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3 hours ago, leflore said:

Former Piston. Changed name from Brian Williams to Bison Dele. Quit basketball in his prime to live life abroad, iirc on a river, or something eccentric. Turned up missing and it's believed his brother killed him. Yes, weird. 

An ocean.  He, his girlfriend/fiancée, brother, and the vessel captain went out on the boat.  Only the brother returned.

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9 hours ago, RandyMarsh said:

Logan Shore will probably still wear Hollister and Abercrombie when he is in his 30s. 

He’ll never own a pair of cargo shorts.

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8 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Middle of the Pacific, just outside Tahiti, IIRC.

just reread the story. I had forgotten that the brother was dead by his own hand within 60 days as well.

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2 hours ago, Casimir said:

An ocean.  He, his girlfriend/fiancée, brother, and the vessel captain went out on the boat.  Only the brother returned.

Thanks, I remembered it was something strange like that

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1 hour ago, Gehringer_2 said:

just reread the story. I had forgotten that the brother was dead by his own hand within 60 days as well.

I don't know that I heard that about his brother. All around just sad

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Play ball, and then some: There are 5 doubleheaders and 20 games scheduled today, and if all played, will be the most #MLB games in a single day in 46 years, per 

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Article today in the Athletic about the goings on with all of the Tigers employees and as of now there hasn't been any paycuts, furloughs or layoffs unlike some other teams.  Avila also said that coaches and scouts have been spending time taking classes on analytics and technology.   

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6 minutes ago, RandyMarsh said:

Article today in the Athletic about the goings on with all of the Tigers employees and as of now there hasn't been any paycuts, furloughs or layoffs unlike some other teams.  Avila also said that coaches and scouts have been spending time taking classes on analytics and technology.   

That's good to hear.

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11 minutes ago, RandyMarsh said:

 Avila also said that coaches and scouts have been spending time taking classes on analytics and technology.   

“This is a Laptop.  Think of it as a computer that you can take with you.”

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6 minutes ago, Tenacious D said:

“This is a Laptop.  Think of it as a computer that you can take with you.”

 

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Given the complications of COVID-19 and the general sequestering of players in Toledo are those guys living higher on the hog than they normally would?

I know MLB is notorious for how cheap they are with guys in the minors so a $10 a day per diem won’t work and you don’t want the guys going out to get food and getting sick, and housing conditions become more important too, so it seems reasonable to assume that they are. 

Does anyone have any insights into how much better this is for guys at the training site or are your guesses no better than mine?

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On 9/7/2020 at 7:45 AM, RandyMarsh said:

Article today in the Athletic about the goings on with all of the Tigers employees and as of now there hasn't been any paycuts, furloughs or layoffs unlike some other teams.  Avila also said that coaches and scouts have been spending time taking classes on analytics and technology.   

That is spectacular about taking care of people. I’m supposing this is only for administrative staff and not for the ordinary workers at the ballpark. Almost no corporate structure cares about hourly workers. I hope I’m wrong. 

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2 hours ago, IdahoBert said:

Given the complications of COVID-19 and the general sequestering of players in Toledo are those guys living higher on the hog than they normally would?

I know MLB is notorious for how cheap they are with guys in the minors so a $10 a day per diem won’t work and you don’t want the guys going out to get food and getting sick, and housing conditions become more important too, so it seems reasonable to assume that they are. 

Does anyone have any insights into how much better this is for guys at the training site or are your guesses no better than mine?

My guess is no better than yours but this has to be a better deal for the minor leaguers who are there.  In one of Dirk Hayhurst's books he talks about being in Triple A and sharing a place with 2 other guys, and someone always had to sleep on the floor.

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12 hours ago, Charles Liston said:

My guess is no better than yours but this has to be a better deal for the minor leaguers who are there.  In one of Dirk Hayhurst's books he talks about being in Triple A and sharing a place with 2 other guys, and someone always had to sleep on the floor.

The esteemed Mr. Liston is, I believe, downplaying the importance of a good relationship with local "decision makers" like Deuce.  Getting along gets along.  Not getting along has some significant downsides.  The other variable here is to what extent these minor leaguers have appealing sisters or mothers that visit.

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1 minute ago, diaspora04 said:

The esteemed Mr. Liston is, I believe, downplaying the importance of a good relationship with local "decision makers" like Deuce.  Getting along gets along.  Not getting along has some significant downsides.  The other variable here is to what extent these minor leaguers have appealing sisters or mothers that visit.

True, generalizations are never going to apply to the specific circumstances that pertain to Jim Adduci, who always occupies 5-star accommodation and never pays.  That's a fair point about attractive female family members too.

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I cannot claim first hand knowledge, but I've heard through the grapevine that a few "I'm with Deuce" shirts have been seen around downtown this summer.

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29 minutes ago, RatkoVarda said:

Jose Iglesias is 4-4 tonight, now at 370/387/504

Miggy at 236/316/345

Iglesias isn't going to hit .400.  Charlie Blackmon is though, I remember reading that a month or so ago.

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45 minutes ago, RatkoVarda said:

Jose Iglesias is 4-4 tonight, now at 370/387/504

Miggy at 236/316/345

Should have kept.  Stupid Avila.  

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