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Open days in the post-season calendar keep me busy

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You and I just got to this break in baseball. the MLB people in New York are apoplectic, I’m sure, since this respite while we wait a couple of days to restart the playoffs is bad for continuity. Viewers drift off, the writers get bored (and boring), and the narratives expire.

But imagine how the Brewers and their fans must feel? They last played on the 7th. It means they go a full 5 days between games. And they were blistering hot. Anything less than a WS entry will not be credited to the Dodgers, but blamed on the time off. Expect to hear the words ‘rust’ or ‘rusty’ a lot.

But we ain’t rusty here on the Links patrol!

Dig these Everybody-Gets-To-Reset-Their-Staffs-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

Shohei has already made the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wonder if Miguel Andujar can say that?...........

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

Donnie Dangerously linked to this for us all in the comments of yesterday’s Links, but it’s so good that we need to pull it forward for another day. Curtis Granderson goes off on the imbecility of MLB Marketing, calling out the dummy Manfred directly. If you pnder Granderson’s observations a little bit, especially those he makes contrasting to other sports, it’s obvious that he is choosing to look past the predominant regional aspects of Major League Baseball. So that begs the question: why can’t MLB??..........

Here is a fun thought experiment. How Many Mike Trouts get the Angels into the Playoffs? The experiment grossly abuses WAR, which is a bummer, but at least it takes into consideration that replacing one existing player with Mike Trout means you also have to subtract whatever it was that the replaced player did contribute. But if we did this all over again, we should start by factoring in replacement level wins and subtracting that as appropriate in each experiment...........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

Hmmm. Maria Guardado, the MLB beat writer assigned to the Angels, which means she has at least a moderate level of access, lists out 7 prime candidates for the new Halo manager. Joe McEwing and Omar Visquel? You guys are solidly voting for Eric Chavez...........x`


Everywhere In Baseball

Fail in the post-season, and the post-mortems are the MSM equivalent of small numbers in short series: their shit don’t work here. In Cleveland, everything is the fault of Jose Ramirez. For his part, Terry Francona calls bullshit. And he’s right. A hot bat of Jose Ramirez would have merely been one more lump of asphalt in the path of the Houston steamroller But people need a target for their frustrations.

In New York, that target is Aaron Boone.....Or Giancarlo Stanton. (remember when it was ARod?)....Or, even better, the real fault lies with math. (No, seriously, we still have asshats raging against modern baseball.) But for the most part, Yankee followers are a more sophisticated breed. They flip from disappointment and back to entitlement with one good night’s sleep. And here we are. The Yankees should have grabbed Jacob deGrom last Winter. (Maybe that because deGrom knows how to well against Chris Sale?) But they didn’t, so now they should get busy and go get Zack Greinke. And Nolan Arenado. ......

By the way, Yankee fans can feel entitled to a Zack Greinke, because the Diamondbacks are looking to become tankers sellers. How else to describe a willingness to shop even Paul Goldschmidt??..........

MLB has released the LCS start times. Alex Bregman and the rest of the Houston Astros should be pleased. If we assume that both series go the full 7 games, and we have 14 telecasts, the Astros and Red Sox would only be demoted to the early game twice. And one of those is a Saturday, anyway. Of course, the same is true for the NLCS as well. That’s what happens when you stretch these out 10 days.............

Joe Lucia at AwfulAnnouncing speaks for us all when he begs for broadcasters to get people in the booths who at least pretend to like baseball: “I beg you: please don’t spend the broadcasts telling me why baseball today sucks compared to baseball ten, twenty, thirty years ago. Please don’t sit in the booth and criticize concepts that you clearly don’t understand. Please don’t bitch and moan about decorum and unwritten rules and class when a player *dares* to show emotion or try to win the game for his team.” What’s Victor doing these days?..........

As we enter the ALCS, Carlos Correa is still dealing with back pains. key to his struggles is his observation that “I know every time I swing and miss it’s going to hurt.” And here is where all my years of baseball experience and personal health come into play. Here is where I could be a coach. Ar, at least, a trainer. I know how to fix Correa. My advice to him would be “don’t miss”..........

Is this going to be the new trend? Franchise players turning down mega deals, like Kris Bryant reportedly just did?............

Sucking costs real money. TV super package contracts are good and all, but in big time sports, every dollar counts. As an example, the Rangers missed out on about $54 million in revenue through declining single-game ticket sales. This has been ongoing since 2012, and the Rangers have had pretty good seasons in that period. But there are real trends at force here. Recent bad seasons are part of the fault (Rangers fans being true bandwagon followers). So is marketing. If you don’t make dropping over for a game one of those top-of-mind things for the sports-conscious consumer, you are less likely to win the competition for entertainment dollars. Plus, I wonder. When you build the modern sports complex and surround it with lots of other places for visitors to spend time and money, you are competing with yourself. You only want to do that IF your primary draw hits capacity frequently (think Disneyland and Downtown Disney.)..........

Lenny Dykstra is the idiot who just keeps giving us news headlines. Lenny chose to call the police on an Uber driver, claiming the driver was going to kidnap him. At that time, Dykstra was loaded down with multiple controlled substances. He has been indicted like crazy.........

Way to be real dicks, KC Royals. First, go here and look at this web page. Stare at it for a few minutes. Then come back. I’ll wait......You back already? OK. Now be honest. Did this come to mind? No? Not at all? Hmmm. That probably would seem to be a rare aberration to the lawyers of the Kansas City Royals, who are suing the women’s soccer team from Utah because that soccer team dares to call themselves the Royals. And in this country, apparently there can be only one. Because that Utah women’s soccer team is obviously confusing everybody (not you, though) into thinking they are really that MLB team. The one over in Missouri...........

MLB took their fantasy request for a slice of gambling revenue to the Vegas casino industry, and got laughed back to their desk of crayons and nap blankets..........


The Duffle Bag

They are remaking Rookie Of The Year. Maybe this time they can try and make it good?...........David Samson is the name of a guy who used to be President of the Marlins. Now he spends his time fitting his head for tin foil hats..........Juan Graterol is on the move again. The Reds claimed him off waiver from the Twins..........This is why these guys make the Big Bucks. Because they are experts. Unlike you and me. So they know what they are talking about and we should listen to them.............(from UniWatch) Did you know that the MFY logo was ripped off from elsewhere?..........Uh...wouldn’t a bullpen cart be simpler?...........