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Steroids, rule changes, oh my! - 2014 Major League Baseball thread

Last posted Jul 17, 2014 at 07:56PM EDT. Added Feb 11, 2014 at 06:05PM EST
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As the 2013 one closed and as the year 2014 rolled in last month, it’s time for a new thread.

One of the guys at my school overhype that the Mets will win the World Series after picking up Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. As I am a Mets fan myself, I even doubt that the Mets would qualify for the playoffs, let alone win the World Series. At best I would say they could go over .500, but not reach the postseason. However, I could still believe that they could contend if they can stay healthy. Every single season, David Wright is out for a month or two and Matt Harvey is out for this season with Tommy John surgery.

Last edited Feb 11, 2014 at 06:06PM EST
Feb 11, 2014 at 06:05PM EST
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Oh wow, a BN member starting a useful thread? I commend you, that’s awesome! anyways….
INB4 chowz and his Rangers.


GO RAYS!!! LETS BEAT EVERYBODY IN THE AL EAST!

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Feb 11, 2014 at 06:40PM EST
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I don’t know much about baseball at all, but Go Cards!

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Feb 11, 2014 at 07:08PM EST
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Carno/Taur are back here again! wrote:

Oh wow, a BN member starting a useful thread? I commend you, that’s awesome! anyways….
INB4 chowz and his Rangers.


GO RAYS!!! LETS BEAT EVERYBODY IN THE AL EAST!

Chow will have a field day once he finds out there is a new baseball thread.

Anyway to stay on topic, let’s talk about the outlook on this year’s baseball season:
I predict that the Detroit Tigers will take the World Series with the Giants at the Golden Gate coming in as the runner-up (revenge is ice cream, sweet and best served cold).

I also am making a bold prediction here: The 2014 Yankees will go nowhere. This time with pickups that make the Yankees look like a championship-caliber team again. Will remind me of the 2012-13 LA Lakers, except the Yankees won’t make the playoffs after a disastrous season. I have that feeling in my gut that the Yankees will suck and blow like a vacuum. I’m not saying a 90-loss season is on the horizon, even a 100-loss season. I’m saying they won’t meet their preseason expectations.

Feb 11, 2014 at 07:39PM EST
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Did somebody say baseball?

We’re now stronger than ever with two big additions. We got this guy.

And we have this guy.

Got a good feeling this year.

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Feb 11, 2014 at 08:01PM EST
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I thought the Soo-Choo Train was bound to head to Flushing.

Apparently, that’s the case for the Mets every offseason.
Half the case for this one (I shouldn’t complain about the Grandy Man and Colon coming to New York, we have gotten better), we let go of the god-awful players and replaced them with better players.

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Feb 11, 2014 at 08:10PM EST
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Breaking News: Derek Jeter is going to retire after the 2014 season. In other news, the Dodgers have signed Cuban shortstop, Erisbel Arruebarruena while the Phillies have signed pitcher, A.J. Burnett.

Feb 12, 2014 at 02:41PM EST
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It will be sad seeing Jeter go, even though I’m a Mets fan.

He will go down in the top 10 of greatest Yankees of all time, if not in the top 5.

Feb 12, 2014 at 04:00PM EST
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inb4 the entire season is all about derek jeter and nothing but derek jeter.

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Feb 12, 2014 at 05:28PM EST
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Lil B wrote:

inb4 the entire season is all about derek jeter and nothing but derek jeter.

Nah, I can bet he will get injured.

He will try to stay as healthy as possible to play 110-some games in his final year but I feel like it will occur.

Feb 12, 2014 at 07:06PM EST
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Orioles are going to sign Korean pitcher, Suk-min Yoon. Rays trade Jose Lobaton to the Nationals.

Feb 13, 2014 at 03:37PM EST
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Mets signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league deal, hope this will improve our bullpen as Valverde had a pretty below-average season last year.

Feb 13, 2014 at 06:23PM EST
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>tfw I’ve been a Yankees fan my entire life and grown up watching Derek Jeter play and learning this is his last season:

He’s one of my all time favorite athletes, and I’m gonna miss him when he’s gone.

Feb 14, 2014 at 09:11AM EST
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There’s five big free agents left on the market:

Ervin Santana
Ubaldo Jimmenez
Stephen Drew
Nelson Cruz
Kendrys Morales

Where will these guys go?

Feb 15, 2014 at 05:55PM EST
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Ray Cyst said:

I predict that the Detroit Tigers will take the World Series…

Not if Dombrowski has any thing to say about it. What the hell were you thinking trading Fister for some bullshit? I’m all for plumping up the farm system, but actually do it. Don’t trade him for three guys that will probably never do anything near the same level as Fister. Now we’re gonna have to rely on Rick “groundball we desperately hope the infield can turn for a DP or we’re fucked” Porcello to pad out the games. “Not clearing cap space so we can re-sign Cabrera and Scherzer” my ass.

At least you got rid of Mr. Cheeseburger Fielder… and got a decent closer.

