2017-18 baseball off season

Blue&White
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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Blue&White » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:15 am

I guess expecting a first base coach hire is a bit like expecting the Spanish Inquisition. And, as you know, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

My surprise on the hire was more about the Mets having anything to do with Ruben Amaro Jr. That was the part that stood out to me. Seemed an odd hire.

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Blue&White » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:21 pm

Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

That.
Sucks.

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Jerry Garcia » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:22 pm

Reports are that Roy Halladay's light plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, one (as yet) unidentified body in the wreckage....this is very very bad...

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby PSUgrower » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:27 pm

Wicked sad! I will never forget watching his perfect game. I also will never forget where I was when be threw his no hitter during the playoffs. He was modest and seemed to live life the right way. We lost a good guy today
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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Crowbar » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:40 pm

There are no words.

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Blue&White » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:15 pm

Carlos Beltran retires after 20 years. Guy should be in Cooperstown one day.

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby psu_dad » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:38 pm

Yeh. I guess.

They should have gold HOF plaques for guys who were transcendent (Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, etc.) and silver HOF plaques for guys who were very good for a long time (Carl Yastrzemski, Paul Molitor, etc.)

But that's not going to happen.

PS - Except for Derek Jeter. There should be a one-time platinum HOF plaque made for him. And a duplicate of it should be on permanent display at the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, right next to the Declaration of Independence.

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Blue&White » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:00 pm

The list of really transcendent players is a pretty short list. If I sat and thought about it, I could probably come up with 25 guys over 100+ years who fit that description. Maybe I could come up with 30. I seriously doubt I could come up with 50. Maybe it's better to have a lot fewer players in the Hall of Fame to keep it special. I completely agree that it's gotten diluted over time.

As for Beltran, I put him on par with Yaz. Yastremski had more hits, but also played for more years. Beltran wasn't on pace to catch him even if he didn't retire, but he may have hit 3,000. He likely would have caught him in home runs (he was 17 behind) if he played 3 more years, though. Probably not made up ~300 or so RBIs, though. But Beltran does have 2X the number of stolen bases. I am inclined to say Beltran was a better fielder but when I looked Yaz up I was genuinely surprised by how many Gold Gloves he had. But left field is less demanding than center field so I still give the edge to Beltran there, despite him having fewer GG's (he did toil in obscurity in KC for the early part of his career).

I guess whether or not Beltran, or Yaz, or anyone, deserves to be in Cooperstown is completely debatable and subjective, but he was a really good player and a lot of fun to watch. Most times. My most prominent Beltran memory, unfortunately, is him watching a called strike 3 against Adam Wainwright in the bottom of the 9th against the Cardinals in 2006 and the Mets losing the 2006 NLCS.

In fact, now that I think about it ... screw Carlos Beltran.

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Blue&White » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:44 pm

Herman Munster won the AL rookie of the year. Not a surprise.

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Re: 2017-18 baseball off season

Postby Blue&White » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:34 pm

Cody Bellinger was the unanimous NL RoY. Also not a surprise.