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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 2, 2016

Whenever I go to mlbtraderumors.com and the lead story is either “week in review” or Free Agent A vs Free Agent B Face Off, I know there is nothing going on in baseball. And why would there be? It’s cold. Dark. Haiku.

 

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  1. willedav said, on January 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Any read on what type of pitcher Maeda is and how his game might translate to mlb? $20 mil just for rights to talk to the guy, yeow.

    Regardless, Giants adding Cueto and Samardz (subtracting Hudson Vogs and Lincecum) trumps LA adding Kazmir and Maeda while subtracting Greinke.

    Read the Knight book on Dodgers. Lot of dysfunction over there, in FO with Colletti being shoved aside by new ownership, clubhouse with Puig and Ethier, and Kemp and Hanley before that and curious moves as mgr. by DTT. Less than a good read, imo with lot of time spent on McCourt battle, 2013(Kershaw meltdowns) and way less on 2014. Giants mentioned only in passing.

    They still seem like a mess with potential for train wreck season–new mgr., same overcrowded OF, ? marks middle IF and pen.

    • Flavor said, on January 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

      I don’t want any of the Japanese pitchers. Too many of them break down. And it makes sense, it’s a different game, different type of stress on the arms. I’m glad they signed him. But no, I haven’t seen much on him mostly because I haven’t looked

  2. dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

    No trades to critique
    Weekly rundown seppuku
    New year has arrived

  3. xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Squeaking b ball shoes
    And many bullshit bowl games
    Mid-winter doldrums

  4. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Three hundred bucks down
    King of campus, lost my ass
    Thanks Trevone Boykin

  5. Flavor said, on January 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Drunk in Alamo
    Curfews are for big pussies
    Uh oh, don’t drop soap

  6. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    There’s some video of Maeda on YouTube. He has that hesitation in the middle of his motion that all Japanese pitchers seem to have.
    I read a thing that said that a lot of scouts project him as a 3 or 4 guy, not an ace type.

  7. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I started the book “Pitch By Pitch,” by Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler. Great idea for a book: get deep into the strategy and tactics of pitching by looking at a single game, pitch by pitch. In this case, a World Series game. Wheeler is the author of another baseball book I like a lot: “Intangiball,” an argument for the importance of team chemistry, leadership, grit, and other things not measured so well by sabermetrics.
    “Pitch By Pitch” does venture into side topics, also, such as racism in baseball in the ’60s.

  8. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    According to Joel Sherman, the Maeda deal is 8 years, with a low base salary, and very incentive-laden. Seems kind of odd.

    • zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      If I’m reading between the lines, it sounds like there wasn’t strong interest in him around MLB.

      • zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

        The $20 million posting fee, a big factor, of course.

  9. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Physically, Maeda is Lincecum-sized. He’s 27 years old. Timmy was fading by age 27.

    • Flavor said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      think about how many pitches that guy has thrown already.

      • zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm

        Yeah, some big questions there regarding his durability in the future.

  10. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Scary WR injury in the Kansas St./Arkansas game. We all remember Daryl Stingley. Hope it’s not that.

    • wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Yeah, it looks bad. I never saw him move a muscle even when they put him on the board and drove him out. He didn’t even do the proverbial “thumbs up” as the cart entered the tunnel.

      • zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm

        It’s amazing it doesn’t happen more often.

  11. Flavor said, on January 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    The posting fee is something that’s a deal breaker for me. Even with it not being my money, even with it being “just the way it is.” Handing over 20 million or 50 million or whatever, to some fucking team that has nothing to do with the deal, is absurd. It borders on slave trading……

  12. blade3colorado said, on January 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Totally underwhelmed as well by the Bums signing of another Japanese import, especially after reading this profile of him. Also, agree that the posting fee is ludicrous and hopefully, this is something that is revised in future seasons (as has been reported). Any team that pays this fee – for any import pitcher especially – has already taken the proverbial “two strikes” in my opinion, e.g., Darvish and Matsuzaka both needed Tommy John surgery after coming to the States, and Tanaka is pitching with a partially torn ligament in his elbow that will at some point likely lead to the same procedure.

    http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-dodgers-pitcher-kenta-maeda-scouting-report-japan-010116

  13. willedav said, on January 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Fighting Ducks in the end zone again.
    Grudging respect for what they have done last few years.
    If they aren’t torturing a team you like, they are fun to watch.

    • xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      An Ornette Colman haiku. Nice.

      • xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        Coleman.

  14. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    TCU quit before the first kick. Another embarrassing performance for the Big 12.

  15. Carstie Clausen said, on January 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Generally, here on the far-flung fringe of the Great Northwoods, things are pretty peaceful and quiet. Not so today ~ or tomorrow. Just two miles from me is Pine Lake, where they annually hold some kinda International snomobubblehead championships. Racing on your ass with a big plastic bubble on your skull. They call it a sport, but from here it sounded like a mob of maladjusted mosquitos messing with your ears. The noise was whining, buzzing, grinding worse than some of the older dentist drills.

    And they even drew spectators. At least the poor dweebs did not hafta pay admission. My remedy was to fire up the Jonsered 670 Champ and cut me some firewood. If i gotta listen to noise, at least it is comforting to know that it was my own and that it was for practical good ~ like cooking a meal later in the season.

  16. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Flem gets a prime time ESPN gig, doing the Alamo Bowl.

    • xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      He wants to be the next Al Michaels. Maybe if he expands into tennis and swimming he’ll be the next Ted Robinson. I see dysentery in Rio in his future.

      • zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 6:35 pm

        🙂

      • wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm

        He reminds me of Ted Robinson. That is an accurate comparison. I am a fan of neither.

  17. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    TCU is starting to make a game of it.

    • wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      TCU is winning the battle of backup QB’s.

  18. xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    That was a beautiful 2 point conversion play by TCU.

  19. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Finally an exciting bowl game.

  20. zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Heroic performance from theTCU back-up QB.

  21. xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Amazing how that TCU receiver bent back to grab the TD. Last play now?

    • xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      No. Not yet.

  22. xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    What’s the deal with these locomotive trains blasts? That signal means “we’re back up.” Anyway, fun game.

    • xoot said, on January 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Backing up.

  23. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Epic comeback!

  24. Flavor said, on January 2, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    that was the weirdest game, and one of the most exciting, I’ve ever watched from start to finish. The inability of the center to get the ball to the qb still blows my mind. It was like he’d never done it before. And that qb for TCU. Man, didn’t they say his dad died earlier this year? Unbelievable game. This is why college football is so much better than NFL

  25. unca_chuck said, on January 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Dubs close to losing after being up by 26. Curry got kicked in the leg again.

  26. unca_chuck said, on January 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Dominique Reed, tbe Arky WR that went off on a stretcher is OK. He was knocked cold and checked out at the hospital, but returned to the stadium.

    Dubs don’t look nearly as scary w/o Steph. No duh, eh?

    • zumiee said, on January 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Great news about Reed.

  27. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Fucking Skyler Howard. A mediocre quarterback at best is lighting it up. I just need AZ State to keep him somewhat in check and I will recoup my $300 entry fee.

  28. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Arizona State might have the worst CB’s in the history of collegiate football.

  29. wilcojoe said, on January 2, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    The Refs just blew a call on a WV receiver stepping out of bounds. That probably will cost me a couple hundred bucks. Unreal.

  30. wilcojoe said, on January 3, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Well Flav, I ended up winning half my entry fee back but if not for Skyler Howard’s record breaking night, I would have won a whole lot more.

  31. pawliekokonuts said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:44 am

    snow-coated ballfields
    silent of bat-crack drama
    in cold Reykjavik

    • pawliekokonuts said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

      no, not yet: I leave a week from tomorrow

    • unca_chuck said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Isn’;t it going to be dark about 18 hours a day there?

      • pawliekokonuts said, on January 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        not that different from Syracuse, absent of sunlight ….

