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Old 03-28-2007, 02:37 PM   #61
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Well he's signed for 2 years and he said when he signed he really wants to come back for a third year if he is healthy. So he could end his career in Toronto and possibly get 600 homers.

He's going to be a big asset for the team this year.
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Old 03-28-2007, 02:39 PM   #62
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Look at Oakland last season. They would have been a sub-.500 team and out of the playoffs without him. I think he deserved more MVP credit than he got.
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Old 03-28-2007, 02:56 PM   #63
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He was their team last year. And adding Thomas to an already good power hitting team will just add on to the threat.

I've heard things like Torre had an interview during a Jays game last season and they asked what team he is happy he isn't going to see in the playoffs. And he pointed at the other dugout and said that they are a fighting team and don't give up easily.

I'm praying for another healthy season out of Thomas. I'm hoping Rios can find his All-Star swing again. If so the Jays will have 5 guys that can hit 25+ homers.
Wells, Glaus, and Thomas all could hit 40.
Rios could hit 30, he was heading toward 30 until his staph infection.
And Overbay can hit 25 too. He's a quiet guy not many people suspect that from.
Which is why I picked him up onto my fantasy team despite already have Delgado and Giambi. I took Giambi and Delgado though incase something happened like I didn't get a guy I wanted and then I could get a trade involving the two.
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Old 03-28-2007, 07:45 PM   #64
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So yeah, this is the MLB thread, but I feel like talking about my baseball because I have a story to tell.

I'm trying out for a rep baseball team that I played for for 3 years (got cut last year though). Well this year there is a new manager since the old one gave up on the team because no one liked him or listened to him.
So I spent last summer in a sign-up league where it was a breeze. I got a lot of pitching work in and got a lot of practice at first base. (I'm usually a RF in rep).
So for the last month or so we have had practices in a gymnasium, just doing basic drills, grounders, pitching, hitting. And I have been wanting to improve my pitching so last week and this week I have focused on it. Last week I was throwing bullets. The coach was telling the catcher to move his glove around, and every time I hit the mitt.
I wasn't sure if maybe it was a fluke, so I went back in tonight seeing if I could pitch like that again. I did it again. I threw about 35 pitches probably about 25+ for strikes. But what made tonight so great was my old manager was there because his son is trying out still. And he was watching me and I looked over at him and he was stunned because of how well I was pitching. And when I noticed him watching it just made me pitch even better. So the catcher was moving his glove around and I was hitting it dead on again. I had another kids say my pitching mechanics and perfect and even my old manager said I was throwing heat.
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Old 03-28-2007, 07:51 PM   #65
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You're the next Chris Carpenter!

In other news Mark Prior was sent down to the minor leagues
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Old 03-28-2007, 07:53 PM   #66
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You're the next Chris Carpenter!
I'm thinking so!
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:52 PM   #67
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ugh when does the season start

next week?
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:00 PM   #68
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I hope my work sets up a softball team, I'm pretty much like Ted Williams when it comes to underhand softball. Pitch the ball overhand and add 60 mph to it and I can't hit a thing. I'm still pretty amazing defensively, even though I've never actually played organized ball since tee-ball when I was 5.
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:13 PM   #69
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I crush the ball in softball. I remember a game in PE my freshman year, I had a three homer game.

When I was in 7th and 8th grade, our last unit of the year in PE was always "The World Series" where we would have an actual softball tournament. I was a captain in 8th grade, so I got to draft a team out of all of the students in the class.

I played shortstop and batted third. We got to the "NL Championship" (my team was the Marlins), and we would have won, but class ended and the other team was leading at the time. Oh well, it was fun.
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:18 PM   #70
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ugh when does the season start

next week?
My baseball? It doesn't start until May unfortunately. I wish it started next week. It doesn't get warm consistently enough up here until May.
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:00 PM   #71
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did anyone ever play machine pitch? that was fun. they would set it on 40mph and it was always right down the middle.
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Old 03-29-2007, 02:06 PM   #72
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They have that in my town. I have to umpire it once. It's called Rookie Ball here.

