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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby Irrelevant Dude » Tue Jul 19, 2022 12:37 pm

PackLandVA wrote:Much like the Slam Dunk Contest, the HR Derby became repetitively boring after about the third or fourth iteration. Wash, rinse, repeat. Yawn.

I thought it became interesting again a few years ago when they changed the format up, but maybe this year was the format beginning to get stale again.
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Re: Guess what a guy who used to play for the Cubs did this time...

Postby cl smooth » Tue Jul 19, 2022 2:17 pm

last night's home run derby horsefeathering ruled, y'all are crazy.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Tue Jul 19, 2022 2:25 pm

cl smooth wrote:last night's home run derby horsefeathering ruled, y'all are crazy.


Julio's runs were very fun, and the final was pretty good, but the format is incentivizing stuff that make it hard to follow and appreciate. The split screen plus rapid fire pitches because of the timed rounds meant that you barely could follow the flight of half the home runs. Unless it was said on the broadcast(which I muted after BCS came on) I have no idea what home runs were the furthest or who had the best average distance. Some of my best HRD memories are of guys hitting the ball impossible distances, and that's been replaced by a made for TV format that pays lip service to majestic bombs and instead makes it an impressive test of endurance through speed swinging. That's not objectively bad, but I think it's fair for some to prefer more emphasis on the extremes of how far a ball can be hit instead of a speedrun. Especially with the camera work/tracking that objectively is difficult to follow at times.
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Postby cl smooth » Tue Jul 19, 2022 2:31 pm

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cl smooth wrote:last night's home run derby horsefeathering ruled, y'all are crazy.


Julio's runs were very fun, and the final was pretty good, but the format is incentivizing stuff that make it hard to follow and appreciate. The split screen plus rapid fire pitches because of the timed rounds meant that you barely could follow the flight of half the home runs. Unless it was said on the broadcast(which I muted after BCS came on) I have no idea what home runs were the furthest or who had the best average distance. Some of my best HRD memories are of guys hitting the ball impossible distances, and that's been replaced by a made for TV format that pays lip service to majestic bombs and instead makes it an impressive test of endurance through speed swinging. That's not objectively bad, but I think it's fair for some to prefer more emphasis on the extremes of how far a ball can be hit instead of a speedrun. Especially with the camera work/tracking that objectively is difficult to follow at times.


i'll take a speed run over the old 10 outs home run derby format any day of the week.

if anything, my biggest gripe is finding a way to watch the horsefeathering thing. i have mlb.tv, which wasn't airing it. signed up for espn+ and then found out it was on regular espn and not espn+. signed up for a 7-day trial of youtube tv in order to log into espn to watch the derby. mlb needs to get their horsefeathers together.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Tue Jul 19, 2022 2:34 pm

MLB: we need to make games quicker
Also MLB: Have too many people swing a bat 800 times
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Postby squally1313 » Tue Jul 19, 2022 3:07 pm

Just put like a 9 second timer on there and let them throw 20 pitches over 3 minutes for each round. Or give them 4 minutes if you want to bake in bad pitches. Agree that it's impossible to actually appreciate anything besides someone hitting four or five in a row, and even then you're just seeing the swing and not really tracking where it ends up.
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Postby PackLandVA » Fri Jul 22, 2022 10:45 pm

Former Cub and Rookie of the Year runner-up Dwight Smith passed away at age 58. Haven’t heard the cause of death yet.
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Postby Guancous » Sat Jul 23, 2022 9:33 am

Showed up to appreciate how Sergio Alcantara is still getting MLB at bats.

This feels more appropriate: https://youtu.be/owS91SfHj0A
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Postby UK » Sun Jul 24, 2022 9:46 pm

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/GageEHC/status/1551210159250227203?t=UtJ-t90jPTqGQbX_WWS_eg&s=19



I'd still trade Heyward straight up right now.
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Postby 17 Seconds » Sun Jul 24, 2022 10:16 pm

UK wrote:
Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/GageEHC/status/1551210159250227203?t=UtJ-t90jPTqGQbX_WWS_eg&s=19



I'd still trade Heyward straight up right now.


