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    MLB - Baseball 2016

    After my team, "The Mighty M's" finally canned that disgraceful fraud of a GM, Jack Z....I'm carefully going to follow the Mariners again with their new GM, coach and personnel changes.

    I don't follow MLB as closely as American football, however.

    Here's for starters. A little background noise.

    Yes, the younger players are different.


    From the Goose: Can't pitch inside, can't run into the Catcher when you're going for home and Jose Bautista flipping his bat after an HR.

    Andrew Marchand
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    TAMPA, Fla. -- Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage called Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista a "disgrace to the game" and blasted "nerds" for turning baseball into a "joke" during a 10-minute interview Thursday.

    "Bautista is a f---ing disgrace to the game," Gossage told ESPN. "He's embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing."

    Bautista famously flipped his bat after launching a three-run, seventh-inning home run to give the Blue Jays the lead in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.


    The Toronto Blue Jays slugger produced an image for the ages after his seventh-inning homer.

    Rangers' Dyson: Bautista should 'respect game'

    Rangers reliever Sam Dyson wasn't waiting to share his thoughts on Jose Bautista's home run celebration -- The Bat Flip Heard 'Round The World. "It shouldn't be done," Dyson said.

    Eight years before Bautista was born, Gossage began his playing career in 1972. After pitching for 22 years, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. He is among a group of former Yankees who are in camp to assist the current players.

    "He's a great ambassador for the game," Bautista told ESPN after being informed of Gossage's comments. "I don't agree with him. I'm disappointed that he made those comments, but I'm not going to get into it with him. I would never say anything about him, no matter what he said about me. I have too much good stuff to worry about his comments. Today is my first game [of the spring], getting ready for a new season; hopefully, we will whoop some more ass."

    After meeting with New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi, Gossage expressed no regrets over his comments.
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    Bautista's words showed a lot of class too IMHO.

    Attaboy ,Goose. He didn't require providing an apology after speaking with the Yankees GM and Manager keeping his paycheck intact. Always best to check with your front office just in case.
    You can always tell them to f**k off when your heart knows that you did the right thing. Same as Phil 'Scooter' Rizzuto did when he knew attending the Mick's funeral was the right thing to do.

    My Dad was a Brooklyn Dodger fan so my heart rode to the West Coast with them. I'm huge on Koufax for his pitching prowess, leadership, determination and guts during the 60's so there is still a huge place in my heart for the LA Dodgers. The 60's teams were for real...then again wasn't everything ?
    The past holds a special place but I'm glad that I won't be able to do it all over again. I'd really be baaaad!

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    Here's the bat flip. He is an asshole, IMO.


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    Sigh...What an insult...That has ruined my day...Things will never be the same again...Gossage must be so saintly...Where's Willy?...

    What a Goose...

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    Just a couple more weeks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Just a couple more weeks!
    Yeah, Snub

    B/c Jack Z is finally gone I may follow the M's this year.

    I'm still mulling it over.

    Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong did massive damage to the M's organization with Jack Z, and as usual the fans took it on the chin.

    Time for fresh blood!

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    OK,

    Mariners opening game starts in in less than 24 hours.

    I look forward to watching the Mighty M's this season.


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    Opening Day roster for the M's.

    A very cool version is at link below.



    http://projects.seattletimes.com/201...riners-lineup/

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    Its an even numbered year. 2010 who won it all? 2012? 2014? We have a great pitching staff this year as well. All home games sold out in the best park in ball.

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    Count down to 3,000 hits for Ichiro will be the first stat I check daily. He needs 65 more but I'm not that confident he'll get there this year. He batted an abysmal .229 last year and only .184 in spring training this year. He''ll be the 4th or 5th outfielder this year so may not get enough plate appearances.

    Trivia: What's the difference between an "at bat" and a "plate appearance"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Its an even numbered year. 2010 who won it all? 2012? 2014? We have a great pitching staff this year as well. All home games sold out in the best park in ball.
    Hope you keep us informed on Giants this year, AO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Count down to 3,000 hits for Ichiro will be the first stat I check daily. He needs 65 more but I'm not that confident he'll get there this year. He batted an abysmal .229 last year and only .184 in spring training this year. He''ll be the 4th or 5th outfielder this year so may not get enough plate appearances.
    I always liked watching him in Seattle.

