Olney On Qualls, Balfour, Damon, Pavano, Soriano

Ivan Nova, Craig Kimbrel and Madison Bumgarner are among the young players who will play major roles in determining their teams’ fates in 2011, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney points out. Here are the rest of Olney’s rumors, with the latest updates up top:

  • Olney hears that Chad Qualls is looking to re-establish his value with a one-year deal (Twitter link). With all due respect to Qualls, finding a mutliyear deal might never have been an option, since he posted a 7.32 ERA and allowed 85 hits in 59 innings last year.
  • Teams believe Grant Balfour's asking price is dropping, according to Olney (Twitter link).
  • Once Jim Thome signs, other first base/DH types will likely follow. There are lots of them out there, as MLBTR’s Free Agent Tracker shows. Vladimir Guerrero, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Johnny Damon, and Manny Ramirez are still available.
  • Olney says Damon “probably made a mistake in not following up on the Yankees' overtures last winter about a two-year deal.”
  • Carl Pavano and the Twins continue to make progress toward a deal and the sides could reach an agreement by the end of the week.
  • Rafael Soriano is prioritizing money over his 2011 role, Olney writes. Olney suggests that “if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45MM over the next three years, Soriano would consider it.”


117 Responses to Olney On Qualls, Balfour, Damon, Pavano, Soriano Leave a Reply

  1. “if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45MM over the next three years, Soriano would consider it.”

    Yikes, that’s harsh. I assume Olney is after him for being indifferent to whether he’s a closer or a setup man. But I couldn’t hold that against a guy with a straight face, given how often I pooh-pooh the very idea of using your best bullpen arm only in the 9th. Maybe Soriano’s just progressive.

    Probably not, I guess.

    • bjsguess 4 years ago

      I respect Soriano for actually being transparent about it.

      Enough of the typical crap about wanting to play for a winner, being close to family, falling in love with an organization, etc, etc. Most players are motivated by greed. Soriano is just one of the few who come out and say it (at least to the person Olney spoke with).

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        Olney said the same thing about Lee moving to Alaska if thats where the money was… we all know how that turned out.

        So take his comments with a grain of salt

  2. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    Soriano can forget the Yankees for sure. They have a closer as well as a good bullpen catcher.

  3. Olney suggests that “if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45MM over the next three years, Soriano would consider it.”

    Um, who wouldn’t?

  4. DOG100 4 years ago

    What the yankees dont need is a closer.. They need starter pichers… They could get chris young from SD whos a free agent…. Right now whos only 32yrs old and sign him for a 2yrs for 5 million.. he had a full season was in 2005 and 2006 2005 he was 12 and 7 and 06 11 and 5

    • Why on earth would any team give him that much $ to a starting pitcher who hasn’t played a full season since 2007? He’s nothing more than a player that deserves a highly incentivised contract and shouldn’t be depended upon for anything!

      • DOG100 4 years ago

        True but the need starter and they have the money… ok they dont have to spend that much for him..

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      Ivan Nova and just an innings eater and call it an offseason

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      Ivan Nova and just an innings eater and call it an offseason

  5. Olney says Damon “probably made a mistake in not following up on the Yankees’ overtures last winter about a two-year deal.”

    No he didn’t. He wanted to be a Tiger from day 1.

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      ‘There’s no bigger thrill than having your name on the back of a tiger’s uniform’

  6. DOG100 4 years ago

    This has nothing to do with this.. if yankees are looking a for a starter picher why not chris young from SD…

  7. I don’t understand why its such a negative thing if Soriano is flexible with his role. Only in very rare cases (i.e. the Yankees) would Soriano not be the closer…

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      He wants closer money.. most teams with an established closer already in place that would add him for setup or whatever, probably won’t want to offer him closer money…

      but then it moves to, why would a team lose a 1st draft pick (possibly 2nd if protected) to sign a non closing reliever.?

      • He’s entitled to closer money, even if he’s not recording saves. Again, it would only be a rare situation that he wouldn’t be closing…

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          Why would a team pay closer money to another player? …I’m of course talking about a team that already has an established closer.

          • If such team has the money to spend, then locking down the 8th & 9th innings would be assets most other teams do not possess.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            Yes fine, but Soriano has no leverage. Especially as a type A.. he will not demand closer money and therefore will not get closer money!

          • Yup, he certainly doesn’t have leverage. Being a Type-A is a double-edge sword.

