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#1730114 - 02/08/20 08:03 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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Manfred is a knob.

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#1730706 - 02/11/20 08:08 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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Originally Posted By: Dave
Manfred is a knob.


MLB reportedly planning to change postseason format from 5 to 7 teams per league.

- Wild card game would go away
- First round would become best 2-of-3
- Top seed in each league gets a Bye
- Teams with best records would pick their opponents.
(via
@Joelsherman1
)

Thoughts?

https://twitter.com/MLBONFOX/status/1226993415537090560

No idea who made this new playoff format proposal, but Rob is responsible for releasing it, so I’ll direct this to you, Rob Manfred. Your proposal is absurd for too many reasons to type on twitter and proves you have absolutely no clue about baseball. You’re a joke.

https://twitter.com/BauerOutage/status/1227053354741682176
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#1731118 - 02/12/20 10:56 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: GratefulDawg]
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Trevor Bauer goes off on Rob Manfred about his playoff scheme, and the overall marketing approach of MLB under Manfred's leadership. Classic rant ... Trevor Bauer for Commissioner!



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#1731242 - 02/12/20 03:14 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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Jason Kipnis, in large part the heart and soul of the Indians teams during the 2010s, thanked the fans and organization in Cleveland in a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday.

Kipnis is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Chicago Cubs. The Indians declined his club option for the 2020 season earlier this winter and signed Cesar Hernandez to a one-year deal to start at second base.

Kipnis, 32 and a two-time All-Star, played through a rebuilding effort, a resurgence back to contention, a trip to the World Series in 2016, four total playoff appearances and three divisional titles in his nine seasons in Cleveland. Affectionately known as “Dirtbag,” Kipnis was a fan favorite over much of the past decade.

Now that it’s closer to being official that Kipnis will be elsewhere, he thanked both the franchise that gave him his start in the majors and the fans that supported him in Cleveland.

“Cleveland, I’ll keep it short... Thank you,” Kipnis wrote. “For taking a chance on me as an organization and as a fan base. You guys joined me on this ride to get this great org back to where it belonged, at the top competing for a WS every year! I’m sorry I couldn’t finish the job for you.

“You helped shape me into the person I am today and I’m forever grateful. From the polite and respectful greetings you showed my family, friends and I everywhere we went. Every restaurant, every bar, every heinen’s, everywhere! You made me feel 10 feet tall! Many of you went from fans, to familiar faces, to even friends. Keep that Rally Together spirit going for this team. You’re holding them to a high standard and that’s the way it should be. I was fortunate enough to play with some of the best teammates, coaching, medical and equipment staff in the game and wouldn’t have had the run i did without them. Many of which are lifelong friends now.

“I’ll always cherish my time in Cleveland and always tried to show you how much I loved wearing that jersey by the way I played for you! Forever grateful, forever part of the Tribe!

Thank you Cleveland.

Kip, Dirtbag, #22.”

https://www.cantonrep.com/sports/2020021...th-chicago-cubs
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#1731878 - 02/14/20 08:54 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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Domingo Santana’s deal with #Indians is complete, source tells The Athletic. One year, $1.5M with $500K in roster bonuses. Also: $5M club option with $250K buyout. Value of option escalates by amount of each roster bonus he earns. So, could end up two-year, $7.5M deal.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1228303848474894338
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#1731894 - 02/14/20 09:56 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: GratefulDawg]
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j/c...


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#1731900 - 02/14/20 10:33 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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Perfect.
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#1731910 - 02/14/20 11:39 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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It starts ...

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#1732063 - 02/15/20 08:47 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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Mike Clevinger’s knee surgery reminds us why Carlos Carrasco needs to stay healthy

https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2020/02/...ay-healthy.html


By Terry Pluto, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio – It’s a lot to ask.

That’s what I was thinking when I started writing column about Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco.

Most Cleveland Indians fans have heard Clevinger suffered a knee injury working out Wednesday. He had arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial tear of his left medial meniscus Friday.

The Indians said Clevinger will be out 6-to-8 weeks. It’s seem doubtful he’ll be ready for the opener March 26.

While Shane Bieber is the ace of the staff in the minds of most fans, I considered that role falling to Clevinger, especially after the trades of Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber.

