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Baseball Fever Policy

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

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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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

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Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

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e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

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h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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Signature Composition
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Signature Content
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Seattle Mariners - Back To The Future

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  • #46
    The Seattle Mariners looked great from 1981-1986, especially 1985 & 1986!
    Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 10-16-2013, 04:59 AM.
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    • #47
      The script that Mariners fans want to see again.

      Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 10-10-2013, 01:38 AM.
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      • #48

        I said elsewhere that the Warriors are going to wear jerseys with sleeves. Okay, I'm not sure about that, no other team's doing it. Another thing no other team is doing in baseball is outfitting their team in athletic wear. The Mariners can and should do just that. Bring their 1981-1986 uniforms out of retirement! The timing is perfect to do just that! After the Felix press conference, it would be great to hear and see that the Mariners are setting trends and blazing trails by wearing their best uniforms in team history, which in turn would be the best in the game.
        Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 06-17-2014, 10:28 PM.
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        • #49
          Let's say the Mariners announced tomorrow that they're changing their uniforms and without saying so, the new uniforms would be the uniforms they wore from 1981-1986. The average Mariner fan wouldn't know they're from the '80s, they would see them as new, unique and different and much better suited in the HD era. Let's not kid ourselves, these uniforms haven't been worn apart from a game in 2011, for 27 years., so not many people would identify them with the Argyros era. Compared with the Mariners current uniforms which are dull, generic, dark, tired and convey a false aura of being "traditional" with the awful piping down the front of the jersey and side of the pants, they would be seen as fresh and new. Quite frankly, apart from signing Felix to a new contract, bringing back their 1981-1986 uniforms is the best move the Mariners can make. It really needs to happen.
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          • #50
            Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Dr. Seuss

            It's time for the Mariners to stand out.
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            • #51
              The best Seattle Mariners uniform. 1981-1986 is the greatest Seattle Mariners uniform. Wear them again.

              Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 10-14-2013, 01:46 PM.
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              • #52
                Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Dr. Seuss

                It's time for the Mariners to stand out.
                Doesn't that contradict what you said about the Warriors in post 48?
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                • #53
                  The Mariners current look, 1993-present is so boring and generic. I want to see Felix and co. wearing their greatest uniforms that were worn from 1981-1986 ASAP, but especially when he starts reaching career milestones. Gaylord Perry wore the Mariners greatest jersey and cap when he won his 300th game in 1982. I would like to see Felix have the same privilege when he does something special. It was a shame he wore such an awful uniform when he pitched his perfect game. Mariners, let's make the change, NOW!

                  Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 12-19-2013, 11:55 PM.
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                  • #54
                    There are conflicting reports circulating right now, one of them is that Ebbets Field Flannels is consulting the Mariners about possible new uniforms for 2014, and instead of unretiring the best uniforms in team history (1981-1986), a new creme colored uniform would be introduced. That would be awful, I honestly hate the thought of the Mariners wearing creme colored uniforms, I might actually think of disowning them. Creme is just disgusting. The last thing the Mariners need to do and knowing Ebbets Field Flannels, is to trot out on Opening Day 2014 wearing uniforms that look like they're from 1934,1944 or 1954. No way, no how. They don't need to be the S.F. Giants North. I didn't even know Ebbets Field Flannels was still in business. Seriously, if they wear creme colored uniforms, I might just give up baseball, not just the Mariners. The last thing I want to see is Felix wearing a baggy, dull, button-front, cream colored jersey with the terrible piping down the front along with loose, long pajama pants. If that happens, forget it, it's over.
                    Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 03-07-2013, 07:22 AM.
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                    • #55
                      For some reason, I've been questioned about being someone else, last week I googled Mariners logos and came across a thread from another forum. A username that for some reason has been linked to myself in the v-neck pullover jersey forum appeared. That thread is from 2009, but there are two distinct, different philosophies between myself and this other individual whose name has been brought up here.
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                      • #56
                        Trying hard, much?
                        No one can make you
                        Do what they want to
                        You know you're stronger
                        Than the lies
                        That they tell you


                        • #57
                          Originally posted by mrakbaseball View Post
                          This will always be SkyDome, no offense to the departed Mr. Rogers.
                          Really, this is basically Riverfront Stadium with a retractable roof and a hotel.
                          Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                          Let's be honest, SkyDome opened in '89 with an already outdated PSCSLD seating configuration, fake grass and no connection to its surroundings. It's basically Riverfront with a retractable roof and a hotel.
                          Coincidence?...perhaps...but nearly identical posts by two "different" Mariners fans would naturally raise an eyebrow, no?
                          I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
                          - Walt Whitman


                          • #58
                            Big deal, I could have easily said Busch or Three Rivers instead of Riverfront. It's not an uncommon sentiment. You proved nothing and there is no "gotcha" moment.

                            Steve Henderson in 1984, wearing the greatest Seattle Mariners jersey!
                            I don't want creme colored uniforms. I don't mind getting teal out of the equation, but get navy out of the equation as well. If the Mariners are indeed going to change their uniforms in 2014, the solution would be to unretire the 1981-1986 uniforms, logo and colors. Not a difficult choice.

                            Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 12-19-2013, 07:18 PM.
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                            • #59
                              Cream-colored unis would be a nice addition the Mariners. The Giants, Phillies, Braves and Cardinals Creams look great.
                              I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
                              - Walt Whitman


                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post

                                I don't want creme colored uniforms.
                                It's what the majority wants that counts. Show me a poll that supports your contention that the majority of Mariner fans want elastic belts.
                                I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
                                - Walt Whitman