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Goodbye to an Icon of the Greatest Generation

Posted by Radatz on November 15, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (5)


He was and remains a testament to the inadequacy of statistics. To see them, one would wonder (and some, believe it or not, actually have) why he's in the Hall. In his 14-year baseball career, interrupted a year by World War II, he only hit over .300 three times. He never won a batting title nor an RBI title. He never won a Gold Glove (they didn't exist between 1937 and 1951).


Yet over that career Bobby Doerr managed to bat .288. His average RBI total, normalize...

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I Think....Therefore I Rant!

Posted by JDIN827 on November 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (4)

Is there ANY team (as a whole) that is WORSE than the Browns?  Front office a mess.  Owner a mess. Coach and Analytics not on the same page.  Can't win a game.  Can't access talent.  No franchise QB since returning in 1999.  Not much of a defense or offense.  Drop balls.  No actual WR's on the team.  Didnt pick SOOO many in the draft over the years, we look like fools!  Watson could have been Rookie of the Year.  Philly QB was not even ra...

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Hats off, Justin.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on November 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (5)

Things are obviously going pretty well for Verlander right now. World Series win, marriage to a woman who isn't exactly dog meat in the looks department.

But here's why it's hats off to him.

When he agreed to the Houston trade, he had 3 x 28 mil left on his contract with a 4th year vesting option at 22 mil if he finished in the top 5 in Cy Young voting in 2019.

With the trade coming near the end of the season, Houston was on the hook for roughly 5.5 mil of the 28 in...

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Quick Hits & LSU-Bama Series

Posted by theknightswhosay on November 3, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Quick Hits

 

I want to talk about LSU-Alabama of course, but I also wanted to talk about a couple of other things first.

 

Really briefly, I’ve made previous reference to my dislike for politics seeping into sports. Accordingly, I won’t go into details about any one issue. I feel that since a certain point of view is being pushed by much of the sports media, I should at least recommend someone who says mostly corr...

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IT'S AN ODD FEELING REALLY

Posted by Southern Lion on November 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (19)

Fredericksburg Texas is a quaint, charming little town nestled in the bosom of a region known locally as the Texas Hill Country. It lies approximately seventy-five miles northwest of San Antonio, and about 25 miles from my home town. With a population of just over 11,000 people, Fredericksburg is widely known for its antique shops, museums, wineries, and its unique German heritage. For some of us it is also known as the birthplace and home town of Roger Metzger.


Roger Hen...

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A Boy's Dreams........

Posted by Ark_Razor on November 2, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (15)

I remember it well....... it was my first "Big league" baseball game I attended. June 9, 1962, Colt Stadium, Houston. The Houston Colts beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-1. I had liked baseball before Houston had a MLB team. They already had the Oilers, but I really didn't start following them until 1963.

So, it became that the Houston Colts became my first "favorite team".

While the LA Kings have supplanted them as ...

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Game 5 was must-win for Astros, not Dodgers

Posted by theknightswhosay on October 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (9)

I'm going to say upfront I am cheering for the Astros, given their proximity to Louisiana (and shared understanding of floods), the fact that they've never won before, the fact that they have an exciting young player who recently played for LSU, among other reasons. However, I don't want anyone to act like the rest of this series in just a formality.

 

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Say It Ain't So Joe

Posted by Radatz on October 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (11)


You may think I'm talking about the breaking news that Hightower is lost for the season to NE with a torn pectoral, as the good but fragile LB with the big contract becomes vaporware again. And that's bad enough. Oddly though, it's just an honorable mention since I heard about it as I sat to write this.


When the MLB playoffs began my dream was that Boston would fire Farrell (check) and Joe Girardi would somehow be fired by NY and end up in Boston. The latter soun...

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Here Comes the Series. There Go the Losers.

Posted by Radatz on October 22, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (6)


The run to the World Series was mostly exciting in both leagues, but it had its flops too. Focus here on the fun stuff:


Flop #1 far and away was Cleveland. Best team in the AL, streaking, they took the first 2 from NY at home (the second with an incredible comeback). Then they went to NY needing one win, lost a 1-0 duel, then got blown out and returned home to get hammered again. Three in a row. Shades of last season. Francona's stock fell like the DOW in 1929.

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Post-ALDS/NLDS Managerial Trophies

Posted by Radatz on October 13, 2017 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (1)


The 2017 MLB playoffs have showcased thus far both managerial brilliance and managerial ineptitude. The latter has resulted in one firing, that of John Farrell. We present here some of the award-winning performances.


Worst Manager in the Playoffs Award:


That would be none other than Farrell who, gifted one of the best farm systems in baseball plus a Yankee-like payroll has, since 2014, finished last twice and...

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