  8. jakec77 4 years ago

    Re: Soriano- well, duh. Unless it’s a one year deal, why would he care if it’s as a closer or a set up guy.

    Re: DH’s- the real question becomes, which of those guys can potentially play the field enough to get jobs after the DH spots are all filled.

  9. Who is even interested in Soriano at this point? Let alone willing to pay him half of what he thinks he’s worth. That narrows the list of potential suitors way down.

  10. Dev0 4 years ago

    I want a new job should I take the 1 for less money doing the same thing or the one with more money? I wonder if I took the one for more money if Olney would write a story about me…

  11. Sammy_J_Dogg 4 years ago

    Olney doesn’t begrudge Soriano his choice as here is his entire comment with the context that MLBTR left out:

    ” In other words, if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45 million over the next three years, Soriano would consider it; he is looking for a lucrative deal, which is absolutely his prerogative.”

  12. davethenjmetsfan 4 years ago

    Look at the DH’s available! This is why the NL should adopt the DH. Who may have to retire because there isn’t any room in the league for him? Of course, if the players could only do more than just hit….

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      So the argument for adding the DH is so that aged players that can no longer field a position don’t have to retire?

      How about, the fact that pitchers are an automatic out, pitcher safety, overall game excitement…

      • guydavis 4 years ago

        How about we get a DH for catchers and shortstops too, or while we’re at it go NFL and have one team for defense and one for offense… sure makes things more exciting.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          so because you take a sarcastic over exaggeration approach every one is supposed to some how agree with you?

          The fact that you couldn’t mustard up any sort of decent response speaks volumes, either to your intellect or to the overall argument.

          • guydavis 4 years ago

            No you don’t have to agree with me. My view is pretty simple: The pitcher is on the field, part of the team so should have to hit just like everyone else. I have as much enjoyment watching pitchers hit as DH’s so that argument falls on deaf ears. I’m really not that opposed to the DH rule, although I would rather it not be there. Either way I would like to see both leagues operating under the same rules, because it’s frankly bonkers that they don’t at the moment.

          • bjsguess 4 years ago

            Can you please tell me which pitchers are as exciting to watch as most DH’s? 50% the time they strike out / make weak contact. 25% they bunt. 5% of the time they walk. And the remainder 20% is split between solid contact that falls for a hit or that results in an out.

            If that is “exciting” baseball then you are watching the wrong teams.

          • guydavis 4 years ago

            When my teams pitcher gets a hit/RBI/HR you better believe it’s more exciting than when your DH does. Obviously it’s not as often, which I’m fine with, the added strategy involved compensates for this. And yeah I do like the strategy that goes along with it (not saying AL has no strategy like some cos that is dumb, but I do think a pitcher hitting adds MORE strategy to the game, which I like).

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          so because you take a sarcastic over exaggeration approach every one is supposed to some how agree with you?

          The fact that you couldn’t mustard up any sort of decent response speaks volumes, either to your intellect or to the overall argument.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      The NL should never adopt the DH. All that does it allow even more out of shape non-athletic people get by in a sport that most already view as the least athletic sport there is. With a DH you allow a hitter(dh) to not have to be able to field, run, or do anything more than walk to the plate and try to hit a 2 run homer. Pitchers should be able to at least lay down a sac bunt and be able to hit around .200. The DH takes one of the best things about baseball out of the game, strategy. The leagues are fine the way they are.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        because theres no strategy employed in the AL right???

        give me a break, that argument is highly flawed considering most pitchers can’t field, run or do anything more then walk to the plate and try to lay down a sac bunt.

        Especially in the post steroid era, where you find most DH’s give the team options to rotate, play the field etc. Your argument really doesn’t hold water any more

        • stl_cards16 4 years ago

          To each their own, I have been to many AL games, all everyone does is sit back and wait for the homerun. That’s not baseball to me. The NL does just fine without the DH and will continue to do so. There was a manager from an NL team a couple years ago talking about getting ready to manage against the AL (I believe in interleague play) and he even said something like” I guess all you have to do is pull your pitcher before he gives up a 3 run homerun” I can’t remember who it was though.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            could it maybe be because there is just plain and simple more powerful hitters in the AL compared to the NL… look at the power from the lineups like the Yankees, Red Sox, Jays, White Sox, Texas etc .. GM’s have to build their lineups like that to compete with the big boys in the AL. . doesn’t mean that no strategy is employed.

