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  1. Easy to say for someone who has blocked three-fourths of the entire board. For some rational reason, I suppose? 😏
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  2. This is ******* great....
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  3. Every team in their own division recently went through re-builds without being epically bad for five years and now they are all way better than the Tigers.
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  4. Whoops forgot about a number 3 or 4 starter. That's a solid haul for 5 years of drafts.
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  5. We are having our first dinner party this weekend. Just two other couples. I bet after about 30 minutes of people in my house I'm going to be wishing for another lockdown.
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  7. It wouldn't have taken this long if they had gotten anything from their 2014-2018 drafts or trade returns. Sure Manning, Mize and a couple others are TBD but as of now nobody has contributed to the big club nor has any player from those drafts. When you're a rebuilding team that isn't going to spend money you simply can't afford to get nothing from 5 years worth of drafts. Who knows what the 2019 and 2020 drafts will turnout but I didn't include them cause it would be unrealistic to expect a contributor this soon.
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  8. Imperative that they not only lose this one but lose out the season. Not sure how the tiebreakers work in the NBA but with a win the Pistons could move into the 6th spot if they get the short end of the tie breaker and considering their lottery luck would mean they're probably picking between 7 and 10.
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  9. Sometimes, it does take this long, but it does not have to. I don't even think re-building should be an on/off process. Ideally, it's happening continually where a team consistently produces talent. Every team is going to have bad years, but they should not have to stop playing for five plus years to get good again.
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  10. No, I'm saying any state being run by a Trump lackey has the ability and reason to lie. Florida? Yes, run by a liar and highly dependent on tourism dollars. They're gonna lie every chance they get. Looking at the hospital numbers are much more accurate than what some slick in a suit feeds you. But, that's just my opinion. Many of them haven't been caught lying yet.
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  11. OK, so, based on your post here, I just did a quick back of the napkin calculation correlating the wOBA of qualified hitters with four measures: launch angle; ground ball %; fly ball %; line drive %. I got the data from FanGraphs. I am actually using GB+, FB+ and LD+ percentage indices which normalize these rates to ballparks factors. The data run from 2015 to 2021. Here's the table: Season n LA GB%+ FB%+ LD%+ 2015 141 0.23 -0.29 0.24 0.10 2016 146 0.18 -0.27 0.17 0.25 2017 144 0.17 -0.24 0.21 0.08 2018 140 0.20 -0.28 0.22 0.13 2019 135 0.31 -0.37 0.34 0.13 2020 142 0.09 -0.20 0.12 0.18 2021 164 0.08 -0.15 0.03 0.21 wtd ave 2015-2021: 0.18 -0.26 0.18 0.16 wtd ave 2015-2019: 0.22 -0.29 0.23 0.14 By way of reminder, a correlation of 1.00 is perfect correlation in the same direction; -1.00 is perfect correlation in the opposite direction; and 0.00 is complete randomness. What you say is correct: fly ball hitters are generally better than ground ball hitters, in terms of their correlation to wOBA. There is very clear relationship between the two in the full 162-game seasons of 2015-2019. The relationship starts to break down a bit starting in 2020, but that was a 60-game season; and we have had only 35-40 games this season so far. So the narrowing between the two for the past couple of years can't really be considered conclusive. The presence of the incomplete seasons is also why I show weighted averages for both all seven seasons and for 2015-19 only. Something I find interesting is in how line drive% compares to fly ball%. In four of the five seasons FB%+ clearly correlates better to wOBA, but in one season (2016), LD%+ seemed to be a slightly better indicator of hitting prowess. I don't know what might have happened that season to cause the difference, but I think it might be a more or less random variation. But look at 2020 and 2021. In both cases LD+% correlates somewhat more strongly to wOBA than FB%+, especially this year so far. Again, we are not talking full seasons here, but this does raise a possibility that there might be a movement toward line drive hitting being a more effective way to generate offense than hitting fly balls. This is especially possible this year given the even slight deadening of the ball. If teams and hitters recognize that fly balls are dying on the way to the fence more, perhaps we start to see a movement away from zigging with launch angle to zagging with line drives? Something to watch over the next few years, I think.
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  12. Keep flogging that cancel culture horse until it's dead.
