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Old 04-29-2019, 03:44 PM
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If you never saw Gary Carter play catcher, you missed something. Carter had an arm like a Barrett sniper rifle; it was unbelievable. He came out of a crouch and threw bullets in the blink of an eye. He was amazing. What's even more amazing, though, is that his astounding arm didn't dissuade people from trying to steal bases off him. In 1980 he had 157 tolen base attempts against him. In 1981, 94 in a sort season. In 1982, 173 attempts. In 1983, 161 more attempts. Over those four years Carter mowed down over 40% of basestealers.
Wow. What's even crazier is that those numbers don't include the two greatest base thieves of that era (who, presumably, would have had among the best chances of succeeding against him). Rickey Henderson was in Oakland, and there was no interleague play then. And, Tim Raines was Carter's teammate.
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Yeah, that's a good point; I believe Rickey set a record for stolen base attempts, not just stolen bases, in 1982.

Of course, basestealers were everywhere. Even with Tim Raines the 1982 Expos did not steal an especially noteworthy number of bases by the standards of that time; the most prolific thieves in the NL were the Cardinals, and the least larcenous team, the Phillies, still took 128 bases. Even then, though, the caught stealing totals were so high that overall no team was really doing themselves a lot of good stealing bases (individuals, like Raines, certainly were.)

This is off topic, but talking about Tim Raines reminded me - has any team in MLB history ever wasted more talent than the Montreal Expos of the early 1980s? They had THREE Hall of Famers; Carter, Dawson and Raines, all deserving. They had strong supporting players - in 1982 in addition to those guys you had Al Oliver winning the batting and RBI titles and Steve Rogers having a monster year and Tim Wallach being Tim Wallach, and somehow they didn't win a pretty winnable division. In 1983 they had all those guys and two 17-game winners and Jeff Reardon and they went 82-80 while a team that was basically Mike Schmidt And Some Other Dudes In Baseball Uniforms won the pennant. They had talent out the wazoo. That was the story every year, they just pissed away so many opportunities.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:19 AM
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. . . they just pissed away so many opportunities.
And today the Nationals carry on the tradition!
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Old 04-30-2019, 09:41 AM
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And today the Nationals carry on the tradition!
And the 90's added Walker, Vlad, and Pedro to the list. This is not a franchise that has made the most of its star talent.

The only other example I can think of the late 90's Mariners. They had Griffey, Johnson, Arod, and Edgar, and only really won after most of them left.
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And today the Nationals carry on the tradition!
I still can't help calling them the Natinals.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:22 AM
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I still can't help calling them the Natinals.
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Expos were loaded in 1994, pretty clearly the best team in baseball -- and still didn't make the playoffs!
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CC Sabathia became the newest member of the 3000 strikeout club last night. Only the third lefty joining Randy Johnson & Steve Carlton.
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It's May and the Padres aren't in last place!

HUZZAH!
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It's May and the Padres aren't in last place!

HUZZAH!
It's May, and the Cardinals are in first place!

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It's May and the Padres aren't in last place!

HUZZAH!
I know you are trying to appease other members of your household, but you better be more specific about where in the division they end up, lest someone in your household winds up being happier than you at the end of the regular season.

New May thread here.
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CC Sabathia became the newest member of the 3000 strikeout club last night. Only the third lefty joining Randy Johnson & Steve Carlton.
Yet the Yankees lost, and all is right with the world.
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I'm a few days late with this, but wanted to note that the Mad Bum really showed my Dodgers he's still got something left in the tank. And, since the Giants are not yet double digits out of the pennant race, let us also note that the Giants suck bilgewater.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:16 PM
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An All-Star first half last year. I'm going to speculate he lost his fire after the trade.
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:32 PM
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Oh, and cracked ribs.
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Old 05-11-2019, 01:42 AM
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ok here's a story where i don't get what the problem is https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb...BBnba9I#page=2

What's the bad thing here? since the "brokers" rip the buyers off anyhow ....
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ok here's a story where i don't get what the problem is https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb...BBnba9I#page=2

What's the bad thing here? since the "brokers" rip the buyers off anyhow ....


The story doesn’t give a lot of details, but I assume it means the team uses a price floor. Let’s say I’ve got tickets for a Monday night game versus the Marlins and I’d take $5 for them. If the team controls the resale market, they probably would set a higher price floor.
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Seriously, why does Tampa get a team (OK, technically St. Petersburg) ? Watched the Yankees-Rays game last night, they have a pretty decent team. But they don't even use the upper deck of their stadium. They drew like 25,000 in total for a 3 game set with Arizona. I say ship the team to Montreal instead of the inevitable expansion.
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Old 05-11-2019, 03:51 PM
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and i beet most of them that went were there to see the yankees .....


a lot of people ask that about any florida team gets except the magic and the bucs ...... and im told the only thing that keeps the bucs going is the snowbirds go to a bucks game to see their home team win .....


Same thing happens in LA or a big city/metro area where the residents are seasonal or transplants
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Cubs beat the Brewers 2-1 in 15 innings. Walkoff homer by Willson Contreras.
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(These latest posts should probably go in the May thread.)
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I just realized I put it in the wrong thread.
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mee too i just typed MLB in the search and this one came up... the new one didnt
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