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Nearing Haiku Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 17, 2015

Not much going on other than the White Sox picking up Todd Frazier and Klay Thompson’s bro going to LA. What happened to Frazier last year anyway? He absolutely tanked in the 2nd half. People are saying the HR Derby screwed up his swing and I don’t buy that at all. Even if if was altered for the HR Derby he had ample time to work with his hitting coach and get it back to where it was previously. He was either playing with an injury in the 2nd half or it was just normal regression. Anyone can hit for half a season. Didn’t Johnny LeMaster have one decent half a season of hitting? I seem to recall that…….

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  1. chipower9 said, on December 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Johnny LeMaster?
    LeMaster Decent Hitting??
    An Oxymoron…

  2. unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Hey, Jose Uribe hit .290 one year. Don;t think he ever came close to that before or after.

  3. willedav said, on December 17, 2015 at 7:52 am

    One year Jose Uribe hit .290 iirc. I can remember Campaneris blasting 20 bombs for A’s once too. And these guys weren’t on Brady Anderson diet either. Boo hit .254 once, maybe.

    Picked up Knight’s book on LA at lib, also one by Bob Gibson “Pitch by Pitch” on pitching vs McLain and Detroit ’68 WS opener, where he goes batter to batter and describes what he does. Tigers eventually beat him with Lolich to win it all bitter pill for him and Cards to swallow.

    Watching Warriors last night, at one point 2nd Q Phoenix was up 40-36, hitting shots all over the floor.
    By the time they scored another 25 they were down by 30 and hopelessly thrashed. Suns have a good backcourt and other guys who can shoot and score, but…

    Difference is the consistency of what GS does, not just for a few minutes but over the full game until outcome has been decided. And game after game they can do this, night after night.
    Kerr getting healthier and being more involved is only going to make them better too, Fun to watch.

    • unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:05 am

      What yesterday’s game really showed was if both Curry and Thompson are hitting, there’s no stopping them.

      Those 2 scored 40 of the Warriors 46 points in the 3rd quarter. Unreal. At one point late in the 3rd quarter, Barnett said the Splash bros had scored 66 points to PHX’s 65.

    • chipower9 said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:16 am

      WillieD is right…I had to look it up. LeMaster hit .254 in ’79. The only other time he hit over .250 was ’81.

    • chipower9 said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:18 am

      You cannot forget Draymond. He had another triple-double. Just a KEY piece for the Dubs…the guy does it all!

  4. willedav said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:04 am

    More I read of what Flav said, he’s right about Yorks and Ostler. The overall impact of hosting the SB is gonna be huge in Bay Area, from hotels to entertainment, up and down Peninsula from SF to Jose and it’s all going down at York’s yard. Even people who don’t know anything about football are talking about renting out rooms. Hotel rooms during the week anywhere near Levis are already $300 and up and have been for some time according to traveling sales people I talk to at work. They come here for meetings and are just floored by how expensive it is to stay here, and of course traffic in and out of San Jose and SF has gotten way worse.

    Ostler is not exactly someone you can trust to have much hope of a sensible idea either. Not as consistently annoying as Marin soccer mom Killion, but eminently clueless LA transplant.

  5. Flavor said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:05 am

    first half of ’83 Lemaster hit .257. I’m gonna keep looking.

    • willedav said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:13 am

      In that ’68 WS Tigers moved M Stanley to SS to allow their 3 other OFs to stay in LU.
      First time up for Cards opening game Stanley throws out Brock on a ground ball and Cards had omen of things to come.
      The guy he replaced, Ray Oyler, hit .171 iirc.

      Makes Lemaster look like batting champ.

      Check out Ozzie Smith’s BA from when he was Padre before he got on that STL turf…not exactly HOF stuff.

      • zumiee said, on December 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

        One of the first baseball books I ever read was about that World Series, called “The Year of the Tiger.” The book is long out of print, and probably not easy to find. I remember that book well for Lolich getting 3 wins in that World Series, and riding a motor scooter to the home games. McClain winning 30 games that year. And Northrup hitting 2 grandslams in 1 game during the regular season, and coming up with the bases loaded for a 3rd time and striking out.

    • chipower9 said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

      In ’79, his best overall year as far as BA goes, he hit the following:

      April – .286
      May – .361
      June (Swoon) – .193 (there’s the Boo we all know and love)
      July – .260
      August – .267
      Sept/Oct – .228

      He may have had a flash where he hit better than his May numbers, but I seriously doubt it.