  32. blade3colorado said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Joe, here’s your boy(kin) making nice with the police . . . 🙂

  33. djloo27 said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

    There’s been some talk that Cespedes might accept a 3-4 year deal…

  34. willedav said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Watched second half of Warriors game which they eked out in OT after blowing good sized lead.
    Game did not end on good note tho, as Faried took an inadvertent blow from a teammate after being pushed from behind during rebound scramble in last minute.
    They wound up immobilizing neck and taking him out of the arena on a stretcher.

    Only update I’ve saw says he has movement but will not accompany team on flight (to Portland I think).
    Scary, and hope he’s OK.

  35. djloo27 said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I’m a little worried about the back end of our bullpen…

    • willedav said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:42 am

      I think it’s still pretty solid. Bochy intentionally made sure Casilla’s option got vetted, and he and Romo are both tough on RH…hopefully for one more season.
      Add in Osich and Lopez vs. LH, plus Strick and Kontos, seems more than adequate.
      Maybe Strick gets some opps to close and figures it out.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:46 am

      No need to worry Loo . . . At least if you believe what this dude is saying:

      http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/67388/picks-to-click-breakout-pitchers-for-2016

      • blade3colorado said, on January 3, 2016 at 11:15 am

        Actually, this was written by a female. Whoops.

    • giants54 said, on January 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

      If big changes are going to occur this year, the bullpen seems the likeliest place.

  36. mrsprtdude said, on January 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Nice read Blade. Re Smarja makes sense. ASU game sucked. Pac 12 looked like the best conference and would end up 8-2 until O regon collapse and ASU CB’s taking the field. Anyone’s guess why Graham didn’t have ASU go for 2 on their last TD. Sigh

  37. blade3colorado said, on January 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Fitzpatrick (Jets) came up ant small with a playoff spot on the line. Three consecutive picks. To think I was actually going to plug in the anonymous Kellen Moore (not the paint . . . hahaha) in DFS. Arrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!!!!!

  38. unca_chuck said, on January 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Yeah. Pretty sad by Fitz. The pick in the end zone was terrible.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      That being said, I ignored (going into this game) a very, very big maxim regarding football on the East coast – never, ever, rely upon a quarterback contending with a 15-20 mph wind factor. 😦

      • Macdog said, on January 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        Unless it’s against the Giants defense.

  39. zumiee said, on January 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Sheesh, the Niners couldn’t wait until tomorrow to fire Tomsula? That’s pretty rough.

    • alleykat69 said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Already leaked out that Sweats was being shitcanned,no reason to wait till tomorrow Zumie.
      Only bummer is that Baalke wasn’t shipped to Siberia as well.
      Sean Payton now the hot rumor and I’m all in if that could unfold..

  40. Flavor said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Harbaugh is hilarious. Like him or hate him, he beats to his own drum. Look at this tweet he just sent out:
    Coach HarbaughVerified account
    ‏@CoachJim4UM
    Do not be deceived. You will reap what you sow.

    • snarkk said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Harbs misses nothing. Not surprising he’s commenting on this, with Tomsula supposedly backstabbing him last season.
      Then again, Harbs and Jed mutually parted ways, right? … 😉

      • unca_chuck said, on January 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm

        Harbaugh is a major league dick. As proven by this latest little antic.

        GIve him 3 more years and the administration at Michigan will be gunning for him to hit the road.

  41. blade3colorado said, on January 3, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Trent Baalke escapes the ax. Figures. Clueless York should hire Pettine.

    • snarkk said, on January 3, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      He should hire Chuck as GM…

  42. unca_chuck said, on January 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    a blind monkey would hit better draft picks than Baalke. What I just don’t understand is the complete disregard of Baalke for the glaring needs of the team before this year’s draft.

    But thanks! I mean really, I couidn’t do much worse.

    • snarkk said, on January 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      The only competition for inability to pick wideouts is Sabes’ inability to pick and develop outfielders. Sabes has Baalke beat by a mile on that weakness…


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