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  1. MackowiakYakYak

    The TLR Manager Thread

    It’s not an excuse. I think he’s been a very average (at best) coach so far, but it offers the possibility that he could be better.
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    A Nick Madrigal Sized Sample

    Most of Madrigal’s mistakes look like problems with his head. Now is when coaching matters and someone needs to figure out how to calm him. He obviously has the ability right now to be better than a replacement player and a decent regular, IF he is able to start playing his game.
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    The TLR Manager Thread

    From my very low level coaching experience it sometimes takes a few games to feel on top of everything at the start of a season. I’m wary of TLR but I’ll give him another week or so before saying his brain can’t keep up
  4. Collins passes the bare minimum eye test on his catching ability, at least for me. We will see how well he does stealing strikes, calling pitches, and managing runners, but he doesn’t look out of place when he’s back there
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    Rodon vs. Lopez

    That sounds like a dark timeline. I believe in Lopez’s upside as a 3/4 if he really finds it, buuuut we’ve got Lynn, Cease, and Kopech who will all hopefully be better than an improved Reynaldo
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    How many left handed starters will the White Sox see this year?

    What are the odds in any given series that a team could skip a lefty starter? If his spot is up for game 1 of 3 then you’d have to pitch him, right? So do you extend his rest two days if he was supposed to pitch game 2 of 3? That’d mean you’re resting your starter for 6 days instead of 4. Pitchers are finely tuned machines physically and mentally, and I don’t think throwing off a 180 day routine starters get in would be worth it for maybe 1 run in a game. So I doubt teams are going to mess with rest days outside of the last game in a series, maybe. Also, it needs to be considered that you need a pitcher to throw instead of the starter being benched. You aren’t going to start a guy on shortened rest for this. You don’t do that during most of the regular season. So you’ve now got a 6th starter you need to find to put in your rotation. The only difference would be with new call-ups or spot starts. No way a team is going to call up a AAA lefty to pitch against our team if they’ve got a similar righty they could call up. But how often would a team have the flexibility to choose between equally talented righties and lefties? The opposing team is usually going to feel much better about one or the other.
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    Hendriks Really Wants to Play for TLR

    If this is roughly a code for worrying about age divide and race relations, to say it incredibly crudely, in the White Sox clubhouse then I agree. I hope TLR gets everyone on his side. It’s the Sox decision and nothing is going to change, so might as well hope for the best
  8. I was going to say Jose started slow even though it was a warm month. It’s more about getting his feel and eye back than the warmth
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    Just Wondering

    What have the attendance regulations been in Illinois?
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    All-Chicago Team

    Amazing how quickly they’ve fallen. The Cubs still have some players you might pick because of their name and past but thats a team that could finish 3rd or 4th in the worst division in baseball. If we learn nothing else from the Cubs it should be that you can’t sustain success without good, young pitching. If they developed good relievers then they wouldn’t need to pay a few of them $5m every year to fill out the staff. They wouldn’t have been desperate to trade for Aroldis or sign Kimbrel. And of course the amount of money they had to spend for their rotation.
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    Foodies: Other Bullpen Depth Pieces

    It actually ends up being a lot of small arms but we notice the quantifiable 99mph
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    DH Options

    MLB is staying with 26 man rosters right?
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    Katz on our Pitcher Progress Summary

    Anyone count the number of spins on that curve? We need to get that thing up to 3,000 rpm anything less and Katz should be fired
  14. I bet it was a significant part personality and Eaton being a former Sox player. It has the smell of the way the Sox created teams in the past
  15. I don’t think the growth in salary is the right way to think about it. Absolutely yes players are getting paid more but they are in a business that has boomed and requires quality over quantity in labor. The more interesting question might be what percentage of their value are the players taking home? What percentage of league revenue ends up going to the players?
  16. FC Barcelona is having the elections for the team’s president right now. I don’t know the exact details of the process but it sounds like anyone paying dues is allowed to vote.
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    Kyle Schwarber signs with Nationals: 1 year 10mil

    He’s had three seasons after turning 25. One bad Covid season and two good normal seasons. Before that he had a good rookie year and a bad follow-up to that. 3 good years vs. 1.3 bad years C’mon man. He’s not what the Cubs thought he’d be but he’s still a great bat with bad defense
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    Kyle Schwarber signs with Nationals: 1 year 10mil

    For anyone questioning the dollar amount, what do you think Schwarber is worth? He’s got a great bat, hits lefty, and will be a 2-3 WAR player most years.
  19. The 6th Commissioner has it right. We don’t need every piece of life turned into a commodifiable asset. We let a single man or a boardroom control the prides of our city. I mean all we have to do is look at Cleveland for what bad teams can do to a place. Our own city applauded the death of a man because he held our hockey team hostage. Private individuals owning our sports is questionable but when they do it while concerned about ROI and asset growth it’s ridiculous. I only want to ever care about how much an athlete is making when they put a salary cap on the league where players get the majority. What has someone like Nutting in Pittsburgh done to deserve any profits from continuously fielding one of the worst teams in the league? Having initial capital shouldn’t be the qualification for getting to run a piece of American history.
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    My 5 Favorite WS Players

    I don’t understand Madrigal hate at all. I’d much rather have him over a power-first bat at a similar OPS. I’m hoping his 60-grade fielding and 70-grade speed show up at some point, but he still has great lead off potential. If he doesn’t make it there then he’d be one of the best #9 hitters in the league. A perfect skill set to move runners already on base or take an extra base on a Tim base hit.
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    Jon Sciambi named CubsTV play by play

    Am I the only one that didn't know this guy by name? I recognized the voice though. Anyone self-describing as fat is welcome to me. The city needs to return to its roots and make Chicago fat again
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    My 5 Favorite WS Players

    We have a pretty likeable team. I'm also an Engel guy and would add Leury as a favorite but with both maybe outside the top 5. Another interesting question is which players do you dislike? Eaton, Keuchel, and Grandal are the main ones I hear grumbling about. I'm curious who people don't like and why
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    Engel agrees to deal

    Love our toolsy boy. Hopefully the Sox have learned from their “draft a high-walk, low-K college player” philosophy and keep picking up more interesting prospects
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    What is Moncada's Value?

    Not trying to incite. What’s your position? That Moncada and his contract are actually a negative value? Or something else?
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    Will you forgive JR/Hahn

    Not sure the exact stance you’re taking but posters are usually enthusiastic about all the long-term signings. Moncada, Robert, Eloy, and Anderson extensions were all applauded with Bummer’s having a mixed response. I don’t think anyone had mentioned it yet but absolutely you have to include that as a positive for the organization. And of course all the great contract extensions that gave us value to acquire our prospects.