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Manny Pina Milwaukee Brewers

Players not found through the search function can be found under the Stats link above.

John Thomas Roll2
Francisco Mejia San Diego Padres

Players not found through the seach function can be found under the Stats link above.

John Thomas Roll2
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

Anyone seen the NL results?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Omar Narvaez Milwaukee Brewers

I think Pina-search is the old issue that we've had forever. It may be the tilde that does it, but there are certain players that don't show. For those players I go to Stats and find them there and click through. There are about a dozen players like that.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Manny Pina not showing up in searches,

paul schneider badgermania
Austin Hedges San Diego Padres

Francisco Mejia not showing up in searches.

paul schneider badgermania
Dusty Baker Washington Nationals

Mr. Crane ignored Bob in January, and after the first game in spring training I'm not sure it wasn't a good hire.

From the ESPN account of the game:

Fans booed loudly every time the public address announcer said "Astros," and fans behind Houston's dugout heckled Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers Jr. as they stood on the dugout steps before the game. A few fans banged on their metal seats, attempting to mimic the banging on a trash can the Astros used to relay stolen signs to hitters.

One fan in a Nationals jersey yelled: "Hey Altuve, are you scared to play tonight?" Others screamed "You suck!" and "Cheaters!"

About a half-dozen fans wore shirts that read "bang foul poles, not trash cans" in reference to Howie Kendrick's decisive home run for Washington in Game 7 of last year's World Series.

First-year Houston manager Dusty Baker said he didn't think the reception was "too bad" and said his team will have to get used to it.

"You'll probably get the same reception most places you go, especially the first go-round," he said. "So you've just got to put your big-boy pants on and then just try to shut it out and just play baseball and realize this too shall pass."

But will it? Or does it just keep growing after Manfred decides on the right penalty for the Red Sox?

Is there a right penalty? I agree with Manfred about one thing. Suspending players would not have helped.

Alex Patton Alex
Jon Lester Chicago Cubs

 In the Times today...

In the ESPN interview, Manfred defended the decision not to strip the Astros of their title by saying that “asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act.” With one offhand comment, for which he later apologized, Manfred handed the players more fuel for their anger.

Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs pitcher, said only someone who had never played the game would say something like that, and his teammate Kris Bryant said people were “not accepting” Manfred’s apology. The Yankees’ Ottavino said he was “not very optimistic” about Manfred’s ability to be an effective commissioner.

Or, said another way...

“The commissioner has to be a bit of a romantic,” the former commissioner Fay Vincent said. “The commissioner has to believe in the mythology of baseball.”

Alex Patton Alex
Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

2-for-2 with a homer yesterday as the Dodgers thumped the Giants in Scottsdale 

Weather: 66 degrees, Partly Cloudy

Wind: 11 mph, Out to CF

T: 3.05 (:15 delay)

Att: 8,045

I'm pretending I was there.

Alex Patton Alex
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

I've done my initial valuations of hitters.  The numbers aren't exact, but I have 168 hitters at the right positions and the numbers are pretty close.  I get $2133 on hitting, which would be 68.4% on hitting.  It's close enough this far out. (My first draft is exactly a month from now).

Top 10 hitters:

Trout $35

Lindor $30

Jose Ramirez $30

Devers $28

Bregman $28

Altuve $28

Gleyber Torres $28

Bichette $26

Yordan Alvarez $25

Bogaerts $25

Lots of 2B/3B/SS in that group.  With Betts gone, Trout is the only OF.  Bichette is a bit of a surprise for me.  So is the rebound for Jose Ramirez - at least to where I have him ranked and priced.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dilson Herrera Baltimore Orioles

Why not?  The Orioles have nothing to lose putting him out there.  I'm not sure how he went from a pretty high Mets prospect to a Reds player who went nowhere. I expect him to get some chances, although he might not make the team to start the season.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mallex Smith Seattle Mariners

I project Mallex to lead the AL in SB with 50.  Big drop to Mondesi with 41 and another big drop to Bo Bichette at 31 in 3rd.  The rest of my top 10: Jose Ramirez, Mercado, Kyle Tucker, Luis Robert, Merrifield, Andrus, and Lindor and Danny Santana tied for 10th.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Joey Gallo Texas Rangers

I have just projected 210 AL hitters.  Joey Gallo is projected to lead in HR with 49, only 4 more than Peter projects.  I give him a .223 BAvg.  Should have prices late tonight.

Trout 2nd, then Sano, Torres, Judge at 40, Yordan Alvarez, Matt Olson, Soler, Eloy, Franmil Reyes.  I have Stanton lower based upon an AB projection that doesn't favor him.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Alex Dickerson San Francisco Giants

I don't see any reason not to post these questions under the player in question. But it's not a problem to create a new thread if that's what people want.

Alex Patton Alex
Felix Hernandez Atlanta Braves

Don't we know this song?

1.  Old Crafty Vet gets lots of guys out in Spring Training, often against guys who won't be around long themselves.
2.  Many admiring articles are written.
3.  Once the season starts, and the big kids get out of school . . . it's not pretty.

Mike Dean TMU2009

Braves are playing in their new home this spring of North Point, Florida.  They left Disney World after 20 years.  North Point is just north of Fort Myers.

Felix threw two nice clean innings today.

John Hobbs Real-Joker

Any link to the results yet?

Donny Brubaker donbru
Sam Hilliard Colorado Rockies

Has CBS posted the NL results, Phil? I'm not seeing them.

Alex Patton Alex
Oliver Drake Tampa Bay Rays

Taking nothing for granted...

Oliver Drake (P) TB - Feb. 21

Drake, who threw his first live batting practice of spring Friday, was experimenting with a breaking pitch during the season, Juan Toribio of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The veteran right-hander was a rock-solid component of the bullpen last season, posting a 5-2 record, 11 holds, two saves, a 3.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 50 appearances while primarily relying on a fastball and splitter. 

Alex Patton Alex
Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers

Is he really going to steal ten bases as a 37-year-old?

Why not? He's only one year older.

Alex Patton Alex

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