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  1. Two-Gun Pete

    Rosenthal fired for criticism of Manfred

    Ok, I'm quoting you, because I think you're the poster who introduced this to this thread. I have questions: 1. WTF is "cancel culture," exactly? 2. How is this simply not being "fired for cause?" (A weak and MORONIC "cause," but cause nonetheless.) No, I don't think that KR should have been fired. And yes, I think that is was weak and dumb to let him go/fire him/not renew his contract. But I have no fookin' idea what makes something "cancel culture," and what is NOT "cancel culture." I used the googly-masheen, and all I got was a pile of nebulous, ill-defined horseshit. Thanks in advance.
  2. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    We kinda already know this. That said, I don't think that tanking can be fully eradicated, TBH. I do favor something of a salary floor, provided that a stronger revenue sharing policy was also in place. I just don't think that a salary floor is going to keep teams from doing moronic things that cause them to be losers. At the same time, there is a time and a place to go "all in," and there's a time and a place to fold, depending on what cards you're dealt.
  3. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Look, if you want to be a RH-stan, that's cool. But to the bolded, why should we celebrate something that's pretty commonplace elsewhere in MLB? Thinking of small-pocketed orgs, the Rays won the ALE "back to back," despite having a fraction of the financial might that their division enemies have/had. Oh, and BTW, they're on a back to back to back [yes, THREE postseason appearances] streak, despite having fewer resources than the SOX. Or Oakland, who made the playoffs three times in a row out of the ALW, despite having fewer resources? See, we had to sit and watch the shitshow that included: 7 consecutive losing seasons, cavalcades of bad [Samardzjia trade] and dumb [shields trade], being mired in mediocrity, as well as a deep tank to top it all off. I think we as a fandom can and should demand better out of an org that really should be DOMINANT in a division that has neither a top FO, nor deep-pocketed, large market enemy. But hey, if you want to fall all over yourself and throw platitudes at RH/KW, despite their multitude of fuckups, be my guest. I also recognize how "WSI" it is for you to feel so personally hurt about anyone not doing the same. YMMV.
  4. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Agreed that some orgs will close some gaps, but this industry, like any other, adapts and evolves with time. There are still orgs that just crush it, both in MLB, and in other sports as well. [BTW, has the gap between Tampa and RH/KW closed at all? just askin'...] Having a salary floor won't make for much more competitive balance, if mouthbreather MLB orgs are bad and dumb at scouting/drafting/developing, while others are just lightyears ahead of them. Having a salary floor won't help competitive balance when some orgs make moronic moves at the TDL, while others make intelligent ones. Talent matters on the field. But talent matters up in the FO, in the scout seats, and in the clubhouses. Some orgs have figured this out, while others just haven't or just won't bother to figure this out. Paying shitty players more money won't make bad GMs/scouts/coaches better at their jobs.
  5. Two-Gun Pete

    Mets could shop McNeil, Sox could have interest

    Well, IMO, it depends on who will be more desperate: 1. The Mets to dump McNeil, OR 2. RH/KW to patch the hole they foolishly blew in the MLB roster, while trying to maintain their financial flexibility to keep this window open until Gioilito and TA sign elsewhere in FA. I'm not so sure that the SOX can afford to be so "high minded" when their only even marginally MLB caliber 2B is Leury Garcia. Actions have consequences.
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    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Damn it, I'd forgotten that cherington moved there.... OK, how about this: Tampa will continue to scout, draft, and develop players better than cincinnati/Baltimore and other mouthbreather orgs. Houston and Atlanta will work the TDL better than RH and KW. Better? Either way, more money into salaries might help a little bit, but dumb orgs will continue to get curbstomped by intelligent orgs. All that will happen with a salary floor is that mediocre and bad players will get paid more. We already see a bit of this in the NBA, where shitty players rot on the ends of benches, despite them not really being NBA caliber.
  7. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Having a salary floor will only work in the margins. The mouthbreather orgs will continue to get curbstomped by the intelligent orgs. Shittsburg will still suck at scouting, drafting, and developing players; Tampa will continue to crush and punish enemy orgs through their superior FO's processes, for example. The only substantial difference is that shitty players like Adam Eaton will get even more obese contracts to suck at baseball.
  8. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    Yeah, this is true with respect to Tampa and Oakland. OTOH, imagine if the SOX kept/used all their INTL FA cash, instead of giving it away... Or in the example of the scrubs, if they had only developed a pitcher or two of their own, they wouldn't have "HAD TO" give away Cease/Jimenez, and thus, kept their MiLB system in better standing To me, the ability to maintain a MiLB system, AND to compete at the MLB level comes down to FO intellect FIRST, and then financial might second.
  9. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I'd also rank the SOX as a "mid-major" economic power, but on academic probation for repeat violations of the "Don't Do Stupid Shit" Rule. This is true, but OTOH, the SOX have more economic might than their divisional enemies; there really isn't a true "WHALE" of an economic opponent to fight in the ALC. There also isn't a super FO that causes Detroit/Cleveland/KC/Minn to punch far above their weight, like Tampa or Oakland or Milwaukee in the ALC, either, IMO. [As I think about it, the ALC is the only division in MLB that has neither an economic WHALE, nor a super FO in it, is there?] Really, with better FO management, this org should RULE over the ALC like a fucking tyrant. Instead, through their self-inflicted wounds, they go through mostly bust cycles, with the ~once-a-decade or so return to relevance. Yay! I dunno, how do Tampa always seem to have a guy to call up? I mean, its not like they shit money. Or Oakland? Yes, they're going through a rebuild right now, but they're much more relevant more often than the SOX are. They don't seem to be scraping the bottom ~10 or so MiLB systems most years, despite not having an ocean of cash.
  10. Two-Gun Pete