    If he's only 65 hits away, I hope he can get it this year.

    If he's hitting a buck and change in Spring training, the Marlins may not just play him much. I understand sympathy at-bats, but he may not get enough plate appearances.

    Trivia: What's the difference between an "at bat" and a "plate appearance"?
    I long forgot.

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    You cant be walked, hit by a pitch or sacrifice or you will not be credited with an at bat only a plate appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You cant be walked, hit by a pitch or sacrifice or you will not be credited with an at bat only a plate appearance.
    Cheers for that.

    I went cold on Baseball b/c I despised my hometeam's organizational leadership. The bad times lasted about 7-8 years.

    I'm following them again closely and will watch most of their games at home.

    I've been to.....about 9-10 baseball stadiums. Not enough.

    Grew up collecting and trading cards, and loved playing the game when I was in my teens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper
    Trivia: What's the difference between an "at bat" and a "plate appearance"?
    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    You cant be walked, hit by a pitch or sacrifice or you will not be credited with an at bat only a plate appearance.
    You are the man AO !

    In baseball, an at bat (AB) or time at bat is a batter's turn batting against a pitcher. An at bat is different from a plate appearance. A batter is credited with a plate appearance regardless of what happens during his turn at bat. A batter is only credited with an at bat if that plate appearance does not have one of the results enumerated below. While at bats are used to calculate certain statistics, including batting average and slugging percentage, a player can only qualify for the season-ending rankings in these categories if he accumulates 502 plate appearances during the season.
    A batter will not receive credit for an at bat if their plate appearance ends under the following circumstances:
    • He receives a base on balls (BB).[1]
    • He is hit by a pitch (HBP).
    • He hits a sacrifice fly or a sacrifice hit (also known as sacrifice bunt).
    • He is awarded first base due to interference or obstruction, usually by the catcher.
    • The inning ends while he is still at bat (due to the third out being made by a runner caught stealing, for example). In this case, the batter will come to bat again in the next inning, though the count will be reset to no balls and no strikes.
    • He is replaced by another hitter before his at bat is completed (unless he is replaced with two strikes and his replacement completes a strikeout).
    Section 10.02.a.1 of the official rules of Major League Baseball defines an at bat as: "Number of times batted, except that no time at bat shall be charged when a player: (1) hits a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly; (2) is awarded first base on four called balls; (3) is hit by a pitched ball; or (4) is awarded first base because of interference or obstruction..."[2]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_bat

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    It's a smashing debut for Manager Dave Roberts as Dodgers crush Padres 15-0 in record opening-day blowout


    Dodgers left-handed starter Clayton Kershaw pitches against the Padres on opening day at Petco Park. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

    SAN DIEGO — The gray Dodgers jersey clung to his frame, his shoulders soaked after a Gatorade bath by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. "I'm freezing right now," Dave Roberts said, his body temperature the lone cause for concern after a 15-0 opening-day pounding of the San Diego Padres in his managerial debut.

    For one afternoon, as the sun faded over Petco Park and an unsettling spring temporarily became a memory, all was well for the Dodgers. Their hitters occupied the bases with stunning regularity. Clayton Kershaw quieted the bats of the Padres with mirthless efficiency. The distance between the two clubs measured in double digits.

    The coming weeks and months will determine if this team can validate the vision of its front office, but on Monday there was little reason to quibble. Every member of the starting lineup recorded a hit. Chase Utley notched three hits, Gonzalez provided three RBI singles and Justin Turner doubled twice. Puig capped the onslaught by roping an RBI triple and scoring on a fielding error in the eighth, the proverbial Little League home run.

    Roberts planned to spend about 10 seconds admiring the scene before the game, preserving memories for the start of his career as a big league manager. His players afforded him the chance to admire their rout for the game's final four innings. The Dodgers won by the largest shutout margin on opening day in history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    "It's got to be special for him to get his first one out of the way," Kershaw said. "And now it's just baseball. Get all the hoopla out of the way of this one, and now he can do what he wants to do and we can do what we want to do."

