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#50132 Oh the irony...a Cardinals' fan at my book signing

Posted by Luke on 13 July 2013 - 05:50 PM

He's several decades too late, but he does have a point.  The Cardinals, way back in their Branch Rickey era, did originate the modern farm system and turn it into a very potent player development tool.  


Maybe he is a genuinely smart guy who just happened be frozen in an ice cave for the past seventy years or so and just recently thawed out.  Next time you see him you should offer him a slushee... I bet he runs away screaming and doesn't sleep for a week.

#49655 JCB finally gets his visa

Posted by Luke on 08 July 2013 - 04:44 PM

J. C. Penney has a visa?


I figured he'd be a little old to travel these days.

#48930 Trade Idea that won't be taken well.

Posted by Luke on 27 June 2013 - 07:23 PM

Quantity does not equal quality.



Wait, let me try that again.






Any questions?

#48543 In-house rotation candidates for 2014

Posted by Luke on 21 June 2013 - 08:29 PM

Alberto Cabrera is doing worse than Struck. 


He is?   Their 2013 numbers:


Struck (Iowa) ERA 5.84, WHIP 1.788, 1.3 HR/9, 4.9 K/9, 1.09 K/BB


Cabrera (Tennessee) ERA 3.76, WHIP 1.398, 0.6 HR/9, 8.7 K/9, 2.53 BB/K


Even allowing for the difference in level and that Struck is younger it is tough to claim that Struck is doing better than Cabrera.

#47130 The Prophet's Scoreboard

Posted by Luke on 04 June 2013 - 07:10 PM

As long time readers of Bleacher Nation probably know, we have our own fountain of secret wisdom.




I'm not sure when he first appeared, and I can't honestly say that I remember all his predictions, but he has gotten the reputation for being accurate enough that he might, just might, have legitimate inside info.


Probably his biggest prediction was calling the Soler signing, complete with contract terms, a couple of weeks before it was announced.  But there have been others.


And I think he has had some misses, too.


The point is, I don't really remember. I know he makes predictions and that it seems like he is right an uncanny amount of the time, but I don't know for sure.


So let's find out.  We're heading into what is likely to be a very busy rumor season.  We know he's active and is passing on bit of information, so I propose we track his predictions and see just how accurate this guy (girl? sentient computer?) is.  I don't mean this in any hostile sense, but more out of curiosity.


Post Assman22 predictions in this thread as they appear, and we'll see how well he does this year.

#46431 College World Series and the big names

Posted by Luke on 27 May 2013 - 09:04 PM

 ESPN is going to handle the CWS this year


That means there will be something other than dunks and NFL speculation on Sportscenter?


I find this hard to believe.


Posted by Luke on 25 May 2013 - 08:24 PM

And not even a terribly clever troll.


Not a single reference to hamburgers in the entire rant.  I even read it twice to be sure!

#46318 Another way to show just how improbable this season is.

Posted by Luke on 24 May 2013 - 08:50 PM

Another way to look at this:


The front office, despite shopping for much of the postseason in the bargain aisle, actually built a roster that (if we assume all players are performing as expected per talent level) would be in contention for a Wild Card.


That's not such a bad thing.

#45596 The Later Rounds of the Draft

Posted by Luke on 15 May 2013 - 09:42 PM

Wow.  Usually I agree with Mayo more than this.  

#42718 2015 dream scenario

Posted by Luke on 21 April 2013 - 09:38 PM

The Rays would have no interest in Vitters or Rusin, I think.  Baez+Jackson+second tier prospect+spare parts probably gets that deal done.  Remember that the Cubs only gave up two starting-caliber prospects to land Garza (Archer and Lee (Guyer projected as a 4th OF, and Chirinos as a backup catcher)).  Baez is a better prospect than Archer or Lee, so any package containing Baez is better than the Garza package almost by definition.  


I don't see Cano reaching free agency.  And I'm not convinced Kershaw or Sandoval will.  It may take a trade to land either of those.

#38152 Women in Baseball?

Posted by Luke on 27 March 2013 - 05:28 PM

Dexter and Firefly both are decent at times.

I'd recommend both for a rehabbing Lost-er.

#37920 Women in Baseball?

Posted by Luke on 22 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

If fairness to Lost, it was a great show up to the point that it wasn't.

That would be about the time the first episode began.

#37222 Women in Baseball?

Posted by Luke on 14 March 2013 - 06:49 PM

I don't know why, but this is tremendously fun. I hope this never ends.

Eh. The Message Boards deserve a better troll than this guy. A truly good troll never resorts to childishness, name calling, or the sort of overt stupidity wallowed in by this imbecile.

He needs to spend a decade or two studying under Die Hard the finer points of subtle derailment and non-obvious baiting before he's ready to handle the responsibility of being the Message Boards Troll.

#37154 Controversial - But Totally OK - Decision Forthcoming (Series She-View)

Posted by Luke on 13 March 2013 - 07:20 PM

Good move, Brett. This seems like a natural evolution and a positive change for both the main page and the message boards.

But if I don't see at least one burrito pic on the She-View's new home, I'm naming Tony Campana the Prospect of the Century and bringing the web servers to their knees. Just try me... :ph34r: :D

#30600 BNFL Point Changes Thread

Posted by Luke on 03 August 2012 - 07:57 PM

So what if we drop losses altogether and compensate for it by slightly increasing the penalty for runs allowed. Frankly, if the only defense for keeping losses is that Fleaflicker uses them, then they need to go.

And then, how about we set Wins, Quality Starts, and Holds equal in value. Keeping wins can help the relievers, so I suppose we should hang on to them, but there is no way they should be more valuable than Quality Starts. Raising Holds to that same level may not make sense from real baseball standpoint, but if we are going make relievers worth rostering we've got to pump them up somewhere.

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