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Postby Pushfrog98 » Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:13 pm

UK wrote:
Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/GageEHC/status/1551210159250227203?t=UtJ-t90jPTqGQbX_WWS_eg&s=19



I'd still trade Heyward straight up right now.

I’d even throw in some onion gravy.
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Postby CubinNY » Sun Aug 07, 2022 2:11 pm

I still love him but Javy is having an awful season.
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Postby Irrelevant Dude » Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:32 am

CubinNY wrote:I still love him but Javy is having an awful season.
I'm all for bringing him back once the Tigers are ready to eat a good portion of his remaining salary.
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Postby The Logan » Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:28 pm

I mean, of course it was the money, but I can't for the life of me understand why Javy would agree to play in Comerica. That park kills all of the upside he provides with the bat.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:11 am

I will still take him back.

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Postby Tryptamine » Wed Aug 10, 2022 7:22 pm

Cubswin11 wrote:LMAO. Yea it was the Cubs. You piece of horsefeathers, horsefeathers baseball player. Definitely seems like they forced you to go work with guys outside the org to fix your piece of horsefeathers game.

https://www.mlb.com/news/albert-almora- ... -new-swing

"I made adjustments," Almora said. "I made adjustments that you guys will see in the game. It's visibly different."… For his swing, Almora was not sure at first what he needed to change, but he knew he had to change something. He considered flying to California to consult with one hitting guru, but then found another -- Ricardo Sosa of Team Sosa -- suggested by his father near home in the Miami area. Sosa has worked with J.D. Martinez and a growing list of other big leaguers.

Almora also sought the advice of his friend Danny Santiesteban, who is a hitting coach in the Braves' Minor League system. Santiesteban had visited with Almora in June of last year, when the Cubs were in L.A. to play the Dodgers. They talked hitting into the early morning hours and discussed some of the changes Almora is now employing.…"It was too hard to change something during the season," Almora said. "During the year, you have a mindset, and it's tough. But in the offseason, I was trying to slow everything down and I bought into what both of those guys were saying."…Both Sosa and Santiesteban were in agreement that Almora should work on simplifying some of the elements in his swing. The purpose behind the adjustments was to strip Almora of the constant feeling that he had to have so many moving parts in perfect sync in order to be in a position to hit. If one thing was off, or the pitch thrown was not the one Almora expected, he felt like his swing would fall apart.




I just thought I'd revisit this treasure. He's putting up a .237/.274/.374 line good for a 72 wRC+ on the season and a 39 wRC+ since this tweet on June 29th . Maybe, just maybe, it wasn't the Cubs and you just aren't very good.
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Postby champaignchris » Wed Aug 10, 2022 7:38 pm

Tryptamine wrote:I just thought I'd revisit this treasure. He's putting up a .237/.274/.374 line good for a 72 wRC+ on the season and a 39 wRC+ since this tweet on June 29th . Maybe, just maybe, it wasn't the Cubs and you just aren't very good.


.707 OPS with the Cubs
.578 OPS with the Mets and Reds.

It was clearly the Cubs’ fault.
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Postby UMFan83 » Wed Aug 10, 2022 7:53 pm

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:I will still take him back.



Definitely. How much fun would a team with Javy, Contreras and Morel be? They'd almost certainly still suck and Javy would be terrible for most of the contract, but we'd have a lot of fun being bad.
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Postby UMFan83 » Mon Aug 22, 2022 11:11 pm



Holy crap, I assumed he was out of baseball by this point. Last pitched in the majors in 2018, pitched 1 inning for the Mets and gave up a run before being sent back down.
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Postby CubinNY » Tue Sep 06, 2022 6:36 pm

Joe Madden going off on the nerds and geeks giving him advice.
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Postby cl smooth » Tue Sep 06, 2022 6:38 pm

CubinNY wrote:Joe Madden going off on the nerds and geeks giving him advice.




for context.
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