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There are still baseball games to be played. 213

We may not care, but somebody does. I really don’t know who I’m rooting for, and may not until there’s a key moment and I realize that I was pulling one way or the other. On the one hand, I usually pick the American League team by default. On the other hand, Verlander, FK that guy. Plus, I still have a hard time thinking of the Astros as an American League team. Back when I was a boy I had Joe Morgan’s Colt 45’s card – hey you kids, get off my lawn!

On the other hand, ex-A’s Suzuki and Doolittle are good guys to root for. But if I see one shot of Brett Cavanaugh in the stands…even just knowing that he’s cheering in front of his tv may be enough to derail that. I’m just hoping to see some great pitching and just enough timely offense to make it entertaining.

In the meantime, some good news from the AFL to get us excited for next year.

213 thoughts on “There are still baseball games to be played.

  1. ptbnl Oct 22,2019 11:12 am

    Which team has the fewer rapists/abusers?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  2. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 22,2019 11:14 am

    This whole story about the Astro’s assistant GM going all Men’s Rights in the locker room is tipping me further to the Nats. The whole story is just a clusterFK for now good reason that I can see.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • sslinger Oct 22,2019 11:49 am || Up

      Wow, I hadn’t seen anything about that. It may not exactly answer ptbnl’s question regarding the total number of them, but if Houston is celebrating that they have even one, that’s a whole new level of disgusting.

      • AV AV Oct 22,2019 2:49 pm || Up

        this guy works at (owns?) 1234 go records, likes the a’s, and is astute.

        but somehow isn’t on FK. i don’t get it.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 22,2019 5:58 pm || Up

          Wow

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 22,2019 8:25 pm || Up

            I am genuinely interested in how they are going to make it worse

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • ptbnl Oct 22,2019 8:55 pm || Up

              Domestic violence conviction survivors’ night.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 24,2019 5:17 pm || Up

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 24,2019 5:30 pm || Up

                • dmoas Oct 24,2019 10:01 pm || Up

                  Maybe he should join his coworker on the unemployment line.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 25,2019 4:31 pm || Up

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • dmoas Oct 25,2019 8:41 pm || Up

                  So what you’re saying is he definitely should join his coworker on the unemployment line.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 22,2019 11:52 am || Up

      Some people never need a good reason to demonstrate that they are assholes. Go Not Astros.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 24,2019 1:42 pm || Up

      • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 24,2019 3:16 pm || Up

        If they win game 3 we will now have a new legend of the Taubman curse.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 22,2019 2:17 pm

    I’m excited that our system includes a guy named Jhenderson.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. andeux andeux Oct 22,2019 3:40 pm

    I semi-inadvertantly have $20 on the Astros to win the series, but I’m still rooting for the Nats.

    TINSTAAFK
  5. andeux andeux Oct 22,2019 8:03 pm
    TINSTAAFK
  6. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 22,2019 8:30 pm

    can you keep your glove on a runner if you don’t have the ball?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 22,2019 8:55 pm || Up

      Yes unless it’s Adrian Beltre’s head.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. andeux andeux Oct 22,2019 8:53 pm

    Dooooo!

    TINSTAAFK
  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 23,2019 4:02 pm

    Oh.

  9. ptbnl Oct 23,2019 5:14 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha … FK Verlander.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 23,2019 5:28 pm || Up

      The sheer effrontery to not give him two extra inches off the black.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Oct 23,2019 7:12 pm || Up

        Sadly didn’t last beyond the 1st.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 23,2019 5:27 pm

    I swear FOX must have a mic inside of the home plate ump’s mask.

    • ptbnl Oct 23,2019 7:45 pm || Up

      Followed by the complementary strike-out-of-the-zone call.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  11. ptbnl Oct 23,2019 8:07 pm

    Bregman for Nats MVP.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  12. AV AV Oct 23,2019 8:57 pm

    this dude’s honestly my decent follow of the week:

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  13. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 23,2019 9:01 pm

    I just got to see the Charlize Theron Tricky commercial. Ive missed seeing it every 10 minutes or so daily.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 24,2019 4:59 pm || Up

      Charlize could probably get me to quit my job, abandon my family and friends, and do almost anything for her. Except drink Bud Copper Lager.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas Oct 24,2019 10:03 pm || Up

        Are we talking once or are we talking about drinking it often?

        • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 25,2019 9:23 am || Up

          I would say often as I did have half a bottle of it once while they were doing a test. It was free and I am still alive-that is literally all I can say about it.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  14. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 25,2019 12:04 pm

    This is an excellent, damning take placing the Taubmann grossness squarely in the culture of the Astros front office.

    https://deadspin.com/the-astros-are-not-in-the-apology-business-1839306352

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 25,2019 12:19 pm || Up

      Before this career-defining act of bellowing dipshittery…

      I love Roth.

      The most obnoxious thing to me is that the Astros obviously decided that getting Osuna was a good move because his domestic violence issues made him undervalued in baseball terms. They decided to take on the negative aspects of Osuna in order to get Osuna the baseball player at a reduced price, making what I’m sure people of Taubman’s ilk think is an unimpeachably rational decision to maximize shareholder value.

      But they obviously also feel as though it is illegitimate or unfair to criticize them for making that decision so long as the baseball is working out reasonably well. (Also, it is bizarre that the moment Taubman chose to lash out in defense of the move to get Osuna was immediately following Osuna choking and getting bailed out by his teammates.)

      • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 25,2019 1:02 pm || Up

        That last part has been the one that really has not made sense to me. In my more trollish moments I could see me yelling out about some decision that was criticized but worked out. But Osuna has had issues a lot and had literally just blown the save. That was not the time or place to be singing his praises, however small they may be.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 10:16 am || Up

      Not counting on much more good stuff coming out of Deadspin.

      • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 10:43 am || Up

        Yeah, Ratto got snarky about that too. I glance at Deadspin once in a while, mostly following links from here, but I certainly don’t read it avidly.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 29,2019 3:00 pm || Up

          I’ve been an avid reader, the only non-news website I check more than once a day. Don’t know what will fill the huge “sports funnies” void Deadspin’s impending collapse will bring.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Oct 30,2019 4:04 pm || Up

        Laura Wagner, Kelsey McKinney, Tom Ley, Lauren Theisen, Patrick Redford, Albert Burneko and Chris Thompson all took to twitter to announce they’re out

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 31,2019 8:32 am || Up

          No “I’m out” post yet from Roth, but it sounds like he’s gone too.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 31,2019 11:06 am || Up

            Having been part of a few blogpocalypses in my day, this sucks big daddy balls. But I’ll get over it. Most lasting harm for me will be having to join Twitter so I can follow wherever Magary and Burneko and Moskovitz wind up.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux Oct 31,2019 11:32 am || Up

            And there it is

            TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 5,2019 1:01 pm || Up

        “In order to run a journalistic outfit, you need to care about journalism, because journalists are annoying as hell.

        https://slate.com/business/2019/11/deadspin-roundtable-barry-petchesky-megan-greenwell-tom-ley.html

        Also Drew popped up on Vice today.

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  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 25,2019 12:46 pm

    OK Leicester City. We get it. You’re good.

    • ptbnl Oct 25,2019 1:15 pm || Up

      First ever premier league game where both keepers are sons of premier league keepers.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 25,2019 1:27 pm || Up

        Can’t go wrong with the Schmeichel brand name. Gunn I’m not so sure about.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 25,2019 1:15 pm || Up

      This is a savage beating.

      • ptbnl Oct 25,2019 1:22 pm || Up

        Father-and-son keepers who have both conceded 7 in a premier league match is rarefied company.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 25,2019 1:50 pm || Up

          Gotta love his team conceding a penalty in the 93rd minute down 0-8.

          • ptbnl Oct 25,2019 1:54 pm || Up

            Vardy and Perez get to fight for the ball.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • ptbnl Oct 25,2019 1:51 pm || Up

        One more and we’re in Ipswich Town territory.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 9,2019 11:15 am || Up

      Really good. Extremely impressive team.

  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 25,2019 6:32 pm

    Ah, that slooooow Greinke curveball is a thing of beauty.

    • andeux andeux Oct 25,2019 7:27 pm || Up

      Feels like an A’s game: lots of baserunners, 0-fer-w/RISP.

      TINSTAAFK
  17. Soaker Soaker Oct 25,2019 10:57 pm

    1 – 3:43
    2 – 4:01
    3 – 4:03

    If it’s the A’s I can handle that, but don’t ask me to devote that kind of time to Astros vs. Senators Games 1-3. Games 6 and 7 if it goes that far, yeah I’ll probably watch.

