Patrick Corbin of Arizona excites me. Luke Weaver used to excite me. He would have no trade value now and I wouldn't be surprised to see him open next season in Class AAA.
Jose Martinez is as good as he's going to get in right field _ which isn't terrible. He was bad at first base. But he does work cheap.
After their experiences with Holland, Gregerson, Cecil, almost no chance of his being signed. He hasn't been the same since Cleveland rode him so hard n those recent playoff seasons.
One question I would ask is, "Do you think there still is a place in baseball for the stolen bases?"
I think the manager would.
The opponents in those Sept. 30 games were San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit and the Cardinals. I didn't notice the Cubs doing much damage when they faced better pitching the next couple of games. Or Colorado either.
I would expect to hear about the coaching staff in the next couple of days.
Flaherty could be the exception. But any of the other young pitchers could spend some time in the minors if they have continue to have control issues.
I do not like that the games are managed far differently in the playoffs than during the regular season. You won't even see nine innings, let alone 10..
You are correct in that assessment.
They had better re-sign him. They don't have any kids and they really don't know about Darvish. The Cubs also need some more offense from their outfield.
The mid-1980s because those teams played the game differently than almost every other team _ all the teams play roughly the same style now. And they had the best defense in the game, with ample pitching.
11 a.m, as I understand it.
We are seeing a younger generation not fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game because few have spent enough time in the minors to learn the nuances. Also, the game is played differently. The stolen base isn't valued and the strikeout often is ignored.
You can catch 20 winks, if you want to. We're at least a month away from serious activity. I wouldn't be surprised if Washington makes a real bid to hang onto Harper whereas the Dodgers will move on from Machado with Seager coming back next. The Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs all would be in on Harper with Philadelphia having a large interest in Machado besides probably the Yankees with Gregorius out.
It would have to depend on the type of talent on the team, but there is a way to play the game differently than it's being played now and if I was a GM, I would want to hear that.
The two wild card setup was supposed to have more teams in the loop for a whole season but the American League apparently did not get that memo this season. That 1981 split-season, which happened because of the strike, left a bad taste in nearly everyone's mouth. With the four extra off days added to the schedule this year, there no longer is a need to cut back to 154 _ if you like cold-weather baseball in late March.
If you like seeing each team strike out 10 or more times a game, have it at. I would rather see more balls in play, more chances taken and somebody actually moving around.
I agree that pitchers, pitching coaches and catchers pay more attention to the running game. But, if more attention was paid to it as an offensive tool in the minors, .you might see more confidence in the runners at the big-league level. At the least, more running might produce more fastballs being thrown to the hitters and more balls might be put in a play, where a runner on the move, could make it from first to third, in a novel concept.
I'm sure MLB is doing that dive. But the new rules having four more off days for teams during the season, making everyone play three to four games in March, doesn't help attendance much _ because a lot of those games don't get played or are played in conditions unsatisfactory to fans.