the most part thats how it was done for 36 years, good ol' George was a one man band. The cooking area is right out in front of everyone. He did have one girl work for him for a little while but for the most part it was only him, he was open 10-7 Mon-Sat. The hours would be the least of my worries, esp since I'd have a 1 minute commute. I'd probably go ahead and bring a friend/partner in to help out and then gauge whether I can handle it myself. As you know Reddy I'm a big guy and Georges Gyros has a lot to do with that lol. I've spent many a hours in there just talkin to George while I smash a delicious gyro plate and a chocolate shake that he eventually hooked up for free. It sounds like you've got the work ethic and the passion for it. That's awesome! Those are essential. However, you need to learn everything you can. If you are really serious about it, don't just learn by conversation, learn by doing. Know how everything works, know all the costs, know all the problems...then, you can think about actually doing it.