Official 2014 MLB Season Thread.

#51 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3893 posts) -

And yet there won't be a meaningful game played in the US until the 31st. More exposure is great, but if MLB really wants to make opening day relevant again every team should open on the same day.

#52 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

We need a new commissioner, Selig please retire.

#53 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

New year, new bullshit from Yasiel Puig. He is fortunate he plays in sunny California, if he played in Boston or New York a shit storm of unimaginable proportions would be headed his way at this moment.

#54 Posted by 36Ounces (2064 posts) -

Braves signed Ervin Santana to a 1 year/14M deal.

This definitely means Medlen is gone for the year....:(

Shit def sucks.

#55 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

We need a new commissioner, Selig please retire.

Master_Live for commissioner.

If elected, what are some of the things you will address?

#56 Edited by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

So it is looking more likely that Scherzer will no longer be a Tiger next year....

Want him to stay around but he is being a bit of a greedy bastard. He turned down a 6 year, 144 mil deal that would have had him as the 7th highest pitcher in the game.

I know he won the CY last year, but that year seemed unusually good for him even if he is a great pitcher. If Justin is back in form this year he can easily steal back the spotlight from Scherzer and then I feel this refusal might bite him in the ass.

#57 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

So it is looking more likely that Scherzer will no longer be a Tiger next year....

Want him to stay around but he is being a bit of a greedy bastard. He turned down a 6 year, 144 mil deal that would have had him as the 7th highest pitcher in the game.

I know he won the CY last year, but that year seemed unusually good for him even if he is a great pitcher. If Justin is back in form this year he can easily steal back the spotlight from Scherzer and then I feel this refusal might bite him in the ass.

Do the Tigers have pitching prospects to potentially be in the 2015 Tigers rotation?

#58 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@LostProphetFLCL said:

So it is looking more likely that Scherzer will no longer be a Tiger next year....

Want him to stay around but he is being a bit of a greedy bastard. He turned down a 6 year, 144 mil deal that would have had him as the 7th highest pitcher in the game.

I know he won the CY last year, but that year seemed unusually good for him even if he is a great pitcher. If Justin is back in form this year he can easily steal back the spotlight from Scherzer and then I feel this refusal might bite him in the ass.

Do the Tigers have pitching prospects to potentially be in the 2015 Tigers rotation?

No idea personally.

#59 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live said:

We need a new commissioner, Selig please retire.

Master_Live for commissioner.

If elected, what are some of the things you will address?

Regarding PED's, we are going with Olympic testing.

  • First strike 81 Games.
  • Second strike 162 Games. Contract voided if team so chooses.
  • Third Strike 3 year suspension. Player would need to re-apply for reinstatement.

Pitchers will wear lined caps.

WS home field advantage will be decided by best record.

Houston goes back to NL Central, severe restriction of Interleague Play if not outright stoppage.

No more luxury tax.

Ability to trade picks.

Moronic 2nd Wild Card is over. WC will play 4 out 5 games on the road for the first round series.

Pete Rose stays banned.

#60 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (704 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live said:

We need a new commissioner, Selig please retire.

Master_Live for commissioner.

If elected, what are some of the things you will address?


WS home field advantage will be decided by best record.


Moronic 2nd Wild Card is over. WC will play 4 out 5 games on the road for the first round series.

I like it.

#61 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live said:

We need a new commissioner, Selig please retire.

Master_Live for commissioner.

If elected, what are some of the things you will address?

Regarding PED's, we are going with Olympic testing.

  • First strike 81 Games.
  • Second strike 162 Games. Contract voided if team so chooses.
  • Third Strike 3 year suspension. Player would need to re-apply for reinstatement.

Pitchers will wear lined caps.

WS home field advantage will be decided by best record.

Houston goes back to NL Central, severe restriction of Interleague Play if not outright stoppage.

No more luxury tax.

Ability to trade picks.

Moronic 2nd Wild Card is over. WC will play 4 out 5 games on the road for the first round series.

Pete Rose stays banned.

From your list I agree with everything but the Houston Astros and Pete Rose.

#62 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3893 posts) -

Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed on a 10-year/$300M contract. Not sure how I'd feel about that if I were a Tigers fan right now.

#63 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

The contract starts this season so he will be 40 at the end. I don't like the contract. At least he has the DH option.

