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  1. When pitchers and catchers converse at the mound they cover their mouths so you can’t lip read. But no similar apparent shielding process has seemed to occur with catchers signaling pitches.

    Was there a kind of unwritten acknowledgment that lipreading was OK but sign stealing through cameras or field glasses was not and the Astros broke new ground by violating this ultimate taboo?


  2. 4 hours ago, tiger337 said:

    I remember hoping that they would start the season with replacement players just to see what statistical oddities would come out of it.  However, I agree Anderson took the correct stance.   


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparky_Anderson

    Anderson retired from managing on October 2, 1995,[7] reportedly disillusioned with the state of the league following the 1994 strike that had also delayed the beginning of the 1995 season. It is widely believed that Anderson was pushed into retirement by the Tigers, who were unhappy that Anderson refused to manage replacement playersduring spring training in 1995. In an interview on Detroit's WJR radio after his retirement, Anderson said he had told his wife that season, "If this is what the game has become, it don't need me no more."

     


  3. 6 minutes ago, Keepleyland2 said:

    22 times

    22 for each division

    Home and home (3 games series) against every other team in your league. Play two divisions (play each of 8 team for each game, half series at home others on the road) from the other league = 162

    But either way we go through the tedium of playing a handful of teams still more than anyone other than those resigned to eternity in an inner ring of heck would wish to do.


  4. 34 minutes ago, bobrob2004 said:

    Sounds like the 2006 Cardinals.  

    That’s a painful memory. Overall the Tigers were clearly the superior team, yet eratic. Losing 2/3 of their games the last 1/3 of the season. Being swept at home in the last series of the season by the befouled and unworthy Kansas City Royals and only eeking into the playoffs as a wildcard. And steam rolling through the playoffs until hitting a brick wall of the St. Louis Cardinals. 


  5. Don Manfred: In theory, I also don't believe in expanded playoffs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn't do that kind of business. But don't want it near schools! I don't want it sold to children! That's an infamia. In my city, we keep the traffic to people who think baseball is just another TV show and Bill James is a rock musician. They’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

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  6. 7 hours ago, Lei Pong said:

    Micky Rivers was a genius.  Whenever I feel overwhelmed by life's circumstances I reflect upon the following quote from him and immediately feel better.

    "Ain't no sense worrying about things you can't control because you can't control them...aint no sense worrying about things you control because you control them" 

    It’s like a Zen koan, beautifully wise. In terms of the emotional and psychological aspect of the game it’s like the “Goldilocks Zone.” Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

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  7. 17 hours ago, cruzer1 said:

    The Angels have Adell coming asap, with Brandon Marsh not far behind. 

    These guys are first and second round picks, but are they really “can’t miss” sorts of guys? I’m used to assuming that our own first and second picks will end up sucking, But I’m assuming that this type of suffering is spread around to other teams as well. At least I hope so.


  8. 19 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    Mario is unsigned. They need to cut bait on the Shepherd experiment and just put Mario back in the booth. The broadcast was generally fine when it was Mario + X, where X was anyone but  Rod.


    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2020/01/31/former-detroit-tigers-tv-man-mario-impemba-without-job-first-time-since-1986/4624261002/

    Mario plus Curtis doing color. Mario’s a real professional, bland, but he gets the job done and he doesn’t turn himself into a focus of attention  

     

     


  9. So my guess is after not having looked at the news for a couple days that if we’re talking about this sort of stuff nothing good about the forward momentum of our particular team is occurring? I’m not against the discussion. It’s just indicative of how crappy things are.


  10. I’m very happy the Tigers had those string of good years. I’m also pretty sad they weren’t able to carry it through to the end on any of those great seasons. Remorseful is probably a more accurate way of putting it.

    It seems unrealistic, though, to have to choose between nine terrible seasons to then win one World Series serendipitously or to experience what we actually experienced. It’s a false forced choice. 

    I would rather experience the remorse mixed with joy that we knew for so long than to have something happen that is pretty much inconceivable. That’s like me losing sleep over what I’d do if Charlize Theron proposed to me.

    EDIT - In case anyone is losing sleep over it I would indeed accept her proposal.

     

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