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15 minutes ago, bobrob2004 said:

 

Welp,.... congratulations to the 2019 American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins.

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I remember reading that about Joe Nathan in the spring of 2014....

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1 hour ago, Shelton said:

Cool. That was dumb, and it’s 2019.

It was a big part of the culture of baseball for a long time.  

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45 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Yeah it is.

I don't use that term, so I had to look it up.  It didn't fit what I was saying.  If you think it did, then fine.  I  don't care.  

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49 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

This might be my favorite post ever.

It sucked.  

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2 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

I'll be sure to get off of your lawn.

Your creativity stuns me.  

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My topics seem to be ruffling some feathers lately.  Not my intention.  I'll try a new one:

https://nypost.com/2019/03/05/mlb-nears-deal-for-26-man-roster-in-2020-other-rule-tweaks/?utm_source=url_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site buttons&utm_campaign=site buttons

Rosters will be expanding to 26 (max of 13 pitchers).  Rosters will be limited to 28 in September.  The September limit surprises me a bit since I thought players wouldn't agree to it. 

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1 hour ago, bobrob2004 said:

 

Uh oh. The gamblers got to Drew. 

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1 hour ago, Shelton said:

The NFL has its injury reporting requirements. 

As for changing a lineup, I imagine they will just change it. To the extent that practice is abused, I would assume that there would be a discussion with that team. 

Do those injury reports go to the league/gambling people before the general public?  I honestly don't know.

I do agree with Lee that at least the optics look bad... there's this lockdown on information until we let the bookies know... then the regular folks will know once the bookies do their thing.

 

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I agree on the optics front.

This doesn't make it easier for players or managers to throw or otherwise unethically influence the outcome of a game, and I think the risk of that is pretty low given the salaries involved paired with the inherent variability of the game.

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I am more bothered by the hypocrisy of it than the idea that it may lead to players betting on games.  I don't know whether it would or not.  Nothing about the rule makes it easier to bet on games, but the culture has changed.  It seems to me that the culture has changed (at some point, not necessarily November, 2018) from one of gambling is taboo to gambling is part of the economics of the game.  I see that as a significant change regardless of whether other sports were quicker to embrace gambling.  I don't necessarily agree that high salaries make gambling less likely because it's all relative..  Increase the stakes enough and someone might be tempted.  I do agree it would be more difficult to fix a game in baseball that other sports.  Maybe a pitcher could do it, but it would still be hard to conceal it.  

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1 hour ago, tiger337 said:

My topics seem to be ruffling some feathers lately.  Not my intention.  I'll try a new one: 

 

Try to be like me:  be polite and mild-mannered, and stay away from controversial subjects and ones that people tend to feel strongly about.

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2 hours ago, Casimir said:

Welp,.... congratulations to the 2019 American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins.

If his arm is dead already, how can we expect to count on him in October?

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There are ominous clouds forming on the 2019 season for the Tiger faithful.

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Charlie Furbush is retiring just a few weeks after Doug Fister.

Now I need someone smarter than me or grosser than me to knock it out of the park.

Go.

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14 hours ago, six-hopper said:

If his arm is dead already, how can we expect to count on him in October?

He will be well rested by then.

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Does MLB still have a rule against an owner having a piece of a casino?

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1 minute ago, Oblong said:

Does MLB still have a rule against an owner having a piece of a casino?

I don't know, but this bit with how the lineups are getting turned in is interesting, isn't it?  

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I had a dream the Tigers traded for Cubs pitcher Dalton Willoughby.

 

I don't think such a person exists.    

 

My dreams are involving baseball now.........it's a sign of spring.............if the weather doesn't soon cooperate I'm gonna top myself. 

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Anthony Fen-hack

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The scene initiated an almost-immediate policy change for the Tigers, whose media relations department sent out a midday Thursday e-mail to reporters, saying they were no longer permitted in the clubhouse during games.

In years past – dating back well before the Joker Marchant Stadium renovations in 2017 – the clubhouse opened to reporters when the game’s starting pitcher was ready to speak to the media, affording access to other starting players when leaving the game.

Questions about the policy change were directed to media relations director Chad Crunk, who said that “many teams” across Major League Baseball enact the same policy.

MLB's media policy does not require clubhouses to open during spring training games.

However, two dozen media relations officials and reporters across the league polled by the Free Press coincide with one national baseball reporter’s view that limiting clubhouse access in such a fashion is “extremely rare.”

 

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Fenech is a strange dude, or at least is trying very hard to write like a strange dude.

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