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  1. Thread: MLB 2019

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    You think the player salaries are responsible? ...

    You think the player salaries are responsible? LOL. It's supply and demand.

    Plenty of families are going to games. Families with money.

    Sports used to be more of a blue-collar interest. ...
  2. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Why does it matter in any way to you what...

    Why does it matter in any way to you what billionaire owners pay their players?
  3. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Nothing really childish or wrong IMO about...

    Nothing really childish or wrong IMO about banging a bat. I hope the whole stadium starts a trend of stamping their feet when bad calls occur.

    As i said, umpiring can't become automated fast...
  4. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Automation at home plate can't come fast enough. ...

    Automation at home plate can't come fast enough.

    Umps throwing out Brett Gardner twice in a week for thumping his bat while otherwise being silent in the dug-out is the kind of umpire...
  5. Thread: MLB 2019

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    I support that, but requiring a 4th win to...

    I support that, but requiring a 4th win to advance instead of a 3rd win doesn't really have *that* much meaning, from the perspective of sample size. Anyway, I don't care about that nearly as much...
  6. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Short playoff series are the great leveler. The...

    Short playoff series are the great leveler. The best baseball teams usually don't win the World Series.
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    The Braves have only a slightly worse chance of winning the WS (assuming they win the...
  7. Thread: MLB 2019

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    They were already the best team - now it's by a...

    They were already the best team - now it's by a bit of a margin.
  8. Thread: MLB 2019

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    LOL. I'm actually pretty great at baseball...

    LOL. I'm actually pretty great at baseball evaluation, and sports evaluation in general. Your continued disagreements with me indicate that you, in particular, are not.
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    No. IMO Deep Purple has three good albums and...

    No.

    IMO Deep Purple has three good albums and this isn't one of them.
  10. Thread: MLB 2019

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    I'm right here. And I'm not seeing anything...

    I'm right here.

    And I'm not seeing anything that I didn't predict 10 days ago:



    The Yankees' record was somewhat fake, because, until last week, they had one of the 3 or 4 easiest...
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    S3 was OK - it's too bad that with good dialog...

    S3 was OK - it's too bad that with good dialog writers and editors, they aren't so good at coming up with good stories. It's the same thing episode after episode. No development of the Upside Down...
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    Agreed. The flat-out laziness in the editing of...

    Agreed. The flat-out laziness in the editing of both films was appalling.
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    In service of what, exactly, were the "liberties"...

    In service of what, exactly, were the "liberties" in the EJ film contributing?

    It was mostly laziness, as far as I could tell. Like, for example, the trip to the therapy session in costume didn't...
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    Neither were very good, IMO.

    Neither were very good, IMO.
  15. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Boston still stands a fair chance of winning the...

    Boston still stands a fair chance of winning the A.L. East, IMO; even if they don't, they'll cruise to the home WC game. If they win it, I'd make them the slight favorite to win the A.L.
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    The final season was quite dreadful, but I didn't...

    The final season was quite dreadful, but I didn't think the same of the preceding season.

    The 2nd half of the final season is a full-on crap-fest, though. The show totally fell off a cliff.
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    LOL. Is this Walking Dead or the A Team?

    LOL. Is this Walking Dead or the A Team?
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    It wasn't very good, though I thought that the...

    It wasn't very good, though I thought that the musical set-pieces *were* good and, considering that there are several of them, make the movie worth seeing on a big screen if one happens to be a fan...
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    I like live albums. However, I prefer that...

    I like live albums.

    However, I prefer that the performers be alive.
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    Very tough call there. He's good enough to pay,...

    Very tough call there. He's good enough to pay, but at the same time isn't a star. I think they should pay Prescott and let Elliott walk. Paying both is kind of dumb, and Prescott is harder to...
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    They didn't have any good options. Keenum is not...

    They didn't have any good options. Keenum is not a good quarterback. He's a borderline backup. Giving a contract to a guy like that to start at QB for the next three years - on a team that just...
  22. Thread: MLB 2019

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    You are basing Andujar on 6 months of MLB work. ...