#64 Posted by yokofox33 (28981 posts) -

That's a whole lot of money to spend on Golden Coral buffets.

#65 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

Also, Trout is looking at 10 years, 400M in a couple of years.

#66 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed on a 10-year/$300M contract. Not sure how I'd feel about that if I were a Tigers fan right now.

As a Tigers fan, I am happy knowing that he will be sticking around!

10 year does seem a bit excessive though....

Still, this just means we are basically guaranteed to have him around for the remainder of his good years which consider how great of a hitter he is, that is pretty awesome!

#67 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed on a 10-year/$300M contract. Not sure how I'd feel about that if I were a Tigers fan right now.

But I'm a White Sox fan.

Anyway, how many years he has left as a 25-30+ hrs, 100+ RBIs .300 batting avg guy?

#68 Posted by DaBrainz (7604 posts) -

$300 million for the GOAT? That's a lot of hot n readys Ilitch.

#69 Edited by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

MLB ups length of drug-use bans

Baseball players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that year's postseason under changes to the sport's drug agreement announced Friday.

In a series of significant changes to the drug rules, Major League Baseball and the players' association said penalties will increase from 50 games to 80 for a first testing violation and from 100 games to 162 for a second. A third penalty remains a lifetime ban.

A player serving a season-long suspension will lose all his pay. Under the previous deal, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez gets 21-183s of his salary this year, or about $2.8 million.

In-season random urine tests, in addition to the minimum two for each player, will increase from 1,400 to 3,200 overall. There will be 400 random blood collections used to detect human growth hormone in addition to the mandatory one for each player during spring training.

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Like it, specially the no post season play. No more Nelson Cruz crap, you are out so stay out.

Still gotta void that contract though.

#70 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

@DaBrainz said:

$300 million for the GOAT? That's a lot of hot n readys Ilitch.

Yea you cant beat $5 pizzas =)

#71 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3893 posts) -

Mike Trout just signed a 6-year/$144.5M extension. Amazing deal for the Angels. Got to love this move if you're the Angels, locked up the best all-around player in baseball l through the rest of his 20s.

#72 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -
  • AL East:
  • AL Central:
  • AL West:
  • AL Wild Cards:
  • NL East:
  • NL Central:
  • NL West:
  • NL Wild Cards:

  • AL Champion:
  • NL Champion:
  • World Series Champion:

  • AL MVP:
  • NL MVP
  • AL Cy Young:
  • NL Cy Young:
  • AL Hank Aaron Award:
  • NL Hank Aaron Award:
  • AL ROY:
  • NL ROY:
  • AL Manager OY:
  • NL Manager OY:
  • AL Reliever OY:
  • NL Reliever OY:
#73 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

The Tigers better take it all!

They have had a world series team for YEARS now but keep chocking in the end!

Now that they have a proper closing pitcher they best win the World Series!

#74 Posted by Ring_of_fire (15620 posts) -

  • AL East: Red Sox
  • AL Central: Tigers
  • AL West: Rangers
  • AL Wild Cards: Rays, Royals
  • NL East: Braves
  • NL Central: Cardinals
  • NL West: Dodgers
  • NL Wild Cards: Nationals, Reds
  • AL Champion: Tigers
  • NL Champion: Dodgers
  • World Series Champion: Whoever wins the ASG (Dodgers)
  • AL MVP: Mike Trout
  • NL MVP: Jason Heyward (I think he'll have a big year...)
  • AL Cy Young: Yu Darvish
  • NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
  • AL Hank Aaron Award: Mike Trout
  • NL Hank Aaron Award:
  • AL ROY:
  • NL ROY:
  • AL Manager OY: Joe Maddon
  • NL Manager OY: Bryan Price
  • AL Reliever OY: Joe Nathan
  • NL Reliever OY: Craig Kimbrel

I was tempted to go Rays over the Tigers.....

