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Old 03-13-2019, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Pocopson
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I thought the idea behind analytics was to get your best hitters up the most times.
"best hitters" is subjective. Kapler seemingly wants the leadoff guy to get onto base, and be fast (but not necessarily quick).
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:52 AM
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"best hitters" is subjective. Kapler seemingly wants the leadoff guy to get onto base, and be fast (but not necessarily quick).
I hope we never see Andrew Knapp lead off again.
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Pocopson
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I was reading reviews of Citizens Bank Ballpark, due to a discussion on another thread mentioning baseball parks in various cities. This review is very thorough (multiple webpages thorough), with its biggest complaint being the park's location. Here's the page about the park's setting. My favorite blurb in it was:
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Citizens Bank Park is a quintessentially Philadelphia building in that it was built in the wrong place. This is a city that allowed Disney to carve out a failed enterprise in the prime of downtown and hasn’t been able to develop Penn’s Landing for 40 years.
I get where they're coming from; there is no better atmosphere than a downtown ballpark. On the other hand, there's something to be said for the relatively easy-in/easy-out that we currently have. I couldn't imagine fighting my way through Center City at 11pm on a Wednesday night as a game lets out.

If it was up to me, I would have put the stadium on the "other" side of 95, looking over the Delaware River similar to what San Francisco did. It would have been prettier, but have more legal/logistical hurdles to execute, and it still would have lacked the downtown ambiance. This would have been in conjunction with a new subway line down Delaware Ave.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:25 PM
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Word leaked today that Carlos Santana did more than just walk last season - he had to take a bat to a TV because guys were too involved in playing computer games instead of concentrating on winning baseball games.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:16 AM
 
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I was reading reviews of Citizens Bank Ballpark, due to a discussion on another thread mentioning baseball parks in various cities. This review is very thorough (multiple webpages thorough), with its biggest complaint being the park's location. Here's the page about the park's setting. My favorite blurb in it was:


I get where they're coming from; there is no better atmosphere than a downtown ballpark. On the other hand, there's something to be said for the relatively easy-in/easy-out that we currently have. I couldn't imagine fighting my way through Center City at 11pm on a Wednesday night as a game lets out.

If it was up to me, I would have put the stadium on the "other" side of 95, looking over the Delaware River similar to what San Francisco did. It would have been prettier, but have more legal/logistical hurdles to execute, and it still would have lacked the downtown ambiance. This would have been in conjunction with a new subway line down Delaware Ave.
Originally there were two locations, as I remember it: Broad and Spring Garden and near 30th and Walnut. Obviously neither happened. It would have meant tearing down 1500 Spring Garden which was the old "yellow mother" of Glaxo SmithKline and today home of CBS3, KYW1060, Sungard branch, Day and Zimmerman and some other companies. Much better investment than a stadium that would have been mostly empty for months at a time.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:18 AM
 
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Word leaked today that Carlos Santana did more than just walk last season - he had to take a bat to a TV because guys were too involved in playing computer games instead of concentrating on winning baseball games.
Yeah, I saw that.

It kinda segues into my rants about millennials in general.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Phila Pa
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Now that any chance of Mike Trout in the Phils future is dead, one has to wonder if they will get more serious in trying to sign Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel. Both are holding out for long term deals, but does not look like that will happen for either.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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Looks like losing Bryce H has not affected the Nats at all during Spring training.

He's done nothing so far to impress me. Meh....
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:51 AM
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I'm glad to hear that Gabe Kapler is going to bat Andrew McCutcheon leadoff and Cesar Hernandez further down the lineup (eighth preferably).
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:54 AM
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Now that any chance of Mike Trout in the Phils future is dead, one has to wonder if they will get more serious in trying to sign Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel. Both are holding out for long term deals, but does not look like that will happen for either.
I'm not sold on Keuchel ... He seems like one of those guys who's on the way down. I wish him luck, but I'd rather the Phillies didn't commit big money and long term to him.
Maybe the rest of the league sees it too?
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