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  13. the bulls' problem all year has been lack of defense by their guards and how easy it has been for other teams to get to the basket. effort is good, but the ability to stay in front of people is even better (and not falling asleep on defense). lavine is an amazing one on one offensive talent who has never cared much for defense. white is too small to guard 2s. their other problem is a lack of a point guard. they turn the ball over a ton. white and lavine are both shooting guards and not natural facilitators. if lavine hadnt missed the last two weeks because of covid, they probably make the playoffs, but their defense still leaves something to be desired.
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  14. That may have been juice of a different color. 😏😁
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  15. Agreed, and this is a known issue. From the Athletic in March: For 14 days last summer, Nomar Mazara was stuck at home. He came down with strep throat and was kept in COVID-19 protocols as a precaution, which meant watching his burgeoning White Sox teammates mash balls into the stands while he was confined to the couch. Mazara said he was unable to hit or work out for that two-week span. But seeing his new team play so well, he wanted to return to the field as soon as possible. Once he was cleared to play, Mazara said, he had only three days of practice before he was facing live pitching in meaningful at-bats. “I was telling myself I was ready when I was not,” Mazara said. The results showed. Mazara hit only .228 with one home run last season for the White Sox. He said his swing never felt right. And the pressure of the shortened season lingered in the back of his mind. “Last year was probably the first year I felt like nothing was working for me,” he said. “If it would have been a long season, I would have been like, ‘Let me work on this.’ … In my mind, there was no time to do it.” For Mazara, the sudden downturn was striking. Once a promising young hitter in the Rangers system with exceptional raw power, he already has four MLB seasons with 19 or more home runs. Only four other players since 2010 have done that before turning 25: Carlos Correa, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Decent company. Unlike those players, Mazara has never quite arrived as a finished product at the plate. His career groundball rate is 49.6, and last year his average launch angle was only 6.7 degrees. So despite all his tape-measure power, Mazara has a tendency to beat the ball into the ground. That’s something he worked to correct with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh last year in Chicago. Coolbaugh, of course, is now the Tigers hitting coach. Mazara said his swing finally began to feel right late in the 2020 season. In two postseason games, Mazara went 3-for-6. This year, Mazara said he has eliminated unnecessary movements and simplified his swing. He thinks that will allow him to drive through the ball with an increased launch angle instead of rolling over and hitting grounders.
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  16. That is the terrifying thing for every hitter in baseball - that fact that no-one ever really knows beforehand whether any change a hitter makes might make him better, or has the potential to destroy his ability to hit at all. How long can you stay with some coaching request that doesn't work right out of the chute? Might it work eventually? Or will keeping on just mess up the muscle memory you need to at least get back to where you were? Hitting may be the least 'coachable' skill in all of professional sports. Then again, you see stuff on the other side you just can't figure. You throw a pitch lower third and just off the plate inside to Niko as a left hander, he WILL swing and miss it. It's automatic. You would think he would set up a tee at that spot and just work on his swing until he could put the bat there to at least foul that pitch off. You have to think he has tried. Whatever he as done hasn't worked. (though even in this example which I think is pretty ironclad exampe of futility, I will note he seemed to me to be backing away from the plate a bit when down 2 strikes in the last game and it yielded him a hit)
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  18. Dude's voice has not aged a day since the 80's! Wow. Thought it sounds like the guitar player is using like 7 distortion pedals.
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  19. Considering what we are talking about in this thread now… has to be a good sign?
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  20. Well, after all, this is the American way to do business. If your business plan isn't cutting it and you are not satisfied with your profits: cut the payroll to nothing; sell off all valuable assets; monetize the good will of your customers until you have exhausted it. The only piece still missing is closing the door, laying off the staff and moving the operation to Mexico.
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  21. Could be, though Aristophanes could be apt today, This team is for The Birds.....
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  22. And as soon as they start winning games again they'll all come back in droves... Everyone loves a bandwagon.
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  23. I plan to vote in the Republican primary for whoever Whitmer stands the best chance of beating.
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  24. I agree. It's best to just suck for five years, have no entertaining players and lose all your fans.
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  25. Im sure the conservatives will appreciate things becoming more liberal.