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    • andeux andeux Oct 26,2019 10:27 pm || Up

      4 – 3:48
      Though Rodney’s appearance undoubtedly spared many from sitting through the whole thing.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Oct 27,2019 10:16 am || Up

        Watching that would have been preferable to staring at the bloody shredded unrecognizable chunk of roadkill that serves as Cal’s offense.

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    • Soaker Soaker Oct 27,2019 11:45 am || Up

      I looked up A’s vs. Reds in 1972. Game 7 was by far the longest at 2:50. That pushed the average up to 2:24, because every other game was between 2:06 and 2:26.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 28,2019 9:41 am || Up

      I was interested to learn that this excellent New Yorker cover on the topic was created by an Englishman.

      • andeux andeux Oct 28,2019 9:52 am || Up

        I don’t mind how fast or slow the games are. It seems that they are trying to market baseball to people who don’t like baseball. I think they should just be trying to make the games more beautiful.

        Argh. No. The games used to, in my lifetime, be almost twice as fast, for the same amount of baseball. There is no reason for a 9 inning game to take 4 hours. Signed, guy who likes baseball.

        TINSTAAFK
        • dmoas Oct 28,2019 1:38 pm || Up

          Go back to 90 second between inning break. More than half the ad space is geared to sell other shows (and future games) and their ad space. Then other half is largely repetitive. And you can get more attention by staying with the game with showing the ads on screen so that people stay in their seats rather than run off to the bathroom. Doing that will easily eliminate a good half hour of time from the clock.

          • Soaker Soaker Oct 28,2019 1:59 pm || Up

            A Game 7 would bail Fox out a little bit, but man has the World Series lost a lot of eyeballs in the last couple of decades. The 1989 World Series was a ratings bomb, being considered of local interest only and completely overshadowed of course, yet about twice as many viewers watched those four games as have watched the first four games of the current Series.

            Comparing the World Series to the Super Bowl is apples and oranges, about 4 hours in one day vs. maybe 14-25 hours over 4-7 days, but Super Bowl viewership generally climbed slowly but steadily for the first 50 years. There’s been some dropoff the last few years, possibly due to negative publicity around the NFL with certain politicians piling on, but that audience is still somewhat larger than it was 20 or 30 years ago.

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            • dmoas Oct 28,2019 2:27 pm || Up

              The break times between action hurt sports.

            • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 12:45 pm || Up

              This is just FKing sad.

              Sunday’s Astros-Nationals World Series Game 5 averaged a 6.5 rating and 11.39 million viewers on FOX, marking the lowest rated and least-watched Game 5 of the Fall Classic on record.

              Game 5 was trounced in record fashion by NBC’s competing Sunday Night Football game (Packers-Chiefs: 10.4, 18.32M). SNF routed the World Series by 60% in ratings and 61% in viewership, its biggest win over the Fall Classic in a decade of head-to-head matchups.

              Also, proof that the Nationals still haven’t gained much of a foothold in the D.C. area:

              Washington D.C. turned in a 19.0/33, a rebound from a series-low 17.3/36 in Game 4, but still behind the first three games of the series.

              For the second-straight game, the World Series averaged a lower rating in D.C. than the corresponding game of the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup Final appearance. The Capitals’ title-clinching Game 5 win averaged a 25.2.

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          • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 29,2019 8:44 pm || Up

            no more catcher signs. earpieces

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • dmoas Oct 29,2019 8:53 pm || Up

              I’m done for that. I don’t even mind all players and coaches being able to utilize it. No more signs to steal. Everyone on the same page. Expedite pretty much everything. Then you could enforce a rule where the pitcher needed to be replaced if a coach came to the mound, period.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 1,2019 12:37 pm || Up

      Sam Miller broke down why the games were so long.

      Most of it is game-related (more mid-inning pitching changes, more deliberate pitchers, deeper counts), but 17 minutes of it is from longer ad breaks.

      • dmoas Nov 1,2019 12:58 pm || Up

        If all he’s getting is 17 minutes, then he’s not accounting for what’s truly necessary. Because they could easily save 30 minutes from that. But 17 minutes is an exceptionally long time that should be addressed before any in game changes.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 1,2019 1:00 pm || Up

          17 minutes is based on each break being 50 seconds longer than during the regular season.

