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  1. Yes I am almost fully convinced strike outs are up due in large to the idea that home runs are more 'effective' and the whole launch angle and advanced analytics placing those things over simply making contact and hitting for high average.

    Since so many stat heads literally DO NOT GIVE A FUCK about something like batting average in this day and age.

    You could have the pitchers mound 100 feet from the plate and that approach wouldnt change in the current state of MLB.

  2. 3 hours ago, SilverBullet said:

    I'm now more interested in the double hook idea because Theo Epstein explains it as this rule allows you to have a hitter for the starting pitcher but keeps the NL style of still having to manage your bench in key situations later in the game. This sounds like it's worth a shot. 

    This idea when it was presented actually intrigued me a lot as a way to say fuck you to the Rays and their gimmicky opener which I fucking loathe and a way to incorporate the DH more into the game.  

  3. 1 hour ago, Photo-Realistic Billy said:

    I wanna say somebody did research (maybe at Baseball Prospectus?) one time that showed umpires call slightly more favorable strike zones for large home crowds. I wouldn't be surprised if that unconscious bias then feeds into close plays and maybe even replays?

    I mean, imagine if that strikeout/HBP happened in Yankee stadium in a Mets vs Yankees game. No way on earth does that umpire call for anything but a K.

    Replay is technically done in New York

  4. 4 hours ago, Major-Minor said:

    It is almost a relief to see that it is widespread. 

    This really can't happen...wins have to be transparent, obvious, and absolute.

    My Cardinals had a play where the batter was hit in foul territory and they ruled it an out over the weekend. 

    Its comical how fucking bad it is and how so many things that 'should' be replayed simply arent able to be replayed.

    Fantastic job by MLB and the MLBUA and I think the MLBAPA also on this one. 

  5. 21 hours ago, SilverBullet said:

    Hmm, so that sounds like it could actually be just a day or two stint, which is pretty awesome that that's now even an option for things like this which aren't actually injuries. 

    ONLY an option for Covid related things though.

  6. 9 hours ago, Entendu said:

    You're right that society doesn't stand in line for anything nowadays. I think that's part of the problem. The instant gratification, the inability to sacrifice for anything, the lack of real problems relative to most parts of the world, have all destroyed this country - and I anxiously wait for the day that we are forced to reach deep down into ourselves and once again become worthy of our history.


    Much deeper societal issue being raised here.  

    The world doesnt move in the same speed as it did 2 generations ago.  Sorry.

    You have to change MUCH MUCH more to move back to that mindset.  It's never happening.  Not in this country.  And its not happening by instituting a 5 hour reflection period before voting.  Guaranteed  

  7. 9 hours ago, Entendu said:

    It's not a poll tax. It's a 5 hour reflection period where no one speaks and people process the weight of what they're about to do. Whatever way you cut it, most votes result in the limitation of freedom for several groups, so if you can't wait 5 hours (with all expenses taken care of) to take a person's wealth away or limit what they can put in their bodies, then you shouldn't be casting that vote.



    Hard, hard, hard pass on this.

    Why an arbitrary 5 hours.  Again change the 15th amendment if you want this.  Good luck.  

    I'd argue for a 5 second reflection period.  I can accurately reflect in 5 seconds what it takes others 5 hours to do.

    Prove me wrong.  

    And thats the extreme limitations on this processing period.  Not to mention the idiotic cost of this program.  

  8. 9 hours ago, Entendu said:

    If only a small few care enough to inform themselves, regardless of what conclusions they ultimately reach, is only that few voting really so wrong? As it stands right now, the majority of the country doesn't care enough to vote in most elections anyway. If it's the handful of informed voters plus all the lemmings, then politicians will cater to the lemmings and you have today's crumbling political system.



    Because thats not how our Constitution is written.  There are no qualifiers on knowledge level in order to vote.  

    We cant say, oh you get nothing just because you didnt bother to show up.

    The problem is the political empire KNOWS people wont vote and they know they only have to reach the small minority of voters.

    The issue begins in school.  Teach civics, teach the importance of voting, and you will have a more informed and educated electorate and this 'problem' begins to eliminate itself.

  9. 3 minutes ago, jeffreysfishfry said:

    Thats just what it appears on the surface. China is the puppet master. They control the social narratives.  You just can’t see it because they do it through corrupt politicians.  


    And how do the corrupt politicians get corrupt?

    Oh thats right MONEY.  aka the richest.  

    Though its not just China.  If you think its just China then you are sadly sadly mistaken. 

  10. On 4/3/2021 at 8:04 PM, cyoung said:

    Maybe not better policy from your or my viewpoints, but it would be policy more reflective of the constituents, which is what it should be.

    It should not be reflective of the loudest voice. 


    its the loudest and richest voice that controls everything in American politics today.

    Super Pacs should not be allowed.

    All candidates should have x dollars they are allowed to spend and not anymore.  Make it about a candidates stances and not on you now how much they can swindle out of people. 

  11. On 4/3/2021 at 6:55 PM, mystikol87 said:

    I wish we were more informed as an electorate because I think that in itself is a moral good.

    I’m not certain that a more informed electorate leads to better policy outcomes, though. It could be irrelevant, ie because in many situations we are not actually certain whether a particular policy would be positive or not.

    If we had an informed electorate our system would be much better because we wouldnt allow this idiotic two party radical system and we would actually hold our representatives accountable for their total not giving a fuck about the majority of the people. 

  12. On 4/3/2021 at 6:16 PM, Entendu said:

    I disagree with this.

    Not everyone should vote. Everyone should have the right to (and they do) but it shouldn't be so easy that people who don't have well-formed views (of any political affiliation) can be either pushed to (through canvassing) or coaxed into doing so (through crap like vote or die or any social media campaign) from either side.

    We've turned into a society that values getting as much participation as possible, instead of informed, deliberate participation. This is the primary reason why both parties aim to deliver messages in a way that third graders will agree with.

    Making people wait in a line makes it so that only those who think it's worthwhile to wait in a line to cast their vote (without any extra incentives like food or an instagram story) decide how the country is run. It will lead to better elected leaders and a better country. If you want to talk about making election day a holiday, or allowing early voting, I'm on board.

    If it were up to me, we'd make everyone sit in a room for 5 hours as a short of reflection period before casting their vote. Their children will be cared for that day, and their earnings provided for them if they must miss work. Voting should be a solemn act, not a party.

    People arent informed about anything.

    Blame the school system that doesnt actually teach civics.  

    You make it difficult and you will have people that only are dedicated to vote i.e. only the small few actually dictate what happens.

    Voting should be encouraged from a young school age.  You stress why voting matters.  Then you make voting not a chore that you have to spend hours in line for. 

    Sorry thats not how society works these days.  We dont stand in line for anything.  Much less to vote that has no instant gratification at all.  

    Having voters go through a 5 hour class basically just discourages people from voting.

    Yes, you shouldnt have people with no knowledge vote, thats in many ways akin to a poll tax.  But you cant basically make it to where you have to pass some fucking competency test also.

    That was never the point and our system and its not how our Constitution nor the 15th Amendment is written.

    To do anything but allow all eligible voters the opportunity to vote is wrong.  

    If you want to put qualifiers, then amend the Constitution further.  

  13. 2 hours ago, jeffreysfishfry said:

    Last year we where 17th.  Adding Duvall and a breakout from Jazz could rank us better than average. 

    "Last year is full of fake stats and stuff that doesnt count."

    John "Pa Yankee" Sterling.  

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