@chowzburgerz
That noise I’ve been hearing for the last couple of days must be either the sound of the Rangers Luxury Tax, or the sound of all the minor leaguers curling up in bed, knowing the team will never be able to afford long-term contracts for the next decade because everything’s back-loaded.

Ray Cyst said:

Mets signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league deal, hope this will improve our bullpen as Valverde had a pretty below-average season last year.

My condolences.

chowzburgerz said:

Where will these guys go?

>Yankees
>Yankees
>Yankees
>Cubs
>Yankees

Why not? They’ve already shoveled as much money as possible to try and win a WS this offseason, why stop now?

Now it’s time to predict how long the Royals will lead the AL Central before falling off, like they do every. single. year. My prediction is May 18.

Feb 15, 2014 at 09:11PM EST
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Prediction time! Please be realistic with your calls; ST hasn’t even staarted.
AL East:
Clinch: Red Saxs
WC1: TB Rays
AL central:
Clinch:Indians
WC2: Tigers.
AL West
Clinch: Athletics

NL East
Clinch: Braves
NL Central:
Clinch: Cards
WC2:Nats
WC1: Pirates
NL West:
Clinch:Do(d)ges

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Feb 17, 2014 at 09:14PM EST
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AL West

Texas – 97-65
Oakland – 93-69
Los Angeles – 85-77
Seattle – 80-82
Houston – 65-97

AL Central

Detroit – 93-69
Kansas City – 88-74
Cleveland – 84-78
Chicago – 73-89
Minnesota – 67-95

AL East

New York – 96-66
Tampa Bay – 94-68
Boston – 92-70
Baltimore – 87-75
Toronto – 72-90

NL West

Los Angeles – 97-65
Arizona – 90-72
San Francisco – 85-97
San Diego – 80-82
Colorado – 77-85

NL Central

St. Louis – 95-67
Pittsburgh – 92-70
Cincinnati – 88-74
Milwaukee – 80-82
Chicago – 70-92

NL East

Washington – 97-65
Atlanta – 93-69
Philadelphia – 86-76
New York – 84-78
Miami – 64-98

Feb 17, 2014 at 10:25PM EST
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AL East:

New York – 93-69
Tampa Bay – 91-71
Boston – 86-76
Baltimore – 82-80
Toronto – 75-87

AL Central:

Detroit – 101-61
Cleveland – 88-74
Kansas City – 84-78
Chicago – 75-87
Minnesota – 69-93

AL West:

Texas – 97-65
Los Angeles – 90-72
Oakland – 88-74
Seattle – 81-81
Houston – 60-102

NL East:

Atlanta – 95-67
New York – 87-75
Washington – 86-76
Philadelphia – 80-82
Miami – 55-107

NL Central:

Pittsburgh – 94-68
St. Louis – 91-71
Milwaukee – 84-78
Cincinnati – 82-80
Chicago – 72-90

NL West:

Arizona – 98-64
Los Angeles – 85-77
San Francisco – 85-77
Colorado – 79-83
San Diego – 74-88

Feb 22, 2014 at 02:32PM EST
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Masahiro Tanaka made his Spring Training debut for MLB and the Yankees. He struck out three batters while only giving up two hits and no runs.

Mar 01, 2014 at 05:47PM EST
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AL East:

New York – 97-65
Boston – 95-67
Tampa Bay – 88-74
Baltimore – 84-78
Toronto – 75-87

AL Central:

Detroit – 96-66
Kansas City – 84-78
Cleveland – 77-85
Minnesota – 70-92
Chicago – 65-97

AL West:

Oakland – 94-68
Texas – 91-71
Los Angeles – 84-78
Seattle – 80-82
Houston – 60-102

NL East:

Atlanta – 94-68
Washington – 89-73
New York – 84-78
Philadelphia – 78-84
Miami – 70-92

NL Central:

St. Louis – 96-66
Pittsburgh – 93-69
Cincinnati – 86-76
Chicago – 74-88
Milwaukee – 66-96

NL West:

Los Angeles – 95-67
Arizona – 88-74
San Francisco – 82-80
Colorado – 78-84
San Diego – 63-99

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WILD CARD

NL – Pittsburgh def. Washington
AL – Texas def. Boston

DIVISIONAL SERIES

NL:
Pittsburgh def. St. Louis, 3-2
Los Angeles def. Atlanta, 3-1

AL:
New York def. Texas, 3-0
Detroit def. Oakland, 3-2

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

NL: Los Angeles def. Pittsburgh, 4-2
AL: Detroit def. New York, 4-1

WORLD SERIES

Detroit def. Los Angeles, 4-1

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Mar 02, 2014 at 04:25PM EST
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Orioles are going to sign Johan Santana while Rangers are going to sign Joe Saunders. Ian Kinsler is getting some bad press when he said in an interview that Jon Daniels is a sleazeball and he hopes the Rangers go 0-162.

Mar 04, 2014 at 07:31PM EST
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Sad to see the Mets’ best pitcher from 2008-2012 go, however Johan reached his peak.

He was becoming more injury-prone and we were starting to lose use of him.

