Open Thread: Royals vs. O’s Game 4

Greetings, everyone!

I thought that if you were watching Game 4 of the 2014 ALCS, you’d want a place to discuss the events and well, here we are. It’s your open/game thread for the day.

This has been some series for the Royals. They have that 2007 Rockies thing happening which could be a good thing with regards to LCS but a bad thing if there’s a long layoff between the LCS and WS. They have a chance of sweeping the O’s out of town with a win this afternoon/evening and after 29 years, the fans in KC are pumped up.

I’ll admit I’ve been watching the games with an eye on the TV and my better eye on my computer so I am only paying half attention BUT I will watch today’s game intently because it could be a clincher.

And if you’ve been away from your computers, well, you’ve missed the whole hullabaloo surrounding Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt last night.…

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2014 All-Star Game Thread: Jeter’s Last Stand

Here are John Farrell‘s plans for Derek Jeter tonight:

So that’s two standing ovations. Should be interesting to see Jeter’s reaction. He’s been playing it cool while in Minnesota, claiming it’s just like any other All-Star game. We all know that’s a big fat lie. Jeter has to be feeling something

Here are the lineups:

CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
LF Mike Trout, Angels
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Salvador Perez, Royals

The starting pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners and RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

Hopefully the game will be a little more exciting than the Home Run Derby.…

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The 2014 Home Run Derby Open Thread


If you were planning on watching the Home Run Derby, why not comment about it here?

Here are the new rules per Baseball Tonight:

The thinking behind these changes is to make it so the guys participating in the derby aren’t so tired by the final round. As we famously watched in 2008, Josh Hamilton expended all of his energy in the first round by hitting about 1,000 monster home runs and then lost to Justin Morneau in the finals. This way, the guys who win the first round will be rewarded with a bye for the second round. Plus, instead of getting 10 outs, each hitter gets seven.

Here are the participants:

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (Team captain)
Adam Jones, Orioles
Brian Dozier, Twins
Yoenis Cespedes, A’s
Josh Donaldson, A’s

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (Team captain)
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
Todd Frazier, Reds
Justin Morneau, Rockies

So who do you have winning this thing?…

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

Waiting for a Sunday Night game is torture.

Here are some things you can do while waiting:

Enjoy your day!

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Off Day Open Thread: Happy Birthday, Derek Jeter!

As you all know it’s Derek Jeter‘s 40th birthday and I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane today and to revisit some of the key moments in his illustrious, Hall of Fame career.

His firsts



Yankee Stadium hit:

Home run:

First walk-off hit, which makes me miss when they used to play ‘Shout’ at the Stadium:

First of many playoff hits:

First (and so far only) grand slam:

Passing people

Jeter passes Lou Gehrig on the Yankees’ All-Time hit list:

He passes Mickey Mantle on the all-time All Star hit list:

He passes Willie Mays on the MLB All-Time hit list:

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Monday Afternoon Open Thread: The Old Timers’ Day Hangover Edition


My view from 420C

Yesterday I attended my 16th Old Timers’ Day in a row.

It’s my favorite day of the baseball season and I enjoy it even more than Opening Day because I love the history of the New York Yankees. I like seeing guys I haven’t seen in years and I like seeing the mainstay old timers’ who are there every year.

My Old Timers’ streak is the one streak I will not allow to come to an end. I’ve already screwed up my long opening day streak and my long opening weekend series streak but the Old Timers’ Day streak will stay intact no matter what. I want to be 74 years-old attending my 50th Old Timers’ Day in a row and watching as Derek Jeter slowly jogs out of the Yankees’ dugout with his belt way up high, over his expanding old man belly.

A girl can dream, right?

Anyway, the Old Timers’ game was fun and those players probably would have scored more than the current Yankees did against the Orioles yesterday.…

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Tuesday Afternoon Open Thread: 6/17/14

Welcome to this afternoon’s open thread.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like – there’s a lot of stuff happening this week – and in case you missed anything that was published earlier today on the site, here are your links:

  • Brad dreams of Giancarlo Stanton becoming a Yankee
  • Katie wrote about Solarte’s latest slump
  • William interviewed former Yankee Rudy May
    [Note from your benevolent Overlord: Please take time to read this amazing interview. William’s incredible thoughtfulness, research and preparation in his line of questioning is as good as anyone will see in an interview. Whether you know/remember Rudy May or not, his honest and refreshing answers are a perfect fit to William’s questions. Kudos, William. You done good, sir–jason]


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Off Day Open Thread: 6/16/14

Welcome to tonight’s off day open thread.

As you all know, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn lost his battle with cancer at the age of 54. A lot of articles have been written, a lot of stats have been posted and now, a really cool video has surfaced from an 1989 episode of “This Week In Baseball.”

And in case you missed it, our own Domenic Lanza wrote a nice piece remembering Gwynn.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like: other baseball games, the World Cup, the weather, the fact that the Yankees are going to be playing the Blue Jays six out of the next nine games… and remember, please be respectful to your fellow readers.

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Heyman: Yankees Looking Closely At Stephen Drew

The Yankees said they were in on Stephen Drew, then they were out, and now Jon Heyman says they’re back in. If you believe that the team was at any point trying to get below $189 million, the reasoning for being back on the Drew bandwagon again is because they no longer have to worry about staying below the luxury tax threshold.

If the Yankees front office believes that Drew can handle an everyday utility infielder type job, Drew is the perfect signing for the club. Drew has only played shortstop over his professional career, but there is some consensus that he could handle third base. Drew’s ability to cover both infield spots on the left side fits in perfectly with Alex Rodriguez absent and Derek Jeter in injury-limbo. He’s a left-handed bat that could re-blossom in Yankee Stadium, perhaps returning to his 20+ home run glory from 2008.

Last season, Drew played in Fenway where he hit .253/.333/.443 while playing an excellent shortstop.…

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