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About RedRamage

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  2. Cubs have/had that too...
  3. A super-duper utility player? Christian Bethancourt makes Padres roster as P/C/OF hybrid Now if only he could play the IF too...
  4. The Tigers have 16 Pitcher who have thrown for at least 6 innings in ST and aren't named to the rotation. Hardy has 11.1... highest except for Pelfrey and Sanchez who started some games. Hardy's ERA is 6th best of the above mentioned pitchers. His ERA against is 8th best. His WHIP is 7th best. There is nothing in the stats that would scream unfair at all. He's certainly not been bad this Spring, but neither has he been overwhelmingly good. You might argue that he was passed over for lesser pitchers... maybe... but "Most unjust in memory??" Yeah... no.
  5. What do you think on rotation? 1. Verlander, cause he's the ace 2. Zimm, cause he's the next closes thing to ace 3. Norris/Boyd, mix up the lefty/right mix 4. Fulmer probably better than Norris or Boyd, but again, mix up lefty/righty 5. Boyd/Norris I'm not sure that it matters that much between Norris and Boyd which is 3 and which is 5. I'd probably look at putting who ever is the most different in style from Zimm in the #3 spot.
  6. I found this site here: which provides an example of where the defenseless player rule would make sense: Okay, that I can agree with... there's no good reason to lay out a guy who perhaps on the other side of the field not away the QB is scrambling so he's not prepared at all for a possible hit. That would be a good application of the rule. However, I still think there is much more chance that this rule will be applied in situations where it doesn't make sense than in situations like this where it does. I'm still searching for the actual language of the rule, but so far it looks way to vague.
  7. Approved 2017 Playing Rules Proposals: - By Philadelphia: Prohibits the “leaper” block attempt on field goal and extra point plays. This doesn't surprise me at all. That started happening more and more last year and it just felt like it was dangerous. I don't know how dangerous it actually was, but it looked dangerous so it doesn't surprise me that the NFL banned it. I don't think it'll have a huge impact on the game. - By Competition Committee: Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. Also doesn't surprise me. - By Competition Committee: Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line for one year only. I'm guessing that when they moved the touchback to the 25 for KO and punts they didn't do it for this and this is just an attempt to standardize it all... but I don't know why it's for one year only. - By Competition Committee: Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection. This I hate. I hate the defenseless player rule because it seemed so much of a snap judgement call. So many times when a defender was flagged for hitting a defenseless player it seemed like the exact same hits would occur before or after that in the game and no flag would get thrown. I'm not against a rule to protect a player who can't protect himself, but there needs to be better definition of what that player is and more consistant enforcement. But even beyond that, how is a player running a pass route considered defenseless now and what does that mean? If a defender makes contact with a receiver while going for a INT, is that considered hitting a defenseless player? If a defense is standing in one spot and the receiver slams into him, is that considered hitting a defenseless player? After all the receiver was just running his pass route. Obviously this just an abbreviation of the rule, but I hope there is a LOT more detail with this rule. - By Competition Committee: Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped. No issue here. - By Competition Committee: Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews. Meh... - By Competition Committee: Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock. Sounds like a good idea, though I'm sure exactly what situation they are trying to prohibit. - By Competition Committee: Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half. Um... I'm gonna need a lot more info here... What actions are they talking about?
  8. Well, I'm happy to have been wrong on this one so far. I hope Sanchez continues to prove me wrong. I dunno if he can return to the Sanchez who was AL ERA champ or not, but I hope he gets close.
  9. For the sake of argument, let's say that Sanchez makes the rotation... that's still a question mark, but it's looking more promising despite my too-early desire to give up on him. So if the 5-man rotation is JV, Zimm, Fulmer, Sanchez, _______. Who would you put in that last spot? I still tend to think Norris has the higher ceiling, but right now Boyd has the more impressive ST stats: .050 lower ERA (2.49 vs. 3.00) Same ER, but Boyd has more innings (21.2 vs 18) Fewer walks (0 vs. 6) and more Ks (21 vs. 15) Slightly lower WHIP (1.06 vs. 1.17) Norris has given up fewer hits, but the walks make that nearly a wash and actually give the edge to Boyd when factoring the extra innings (see WHIP above) Norris does have a lower Average against than Boyd, but again if you factor in the walks, Boyd's OBP against is the better one: .274 vs. .310 Obviously this is just speculation at this point because we don't know if Sanchez will make the rotation or if perhaps Zimm will be DL'd to start the season, but if you had to decide, right now, between Boyd and Norris for the rotation, what's your pick?
  10. I'm about 25% through Ahsoka right now... I LOVED the Rogue One "prequel" but really struggled with the first book... Dark Apprentice? Didn't find that book very enjoyable. I think part of it was I'm still just having a hard time seeing Dooku as a legit bad guy and a big part of that, I know, if because of that stupid Yoda Ninja Turtle fight scene.
  11. The third donkey is me too... not cause I would have been smart enough to move the stick, but rather I would have been thinking it might make a tasty treat and accidentally freed myself in the process.
  12. The announcers just said that Leyland knows all about Kinsler having managed him in Detroit... um...Leyland's last year in Detroit was 2013... Kinsler's first year in Detroit was 2014.
  13. I suspect that the WBC format is heavily based on World Cup format due to the popularity of the World Cup. It's a format that seems a little odd to us here in the US when we're used to so many leagues/organizations doing it via brackets (at least when the playoffs come around), but it's the format the World Cup has used for a long time now and again... if your primary focus is growing Baseball outside of the US, you'd be smart to use a method that's used by a wildly popular tournament around the world.