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Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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    The A’s have shut down their ace pitcher Sonny Gray for the next three weeks as he deals with a moderate lat strain that takes him out of the running to make Oakland’s Opening Day start on April 3, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.

    the trips to the IR begin...

  • #2
    Originally posted by mlazar View Post
    The A’s have shut down their ace pitcher Sonny Gray for the next three weeks as he deals with a moderate lat strain that takes him out of the running to make Oakland’s Opening Day start on April 3, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.

    the trips to the IR begin...
    He's done. Hate to say it, but there are too many innings on that arm. Should have moved him at the deadline last year.
    WAR? Prove it!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Zito75 View Post
      He's done. Hate to say it, but there are too many innings on that arm. Should have moved him at the deadline last year.
      My optimism for 2016 was based on expected All Star performances by Sonny Grey + Billy Burns. Wow was I ever wrong. Still I hope Sonny finds the way.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by anna View Post
        My optimism for 2016 was based on expected All Star performances by Sonny Grey + Billy Burns. Wow was I ever wrong. Still I hope Sonny finds the way.
        Billy Burns. Whatever happened to that guy anyway?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by anna
          please delete this post.
          Originally posted by Zito75 View Post
          Billy Burns. Whatever happened to that guy anyway?
          Billy Burns was too "slap happy" at the plate...swinging at ball 4, etc. and pitchers finally figured him out. He was traded to KC for Brett Eibner.
          http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...site_menu_link

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Zito75 View Post
            Billy Burns. Whatever happened to that guy anyway?
            Billy Burns was too "slap happy" swinging at ball 4 too much, etc. and MLB pitchers figured him out. He was traded to KC for Brett Eibner.
            http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...site_menu_link

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            • #7
              http://m.mlb.com/news/article/232227...minant-in-win/
              Sonny is showing his best again!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by anna View Post
                Just in time for the trade deadline?
                WAR? Prove it!

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                • #9
                  BTW I find it interesting how fast the As (and also the rays) are re -structuring the team.

                  they are 4th in HR this year despite not playing in a hitting friendly park. two years ago they were just 20th in HR but now that HRs have become cheap they accumulated a lot of sluggers and are around the top there.

                  of course that comes at a cost. their sluggers are mostly one dimensional high K, bad defense guys. they are second worst in K% and just 27th in AVG although overall their offense is still solid with the 5th highest wRC+ in the AL. however they are also by far the worst defensive team in the majors right now.

                  the As are still going with the trends and finding bargains (like one dimensional sluggers) but it is not like 10 years ago when other teams did not know this.

                  now you can't find real bargains anymore and there is a payoff price to pay when you re structure the team to find a bargain. I still think the As are run decently under what they are trying to achieve but without more money that is hard to do.

                  of course the other thing they could do would be doing regular full rebuilds, instead of those mini mid season rebuilds when they are out of it. that would probably mean they would spend 5+ years per decade tanking but maybe it would give them 2-3 really strong years per decade where they have a real chance. the owner might not like that though.
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                  • #10
                    You make some fair points, Dominik. It's too bad that our pitching can't be in sync. We've had some solid SP's in the past few years, only to suffer through crappy offense. It looks like Sonny Gray will be dealt soon. But for what? More prospects that we'll trade to the Cubs or Yankees? Ownership NEEDS to crack open the checkbook. It's going to take more than Khris Davis and Trevor Plouffe to make a playoff run. These "all or nothing" type of hitters are what's killing this team... Inconsistency... We need some stat fillers like Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts or Daniel Murphy type players to contribute.
                    Last edited by Zito75; 06-04-2017, 08:49 PM.
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                    • #11
                      I wrote an article on this
                      http://www.fangraphs.com/community/t...rgain-hunting/

                      the A's have really invested on power and especially hitting fly balls and they became pretty good at this (lead the league in launch angle and near the top in homers) but they are really tanking everything else (contact, defense especially).

                      I read they are on a historically bad pace in defensive runs.

                      I agree they need to open the checkbook (or do a total tank job and hope they get a good core for a few years), it is not as easy anymore to find an edge, you just need good players and anyone knows what that is right now.
                      Last edited by dominik; 06-19-2017, 11:11 AM.
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