            I think Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon highly reject your statement

          • stl_cards16 4 years ago

            Yes, the only baseball is in the AL. We are all happy with the baseball that we watch. So why change it? People that grew up watching the AL think the NL is boring and needs the DH. People that grew up watching the NL love the strategic and small ball style and don’t feel a need for a change. That’s the way it will always be.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            That’s not true either.. I grew up with NO DH and it was implemented long after that. The DH allows for older veterans to prolong their careers and adds more offense and gives a better challenge to pitchers, not an automatic out to the pitcher or “breather” as some may call it.

        • guydavis 4 years ago

          What does pitchers not being able field have to do with it?

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          Pitchers on the field/running bases is good for injuries. Ask the NYY and Wang. Bucholz last year from Boston for -0- reason being out there at all.

          If the NL teams insist on that pitchers at the teams nonsense and want inter league play, they can bat THEIR pitchers and the AL teams employ the DH like has been implemented since 1973 and they can continue with their foolishness.

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          Pitchers on the field/running bases is good for injuries. Ask the NYY and Wang. Bucholz last year from Boston for -0- reason being out there at all.

          If the NL teams insist on that pitchers at the teams nonsense and want inter league play, they can bat THEIR pitchers and the AL teams employ the DH like has been implemented since 1973 and they can continue with their foolishness.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      The NL should never adopt the DH. All that does it allow even more out of shape non-athletic people get by in a sport that most already view as the least athletic sport there is. With a DH you allow a hitter(dh) to not have to be able to field, run, or do anything more than walk to the plate and try to hit a 2 run homer. Pitchers should be able to at least lay down a sac bunt and be able to hit around .200. The DH takes one of the best things about baseball out of the game, strategy. The leagues are fine the way they are.

  13. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    “If the players could only do more than just hit… they would still be viable players and not Just DH’s

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      I really like watching pitchers come to the plate, pure athletes and all over the likes of Vlad Guerrero, David Ortiz, Jim Thome. it sure makes a game exciting when pitchers bunt with 1 out and a runner on 1st base doesn’t it, rather than try and actually knock the runner in?

      national league baseball is sooo exciting having an automatic out in the batting order.

      • acerulli1 4 years ago

        american league baseball is soooo exciting not having to think ahead, strategize, or even wake up to manage the game. there is BASEBALL for the enlightened mind, and then there is home run derby for those who have a distaste for thought, i.e., american league baseball.

        “The designated hitter is like allowing someone else to take Wilt Chamberlain’s free throws.” – Rick Wise (for those whose sports knowledge does not pre-date 1995, you can substitute Shaquille O’Neal for Wilt Chamberlain and the premise remains the same)

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          Your basketball comparison makes zero sense, like actually none.. Its absolutely idiotic

          if you want a good comparison, its like having Peyton Manning lineup to return a punt.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            he was trying to bring in the 1 season Wilt ‘the Stilt” was allowed to take off and slam dunk free throws from the line, but only 1 season, which ain’t near the same.

            the DH has allowed many HOF’ers to continue their great careers, including the 1st few, like Orlando Cepeda who could hardly walk in ’73.

            fact is pitchers for the most part reek at the plate and no denying it and managers that bat them 8th in the order are even funnier to watch.

            BTW.. Why bring up Rick Wise? i vividly recall him from his Philly, cardinal and Boston days and really can’t think of anything zany regarding him, except the year he pitched really well for Boston and when he was traded for ‘lefty” Carlton who COULD hit.

          • Good lord, why not just discuss steroids? It’s just as boring as taking shots at each league….

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            shutty

          • Good lord, why not just discuss steroids? It’s just as boring as taking shots at each league….

        • bjsguess 4 years ago

          Strategy?

          It’s a close game. 7th inning. Pitcher is coming to bat.

          Let’s see. You can either let him hit with a very low likelihood that he will contribute anything OR bring in a pinch hitter. If you bring in a pinch hitter you need to make a call to the bullpen and get someone warmed up.

          Wow. That’s some intense strategy going on there.

          Of course, this SAME situation occurs in the AL as well. Except instead of hitting for the pitcher you may hit for your SS/C, etc. It’s really not all that hard.

          And don’t get me started on the super complex double switch that only Rhodes Scholars can somehow figure out.

          For those that like the DH rule (me) we simply want the best hitters going against the best pitchers. If I wanted to see some pitcher flail away at the plate I would head down to my local batting cages for a good laugh.

