Weekday Warrior

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  1. It looks like Dahl has lost favor as their leadoff hitter... Could be another path to ABs besides LHP matchups
  2. Rockies with 3 straight games against a lefty SP, he could get an extended look here to show what he can do...
  3. In weekly roster locks you gotta bench your Cardinals if you have backups, right??
  4. I think he deserves an extended look, numerous guys he is competing with for playing time are under-whelming
  5. I am curious how the Marlins players managed to stay Covid free up to this point if they had such low regard for social distancing etc
  6. The players’ billion dollar grievance claim over the season being “too short” isn’t looking so hot ....
  7. Trout is on paternity leave, call him up! Time to just see what you have
  8. I assumed MLB had a plan in place where it wouldn’t have such a paralyzing effect every time a positive test comes in. Obviously the Marlins are a unique case, and the Phillies are being extra cautious because the played the Marlins, but why is a positive test in St Louis any different than any other case where a player is shut down after a positive test but the team moves on??
  9. Maybe it wasn’t such a hot idea for Cody to tinker with his swing coming off an MVP season after all...
  10. Part of the idea behind an alternate ballpark is that Miami being a hot spot probably factors in to other teams refusing to travel and play there. It is hard to see the same reluctance from other teams to match up with the Marlins if suddenly they were playing a whole new squad in a whole new location. It is a bold idea but I don’t know what the real plan is to resume Marins games anytime soon. It seems better than waiting out however many weeks it takes to have a quorum of Marlins players and staff safely emerge from quarantine.
  11. There has got to be a municipality with a stadium somewhere on the eastern seaboard that wants the money! Fair point at least until the Super 2 coming up in a few days for prospects earmarked for a 2020 debut, but having a back up team was supposed to be the whole point of the travel squad. If there isn’t already another mechanism for teams to call up replacement players other than via the taxi squad the league needs to add one so as not penalize teams who are using it partly to keep top prospects on their development track for 2021 and beyond but not for actual 2020 use. Wow what an oversight if noone thought of that in advance. yep agreed, that’s why I said just activate the replacement team and phase in the regulars in accordance with Covid protocols. It’s not great for competitive balance but better than taking an entire team out of the schedule
  12. I don’t know why Miami isn’t already just calling up its taxi squad and moving games to a totally new venue that isn’t in such a hot spot. The taxis squad should be their team, and when un-infected players from the regular squad clear protocols based on their exposure they can swap them back in . ..
  13. So what happens if teams refuse to travel to Miami? An alternate playing facility like what TOR is doing seems like the logical solution
  14. That is more specific but the same point remains, all I am seeing so far is an outbreak with players on a team based in a hot spot, which doesn’t imperil the MLB season as a whole unless the Miami Marins can’t get a handle on it to the point where they can’t field a legal roster. I guess we will know soon enough if in game transmission is likely happening after the Philly and Braves testing comes back, which would add to the risk of losing the MLB season, but even then I think they’d try to tighten up and enforce protocols first....
  15. I’m not seeing this as a crisis for the season yet. Florida is the top Covid hot spot in the country, and there is no evidence yet of in game transmission occurring. Clearly individual players need to be more vigilant with their social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing to avoid clubhouse transmission, but if those outbreaks stay within the team that is why they have taxi squads...
  16. The old saying “no news is good news” probably not applicable in the current baseball landscape...
  17. I personally would still roll with a stars and scrubs strategy. Just do a little advance research on who seems most committed to not opting out. I find it really hard to intentionally end up with my budget spread around evenly on a bunch of mid tier players and still be competitive. I usually get my mid tier guys unintentionally just from price enforcing. Aggressive in season management is going to matter more than auction strategy this year.
  18. You’re obfuscating totally different aspects of the agreement. The owners’ season cancellation option and forced regular season length are birds of totally different feathers. Do you think the journalist is grossly mis-representing an unambiguous aspect of the agreement (ie season resumption is not mandatory for anyone without open stadiums)? I ask again that you show the me the link that even hints that season cancellation is grievable by the players the same way a forced season schedule is and under what language in the agreement they could do so, All that other text you’re quoting really just goes to a different issue, namely the owner’s lack of leverage in dictating the terms in a context where both sides agree to have a season (ie waiving the requirement of live games) but can’t agree on season length and/or salaries. I agree with the author that the “have discussion about economic feasibility” language is vague and it doesn’t matter what people thought it meant.
  19. Dude all you had to do was google the words I put in quotes but okay here you go.... https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2020-06-10/why-mlb-players-will-prevail-on-getting-full-prorated-salary “The “Resumption of Play” section of the agreement sets three criteria: no restrictions against fans attending games; no restrictions on travel through the United States and Canada; no unreasonable health or safety risk to players, staff or fans.“ Regardless of what people realistically expected, that is what the agreement says, so if owners cancel the season there really isn’t much recourse. If you think otherwise, show me the language players could say owners violated in the event they enforce the above quoted language. The grievance only provides implied value to the players in a context where both parties mutually agree to waive these criteria, and then the commissioner sets a schedule that short-shrifts the players’ contractual right of “input” on setting the schedule. That is not gonna happen without grievance waiver, the owners would rather cancel the season.
  20. That is just a summary relaying the gist of the agreement, which very specifically says one of the criteria for having any season is "no restrictions against fans attending games" (google it). In theory the players could cancel a season over this missing criteria too (of course, why would they?), but if the owners do it the agreement is clear it is their right to do so, in which case I see no other specific language in the agreement that the players could grieve under besides the clause calling for the parties to “discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators”. A grievance under this clause seems MUCH tougher for the players to win on than a scenario where both sides waive the criteria for a season to start and the commish unilaterally sets a super short season.
  21. Okay but that particular grievance hinges on the Commish exercising the option to unilaterally set a season, right? We now know that is never going to happen without a grievance waiver, it would be too big a craw in the owners’ throat to pay them for even one more game that wasn’t actually played. The owners would rather cancel, which the March agreement gives them the absolute right to do if stadiums aren’t open. If the season is cancelled, the only grievance the players could file would be an alleged failure by the owners to negotiate in good faith over the economic viability of having a season in empty stadiums. But this section of the agreement calls for a negotiation, and the players haven’t made an offer in 9 days! All I’m saying in as much as they act like they’ve got the upper hand the players don’t have any good options besides making a deal and with time growing short they need to grab 66 games while they can...
  22. I guess they had to push each other to the brink of nuclear war in order to feel sure they didn’t leave anything on the negotiating table The players can grouse all they want about 60 games being too short but we all know closing at 66 is their best deal One things is for sure, the players’ bad faith lawsuit is swirling the drain, the clock is ticking and they haven’t made any offers since June 9th!
  23. Supposedly as many as 8 owners voting in favor of season cancellation now. Players union has done a good job playing hardball (no sarcasm) but they really need to pivot back to a more conciliatory stance if they want to be realistic. Will probably take a few more days of tweeting about how they are ready and just want to know when and where before they get it out of their system and pick up the phone...
  24. Sorry but the players’ high and mightyism collapsed as soon as their lawyer said that they’d sue for a billion dollars the instant the league announced a schedule. That isn’t just a small footnote to the whole “tell us when, tell is where, we’re ready” slogan, it is a glaring omission. Maybee half a billion to 3/4 billion would be a reasonable pie in the sky to shoot for if they thought they could convince an arbitrator to have days on the calendar almost totally supersede economic and health factors, but a billion is over the top.
  25. The players’ $1 billion dollar claim is disingenuous ... so yeah of course the league is going to position themselves to ratchet that figure down per the criteria in the March agreement