    Welcome to the MLB work stoppage

    I can imagine if Theo ran the Pirates. He'd probably be just like Friedman, who made the Rays punch well above their weight class, before being picked up by the Dodgers. In the end, smart FO people get picked up by smart baseball organizations, who then curbstomp the mouthbreather orgs in MLB. Theo would have been no different if he ran the Pirates for a few years before a richer/smarter org scooped him up. For all the whining about shittburg and other teams that supposedly "can't compete," smarter orgs like Tampa and Milwaukee make dumbass orgs look like fools. And yes, while money is "AN advantage," it is no longer "THE SOLE advantage" it used to be. Or else, Cashman and the yankmees would simply buy championships. Nowadays, yes, money helps, but intellect in the FOs make the difference between an absolute buzzsaw like the Dodgers, and just another competitor in the Yankmees. On the other end of the economic scale, intellect is the difference between Tampa and shittburg/cincy/baltimore/other random loser orgs in MLB...
  11. Two-Gun Pete

    Mets could shop McNeil, Sox could have interest

    You adore ME? I'm touched and flattered, even though we've never met in person, and TBH, I don't swing that way. Never change. That said, given that I'VE been a SOX fan for far longer than any of the mouthbreathers in the FO have been with the SOX, I'm fully capable of having more than one thought at the same time. MANY of us can, in that we can "adore" the team we grew up watching, AND HATE the imbecility of the FO. It really ain't that hard to do, TBH. 1. Hey, its not a "charade," as in calling it an 'act of falsehood' on my part. I TRULY HATE the stupid shit the FO does. I TRULY believe that they're either too stupid, too weak, or just lying to you when they claimed a "multiple championships" window. So it isn't "an act," so much as I TRULY believe that I've fired more competent workers than they. I TRULY believe that if those clowns worked for a competent org, that KW and RH would be lucky to have a fucking mop job for the Rays or dodgers, for example. 2. I'm glad we agree on this part. Truly, an individual RP does not provide enough WAR to lift or to sink a team that was SO MUCH more talented than Cleveland or Minnesota. And so, for far less cash than they squandered on Kimbrel, they could have signed two ~0-1 WAR RP tokens to hold Kopech and Crochet down long enough to extend their controllable years. And as we've already discussed, the SOX's BP had the 3rd most fWAR when they acquired Kimbrel; him being added here hurt more than it helped. 3. Agreed. Since last offseason, they've traded the mid and long term for the sugar high of the short term. And posters that try to harken back to the "multiple championships" lie are stuck in 2019-era thinking. The "multiple championships" window is dead and gone. I simply pray that we can enjoy ONE ring before this group of players is split up via FA, OR Abreu/Grandal/Hendriks/Lynn get their abilities taken away by Father Time. 4. I'll disagree with you on Vaughn, and give those mouthbreathers a pass on keeping him here in 2021. There simply weren't a whole lot of other options to choose from, IMO. That said, in 2022, either Vaughn better learn how to hit RHP, OR this org better have the balls to send his ass down, if he continues to struggle v. RHP. Keeping Vaughn here for 2022 in a part time role while he struggles vs RHP further shortens this window, and harms HIS trade value.
  12. Two-Gun Pete

    Mets could shop McNeil, Sox could have interest

    SOX fans need to let this one go. They LIED to you when they claimed they were going for "multiple championships," unless you buy that lying lawering bullshit artist Rick Hahn. When they moronically failed to get the year of control back on Kopech, they shortened the window. When they stupidly failed to start stretching out Crochet, they shortened the window. And when they fucking added an old, expensive closer in decline to the BP w/the 3rd most FWAR, while giving up 2 league minimum pieces, they shortened the window. I recommend that posters make peace with the reality that this window is closing once TA and Giolito leave via FA. It might close earlier, if Father Time comes to take away Grandals bat speed, or Hendriks fastballs, or if Lynn's obesity starts his inevitable decline sooner than expected. At the same time, there is exactly Jack and Shit in the MiLB system to help keep this window open. So again, make peace with having to trade away MLB pieces, if this org wants to make significant trades to augment the 26 man roster. Carry on...
  13. Two-Gun Pete

    All I Want For Christmas

    Oh, for them I want the mouthbreathing morons in the FO and coaching staff to stop doing impossibly imbecilic shit that makes it harder to win. Or, for all those morons to be fucking fired, and more intelligent FO types from smarter and superior orgs to replace them all. Merry Christmas.
  14. Two-Gun Pete

    All I Want For Christmas

    Jessica Beale and Megan Fox Wearing nothing but their socks Is all I really want for Christmas this year!
  15. Two-Gun Pete

    White Sox sign Leury Garcia to 3 year deal

    Agreed, although the summation of the stupid additions are exactly the reason(s) why this org can't/won't spend at the top of the market. Whats frustrating is that they never seem to learn anything, but rather, they keep squandering cash on the little things, while cheaping out on the big ticket items. Subtract Kimbrel's 2021 salary/what they'll have to eat on his 2022 salary, plus whatever they'll spend on a mediocre 2B could go a long way to buying an actual difference maker. Or locking up Giolito.