What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Turned on the Rays crucial game with the Orioles where Chris has a two run homer, his 52nd [another 'great' trade by JD, but that dog has been kicked too much and has nothing to do with this post] in another great game by both teams. Loney wins it in the 9th with his homer. But here is the rub and point of this post. The Rays drew just over 17,000 to this game. That is disgraceful The Rangers if they were finishing a 54-108 season [ much like the Astros for 2013] they would still out draw that number by a considerable amount, especially for the very last home game of a season.. It is time for the MLB to vacate Tampa and push./force/move that team to the obvious, SAN ANTONIO. Tampa Bay draws on a population base of 350,000, San Antonio's is 2,200,000.. The RAYS actually deserve better. Two posers emerge:  should the MLB push the Rays towards being the third A.L. team in Texas, and  if this in fact does occur within the next few years, how should the A.L. reshuffle their divisions? I have my opinions on both, what is yours?
JD, i will save you the time "yawwwnnnn"
It's pretty sad that Tampa can't support that team. They've been competitive for several years now, and even in the thick of the pennant race can't sell out a game against anyone but the Yankees or Red Sox (if those even sell out). I think a team in San Antonio would work, it would draw in the Austin crowd, and probably not hurt the Rangers or Astros much at all. As for realigning the divisions, I don't think there is a good solution...maybe San Antonio to the NL Central and Milwaukee to the AL East.
I think MLB wants to keep a team in Tampa. If expansion happens again, I could see San Antonio with a chance to land a team. To keep the leagues even, there will have to be a second team added somewhere. But then that screws up the evenly-divided 5 team divisions.
It does seem that the MLB is not overly concerned, though painfully aware of, the inability of the Rays to draw even during the height of their season in crucial games. But they should be. San Antonio is the ideal location. I can see a shuffling of the divisions with only 3 teams involved. First the Indians would move to the East, this would reduce distance for all other teams concerned, with longest travel only about 650 miles. Currently all but Baltimore are over a 1000 mile to Tampa, and the Birds only a 60 miles short of that 1000. The Rays to the West would put 3 teams in Texas and make it a California/ Texas league. Seattle is so isolated that no matter where they are slotted it is a massive traveling undertaking.. So move Seattle to the Central [change the name to North if it makes it more fitting]. Distance wise, for Seattle it is not much of a change. The furthest team away from Seattle is Houston at 2330 miles. The furthest in the current Central would be Detroit at 2360 miles. Chicago and Texas are both nearly the same distance, and even LA is over a 1000 miles. So without a total reshuffling, which would involve both Leagues, I see that as the less cumbersome, even drastically shortening the overall travel for two of the AL divisions. But like you posted Alan, the MLB seem in no rush to correct this error of placing a team in Florida, and not be Orlando or Jacksonville.
Two major leagues in Texas would be a good start.
TWO major league teams in Texas would be a good start.
like humor-but different
Give the Astros some time for they will have the very first draft choice for several more years and can sign any free agent without loss of their #1 choice. So unlike the Marlins, except for 2012, who very seldom sign an impact free agent or an International player for more then $100,000, for the Astros it is not a never. Just stay aggressive with free agents, scout and and be ready to sign International Draft players beginning July 2, 2014; and above all else stick to Plan A and that focus on developing the young players. This would be unlike the Rays early in their team history or the Rangers propensity to trade off youth in late July. Those scenarios are short lived and seldom succeed on a continuum basis But unfortunately for Astro fans and Houston, this will take several years to succeed with 10 wins a season progress a challenging but achievable goal toward first being a 500 team, thereafter the quantum jump to the top echelon.
Bless your heart Les.Jose Fernandez sez hey. The Marlins will be good again before Houston. They will get a major haul when Stanton is traded.They have won a WS--as Florida.The Astros do have a lot to look forward too though. When Ron Washington is let go and Nolan leaves to be with son Reid in the Astros front office this off season. Maybe Nolan can get a couple of more good years out of Ole Roy and Berkman .
The Rays play a lot of 3:00-4:00 games at home, I think in part to get the retired crowd who won't stay up till 10/10:30 for a game, but late enough in the day people can still come from work or school. I think the demographic in that part of FL is probably just too old to support the team over a 162 game season.
