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Los Gatos

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  1. I agree about the confidence factor; it's only 4 games in, new to the league and the country, etc. Fair to give him at least 40 games if not the whole season before reading too much into things. It sounds like he's a hard worker and hopefully they have a good personalized coaching/development plan for him. This scouting report is a good pick-me-up when the on-court isn't real pretty yet: https://in.nba.com/news/nba-draft-2020-killian-hayes-scouting-report-strengths-weaknesses-and-player-comparison/m71jtfjtighmzh5yepae4tj2 Conversely, I feel Bey (shot) and Stewart (motor) are showing some terrific glimpses. Weaver wants to control the boards, and with Stewart and some of the FA's, they might be on their way there.
  2. Ah, I guess I saw the best 5 minutes, then! I like Bey and think he'll work out fine but needs minutes. Hayes I feel better about after last night's game; trying to be optimistic with it being so early on. Tough back-to-back draws for Hayes with Young and now Curry.
  3. I watched the first 5 minutes or so this morning on recording and that starting lineup was so refreshing. Ball movement, moving without the ball, high energy from all 5 on both ends. Nice 3's from Bey and Hayes. That starting 5 plus a primary bench of Wright, Svi, Sekou & Stewart (and maybe Lee or Frank Jackson) would be fun to watch with an eye on the future.
  4. Yeah can't argue with any of that. Although White's taller (6-4) than I think of him as, and he looks it this year - taller and leaner, and maybe more athletic. Or maybe it's the tighter hairstyle. Their bigs are soft except Gafford, who I think has potential but rough edges. And Carter should never approach the 3-pt line much less shoot behind it. Hutchinson impressed in the preseason; much more athletic and aggressive than before. Really liking Williams so far. Looks like FSU turned out a couple good ones in him and Vassell.
  5. I think White is going to be fine, though he's probably out of position at PG. Patrick Williams looks like the real deal +++. Had Williams lasted till #7 for the Pistons, it's interesting to think how that would have changed their course in the rest of the draft and offseason.
  6. Rare opportunity for me to see the Pistons live, via the free league pass trial. The broadcast was like a strange internet feed from Australia or something. Glitchy and grainy, kind of funny but hard to focus. Jackson was the only strong positive I got from that game. Hoping they find some way to get Bey/Stewart in there but the path is clogged. The offseason flurry of moves got me excited just for the activity but the reality of strange roster construction showed last night. Odd to trade back into the first round twice, but then sign vets to eat the minutes of those guys (and Sekou's).
  7. Like the Baddoo pick a lot, so much more than a wild RP or fringy SP. Toolsy LHH CF who can draw a walk, all good. MLB.com had him as the Twins #13 prospect. MLB lists him at 6'1" FWIW.
  8. Sirvydis on his way to Detroit and/or Grand Rapids, maybe a year or two earlier than anticipated. It should be interesting and hopefully fun to see how the roster shakes out this season and beyond. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30428167/detroit-pistons-reach-three-year-contract-deividas-sirvydis
  9. Very nice, all of them! Especially like the Billy Martin in action card signed.
  10. Porcello maybe, but his last couple seasons have been scary. For that type of role I might be more inclined for Leake or a Teheran rebound (FA's but not on the list above). Leake has been consistent with starts and IP with serviceable production. Teheran was also pretty consistent until this year. Walker is intriguing due to age and 2020 performance, though expecting a lot of innings is tough. Cool baseball card displays in the background.
  11. I haven't been paying attention for a while, but believe there will always be a strong market for Mantle. As generations pass, potentially things could dip, but I feel he's the gold standard in the vintage hobby. Those other guys are all-time greats and their vintage cards will continue to be valued, but with a wide range depending on grade. Even commons from the 50's should hold good value if they're high grade. I always found eBay to be a good temperature check of that sort of thing; completed sales as well as current listings.
  12. Borders are back, along with unnecessary shapes and patterns. I like borders, but not the extra noise. https://www.beckett.com/news/2021-topps-series-1-baseball-cards/ Edit: I'm liking the design more now. It's kind of crazy, but it works, and is pretty unique. The 70th anniversary logo is nice.
