MLBTR Chat Transcript By Mark Polishuk | March 19, 2023 at 9:18pm CDT Click here to read the transcript of tonight’s live baseball chat
deGrom Texas Ranger
It’s like these guys are required to hate Texas as part of their jobs. When the Angels spend money, they worship them (35 million on Rendon, Pujols, Hamilton, Wilson, etc.). When Texas does it, these East coast journalists whine and say they are buying wins. MLBTR isn’t quite as bad as ESPN, but I don’t get non-rivals being unnecessarily biased against Texas.
And Mark hates the Cubs
Part of it is perception. Certain teams, regardless of how the guys turn out, get hyped up prospects via draft and intl free agents. Then they add a very high end player contract a year or so, and the perception is, oh, so and so was signed to complement x, y, and z who are on the way, we keep hearing about these guys coming. (Nevermind that Mr x, y, and z change as many of them bust)
Then you get other teams… less hyped up farm hands. When they feel an opening is coming, they go on a shopping spree to create a shell of free agents where they werent expecting to have a guy step up internally.
Because they were judicious with spending, saving their shots if you will, it’s seen as ‘buying all at once’… couple that with less prospect attention, because, not massive media market/s3xy, and the narrative is oh, they’re buying guys, they’re buying a championship.
Bill Buckner: I read an article that Buckner is by far the worst player to get 10,000 plate appearances. And if you peruse the list, that seems indisputable.
The fact that get 10,000 appearances also says something
I have never seen a 96 year old say “lol” so much.
That was 4 questions answered on the topic of the Mariners. That is so disorienting. As I’m so used to people forgetting they even exist as a franchise.
Well since Mark is a Jays fan, he has every reason to remember that the Mariners exist!!!
Comrade Tipsy McBlotto
A little perspective on the Bill Buckner comments in the chat (does he make the Hall if he doesn’t flub that groundball): Everth Cabrera has as many seasons with an offensive WAR above 2.0 as Buckner did (as per BR — they each had 3 seasons). I don’t even think Buckner makes the Hall of Very Good. He makes Harold Baines look like a first balloter.
Other players that match the criteria above (3 seasons above a 2.0 offensive WAR): Miguel Sano (3), Rob Deer (4), Lyman Bostock (3), Derek Bell (3), Mell Hall (4),Marty Cordova (3), and Mike Marshall (3). Oh, Mark Belanger had 4 seasons above a 2.0 offensive WAR. Bill makes the Hall of Very Leyritz (that’s a joke, and not a good one).