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Title: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on January 29, 2018, 01:32:59 PM

In "Goodness Gracious, that was still around?" news, the Indians today have announced that this year will be the last one where the team wears the Chief Wahoo logo.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/sports/baseball/cleveland-indians-chief-wahoo-logo.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/sports/baseball/cleveland-indians-chief-wahoo-logo.html)
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: cabber24 on January 29, 2018, 04:44:33 PM

In "Goodness Gracious, that was still around?" news, the Indians today have announced that this year will be the last one where the team wears the Chief Wahoo logo.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/sports/baseball/cleveland-indians-chief-wahoo-logo.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/sports/baseball/cleveland-indians-chief-wahoo-logo.html)
Why one more year? Especially since the acknowledgement of it being racist? Ridiculous. Does commonsense even exist anymore?

Good God, that logo looks like something out of Grandpa's 1923 comic book found stashed away in his attic.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on January 30, 2018, 08:45:51 AM
Quote from: cabber24
Why one more year? Especially since the acknowledgement of it being racist? Ridiculous. Does commonsense even exist anymore?
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I agree that it's tough to read the logic on this one but my guess is that Cleveland only agreed to the change at MLB's insistence and the one year grace period is the compromise they agreed on.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on February 13, 2018, 09:05:38 AM
Jerry Howarth is retiring from calling Blue Jays games.  What a long run.  I'll miss him.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Captain Canuck on February 13, 2018, 05:14:47 PM
Jerry Howarth is retiring from calling Blue Jays games.  What a long run.  I'll miss him.

Yeah it will be strange not hearing his voice on the radio calling Jays games anymore. Lots of good memories growing up listening to Tom and Jerry.

Hopefully they bring in someone half decent as a replacement. Mike Wilner is a smug, corporate slug, douche!
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Arn on April 09, 2018, 05:09:41 AM
So small sample size and early days and all that, but, Shohei Ohtani has certainly not disappointed Angels fans.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: herman on April 10, 2018, 04:15:27 PM
So small sample size and early days and all that, but, Shohei Ohtani has certainly not disappointed Angels fans.

He might be the only reason I'd go to a Jays game this year.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/ohtani-numbers-power-judge-ks-scherzer/
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Arn on May 08, 2018, 10:28:30 AM
Red Sox v Yankees confirmed for London next season.

https://www.mlb.com/london-series

Gonna head to that and boo them both.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 15, 2018, 04:25:48 PM
Seattle Mariners' Robinson Canó suspended 80 games for using banned medication (a diuretic).  He violated MLB's drug policy and was unable aware it was a banned drug.:

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"This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful," he said.

...his suspension will be concurrent with his time on the disabled list, which means he won't be out for the season.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/seattle-mariners-robinson-cano-suspended-80-games-for-drug-violation-2018-05-15/
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on May 15, 2018, 04:35:10 PM

Some crazy folk might think it would be important to note that the "medication" Cano took is frequently taken by athletes to mask steroid use.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Frank E on May 15, 2018, 05:05:05 PM

Some crazy folk might think it would be important to note that the "medication" Cano took is frequently taken by athletes to mask steroid use.

That's an incredible coincidence. 
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 15, 2018, 05:37:58 PM

Some crazy folk might think it would be important to note that the "medication" Cano took is frequently taken by athletes to mask steroid use.

That's an incredible coincidence. 


Coincidence? Perhaps.  Deliberately?  Yes.

Furosemide is a medication under the category of diuretics.  Under the WADA policy, it is a banned substance under the category of PEDs.

Why is it banned?
Perhaps obviously, furosemide can be used as a masking agent, helping the body rid itself of evidence of doping through urination. Hence why it, among other diuretics, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.¿

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/what-is-furosemide-the-diuretic-substance-that-got-robinson-cano-an-80-game-ped-suspension-by-mlb/ (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/what-is-furosemide-the-diuretic-substance-that-got-robinson-cano-an-80-game-ped-suspension-by-mlb/)
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 09, 2018, 06:52:39 AM
The Blue Jays will have one player representing them at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game slated for July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.  Pitcher J.A.Happ has been chosen to represent Toronto.

As part of the All-Star Game package, there will be a Team USA vs Team World Top Prospects Futures Game on July 15.  Bo Bichette and catcher Casey Jansen will  the Jays representation there.

As for baseball's number one prospect,  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays) will be a no show due to injury.

More on the above:
https://www.mlb.com/all-star (https://www.mlb.com/all-star)

https://www.mlb.com/news/2018-futures-game-rosters-revealed/c-284471810 (https://www.mlb.com/news/2018-futures-game-rosters-revealed/c-284471810)
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 20, 2018, 05:04:57 PM
Blisters, blisters, and more blisters.   The past two seasons have seen a significant rise in blistered fingers by MLB starters (not relievers).

