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Title: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 21, 2017, 11:14:43 AM
Well, it's almost time for "Playball!".  Whilst our Blue Jays and other Major League teams are engaging in a series of Spring trainig exhibition games, there is something else to interest baseball fans -- the World Baseball Classic.

Taking place in the U.S. this year, and with Ernie Whitt's Team Canada long eliminated, it'll be coming diwn between undefeated Puerto Rico (7-0) and the winner of the Japan/USA tilt.

Puerto Rico  beat the Netherlands 4-3 in extra innings to vault them into the championship game. 

Marcus Stroman and Team USA had previously defeated Jose Bautista and the Dominucan Republic in their Semi-Final matchup.

The U.S. vs Japan game is set for tonight.

Stories:
http://deadspin.com/the-wbc-knows-baseball-is-supposed-to-be-fun-1793474911

http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/3/21/14998400/world-baseball-classic-usa-japan-semifinals

Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 22, 2017, 07:13:41 AM
So, Team USA staved off Team Japan 2-1 vaulting them to a meeting against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC Championship Final tonight.

This is the first time the U.S. has ever reached the WBC Final in spite if the fact that the United States has hosted previous editions of this annual tournament.  Speaking of Team USA, Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will be the starter on the mound.

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/03/22/usa-beats-japan-reaches-world-baseball-classic-final-first-time/99480456/
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Captain Canuck on March 22, 2017, 09:06:22 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 22, 2017, 07:13:41 AM
So, Team USA staved off Team Japan 2-1 vaulting them to a meeting against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC Championship Final tonight.

This is the first time the U.S. has ever reached the WBC Final in spite if the fact that the United States has hosted previous editions of this annual tournament.  Speaking of Team USA, Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will be the starter on the mound.

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/03/22/usa-beats-japan-reaches-world-baseball-classic-final-first-time/99480456/

So this annual tournament is held every 4 years? How does that work?
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 23, 2017, 02:24:42 AM
Quote from: Captain Canuck on March 22, 2017, 09:06:22 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 22, 2017, 07:13:41 AM
So, Team USA staved off Team Japan 2-1 vaulting them to a meeting against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC Championship Final tonight.

This is the first time the U.S. has ever reached the WBC Final in spite if the fact that the United States has hosted previous editions of this annual tournament.  Speaking of Team USA, Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will be the starter on the mound.

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/03/22/usa-beats-japan-reaches-world-baseball-classic-final-first-time/99480456/

So this annual tournament is held every 4 years? How does that work?


Typo.  Correoted.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 23, 2017, 02:48:04 AM
The Jays' Stroman led the way on the mound  as Team USA earned it's first ever WBC Championship shutting out Team Puerto Rico 8-O.

Stroman played a big part in the victory, pitching a no-hitter through to the seventh inning until Puerto Rico's Angel Pagan broke it up with a  double.
Stroman's one-hitter (including a walk) was preserved by reliever Sam Dyson who got the save.

"This is Marcus Stroman at his absolute best, and not just because of his six no-hit innings. Soft-contact ground balls are bread and butter." - Jeff Pasan of Yahoo! Sports.

Joe Sheehan   @joe_sheehan
I'm enjoying the start of the Marcus Stroman Era.

Congrats to Team USA and especially to the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman.  Way to go!

Read all about it:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2699561-usa-marcus-stroman-beat-puerto-rico-for-world-baseball-classic-2017-title 
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 11, 2017, 11:04:30 AM
Wondering about ex-Blue Jays now Cleveland Indians Edwin Encarnacion?

Here are his stats:

2017       WAR    AB   H   R   HR   RBI   SB   BA 
              -0.1     23   5   2     1     1      0    .218


Source:   baseballreference.com

Nothing that the Jays have missed in abundance so far.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Joe on April 16, 2017, 04:50:16 PM
So no part of your brain said 'this info might be a bit too soon'?
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: L K on April 16, 2017, 08:56:26 PM
Encarnacion is a notoriously slow starter.  If his stats are bad in June I think the Jays can relax.   Meanwhile they look to be in sell everything for 5 cents mode as no one is playing well.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 17, 2017, 03:50:25 AM
Quote from: Joe S. on April 16, 2017, 04:50:16 PM
So no part of your brain said 'this info might be a bit too soon'?


That's why I said "so far". 
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Joe on April 17, 2017, 12:27:26 PM
It's statistically irrelevant.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 27, 2017, 03:55:56 PM
The Pittsburgh Pirates Gift Ngoepe made history in Monday night's game between the Pirates & the Cubs, in being the first ever African-born player to hit in his first major league at-bat.

A proud moment for an emotional Ngoepe who is also the player in MLB to come from the African continent.

