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Old 09-11-2019, 04:23 AM
 
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Most teams with a lot of money to spend are very good. Most teams with very little money to spend, and not very good. Yes, there are exceptions, but the $ to wins correlation is very strong.

A smart team with a lot of money will beat a dumb team with a lot of money, no doubt.

I just wish we could balance the money spent out in some way. Maybe for every $5 Million you spend over the average, you start the season with 1 loss. Handicap it like golf. If this was done, the Rays would have the best record in MLB by far. They'd have 1st place with home field advantage already wrapped up.

The Dodgers spent $63M over the average, so they start the season with 12 losses.

What they are doing now isn't working for most baseball fans. Look at the declining attendence figures. The TV camera's hardly ever show a wide angle shot of stadium seats anymore unless the park is nearly full, which doesn't happen much during the regular season.

I went to a Tampa Bay Rays day game and bought special promotion tickets for $3/ea.. The place was still nearly empty, and the Rays are in contention for a wild card and the Rays have the 2nd best pitching staff in MLB next to the Dodgers.
Part of that might be because of The Trop.

I have sort of a weird fondness for The Trop. I'm not sure why. Possibly because the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame is there...and then there's the tribute to the 2011 season as well.

I doubt my weird fondness for The Trop is shared by many though.

With the Marlins and Twins both having moved into new stadiums in this decade, I don't think there is much doubt that The Trop is the worst stadium in MLB.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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DODGERS WIN THE WEST! Woohooo!

Glad we won before the DBís lost to the Mets today.
Now it is on to 100 plus games. this should be a pretty easy achievement for them.
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Old Yesterday, 05:54 PM
 
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If they wanted roster space, they could have just released these guys. And no matter how delighted you are for Culberson, he's still a lousy player with no real value beyond replacement.


"Since the beginning of 2018, Culberson has provided the Braves with 466 plate appearances in which he has recorded a .267/.316/.457 slash line with 17 home runs and 65 RBI. Even more usefully, Snitker has employed the veteran at every position save for center field and catcher over the last two years, including some garbage-time relief pitching work. Further updates on Culbersonís injury* will be provided as they become available."

MLB Trade Rumors 14 Sep, 2019

*Charlie took a fastball in the face today. Let's hope for a quick recovery.
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Old Yesterday, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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"Since the beginning of 2018, Culberson has provided the Braves with 466 plate appearances in which he has recorded a .267/.316/.457 slash line with 17 home runs and 65 RBI. Even more usefully, Snitker has employed the veteran at every position save for center field and catcher over the last two years, including some garbage-time relief pitching work. Further updates on Culbersonís injury* will be provided as they become available."

MLB Trade Rumors 14 Sep, 2019

*Charlie took a fastball in the face today. Let's hope for a quick recovery.
This year he has compiled 0.1 WAR, so I stand corrected. Rather than having no real value beyond replacement level, Culberson has been worth one tenth of a win above replacement level.

This represents some triumph for you?

I wish Culberson a speedy recovery as well.
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Old Today, 09:27 AM
 
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Many of Charlie's stats are actually below replacement level. I thought he deserved better than the "lousy" description you slammed him with, though. He's not a miserable player, and he does have value, shown by his defensive versatility. He was popular while a Dodger; Braves fans may/may not feel the same way, but he is one ex-Dodger that I always root for to do well.
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Old Today, 04:07 PM
 
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If you were making the decisions, which pitchers would you keep for the playoffs, and why? Consider expected performance and health; disregard any contract issues.
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