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9 minutes ago, Falconsfan567 said:

Why? Goldy is a free agent after the 2019 season and Freddie isn't a free agent until after the 2021 season. Freddie is also 2 years younger. There's not a big enough difference between the two to want me to make that move.

I'm just talking talent for talent, I wasn't taking his contract into account. I feel like Goldy is a better player.

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2 minutes ago, Malachore said:

Freeman's loss of power in the 2nd half concerns me. I just want to see some more power out of him (I know he hit 44 doubles).

The only reason it doesn't concern me is because Freeman was still hitting. If he had just stopped hitting period it would have been a concern for me. Even with his drop off in homeruns in the second half of the season he still slugged over .500 and nearly had a .900 OPS. Freeman is such a line drive hitter and uses his top hand so much in his swing that he's going to have stretches where he's hitting the ball with too much top spin to hit a lot of homeruns and that is all that happened with him in the second half of the season.

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2 hours ago, Unkn0wn said:

Markakis also fell back to earth after the break. Probably led to pitchers being more careful to Freddie knowing the guy behind him was hitting .258 with little power.

Freddie developed a slight hitch in his swing over the second half. He was pulling his hands back as his was starting to fire his hips. This led him to be late on fastballs. Notice how often he "beat the shift" in the second half by grounding to the left side? That was just an indication that he wasn't getting around on pitches like he had been.

It was clear he was aware of it and sometimes it would lessen or disappear for a swing or two, but it would come back. Hopefully he gets it ironed out in the offseason.

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4 hours ago, Unkn0wn said:

Angels are giving manager candidates a 2 hour written exam. The exam covers analytics, interpersonal and game management.


3 hours ago, CrimsonFalcon said:

micromanagement at it's finest...

I think it's a terrific idea!! If I'm hiring a manager I want to know what he's going to do in specific situations. I want to know how he's going to evaluate players.

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4 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Yeah, I think it's becoming a thing. I'm in management and my employer required a written exam as well as the interview during evaluation. 

When I got hired as a bank teller a few years ago I had to take a written exam in addition to the interview. Many jobs I've applied for required an exam of some type.

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Pirates prospect Ji-hwan Bae has been found guilty by a South Korean court of assaulting his former girlfriend. 

Bae was one of 13 international prospects signed by Atlanta and then made free agents by MLB in the wake of an investigation into the team's skirting of signing rules. In Bae's case, the Braves reportedly agreed to play him considerably more money under the table than the $300,000 he officially agreed to. 

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45 minutes ago, Unkn0wn said:

Jeter finally did something right. The Marlins are removing the HR sculpture in the OF. 

Yeah. I was surprised that wasn't done before this season started because when he first took over it was announced that he wanted to get rid of it. Going to look weird with just a big empty space if they don't put something else out there.

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