| More Sports Board|| re: Can someone explain all the love for Manny Machado? - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 5:08 pm|
I was responding to your claim that a 3B had to hit 25 HR or else he couldn't keep up a job. That's an indefensible position. It was alos on the heels on your claims on the extra value of HR even with a low BA, so Boggs is the antithesis of the player you were advocating.
Anyway, here's your nex...
| More Sports Board|| re: Can someone explain all the love for Manny Machado? - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 3:53 pm|
[quote]I just think if you don't have a 25+ HR bat to go with the great D, you won't stay at 3B for any one team very long.[/quote]
That's insane. First off, Wade Boggs.
Secondly, very few players are hitting 25 HR as a third basemen. Take 1997, for example. Right in the middle of the biggest of...
| More Sports Board|| re: Can someone explain all the love for Manny Machado? - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 3:04 pm|
Of course if age is a factor, you'll take the young guy. I'm saying if Machado doesn't improve his power (OBP is worrisome), then you'd be a fool to sign him to a long term contract based on defense. [/quote]
If the range of most likely outcomes is Cedeno on the low end and Matthews on th ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Can someone explain all the love for Manny Machado? - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 2:47 pm|
[quote]But, he maybe be Cedeno too. [/quote]
Cedeno did hit 25 HR in his prime. He just never became great. Flamed out is relative. He did play 17 seasons, most of those as an above average hitter, just never a great one. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Can someone explain all the love for Manny Machado? - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 2:35 pm|
yes, but he hit 14 HR last year as a 20 year old. That in no way projects as a 15 HR player in his prime. That projects closer to 30 or 35, especially with the 50 doubles.
Machado doesn't "project" to hit 15 HR. That's what he is right f'n now. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Can someone explain all the love for Manny Machado? - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 2:33 pm|
The best way to project future home run power is looking at doubles power. As many have pointed out, he hit 50+ doubles as a 20-year-old in the majors. The list of guys who have ever done that is pretty short. Even shorter when you add Gold Glove defense. Sure, he's not Trout. No one is. Trout is br...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 9:42 am|
Peverly collapsing is some scary shite. The NHL made the right call to cancel the game. Says he is okay, but that was terrifying. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/11/14 at 9:37 am|
I know Caps fans want to see GMGM get canned, but I don't see why. I don't think his sins are all that great, and the team is consistently good. But this makes it pretty certain they are missing the playoffs for the first time in 7 years.
Disappointing loss, mainly because the Caps so thoroughly ...
| Music Board|| re: Talib Kweli - Gravitas Album Review - Baloo on 3/10/14 at 9:35 am|
Great review. Love Kweli. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: NHL East\West Split Opinions, - Baloo on 3/10/14 at 9:34 am|
That's quid's hobbyhorse. Don't mind him. Contraction does nothing to help the financial health of the league, it is a hammer in negotiations with the player's unions to keep salaries down by threatening to eliminate X number of jobs. the fact fans fall for it shows that people will always unquestio...
| Music Board|| re: What do you do with your CD collection? - Baloo on 3/10/14 at 8:42 am|
I keep mine in books. I listen to them when I'm at home on my home stereo because the sound quality of mp3's really sucks. I use my iPod when I'm out and about or in my car, but at home, where portability is not an issue, I listen to records and CD's. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: NHL East\West Split Opinions, - Baloo on 3/10/14 at 8:30 am|
Move the Panthers to Seattle.
I don't really mind the imbalance given that the West is so much better right now. Let it be easier to make the playoffs -- they have better teams right now.
| More Sports Board|| re: Rank the Big 4 sports in terms of intelligence levels of the avg fan - Baloo on 3/10/14 at 8:25 am|
[quote]Well off people go to NBA games. Hi prices, relatively few seats. Educated people[/quote]
that's true of every sport these days. The leagues are pricing out the average fan. I think looking at the crowd is a terrible way to find the "average" fan of a sport as the average fan rarely goes to ...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: Just watched Super 8 - Baloo on 3/9/14 at 7:14 pm|
If you want to read the thread, the search function sort of stinks, so it's here:
I like the film because the niche of films aimed at pre-teens that doesn't treat them like utter morons is pretty small. It's a...
