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    Brusdar Graterol

    I have a friend who's a beat writer for the Twins, and the consensus is there was little chance he stuck in the rotation, and his long term success in the majors is as a reliever. Maybe they're wrong.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    Preemptive sour grapes?
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    The Athletic: The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball

    I heard McCullers Jr elbow screech when this signing was finalized.
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    The Athletic: The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball

    Honestly if this is actually part of the punishment levied by the MLB, bravo.
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    January 2020 General NBA Game Thread

    Really happy to see Fultz have a great game in LA.
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    4G Android phone megathread

    In the hell freezing over category I’ve gotten so sick about a number of things about iOS that I’m likely getting a Galaxy s10e. The iPhone XS is the worst phone I’ve owned in a decade and things have really dropped off since the 4 (and Cook’s Apple’s notebook issues are beyond the pale and I’m...
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    Kimbrel to Cubs

    Me neither. Link?
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    Rosenthal: Sale extension 5 years, $145 million

    Is that just flying open on his follow-through, i.e. his arm action is a bit slower but he's leaning right? I'm not sure the hitter is going to be watching for a small difference there when he's probably focusing on his arm. As long as his arm angle isn't completely off, and he's not not...
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    2018-19 Offseason Thread

    Machado has zero, and he'd be in the Orioles lineup next year if he wasn't rushed, for whatever that's worth. Granted I'm not making a 1:1 between them as Devers isn't quite on Machado's level, but his pedigree isn't too far off (both peaked in the BA top 20, Machado #11, Devers #18; BP 8 and...
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    2018-19 Offseason Thread

    So did you watch Devers this postseason and think to yourself, "you know where this guy needs to be for his age 22 season? AAA"? A touch ironic given Machado's career arc, and his REAL need to work on his plate discipline heading into his age 22 season. Rafael Devers' BB% is higher than...
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    Expanding pro U.S. sports to Mexico?

    Yup. As someone who has been to Mexico City many times, the assumption that it’s a lawless murder capital is completely unfounded (security issues can be real but I’d imagine people can afford security detail). I mean unless you are forcing them to live in an extremely dangerous part of the...
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    Jayson Tatum Needs His Own Thread

    Are you implying that Pierce added zero wins to those teams and simply kept mediocre teams from being even worse?
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    Finn: Red Sox Potentially Changing Radio Broadcast Approach

    This is actually great news. Whenever I'm consuming a format which uses one fewer sense than television, the one thing I crave is people yelling over each other when a live event needs to be described to me in detail. I've already changed all my conferences at work to "talk radio style", so this...
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    Hall of Fame Ballot: 2019 Induction

    Hey, don't you look forward to the Veteran's Committee's backlash to the stats movement? Expect a lot more borderline players while they pwn the sabrz. I'm half expecting David Eckstein to make it in.
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    Hall of Fame Ballot: 2019 Induction

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    The Game Goat Thread: Week 14 at Miami

    Just getting the ballcarrier toward the sideline means he gets tackled cutting back. He looked like he thought he could take him one by one and got his ankles broken.
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    Rosenthal: Nathan Eovaldi in agreement with Red Sox

    A lot do, and not by accident it doesn’t seem. Go to a cemetery that is largely Italian American. You’ll see the first names switching from Giuseppe and Fredo to John and James by 2nd generation. A lot assimilated real quick and let their name be Americanized after a generation (whether by...
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    Rosenthal: Nathan Eovaldi in agreement with Red Sox

    When he had a .376 BABIP? Regarding his two first starts, why would you remove his start against the Yankees when he did the same thing in September, and again in the playoffs against them?
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    Rosenthal: Nathan Eovaldi in agreement with Red Sox

    Ah, I get what you're saying now. I inferred the reaction was the money (in an overpay situation), not the signing itself. I had assumed he would be an Astro, so this was a bit of a relief.