#75 Edited by Master_Live (13631 posts) -
  • AL East: Tampa Bay Rays
  • AL Central: Detroit Tigers
  • AL West: Texas Rangers
  • AL Wild Cards: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels
  • NL East: Washington Nationals
  • NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
  • NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • NL Wild Cards: Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves

  • AL Champion: Detroit Tigers
  • NL Champion: Washington Nationals
  • World Series Champion: Washington Nationals

  • AL MVP: Mike Trout
  • NL MVP: Hanley Ramirez
  • AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
  • NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
  • AL Hank Aaron Award: Miguel Cabrera
  • NL Hank Aaron Award: Joey Votto
  • AL ROY: Masahiro Tanaka
  • NL ROY: Billy Hamilton
  • AL Manager OY: Joe Maddon
  • NL Manager OY: Ron Roenicke
  • AL Reliever OY: David Robertson
  • NL Reliever OY: Craig Kimbrel
#76 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

So the Tigers took the win on opening day at Comerica Park! Wish I could have been down in Detroit today instead of working...

#77 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

Great start CC, great start.

#78 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

Well, it wasn't all a disaster. CC went 6 innings sparing the bullpen plus after the first 2 innings he settled down and kept the deficit at 6. Lets built on this.

#79 Posted by yokofox33 (28981 posts) -

Marlins are 2-0.

World Series Champs.

#80 Edited by Braun_Roid_Rage (704 posts) -

Rangers taking it this year man.

#81 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

Marlins are 2-0.

World Series Champs.

Tigers are 2-0.

World Series Champs!

#82 Posted by Seabas989 (9959 posts) -

@yokofox33 said:

Marlins are 2-0.

World Series Champs.

Tigers are 2-0.

World Series Champs!

Nationals are 2-0.

World Series Champs!!!

#83 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

Here are some quick thoughts on all teams. You will see I emphasize pitching, specially starting pitching which I think it is more important to win the World Series than offense.

  • Blue Jays: Post hype pick? I don't think so, not enough pitching.
  • Baltimore: One of these days the O's are gonna turn one of their high pitching prospect into a #1, one day.
  • Tampa Bay: Like the pitching, defense, enough offense to contend. My pick to take the East.
  • Yankees: Think we might have good starting pitching depth this year. Counting the days until Brian Roberts gets hurt and/or Kelly Johnson implodes. Gotta send the Da' Captain out with a ring.
  • Red Sox: Were fortunate last year, pretty much every break went their way. I don't think their pitching will hold.
  • Tigers: Impressive starting rotation but the offense keeps choking on da playyoffs. They will get another shot this October.
  • Royals: New kids seem to be following the Alex Gordon path? Not enough pitching to contend.
  • Indians: Like their offense, not their pitching. About to lose another Cy Young caliber pitcher?
  • White Sox: New GM have may some nice moves, team is years away.
  • Twins: Waiting for the future. Byron Buxton. And that is that.
  • Houston: Curious to see if Crane will truly spend when the time comes.
  • Seattle: That Cano contract, along with all the late 10 year contracts (A-Rod, Cabrera Pujols), are going to provide great data for projections about contracts value going forward.
  • A's: The Parker injury will hurt them, I don't think they have enough pitching.
  • Rangers: Once Harrison and Holland get back I feel they have the best rotation in the AL West.
  • Angels: Skaggs is a pitcher to watch on that rotation. Will Pujols continue to steal money?
  • Braves: 2 guys down with TJ certainly hurts the rotation but this team is so well rounded that I still see them competing for the Division. Heyward gotta take the next step.
  • Nationals: Love the rotation and bullpen, offense is decent. Post hype pick.
  • Mets: future rotation of Harvey, Wheeler and Syndergaard doesn't look too chaby.
  • Marlins: Stanton is man and not 40. Would buy tickets to all home starts for Jose Fernandez.
  • Phillies: I like their top 3 of the rotation but that offense is crappy. Heard Ruben Amaro finally bought a computer.
  • Cardinals: Great rotation depth, good offense, good bullpen, good everything.
  • Pittsburgh: Gerrit Cole was awesome in the playoffs. Sadly I see the playoffs streak ending at 1.
  • Brewers: I kinda secretly like this team, I think they could have a very good 5 man rotation and the offense looks ok too. Could see them contending for a playoff spot if not outright taking the Central.
  • Reds: Bailey slowly but surely has become a good pitcher after so much hype. But outside Votto and Bruce that offense looks dreadful.
  • Cubs: The prospects are coming, the prospect are coming. Is Castro secretly Puig 2.0?
  • Dodgers: Like the rotation. Is Ethier is odd man out in the outfield? Who knows, Kemp is always hurt and Puig doesn't seem to understand that playing baseball is his job.
  • Rockies: Someday they will have a rotation to go with that offense. Be good boys and trade Tulo to the Yanks :P
  • Padres: Beautiful ball park...and...not much else.
  • Giants: Even year, so that must mean a Title? Walk year for Sandoval, heard he is in shape and plenty motivated.
  • D-Backs: Not enough pitching I think and they keep trading prospects away.