  6. unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Well, the papers were hit with a bunch of anti-York articles yesterday:

    http://www.knbr.com/2015/12/15/radnich-with-decisions-looming-york-may-face-attendance-issues-at-levis/

    to ESPN’s Jay Mariotti

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/if-john-york-loves-49ers-hell-fire-jed/

    The bad side of this is to look at the Bidwells and the Chicago/St Louis/Arizona Cardinals.

    83 years of ownership with decades of frustration and dogshit teams. Or even the Halas/McCaskeys. The good is the Rooney family.

  7. alleykat69 said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Mike Benjamin set a ML record with 14 straight hits back in 95 and still managed to hit .220 that year.
    Only in baseball can you find a obscure shit like that!!

    • djloo27 said, on December 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

      It was 14 hits in 3 games, Kat, but they weren’t consecutive…

  8. alleykat69 said, on December 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Yes your right Sir Loo,
    Believe his 1st game was 6 straight? Tied the team record.
    Then he slacked off and only got 9 hits the next 3 games, for 15 hits which still tied a ML record back then in a 4 game stretch..
    Loo,are any other Flapper know if that record still stands?

  9. chipower9 said, on December 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Only 62 days until pitchers and catchers report…

  10. willedav said, on December 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Yahoo sports said Iwakuma failed the Dodgers physical, tho leaving door open deal could still be worked out.
    And also mentions Leake now in their sights.
    Great, bring it.

    • zumiee said, on December 17, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Interesting; we were wondering what the delay was on the Iwakuma deal being announced.

  11. chipower9 said, on December 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I have taken Zumiee’s lead and am perusing various Bumbino blogs…

    A couple of disillusioned fans believe that perhaps Chapman was a part of the ménage à trois of which the Bums were recently a part with the White Sox and Reds, and that they are waiting to announce it until the waters clear on Chapman. Uh, right.

    Here was one of the posts off of one of the blogs…

    “Gionfriddo says:

    December 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    1. MadBum
    2. Cueto
    3. Samardzija

    You know who I pay attention to? Guys named Sabean, Evans, & Tidrow who pull strings & maneuver to win 3 titles in 5 years, then proceed to put 2 good arms behind the preeminent postseason SP of this generation. As currently constructed this division is the Giants to win or lose. It’s a nasty pill to swallow but it’s the damn truth.”

    I love reading that kind of shit on a Dodger blog!

    • zumiee said, on December 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      🙂

    • unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Ditto!

    • snarkk said, on December 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I don’t know if I’m as optimistic as that guy is pessimistic. But, on paper, now the Giants should be good to go for at least 90 wins…

  12. unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    How hard is a baseball physical? Jog to first and crack a beer? I mean really? Pablo at one point couldn’t lift a quarter of his weight or some shit.

    • Flavor said, on December 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      He couldn’t do an inverted press. Not even a single one according to his trainer. THAT shows how uninterested he was in taking care of himself physically before he got in shape for his big deal in Boston

  13. unca_chuck said, on December 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I mean, if Bartolommeo Colon is passing them how hard can they be?

    • snarkk said, on December 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Bartolo ‘two slices” Colon…

  14. snarkk said, on December 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Giants have added Samardjxxxx and Cueto, totalling around $35 million. They shed something like $45-$50 million, didn’t they? They’ve got plenty extra to go out and get a good outfielder…

  15. snarkk said, on December 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Iwakuma failed his Dodger physical, then almost immediately re-signed with the Mariners. A miracle recovery from the problem — Dodger cold feet…

  16. chipower9 said, on December 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Only 61 days until pitchers and catchers report…

    “People ask me what I do in the winter when there is no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
    -Rogers Hornsby

  17. willedav said, on December 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Snarkk’s right, M’s did sign him back, 1 yr deal with options for 2 more. LA was still willing to make an offer so injury could not have been anything major, but gotta wonder what’s going on down there.

    Rotation as Flav mentioned has lot of ? after Opie. 2b has old and in the way plus unproven and SS is the Seager kid. OF has Puig Pederson V/S Crawford and Ethier plus Thompson kid…are any of above full time ml players?

    Um I have a feeling those 24-1 shirts Bucks displayed are gonna come back to haunt them tonight.
    Thing is Warriors are together enough to know that their style wins out without getting all “I’m gonna get you sucka” like playground guys do.
    Sure Bucks will score 90 points maybe, but Warriors will get 100+ with superior talent and smarter players who have prepared to do what they need to do to win.
    That’s a line from bill Russell I always liked: “Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to win.”


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