          The game is slower, less exciting, and more traditional. I get it that there are people who actually prefer this. And that’s fine. But let’s not make up silly excuses like the strategy is so much more complex in the NL.

      • acerulli1 4 years ago

        american league baseball is soooo exciting not having to think ahead, strategize, or even wake up to manage the game. there is BASEBALL for the enlightened mind, and then there is home run derby for those who have a distaste for thought, i.e., american league baseball.

        “The designated hitter is like allowing someone else to take Wilt Chamberlain’s free throws.” – Rick Wise (for those whose sports knowledge does not pre-date 1995, you can substitute Shaquille O’Neal for Wilt Chamberlain and the premise remains the same)

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      I really like watching pitchers come to the plate, pure athletes and all over the likes of Vlad Guerrero, David Ortiz, Jim Thome. it sure makes a game exciting when pitchers bunt with 1 out and a runner on 1st base doesn’t it, rather than try and actually knock the runner in?

      national league baseball is sooo exciting having an automatic out in the batting order.

  14. slider32 4 years ago

    Boras has priced Soriano out of the market the way he did with Damon last year. Soriano will get signed when the price comes down. 3/45 million is too high for him. I can see him getting 2/16 from the Yanks or Angels.

  15. slider32 4 years ago

    Boras has priced Soriano out of the market the way he did with Damon last year. Soriano will get signed when the price comes down. 3/45 million is too high for him. I can see him getting 2/16 from the Yanks or Angels.

  16. 2 yr $16 is too low. he’d sign a 1yr $10 mil. deal before that. 3 yrs at $15 mil per is too much money as all the boras clients ask for; That’s mariano rivera type money the best closer ever. I’m thinking 3 yr $31.5 mil with a vesting opt. for a 4th yr. A team that can offer him a closers role will get him for that. Angels should sign him.

  17. acerulli1 4 years ago

    “Olney suggests that ‘if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45MM over the next three years, Soriano would consider it.’”

    Isn’t Olney also the guy who, not that long ago, told a NY radio station that if the hosts offered Cliff Lee 1 dime more than anyone else to pitch for their American Legion team, he would take it? Perhaps Buster would be better suited backing off the superlatives.

    Some people never learn.

  18. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Maybe we should just get rid of the pitcher all together and use a pitching machine. Now that would be exciting heh?

  19. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Maybe we should just get rid of the pitcher all together and use a pitching machine. Now that would be exciting heh?

  20. Sammy_J_Dogg 4 years ago

    This strategy argument is tired and old. The strategy only applies when you have a pitcher hurling a gem while his offense isn’t scoring. The rest of the time, decisions to take pitchers out of NL games is no different than in AL games. I know, I know, nothing is more exciting than the double-switch, a move you never know took place until after the fact.
    It’s more than just one automatic out. If you have two outs, you can essentially pitch around both the 7th and 8th hitters to get to the pitcher’s spot early in the game. Even late in the game, it’s not as though the bats coming off an NL bench are all that potent. NL line-ups are six batters deep and seven through the pitcher are a wasteland. One third of the game involves watching lightweights hit less than their weight. Boy oh boy is that great fun. I suppose it does make the game shorter though, so you got that going for you.

  21. basemonkey 4 years ago

    That Olney line about Soriano is hilarious.

  22. basemonkey 4 years ago

    That Olney line about Soriano is hilarious.

  23. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    “Olney says Damon “probably made a mistake in not following up on the Yankees’ overtures last winter about a two-year deal.”

    Understatement of the offseason right there. I can’t think of many people who didn’t think turning down NY to play in a pitchers’ park after putting up a career year with that short right porch was a good idea.

    If anything, Damon did the Yankees a favor by turning that one down. He’d be yet another DH and probably the weakest hitter in that outfield if he’d stayed. The only advantage he might’ve provided to NY is that they might not have dealt Jackson (Which I honestly doubt anyway, I don’t recall them planning on Gardner being much more than a fourth outfielder at that point).

  24. baseball33 4 years ago

    MLB is going to have to change the type A status compensation for relievers. I’m sure people here are going to jump on me but at least it will open dialogue. A first round and sandwich pick are just too much to give up for any reliever. Teams are not signing Soriano because he wants too much money. It’s because they don’t want to give up the picks for signing a relief pitcher and rightfully so. When a team picks that high, they are looking to add their next future star position player or starting pitcher. I guess what I’m saying is type A status for a position player or starting pitcher should not carry the same compensation as type A relievers.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      why would any one jump on you for that? Its been suggested before and makes perfect sense, it will probably be brought up during the next set of negotiations, as essentially it is costing certain players money.

