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    MLB Offseason Thread - Suck it Dodgers. Time for more even year BS

    So Sports Illustrated is better than Back to the Future in predicting World Series winners. 4 years ago, Houston couldn't even beat the bad news bears. Now they are top of the world. The Yankee's have shown they are still pants on head retarded by not offering Girardi a new contract, the Nationals finally got un-retarded and hired a manager with a 3 year contract instead of 2, Giants have shit canned their entire coaching staff except for Bochy.

    Home runs were massively up this year, so if your only talent is to either strike out or hit a home run, and you can't play good defense or draw walks, good luck getting anything more than a 1-2 year contract. Except Justin Upton, just saw he got a 5 year contract from the Angels. So that contract should suck in 2 years.

    End of year award predictions now.

    AL MVP: Jose Altuve
    NL MVP: Nolan Arenado
    AL ROY: Aaron Judge
    NL ROY: Cody Bellinger
    AL CY Young: Cory Klueber
    NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer
    AL Manager of the year: Paul Molitor
    NL Manager of the year: Bud Black

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    Things getting a little busy to start.

    Tanaka doesn't opt out of his contract, which means his elbow is going to explode next year
    Marlins decline their option on Ichiro
    Pirates execute their option on McCutchen
    Indians execute their options on Brantley and Tomlin
    Mariners decline their options on Gallardo and Iwakuma

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    Aaron Judge will be on the cover of MLB The Show 18. Not surprised, but a bit disappointed. Really thought Altuve earned it.

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    Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNH View Post
    Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico
    God damn that sucks.

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    Just saw that, that's fucking awful

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    RIP

    Those little planes dangerous as hell

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    This is probably the first time I've read news of an athlete dying unexpectedly and actually felt sad about it.

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    Man this fucking sucks...I always liked Halladay. Surefire hall of famer

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    Halladay was a fucking monster, this is so sad.

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    Gold glove award winners announced. Puig and Posey being the two biggest snubs.

    AMERICAN LEAGUE

    P Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays - 1st award

    C Martin Maldonado, Los Angeles Angels - 1st award

    1B Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals - 4th award

    2B Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins - 1st award

    3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays - 3rd award

    SS Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels - 3rd award

    LF Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals - 5th award

    CF Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins - 1st award

    RF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox - 2nd award

    NATIONAL LEAGUE

    P Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks - 4th award

    C Tucker Barnhart, Cincinnati Reds - 1st award

    1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks - 3rd award

    2B DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies - 2nd award

    3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies - 5th award

    SS Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants - 3rd award

    LF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins - 1st award

    CF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves - 2nd award

    RF Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs - 5th award

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    How is Kevin Pillar not a snub? All he does is make highlight reel catches.

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    I don't know if he's a snub or not but relying on highlights is not a reliable measure. See: people thinking Jeter was good defensively

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsidian View Post
    How is Kevin Pillar not a snub? All he does is make highlight reel catches.
    Highlights are one thing. Actual defensive ability is another. Look at Yoenis Cespedes. Constant highlight reel rockets to gun people down, but the vast majority of them were caused because he was such a shitty defender that he put himself in a position needing to make a highlight reel play just to do his job.

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    I mean he makes highlight reel catches every game but that's because he's spectacular in center field night in and night out. But because he doesn't hit 20 homers every season he's never going to win one.

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    Byron Buxton 5 errors in 137 GP with 6 assists and 1 DP, .988 fielding percentage and 2.88 range factor
    Kevin Pillar 1 error in 153 GP with 8 assists and 0 DP, .997 fielding percentage and 2.12 range factor

    I had no idea what range factor is, but from my understanding, its more of a team stat rather than an individual stat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NynJa View Post
    Byron Buxton 5 errors in 137 GP with 6 assists and 1 DP, .988 fielding percentage and 2.88 range factor
    Kevin Pillar 1 error in 153 GP with 8 assists and 0 DP, .997 fielding percentage and 2.12 range factor

    I had no idea what range factor is, but from my understanding, its more of a team stat rather than an individual stat?
    Range factor if I remember correctly in a loose context is just how much ground can they cover. The higher the range factor, the more ground they can cover. Looks like Buxton won out due to the fact he could cover more ground, which offset the errors. Knowing the stats, I probably would have gone Pillar myself.

    Ok just looked it up, I was way off.

    Range Factor (commonly abbreviated RF) is a baseball statistic developed by Bill James. It is calculated by dividing putouts and assists by the number of innings or games played at a given defense position.[1] The statistic is premised on the notion that the total number of outs in which a player participates is more relevant in evaluating that player's defensive play than the percentage of cleanly handled chances as calculated by the conventional statistic fielding percentage.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_factor

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    Buxton is a stud defensively, not like Pillar lost out to someone mediocre

    Quote Originally Posted by Melena View Post
    Range factor if I remember correctly in a loose context is just how much ground can they cover. The higher the range factor, the more ground they can cover. Looks like Buxton won out due to the fact he could cover more ground, which offset the errors. Knowing the stats, I probably would have gone Pillar myself.

    Ok just looked it up, I was way off.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_factor
    No, you had it right, in a sense. More "ground covered" results in being involved in more plays, hence more putouts and assists and a higher resulting range factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moss View Post
    Buxton is a stud defensively, not like Pillar lost out to someone mediocre
    Didn't mean to imply he was.

    Obviously I'm also biased because I see Pillar every game and not Buxton.

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    Carlos Beltran announces retirement

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