    You are basing Andujar on 6 months of MLB work. Urshela now has nearly two months in for the NYY. It's a fair comparison. And when Andujar played for the NYY this year, he was easily the worst...
  23. Thread: MLB 2019

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    And he's not being missed in the slightest. So...

    And he's not being missed in the slightest. So far, Urshela has been a huge upgrade at the position over Andujar.
  24. Thread: MLB 2019

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    It is a true statement that the Yankees have...

    It is a true statement that the Yankees have NEVER won a world series when their payroll was above the cap. Not one.
  25. Thread: MLB 2019

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    How in the world has the Yankees' history - or...

    How in the world has the Yankees' history - or recent MLB history - illustrated that?

    I'd love to hear it.
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    Wow - sorry I missed him a couple of years ago,...

    Wow - sorry I missed him a couple of years ago, then.
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    I really wanted to make it this year, but still...

    I really wanted to make it this year, but still couldn't.

    Enjoy!
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    That's how the reissues were packaged. I put...

    That's how the reissues were packaged. I put everything back in the cellophane and am storing it that way. I guess at some point it will tear.

    The record sounds great, though. I'd never heard...
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    I was hoping that team was the Giants. It's hard...

    I was hoping that team was the Giants. It's hard to believe that Jones will be better than Rosen, and Rosen can be had for an early 3rd round draft pick.

    But why act rational? Draft Jones at #6...
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    I just looked through this thread and hope some...

    I just looked through this thread and hope some people picked up that Chainsaw Jazz album when it was on sale. I really like it.

    Probably not many copies left, either.

    Big accolades should...
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    I don't think Gettleman felt that much pressure...

    I don't think Gettleman felt that much pressure to take a QB. The team has needs all over the field and none of the QBs in this year's draft are projected to be big stars.

    What Gettleman does -...
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    Dave Gettleman is possibly the worst GM I've ever...

    Dave Gettleman is possibly the worst GM I've ever seen. It's amazing how he is allowed to make awful mistake after awful mistake and keep his job.
  33. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Frazier is potentially a high-value trade. His...

    Frazier is potentially a high-value trade. His current injury is very minor and he'll be back in 10 days. His situation as of last year has been resolved. There is of course the possibility that he...
  34. Thread: MLB 2019

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    It helps tremendously. The takeaway is not that...

    It helps tremendously. The takeaway is not that this particular squad of Yankees is good (they're not), but that - due mostly to the implosion going on in Boston, because 14-10 against by far MLB's...
  35. Thread: MLB 2019

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    There is little chance that Frazier will stay on...

    There is little chance that Frazier will stay on the Yankees, provided that he shows promise as more than a 4th outfielder, which appears to be the case. Judge is going nowhere and Stanton and Hicks...
  36. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Too bad about Frazier - he had been playing...

    Too bad about Frazier - he had been playing himself into being the centerpiece of a big trade for a starting pitcher. Hopefully he recovers soon.
  37. Great new classical: Thomas Larcher - Symphony No. 2 (Kenotaph)

    A couple of months ago I couldn't attend one of my NY Philharmonic concerts, so I took advantage of the free option to release the tickets and then go to a different concert. I picked Brahms #4...
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    If you think about it, the phone is basically...

    If you think about it, the phone is basically like carrying around a part of your brain in your pocket. It's only a matter of time before the external drive becomes internal.

    The future probably...
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    This I don't get at all. There is a ton of gear...

    This I don't get at all. There is a ton of gear being manufactured, and for the money it's better quality than ever before. No, you aren't going to Best Buy and finding a bunch of hi-fi separates,...
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    I just got this and am really liking it. I'll...

    I just got this and am really liking it. I'll strike a middle ground on the originality aspect - I *don't* think it strays all that far from the typical composition of an RIO album, but it's...
  41. Thread: MLB 2019

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    IMO, the Yankees' mass of injuries just one of...

    IMO, the Yankees' mass of injuries just one of those unlucky things that can happen occasionally. It's no secret that players are getting injured more now than ever. The Yankees have a few players...
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    Wow, that is pretty big news. I'll have to pick...