I agree SA would be a good spot, but the Braves probably have the biggest geographical market, spreading from GA up to NC and out to AL/MS and up into TN. That makes for a good spot to put another team, and the two most likely spots would be Charlotte (2.2 million in the metro area and growing) and TN (more likely Nashville though Memphis is also a possibility).
San Juan, PR would be an interesting possibility, and there's a group up in Montreal that's trying to bring baseball back there. Portland, OR could also be a possibility, to add more teams to the West.
to answer your question-NO.
This LSU vs Georgia game is a hell of a game.
Evenly divided, 5-team divisions getting messed up because of expansion?
Easy fix... instead of 15 teams in each league, there are now 16... Four 4-team divisions in each league and you get IntraDivision Games to start AND finish the season.
Plus, your "unbalanced schedule" can now boast an extra couple of games against the "other Eastern Division" or the "other Western Division" - depending on which side of the continent you're on.________________________________________________________________________________
..51: 17 Games vs each of the other 3 teams in your own division..48: 12 Games vs each of the other 4 teams in the other division in your half/conference..........So, that's 99 total games against your "conference"..63: 8 Games against each of the other 8 teams in the other "conference" except for 1 where you'd play 7. Play that team 7 times for 2 years (3h/4a then 4h/3a) then move on to the next "non-conference" opponent.________________________________________________________________________________
This sounds like just too much fun!
But, the San Antonio team would HAVE to be in the NL.
.....----------- National League ----------- | ----------- American League -----------||....Southeast.........Northeast.........|......Southeast......Northeast.E.....---------------.......---------------........|......----------------......---------------.A.....Miami...............Philadelphia.....|......Tampa Bay.....Boston.S.....Atlanta.............NY Mets...........|......Houston........Baltimore.T.....Washington.......Pittsburgh........|......Texas..........New York||.....San Antonio.......Cincinnati........|......KC...............Toronto
||.....Midwest............West...............|.......Midwest.........WestW......-------------........------------...........|.......------------......------------.E......ChicagoN.........Los Angeles......|.......Minnesota......Seattle.S......Milwaukee.......San Francisco...|.......Detroit............Los Angeles.T......St, Louis.........San Diego.........|.......Cleveland.......San Jose (Oakland)||......New NL Team..Colorado..........|......ChicagoA......Arizona
Arizona was originally slated to play 2 years in the NL then move to the AL, anyway (swapping with co-newbies, Tampa) so they finally get what had always been coming to them...
Sorry about the formatting... kind of difficult to do columns in this medium.
Like the idea of 32 teams, with Oakland staying in the East Bay area, just sliding all the way down the Bay or just in between at Hayward or Fremont to draw both Oakland and the larger San Jose. Places best to expand to are Charlotte, Mepmphis or Nashville and San Antonia. Could even move Miami, with Florida returning to what it had been even before World War I, Spring Training. Do not like the 4 team 8 division format, if Baseball could return to what they had from the creation of the AL to 1961. So my preference would be 8 teams called the : AL, NL, South League and West League. Return as much as possible even to the locations of the old leagues. The new [old] AL: BALTIMORE, BOSTON, CHICAGO WS, CLEVELAND, DETROIT, MINNESOTA [old Senators], NYY, and TORONTO. The new NL: CHI CUBS, CINCI, MILWAUKEE, PHILLIE, PITT, ST LOUIS & WASHINGTON NATS. The SOUTH: ATLANTA, CHARLOTTE, COLORADO, HOUSTON, KC, SAN ANTONIO, TENNESSEE & the RANGERS. The West will then be : AZ, EAST BAY, LAA, LAD, PORTLAND, SD, SEA, SF. Each league would be emphasized with 16 games against each opponent in their own league. This will produce a lot more 4 game sets [reminiscent of pre-1961 to cut down travel] Then on a every third year rotational basis with just one of the three other leagues, 6 games. The season will then be 160 games.. All Star game would even be expanded to a 3 game elimination basis: A vs B league, C vs D league, WINNER face each other. This also sets in order end of league competition as to field advantage. Probably be best to establish a permanent 16 vs 16, or call them conferences, for example AC & WC make up the AL & NC & SC make up the NL. This to establish only a sense of permanence, a rotational system is also functional, with many basis, like total wins or even the ALL STAR game establishing the order. It is not as confusing as it first appears. Some interesting outcomes would be to see a little more of your home team all star actually playing in an all star game. And expand the number of teams getting into the playoffs from 10 to 12. How, 2nd place and third place team of a given division in a 1 game playoff, then go on to face the Winner of that division [ do not get lost in the nomenclature, just keep in mind it is 8 teams in a 4 division/conference/league, whatever you want to call it, system]. Then the winners of say AL play WL, while NL play SL. The winners then go on to play the WORLD SERIES. OR if there is an attempt to reduce the Playoffs to just 2 cycles instead of the current 4, eliminate the wild card nonsense and have only the 4 winners play each other. Final rap up: 4 leagues of 8 teams, an ALL STAR ELIMINATION contest that would give those games more meaning and more participants. A 160 game season, with a playoff involving only the 4 leagues' winners.