#84 Posted by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

Liking the breaking stuff I'm seeing from Tanaka. The homer he gave in the first was on pitch he missed leaving it up and Melky took care of it. Since them he has been consistently down in the zone. Plus Solarte has been making the most of his opportunity in the bigs.

#85 Edited by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2537 posts) -

@Boston_Boyy said:

Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed on a 10-year/$300M contract. Not sure how I'd feel about that if I were a Tigers fan right now.

As a Tigers fan, I am happy knowing that he will be sticking around!

10 year does seem a bit excessive though....

Still, this just means we are basically guaranteed to have him around for the remainder of his good years which consider how great of a hitter he is, that is pretty awesome!

The thing is, the Tigers made a smart decision when they saw Clayton Kershaw sign for 30mil a year. It's been awhile since salaries have seen that big a jump, and it stands to reason they'll continue to increase. There's no doubt they're going to be unhappy with that contract after age 38, but it's better than getting pushed to give him 35 mil a year when he was supposed to hit free agency.

#86 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

@LostProphetFLCL said:

@Boston_Boyy said:

Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed on a 10-year/$300M contract. Not sure how I'd feel about that if I were a Tigers fan right now.

As a Tigers fan, I am happy knowing that he will be sticking around!

10 year does seem a bit excessive though....

Still, this just means we are basically guaranteed to have him around for the remainder of his good years which consider how great of a hitter he is, that is pretty awesome!

The thing is, the Tigers made a smart decision when they saw Clayton Kershaw sign for 30mil a year. It's been awhile since salaries have seen that big a jump, and it stands to reason they'll continue to increase. There's no doubt they're going to be unhappy with that contract after age 38, but it's better than getting pushed to give him 35 mil a year when he was supposed to hit free agency.

The only thing that bothers me about the contract is the length. He is turning 31 in less than two weeks. That is a long contract for someone his age ESPECIALLY at that salary who is liable to start backsliding in the next few years...

Still happy to have him locked up considering he is such a great player!

Speaking of the Tigers, really loving the changes they made especially considering I expect the team to get even stronger as the season goes on and they all settle into the new gameplan.

Picking up Kinsler is looking to have been a damn good decision. Man is proving himself to be VERY useful.

Overall really liking the new strategy. They definitely seem to be connecting with those pitches more and are getting a lot of doubles and triples. Even with at least a couple bad offensive decisions today that cost some outs/potential runs they managed to pull 10 freaking runs in todays game, albeit the Orioles pitching was pretty damn awful...

#87 Edited by jsmoke03 (12504 posts) -

@IMAHAPYHIPPO said:

@LostProphetFLCL said:

@Boston_Boyy said:

Tigers and Miguel Cabrera have agreed on a 10-year/$300M contract. Not sure how I'd feel about that if I were a Tigers fan right now.

As a Tigers fan, I am happy knowing that he will be sticking around!

10 year does seem a bit excessive though....

Still, this just means we are basically guaranteed to have him around for the remainder of his good years which consider how great of a hitter he is, that is pretty awesome!

The thing is, the Tigers made a smart decision when they saw Clayton Kershaw sign for 30mil a year. It's been awhile since salaries have seen that big a jump, and it stands to reason they'll continue to increase. There's no doubt they're going to be unhappy with that contract after age 38, but it's better than getting pushed to give him 35 mil a year when he was supposed to hit free agency.

The only thing that bothers me about the contract is the length. He is turning 31 in less than two weeks. That is a long contract for someone his age ESPECIALLY at that salary who is liable to start backsliding in the next few years...

Still happy to have him locked up considering he is such a great player!

Speaking of the Tigers, really loving the changes they made especially considering I expect the team to get even stronger as the season goes on and they all settle into the new gameplan.

Picking up Kinsler is looking to have been a damn good decision. Man is proving himself to be VERY useful.

