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  1. Tony

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Every relationship is different, but generally speaking I tend to agree with him. Right or wrong, at this current moment things have become so extreme between the two political parties and what they stand for, especially in the eyes of those on the other side of the aisle. 2016 was one thing. But if you're voting for Trump in 2020, we probably aren't going to be "friends in real life." Not because you're voting for Trump, but because of what I feel that vote stands for, and the "values" Trump stands for and what you would be casting for your vote for. Democrats and Republicans will generally always differ on core topics like healthcare, government involvement in state and local affairs, taxes, etc. Fine, that's sort of built into things. But I believe our core values as people are being tested in this election, truly the difference between what we were taught by our parents of what is right and what is wrong. I don't have to list off all things I take issue with when it comes to Trump, the list is too long and everyone is already aware of them. The point is.....if you're not only OK with all of it but an active supporter of Trump and casting your vote for the man.....I just don't feel like we share a value system that would make me want to spend a significant amount of time with you.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    I still think this thing is going to be close. All signs point to Biden having a strong command of things but I think we've grown so used to chaos.....I just can't let myself get to a point where I think Donald Trump is 100% going to lose.
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    2020 Election Thoughts

    This is obviously a political thread and I'm sure it will turn nasty at some point....but because this is such a huge event we're going to keep it open and just monitor it. Keep it civil boys and girls.
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    NFL Thread 2020-2021

    This is just so classic Bears. It’s the same shit....every....single...year.
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    Offseason Targets

    That's my issue, and I can imagine the issue players on the Sox roster have as well. That bolded line doesn't have to be true. The ownership group can make it not true. Will they? Probably not, and I'm aware of that. But this is a different argument than "Well if we are trying to acquire Brandon Nimmo from the Mets, it's going to require XYZ assets." That's literally the price of doing business. Re-signing McCann doesn't require less money for other FA's. It probably will.....but it doesn't have to. That's the point.
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    Offseason Targets

    McCann- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K 5.1 IP 7 H, 2 ER 1 K 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8K 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K Grandal- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 K 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 K 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 K 5 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 4 K 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K 4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K Honestly, Keuchle was pretty damn consistent on the mound all season. With McCann almost exclusively catching Gio, it made sense for Grandal to catch Keuchle the next day. But they had somewhat similar results. I've been very clear on this from the jump. I think McCann is more valuable to this team than people give him credit for, and would welcome him back, and hope he does come back to help the Sox win more ballgames. I also understand the financial side of things and can appreciate limited resources and not spending those resources on a "backup." I agree with that and would rather money is spent on the starting staff and in RF. But it's also just that....money. We were surprised at the extensions for Robert and Moncada. None of thought they would sign Grandal, and they were the highest bidder for Wheeler. Maybe they expand their budget to fit McCann into their original offseason plans. Having too many good players to fit a lineup is a problem I hope they face in 2021.
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    Offseason Targets

    I think that's probably closer to the case. These guys don't have to "hate" Grandal for them to still want McCann back.
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    Offseason Targets

    Doesn't mean he didn't like pitching to McCann more, and wants him back...
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    Offseason Targets

    Correct. Gio has been very open on his praise for James, I don't know where Keuchle stands.
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    Offseason Targets

    I think you're intentionally looking at it from this light because you believe signing McCann will impact other decisions you feel the Sox should make to the roster (which is very possibly true and a very real concern.) However, a few things. 1. The Sox have made it known that they actively seek the opinion of "team leaders" when it comes to certain roster decisions. 2. It doesn't seem that crazy to me that players like Giolito, Keuchle, and a few others would make their feelings known that James McCann is on this roster, wants to come back (I'm assuming that, no actual info on that) and is willing to come back for fair market value (another assumption.) It's not like Lucas Giolito is going to Hahn and saying "You have to sign Bryce Harper to a $300 million deal, I won't stand for it if you don't open the checkbook." or "I want you to give up these three prospects for X player." 3. I'm also not ready to believe players will "revolt" if McCann isn't brought back, but as a pitcher.....if there are two catchers on the roster and one of them is objectively better behind the plate and calling a game.......I'd fight for that guy to come back as well.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Again, I clarified by saying every Trump supporter isn’t an idiot, that’s not what that post meant.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Be nice! Not kind to call people out! In other news:
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Unless your company is just dead set on that date, it probably will get pushed. As we are all seeing, this is getting worse before it gets better. We’re a long way from getting back to normal.
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    Here is where the Sox should spend