Story:
https://sports.yahoo.com/news/pirates-rookie-gift-ngoepe-first-african-born-player-mlb-history-225005809.html
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Captain Canuck on April 27, 2017, 08:34:51 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on April 27, 2017, 03:55:56 PM
The Pittsburgh Pirates Gift Ngoepe made history in Monday night's game between the Pirates & the Cubs, in being the first ever African-born player to hit in his first major league at-bat.

A proud moment for an emotional Ngoepe who is also the player in MLB to come from the African continent.

Story:
https://sports.yahoo.com/news/pirates-rookie-gift-ngoepe-first-african-born-player-mlb-history-225005809.html

The other interesting part of this story is the Pirates actually cut MLB's first Lithuanian player to promote MLB's first African player.
The Pirates were also the team that signed pitchers from India, so they have a culture of exploring every corner of the world for baseball talent.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 14, 2017, 06:25:09 AM
How many times does this happen, eh?  (Psst.  In 2007).

What's the fuss?  Read on to find out:


http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/twins-set-franchise-record-28-hits-20-7-rout-ms/
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Arn on June 16, 2017, 05:54:51 AM
Just picked up a couple of tickets to catch the Red Sox in Tampa in a couple of weeks time. Tropicana Field looks like a pretty... unique venue.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on June 16, 2017, 08:23:57 AM
Quote from: Arn on June 16, 2017, 05:54:51 AM
Just picked up a couple of tickets to catch the Red Sox in Tampa in a couple of weeks time. Tropicana Field looks like a pretty... unique venue.

That's one way of putting it.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: L K on June 16, 2017, 09:01:30 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on June 16, 2017, 08:23:57 AM
Quote from: Arn on June 16, 2017, 05:54:51 AM
Just picked up a couple of tickets to catch the Red Sox in Tampa in a couple of weeks time. Tropicana Field looks like a pretty... unique venue.

That's one way of putting it.

Say hi to the 3 other people who will attend the game.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Captain Canuck on June 16, 2017, 08:40:37 PM
Quote from: L K on June 16, 2017, 09:01:30 AM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on June 16, 2017, 08:23:57 AM
Quote from: Arn on June 16, 2017, 05:54:51 AM
Just picked up a couple of tickets to catch the Red Sox in Tampa in a couple of weeks time. Tropicana Field looks like a pretty... unique venue.

That's one way of putting it.

Say hi to the 3 other people who will attend the game.

Don't eat anything while you are there either. Put "Tropicana Field food safety violations" in a search engine.  ;)


Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Arn on July 21, 2017, 11:03:18 AM
It was definitely a unique experience! The Stingrays touch tank, in particular was a delight. I've been to quite a few ball parks now and it was by far the... most unique. The crowd was actually bigger than I expected too. (23,375 going by the box score). Thankfully I didn't eat anything from the place. There was a MASSIVE thunderstorm outside during the game and some partd of the roof seemed to be less watertight than maybe they'd have liked.

Game was quite good, bit of a pitching duel between Sale and Faria with the Rays notching a couple of homers to break the game open and win 4-1.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19731908_10155055627659191_6935984473488521493_n.jpg?oh=f0b63f3502513f5679569d13e8c23e2a&oe=59F7802C)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 31, 2017, 02:16:41 AM
Former Major Leaguer Tim Raines inducted at Cooperstown, happily as an Expo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/30/sports/baseball/tim-raines-expos-hall-of-fame.html
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 17, 2017, 04:43:33 AM
Top 10 minor league prospects: as of July 2017  -- Midseason report

1   Yoan Moncada                  2B        White Sox
2   Vladimir Guerrero Jr.   3B        Blue Jays
3   Gleyber Torres                 SS         Yankees
4   Amed Rosario                  SS         Mets
5   Eloy Jimenez                   OF         White Sox
6   Rafael Devers                  3B         Red Sox
7   Brendan Rodgers             SS         Rockies
8   Victor Robles                   OF         Nationals
9   Nick Senzel                     3B         Reds
10   Ronald Acuna                OF         Braves


http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2017-toronto-blue-jays-midseason-top-10-prospects/#vQxIgPLYo1UXBUVT.97 (http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2017-toronto-blue-jays-midseason-top-10-prospects/#vQxIgPLYo1UXBUVT.97)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 25, 2017, 04:59:30 AM
This week(end) in the Major Leagues is being dubbed Players Weekend, where major leaguers will be wearing their nicknames on their jerseys, plus some other knickknacks or so.

It'll be a fun weekend for baseball fans who will get to see their faves as well as cheer on their teams (on a more serious note, of course).

Toronto Blue Jays fans shouldn't expect to see Kevin Pillar with the "Superman" name on his back due to copyright issues, therefore Pillar will be known just as "Pill".  A bit bland for some, but that's the way it's going to be according to what is known. 

