Well you missed the Rays on your never won list. I missed the Mariners on mine.
And yes seriously in my head. I can’t remember some family members birthdays but I can name WS winners. I don’t know if I should be proud or sad.
#24 – you and I are in agreement on the playoffs. Here’s what I think they ought to do, and they could do this as soon as next season when the Astros make the switch to the AL:
- Form 2 15-team leagues; do away with divisions.
- The top 4 or 5 teams from each league receive playoff berths.
- Playoff system:
A) with 4 teams: 3 rounds of playoffs — 2 in each league, World Series
B) with 5 teams: seeds 4 and 5 play a 3-game series to determine the “number 4″ seed, and then you’ve got 3 rounds of playoffs from there.
So — essentially, you’re getting rid of the “division winner is guaranteed a playoff spot” and only taking the top 4-5 teams in each league.
The fact that a team could have a rather mediocre record and still win their division while two other wild card teams — with better records than said division winner — duke it out means that it’s a poorly-designed playoff system.
For example: in 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series with a season record of 83-78. Because they played in a weak division, they were automatically guaranteed a playoff spot — while a team with a better record (the Phillies, at 85-77) were denied a spot. Now, while I don’t exactly mind that the Phillies didn’t get in, it’s not a good system. In fact, it’s idiotic and asinine.
By the way, the Mets were the only NL team with over 90 wins in 2006. That’s astounding.
#27-canthearyoupeach, welcome to the board. Great screen name, btw. I think Chipper is still a HOF’er even if he wasn’t a switch hitter. The longevity + the career avg/obp/slg + homers would get him in. Also. Yes on Stitcher. I plan to get that done by Opening Day.
As is a $2 billion price for the Dodgers. On what planet are the Dodgers, or any sports team for that matter, worth $2 billion. And if that is where the going rate of baseball teams is headed, who will ever be able to buy the Braves from Liberty? They’ll end up being run by a hedge fund.
I have a bad feeling that all of these young starting pitchers are about to ruin our bullpen. We almost need the ‘pen to finish every game after the 6th inning, and in some games they will be called on in the 6th or earlier.. I don’t feel good about Hanson, JJ, Beachy, Minor, or Delgado getting past the 6th inning on a consistent basis.
Announcers in today’s game were talking about how, being in the Braves clubhouse earlier, the players were talking about how much they were ready get Spring over with and get going with the season.
Here’s Albert Pujols’s response to that same question:
“Maybe if you’d asked me that seven years ago I would have said, ’Yeah, I’m ready. Let’s go.’ But you learn in this game not to worry about tomorrow. When the time comes, then you think about it. Every day, your focus needs to be on trying to learn something, to get better.”
I think people are overrating the Marlins. Im more scared of the Nationals. I guess they don’t like our rotation for some reason but at least we have 5 solid guys that give us a chance to win. Add to that a full season of Bourn and improvements by Uggla, Prado, and Heyward. 4th place just doesn’t seem right.