    • Since_77 4 years ago

      In Feb 2009 MLB and the union worked out a deal that allowed the Type A free agents to re-sign with their old teams and then the Type A free agents would get traded.

      link to mlb.mlb.com

      I would think the Rays would want to trade Balfour and Soriano out of their division

      • baseball33 4 years ago

        I guess it didn’t workout like everybody excepted. What a bunch of b/s

    • TwinsVet 4 years ago

      There’s a practical problem in changing it for relievers. What about swingmen? What about a guy who starts out in the rotation, and ends up in the pen – or vice versa?

      The devil is always in the details. You could see teams treating pitchers like they do Super-Two players – holding them in the bullpen or rotation just long enough to game the system.

      Maybe that’s still better than the current system, maybe not…

      And not jumping on you at all. Anybody who does is a fool. It’s a legit issue – has been for a long time.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        I don’t know many swing men or fringe starters that end up qualifying for Type A status.

      • bjsguess 4 years ago

        Exactly right.

        There are all sorts of problems with the ranking system. Relievers being at the top of the list.

        I would much rather see a system that is based off AAV of the contracts that a player signs. That way, the market determines which players are better (not Elias’ crappy calculations). The downside is that teams won’t know necessarily if they are signing a Type A or Type B at the time of the signing. Or the league sets the caps for the tiers. For example, this year a Type A could be anyone who signs for $15m/year or more. Type B’s would be $10-$15m. Everyone else – no compensation to the team.

        I would also do away with having to offer arbitration to receive compensation. Certainly it’s an option but you wouldn’t have to offer it in order to recoup draft picks. This gives an advantage back to the small market teams that are afraid of a player accepting arb.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          That seems a lot more flawed than what we currently have.. on what basis would teams offer arbitration to impending FA’s?

    • TwinsVet 4 years ago

      There’s a practical problem in changing it for relievers. What about swingmen? What about a guy who starts out in the rotation, and ends up in the pen – or vice versa?

      The devil is always in the details. You could see teams treating pitchers like they do Super-Two players – holding them in the bullpen or rotation just long enough to game the system.

      Maybe that’s still better than the current system, maybe not…

      And not jumping on you at all. Anybody who does is a fool. It’s a legit issue – has been for a long time.

  25. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Nationals should sign Soriano to a 2/20. (only forfeiting a 3rd round pick) then trade him to the yankees for some sort of compensation. (I heard this idea from a blogger, I won’t take credit)

    • hrbomber1113 4 years ago

      I don’t know if I’m right but I think I’ve heard somewhere that you can’t trade a FA until around June. Like, I said i’m not 100% sure. Does anyone know the rule?

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        yes thats a rule, but its for the protection of the players to avoid sign and trades.. if the player agrees to it, thats a different story

    • baseball33 4 years ago

      Yes good idea, however i feel like there is an obvious problem with relief pitchers at free agency and that solution is just a bandaid for certain situation. I don’t want to have to do a sign and trade just to sign a reliever. This isn’t the Nba

  26. I think it would be a solid move for the yankees to sign Soriano to be their bullpen catcher. Judging by their offseason so far, I wouldn’t put it past them to make this big move!

  27. baseball33 4 years ago

    Just curious what people think of this. No compensation for relief pitchers. Relief pitchers are relief pitchers because they are not good enough to be starters.

  28. anyone know what Olney wrote about Bumgarner? I don’t have espn insider.

    • Something about him going to Mars if aliens offered him more money. He also said his mom is a tranny, then proceeded to write 2,000 pages on what Cliff Lee’s impact on the Washington Nationals will be for the next 6 years.

  29. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    That wasn’t an analogy at all, it’s called sarcasm. And it was supposed to be a reply, but Disquis seems to be off today.

  30. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    okay then… Sarcasm fail.

  31. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    what really sucks is when you correct someone on something, and then you spell the word wrong that you were mocking to begin with

  32. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    what really sucks is when you correct someone on something, and then you spell the word wrong that you were mocking to begin with

  33. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    delete

  34. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    delete

  35. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I meant disagree, but sorry, I’m not here to argue. It’s wasn’t a personal attack. We both have our own opinions. There is no argument to defend. I prefer the NL. It’s a preference. I did not in any way say the NL is better, in fact I said the leagues should stay the same. I don’t have a problem with more potent offenses in the AL, the only time we have to worry about that is the World Series, which then I will take my chances with the small ball style of the NL. Good day sir.

