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You really think that Grantland piece is citation-worthy? It's a piece of hot garbage that never should have made it past any sort of editor. I really don't even see where he tackles the larger question of relievers in the ASG. At one point he suggests Watson is taking a spot from an AL pitcher (Sale). Wut? And the case against Josh Harrison is the easiest case to make, yet he suggests Harrison robbed Billy Hamilton and Jason Heyward. How are those two more deserving?! Yes, Rizzo or Rendon makes more sense, but every writer has mentioned those names. This guy's contribution is Heyward and Hamilton. It's a joke.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/the-pirates-are-the-best-example-of-the-argument-against-relievers-as-all-stars.html
@Mornacale One-dimensional meaning the one dimension of baseball he was good at involved swinging a bat. The fact that he was a well-rounded hitter, as opposed to, say, Pedro, doesn't make him any less one-dimensional. If you are no help in the field or on the bases, you are by definition a one-dimensional player.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/march-2014/a-few-thoughts-about-barry-bonds.html
@tonyframpton @whygavs yeah, not much of an argument from tony. I ARBITRARILY LIKE THIS SYSTEM AND IT'S RIGHT BECAUSE I LIKE IT.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
Where you are on the spectrum has nothing to do with this. Nothing. This has gotten out of hand. Maybe locking comments on this thread would be best.
1 year ago on Game 134: Pirates 5 Cardinals 0
I don't even know what to say to this. What you're looking for is therapy, buddy, not a baseball blog intended for SUBSTANTIVE discussion of baseball, not to assuage your preening apprehensions. Maybe try the Yahoo! comments section?
I think it was clear after Presley's play this year and recent demotion (not to mention his mini-spat with GMNH over his designation) that his window for playing time at the big club was essentially closing. One of those players (it appeared to me, at least) that was a little to good to play in the minors, but didn't have the talent to play in the bigs for any meaningful time frame. Plus, it seemed like people assumed Presley was young because of his size/appearance/career development, but he was too old to take any of his AAA success seriously. With the outfield getting crowded he was more than expendable. It's entirely possible that barring injury he wouldn't have sniffed the outfield next season with the big club. Once you know that the twins would accept Presley for Morneau, it's a deal that has to be made.
1 year ago on Pirates acquire Justin Morneau from Twins in exchange for Alex Presley
@DouggieB@StyvesKleinYou don't seem to understand what trolling is. You insinuated the
Pirates weren't incapable of winning 4 games out of 31 when they had a
season win pct approaching .600 and were in the thick of a pennant race.
You trolled these boards for a week while the team was on a slide,
everyone else on these boards disparaged your asinine and wildly
off-base arguments, then after ONE dominant performance over a team and
pitcher the Bucs have owned this year you basically issue a mean culpa
and disown all that. Sit down, man.
Some very smart baseball fans read this blog, and the roundly negative response ALL of your comments have gotten should be indicative of their merit. With a month to go, the Bucs have filled the RF and 1B holes and are in the dead even with the greatest franchise in baseball in a pennant race. No one has time for your contrarian crap.
@DouggieBThe about-face here is unbelievable. If you're going to naysay up and down these boards you can't jump on the positivity bandwagon after one good win. How are your negative arguments valid if you just change sides depending on the outcome of that night's game?
The truth is you're not a pessimist, you're a troll. Here is what you wrote the other night (after a loss), when the Bucs were 4 wins away of securing a .500+ record with 31 games remaining:
"I don't even care if they make the wild card or not. I just think,
Please god...let them finish above .500 this year. Please? "
Really? You didn't think they were capable of going 4-27 the rest of the way out? It may seem harsh and exclusionary when other commenters accuse you of not being a fan. But it's actually true. How could you have watched the Pirates this season and made a comment like that? Simply being aware of their record should have ruled out the possibility of a losing season. You're a joke.
Have you even watched this season? Clearly you don't know the Pirates record. To finish under .500 they would have to go 3-27 in their 30 remaining games. Troll.
1 year ago on Marlon Byrd and the urgency of the moment