          • dmoas Nov 1,2019 1:05 pm || Up

            Gotcha. Imagine if they stuck to 90 seconds between innings. Fewer ads for other shows and few ads for future games. Then they can get far more creative by having ads between pitches when nothing is going on and you have dedicated eyes. Then you can add an additional 30 seconds to that post season or network/premium games. You’d save a huge chunk of time there. More sub 3hr games. Adding in the robo ump with the original strike zone would gain you fewer deeper counts, more swings, more action, and a faster paced game. Even if they keep these shitty balls for more homers.

  18. Soaker Soaker Oct 26,2019 1:22 pm
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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 26,2019 4:42 pm || Up

      “Canseco will occupy a dunk tank.” Career arc checks out.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 26,2019 7:38 pm

    Rodney…

  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 27,2019 5:14 pm

    And now starring in the role of Rocky Balboa, Tyson Ross’s little brother Joe.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 27,2019 5:34 pm || Up

      He may not go the full 15 rounds.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Oct 28,2019 9:35 am || Up

        O’Dowd class of ’11

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  21. AV AV Oct 27,2019 10:44 pm

    i was doing some webarcheology and found some astroarchelogy.

    http://www.siloam.net

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 28,2019 12:56 pm

    Farhan, if you are not going to hire Geren, you should absolutely hire Gabe Kapler.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 3:14 pm || Up

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 31,2019 1:03 pm || Up

        They passed on Kotsay, according to John Shea.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 12,2019 7:39 pm || Up

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 12,2019 10:14 pm || Up

        I am totally psyched for the cognitive dissonance Giants fans are about to experience.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 13,2019 9:33 am || Up

          They mostly seem pretty pissed about this.

  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 28,2019 6:38 pm

    The NBA has replay challenges now. Yuck.

  24. sslinger Oct 29,2019 10:07 am
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 10:55 am

    Score one for California.

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 12:25 pm || Up

      That came to bipartisan unanimity with shocking speed. Even this bozo joined in.

      He had a quote the other day along the lines of “I don’t ordinarily look to California for smart public policy ideas but this is one they’re right about for a change.”

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 1:17 pm || Up

        • andeux andeux Oct 29,2019 1:25 pm || Up

          Christ, what an asshole.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 1:27 pm || Up

            I was going to make a Tar Heels joke here to provoke FSU, but it turns out Sen. Burr is a Demon Deacon (from “R.J. Reynolds High School”!)

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 29,2019 3:05 pm || Up

              Wake Forest, proudly representing amateurishness since 1834.

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        • andeux andeux Oct 29,2019 6:54 pm || Up

          TINSTAAFK
          • dmoas Oct 29,2019 8:43 pm || Up

            For some reason, I just wouldn’t expect a baseball player, like Mike Young, to speak out like this. He pretty much nailed it.

  26. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 29,2019 3:03 pm

    Please please please don’t let Verlander win another series clinching postseason game. Really any outcome besides that would be ok.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Oct 29,2019 3:14 pm || Up

      Hopefully there will be more pressure tonight to have a fair and appropriate strike zone after this nonsense. That improves the odds of a Verlander failure.

    • andeux andeux Oct 29,2019 7:21 pm || Up

      It’s remarkable that he still hasn’t won a WS game.

      TINSTAAFK
  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 5:51 pm

    Doing live interviews with managers during game action in the World Series is absurd. Treating it like it’s a spring training game.

  28. Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 6:50 pm

    Chris Singleton wanted Strasburg to stick one in Bregman’s ribs in that last inning. I’d guess Smoltsie wasn’t quite as emphatic about it but felt the same way. Even Nolan Ryan probably wouldn’t have objected.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 6:56 pm || Up

      Soto with the better solution.

      • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 7:01 pm || Up

        Neither of the first base coaches wanted anything to do with that stuff.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 7:00 pm || Up

      These two teams open the Grapefruit League against each other, if you’re wondering.

  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 7:43 pm

    I don’t know about that call.

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 7:47 pm || Up

      I remember looking up all the rules on the Benintendi baserunning call during Manaea’s no-hitter and would have to refresh my memory, but I don’t agree with an interference call on that.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 7:51 pm || Up

        This replay review is…extensive.

        • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 7:58 pm || Up

          I think they iced the field goal kicker.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 29,2019 8:06 pm || Up

          So supposedly that play is not reviewable but the headsets were used to let New York read the rule to the umps. And only because the Nats were protesting the game? That doesn’t add up. And then Martinez got hot because they said it wasn’t protestable because it was an ump’s judgement…but his protest, per Buck, was because the rule was mis-applied. Hmm…

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      • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 9:34 pm || Up

        Apparently the italicized part is what they are relying on to back up the umpires.

        5.09 Making an Out
        (a) Retiring the Batter

        A batter is out when:

        (11) In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is dead…

        It conflicts somewhat with the immediately-subsequent comment in the rule book, and the physics of the base being in fair territory.

        Rule 5.09(a)(11) Comment: The lines marking the three-foot lane are a part of that lane and a batter-runner is required to have both feet within the three-foot lane or on the lines marking the lane. The batter-runner is permitted to exit the three-foot lane by means of a step, stride, reach or slide in the immediate vicinity of first base for the sole purpose of touching first base.

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        • dmoas Oct 29,2019 9:46 pm || Up

          How about just letting them run a straight line between where they leave the box and the base? Like that’s hard?

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 9:47 pm || Up

          This just makes no sense. By the time the ball got there, Turner was square with the base and his foot was almost on it. The route he took to get there had no apparent effect on the play, and he did nothing unnatural to interfere with Gurriel.

          • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 9:57 pm || Up

            “In the umpire’s mistaken judgment…”

            Let’s get one final opinion and call it a night.

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  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 7:53 pm

    Ball don’t lie

  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 29,2019 7:59 pm

    Chip Hale needed all his strength to keep Martinez from committing umpicide there.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 29,2019 8:03 pm || Up

      That was as angry as I’ve seen anyone on a ballfield since George Brett.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 8:09 pm || Up

        Milton Bradley is offended by your casual dismissal.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 29,2019 8:11 pm || Up

      I forgot to add Chip Hale to the ex-A’s equation.

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  32. sslinger Oct 29,2019 8:23 pm

    If nothing else, no W for Verlander.

  33. Soaker Soaker Oct 29,2019 8:24 pm

    What baseball really really does not need to end this clusterfuck of a postseason is some Astro hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win.

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  34. sslinger Oct 29,2019 8:25 pm

    If I was a batter, I’d be annoyed by that long lace off the pitcher’s glove.

  35. AV AV Oct 29,2019 10:53 pm

    guys, guys. trumpires.

    amirite???

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  36. ptbnl Oct 30,2019 7:58 am

    Anyone interested in meeting up for game 7 – Triple Rock?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  37. Soaker Soaker Oct 30,2019 5:07 pm

    October has seen too much of Brandon Taubman and CIVAL WAR, and even today when I looked at something on Twitter and saw “Josh Hamilton” trending I cringed. Yay for Game 7, and Baseball, please don’t embarrass yourself tonight.

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  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 30,2019 6:24 pm

    Hmm, Trump-Pence 2020 sprung for an anti-impeachment ad during Game 7.

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 30,2019 6:33 pm || Up

      Reno just got a second one during the local break (“Donald Trump is MY PRESIDENT!”). Tom Steyer has been advertising in Nevada for a while but I haven’t noticed much if anything from any other Democrats.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 30,2019 7:32 pm || Up

      Those Ukrainian campaign contributions aren’t going to spend themselves.

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  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 30,2019 6:40 pm

    Giving Greinke the Verlander zone I see

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 30,2019 7:33 pm || Up

      He got jobbed on ball 3 to Soto, though, I have to admit.

  40. Soaker Soaker Oct 30,2019 6:57 pm

    Routine play for Matt Chapman.

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  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 30,2019 7:31 pm

    Wowie Kendrick!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 30,2019 7:34 pm || Up

      That dugout celebration was pretty epic.

      • Soaker Soaker Oct 30,2019 7:43 pm || Up

        He said something to get a seven-second delay bleep as he crossed the plate, probably not “Wowie!”

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 1,2019 7:23 pm || Up

        howie kendrick doesn’t appear to know how to drive a stick

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Oct 30,2019 7:35 pm || Up

      Mixed feelings about that. Is there a 5-year statute of limitations on being an Angel?