  36. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    ohhhh i get it now.. so you’re just not funny then.

  37. guydavis 4 years ago

    It is because of this that I believe either the DH should be taken out of the AL or introduced to the NL, I’m in favour of the former, but certainly one of those two things needs to happen.

  38. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Right now, yes the AL is better than the NL. But is that a reason to change the rules? One league will always be inferior to the other. It’s that way in every sport and it goes in cycles. With the way the pitching is shaping up in the NL I could see it becoming the more dominant league over the next few years as we get away from the “steroid era” and we see a bigger need for pitching and small ball.

  39. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    good one… and its ‘you’re’ forgiven… when you pass grade 6, we can have a conversation.

  40. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    The NL and AL have each won the World Series 5 times in the last 10 years. I guess if the NL line-ups weren’t so weak they would probably dominate huh?

  41. “What kind of strategy is walking three hitters in a row with two out so you can get a free out on the pitcher?”

    I’ve never once seen that, so way to go extreme….

    And why would that make sense? So instead of just going after a guy with two out and nobody on, he’d put 3 men on and risk a blooper from the pitcher scoring two runs?

    PS3, maybe?

  42. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    at least we both like beer.

  43. ellisburks 4 years ago

    Steam Whistle beer is swill. Also, they threw me out of the Steam Whistle Brewery for being drunk, when I hadn’t had anything to drink yet. Jerks.
    If you want GOOD Canadian beer go with Upper Canada or Moosehead or Beau’s.

  44. El_Bobo 4 years ago

    So..you’re a Phillie fan? makes sense with the way you talk to people

  45. El_Bobo 4 years ago

    So..you’re a Phillie fan? makes sense with the way you talk to people

  46. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    It’s the only games they play head to head that matter. Interleague play is a joke, especially with the unbalanced schedule. If you take two of the weakest teams out of the NL and put them down to 14 teams, I’m going to guess you would see alot closer to .500 record for each league during interleague play. They are not as far apart as you think. There are plenty of 8-9 hitters on AL clubs I would walk the guys in front of to get to. It’s called baseball.

  47. Sammy_J_Dogg 4 years ago

    Check the records for interleague play if you want to make a real argument. That the best team in the NL beats the best team in the AL half the time really doesn’t mean anything. That all AL teams have a winning record against all NL teams overall and individually by season in 9 of the 13 years that interleague play has been in existence, on the other hand, means quite a bit more.

  48. Sammy_J_Dogg 4 years ago

    Check the records for interleague play if you want to make a real argument. That the best team in the NL beats the best team in the AL half the time really doesn’t mean anything. That all AL teams have a winning record against all NL teams overall and individually by season in 9 of the 13 years that interleague play has been in existence, on the other hand, means quite a bit more.

  49. bjsguess 4 years ago

    Sample size.

    Winning a WS does not indicate that the particular team is the best in baseball. Let alone extrapolate that to indicate which league is better.

    If you seriously think that the 2010 Giants were the best team in the ML’s last year …

  50. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Interleague is a joke. There are 16 teams in the NL, take out the two weakest or move one to the AL and you will see it balance out. They are two different LEAGUES. The only thing that matters is who wins the world series. Well and thanks to Bud, the All-Star game. Which is a whole different conversation.

  51. Sammy_J_Dogg 4 years ago

    You’re saying that if you took the Pirates and put them into the AL Central suddenly everything would equal out? Really? Okay. Sure. I guess you win.

  52. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    No, that’s not what I’m saying. The offenses in the AL would still be more dynamic. But you would see alot closer record when it comes to interleague play. That is pretty obvious. Anyway, as I said to Lunchbox, if we are all happy with the way our team plays the game, what’s the reason to change it? It makes baseball unique and different. I don’t think it hurts anything to have the leagues a little different. If the big worry is interleague play, I would be willing to get rid of that before I mess with the DH rule in either league.

  53. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    They were the best at doing what the goal of the game is. Make the playoffs and then win 11 games.

  54. I appreciate that. No longer bored.

  55. El_Bobo 4 years ago

    Oh, you got me. You’re so tough telling people to serve you beer.

  56. El_Bobo 4 years ago

    Is that the only big word you know? Ignorance? The way you’ve talked down to people is horrible which is why I dislike and generally ignore fans like yourself.

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