But they just started that a few years ago.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:04 PM   #73
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You're already playing? Lucky.

Is it a travel team? Or just a sign-up league and you're placed on a team.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:08 PM   #74
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Oh right. That's what I plan on doing when I'm older if I don't go anywhere with baseball, which I doubt I will. I'm not an amazing player to go to any good teams.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:07 AM   #75
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i've got my baseball draft today in about four hours. Any advice?
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:03 AM   #76
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wait for a 3B. then get alex gordon in the last round.
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:34 AM   #77
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Just stay away from injury prone people?
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:00 PM   #78
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Since I know you're all eagerly awaiting the results I'll post my team.

In the league I'm in you get 260 points to spend on 22 players (1 catcher, 1 first baseman, 1 second basemen, 1 SS, 1 third basemen, a corner infielder, a middle infielder, 5 outfielders, 8 pitchers, and 2 reserve players.) We draft players by picking teams out of a hat and then drafting players from that team. Incidentally the Yankees were the second team picked so money was being spent quickly.

They're are fifteen teams in the league including myself so there's going to be some more obscure players are picked.

C Russel Martin - 9
1B Mike Jacobs - 9
2B K. Johnson - 3
SS Omar Visquel - 6
3B Scott Rolen - 19
MI Placido Polanco - 3
CI Ryan Howard - 31

OF - Ryan Freel - 12
OF - Vladamir Guerrero (I thought this was a steal)
OF - Kenny Lofton - 3
OF - Rocco Baldelli - 19
OF - Kevin Mench - 3

PI - Jeff Francis - 7
PI - Jason Schmidt - 20
PI - Carl Pavano - 5
PI - Justin Verlander - 15
PI - Dontrelle Willis - 15
PI - Adam Eaton - 1 (Philly was the last team picked so I got him for dirt cheap)
PI - Chris Ray - 16
PI - Mariano Rivera - 23

R - J Washburn - 3
R - Milton Bradley - 8
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:08 PM   #79
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wow that's a really confusing way to draft
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:09 PM   #80
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It's fun because it's always different every year. At the end everybody was out of money and The Mets were one of the last teams to go. Beltran and Reyes went for only about 25-30 points which was an incredible bargain.
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:07 PM   #81
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Top of the 8th and only 3 hits...9 K's for Myers...Not looking so good anymore.

Edit: I spoke too soon. Way to go Edgar.

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Old 04-02-2007, 01:55 PM   #82
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2-run shot from Edgar. That should settle it hopefully.
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:59 PM   #83
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Yes. Productive day with HR's for my fantasy team. Now if our bullpen can keep it together...

*Has been 'watching' on the mlb.com scoreboard by hitting F5.*
Hm, well it's on TBS. No access to a TV?
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:06 PM   #84
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I'm on campus (In Rock history lecture right now).

Who's pitching for the tenth?
Paronto.

Wickman gets the win.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:16 PM   #85
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Yea the bullpen threw 4 shutout innings...can't remember the last time I saw that.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:59 PM   #86
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Good game today for the Jays. Their bats went silent for 8 innings, but they got them around when it counted. Also great job by the Jays bullpen. Only allowed one hit.
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:11 PM   #87
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So Schilling sucked today. Way to blow the opener against the Royals.
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:21 PM   #88
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So the White Sox are officially a game behind the Royals, now.

Guys I'm having some doubts about the Sox this year. The more I look at their starting rotation, the more I worry.

I hope for the love of God Buerhle can turn it around and pitch like I know he can. I'm excited about Danks, I think he'll do alright. But the rest of the staff is just kind of "eh". Garland has won 18 games for two seasons in a row, but I still don't think he's that great a pitcher. And Contreras is turning 7 million years old in July. Javier Vazquez will continue to disappoint, I'm sure of it.

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:39 AM   #89
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As long as Dye, Konerko, and Thome are in the lineup they always have a chance.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:50 AM   #90
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White Sox!

Buehrle is gonna rebound and I think Danks is gonna surprise a lot of people this year.

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