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Shannon was a Godsend and the organization still hasn't recovered from her loss.   Its not a coincidence that we started winning divisions when she got here and been in a never ending rebuild since she left.  

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1 hour ago, Yoda said:

Yes, she told me about that. She asked you how big and you said 8. Upon seeing the many photos, she realized that you meant centimeters. We had a good laugh. 

Is that a roll of Certs in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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2 hours ago, Charles Liston said:

Is that a roll of Certs in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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3 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

 

I was not impressed either, but the truth is that the on camera personalities they used since have been orders of magnitude worse. She runs circles around a Johnny Kane and the various Heathers we've suffered with since.

Good thing about watching the games on mlb.tv, the Heathers and Kanes and such get muted for whatever reason. I always wonder why there's dead air and then after about 10 seconds Shep will say something like "I agree, Johnny". 

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8 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

 

I was not impressed either, but the truth is that the on camera personalities they used since have been orders of magnitude worse. She runs circles around a Johnny Kane and the various Heathers we've suffered with since.

This sounds like a Jeopardy! category.

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Via ESPN:

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4. Cristian Santana (17), SS, Dominican Republic, Tigers, 45 FV

More in the Colmenarez camp, Santana has now hit/power ability near the top of the class, but moves off of shortstop eventually for most scouts. He's a fine athlete but is a hitter first and foremost, with hands for the infield, but limited physical projection. He's the cousin of Tigers prospect Wenceel Perez.

 

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FG also high on him

Among the more polished hitters in the class, Santana's swing is compact but dynamic throughout the hitting zone, he has natural feel for all-fields contact and his swing's gentle loft creates power without compromising much contact. He's this year's Placido Polanco comp, projecting to play second or third and hitting enough to profile there.

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Exciting headline from Reuters Science yesterday. Spring training starts early?! Looks like the Cleveland Baseball Team will be fielding a diverse roster with colorful uniforms.

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9 hours ago, kdog said:

January 15th is the new July 2nd apparently...the Tigers are signing two top 30 dudes today per mlb.com:

 

14) Cristian Santana, SS, Dominican Republic – Tigers ($2,950,000)

27) Abel Bastidas, SS, Venezuela – Tigers ($1,175,000)

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-international-signing-day-2020-21?t=mlb-pipeline-coverage

Santana's been the rumor for a couple years now. Glad it came to fruition

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Just to be clear...it wasn't really a rumor. These are done deals 2-3 years in advance. Any language used by reporters to imply these are rumors or somehow uncertain are simply maintaining sources to preserve their job.

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1 hour ago, Microline133 said:

Just to be clear...it wasn't really a rumor. These are done deals 2-3 years in advance. Any language used by reporters to imply these are rumors or somehow uncertain are simply maintaining sources to preserve their job.

The announcement or finalization of the contract being delayed must be due to age of the player?  So Santana essentially got this deal at age 14?

My eldest is 13.  I ain't holding out my breath for $3M from her dancing and singing in the next few years, but I guess there's always a chance.

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4 hours ago, leflore said:

Santana's been the rumor for a couple years now. Glad it came to fruition

Will be interesting to see where he will rank on our prospect lists.

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MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season

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MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season
Bob Nightengale
USA TODAY


PHOENIX -- Major League Baseball, fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again, is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and extra-inning games beginning with a runner on second base, two persons with knowledge of their discussions told USA TODAY Sports.

The persons were unauthorized to publicly discuss MLB’s plan because of the on-going negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association, which must approve the rule changes.

Yet, the rules that were implemented for the first time in 2020 during the 60-game shortened season, designed primarily to limit the length of games during the pandemic, were widely embraced by the players, with MLB managers advocating for the rules to return.

“Change is abundant now,’’ Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin said last month, “in every walk of life. And if you don’t embrace it, you get stuck in the mud.’’

While the union is expected to approve the rule changes for the 2021 season, the two sides still have not determined whether there will be a universal DH or an expanded postseason with the rosters remaining at 26 players.

MLB has proposed implementing a universal DH in exchange for an expanded postseason -- which would generate additional revenue with the extra round of playoffs televised by ESPN -- but the two sides have been at a stalemate.

Most baseball executives still believe there will be a universal DH this season, but unless the union approves an expanded playoff field, it may not happen. MLB is seeking a 14-team playoff field -- two fewer teams than a year ago but four more than their format since 2012.

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I realize most folks are and have been engaged in adapting on the fly for nearly a year now.  And this is just sports and entertainment.  But it just seems dumb as can be that MLB hasn't figured out its roster structure and DH rules for the upcoming season already.

The DH rules is probably preventing market action on a handful of players.  OK, yes, that does sound funny because the free agent market overall has been pretty quiet to begin with.  Still, why create obstacles to the NL teams trying to figure out what to do about the DH?

Pitching is going to be another issue, and it sounds like the questions surrounding arms that had an abridged 2020 season are getting a bit louder.  For instance, the 6 man rotation seems to be gaining some traction, at least in general theory for the beginning of the season.  The questions of game stamina and bounce back for all pitchers seem legit.  While I'm not a fan of the seemingly shortened work loads of pitchers over the years, there needs to be some emphasis on protecting arms this season.  Maybe that is by expanding rosters or having a separate taxi squad roster for pitchers?