Here's an article chronicling the player nicknames many are expecting to see out there:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/250446124/players-weekend-colorful-cast-of-characters/?topicId=27118122 (http://m.mlb.com/news/article/250446124/players-weekend-colorful-cast-of-characters/?topicId=27118122)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 13, 2017, 05:40:35 PM
With their win last night over the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians set A.L. record for 21 consecutive wins.  The 1935 Chicago Cubs own the same record for the N.L.

The overal MLB win streak record is 27 games by the 1915 San Francisco Giants.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/ct-indians-win-streak-1935-cubs-20170913-story.html (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/ct-indians-win-streak-1935-cubs-20170913-story.html)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Nik on September 13, 2017, 06:09:54 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 13, 2017, 05:40:35 PM
The overal MLB win streak record is 27 games by the 1915 San Francisco Giants.

Literally every single "fact" in this sentence is wrong.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: bustaheims on September 13, 2017, 06:24:07 PM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on September 13, 2017, 06:09:54 PM
Quote from: hockeyfan1 on September 13, 2017, 05:40:35 PM
The overal MLB win streak record is 27 games by the 1915 San Francisco Giants.

Literally every single "fact" in this sentence is wrong.

At least she got the franchise right.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 14, 2017, 03:22:50 AM
A little bit of confusion here but it was originally the New York Giants of 1916 that set the MLB record for 26 wins.  But...

Steve Hirdt, executive vice president at the Elias Sports Bureau, explained to Tom Withers of the Associated Press why the Giants' streak is still credited as being 26 straight wins instead of an unbeaten streak.

"It's the longest winning streak, it's the record for most consecutive wins, etc., because a tie game breaks neither a winning streak or losing streak for a team because it always gets replayed unless the season ends first," Hirdt said.

However, according to theAthletic's:
[tweet]908045519553003520[/tweet]


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2733064-indians-beat-tigers-to-set-american-league-record-with-21st-straight-win (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2733064-indians-beat-tigers-to-set-american-league-record-with-21st-straight-win)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Arn on September 15, 2017, 06:50:23 AM
It's been a really interesting season for stories like this. You had the Dodgers win streak then their absolute plummet off the cliff when they finally lost.

Now you have Cleveland up to 22 games and I hope they go on to pass that "record" of the NY Giants (they're guaranteed to lose tonight now).

Pleased for Encarnacion too.

I'm gonna go all in and put my money on the Nationals to win the World Series though.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 05, 2017, 08:45:30 AM
ALDS all set between the NYYankees & Edwin's Cleveland Indians.

The NYYankees beat the Minnesota Twins Tuesday 8-4 in the A.L WC one-game playoff.

More:
https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/yankees-overcome-historically-bad-severino-start-to-beat-twins-in-al-wild-card-game/


Meanwhile,  the NLDS all set between the Arizona Diamondbacks & the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 11-8 iWednesday in a see-saw of a scoring N.L. WC  one-game playoff.

More:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/bradleys-stunning-triple-helps-d-backs-beat-rockies/
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Arn on October 17, 2017, 08:49:35 PM
AL East is gonna be tough next year. Yankees look like they might be at the start of something. Red Sox with a new manager and a lot to me. Jays could be looking at playing for 3rd at best and hopefully nabbing that second wild card.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 24, 2017, 04:39:41 PM
The 2017 World Series is all set for tonight between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros.

How they got there:
The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 1 in the NLCS....

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dodgers-defeat-defending-champs-cubs-to-head-to-world-series/ (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dodgers-defeat-defending-champs-cubs-to-head-to-world-series/)

...while the Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4 games to 3 in a thrilling ALCS.

https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/10/21/16515340/alcs-results-score-houston-astros-new-york-yankees-game-7-world-series
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 04, 2017, 07:52:45 AM
A World Series and a marriage proposal...sweet!

[tweet]925945822864396288[/tweet]

The Houston Astros won their first-ever World Series with a seventh-game defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers in L.A. this past Monday, in what was a very thrilling World Series between two of the best teams in baseball this year.

Congrats, Astros!

How analytics played a part in the Houston franchise's ascension culminating into WS champions:


https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/astros-world-series-win-may-be-remembered-as-the-moment-analytics-conquered-mlb-for-good/2017/11/02/ac62abaa-bfec-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 14, 2017, 11:20:22 AM
Alex Anthopoulos becomes new Braves GM.  Atlanta owns one of the best farm systems in the league.
He was the former GM of he Toronto Blue Jays, and the GM of the 2017 World Series finalists L.A. Dodgers.