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  26. What part of “climate change” do some people just refuse to acknowledge?
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  27. Two today: Yesterday, Brewers pitcher Adrian Houser hit his second career home run, off of Daniel Castano -- after hitting his first on April 27, also off of Daniel Castano. Also yesterday, Max Scherzer's 14-srikeout outing made him just the fifth pitcher to have 100 games with ten or more strikeouts, joining Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martinez.
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  28. I always wear my seat belt, but I haven't been in any serious accident lately, so it probably isn't necessary.
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  29. I long ago came to the conclusion that there is a very large proportion of the population that is unable to think beyond themselves. Not just unwilling but unable.
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  30. I'm a little lost. I just went through the last several pages to see if I reread my statements if I'm saying people that resist cops should be shot. I can see how this would come across as blaming both sides, which for the altercation, I absolutely am. I went on to question why you would fight someone that has a gun and the court system on their side. I was trying to point out that the fight is stacked against them so why fight in the first place. We know people on drugs aren't good for our society and we try to educate folks why they shouldn't use them. Guess I wonder why when it comes to this apparent pandemic of folks resisting arrest, no one is saying we shouldn't resist arrest, just that if it ends with worse case scenario for the assailant, the cop should go to jail. If it ends wrong case for the cop, he'll get a nice funeral. I am saying two sides here again. But again, please don't construe this as if one side oversteps, the other side is justifying in killing. It's again pointing out that maybe before a struggle in which a police officer might fear for his life and pull his gun or flat out a freak accident such as a solid right hook results in either the cop or assailant falling down and cracking their head on a road and becoming a victim. Again, pointing out that I don't think we're that far apart but questioning the thoughts of a person that is willing to get into a physical altercation where best case scenario, they sleep in a bed (likely not theirs) that isn't in a jail that not, but increase their rap sheet. You mentioned rape. The most attractive girl, wearing the skimpiest apparel and spending all night teasing a man should be able to say 'no' and have everything stop on a dime. What i'm saying isn't that she shouldn't have worn that short dress or rubbed up on the guy before changing her mind, i'm saying what if as a society, we teach guys that regardless of how worked up you get, how excited you get, what a girl is wearing, be mindful for when she not only says 'no', but when she gives any indication that maybe she wants to back off or stop. Am I wrong for thinking that or is it preferable where we don't risk the idea of victim shaming with any 'but's' and just concede we'll have more rapes?
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  31. If I said that if you resist a cop the correct response is for them to shoot and kill you, than I'd agree your rape analogy fits. But where have I said that? I have merely stated that if you choose to break a law that involves fighting with an officer, the chances for a bad outcome increase.
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  32. yes there absolutely is. Running away is not a capital crime. Police officers do not have free reign to just do whatever they want once a person decides to not follow their instructions. What that person did before that is irrelevant to getting shot. Anytime a statement starts with "Yeah they shouldn't have gotten shot/raped/hurt but....." is a path down an incorrect road. There is no need for "but....." Just stop at they shouldn't have gotten shot/raped/hurt and you'll be fine.
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  33. Do you actually believe what you're writing or has the group think begun to consume you? There is absolutely no comparison to what I'm saying and what you're saying.
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  34. Umm, who is saying this should be the case? You're mixing up common sense with victim shaming. I never said anyone should be dead. I said the odds of something bad happening when you fight with someone that has a gun on their side increases. You're correct, and many communities don't trust people like you that call for it to be abolished. I've mentioned here before, the Detroit Will Breath organization was repeatedly called out by many long standing civil rights leaders within Detroit who don't want less police, they want more. And the fact is, while it may not be fast enough for some, or never needed in the first place for others, police departments are changing.
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  35. Why is there a culture that if you resist you should end up dead? What’s worth trying to get to stop is cops shooting someone because they had a air freshener in the mirror. If they flee? They are still wanted. Why is the choice we either capture him or kill him over a superficial warrant? Letting a person get away isn’t the end of the world. Too many communities don’t trust the police, they see them more as an occupying force. There is legit issues with policing in America. All aggression, no deescalation.
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  36. If the girl didn't wear a short dress and flirt with the guy she wouldn't have been raped
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