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2020-21 MLB Off-Season Thread


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Manfred said he'll head to the negotiating table with Tony Clark at seasons end. He said he does hope to keep the runner on 2B rule, DH and expanded playoffs. He did say he probably would not go as far as 16 but he likes the idea of 14. The #1 seeds would get a first round bye under his plan. 

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3 hours ago, brdu4 said:

I do like the expanded playoffs. But giving the #1 seed a bye I don’t like. Take the Dodgers, they could have a bye just about every year since they spend the most in the NL and play in the easiest division in the NL. 

It can be a blessing and a curse. They might be rested but it's usually the team that get hot and stays hot that wins it. A break like that can completely shut a team down.

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1 hour ago, Unknøwn said:

Manfred said he may limit shifting in the future. Wants to create more action and eliminate some of that hard luck of a 100 mph rocket up the middle being caught. 

As much as I don’t like being on the wrong end of the shift, that’s uh.. strategy 

you gonna to start chaining players next? Or limiting the number of breaking balls allowed?

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On 10/23/2020 at 4:26 PM, Unknøwn said:

Manfred said he may limit shifting in the future. Wants to create more action and eliminate some of that hard luck of a 100 mph rocket up the middle being caught. 

If there's one thing that baseball absolutely needs it's rules for illegal defense. 🙄

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1 minute ago, brdu4 said:

If the Cardinals have a young catcher prospect that would replace Molina.  I would re sign him and have that prospect as the back up. So Molina can teach him for 2 years. 

Their top catching prospect is still a couple of years away. Hasn't played above A ball yet.

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1 hour ago, brdu4 said:

If the Cardinals have a young catcher prospect that would replace Molina.  I would re sign him and have that prospect as the back up. So Molina can teach him for 2 years. 

They did have one at one point (Carson Kelly) but they sent him to the Diamondbacks in the Paul Goldschmidt deal.

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8 minutes ago, Unknøwn said:

Manfred announced the league built up $8.3B in debt this year with no fans and a short season. 

I don't believe it. Not with all the other revenue streams that MLB has. They act like fans is the only revenue stream when that's far from truth. This is just another negotiating plot for the upcoming CBA talks.

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2 hours ago, Unknøwn said:

Tony La Russa has an offer to manage the White Sox. If he turns it down they're expected to offer AJ Hinch.

With the season officially over, Hinch and Cora are now allowed back into the game in any capacity. 

Offer accepted, La Russa is the new manager of the White Sox.

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45 minutes ago, Unknøwn said:

The hiring of La Russa has reportedly caused issues in the FO. Ownership jumped in and made the decision, not the GM or the FO. So theres some unhappy folks in Chicago. Those people reportedly think he won't be able to connect with their young roster.

While I was having lunch I thought about how long he's been "out" of the game,  sho I'm wondering in this new age of analytics if the hiring is going to work. 

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