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  1. 11 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    anyone whose avatar was Immanuel Kant couldn't have been all bad....

    When Eric was moving and tired of dragging his library around he sent me a couple boxes of his philosophy texts. Really great stuff. Plato, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger…  I love the guy. I suspect he got tired of social media which is a good sign. 

  2. 8 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

    It is hypocritical.  The players get banned if they are associated with gambling.  So, why is it OK for MLB to do it?


    Because “the business of America is business.“ It’s OK when business people do it but when players do it it’s not because that’s what the owners say.

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  3. Verlander‘s in an awkward position. Pitchers, from my understanding, are kind of a subculture that have more in common with each other than with any hitters or hitters on their own teams.

    So this whole deal where other pitchers are getting screwed by Astros hitters in an unprecedented manner reflects poorly upon Astros hurlers who knew about it. Mike Fiers apparently didn’t like it. 

    There’s also a psychological group-think thing at play here that makes going against the prevailing current difficult for anyone. So there’s a good chance I suppose that other hurlers recognize they would’ve probably not functioned much differently than Verlander in these circumstances. this may be why Manfred says it’s just not practical to go around punishing individual players

  4. 19 hours ago, Sports_Freak said:

    If you really think about it, this really throws a wrench in all the stats of the opposing pitchers, the Astro hitters and the victories for the Astros. The Astros were/are a very, very good team. Did they only cheat in the playoffs? Or some regular season games too?

    I know. The idea that everyone on the team gets drawn into it willy-nilly is disconcerting too. I’m not going to blame the players explicitly for doing everything possible to win. But there should’ve been “an adult in the room“ to say “this is going to far.“ That should’ve been the manager or the GM and that didn’t happen. All these people are fiercely competitive by nature, or they wouldn’t have gotten to where they are. This is why limits are crucial. 

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  5. 54 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    What good player wants to go to 2B anymore? You have an all time great career and they still won't punch your ticket to Cooperstown. :disappnt:

    I’m just glad Steve Garvey didn’t get in. To me that means there’s a glimmer of hope and rationality in the world. But not for Lou.

  6. 23 minutes ago, Tenacious D said:

    Bert—can you apply your most excellent photoshopping skillz and super-impose Torkelson, Martin and Hancock’s heads on these guys?  That should be the promotion the Tigers do at each home game until the draft.  Enough with all of the silly analytical talk—let’s determine the #1 pick, fair and square.


    I’m pretty busy walking on water and working at a leper colony today but by sometime this evening I’ll have a chance to do it. 😇

  7. Just watched the eighth and final episode of this first season. There’s closure as well as the promise of things to come. 

    I like how this narrative is related to but not completely parasitic in relation to all the previous iterations of Star Wars. It seems to have its own center of gravity. That’s a welcome change. 

    Baby Yoda is incredible, as is the Mandalorian and the hot armored warrior princess. And we’ve got Gus again! 

    I look forward to the second season with enthusiasm.

  8. 10 hours ago, 84 Lives!!! said:

    I've seen video. He looks pretty quick. Thick, but definitely not lumbering.

    Idaho's characterization is off-base.

    I did say that I don’t know anything so there’s always that. I am happy to be off base in this case. I hope I am. But some of the stuff I’ve read has led me to believe that he is playing first base for a reason. Castellanos for instance “looks like a ballplayer“ but he hasn’t fielded like one. Didn’t he play shortstop in high school or something? I know he wasn’t at first base.

    Torkelson could be mostly a pure hitter, period. Guys like this can be exciting to watch. If he keeps developing as a hitter he could be tremendous. 

  9. On 12/23/2019 at 1:32 PM, Charles Liston said:

    I want the guy who isn't a dh.

    Agree. A lumbering first baseman — in college no less — who will maybe be as good as Dave Kingman, if we’re lucky.

    Of course, Austin Martin, is a “pure hitter“ who is versatile and will perhaps be a moderately good defender who will be perfect for Comerica Park and hit the ball in the gaps which is the very embodiment of exciting “real baseball” even though his stat line may most likely disappoint. 

    If our team were the Astros — minus the naked misogyny and the cheating — I might be more optimistic about either of these two choices but we’re not and I’m not. Fortunately I don’t know anything and the only thing I’m really good at is complaining. 

  10. 3 minutes ago, sabretooth said:

    Dont worry, the additions of Cron and Schoop only improve us to 50 wins.

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