"Tampa Bay draws on a population base of 350,000"
lol where did you get this ridiculous number from
With the playoffs starting and the Rangers-JD vs-Nolan drama flaring up again all you guys want to talk about is adding a 3rd team in Texas and realigning the divisions in baseball. Really?
Better than talkin bout the SHIT Less puts on here.
This is the shit les put on here.
JD, Roy If you dont like the shit get off the toilet . The Rangers, thanks to the gutting last winter, never had a real chance of going anywhere, even if making the playoffs. So in final perspective for 2013, the Rangers had a monumental successful season. Best move, putting Martin Perez in the starting 5. Worse move, trading for Matt Garza. The Rangers however were a poor 28- 38 against non-West AL, that is .464 ball a rate that would put the Rangers at the bottom of the division in the East, and 4th in the Central. So there is a lot of improvement to do for 2014, and focusing forward is brighter then looking back at 2013. The Rangers are not going to go 53-23 again against their West opposition, so vast improvements and moves must be made even to equal 2013's record. Pitching nucleus is in place, offensive punch is a mandatory.. The Rangers this July even made an attempt to acquire Cano, and though talk seems to be about focusing on McCann, Abreu, even Tanaka more likely targets should be: Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Beltran or Choo, and forgetting about resigning Garza, Murphy, Lewis or Baker. The Rangers drop $20M off their roster by not picking up Berkman for 2014 [ a given] and no longer strapped with MY's salary of $10M paid out to play for the Phillies and now Dodgers. However, it is not outrageous to see MY return to the Rangers in 2014, at about a quarter to the dollar. Between those three [Berkman, Garza, MY] that allows the Rangers to pursue CANO AND BELTRAN / CHOO.. Would completely change the Rangers dimensions if for 2014 the #3,4.5 bats are: Cano - Beltre - Beltran. Resign Cruz for LF/DH, he will be QAed. Pick up a catcher for short term [2 or 3 year contract], for the future behind the plate is Alfaro. Best option is Ruiz, but AJP would also fit that scenario, McCann would want a long term and at a high level [ie 5/$80], so move on. Tell Kinsler you are now a First Baseman. He may not have wanted to move for Profar, but Cano is a completely different option. With Cano, it starts with the yankees not overwhelming him, and few other great options that a 7/$150 deal sounds best. And if Beltran is resigned by the Cards, focus on a Taveras trade. Bottom of the batting order would be extremely dangerous and best in the AL for an 8th and 9th bat: RIOS and MARTIN. Those two could be the difference makers in an overwhelming potent batting order that can match any in the AL.
Fuck that nearly put me to sleep.
I finally made it all the way through a les novella. It would be helpful if you learned some punctuation and got a paragraph sometime. I thought sure that your big plan was a realignment that would drop Oakland and LAA in favor of the new San Antonio team and Colorado so that Texas could suck and still make the playoffs even though they went and gutted the farm system when they traded Mike Olt and Cy Youngster.And how nice for Kinsler to move to first for Cano.And we can get MY back for a super utility player again and DH for sure. Maybe MY could catch on alternating Thursdays? Cano, Beltran and Choo Choo Choo would be dumb. And when your ace wont throw to you and your a 39 year old catcher--you are done.
geeez ray of rendon, you're as bad as less.
Forget about another TX team. Put a mlb team in Mexico City. The stadium would be full every game and we would get more central time zone games. An untapped market that would make millions more than TB or Miami. You just have to make sure the Mexican mafia doesn't take the stadium hostage or anything.
wow-another queer troll.
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