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  2. Upton didn't get enough love for his performance.
  3. Polanco is better than Trout because he has more hits.
  4. Dtwncbad

    Will Captains ever return to baseball?

    Barf. Jeter was certainly a legitimate Hall of Fame player on the field. BUt he was ALSO so overly packaged and marketed to the public as some legendary leader and legendarily clutch. He gets way, way, way too much credit for the intangibles. I bet 99% of baseball fans have no idea that the "out-of-this-universe clutch" Derek Jeter's lifetime postseason OPS was .838, and the "goat-of-all-goats-choker" ARod's lifetime postseason OPS was .822. Wow, Jeter was 1.9% better than ARod in the poatseason, yet look at how Jeter is viewed. I for one am not buying the clearly contrived Jeter leadership/clutch legend. Legitimate Hall of Famer for sure. Yet also probably the most overrated player of my lifetime. The guy played forever and his lifetime War is barely better than Bobby Grich.
  5. floplag

    Will Captains ever return to baseball?

    There is little reason for it in MLB aside from recognition. That having been said it has merit on that, but its really unnecessary
  6. "I’m bout to call the bluff on anybody that fold on me" Marsh is black now?
  7. Lou

    The quest for .500

    If that's the criteria, we should be able to get a better return on our younger/better players
  8. Catwhoshatinthehat

    Spin Forum Dumping Bin

    The ratio matters because it puts it into context especially when you come along and post the total number in an attempt to criticize/blame the current administration. Hardly a peep when this was happening under the prior administration because it didn't fit an agenda but now it's an issue. Democrats laughed at the "manufactured" border crisis and when there really is one I've heard nothing about suggestions to fix or do anything about it while most of the sources that ridiculed the manufactured crisis don't spend as much time talking about the real one. None of the main candidates have said much about it because like most politicians they're focused on the 2020 election. Further to Adam and Geoff's follow up questions what did the detainees die of, how old were they, did they have health issues before they came here? Over the years the deaths have been for various reasons due to the trek they made across a desert with little water/food (most will agree this is the biggest contributor), due to possible diseases or illnesses they had before they started the journey and the the list goes on. No one in their right mind wants any of these people to die but their deaths are being politicized to fit an agenda. Meanwhile we've got citizens who are homeless, veterans and elderly who can't afford to get by and yet people get up in arms when hundreds of millions are being spent on detainees here illegally and the fact that some have died in custody. Both sides are equally to blame but it's deplorable to lay this at the feet of the other side to fit your narrative.
  9. RIGHT ON CHUCK! Congrats! I became one 4 years ago, now I'm one 3x. Had the little boogers over this last weekend for some fun in the sun in Grandpa's pool. No worries, these kids will be Angels fans!!!!
  10. Angel Oracle

    The quest for .500

    True, I think though that they were referring to experienced bullpen arms. I'm happier finding the Buttreys, then acquiring a veteran that may work out for significant prospect capital.
  11. Angel Oracle

    The quest for .500

    Tomorrow never knows.
  12. yk9001

    Keep bunting at the shift

    So this was one and only time in 2019 there were no infielders on the left side?
  13. Jay

    The quest for .500

    To me it means the Angels are 28-29 since their 8-8 start.
  14. Glad that Marsh is extra motivated, but how do you call someone's bluff if they fold?
  15. Why does ratio matter? More people died. You think the families of these people care about ratios.
  16. UndertheHalo

    Will Captains ever return to baseball?

    So I think what has been established here is that “captains” in baseball are dumb and worthless.
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  18. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/mh370-malaysia-airlines/590653/ Long form read on MH370
  19. floplag

    The quest for .500

    No i watched it just fine but then i see him meltdown over a gopher ball this year and it tells a different story. The series was years ago, he doesnt seem the same guy today. Its just my opinion.
  20. Stradling

    The quest for .500

    Cool. Which 34 year old second baseman should we trade for the next Buttrey?
  21. I don't hate a rotation with Suarez, Canning, Skaggs, Heaney, and the best 5th pitcher we can find in our system (pena? trop? barria? jc ramirez? one of the injured F*ck-faces who we payed like 15 million for?). Skaggs and Heaney both need to step up, though. Obviously its still not "tip top", and our priority in the off season should be adding an ace to the top of it, but its starting to feel less like a huge open wound on the team.
  22. I don't know La Stella's stats since Chuck created this thread, but I don't think they're very flattering. Ohtani, however, has been a beast. I deeply apologize for not voting for him before.
  23. Read differently, but you clearly referenced MLB.com when talking about Trout. No big deal either way.
  24. Taylor

    The quest for .500

    I guess it will be exciting if and when they finally get to .500. It kind of feels like having a kid who keeps failing 8th grade, and then they finally move on to high school at age 17.
  25. Chuckster70

    You guys need to vote in La Stella & Ohtani

    https://www.mlb.com/news/shohei-ohtani-needs-final-push-for-all-star-game-bid Monday’s All-Star ballot update listed Ohtani fourth in the DH race, roughly 143,000 votes behind the Twins’ Nelson Cruz. The top three vote-getters at each position after Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline move on to the Starters Election, which will take place over a 28-hour period starting at noon ET on June 26 (you can read more about this year’s revamped voting format here). Resurgent Rangers star Hunter Pence currently ranks second at DH, but his health for the Midsummer Classic is now in question as he landed on the injured list with a groin injury. Cruz and Boston’s J.D. Martinez, the top DH vote-getter, are bona fide stars at the position. But don’t forget about Ohtani, because he’s been sensational over the last two and a half weeks. On May 31, Ohtani teamed with Mike Trout for back-to-back homers and later added an RBI single in Seattle. Since that day, he’s slashed .339/.391/.758 for a 199 weighted runs created plus that's tied for fifth-best in baseball. Ohtani has more than doubled his homer count since the calendar flipped to June, including one of the more impressive laser shots of the year that kickstarted his first career cycle Thursday. Ohtani came out hitting the ball just as hard in May as he did last year, when he finished within baseball’s top 5% in hard-hit rate (aka batted balls hit 95-plus mph). The difference was where that hard contact was going: Ohtani pounded more than half of his hard-hit balls into the ground through the end of May, putting him in company with hitters like Starlin Castro, Hanser Alberto and Jason Kipnis. But Ohtani has sliced that hard-hit grounder rate by over 15% in June, allocating his hard contact for way more damage in the air. In fact, a peek at Ohtani’s Statcast batted ball metrics in June looks a whole lot like the top 10 slugger he was in 2018. Ohtani, 2018: 50.2% hard-hit rate | 16% barrel rate | .545 expected slugging (xSLG) Ohtani, June 2019: 46.3% hard-hit rate | 19.5% barrel rate | .555 xSLG
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