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Everything posted by mjk356

  1. Every time I see this guy's name I think of the line from "Half-Baked". "I wanna talk to Sampson, fly me to the moon like that b**ch Alice Kramden."
  2. My god Houston's offense is going to be terrifying when they get healthy.
  3. What? You mean the capital of strip clubs, geriatrics and Ed Hardy shirts? One of our proudest American cities. Totally deserving of an MLB team (dripping in sarcasm).
  4. He's having a great year, arguably one of the 5 best hitters in the AL so far. He should definitely get his first All-Star nod.
  5. Worst season I can remember by a top 100 ADP player was Andruw Jones 2008 with the Dodgers. He was coming off a down final year in Atlanta, but had 9 years prior of high-level production. He was being drafted in the top 50 for an expected rebound, IIRC, and proceeded to go .158/.256/.249 with 3 HRS and awful counting stats across 238 PAs. But part of the explanation for Jones' problem was simple. Dude ballooned 30 pounds in the offseason prior (all fat) and was swinging a cement bat.
  6. Kaz Matsui's anal fissure has always been #1 for me.
  7. More embarrassing injury? This or Marty Cordova back in the day burning his face falling asleep in a tanning bed?
  8. Haha yeah. Nick Blackburn was another classic "eat some innings" guy. I love the philosophy of, "Hey, he may be atrocious, but he'll go out there 30 times a year and suck. There's value in that."
  9. With the premium on velocity, spin rate and quality of stuff now, it seems like the true gas cans are becoming more rare. I fondly remember the days where guys like Carlos Silva, Josh Towers, Mark Redman and Jeremy Sowers were trotted out regularly. It's sad that some of the current gas cans (i.e. Giolito in 2018) have nasty stuff that allows them to immediately improve. Seeing guys like Silva and Redman out there was a real treat if you have a sick sense of humor.
  10. Cleveland clearly expected this guy to have another MVP-caliber season given how they stripped down the offense in the offseason. Their lineup revolves completely around Lindor, Santana and JRam, with basically a lot of bums around them. Two of those three are swinging it well, but Jose is so far below expectations it's scary. I imagine he was around a 3 WAR player at this point in the season last year, now he's flirting with negative WAR.
  11. Remember when Straily was being hyped as a future Cy Young winner by a certain member of this board? Still makes me laugh. Corbin Burnes deserves a mention. 14 HR in 31 IP. Rivals Brian Matusz's legendary gas can season in 2011 where he gave up 18 bombs in 49 2/3 innings.
  12. Santana had an awful April, but he's basically been exactly who Philadelphia signed him to be since early May. Let's just cherry pick some stats. Rhys Hoskins is Philadelphia's best hitter. Let's compare him and Santana since May 4 through now. Hoskins: 412 PA, 23 HR, 59 R, 63 RBI, 48 BB, 89 SO, .243/.338/.497, .835 OPS, 123 wRC+ Santana: 427 PA, 18 HR, 50 R, 66 RBI, 70 BB, 60 SO, .244/.365/.453, .819 OPS, 120 wRC+ Obviously, Hoskins had a much better April, so his season stats look better overall, but these two have been remarkably similar over the last 400+ PAs.
  13. I was visiting SD a few weeks ago and saw Wil getting absolutely s**tfaced in a Gaslamp bar with a honey by his side. The funny thing is, in SD, he could be a college student because absolutely no one cares about the team or knows who the players are.
  14. He's a DH IMO. He doesn't really seem like the same caliber of athlete as guys like Joe Mauer or Carlos Santana, who transitioned to 1B from C very well defensively. I just don't see this guy as a long-term catcher at all.
  15. Does Sanchez look like he wants to play catcher? I've seen several plays over the last couple seasons where he clearly doesn't give a s**t. I'm honestly surprised that any player who can swing it pretty well wants to play catcher. It absolutely kills your knees and body overall. He may be putting in the effort in terms of behind the scenes work, I have no idea, but, on the field, he doesn't project the vibe of a guy who's into playing catcher.
  16. Sanchez is a much more talented hitter than Montero. The problem with Sanchez is that he clearly doesn't enjoy playing catcher, it's obvious when you watch him. That's a position where you have to enjoy it, are willing to sacrifice some offense to do it, etc. I don't blame Sanchez, as playing catcher would really suck. Also, the days of guys putting up big offensive numbers behind the plate are over as PEDs have been weaned out. Catcher is a wasteland in fantasy now. If you're a catcher, it's the one position where offense takes a backseat to defense, and it seems like he doesn't really enjoy that. Just my observation from watching him.
  17. Anyone else read STL's new manager's name as Mike Shidt at first glance?
  18. Snell should be pissed. This game depends literally on half-season of performance and can affect you the rest of your life in terms of marketing, legacy, etc. Snell could be signing autographs in 20-30 years or doing a speaking gig and could throw out "All-Star" in there. Don't pretend that any guy on this board would be cool with ripping it up for a half and not making the ASG because of ridiculous rules and because a catcher on the godawful 120-loss Royals who has been hovering with sub-.500 OPSs for the last two months needs to make it.
  19. No one really cares about this game, at least I haven't met anyone who does, but when a game that is supposed to reward supposed excellence gives a slot to Salvador Perez, whose OPS is creeping toward the .500s, and rejects Blake Snell, who is having a Cy Young-caliber season, then that makes it even more of a joke.
  20. I detest HOF arguments, can't think of anything less interesting, except maybe going to an insurance seminar. But, if you believe Posey is tracking as a Hall of Famer, then Joe Mauer would also logically be a Hall of Famer. I've only heard Mauer be ridiculed as a punch and judy in recent years and his career WAR is currently 14 points higher than Posey's, according to BB Ref. If Posey moves to 1B, then his career will wind down in a similar fashion to Mauer's in all probability.
  21. I've never seen two teams as bad as Baltimore and Kansas City in the same season in any sport. Both these teams are pacing for close to 120 losses. This is like two teams threatening to go 0-16 or two teams in the NBA threatening to win about ten games. These two teams dueling for most losses, especially as they'll likely trade away some of their best players, is one of the more fun story lines of the season.
  22. The Royals are throwing out the lowest OBP lineup I've ever seen. Merrifield is the only guy over .350. It's hard to put out a lineup that bad at the MLB level. Counting stats will be awful the rest of the year. I'd love the Royals to deal this guy because he's a nice player and they won't be competitive anytime soon.
  23. BB Ref must be really crushing him on his D because he's 0.9 on Fangraphs.
  24. True. Hurd was an undrafted free agent in 2006 who became a special teamer who then signed a 3 year contract with Chicago in 2011 with a first year base salary of slightly north of $550,000. I'm guessing Hurd's career earnings prior to 2011 were somewhere in the range of $2.5-3 million before taxes. Obviously, a good chunk of change and there's no telling what his financial acumen was like (not good, I'm guessing), but his situation was far different than Hanley Ramirez's. If Hurd made some bad decisions and lived extravagantly, he could have easily been in a poor financial situation that lead to his involvement in a drug ring. Don't forget that Hurd was caught up in that during the lockout, so I'm guessing he didn't make wise financial decisions and was looking for income in case the lockout was prolonged. Hanley has made, according to what I could find, a total of $159,288,000 before taxes just playing baseball. And that's not to mention that he's probably made quite a bit from endorsements and personal appearances considering he was a marquee player for a 6 or 7 year period. His decision to involve himself in something like this is so much more inexplicable than Sam Hurd's, particularly in light of the fact baseball careers last so much longer and the money is guaranteed.