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That is awesome!
Lead pipe cinch there's a Velvet Elvis in that house.
Edit to make sure with all the "other stuff" going on in that shot people don't miss the fact that Earl's back yard was AstroTurf.....seriously can't stop laughing.
This post was edited by Dean Wormer 18 months ago
Hahaha yeah I was going to point out that his grass is PHENOMENAL. But then I looked again and it def is turf.
What a sick pull that pic was.
Good run down by Rany Jazayerli on Grienke, Sanchez, Jackson and Lohse.
Hopefully, this will give some of you a chuckle even though I wanted to kill him at the time. My oldest son has never really cared for following sports too much (at least not like I do). He does play little league though, and is currently on a fall league team that I help coach. He normally pitches the last inning or 2 for us. Even though he doesn't normally follow sports, like I mentioned, he did start watching the O's nightly with me during the stretch run. He loves Darren O'Day. He can't understand why he doesn't pitch every inning of every game. Like I said, he doesn't follow the game much, lol.
Yesterday, he comes in to pitch the bottom of the 4th inning and immediately gets ahead of the batter 0-2. Next pitch he drops down like O'Day and plunks the kid. Co-coach turns to me and says "WTF was that?" I'm thinking "Oh no. He's trying to be Darren O'Day." Next batter,
same scenario except this time on the 0-2 pitch, he drops down and the ball leaves his hand and veers sharply to the right, over the fence separating our dugout from the playing field nearly hitting both myself and our other coach in the head. My next words were "Blue, can I get time to explain to my son that he is not Darren O'Day before he kills one of us?"
Blue: "You got time!"
This post was edited by marylandmike 18 months ago
Otani was the potential No. 1 overall pick in this week's Japanese draft until he announced yesterday that he plans to play in the United States. The 18-year-old righthander is extremely athletic and projectable at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, and his fastball has been clocked in the upper 90s. He also throws a slider and a splitter, though his secondary pitches and command are still works in progress. After the Dodgers met with Otani in September, assistant GM Logan White told the Japanese press that Otani had the talent to be the top overall choice in the MLB draft.
Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams get $2.9 million with which to sign international amateurs. But unlike the restrictions for exceeding draft bonus pools, which could cost a club its next two first-round choices, the penalties for surpassing international bonus pools aren't as harsh. A team that blows past its international pool by 15 percent or more would pay a 100-percent tax on the overage and be forbidden to pay an international amateur more than $250,000 during next year's signing period.
For a player with Otani's upside, that's not much of a deterrent. Also consider that in the draft, a player of his caliber would be available only to the teams choosing at the very top. On the worldwide market, all 30 teams are in play. Clubs accustomed to picking at the bottom of the draft may be willing to pay dearly for the opportunity to sign him.
Three teams—the Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox—have met with Otani in Japan, and he said yesterday that he plans on signing with one of them. We don't have access to how much money clubs have remaining in their international bonus pools, but Texas appears to have the most among those three teams. (The Rangers' $4.5 million signing of Beras doesn't count against the pool because it happened in February.) Boston, which spent a combined $1.36 million on Dominican righthander Jose Almonte, Dominican shortstop Wendell Rijo and Venezuelan lefty Dedgar Jimenez, has the least money among the three clubs.
But as I said, I don't think cap space is going to matter when it comes to signing Otani. For the same reason, I don't think he'll have to wait until next year's signing period to maximize his money. He'll need some time to develop, but Otani has a special arm and will get paid accordingly.
Why all the furor about Shohei Otani? What must a club do to get compensation for the loss of a free agent? What are Matt Adams chances of cracking the Cardinals lineup?
Funny story. Hopefully, we'll see MM Jr. sidearming for the O's in about 15 years.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?
Thanks. That's going to take a little work.
There are drugs that can help with that...
I was always a terrible pitcher. I just couldn't do it. So of course I would try every gimmick to see if I had any shot at ever pitching. I stood up on the mound and tried going full Bradford. The first pitch I cleared the backstop to the left. The next pitch over the top. That was the end of that experiment.
So uh I dont mean to intrude or anything but uh any word on that ip ban there ftn?
I was told it was taken care of- will check again.
I'm guessing Scutaro has played his way off of our potential FA list.
i think he did that before the postseason even started
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
Are you guys saying Scutaro will cost too much money in annual salary? I hope that's not correct because in that case, why bother with free agents at all?
If it's about the # of years we would have to commit to, then I understand.
He's going to get more than I think he's worth and he's likely going to get a multiyear offer which I wouldn't give him.
I'm saying that Duquette will not offer what it will take to get him. he's getting at least a two year deal worth probably around 18-20 million.
he's also turning 37 next week
Who knows what Scutaro you're going to get. The one that put up a .684 OPS in 95 games in Colorado or the one who put up an .859 OPS in 61 games in San Fran? The advanced metrics are not a fan of his defense and his defense will only get worse.
I always love the transaction history of guys like Scutaro. You gonna dump 20 million on a 37 year old guy who has been moved by 6 different teams?
July 26, 1994: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent.
August 30, 2000: the Cleveland Indians sent Marco Scutaro to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete an earlier deal made on July 28, 2000. July 28, 2000: The Cleveland Indians sent a player to be named later, Kane Davis, Paul Rigdon and Richie Sexson to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve Woodard.
April 5, 2002: Selected off waivers by the New York Mets from the Milwaukee Brewers.
October 9, 2003: Selected off waivers by the Oakland Athletics from the New York Mets.
November 18, 2007: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays for Kristian Bell (minors) and Graham Godfrey.
November 6, 2009: Granted Free Agency.
December 4, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.
January 21, 2012: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Colorado Rockies for Clayton Mortensen.
July 27, 2012: Traded by the Colorado Rockies with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Charlie Culberson.
Well yeah, that does seem awfully steep for him and more than I would have thought it would take to get him for a year or 2.
He suggest Royals re-sign Guts for 1/$8m.
Would anyone here take him back here for that?
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
-- Ben Franklin
Probably not for 8M, seems like there are a glut of Guthrie level starters on the market.
I don't think Guthrie is coming back here even on the minor league minimum. FO/Buck don't seem to care for him.
according to fangraphs, Scutaro's been worth (strictly based on fWAR) 20 million in '09 (he walked 13% of the time, almost 5% higher than his career norm), 9.5 mil in '10, 12.8 mil in '11 and 11.1 mil in '12.
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