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JustSwain

Member Since 01 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active May 15 2012 03:36 AM
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In Topic: Guillermo Mota suspension appeal. Does anyone buy this?

08 May 2012 - 01:27 AM

Usually the ones using it for abuse are doing it for the DXM which causes dissociative hallucination. They avoid any type that has other active ingredients because they can cause complications and have serious side effects when abused. Mota's defense isn't going to work anyway though because per the terms of the MLB drug enforcement policy a player is responsible for being aware of the ingredients in anything they take. Any medications that contain banned substances must be approved by MLB.

In Topic: Lahair's trade value

05 May 2012 - 04:24 AM

I'd offer up Josh Hamilton as an example of a premier power hitter who didn't peak until his age 27 season, and still carries considerable value. His age means he isn't as valuable as say a 24 year old rookie, but it doesn't relegate him to the trash heap. The market will affect things more than his age. Abreu's numbers were slumping even before he was put in a backup role, and Vlad is nearly a decade older than Lahair, and only hit 13 Homers last year. He simply isn't the same type of commodity. Teams that might not be looking for a short term solution, or who have talent to spare, but not payroll to spare will look at a player like Lahair as having potential to contribute offensively for years to come. Lahair is under team control until he is 33. Those years aren't peak, but they also aren't the years in which you see a sharp and sudden drop in hitting. He could be a perenial all-star for years to come...if he keeps hitting like he has. I keep saying that because what we have seen from Lahair so far is too small of a sample size to judge what he will be in August. Look at the stats that I posited as a possible extension of Lahairs hot start. You tell me, what would you be willing to give for that player? 27, under long term low cost club control, with those numbers. Like I said its hard to answer, because its unusuall that those players are traded rather than used as the foundation for a solid lineup. His age effects his value, but so do his production numbers.

In Topic: Need Your HELP! Please

05 May 2012 - 04:09 AM

The most common reasons cited for wanting the Cubs to play more night games are these:

During the weekday, night games tend to attract a larger audience than day games resulting in a larger revenue stream for the Cubs. This in turn results in more available capital for investing in facilities and payroll. This can be extended into the realm of television as well. More night games lead to higher television ratings, which lead to more lucrative television contracts.

Day games following night games leave very little time for players to rest and prepare between games. This can increase player fatigue over the course of a year, which can in turn grant a competitive advantage to the Cubs opponents who play mostly night games and have a more even schedule. The same can be said for day games following travel days.

Those are the two big ones.

There are some obstacles in place that make it difficult for the Cubs to play more night games. The most common objection to the idea of playing more night games is presented by the residents who occupy the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field and claim that night games create disturbances. Wrigley is a bit unique in that it is surrounded by a predominantly residential neighborhood. Most baseball stadiums are now located in buisness districts and downtown spaces rather than smack in the middle of a dense residential neighborhood.

The other common objection comes from purists and traditionalists such as myself who say that Wrigley Field was built for day baseball. When I went to my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field it was a day game which was probably a good thing considering the stadium had no lights. They weren't installed until 1988.

Hope that helps.

In Topic: Dodgers v. Cubs - May 4, 2012 (TV: CSN)

04 May 2012 - 01:54 PM

Another D for the home plate ump...this is getting stupid.

In Topic: Dodgers v. Cubs - May 4, 2012 (TV: CSN)

04 May 2012 - 01:31 PM

Boy today would be a good day for Dejesus to get his first Cubs homer.

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