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Just about that time of year!!! Brewers On Deck fanfest this Sunday. And just in time.....the masses are going apeshit over the announcement that beginning in 2021 Miller Park will be renamed American Family Insurance Stadium or some variation thereof. Lame, but knew it was coming.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:42 PM
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The MLBPA sent a counter offer to the commissioner's office on proposed rule changes. On the table are the changes of:

1) A three-batter minimum for pitchers - bad idea. I know they want to limit pitching changes to quicken games. Still don't understand this obsession with making games last an hour and 15 minutes but this certainly isn't going to help. Whether you allow unlimited pitching changes or allow a lefty specialist or a starter to continue in a game when he's getting knocked around it doesn't really matter. Let's just say what they really want......More offense to make the game more exciting. AND Games that last an hour with an average a 9-7 score. Not sure you're going to get there.
2) A universal designated hitter - Don't like the DH, but this is coming. Grew up with the Brewers in the AL and the DH. Been in the NL since '98, was open to the change from the beginning, but I like the NL game better. Which proves I'm not just opposed to change.
3) A single trade deadline before the All-Star break - in favor of a single trade deadline. But needs to be later. Maybe August 15. Before the All-Star break is too early for teams to assess whether they are in the race or not. Think it will lead to teams punting earlier in the season, which isn't good for anyone.
4) A 20-second pitch clock - Pointless and a non-issue. Very few pitchers take more than 20 seconds to deliver a pitch. How exciting would a World Series game 7 be if it ended on a bases loaded pitch clock infraction in the bottom of the 10th inning!?
4) The expansion of rosters to 26 men, with a 12-pitcher maximum - Yes! I'd also add a 40 man roster beginning September 1, but only 28, or 29, maybe 30 can be active any single game.
5) Draft advantages for winning teams and penalties for losing teams - This would be for multiple years in a row, or X out or Y years. HMMMM??? Don't know. Would need to know more. Would be to discourage teams from reaping the benefits of revenue sharing, draft status, and then putting a 64 win team on the field. Might be okay.
6) A study to lower the mound/moving mound back - An advantage to the hitter. When you're looking to reduce the time of game to cater to "Millennials," who are more concerned if there's a kale-tofu dog with gluten free bun topped with avocado mash and an organic triple dry-hopped plum date IPA at the concession stand than anything that is going on on the field, to get the game over before they have to update their "status," more offense, hence increasing the time of the game seems counter intuitive. But whatever!
7) A rule that would allow two-sport amateurs to sign major league contracts - Sure.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:37 PM
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Loved point #6 GBD!



I have said it before, why the hell are people hellbent on speeding up the game? Owners and TV stations make a lot more money with customers in the stadium or watching on TV. Tickets are so friggen expensive. Might as well get your bang for the buck. I know the Braves in their heyday played a good amount of games under 2 hours. But the games were boring.

Not a fan of the DH. Until someone opens a public Pitching Cage like Batting Cages that makes money I will never change my mind. I have no idea why the owners would be in favor of it since you usually have to hire a big money Big Bopper to fill the hole.



I have never been a fan of the 40 man roster for teams still in the hunt. Skews the possible outcome for a team using a player who will never get a real sniff in the bigs just because he has a special talent, like stealing a base when needed but can't hit a lick.



The 3 batter minimum is beyond stupid.
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300 million over 10 years!
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300 million over 10 years!
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No way no how. Now I want Bryce Harper to head west also.
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Wife had a conference in Tucson last week. Tagged along and got to the Brewers first two spring training games against the Cubs and Rangers. Really got the fever now!
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300 million over 10 years!
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That is now baby shit! 330 million over 13 years! Good luck with that. I can not recall any long term MEGA contract in any sport that has worked out.
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Here's a good one! The 162 game averages for two players.

Player A: AVG - .275, H - 155, HR - 27, RBI - 88, OPS - .834
Player B: AVG - .279, H - 161, HR - 32, RBI - 91, OPS - .900

Very, very similar average seasons offensively. Player B has a slight edge by OPS, mostly because he has more speed, taking the extra base increases slugging, and walks more - mostly intentionally, increasing on base. Player A is far and away a better defensive outfielder and if you buy into "advanced metrics" such as Defensive Runs Saved it's not even close, 24 to 3. And defense certainly counts in helping a team win games.

One guy is going to make nearly $400 MILLION in his career. The other made $46M in an 11 year career which ended after the 2009 season. Yet we must endure trouser stains like Justin Verlander and Pat Neshek threatening a strike because of the lack of respect shown to the players by ownership. Claiming that revenues are increasing but player salaries aren't. What!!!????

Okay.........Player B is Bryce Harper. Player A is none other than Brewers one time all star outfielder Geoff Jenkins.
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Guys like Verlander never seem to mention the 20% or more "DOG Contracts" owners ,and fans, must endure on just about every team. The list goes on and on.
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Guys like Verlander never seem to mention the 20% or more "DOG Contracts" owners ,and fans, must endure on just about every team. The list goes on and on.
For several years now I've thought Ryan Braun's contract was a dog on the Brewers, but check this out. Braun signed a 5 year $105 Million contract extension prior to his MVP year in 2011. (Pre-steroid incident as well) Believe it was the largest contract ever given to an arbitration eligible player at the time. Eight years later, Nolan Arenado signs an extension for 8 years, $260 Million. Yet players aren't getting their share of increased revenues? Let's go to the numbers.....

Career to date 162 Game Averages:

Braun (12 Years): AVG - .299, H - 184, HR - 33, RBI - 108, OPS - .896
Arenado (6 Yrs): AVG - .291, H - 180, HR - 34, RBI - 114, OPS - .886

Exact same player. Except if you took Braun's averages at year 6, rather than his career to date - he has declined the last couple years, he would have blown Arenado's numbers away. Yet Arenado got 3 more years and $155 Million more.

I love baseball and will never stop watching it no matter how ridiculous the numbers get. But I don't need to hear players talk about a "Broken System" when in 8 years a player with lesser numbers than a predecessor gets two and a half times the money in an extension. Or when a free agent (Harper) 15 years later gets 10 times the free agent contract as a predecessor (Jenkins) who had the exact same numbers. Shut up and PLAY BALL!!!
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