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    • Jack McDowell says Tony LaRussa was using electronic sign stealing back with the 80s White Sox. He also notes LaRussa was at the forefront of players on steroids (A's Bash Brothers Canseco and McGwire). I guess you could say he was consistent in trying to get a competitive advantage (perhaps at any cost). :/

      msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/forme…era/ar-BBZ3W51?li=BBnb7Kz
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Moving on from this sign-stealing stink-fest, lets consider the upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Stink-fest.

      I for one am hoping that Curt Shilling finally gets his due. I think his career stats are unquestionably HOF caliber. He has not been getting the vote these past years because people do not like his politics. I do not consider this a legitimate reason to keep anyone out of the HOF. He has managed to keep his mouth shut this past year, so I am hoping this is the year the writers give him his due.

      Roger Clemons and Barry Bonds: I'll lump these two juicers together because they are a similar story. Career numbers that are hard to ignore, but so tainted by their chronic juicing. Is this the year the writers just hold their nose and vote these two lunkheads in? I don't think I will loose and sleep if it goes either way.

      Derek Jeter: There is a big class of new candidates this year but the one that stands out to me is Derek Jeter. Is there anyone who does not think he belongs in the HOF. A class act all around.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • My HOF ballot.

      Jeter
      Schilling
      Wagner
      Kent
      Walker

      Walker was the toughest to justify, but his last chance. Definitely a much better player than Edgar Martinez, as was Lance Berkman who unbelievably fell off the ballot last year when everyone was voting for Edgar on his last shot.

      I believe a case could be made for Scott Rolen and Omar Vizquel. But this time I will save my imaginary ballot for Jeter, the obvious three that should already be in (but writers holding grudges against them for their honesty), and last chance all round good player Larry Walker.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • I agree Derek Jeter was a good guy as a player, but he has been such a jerk as an owner that Andre Dawson and Tony Perez will probably skip (boycott) this year.

      Was graceful on the field and with the press as a player. But really butchered his firing of these two HOF players and others since taking over the Marlins.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      odd man out wrote:

      Dj was a local hero so voting for him.

      Question: Does the use of PED tarnish Clemens and Bonds equally since one was known for pitching and the other known for power hitting?
      Bonds I believe was worse since his body significantly altered, even his head size. And drastically elevated his statistics from prior performance.

      Clemens still bad due to roids rage in throwing bat at Piazza in World Series. His body didn't change much, but it did allow him to continue to put up good statistics in his "older age" when most pitchers decline and retire. But not freakish unrealistic stats like Bonds. He wasn't breaking records that would not have been broken under normal conditions.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      Thought I do some recreational data graphing.

      Of the people coming back from this year's voter, Schilling is on track to get 75% before year 10. Clemens and Bonds have tracked each other vote for vote every year and were on a good trajectory for a while but have lagged in the last few years. Something needs to change for them to get there. Not a lot of data on Vizquel but he started better than Schilling so that's a good sign. Rolen, Wagner, Sheffield, Kent, Helton, and Jones all made big jumps this year, but for Sheffield and Kent it may be too little too late. Ramirez and Pettite are pretty stagnant. Not looking good. With only one data point for Abreu, you can't say there is a trend, but with only 5.5% in year one, seems unlikely. Give Sosa the award for staying just above the cutoff for the longest time. Not getting the love of the other roid boys in his class from 8 years ago.
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      Just took a look at the Red Sox 2020 schedule. Holy crap, Opening Day this year for all teams is March 26th? This is getting crazy. I'm sure March is a beautiful month in Houston, but let me assure you in the north we will be freezing our asses off.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
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      IMScotty wrote:

      Just took a look at the Red Sox 2020 schedule. Holy crap, Opening Day this year for all teams is March 26th? This is getting crazy. I'm sure March is a beautiful month in Houston, but let me assure you in the north we will be freezing our asses off.
      Maybe you taxpayers can build the Sox a climate controlled domed stadium. :)

      I'm sure the opening day has to be moved up a few days for everyone to accommodate "home" games in Europe, Mexico, and the Far East.
      2,000 miler
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      max.patch wrote:

      Speaking of the paranoia about sign stealing, Manfred sez...

      "a longer term solution may come through technology that changes how catchers give signs such as a series of lights embedded in the pitching rubber."

      source: Feb SI
      Why not just give them earpieces so they can talk to each other? Then they could also eliminate all those endless trips to the mound. But wait. They would never go for that. It mightake the game last less than four hours. Can't have that.
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      odd man out wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      Speaking of the paranoia about sign stealing, Manfred sez...

      "a longer term solution may come through technology that changes how catchers give signs such as a series of lights embedded in the pitching rubber."

      source: Feb SI
      Why not just give them earpieces so they can talk to each other? Then they could also eliminate all those endless trips to the mound. But wait. They would never go for that. It mightake the game last less than four hours. Can't have that.
      Cuz some dude in the dugout will hack the signal and relay the pitch to the batter who is also wearing an earpiece. Much more efficient than banging on trash cans. :)
      2,000 miler
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      Although the whole Astros/ Red Sox sign stealing thing was a bridge too far, one aspect of the game I always appreciated was the batter who glanced back at the catcher to see what he might see. I always liked anticipating the beanball that was going to come next.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier