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Outside the Lines
Yesterday at 14:53
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/19/opinions/mueller-report-obama-jennings/index.html

Report confirms that Russia meddled in our elections from 2014 and Obama did nothing.One theory is that he wanted Russia to help him get nuclear treaty w/Iran.As some of us knew, he's pathetic.Obama was good at bullying states that wanted to update their voter registration by excising dead Democrat voters, but kissed our enemies' asses.
One shitty president!
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New York Yankees
16/04/2019 18:29
The Yankees' injured list is back at 12. Greg Bird is on the injured list with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. 1B Mike Ford has been called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace him.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019...-of-mike-ford-place-greg-bird-on-il.html
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Baltimore Orioles
13/04/2019 20:20
Today on Nats Talk on MASN, Phil Wood and Mike Wallace mentioned that this offseason, the Nationals considered trading OF Michael A. Taylor to the Orioles for P Alex Cobb. The Nats signed Anibal Sanchez and re-signed Jeremy Hellickson instead, and that idea went by the wayside.

However, given the Nationals' bullpen problems and the fact that Taylor, who deserves regular playing time, won't get it in DC, they suggested that perhaps later in the season the teams might think about the idea of dealing Taylor to the Orioles for Mychal Givens.

I am posting this on both teams' boards because I'd like to get feedback from both sides on this idea. I think it's definitely interesting.
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Washington Nationals
13/04/2019 20:19
Today on Nats Talk on MASN, Phil Wood and Mike Wallace mentioned that this offseason, the Nationals considered trading OF Michael A. Taylor to the Orioles for P Alex Cobb. The Nats signed Anibal Sanchez and re-signed Jeremy Hellickson instead, and that idea went by the wayside.

However, given the Nationals' bullpen problems and the fact that Taylor, who deserves regular playing time, won't get it in DC, they suggested that perhaps later in the season the teams might think about the idea of dealing Taylor to the Orioles for Mychal Givens.

I am posting this on both teams' boards because I'd like to get feedback from both sides on this idea. I think it's definitely interesting.
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General Baseball Discussion
12/04/2019 22:13
The trend to nothing but homers, strikeouts, walks, and HBP continues apace. It's making a less interesting game, but teams think it's the way to win.

https://nypost.com/2019/04/11/mlbs-home-run-nightmare-worsens-with-no-end-in-sight/

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The homers are part of a grouping with strikeouts, walks and hit by pitches that the Commissioner’s Office has been obsessed with lessening to get more action within the field of play and on the bases to quicken the overall pace. So far in 2019, MLB is seeing its nightmare worsen.

In 2018 those four types of plays represented a record 34.8 percent of plate appearances. It was 37 percent in 2019 through Wednesday. The sport is on a per-game record pace for homers, strikeouts and hit by pitch, and walks are at a two-decade high.

Through the first 180 games this season, there have been 467 home runs. That projects to 6,318 for the season. The record is 6,105, set in 2017.

What has been lost? Essentially action plays that involve multiple players coordinating and base-to-base action. In the history of the modern game (since 1900), 2019 is on pace for the lowest per-game rate ever for triples, sacrifice bunts, and double plays, and the lowest for steals since 1958.

But there is a central problem that is much harder to address: 30 teams are devising ways to win with little care about the entertainment value. Throwing hard and swinging hard with the concept of getting the ball in the air have proven of great value, triggering a vicious cycle of homers, strikeouts, walks and hit by pitch.

In its most basic form: Velocity is hard to hit. So teams load their staffs with hard throwers. They ask starters for shorter full-throttle starts and parade one 97 mph-plus reliever after another (number of relievers used per game is up for a sixth straight year). Combine that with shifts and the ability to string together hits becomes harder and harder — MLB batting average is .244, tied for the lowest since 1972, the year that convinced the AL to adopt the DH the following season.
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Outside the Lines
10/04/2019 03:46
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called Predisent Trump's Federal Reserve nominee Herman Cain a "clown" and "clearly unqualified." Cain is a former CEO of three major companies and a former Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Kansas City Fed.