The question, why?

A study done by Dr. Meredith Wills, a data scientist, a few months ago attempted to answer that question and find the reasons attributable to the above.  Even though MLB had commissioned a study of their own, Dr. Wills' findings provided greater in-depth detail.

Among them:
- thicker yarn
- thicker lacing
- slicker ball making for less drag,  leading to a surge in home runs

Of course, there are variables attributable to the differences between how each pitcher's own unique grip and delivery also has it's own effects.  However, for the most part it appears that the newer balls are indeed thicker than the older balls of pre-2015.

(Dr. Wills' wrote an article for The Athletic in describing her detailed analysis of the balls, comparison charts, etc.  Since it (the article is behind a paywall qnd not available except to subscribers, here work in summary can be read here):


https://sports.yahoo.com/surge-pitcher-blisters-home-runs-due-change-baseball-lacing-yarn-154005044.html (https://sports.yahoo.com/surge-pitcher-blisters-home-runs-due-change-baseball-lacing-yarn-154005044.html)

https://theathletic.com/381544/2018/06/06/how-one-tiny-change-to-the-baseball-may-have-led-to-both-the-home-run-surge-and-the-rise-in-pitcher-blisters/
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Captain Canuck on August 20, 2018, 08:12:21 PM
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 21, 2018, 08:11:03 AM
Where the ball differs:  Major League and Minor League baseballs are similar but very different.

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/four-perspectives-how-do-mlb-and-milb-balls-differ/ (https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/four-perspectives-how-do-mlb-and-milb-balls-differ/)

...and now this:

Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 21, 2018, 08:39:50 AM
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?


That would clearly be left up to Commissioner Manfred to designate that.  Plus the company (the manufacturer) Rawlings would have to agree not in the name of cost cutting.

The fact that there are more home runs being hit than ever, might just be more reason why MLB has been slow to act upon the problem.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: bustaheims on August 21, 2018, 12:56:59 PM
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?

I read an article the other that said an independent investigation found that the thread used for the seams was thicker than previously (MLB's investigation couldn't determine a specific cause for why the balls were different - just that they were), so, it's not simply a matter of going back to the old balls. They'd have to find the right thread which could require rigorous testing (it wasn't stated whether or not Rawlings had source the thread from a new company or their supplier was now producing thicker thread) and manufacture hundreds of new balls.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: herman on August 21, 2018, 01:19:57 PM
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?

I read an article the other that said an independent investigation found that the thread used for the seams was thicker than previously (MLB's investigation couldn't determine a specific cause for why the balls were different - just that they were), so, it's not simply a matter of going back to the old balls. They'd have to find the right thread which could require rigorous testing (it wasn't stated whether or not Rawlings had source the thread from a new company or their supplier was now producing thicker thread) and manufacture hundreds of new balls.

This?
 https://theathletic.com/381544/2018/06/06/how-one-tiny-change-to-the-baseball-may-have-led-to-both-the-home-run-surge-and-the-rise-in-pitcher-blisters/
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: bustaheims on August 21, 2018, 04:42:47 PM
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?

I read an article the other that said an independent investigation found that the thread used for the seams was thicker than previously (MLB's investigation couldn't determine a specific cause for why the balls were different - just that they were), so, it's not simply a matter of going back to the old balls. They'd have to find the right thread which could require rigorous testing (it wasn't stated whether or not Rawlings had source the thread from a new company or their supplier was now producing thicker thread) and manufacture hundreds of new balls.

This?
 https://theathletic.com/381544/2018/06/06/how-one-tiny-change-to-the-baseball-may-have-led-to-both-the-home-run-surge-and-the-rise-in-pitcher-blisters/

That is the one, yes.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 29, 2018, 01:47:32 AM
Tommy John Surgery:  How it can impair a pitcher (length of recovery time), what teams can do to primarily avoid it, the many misconceptions about it, etc., etc...

(Note:  article dated 2016)

http://www.asmi.org/research.php?page=research&section=TJpositionstatement (http://www.asmi.org/research.php?page=research&section=TJpositionstatement)
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 31, 2018, 03:37:58 AM
Roberto Osuna speaks for first time since being traded to Houston from Toronto:

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“No one knows what happened but obviously me,’’ Osuna, the former Toronto Blue Jays right-hander, told USA TODAY Sports in a 20-minute interview. “Everybody is quick to judge me and say all kinds of things about it. I’m just waiting for everything to come out so people can really wait to see what happened. I would really like the fans, and everybody else, (to) learn what the media says is not true.

