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CoffeeNerdness

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It's not that I'm worried that hitters won't get used to it. It's that the call is so subjective. I look forward to the first time a third strike is called because the ump doesn't think the batter is focused enough on the pitcher.
I wonder if the umps are alerted to the violations or if they're going to be keeping track of it themselves. I see a future of game threads chock full of "The clock hit double zero!!!" exclamations, much like when a center snaps the ball at zero.
 

Sad Sam Jones

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I'm not sure who it was, maybe Ron Darling, but I'm pretty sure I heard a Mets broadcaster this afternoon accidentally refer to Miami's new center fielder as Chaz Jizholm.
 

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I wonder if the umps are alerted to the violations or if they're going to be keeping track of it themselves. I see a future of game threads chock full of "The clock hit double zero!!!" exclamations, much like when a center snaps the ball at zero.
Per the radio telecast today, the umps apparently have some kind of buzzer system tied to the pitch clock.
 

Sad Sam Jones

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MLBN just happened to drop in on the broadcast about 15 seconds before he said it. I was on my way out, but still had to laugh about it later and posted it here without realizing it had gone viral and was already being discussed in the other forum.

I @#%&'n hate Hernandez, so it figures it was him. This might not even be the dumbest thing I've heard him say during a broadcast. Several years ago I was flipping between games and stopped on a Mets game just in time to hear some guy talking about how you reach a point in your career where you know you no longer have the ability or desire to put in the work and come back from injury, but he had just gotten a good contract and wasn't about to walk away from it. I mean contracts are contracts, but I was wondering "Who is this asshole freely admitting he didn't put in an ounce of effort during his last contract?" It was the way he showed no shame or regret as he kept going. Then I realized it was Hernandez talking about the $3.5M he stole from Cleveland.
 

Marciano490

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That seems unrealistic. Who’s gonna walk away from that much money, especially after what the game evidently did to his body. He was a top pro athlete, I’m sure he didn’t love losing the passion that guided him since childhood and it’s very cool and human of him to talk about it.
 

Ale Xander

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A Mets station needs to bring back Gary Thorne (and not just as a temporary fill-in)
 

Sad Sam Jones

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Guess you had to live through it. As I said, a contract is a contract, I don't expect a player to give the money back, but Hernandez was the world's biggest ass during his "two" years in Cleveland. They were a young team looking for the veteran leadership they needed and instead got someone who clearly wasn't interested in getting back on the field. They had to eat his final year... and he pretty much laughs that he got paid for doing nothing. The only veteran at the end of his career in Cleveland that handled it worse was Jack Morris, who thought he deserved to go live on his ranch between starts and eventually went AWOL before getting released.
 

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It’s getting easier to just keep the list of teams that don’t have Rays pedigree folks in senior positions in the organization.
 

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Fucking ump show. Have a banner spring, what with this and the CB Bucknor shit from the other day.
The umps are supposed to stick around for an unnecessary bottom of the ninth with the home (batting) team already leading? There's plenty to bag on umps for, I don't think this ranks very high.
 

Ale Xander

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The umps are supposed to stick around for an unnecessary bottom of the ninth with the home (batting) team already leading? There's plenty to bag on umps for, I don't think this ranks very high.
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Spring training isn’t about wins and losses
 

LogansDad

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My understanding was that if the teams chose to finish the game, the umps had to stay (and I thought it had happened before). I was wrong and I stand corrected. I will leave my unrighteous indignation for the world to see the moron that I am.
 

glennhoffmania

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I don't really care either way with the umps, but this made me laugh. Spring Training is literally entirely about scrimmages.
They're actual games that follow MLB rules. They're not ad hoc sort of organized games. Reds is right- there's plenty to criticize the umps for but this ain't one of them.