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digdug:
this is mostly speculation.

feel free to poke holes in my theory...

but  Maybe Mookie Betts  won't be that good a hitter
if he doesn't know what pitch is coming ahead of time?

bustaheims:

--- Quote from: Nik Bethune on February 05, 2020, 09:26:11 AM ---I mean, if you're looking for a baseball reason beyond saving money on the tax, you won't find one.

--- End quote ---

Nope. Luxury tax seems to be working as a soft cap. Teams don't want to be stuck over the line for any length of time.

pmrules:

--- Quote from: digdug on February 05, 2020, 09:58:54 AM ---this is mostly speculation.

feel free to poke holes in my theory...

but  Maybe Mookie Betts  won't be that good a hitter
if he doesn't know what pitch is coming ahead of time?

--- End quote ---

This line of thinking is exactly where my mind went ...

Nik:

--- Quote from: digdug on February 05, 2020, 09:58:54 AM ---this is mostly speculation.

feel free to poke holes in my theory...

but  Maybe Mookie Betts  won't be that good a hitter
if he doesn't know what pitch is coming ahead of time?

--- End quote ---

That doesn't really add up for a number of reasons. I don't think there are any serious suggestions that the Red Sox have been stealing signs for Betts' entire career and his minor league numbers are terrific so...

bustaheims:

--- Quote from: digdug on February 05, 2020, 09:58:54 AM ---this is mostly speculation.

feel free to poke holes in my theory...

but  Maybe Mookie Betts  won't be that good a hitter
if he doesn't know what pitch is coming ahead of time?

--- End quote ---

If that were true, you'd probably see a more significant difference between his home and road splits - especially once you factor in the advantages that Fenway provides power hitting righties and plunking balls off the Green Monster.

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