      TINSTAAFK
      • dmoas Oct 30,2019 7:48 pm || Up

        Depends. Were they an asshole before, during, or after being an Angel? If yes, 5 years is more than enough. If not, never.

        • Soaker Soaker Oct 30,2019 7:59 pm || Up

          I don’t recall anything assholish about him as an Angel or otherwise. His .665 career OPS vs. the A’s is one of his lowest against any team, and he only has a .599 OPS in 257 career PA at the Coliseum. Overall career OPS is .768.

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          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 30,2019 8:09 pm || Up

            Yes, sucking against the A’s is a plus in Howie’s column.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 30,2019 8:02 pm

    It may not work but I find no fault in Hinch’s strategy to use Cole early if needed or late to close.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 30,2019 8:06 pm

    The biggest win this postseason has delivered to me is introducing Juan Soto, what a fun guy to watch.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. andeux andeux Oct 30,2019 8:41 pm

    Astros bullpen had the 2nd best ERA, and 3rd best WPA this year.
    Nats bullpen had the 2nd worst ERA, worst WPA.

    TINSTAAFK
  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 30,2019 9:40 pm

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 31,2019 8:57 am || Up

      He gave postgame interviews wearing a hat with the Boras logo on it. Incredible.

  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 30,2019 10:19 pm

    The visitors-win-seven-straight angle is memorably quirky, but the really remarkable feat is the Nationals’ 5-0 record in elimination games despite trailing in each one. That’s the drama that made this otherwise mediocre postseason great.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 31,2019 9:02 am || Up

      Wait…you can win in an elimination game? Has anyone told Billy?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 31,2019 11:07 am || Up

        When someone tells him, also tell him it involves signing guys like Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin and extending guys like Stephen Strasburg.

  47. andeux andeux Oct 31,2019 11:11 am

    Now what are we supposed to do?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 31,2019 11:29 am || Up

      Watch the Warriors

      Actually I got nuthin.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 31,2019 11:51 am || Up

        And the Sharks look awful too.

        Great card in the Breeders Cup Saturday, which I recognize is especially retrograde these days.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 2,2019 6:22 pm || Up

          Got beat all day long until Vino Rosso came thru in the last to make it a wash.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 31,2019 11:49 am || Up

      114 days until the first spring training game.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • colin colin Nov 1,2019 7:53 am || Up

      college basketball — go Bearcats!

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 1,2019 8:40 am || Up

        You spelled “Tar Heels” wrong.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 6,2019 5:47 pm || Up

        Monster debut for our frosh guard Cole Anthony.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • colin colin Nov 7,2019 8:23 am || Up

        Not an awesome start of the season for Cincinnati against Ohio State and neither team could shoot at all. OSU doesn’t look like a team with a #18 ranking.

  48. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 31,2019 2:19 pm

    We will pay you all the fermented cabbage you can eat.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/drewmagary/status/1189871566655504389

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 31,2019 4:39 pm

    Yikes

  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 1,2019 12:50 pm

    Curious to see what Doolittle will do vis Nationals visit to White House

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Nov 1,2019 2:04 pm || Up

      I saw he already declined.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  51. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 3,2019 11:09 am

    The last of the two-way players groundskeepers.

    “Wood says he’s so attuned to the sea level that he can tell whether it’s high tide by the moisture on the field.”

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Nov 3,2019 9:03 pm || Up

      I say bring the mound with him. It’s a good mound and I’m sure there will be cause to remove it from time to time for other events.

  52. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 4,2019 11:17 am

    no Kurt , no

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 4,2019 11:18 am || Up

      God damn it.

        • dmoas Nov 4,2019 11:58 am || Up

          That photo is beyond disturbing. On way too many levels for my brain to comprehend.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 4,2019 12:42 pm || Up

            i didn’t want to post it.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 4,2019 1:00 pm || Up

            I don’t even get what “joke” Trump is going for. Other than “ha ha, I get to treat other people’s bodies like objects for my amusement and no one can do anything about it.”

            • AV AV Nov 4,2019 2:36 pm || Up

              did you watch the video or just see the still? what trump is doing is different in the two versions.

              HOWEVER

              the hat was premeditated. and getting the mic was prearranged so he could put it on (obviated by the follow-up from the person occupying the job of president, who says exactly the opposite of what’s true in situations like this). and kurt followed through.

              so that’s that (as far as my regarding him with any nostalgic warmth goes).