“The biggest thing for me, and it’s sad to me, (is) how people are free to say whatever they want. They can just judge you, and they don’t know you. Everybody is judging me for things they don’t know. I don’t like that.

“Hey, if I’m guilty, you can say whatever you want.’’

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“People were concerned when we made the trade, it’s a difficult subject and rightfully so,’’ Astros owner Jim Crane told USA TODAY Sports. “It should be. We did as much homework on this as we could, and we felt the guy deserved a second chance. He had done all of his community work, counseling, and done everything baseball asked him to do.

“We are now going to do some stuff around the ballpark that will hopefully benefit women’s centers that address this problem. It’s a sensitive problem, and we want to be proactive.’’

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“The egregious acts are the egregious acts,’’ Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “That’s never going to be debatable among people, and I get it. I have a wife and two daughters. It’s very hard personally to even think about that. But the fact is that the case is still pending, is what most people are offended about."

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“You can say anything you want to me,’’ Osuna said. “None of what you say will hurt me because I know what happened. But don’t talk about my mom. I might lose my mind one day if you try to say something to my mom. She has nothing to do with this.

“There are people who changed towards me, but so many people had my back and were supportive. I heard from guys like [former teammates] Jason Grilli, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. That meant everything to me.

“And here ... the first time I met these guys, they gave me the thumbs up. They said, 'Hey, you’re one of us. Happy to have you.’ They’ve really made me comfortable, and really made things normal.

“Hopefully, when this is all over, it can stay that way.’’


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2018/08/29/roberto-osuna-astros-domestic-violence-justin-verlander/1125119002/ (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2018/08/29/roberto-osuna-astros-domestic-violence-justin-verlander/1125119002/)
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 14, 2018, 04:05:36 AM
As many know, Shapiro's explanation for management's decision on the non September callup of the Jays Guerrero Jr., was laced with a load of verbal bloatware.  This has been a trend in MLB for teams to take back a year of a prospect's service time, leading to speculation that, unless a solution is found that is compatible for all sides, it will be a contentious issue and part of the next strike should there be one.

Some solutions put forth by player agents could be modeled after the NFL or NBA CBA agreements, or even the NHL's.  However, there are plenty of complications (including international implications) and it demonstrates the sport of baseball to be a complicated one.  Convoluted, if it may be called that, as the only pro league of the big four -- NBA, NFL, & NHL -- that can't come up with a winnable and compromising solution for all.

Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 26, 2018, 05:37:48 PM
Re:  Roberto Osuna court case result:


Oauna's lawyer at the time of the MLB suspension:
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"My client is not remorseful of being guilty of any criminal activity,” the lawyer said. “He’s obviously remorseful of the circumstances.”

The only reason the charges were dropped by the court had directly to do with the complainant Alejandra Román Cota, who elected to remain her native Mexico and refused to come back to Toronto to testify in court Monday.

The Peace Bond will be for a year in which Osuna will need to cooperate and behave in accordance with what's expected of him in this regard, namely to avoid contact with Román Cota the mother of his child, and to undergo counseling.  Román Cota accepts co-parenting for the child which is why she may wish to get back together with Osuna (when he returns to Mexico in the off-season).

Be wary of this so-called Peace Bond.  On account of the fact that Osuna is now an Astro and no longer a Blue Jay playing & living in Canada, this counseling requirement is only effective if the individual is still living in the city & country in which he plays in.  Translation, it is a Canadian decision from a Canadian court Judge and it becomes "unenforceable" for the primary reason that said individual no longer resides or plays with a Canadian-based team from Canada.

End of story.  Osuna walks away practically scott-free.  Something did allegedly happen between Cota & Osuna, something that has now been dissolved by a court decision due to the absence of a complainant's testimony.
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 07, 2018, 02:50:56 AM
MLB playoff update: 

https://www.mlb.com/postseason
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 19, 2018, 09:48:29 AM
Red Sox defeat the Astros to take ALCS and advance  to a World Series appearance, thanks in part to starting pitcher David Price.  The former Blue Jay finally broke his post-season 'curse' by coming up a winner when it counted.

Boston will now play the winner of the NLCS -- the Dodgers or the Brewers -- in the World Series.

Story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/david-price-beats-astros-sends-red-sox-world-series/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/david-price-beats-astros-sends-red-sox-world-series/)
Title: Re: 2018 MLB Thread
Post by: Arn on October 19, 2018, 10:18:03 AM
Can't see past the Red Sox this year, but kind of rooting for the Brewers