There is a word for that.

https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1114150599556304896

https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1114152509789081600

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Everybody knew, to the extent they thought of him at all, that Cain was a clown. So choosing Cain is an assertion that Trump can pick anyone, and expect the party to kneel down


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/08/opinion/fed-herman-cain-stephen-moore.html

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Herman Cain [is], of course, completely unqualified


https://nypost.com/2019/04/07/dont-buy-the-attacks-on-trumps-fed-picks/
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Baltimore Orioles
08/04/2019 20:21
It's a lot to read. I didn't read it all myself but it confirms what all of us already know. The umps suck at calling balls and strikes.

mlb should look into this

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New York Yankees
23/03/2019 21:55
This seems like a nice depth acquisition.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/yankees-acquire-mike-tauchman-from-rockies.html

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Per a team release, the Yankees have acquired OF Mike Tauchman from Colorado for lefty Phillip Diehl. Left-hander Jordan Montgomery was placed on the 60-day IL to make 40-man room for the outfielder.

Tauchman, 28, has just 69 MLB plate appearances under his belt despite a monster minor-league performance over the last two seasons. With AAA-Albuquerque in 2018, Tauchman slashed .323/.408/.571 with an outstanding 12.7% BB/14.9% K plate-discipline profile. ZiPS projects the lefty, who could see time at all three outfield spots for New York, to post a solid 96 wRC+/1.9 WAR season over 513 plate appearances in 2018.

Diehl, 24, moved to the bullpen full-time in the New York farm last season, to mostly excellent results. He didn’t crack the team’s top 30 prospects at either Baseball America or MLB.com, but if his 14.61 K/9 at high-A Tampa is any indication, the lefty’ll certainly be on the radar of the Rockies brass.
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Montreal Expos
22/03/2019 22:01
It looks like Montreal may have a ballpark site.

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/02/14/site-emerging-for-new-montreal-mlb-ballpark/

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A site at Peel Basin, located just off the downtown area, is being considered as the location of a new Montreal MLB ballpark, as the city and potential owners quietly advance in their planning.

The area in the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighborhood has long been rumored as the preferred location of a new Montreal MLB ballpark, so the decision to move forward with talks is not a surprise. With cities like Portland moving forward with new-ballpark plans and potential ownership groups there and in Nashville talking about pitching MLB, it would be the time for a potential ownership group in Montreal to begin serious planning. Expansion, it seems, would be the most likely route for Montreal to land an MLB team. With the Oakland Athletics pursuing a new Howard Terminal ballpark and the Tampa Bay Rays looking like they may reopen talks to stay in St. Petersburg, MLB’s last two pressing ballpark issues may be addressed in the next 18 months — which would then lead to the inevitable expansion talk and planning.

In Montreal, a potential ownership group has been laying the groundwork for a return of MLB by commissioning economic studies and touting the city’s success as an international trade center. The ownership group, Montreal Group, has wealthy businesspeople in its ranks — a good thing, as it will certainly cost well over a billion dollars to acquire a franchise and build a new ballpark.

Which brings us back to the Peel Basin as the potential location for a new ballpark. The Montreal Group is eying a parcel controlled by the federal government and has registered as lobbyists in order to negotiate a sale or transfer for a new ballpark. The site will be served by a new light-rail line as well, fulfilling the vision for a new urban ballpark. And so far there’s general approval, per the CBC
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Montreal Expos
22/03/2019 21:58
The exhibition games this weekend will honor the Expos.

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/03/21/montreal-to-fete-les-expos-during-mlb-exhibitions/

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With the Toronto Blue Jays in town next week for an annual preseason series, folks in Montreal — including the group seeking the return of MLB to the city — are planning a celebration of the original Montreal Expos, who entered the National League in 1969.

According to a press release issued by Charles and Stephen Bronfman, part of the group working on a new-ballpark plan in the hopes of bringing back MLB, several activities over the next few days will highlight the baseball celebrations in Montreal and Quebec and the Expos’ 50th anniversary. Events dedicated to young players and coaches and marking the 50th anniversary of Baseball Québec will be held at Olympic Stadium on March 22 and 23, with the collaboration of the Baseball Academy of Canada.

The Expos Fest Celebrity Gala “50th Anniversary” is set for March 24, with the participation of ten former Expos, including members of the original team. The former Expos will also be invited to Montréal City Hall the following day for the signing of the guestbook.

At the games to be played at Olympic Stadium on March 25 and 26, baseball and Expos fans will get the chance to admire many items related to the history of the Expos–baseball bats, jerseys and balls as well as other memorabilia of several favorite players–and relive the great moments in the story of the Montreal Expos.

Many former Expos will participate in autograph signing sessions before each of the two games, including Ross Grimsley, Tim Burke, Dennis Martinez and Claude Raymond on March 25, and Mike Fitzgerald, Steve Renko, Coco Laboy, Javy Vasquez and Denis Boucher on March 26. Rusty Staub and several former Expos will also be the subject of special tribute ceremonies during games.
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