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Today the Yankees traded cute Tyler Wade to the Angels, having already traded cute Andrew Velasquez also to the Angels. So coincidentally, single game tickets for the Angels went on sale. Even though I quickly logged in, the bots have picked up the best seats already. I was able to buy for 2 Yankee/Angels games in the sixth row behind home plate in August. Hopefully Shohei Ohtani will pitch one of the games.

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So far been a rough offseason for the Mets. Lost Noah Syndergaard & Aaron Loup to the Angels. Steven Matz today signed with the Cardinals despite his agent apparently telling the Mets that they were his first choice and for the amount of money that he signed with the Cardinals the Mets for sure would have matched that. Javier Baez wants a contract before the lockout next week so maybe they can get him back.

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16 minutes ago, BuffaloKyle said:

So far been a rough offseason for the Mets. Lost Noah Syndergaard & Aaron Loup to the Angels. Steven Matz today signed with the Cardinals despite his agent apparently telling the Mets that they were his first choice and for the amount of money that he signed with the Cardinals the Mets for sure would have matched that. Javier Baez wants a contract before the lockout next week so maybe they can get him back.

The  Cardinals have five gold glove fielders - three in the infield  and two in the outfield plus Yadi Molina  and Dylan Carlson. Perhaps that is why he chose St. Louis.

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12 minutes ago, WilliamM said:

The  Cardinals have five gold glove fielders - three in the infield  and two in the outfield plus Yadi Molina  and Dylan Carlson. Perhaps that is why he chose St. Louis.

And that my Mets are a mess lol. I'm glad he didn't come back at the end of the day. He needed a change of scenery and I'm not sold on him after one good year that he's figured it all out. 

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10 hours ago, WilliamM said:

New York Mets sign LA Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer 

 

Congratulations Mets

Little worried about his back and arm issues towards the end of the year but they needed another top starter and they were flying off the board. There was no way they could've just resigned Stroman and said there's our top signing as that's where they ended last season. They need one more middle starter and a couple bullpen arms now. Then anything else is gravy.

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On 11/30/2021 at 8:52 AM, BuffaloKyle said:

Little worried about his back and arm issues towards the end of the year but they needed another top starter and they were flying off the board. There was no way they could've just resigned Stroman and said there's our top signing as that's where they ended last season. They need one more middle starter and a couple bullpen arms now. Then anything else is gravy.

In an article in a Los Angeles newspaper, Max believes he pitched too much for Dodgers. Understand that he wants his side told to the public - still it may not go down well with the Dodgers and their many fans. Or was this another mistake by the owner of the Mets 

 

(I am not a member who stirs controversy to keep a thread alive.)

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Six legendary names have been inducted to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame, as per the results of today’s special selection committee meetings.  Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, and Buck O’Neil have all been elected to Cooperstown, and will be officially inducted on July 24 along with any players voted in by the regular writers’ ballot.

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2 minutes ago, Lucky said:

Sure wish MLB would end the lockout.

I was watching a sports talk show yesterday. When they had to negotiate the terms of the shortened 2020 covid season it took 27 days to work everything out from the time they started talking to finalizing. And they haven't even started talking yet on this matter. Spring training is definitely not going to start on time. And even when they reach a deal you have so many free agents without teams still. They are going to need time to sign and then ramp up to playing form. I don't think a free agent pitcher is doing anything more than light tossing on the side right now. They can't risk an injury without a contract. This is starting to look like it's going to be a mess.

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If we do have baseball this season we will be getting on ESPN2 Kay-Rod. Michael Kay & Alex Rodriguez gonna do 8 Sunday night games together along with guests. It's gonna be the baseball version of the football Manningcast. Gonna be weird to hear Michael call say a Cubs vs. Cardinals game. The new crew on the main broadcast will be Karl Ravech, David Cone (another Yankee announcer), & Eduardo Perez. 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33012522/former-mlb-pitcher-david-cone-serve-sunday-night-baseball-analyst-alex-rodriguez-lead-simulcast-version

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St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Vader was a substitute teacher at an elementary school near St. Louis a few days ago - filling in because of covid19 for the regular teachers.

He is also pretty sexy

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On 1/10/2022 at 11:15 PM, WilliamM said:

St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Vader was a substitute teacher at an elementary school near St. Louis a few days ago - filling in because of covid19 for the regular teachers.

He is also pretty sexy

I'll bet his father Darth used to tell him "Harrison, I am your father."

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1 hour ago, WilliamM said:

Glad to see the New York Mets retire Keith Hernandez 's number.

Now the era committee needs to elect him to the hall of fame asap!

5× All-Star (1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1987)

2× World Series champion (1982, 1986)

NL MVP (1979)

11× Gold Glove Award (1978–1988)

2× Silver Slugger Award (1980, 1984)

NL batting champion (1979)

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33052561/keith-hernandez-stunned-new-york-mets-jersey-retirement-news

The five-time All-Star was on the Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot from 1996 to 2004, but he never got more than 10.8% of the vote, well short of the 75% threshold for enshrinement.