Overall really liking the new strategy. They definitely seem to be connecting with those pitches more and are getting a lot of doubles and triples. Even with at least a couple bad offensive decisions today that cost some outs/potential runs they managed to pull 10 freaking runs in todays game, albeit the Orioles pitching was pretty damn awful...

no one is worth 10 years anything once they are on the wrong side of 30 unless you start juicing like bonds and clemens (both who i think should be in hof along with pete rose just incase you think im insulting bonds and clemens) and $300mil???? i learned with the a-rod trade that no one is worth over $175 mil

#88 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (2537 posts) -

@jsmoke03: I'll never agree about the HOF, but it's never really about worth with contracts, it's about doing enough to keep your players. Here's the interesting thing about WAR, though. Right now, based on average salary and the cost of every win above replacement, Miguel Cabrera is worth more to the Tigers than 30 million dollars a year. So, in the end, I imagine the contract's going to balance out. Also, with the DH, it's entirely possible he stays productive, not likely, but possible. Just look at David Ortiz. He's more the exception than the rule... But still...

#89 Posted by Ring_of_fire (15620 posts) -

Good way to start a season, 2 straight series wins and one of them against the Nats.

Though, what happened to Ryan Zimmerman? Is it a physical thing or is it mental?

#90 Edited by yokofox33 (28981 posts) -

Marlins are 5-1.

I know, I'm confused as well. But seriously, Jose Fernandez is amazing, the bullpen is pretty darn solid, and the offense is much better. That's gonna lead to some wins.

#91 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3893 posts) -

@Ring_of_fire: He's been having nagging shoulder issues for some time now, which like most injuries of that nature, presumably get worse when it's cold outside.

#92 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

Even with that terribad 9th inning the Tigers have kept their win streak going!

Definitely need to see this team take the World Series. I am definitely hopeful that the team is moving in that direction. Gotta get a bit more settled, but the new hitting strategy has been pretty awesome.

#93 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

@Master_Live:

What you're going to do about the DH rule? Its kind of odd seeing the white sox playing the rockies in April.

#94 Edited by Master_Live (13631 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live:

What you're going to do about the DH rule? Its kind of odd seeing the white sox playing the rockies in April.

Well we wouldn't have as many, if any, Interleague Games but as far as the DH rule its stays. The union would never let the DH go because DH guys get significant salaries too. Those jobs ain't going nowhere, at best it is status quo at worst the NL gets the DH too. There is no going back.

#95 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live:

What you're going to do about the DH rule? Its kind of odd seeing the white sox playing the rockies in April.

Well we wouldn't have as many, if any, Interleague Games but as far as the DH rule its stays. The union would never let the DH go because DH guys get significant salaries too. Those jobs ain't going nowhere, at best it is status quo at worst the NL gets the DH too. There is no going back.

I'm in favor of NL getting the DH rule.

#96 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3893 posts) -

The problem with having two different DH rules in each league, at least to me, is the fact that NL teams are at a disadvantage when handing out long-term contracts. In the AL teams can sign sluggers into their late 30s-early 40s with plans to stash them at DH late in their careers when their physical skill set starts to decline and the risk of injury increases. NL teams don't have that option and in turn, and end up with even more worries with the added risk that a pitcher, particularly an older one, may injury themselves at-bat or on the basepaths. Add in all the awkward adjusting teams are having to do all year round and I just see it as a matter of time before the NL has to adopt the DH as well.

On a personal level I think the game would have probably been better off had the rule never been adopted at all, but it's too stooped into the game and too MLBPA protected to turn their back on now. Besides it'd take forever to phase of the game, unless you want to try to tell the Angels and Tigers they can't stash Pujols and Cabrera at DH 10 years from now like they had planned when they gave out those deals.

#97 Edited by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

Just wanna say: LOL YANKEES!

Find it funny how blown out they got by the freaking Orioles...

This Tigers game is intense. Going to 10th inning! Chamberlain really impressed me that 9th inning. If he can keep pitching like that I will be VERY happy to keep him around on the team.

#98 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (16981 posts) -

Okay I have to ask this question, why the fuck do the Tigers insist on keeping Phil Coke around? Everytime he fucking comes on the mound he fucks things up. I literally have never seen him pitch and not blow the game...

#99 Posted by PSP107 (11601 posts) -

MLB executive wants to shorten games to 7 innings.

#100 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3893 posts) -

@PSP107: Yeah that's not happening.