    Wasn’t exactly sure where to put this...but great stuff to hear:
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    As always ron, thank you for adding depth to the conversation.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I was strictly talking about masks and COVID. Tex had quoted Dick who was talking about the President continuing to say “America” is rounding the corner and Tex responded with a line about some American’s feeling invigorated by Trump, which led to Balta’s comment, then mine. I’ll admit while it made sense in my head, that wouldn’t be clear to everyone. I’ll be more clear. No, not everyone who voted for Trump is an idiot. If you are “invigorated” by Trump’s feelings on COVID, aren’t wearing a mask and attending his rallies with thousands of others while we are hitting our highest daily positive testing numbers....you’re an idiot.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    The word he was looking for was....idiots.
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    Here is where the Sox should spend

    I think what he’s arguing is bunting against the shift and taking the free hit, not giving up an out. The issue is most times when there is that dramatic of a shift, you’re talking about a power hitting pull hitter. I don’t want them bunting.
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    Tony La Russa

    Listening to the Stan Bowman interview he did with Barstool. They were asking Stan about the differences between Coach Q and Colliton, and one thing Stan brought up was connecting with the players of today. Stan mentioned that players who are in their 30's come from a very different era than the guys who are 18-19 years old. He said he not only sees it with the Blackhawks, but it's a regular topic of conversation with other GM's. If a coach says to Duncan Keith "You fucking sucked out there today, you need to get better." Keith will respond accordingly and go out and fix the mistakes. If the same thing is said to a 19 year old Kirby Dach, Dach is going to say "Coach, what do you mean? Can we sit down and talk about this? I want to get better but I don't know what you mean." He didn't mean that as a slight to the younger generation, but that sports and our overall society has been changing and kids in that era often times need more guidance, want to be more vocal, want to express feelings more opening. I'm saying all this in here because I think it stresses the importance of finding the right manager for YOUR group of players, and knowing who can connect with the 25 guys in your room. Like many, I have strong questions if TLR is the right guy to manage Eloy-Moncada-Anderson-Robert.....
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    Tony La Russa

    Do you? The Cubs led the league in getting HBP at 52. The Astros got hit 23 times, which puts them 24th on the list. The league average this season was 27.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    This is really big for me as well, and there is a pro/con to it. The pro is what you said, if I have a good day and I'm done with everything I need to by 2:30, then my workday is over and I don't feel bad about it. The con for me is on a busy day, I can work to 7-8pm no problem because I can still wear shorts and t-shirt and be comfortable, but I'm sitting in my home office and it's easy to get sucked into things because you're also home. But overall I enjoy it, and it will be especially nice this winter.
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    Managerial Candidates List

    There are so many variables at play when it comes to this discussion. I'd say I watched 70% of the innings Ricky coached during his time with the Sox, and it became clear early on he lacked a certain commitment to winning the game in front of him, instead focusing on what's ahead. He was able to get away with that for a few years because of the development process this team was on, but the problem was his style didn't change in 2020 when this team expected to compete, and he looked completely overwhelmed in the playoffs. I still contend he is not a manager that possesses a killer instinct. He doesn't know how to win, he knows how to babysit. For me, if you've made the decision to fire him and replace him with someone better, my main objective is to find someone who has shown he knows how to win. He knows how the game changes in the playoffs. He knows how to pace the team in a 162 game season to be ready for October. Connecting with the team is also vitally important, but that's a given. My general point is....Coming out of the Rick Renteria era......you need to replace him with someone that is strong in the areas where he was weak. The White Sox organization was in much different place when they hired Ricky. They got what they needed from him, and now it's time to bring in an established veteran. That's my take.
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    Managerial Candidates List

    I'm saying in certain cases, like the Twins in 2018...you can bring on a manager with no actual experience like a Rocco Baldelli (I know he did a little coaching in Tampa) or someone like Craig Counsell with the Brewers. I can get behind that concept depending on where the team currently stands and what expectations are over the next 3-4 seasons. For the White Sox in 2020, you can't bring in someone with zero experience managing. You fired Ricky because of how he handled the team down the stretch in a playoff race, and how he handled in-game decisions during the series with the A's. Because those were the issues you fired Ricky for........you need to bring someone in that is strong in those areas. And there is simply no way to know if someone like Sam Fuld is capable of managing under pressure. Given the Sox roster and their aspirations over the next few years, you don't have the luxury of finding out. The hire has to be a veteran manager.
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    Managerial Candidates List

    In my opinion, you can’t hire a manager with zero experience. You have to hire someone that is objectively better than Ricky. I know everyone will make jokes, but you also understand what I mean. You have to hire someone that has been in the big games before. That’s the main and only reason you gave for moving on from Ricky. I have no problem bringing on a manager with no experience like the Twins did with Rocco. But you can’t do it with this hire. It just doesn’t make any sense
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    Sam Fuld

    Man I'm getting old......When I clicked on this post I thought it was discussing him a possible fit as a backup OF......Geez....
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