Baseball's analytics wave, however, has shined a fresh light on his talents. In particular, his .386 on-base percentage went underappreciated during his career, but through a modern lens, he compares well to others in the Hall.

It's possible Hernandez may find his way to Cooperstown yet via an era committee vote, and this recognition from the Mets could help.

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MLB meets with the players union again tomorrow. I sure hope they come to an agreement that will allow spring training to start on time.

The Athletic (paywall) says this:

Everything we’ve seen thus far suggests MLB owners want to test the players. That they intend to wait out the players as long as possible, to see if they’ll crack under the threat of losing paychecks.

This lockout strategy at the commissioner’s office appears designed around one goal: minimizing how much owners have to give up. If you, as an owner, wait until the last minute, players might grow impatient, and you can surrender less than you would otherwise. Or if the players totally crumble, maybe you part with close to nothing. And if the players stand tall? Well, at least you didn’t give up any more than you had to, any sooner than you had to.

What ownership’s approach means for players is that if they really want change — if after all these years of complaints about the status quo, the players are serious about achieving their goals — they will have to force owners to make it.

If you accept the premise that the players failed in the last round of negotiations (or two), then a significant part of that failure was owed to their acquiescence. Players didn’t push hard enough. What players have done thus far in these talks, then, is correct course: They have been willing to tell the owners, repeatedly, “this is not good enough.” And it’s worth noting, in real time, what happens when players choose the alternative path: the owners greeted the players in December with a lockout, and there’s been virtually no progress since.

That is not to say players will not or should not move off their own positions at all. Neither side has come close to a bottom-line proposal. But the players have, at least, been direct with their messaging: we need more than the league is offering.

MLB, meanwhile, has taken a tack of obfuscation. The league often argues that it’s actually delivering the changes the players want, or should want: The players want younger players to be paid more, right? Look, we’ve made a proposal to do that! How can they still be unhappy?

MLB has indeed made proposals that technically address areas like pay for young players. But in most if not all cases, those gives have been small, at best, and sometimes, they shouldn’t rightly be considered gives at all. These proposals are rarely made in isolation. They’re made as packages, where acceptance of one condition requires acceptance of others. Thus far, league packages have come with trade-offs that the players feel ultimately would make their standing worse overall, or would not meaningfully improve it.

For example, one of the reasons the players so disliked the proposal MLB made in August to institute a salary floor was because it came with modifications to the luxury tax that would’ve severely hampered free agency. The owners have offered to raise the luxury tax thresholds slightly, while simultaneously increasing the penalties to exceed them. And on the question of getting younger players paid more, MLB keeps offering to pay players by a formula that, in the short term, might bring a little more money to players, but would also sacrifice the salary arbitration process — a mechanism players greatly value because it allows them to argue for higher pay to a third party.

The players’ stated goal, which they’ve trumpeted for years, is to make substantive gains. Not to merely move money around in a redistribution from one segment of their constituency to another, such as old players to young. Now, at this point, the players are still undoubtedly asking for more than they will ultimately receive, and likely, even expect to receive. But the players feel they haven’t received much of anything. MLB is saying it won’t touch key areas where changes can add up to big dollars very quickly: time to free agency, time to arbitration and revenue sharing.

In a way, it doesn’t really matter what MLB is trying to sell about its proposals, whether the commissioner’s office is trying to convince people that ground chuck is filet mignon. If the players do not like MLB’s positions, then their recourse is clear. The owners are saying, in so many words: you will not get what you want without a fight. And that fight will require withstanding the heat of criticism, and potentially, lost games. With each passing day, the theoretical opening of spring training in mid-February moves closer, as does the pressure of a possible delay to the regular season.

This CBA feels like a turning point. Theoretically, players could fall short and come back reinvigorated in a few years for the next round of talks. But if they’re repelled this go-around, it might be hard to muster the same energy right away. Commissioner Rob Manfred, deputy Dan Halem and the owners might sense, then, that this is their moment to stem the tide. That a victory for owners here could have long-lasting effects on not only the particulars of the CBA, but on future player resolve.

In every proposal they’ve made, the owners have posed the same question: How badly do the players want change?

theathletic.com

 

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On 1/23/2022 at 5:29 PM, Lucky said:

MLB meets with the players union again tomorrow. I sure hope they come to an agreement that will allow spring training to start on time.

 Don't hold your breath.  🤑☹️😢

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It's behind a paywall, but today's NY Times has a column by sports columnist Tyler Kepner who says that the hopes for a quick resolve to the MLB lockout are quite dim. That is quite upsetting for someone like me who watches baseball daily.

In part:

"To speak with several people directly involved in the negotiations is to come away extremely discouraged. There is nothing to suggest a quick or satisfying resolution. The owners will begin three days of meetings on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., and must find a way to re-engage a union that rejected the idea of a nonbinding federal mediator last week.

The owners generally like the current system but want more revenue in the form of a garish money grab: expanded playoffs and advertisements on jerseys and helmets. The players will not agree to those changes without significant adjustments to the game’s economics."

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/07/sports/baseball/mlb-lockout.html

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