  13. Without looking it up, I think all standard road jerseys have the full city named. I think the current Tigers road jersey but with all navy script Detroit and number, and no piping would look nice, maybe on a slightly darker gray. And add this guy on a sleeve patch:
  14. I like the sharper D, especially on the navy ST/BP jersey, which I'd like to see be used as an alternate home jersey during the regular season. The Nike logo placement is a more material change than the D, in my opinion, though I feel it helps balance/fill the blank canvas somewhat.
  15. I like Cruz - decent combo of skills, switch hits, approach and production improved each year in college. Takes a walk, doesn't K a ton. That all might point to upside as an everyday player and a guy who was undervalued in the draft prospect rankings. When the Tigers talked about 'utility', I don't think they meant bench player, but more like a Tony Phillips multi position starter. Regarding no 20K guys, probably makes sense since they didn't release minor leaguers, and if the MiL contraction goes through, there will be fewer spots to place their existing younger prospects + this year's draft class.
  16. Miggy is still under contract in 2023 (last year). Agreed on Cameron over Jones. Reyes could be in the mix. WCastro (or maybe Cruz) over Quintana, at least at this point.
  17. If the mlb.com prospect rankings hold true, it's conceivable the Tigers could take 3/4ths of ASU's vaunted infield with their first 3 picks. Alika Williams SS and Gage Workman 3B following Tork. I'd be tempted by Blaze Jordan's power at #38 if he's still there. I know that's 2 RHH 1B on paper, but time should work that out between 1B, OF, DH, or if Tork really can handle another IF position.
  18. I'd take B. It's really Mize v. Bart since we'd have Wentz and Paredes in both scenarios. I preferred Mize over Bart leading into their draft and still do.
  19. Fewer MiLB teams/players could be a boost to independent leagues. Maybe more teams or more leagues, and maybe playing in the former MiLB ballparks. It's not the same as having MLB affiliation, but it's something. The Frontier League has a team near us. Their games are a fun experience and they seem to draw pretty well. I was thinking capacity differences could be an issue, but a quick search shows the I-league team here (Schaumburg, IL) seats 1K+ more than Erie.
  20. With this draft class, it may be too much to ask, at least plug-and-play, which ideally you would get at the top. There seems to be decent talent, but much of it unrefined and with limited bodies of work. A far cry from the past couple drafts, at this point anyway. It feels closer to 2017 than 2018-19.
  21. MLB has their draft during the season; the NBA should be able to do the same unless there's something I'm overlooking. They could hold back the contract-signing period until the season is officially declared over, or simply make draftees ineligible until the '20-'21 season. If this year's college seniors get another year of eligibility, that could be something, but college seniors don't factor much into the NBA draft.
  22. Ball Four is fantastic; deserving of all the high praise it receives. I also recommend The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle, and The Wrong Stuff by Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
  23. Right, planning and training. The restrictions on training are likely a main driver in the Olympics' decision. MLB should be able to get up and running pretty quickly once given the go-ahead. They'll need to squeeze some revenue out of 2020, even in a short and unorthodox format.
  24. The ex girlfriend is married to Kate Upton. No problem whatsoever with that.
  25. Starting with the 2010 draft, including supplemental picks, the Tigers have had 10 first-rounders and 4 were position players. More recently, the 4 post-DD first rounders are looking good (though still TBD) in Manning, Faedo, Mize, and Greene and I feel that merits some faith they'll do okay with 1:1. Interesting that DD's last Tiger draft yielded Burrows (and Stewart) in the first. Lots of mocks annually have Detroit taking RHP's but many also point to a supposed love for SEC and Vandy players. Yet, Burrows (HS RHP) went 2 picks before Walker Buehler (Vandy RHP). I feel like the Tigers org need for hitting, plus the SP strength, will have them taking Torkelson or Martin unless an SP like Hancock or Lacy clearly vaults over them, which is probably unlikely. Gonzalez would likely need both Torkelson and Martin to collapse to get past them. I'm in the best available player camp regardless of hitter/pitcher, and that still seems to be Torkelson/Martin.
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