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  1. Average Reds

    Reserving Judgment... But What Did the Sox Do and How Bad Will They Get Hit?

    The writer may be seeing the world through Yankee-tinted glasses, but I think he’s more right than wrong. It’s been clear to me that Cora was going to get hit extremely hard based on the report outlining what happened in Houston. The rest seems a bit overwrought, but the delay - with the...
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    Mark Cuban vs The World: Whose side are you on?

    I understand why Cuban is upset. That said, Mark Cuban ran his team (for years) specifically to enable a roving band of sexual harassers/abusers/general assholes, so I'm not too broken up over it...
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    Reserving Judgment... But What Did the Sox Do and How Bad Will They Get Hit?

    This is my understanding as well. Manfred is really screwing the pooch here. And he appears to be getting ready to continue his winter of discontent.
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    2020 PGA Tour

    As the person who made the comment you reference, let me state unequivocally that the two situations are not close to being comparable. Nantz caught holy hell because (1) he followed up with rules officials and attempted to impose an outcome that was not called for in the rules, (2) he pushed...
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    Beilein to Cavs as new HC

    If he wants, Beilein will be back as a college coach next year. Whether he wants it or not remains to be seen. My understanding is that Texas is a potential landing spot, but that's just media speculation and not based on anything concrete.
  6. Average Reds

    2019-20 Offseason Discussion

    I'm convinced that there's a lot we don't know and/or that the parties aren't talking about, so perhaps this is correct. The acid test for how important it is to be "closer to Nashville" will be whether he re-signs with LA. Los Angeles has a lot of advantages. Proximity to Nashville isn't one...
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    Wilpons to sell controlling interest in Mets (or maybe not)

    The Wilpons were not just beneficiaries of Madoff's scam, they were fund promoters. Which is just one of many reasons I'm not as comfortable saying it isn't true. It may be. I'm just saying it's not clear-cut to me.
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    MLB’s sign-stealing controversy broadens: Sources say the Red Sox used video replay room illegally in 2018

    It’s impossible to read the report on Houston and conclude that he won’t face the same punishment as Hinch. Or worse. This notion that he could serve in another capacity for a year seems like wishcastkng.
  9. Average Reds

    2020 PGA Tour

    Tiger with the dagger on 4. He looks locked in. (Well, his irons, at least.) Which is a change from how he has been recently starting tournaments. Edit: autocorrect hates me.
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    The Athletic: The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball

    Cora has already provided information to Manfred in the course of investigating Houston. (And, one presumes, Boston.) Manfred has indicated that Cora's punishment will be disclosed once the investigation into the Red Sox is complete. Which means that Cora knows he's likely to receive a...
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    Betts/Price to LA for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong

    I don’t disagree with up about Mookie - who can and should do whatever he wants - but I’m amused to see you standing up for free will in between lecturing us about the World Baseball Classic and how teams/players must be FORCED to change their schedules to participate.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong

    It's a preposterous suggestion because Chaim Bloom is not going to destroy his credibility as head of baseball operations for the Sox in his first deal. There is a massive difference between using leverage to your advantage and dealing in bad faith.
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    2020 PGA Tour

    Mickelson just hit the worst flop shot I’ve ever seen from him on 8. Edit: to be clear, it wasn’t simple. But from a clean lie, he hit it exactly as he wanted. He just hit it twice as far as he needed and now has a twisting 8-9 footer for bogie after butchering the comeback chip.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    I'm not in the Boston area, but I have heard nothing about this outside of SoSH.
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    That you find it "annoying" that people are concerned about Verdugo's involvement in the incident in question - and have attempted to trivialize it by using imbecilic right-wing sloganeering - says nothing complementary about you. You want to have that conversation, take it to V&N. However...
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    If Maeda hits his incentives - which are basically about health - he can make just over $11 million next year. In order to bring the numbers to where they are with Graterol, the Sox would have to eliminate about $10 million of the subsidy for Price for next year, and slightly less each year...
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    MLB’s sign-stealing controversy broadens: Sources say the Red Sox used video replay room illegally in 2018

    I agree. It still doesn't exonerate Cora. And he's not coming back (which was the suggestion I responded to) without being exonerated. Edit: Let me be more direct. It has always seemed obvious to me that Alex Cora got hosed. He was the bench coach, not the manager. And it has always been...
  18. Average Reds

    MLB’s sign-stealing controversy broadens: Sources say the Red Sox used video replay room illegally in 2018

    The evidence unconverted by the WSJ strongly suggests that Luhnow is lying about his involvement. It doesn’t exonerate Cora. So, no.
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    Alex Verdugo, new Red Sox star!

    Hard for me to take it out of a sports team, because what you are describing is very close to what occurred at Penn State. The buck was passed until there was no one to pass it to. At which point, the individual at the top declared that since the person being reported was no longer a PSU...
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    Betts/Price to LA for Verdugo/Jeter Downs/TBA

    And yet here we are on February 6th and nothing has been announced.