Anthopoulos talks of why he chose the Braves posting, and of his fond memories of the late great Roy Halladay.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2017/11/13/anthopoulos-lands-on-his-feet-in-atlanta-get-over-it-jays-fans-arthur.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2017/11/13/anthopoulos-lands-on-his-feet-in-atlanta-get-over-it-jays-fans-arthur.html)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Nik on November 14, 2017, 11:24:20 AM

Farhan Zaidi is the Dodgers GM and has been since 2014.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 14, 2017, 11:39:42 AM
Roy Halladay Memorial service/Celebration of Life to be broadcast  this afternoon. (3pm)?  Will be broadcast on all Sportsnet networks.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 14, 2017, 12:02:36 PM
Anthopoulos was previously the VP of player operations in the Dodgers organization.

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi is Canadian-born Phillipine raised, and the  first-ever Muslim GM in MLB.  Zaidi has kept close ties to his Canadian connections via relatives living in Canada.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Nik on November 30, 2017, 08:10:20 PM

Gregg Zaun has been fired apparently. CBC is saying it's because of "sexual misconduct".
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Captain Canuck on November 30, 2017, 09:05:18 PM
Quote from: Nik the Trik on November 30, 2017, 08:10:20 PM

Gregg Zaun has been fired apparently. CBC is saying it's because of "sexual misconduct".

Sportsnet is calling it "inappropriate behaviour and comments."
Sad as it is to say I'm not surprised by this. He seems like a "good ol boy" type and it comes across on the broadcast when he gets comfortable and lets his guard down.

They are out for blood right now south of the border with this stuff, was only a matter of time before it hit here.
I was saying to the guys at work the other day that it is to the point now where you don't even want to so much as acknowledge a female co-worker anymore for fear of reprisal.

We had a case at our work a few years ago where my old boss and a close co-worker were suspended from work about a month and nobody would say why. I got interrogated by HR about it, but of course they wouldn't say who made the complaint so it was like fighting the boogeyman because the whole thing made no sense.
I found out much later on it was this young female worker who made false accusations against them as revenge. She was angry because she wasn't hired back. The reason she wasn't hired back is that she wasn't pulling her weight at work and part of the reason was she was having an undisclosed sexual relationship with a fellow co-worker (who also wasn't hired back). I saw the two of them together for a couple years after that so it must have been pretty serious.
Prior to that occurring she had sexually harassed a bunch of guys at work, myself included. It made me uncomfortable at the time, but like most guys would I just brushed it aside as a one time thing and didn't report it.
The whole situation just makes me mad thinking about, as SHE was the one in the wrong, but she played the system to make everyone else's life a living hell. The stain never did leave the guys she falsely accused and to this day HR has no clue what really happened. I run into this individual around town from time to time and she always pretends to not know me at first. When I say hi then she wants to know if I am still working at the same place. She doesn't know that I know and the guilt is all over her face every time.
Long story short, there are always two sides to these things and it's not always the guys fault.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: herman on December 01, 2017, 12:28:51 AM
Speaking of two sides to a story, now people are finally listening to women.

Thread:
https://twitter.com/bluejaygal/status/936403884192362496
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: bustaheims on December 01, 2017, 08:48:06 AM
One of the least surprising, for sure. Tried too hard to be baseball's Don Cherry, and just came off as a jerk - because, clearly, he's a jerk.
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 01, 2017, 03:14:57 PM
This thing with Zaun had been going on for a long time.  Many of the Sportsnet analysts knew of his behaviour and his comments towards women. It was only a matter of time before some of the female employees there came forward regarding the matter, and rightly so.  If that's the kind of mentality Zaun harboured towards the female gender in general, then that is not acceptable behaviour or attitude. Especially in the workplace (or any place) where the general environment can be made to feel 'uncomfortable' and tense.

What's been happening south of the border illustrates that perfectly. 

As for the situation that Captain Canuck found himself (& others) in, yes, sometimes one can take advantage for their own personal gain or revenge.  But, once again as illustrated by the sexual allegations leveled at the various men such as Matt Lauer, Senator Al Franken, Roy Moore,  Bill OReilly, et al., I don't think one can say that there are two sides to those stories.  Because for most of them, there aren't.


https://theathletic.com/171452/2017/12/01/behaviour-of-blue-jays-manalyst-gregg-zaun-had-long-been-normalized-at-sportsnet/ (https://theathletic.com/171452/2017/12/01/behaviour-of-blue-jays-manalyst-gregg-zaun-had-long-been-normalized-at-sportsnet/)
Title: Re: 2017 MLB Thread News & Notes
Post by: Arn on December 11, 2017, 05:38:02 PM
Well, the Yankees are gonna be fun to watch next year eh?

Let's hope for a Judge sophomore slump