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    Savannah Bananas: baseball fun??

    Maybe MLB could incorporate a Banana Ball game/exhibition into the All Star festivities. Five innings prior to the game? That would require starting at a civilized time rather than at 8 pm, but it sounds like a fun time.
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    White Sox hire Tony LaRussa as manager

    Remy was definitely up on his soap box last night. Ellis B. said he wouldn't have swung 3-0 but seemed more inclined to a position of "who cares" about the whole brew ha ha. On that note, it's worth comparing the crap show that has developed out of this with the near universal sentiment of...
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    Alex Verdugo - on-field discussion thread

    I'm at the light and moving on to "I'm so old I can wear what I want, eat what I want, do what I want, and if you start pestering me it's only going to get worse."
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    Overtime - new High School League

    "OTE says it will provide top education, residences and training and will offer advanced analytics of players’ performance to help them improve. But the big advantage is that OTE will give players the right to capitalize on their brands while getting paid to participate." This is the money...
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    Spring Training 2021

    And less filling.
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    Theo Epstein steps down as Cubs' Head of Baseball Ops

    I come at this from a bit of a different direction. The underlying premise of tinkering with the pace of play is, I think, to make the game more enjoyable to a wider base of fans. I get that, but I don't think it is the most obvious solution or the most pressing problem. If you want a good...
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    MLB umpire Brian O'Nora arrested in sex sting operation

    I wish you were wrong, but chances are good that you're not. We are living in a cynic's paradise.
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    MLB umpire Brian O'Nora arrested in sex sting operation

    Got it and agree. I just didn't want the seriousness of child trafficking to get overlooked in that branch of the discussion. Thanks.
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    MLB umpire Brian O'Nora arrested in sex sting operation

    My best guess is that a Human Trafficking Task Force is setup to try to make a dent in human trafficking. I suppose it could be a fancy name for what used to be the vice squad, but I think human trafficking is a much bigger problem than what many of us realize. Again, I have no reason to...
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    MLB umpire Brian O'Nora arrested in sex sting operation

    No, I'm only saying that the goal of H double T F is to cut down on the trafficking of children. I have no idea who O'Nora was trying to have sex with.
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    MLB umpire Brian O'Nora arrested in sex sting operation

    This isn't about the guys getting their dicks sucked. It's about the kids being forced to do the sucking. "The Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force along with the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force assisted the Liberty Township Police Department in an operation Sunday which...
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    Cora in line for major suspension?

    The actual report sets out Manfred's reasoning pretty clearly. After the Sox got caught using the Apple watches in 2017, MLB sent out a notice to all teams, making clear that under its Regulations, electronic equipment cannot be used "for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information...
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    Joe Posnanski: Lord of Lists   Joe has a nice take down of the Hall of Fame's recent decision to consider for admission more people from the pre-integration/segregation/jim crow era.   The Hall seems to have touched one of Joe's nerves.
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    Remy returning to the booth

      This isn't really lawyers being lawyers as much as it is working toward an agreement that (hopefully) takes into account the competing interests of the Martels, the Remys and, lest we forget, the child. Setting aside the issue of whether the Martels are able at this point to settle any claims...
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    Following Former Red Sox: 2014

        And hopefully we can all agree that he seems like a great kid and we want him to become a better hitter. Sorry I missed the Iggy thread. I really didn't mean to get this started.
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    Following Former Red Sox: 2014

    Sports On Earth has a great article about Iggy. Seems like everybody in Boston and Detroit loves him. Hope he learns to hit.
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    Fantastic lede from an Atlantic article...

    The initial phone calls to Mom and Dad were probably interesting. Mom: "Oh my god, are you all right?" Dad: "He had a bottle rocket where?"
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    Chad Finn: Underrated

    I, and I suspect others, wish you had pushed. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy Breaking Bad!
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    Chad Finn: Underrated

    Thanks for the info. I read the first sentence (in yet another terrific article) and wondered whether it was a hint of some professional jealousy or whether, like the rest of us, he is just sick of being cold.
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    Chad Finn: Underrated

    "For those of us left behind in the gray New England of February to plod through the dirt-snow toward spring, Fort Myers, Florida is a destination to envy." Given the dreck that is the rest...