2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:31 pm

Speaking of which, I'm still waiting for a phone call from Jostens to get my ring size for the 2018 WS ring. Maybe I'll just call them.

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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:11 pm

Dad - just for you: Manny Machado Being a Douchebag Compilation

I didn't realize how big he was until that clip with the A's. He is one of the bigger guys on the field. Hard to believe that short stop was once manned by guys with nicknames like "Pee Wee".
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:27 pm

That "size" thing seems to be happening across all sports.

In football and baseball, it's pretty obvious how much larger athletes are from a few generations ago. But even in hockey (which I know you don't follow) it's similar. I found some data that indicated that the average NHL player in 1950 was 5'10" and weighed 175 pounds. Today, the average is 6'1" and 205 pounds. Gordie Howe was consider a HUGE hockey player when I was a kid. Today, he would be considered just average.

Hockey is a sport that requires short bursts of speed, as does playing SS and 2B. Decades ago, that generally meant you had to be smaller. But athletes have gotten bigger over the years without sacrificing speed. Better training and nutrition <cough>, I guess.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:14 pm

I know these guys are bigger in general. I was just surprised how big Machado was compared to other players.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:56 pm

I don't know that he's that big compared to his contemporaries. The Dodgers acquired him to replace that Seager kid who got injured. That guy is a beast (6'4", 220). That's a SS who's bigger than Lou Friggin Gehrig. WAY bigger.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:30 am

I don'tk now how he comares to his contemporaries in general, but in that video clip he looks bigger than average for a baseball player. In the incident with the A's I origianlly mentioned he looks like he's considerably bigger than everyone else.

You put him up next to somone like Giancarlo Stanton and he probably doesn't look that big, but, based on those videos, he's definetely on the larger side of baseball players.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:47 am

Are we talking about the same guy? According to baseball-reference.com and mlb.com, Machado is smaller than the current Yankees SS (Gregorious).
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:17 am

Maybe the A's are just a bunch of shrimps because he is towering over them in that video.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby Blue&White » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:21 am

Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki for a league minimum deal. I guess that's Plan B in case they don't sign Machado. Surprised that Tulowitzki signed that deal. I'm sure there is someone else who needs a short stop that would take a flier on him for the league minimum. I also assumed he would want to go to a team where is less likely to be cut or at least have a better shot of playing time.

Guess not.

Remember when there were rumors that the Mets would trade for him and I was arguing how stupid it would be to take on that contract given his injury history and Appoo was arguing "but I want to win now!"? Ahhhh, that good old days.
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Re: 2018 Baseball OffseasonThread

Postby psu_dad » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:43 am

Altogether, the Blue Jays ended up paying paid him almost 120M ... for which they got 3 seasons, 238 games played, 36 HRs,120 RBI and a .250 BA.

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