I think the proposal of using 7 inning double headers and the running on 2nd to start extra innings are sign of concern for this season again, and I think its reasonable.

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2 hours ago, Casimir said:

MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season

I realize most folks are and have been engaged in adapting on the fly for nearly a year now.  And this is just sports and entertainment.  But it just seems dumb as can be that MLB hasn't figured out its roster structure and DH rules for the upcoming season already.

The DH rules is probably preventing market action on a handful of players.  OK, yes, that does sound funny because the free agent market overall has been pretty quiet to begin with.  Still, why create obstacles to the NL teams trying to figure out what to do about the DH?

Pitching is going to be another issue, and it sounds like the questions surrounding arms that had an abridged 2020 season are getting a bit louder.  For instance, the 6 man rotation seems to be gaining some traction, at least in general theory for the beginning of the season.  The questions of game stamina and bounce back for all pitchers seem legit.  While I'm not a fan of the seemingly shortened work loads of pitchers over the years, there needs to be some emphasis on protecting arms this season.  Maybe that is by expanding rosters or having a separate taxi squad roster for pitchers?

I think the proposal of using 7 inning double headers and the running on 2nd to start extra innings are sign of concern for this season again, and I think its reasonable.

I think all the mentioned rule changes will happen this year and will be permanent.  

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1 hour ago, tiger337 said:

I think all the mentioned rule changes will happen this year and will be permanent.  

I'm not so sure about permanent.

Owners have largely done away with traditional doubleheaders in lieu of separate gate day/night doubleheaders.  They're probably fine with it in the short term (ain't no gate to get anyway), I don't see it in normal times.  And, yes, its only a few times per year, but when have MLB owners given up extra revenue?

The DH issues seems to be largely an NL ownership issue.  And there are some teams that seem to be beholden to the "purity of the game", even though they will use the DH whenever possible.  I think I've heard that there have been some minor league teams in recent past that, if both teams are farm teams of NL teams, they may opt to have Ps hit during regular season games.

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3 minutes ago, Casimir said:

I'm not so sure about permanent.

Owners have largely done away with traditional doubleheaders in lieu of separate gate day/night doubleheaders.  They're probably fine with it in the short term (ain't no gate to get anyway), I don't see it in normal times.  And, yes, its only a few times per year, but when have MLB owners given up extra revenue?

The DH issues seems to be largely an NL ownership issue.  And there are some teams that seem to be beholden to the "purity of the game", even though they will use the DH whenever possible.  I think I've heard that there have been some minor league teams in recent past that, if both teams are farm teams of NL teams, they may opt to have Ps hit during regular season games.

There are no traditional doubleheaders, but there are still make-up doubleheaders and I think the players like the shorter days.  Fans do too.  They really seemed to try to convince us that we liked the idea of putting a runner at second base to start extra innings, so I think that is staying too.  They have been talking about universal DH for years and I think it's here to stay.  Expanded playoffs?  TV wants it.  It's coming.  

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4 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

There are no traditional doubleheaders, but there are still make-up doubleheaders and I think the players like the shorter days.  Fans do too.  They really seemed to try to convince us that we liked the idea of putting a runner at second base to start extra innings, so I think that is staying too.  They have been talking about universal DH for years and I think it's here to stay.  Expanded playoffs?  TV wants it.  It's coming.  

Well, by traditional doubleheaders, I meant one game right after the other.  When was the last scheduled doubleheader, like originally scheduled as a doubleheader on the pocket schedules that used to be available?  Are those things available anymore?  Good grief, we're all getting older.

I'm not convinced of the runner on second, but, whatever.

The expanded playoffs are probably here to stay.

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30 minutes ago, Casimir said:

Well, by traditional doubleheaders, I meant one game right after the other.  When was the last scheduled doubleheader, like originally scheduled as a doubleheader on the pocket schedules that used to be available?  Are those things available anymore?  Good grief, we're all getting older.

 

I see your point.  I still thinks it's a long day though and believe they like the seven inning idea.  

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12 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

I see your point.  I still thinks it's a long day though and believe they like the seven inning idea.  

No doubt a day/night doubleheader is a long day.

You know, I wonder if owners approve it again temporarily for this year, but position it as a "win" for the players in the upcoming CBA?

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42 minutes ago, Casimir said:

No doubt a day/night doubleheader is a long day.

You know, I wonder if owners approve it again temporarily for this year, but position it as a "win" for the players in the upcoming CBA?

You have the fans, then you have the players. Since a day/night DH is two separate tickets, I imagine few fans buy seats to both ends. The old school back-to-back DH was a single ticket. Of course in the 'old days' when games were 2:10-2:30, that DH was 4-5 hrs. Now a single game can get to 4 hrs so I can see the players really liking the 7inning option.

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1 hour ago, Casimir said:

No doubt a day/night doubleheader is a long day.

You know, I wonder if owners approve it again temporarily for this year, but position it as a "win" for the players in the upcoming CBA?

Possibly.  Similar to what the players are doing with expanded playoffs.  They are pretending not to like it because they know how much the owners need it (already promised it to TV).  

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