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • AV AV Nov 7,2019 12:34 pm || Up

                the intercept in a nugget: “Moro secretly and unethically collaborated with the Car Wash prosecutors to help design the case against Lula despite serious internal doubts about the evidence supporting the accusations, only for him to then pretend to be its neutral adjudicator.”

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 4,2019 12:45 pm || Up

        they gave him a Nationals jersey, a WHITE nationals jersey

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  53. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 4,2019 2:33 pm

    re sign anderson

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  54. andeux andeux Nov 4,2019 4:48 pm


    He probably will (and should) be 3rd of the 3, but that’s still much better than I was expecting.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 4,2019 5:01 pm || Up

      What do we think a Semien extension looks like, assuming it buys out the last arbitration year?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 5,2019 11:46 am || Up

      I will not be offended by a bregman win

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 5,2019 10:26 am

    • Soaker Soaker Nov 5,2019 9:07 pm || Up

      Both Kevin Kouzmanoff and Adam Rosales are coaches with the Arizona Rookie League teams. Kouz is specifically a “hitting coach”, while Rosie, who tweeted his retirement today in connection with this announcement, is just listed as a “coach”.

      They have also hired an organizational “throwing performance coach”, Casey Upperman of Rotational Athlete Solutions, which “(provides) athletes the training that covers skill, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, nutrition and mental emotional strength through the use of state of the art technology and methods.” RAS works with golfers as well as baseball players, so even if all the pitchers get hurt again maybe he can at least help Ken and Vince with their golf games.

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  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 5,2019 1:27 pm

    Wild one going on right now between Chelsea and Ajax in the Champions League. Ajax up 4-2 in London, but just took two simultaneous red cards plus a penalty.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 5,2019 1:28 pm || Up

      4-3 now, and playing 9 on 11 for 20 minutes.

    • ptbnl Nov 5,2019 1:33 pm || Up

      That was an amazing triple jeopardy.

      – Foul, advantage played.
      – Handball in the area, penalty given.
      – Booking for the original foul, 2nd yellow so player sent off
      – Booking for the handball, 2nd yellow and off.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 5,2019 1:37 pm || Up

        Very harsh, but I do like seeing them punished for some really egregious tactical fouling they did in the first half. You just can’t play like that once you take yellows.

  57. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 6,2019 8:00 pm

    is it me, or are a lot of people deliberately misreading bill gates’ interview?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 7,2019 9:34 am

    Not sure what led up to this, but Greenwald calls this guy a “coward” five times and the guy attacks him on live tv.

    • AV AV Nov 7,2019 11:52 am || Up

      the translation there is Nunes used Glenn’s kids to attack him about the Vaza Jato story.

      i’m not up to date on all that.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 7,2019 12:04 pm || Up

        I wasn’t up on “Vaza Jato,” but I guess it is the name being used for Greenwald’s publication of leaks calling into question the fairness of the Lava Jato (“car wash”) investigation that brought down Lula and a bunch of others.

        • AV AV Nov 7,2019 12:13 pm || Up

          lemme put together some vague pod memories…

          candidate bolsonaro: judges, if you’re listening…

          judge moro: i’m investigating lula for corruption

          lula: but now that means i can’t run for president

          brazil: which sucks, because we’d prolly elect you

          president bolsonaro: yo moro, how’d you like to be minister of justice?

          minister moro: thanks boss!

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 7,2019 12:08 pm || Up

        (unrelatedly, Greenwald’s gringo accent is pretty funny, not that I’m one to talk)

        • AV AV Nov 7,2019 12:20 pm || Up

          i can’t fathom outputting portugese. it’s so slidey slippery. i fall all over the place inventing sounds that don’t belong.

          i can only receive it.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 8,2019 9:37 am

    Schiff is good.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Nov 8,2019 12:44 pm || Up

      only the worst people

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 8,2019 1:33 pm || Up

        Being aggressively dumb and willing to humiliate yourself is now the most reliable path to advancement in Republican politics. It’s not great.