    Wow, that is pretty big news. I'll have to pick one up as a spare now.
  43. Thread: MLB 2019

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    The Yankees are my favorite team. I'm upset that...

    The Yankees are my favorite team. I'm upset that injuries have reduced the roster to a pile of garbage.

    And I'm intrigued by the existence of somebody who actually can't comprehend that.
  44. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Here's tonight's Yankees lineup: 2B LeMahieu...

    Here's tonight's Yankees lineup:

    2B LeMahieu
    RF Judge
    1B Voit
    SS Torres
    DH Frazier
    3B Urshela
    CF Gardner
    C Romine
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    Martin Barre NYC April 15

    Anybody see the show at Iridium tonight?

    I thought it was really good - better than I expected. I've seen Tull off and on since the mid '80s and this was better than any Tull show I've seen with...
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    I got there very early. I got a bunch of things. ...

    I got there very early. I got a bunch of things.

    I don't own Trout Mask Replica on vinyl so I got that. I'm very happy with it. Sounds great (better than the CD I ripped from the library).
    ...
  47. Thread: MLB 2019

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    CC can still pitch well. But he has no...

    CC can still pitch well.

    But he has no velocity any more and doesn't have the strength he once did, so he can't pitch consistently well, and can't pitch deep into games when he is pitching well....
  48. Thread: MLB 2019

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    It's a season lost to injury. Hopefully the...

    It's a season lost to injury. Hopefully the Yankees will just tank and pick up some good picks in the draft.
  49. Thread: MLB 2019

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    It pretty much is over. Look, sometimes...

    It pretty much is over.

    Look, sometimes injuries derail a season. It happens all the time to other teams - no reason why the Yankees have to be exempt. This kind of thing hasn't happened to...
  50. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Right, but we already know what Machado is, and...

    Right, but we already know what Machado is, and he's a big-time player. Andujar is not.

    Also, Machado is actually playing right now.
  51. Thread: Tame Impala

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    I still don't have Currents. I've *had*...

    I still don't have Currents.

    I've *had* Currents, but I've bought 4 of them on vinyl and had to return all four for an unacceptable level of scratching. I think it's the thick inner sleeve that...
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    I thought it was a flash-forward - possibly some...

    I thought it was a flash-forward - possibly some weeks after the storm.

    To the people questioning the Virginia weather - yes, it can snow like that in the DC area, definitely. However, the...
  53. Thread: MLB 2019

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    Yep. The difference being that the 1998 team was...

    Yep. The difference being that the 1998 team was actually good, whereas the team the Yankees are currently putting on the field is not.

    Combine that mediocre team and the easy slate of early...
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    How could you possibly eliminate taking a knee? ...

    How could you possibly eliminate taking a knee? The offense has the ball and can do whatever they want with it. If you eliminate the victory formation, they'll just hand the ball to a RB who will...
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    Too bad about the Highwaymen; they had the...

    Too bad about the Highwaymen; they had the potential to be somewhat interesting.
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    Yeah, I fully agree. It was a kind of stupid...

    Yeah, I fully agree. It was a kind of stupid thing that might have worked somewhat in the comic but which plays as utterly ridiculous in live action. Anyway, even if it actually existed, wouldn't...
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    I'm very excited. In terms of volume, this is...

    I'm very excited. In terms of volume, this is probably the record store day with the most things I want to buy. There are 12 things I definitely want and a few others I'll be tempted by.
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    Right. So, for example, if a team called an...

    Right. So, for example, if a team called an onside kick, they would line up and the rule could be that any result other than a legitimate recovery by the kicking team would result in possession by...
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    They changed to the current format because of...

    They changed to the current format because of safety issues on regular kickoffs, not onside kicks. If the onside kick is recognized as a distinct play, however, it can be given whatever "rules" the...
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    Why not just allow teams to try an onside kick...

    Why not just allow teams to try an onside kick using the old rules? It would eliminate the element of surprise, but still have a higher conversion rate than what we got last year. Just treat the...
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