Bieber or Clevinger? You can debate which of these talented right arms you like best for the top of rotation. But you can feel good about either one having a strong 2020 season.

Over the last three seasons, Clevinger’s average record was 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. Batters hit only .216 against him.

When healthy, the 29-year-old Clevinger has overpowering stuff.

Clevinger also has a very violent pitching motion that puts stress on his back and legs. Last season, he missed 10 weeks with a significant back injury.

So the Indians have to go slowly with Clevinger as he recovers from surgery, even if it’s considered “minor.”

THEY NEED CARRASCO

Which brings me to Carrasco. The right-hander was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last June. He came back to pitch in September, and won the American League Comeback Player of the Year award.

Carrasco had a 6.60 ERA in 11 relief appearances after returning to the field. A couple of rocky outings inflated the numbers.

When several of us talked to Carrasco during Tribefest two weeks ago, he stressed he was healthy. He already was throwing some demanding bullpen sessions.

Early reports from spring training are encouraging.

"He graded out pretty well as far as strength and everything,” Manager Terry Francona told the media in Goodyear. “I thought he looked tremendous. I know he gets tired of us asking him how he’s doing. I said, ‘You’ve got to understand that we have to ask you.’ "

Now, more than ever, that’s true with Clevinger’s situation.

As Francona also told Carrasco: “We’d love for you to take the ball every five days and throw 200 innings.”

In 2017-18, Carrasco averaged 196 innings. He had a 35-16 record and 3.31 ERA in those two seasons.

Can he do that after his battle with leukemia?

Carrasco will be 33 on March 21. He appears to be in excellent physical condition and he is one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet.

Pitcher Jon Lester and first baseman Anthony Rizzo both beat lymphoma when they were in the Boston Red Sox organization. So there is reason for optimism about Carrasco, but we also are talking about a man who was fighting for his life last summer.

REMAKING THE ROTATION

Let’s assume Clevinger opens the season on the disabled list. That puts Bieber and Carrasco at the top of the rotation.

Adam Plutko (7-5, 4.86 ERA) is out of minor league options. He’ll likely have a spot.

For the final two rotation spots, that leaves Aaron Civale (3-4, 2.34 ERA) and Zach Plesac (8-6, 3.81 ERA), who both rose all the way from Class AA Akron last summer.

The Indians also like prospects Jefry Rodriguez and Scott Moss, but are they ready in March and April?

There are question marks about all the young starters. Can they hold up over an entire season?

The Indians know a healthy Carrasco not only can handle the innings, he is one of the best starters in the American League.

And for the Indians to be a contender, Carrasco now looms more important than ever.
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#1732352 - 02/16/20 04:46 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: GratefulDawg]
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j/c:



I remember this at-bat like it was yesterday. This sucks.

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#1732355 - 02/16/20 04:55 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: MemphisBrownie]
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Originally Posted By: MemphisBrownie
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I remember this at-bat like it was yesterday. This sucks.



Damn, that's sad. He was so good for the Tribe during that '97 run.

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#1732760 - 02/18/20 09:47 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Spergon FTWynn]
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j/c...

Get your bets in...


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#1732892 - 02/18/20 04:37 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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Interesting. How long until this becomes the new norm?...


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#1732893 - 02/18/20 04:43 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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They'll be available online, evidently.
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#1732895 - 02/18/20 05:02 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: YTownBrownsFan]
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Correct, you'll be able to stream via the Tune-In app.

I currently use Tune-In Live to stream out-of-market games through Alexa.

This could be quite bad for the future of select local radio stations that have deals in place with sports franchises.

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#1732896 - 02/18/20 05:10 PM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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I hope they lose what's left of their fan base to the Giants.

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#1733017 - 02/19/20 10:40 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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j/c...

Bron Bron weighs in...

(check his twitter feed)!


Edited by Milk Man (02/19/20 10:41 AM)
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#1733436 - 02/20/20 10:31 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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j/c:

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#1733437 - 02/20/20 10:40 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: MemphisBrownie]
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My goodness.

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#1733443 - 02/20/20 10:52 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Milk Man]
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I've seen this movie. Good grief.

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#1733663 - 02/21/20 10:21 AM Re: MLB "Hot Stove League" thread [Re: Dave]
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Good news...


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