Mar 04, 2014 at 07:42PM EST
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Due to the Kris Medlan injury, the Atlanta Braves have signed Ervin Santana.

Mar 12, 2014 at 01:26PM EDT
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The more days passing by, the more spring I could smell.

Today is beautiful in New York, and it feels like a baseball day.
One more week!

Mar 15, 2014 at 04:02PM EDT
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@All these predictions of the Tigers handily winning the AL Central/World Series.

It’s going to be a lot tougher this year with the way Dombrowski screwed over the back end of our rotation by getting rid of Fister. Verlander’s gonna have to not wait until the post season to not suck since I doubt Rick “give up fifteen runs” Porcello has enough to get a winning record.

Mar 15, 2014 at 05:23PM EDT
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Don’t quote me on the exacts of the wins/loses.

AL East:
New York – 92-71
Boston – 90-72
Tampa Bay – 84-78
Baltimore – 83-79
Toronto – 74-88

AL Central:
Cleveland – 90-72
Minnesota – 84-78
Detroit – 81-81
Kansas City – 73-89
Chicago WS – 62-100

AL West:
Oakland – 96-66
Texas – 93-69
Los Angeles – 79-83
Seattle – 71-91
Houston – 60-102

NL East:
Washington – 92-70
Atlanta – 89-73
New York – 81-81
Philadelphia – 78--84
Miami – 73--89

NL Central:
Pittsburgh – 95-- 67
St. Louis – 94--68
Cincinnati – 84--78
Chicago – 82-80
Milwaukee – 69--93

NL West:
Los Angeles – 96--66
Colorado – 85--77
Arizona – 81--81
San Francisco – 80--82
San Diego – 61--101
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WILD CARD
NL – St. Louis beats Atlanta 5-4
AL – Boston beats Texas 6-3
DIVISIONAL SERIES
NL:
Los Angeles beats St. Louis 3-1
Pittsburgh beats Washington 3-2

AL:
Oakland beats Boston 4-2
New York beats Cleveland 4-1

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Oakland beats New York 4-3
Los Angeles beats Pittsburgh 4-2

WORLD SERIES

Los Angeles beats Oakland 4-2

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Mar 18, 2014 at 09:53PM EDT
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I don’t know how to play baseball (I’m american football fan) but I hope Red Socks will win. (Damn I need to learn the rules.)

Mar 19, 2014 at 01:53PM EDT
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Speed Ray Cyst wrote:

inb4 chow bashes you for not using “sox” instead of socks

What do you expect he’s a football fan.

Mar 19, 2014 at 03:50PM EDT
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chowzburgerz wrote:

What do you expect he’s a football fan.

Actually I like baseball but I have no idea when and how the teams get points. Anyway I wanted to write sox but I was not sure, that’s why I wrote socks.

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Mar 20, 2014 at 04:24AM EDT
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=stumbles upon random sports-related site=

I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED!

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Mar 20, 2014 at 07:56PM EDT
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The Dodgers sweep the Australia series against the Diamondbacks. 3-1 in game 1 and 7-5 in game 2.

Mar 23, 2014 at 03:28PM EDT
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Does anyone else find it odd that the Dodgers and Dbacks had their season opener during spring training? Other teams are having spring training games today, and opening day for everyone else is March 31 from what I understand.

Mar 23, 2014 at 09:00PM EDT
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Come on Texas, we need to really get our shit together for next week.

Mar 26, 2014 at 01:28PM EDT
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I present the newest food item at Globe Life Park In Arlington – Bacon On A Stick!!!

Mar 27, 2014 at 09:14PM EDT
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Ooh, a baseball thread. I like. Now, if there were only a hockey thread…
Anyway, go Giants!

Mar 28, 2014 at 03:03AM EDT
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Mike Trout signs a 6-year $144.5 million contract extension with the Angels.

Mar 29, 2014 at 01:13AM EDT
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Thank you based Trout

Mar 29, 2014 at 02:14AM EDT

chowzburgerz wrote:

I present the newest food item at Globe Life Park In Arlington – Bacon On A Stick!!!

So that’s why Fielder waived his no-trade clause. I had been wondering…

Mar 29, 2014 at 06:00AM EDT
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The MLB announced much stiffer penalties against players who are found with a positive test for PED’s. And punishes those even further who are repeat offenders.

First positive test is an unpaid 80 game suspension, up from 50 games.
Second positive test is an 162 game suspension, up from 100 games.
Third suspension is a ban from baseball.

Definitely a step in the right direction to combat cheaters.

Mar 29, 2014 at 02:03PM EDT
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Speed Ray Cyst wrote:

=stumbles upon random sports-related site=

I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED!

Oh yeah I’ve seen those in stores, they’re pretty cool from what I’ve seen. They only come in one piece sets, unlike Legos, but if the field, or at least part of it came with it, then it would be interesting.

Mar 29, 2014 at 02:48PM EDT
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I had a fail in the post about the suspensions. It’s a third positive test is a ban from baseball. Not third suspension is a ban from baseball. I derped up, lol.

Mar 29, 2014 at 03:24PM EDT
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