    By all accounts, they want to replicate Monday. Starting his sixth opener, Kershaw struck out nine and let only two runners on base in seven innings. He finished with as many hits as the plate (one) as he allowed the entire Padres lineup. He retired the final 13 men he faced.



    "That was vintage, opening day Clayton," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Focused, ready to go. He comes to spring training ready for opening day, it seems like."

    The offense afforded Kershaw room to breathe. Roberts installed Utley as his leadoff hitter, a nod to Utley's history of success against right-handed pitchers like Padres starter Tyson Ross, and a concession necessary after original leadoff man Andre Ethier broke his leg. Utley rewarded Roberts by catalyzing the offense.

    He doubled in the season's first at-bat and scored on a subsequent double by rookie Corey Seager. Soon after, Gonzalez delivered his first run-scoring single. The quartet of Utley, Seager, Turner and Gonzalez went 9-for-19 on the day.

    But it was the bottom half of the lineup that cracked the game open in the sixth. After Ross hit Puig with a pitch, Carl Crawford legged out an infield single. Joc Pederson smashed an RBI double. Ellis chopped a two-run single past the drawn-in infield. Kershaw singled and scored on Seager's sacrifice fly to cap the five-run inning.

    The onslaught continued. Three runs in the seventh. Four more in the eighth. Roberts enjoyed the scene.

    His previous 48 hours had unfolded in cinematic fashion. He had grown up in the suburbs of San Diego, rooting for the Padres, a team for which he would one day both play and coach. He spent Sunday afternoon with his parents. He left 13 tickets at the gate. His guests witnessed an immaculate debut.

    After Yimi Garcia recorded the final out, he handed the baseball to Roberts. The team intended to furnish him with a copy of the lineup card. And he would keep his jersey, once it dried out.

    "It was a good day," Roberts said. "There were a lot of good things that happened."

    It's a smashing debut for Manager Dave Roberts as Dodgers crush Padres 15-0 in record opening-day blowout - LA Times
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    I spent all day watching baseball. Loving it!

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    Dodger manager Roberts (age 43) was on the 2004 MLB Championship Dodgers. Born in Okinawa the son of a US Marine and a Japanese mom he spent his childhood moving from base to base (pun intended). What's not to love about that for baseball fans internationally and around Dodger-ville, South Californication ? [Caveat: True Blue Dodgers once aka Dem Bums.]

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    Fcuk the Dodgers. Well this has started early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    I spent all day watching baseball. Loving it!
    I watched the M's/Rangers and am now watching the Nats and Braves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjblaney View Post
    It's a smashing debut for Manager Dave Roberts as Dodgers crush Padres 15-0 in record opening-day blowout
    Good to see a Dodger fan in here.

    I used to live about a 15 minute drive from Dodger stadium and would enjoy a few games a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Fcuk the Dodgers. Well this has started early.
    So you're from the Bronx. I'm cool with that. Say Hey Mays is one of my all-time favs.

    Candlestick was an icon...I think the Beatles played there...McCovey, Marichal...Perry , Cepeda, Haller...

    Then came along steroids...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee
    So you're from the Bronx. I'm cool with that. Say Hey Mays is one of my all-time favs.
    No I am not from the Bronx, Yankee fans are from there. I am a "The City" kind of fan. I saw all the guys you mentioned above play at the stick. Froze my ass off a few times in the summer as well. 3 friends and I could drive to the game, park, get nice field seats, have a couple of hot dogs, some peanuts and a coke for $25 or $30 total. Those were the days. Double headers were surely where it was at.

    The Giants played at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan before moving west. We then played in Seal Stadium until Candlestick was built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee
    Then came along steroids...
    Wait, wait, I know this one!!!! Let's see...,uh, juiced...BARRY BONDS!

    Yes?

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    Fuck the Dodgers indeed, only Vin Scully deserves some respect from that place....

    we got 12 away from home... BOOM!!!

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