| More Sports Board|| re: Mike Modano Appreciation Thread #9 - Baloo on 3/9/14 at 11:17 am|
He was soft, which was fine because the Stars were loaded with tough players. Churla, of course, but also the Hatcher brothers were pretty much evil incarnate. Jere Lehtinen is the only winger in the past 20 years to win the Selke Award, and he won it 3 times. Modano was a scoring machine, and a wiz...
| Music Board|| re: Weezer to headline Groovin' on the Grounds - Baloo on 3/7/14 at 2:13 pm|
Not a big Weezer fan, but they are a blast live. ...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: Brad Pitt at the end of Seven: good or bad acting? - Baloo on 3/7/14 at 12:40 pm|
I'm a fan of Brad Pitt's work and think he is a great supporting actor cursed with leading man good looks (he'd enjoy a better reputation as an actor if he looked like Steve Buscemi).
That said, the what's in the box scene is not one of his high points. It's pretty bad. ...
| Tiger Rant|| re: The state of LSU football 4 years from now? - Baloo on 3/7/14 at 11:24 am|
Still a defensive team. Our secondary should be evil in a year or two. And the defensive line talent that cycles through Baton Rouge shows no signs of stopping. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/7/14 at 10:30 am|
Fear the Fin, the Sharks blog, have been ripping the crap out of Crosby. I think their line was "if we're going to selectively kill Overchkin for every defensive lapse, why do we let Crosby do it?" Crosby was on ice for every Sharks goal.
BTW- this is as statistical meaningful as Ovie being on th...
| Music Board|| re: What musician would be cool to write about? - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 3:52 pm|
| Music Board|| re: Midnight Oil vs Men at Work - Who Ya Got? - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 2:58 pm|
I do like both, but Midnight Oil is fantastic. Diesel and Dust really holds up. ...
| Music Board|| re: Post unpopular music opinions you have ITT - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 2:57 pm|
[quote]Jawbreaker's best album was Dear You[/quote]
Not that unpopular an opinion. I'd vote for Unfun, but I love Dear You. ...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 2:50 pm|
Yeah, that one trick is scoring a lot of goals. Oh, and winning MVP's. I'd point out that Ovechkin had a higher +/- than Stamkos last year, but really, who cares?
Look, Joe Sakic once scored 39 goals and posted a -40 rating. He followed it up by scoring 48 goals and a -26 rating. Steve Yzerman sc...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 2:38 pm|
The Caps defense is terrible. Ovie is on the ice a lot. Therefore, he has bad +/-. It is a pretty terrible stat (and he does have a positive Corsi and Fenwick, showing that he does well on possession), but he gets killed because he gets double shifted a lot, and there's a ton of chances for the Caps...
| Music Board|| re: Post unpopular music opinions you have ITT - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 11:33 am|
People only hate Nirvana because they pretty much killed hair metal, and a majority of people have shitty taste and actually like Motley Crue.
KISS is only about separating idiots from their money, which is why they are so successful.
I hate EDM or whatever they call what we called electronic...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 11:15 am|
The Caps, coming into tonight, had gone 4-0-1 in their last 5. If that's poopy, I'll take it.
But, man, they played like utter dog shite last night. Luckily, it only counts as one loss. ...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: FSR: What Should Have Won Best Picture (Not 2013) - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 10:12 am|
OK, I’m doing the same thing, only with one caveat... the film must have been nominated for an Oscar. It didn’t have to be nominated for Best Picture, but it had to at least have gotten a nom. When going on “what should have won”, we at least have to limit the field to the kinds of movies Oscar woul...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: Platoon vs Full metal jacket - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 9:31 am|
I enjoy Full Metal Jacket, but the movie is pretty incoherent once it gets out of basic training. Had the movie JUST been about basic and ended with Gomer Pyle's last night, then I think it would be a far superior movie. The last bit feels tacked on, like it is a different and inferior movie (though...
| Movie/TV Board|| re: 7 Psychopaths is an outstanding movie - Baloo on 3/6/14 at 8:47 am|
...but the movie IS outstanding. I think it was one of the best movies of the year in 2012. Thoroughly entertaining, and I'm always a sucker for movies about writing. Sorry, it's my wheelhouse. I am a total sucker for meta commentary on writing, and how the script subtly changes as he rewrites the e...
| More Sports Board|| re: Official NHL regular season thread - Baloo on 3/5/14 at 3:33 pm|
Not Cammelieri? Heard he was gonna move. Usually it takes time for deals to trickle out, so maybe we'll hear of some more deals once they become official.
Shocked if Kesler didn't move. ...