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2020-21 Baseball Offseason Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Could go on a number of pages but since it was on Stirrups Now!'s Twitter page ...

    Stirrups Now!

    1958: Backstage at the TV show “Dancing, a Man’s Game.”

  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    No monkey suit involved this time:

  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I think Theo should GM the Clippers. They'd win a title within 3 years.
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  4. bumpy mcgee

    bumpy mcgee Well-Known Member

    Ricketts family must be pissed. They spent a fuckton of money to lose to the Miami Marlins and Joe Biden in the last two months.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Fangraphs’ Jon Tayler on Theo’s departure and the Cubs’ future:

    If nothing else, the talent on hand remains strong (assuming it remains), but the problem in Chicago is twofold. First is figuring out why this particular team is less than the sum of its parts, and why its most important players — namely Báez and Bryant — struggled so badly in 2020. Second is the fact that ownership has displayed no real interest in spending what it takes to make the Cubs better. Since handing Darvish a $126 million contract ahead of the 2018 season, the money faucet has turned off. Despite a need for one or both, Chicago sat out the Manny Machadoand Bryce Harper sweepstakes; the team’s lone major league signing that offseason was Daniel Descalso. Last winter was more of the same, as the Cubs tinkered around the margins with reclamation projects like Jeremy Jeffress and Jason Kipnis instead of splashing around in the deep end of the free-agent pool.

    It’s a bizarre mindset for a franchise and ownership group each worth billions, but the Ricketts family is apparently more content to throw its dollars at political campaigns and PACs than at the lineup or bullpen. (The Ricketts have spent plenty on improvements to Wrigley Field and on surrounding real estate ventures, but that has as much to do with increasing the value of the team and the stadium and thus netting more money from its fans as it does with the players on the field, and even there they’ve complained loudly about the local government not chipping in more.) Like every other club, the Cubs have embraced fully the desire to avoid the luxury tax and to shrink payroll, and the pandemic’s economic after-effects will only lead to a further tightening of the belt. At a time when the team should be spending the money it has to lock up its homegrown stars and try to extend its contention cycle with impact free agents, you can bet that the Ricketts will once again cry poverty. That puts a hard cap on just how much Chicago can improve or avoid falling apart, and sets the stage instead for retrenchment both financially and in the standings.
    As Theo Epstein Departs, What Will Become of the Cubs?
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

  7. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

  8. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    If it were cocaine, John Sterling would have a new HR call: “Robbie Cano. Got caught with blow!”
  9. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Well that really ends his hall of fame chances
  10. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    As my son says, he could have still sucked without PEDs and still made $24 million.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2020
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  11. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    His homerun totals the last 3 seasons.....10 in 20, 13 in 19, 10 in 18.
    I'd be getting a refund on my PED's if I were him.
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  12. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    That was my first thought. My second is that everyone involved with the Mets organization is thrilled.
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