  60. AV AV Nov 8,2019 1:59 pm

    the dutch people went full prince.

    they now live in the country formerly known as holland. and they got a flourishy new logo to mark themselves by.

    i guess logo is the new standard. rimshot.

    not yet clear if they’re keeping the The tho. title suggests no. usage below suggests otherwise.

    guess we’ll find out when some younger person is yelling at an older person in the current ukraine fashion.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  61. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 8,2019 11:17 pm

    Losing $500K on one day between games of a playoff series in Vegas is a really bad look. Not to mention stiffing the casino for it. Looking back I’m reminded that the Sharks got totally crushed in Games 3 and 4, en route to ultimately winning the series.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  62. ptbnl Nov 9,2019 11:06 am

    So Ole thinks the premier league title might already be out of Manchester United’s reach this season.

    No shit, Sherlock.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  63. AV AV Nov 9,2019 11:23 am

    there is apparently some bullshit going on with city council vis a vis coliseum. FYI if you’re into that kind of thing.

    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/11/08/oakland-files-injunction-alameda-coliseum-sale/

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 9,2019 12:18 pm || Up

      The City thinks its negotiating position with the A’s is stronger while the County in enjoined from selling the A’s its half. Which is probably true but mostly in the small ways the City might grind out a few more concessions/bribes. The City’s legal case feels specious, and Oakland is roughly 0-fer-infinity in sports litigation. Call it overplaying a bad hand, yet again,

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • dmoas Nov 9,2019 6:39 pm || Up

        They’ve got a team willing to build in the city and yet they can’t help themselves and want to take one last stab at trying to make them leave.

    • lenscrafters Nov 11,2019 8:54 am || Up

      I don’t understand this. Why are the city attorneys filing this when the city council claims to be shocked by this action? Are the attorneys acting of their own accord or are council members like Kaplan and Reid lying when they say they have nothing to do with this.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 11,2019 3:54 pm || Up

        Remember that Oakland’s City Attorney is elected not appointed, and thus has both a lot of independent authority and acts in her political interests as much as the City’s legal ones.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Nov 13,2019 8:54 pm || Up

          However, the announcement tonight says “the City Council directed the City Attorney to immediately drop Oakland’s lawsuit against Alameda County re: the sale of the Coliseum”. I’m confused as to whether this “directive” has any legal authority, and being confused is something I evidently have in common with a number of the inhabitants of City Hall.

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          • dmoas Nov 13,2019 9:42 pm || Up

            Especially if it’s an elected attorney. Kind of a flawed setup, but one that’s fairly understandable and not exactly atypical. Knowing it’s an entirely separate elected official simply looking out for the city against potential legal action certainly makes the situation more understandable.

  64. Future Ed Future Ed Nov 9,2019 6:44 pm

    Is it just me that is totally creeped out by the way Sanders treats AOC?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  65. Soaker Soaker Nov 9,2019 7:39 pm

    Not a good night in Berkeley for the Palouse’s most prominent MAGA man.

    It looked like the Bears were going to turn their 4-0 start into a 4-8 season. They need one more win out of three games for Cheez-It Bowl eligibility, and dammit this is a year when we really need to bring the Axe back to Berkeley.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Nov 10,2019 4:59 pm || Up
      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2019 6:24 pm || Up

        Holy mother of god but SF gate is unreadable on mobile devices.

        Also, Mike Leach is a dickhead.

        • andeux andeux Nov 10,2019 6:40 pm || Up

          sfgate is unreadable anywhere without some kind of extension to block their autoplay videos.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Soaker Soaker Nov 10,2019 8:37 pm || Up

            In Chrome on the iMac, I use an unmaintained one called “Disable HTML5 Autoplay” which seems to work most of the time. If there’s a better one, please recommend. The now apparently deceased Deadspin was as bad as or worse than SF Gate for this.

            The sports media loves Leach because he’s quotable and says things no other coach says, e.g. FSU’s linked story. He has a lot of baggage going back to Texas Tech, plus the Trump stuff which pissed off some of the donors at Wazzu. He’s had enough success in Pullman to have the Cougs in the national discussion at times and that’s not easy in that remote outpost. At some point, though, that type puts his foot in his mouth once too often or says or does something so offensive that’s he’s gone, which was the case at Texas Tech.

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  66. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2019 10:17 am

    USA please throw all the money at Pep when he gets fired.

  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Nov 10,2019 1:15 pm

    KC seems to want the Raiders to have a chance at one last Oakland playoff game. Serious choke job.

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