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  1. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I've said this since Jones was acquired from Pittsburgh, his best bet to provide maximum value at the big league level was to maintain enough infield chops to play 3B, SS, and 2B on occasion, while also learning to play the outfield (which he's obviously done very well). That type of defensive versatility gives him inherent value to a big league club, particularly if there's 10-15 home run pop and some speed when he's on base. All that in spite of a low average and low OBP (which was fully expected). Unfortunately -- at least from my perspective -- he's an OF-only now, which decreases his overall value. Again, one man's opinion.
  2. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I certainly wouldn't rule out that it could be an overall positive effect, but I pause for one simple reason. We're basically being told that he's going back to an all swing/approach that he used throughout his development. With that swing/approach, he didn't project to be a positive offensive contributor in the big leagues, so now we go back to it and we expect that projection to change? I'm not buying. I agree with your second statement....he's never looked the part of a viable big leaguer from an offensive standpoint, and a slight change now (regardless of whether it is back to something old, or it's entirely new) is highly unlikely to change that projection.
  3. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    The interesting part about this for me....in his minor league career, Jones struck out in 27% of his plate appearances. During his MLB time, he's struck out in 33% of his plate appearances, including a 30% rate last year when this was supposedly an issue for him. I don't view that 3% change in strikeout rate as an egregious change symptomatic of an overall problem with his swing or approach, but rather just the natural progression of his already high strikeout rate against the best arms in the world. So, in theory, Jones is going to return to an approach that saw him strikeout ~27% (ranged from 26-30%) of the time against inferior arms, all the while likely sacrificing some of his extra-base power. I'm not sure that's a trade-off that nets the team much positive value going forward. Its more likely to me that he's just always going to have a very high strikeout rate because he has issues with spin/pitch recognition and strike zone awareness, rather than he swings for the fences too much. He's just about the exact player he was projected to be as he came up through the minors.
  4. Microline133

    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    Correct, including the requirement for State cost share under Stafford Act declarations.
  5. Microline133

    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    The Federal disaster declarations are governed in large part by the Stafford Act.
  6. Microline133

    The National Emergency Over the Wall

    TSA Pay Bands
  7. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I must have been drunk when I wrote that up since you all know I'm not that optimistic! Seriously though, there's certainly more reason for optimism this year than in year's past when it comes to the status of the farm system. That said, there is still a general lack of depth. The list falls off into really young kids that are a long way off, likely relievers, and fringe players pretty rapidly once you get beyond the 6-7 range. There's no doubt that's a substantial step forward from talking about 1-2 viable prospects at the top in past years, but there is still a long way to go.
  8. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Robson is a 4th OF, best case scenario.
  9. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    He's not.
  10. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Long had TOS surgery. I don't see any reason to add him at this point....he was very fringy before the injury, and if he loses anything at all in recovery, he's toast as a real prospect.
  11. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Just confirmed....available iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Podbeam
  12. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Bourbon and Baseball BS Podcast
  13. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I'm pretty sure it is, several in fact.
  14. Microline133

    Honk if Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted you.

    The fact that an individual's response to your post was to make you feel as though you needed to apologize, is nothing short of disgusting. You have zero to apologize for. Period.
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