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Old 10-03-17, 11:20 AM
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MLB 2017-18 Off-Season & Hot Stove Thread

Thanks for the reminder, though anyone is welcome to create the off-season thread.

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The Braves fired their GM today for multiple transgressions, including possible tampering and illegal dealings in the international signing period.

It's very possible the Braves lose draft picks and receive other handicaps from this disaster. Expect more 90-loss seasons with this news.
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They already have a very good minor league system so unless they actually lose players they are in decent position to start improving. In baseball losing draft picks doesn't really hurt the organization until a few years later.
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Old 10-03-17, 11:54 AM
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Terry Collins will not be manager of the Mets next year, but supposedly will still be with the team in some fashion.
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I almost fell out of my chair when I saw Robin Ventura listed as a serious candidate for the Mets job. The combined WAR that the White Sox traded away from last years roster was 20.4 and they only lost 11 fewer games last year. He is an awful manager.
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The Cards pitching and bullpen coaches are the first scapegoats of the off-season.

It's obviously their fault that Matheny can't manage a pitching staff to save his life.
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Old 10-04-17, 02:22 AM
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I believe the Mets fired all their trainers and health advisors.
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Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
I believe the Mets fired all their trainers and health advisors.
good. Based on the injury history the past few years, they were doing something wrong.
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Re: MLB 2017-18 Off-Season & Hot Stove Thread

No shocker here.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/r...t-alds-defeat/

John Farrell is out as Red Sox manager, the team announced Wednesday morning in a press release. The announcement came less than 48 hours after Farrell's Red Sox were bounced from the best-of-five ALDS by the Astros in four games.

As is customary, the Red Sox announced that the search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Farrell, 55, won 97 games and the World Series in 2013, his first year as Red Sox manager. It was a worst-to-first maneuver, too, so things couldn't have gone much better. The following season, however, Farrell's club slipped to 71-91 and then won just 78 games in 2015.

The Red Sox rebounded to win 93 games and the AL East in each of the past two seasons, but were bounced from the ALDS, winning just one game out of seven in the two years combined.

Farrell previously managed the Blue Jays for two seasons before switching over the Red Sox, where he had previously been the pitching coach from 2007-10.

Due to stage one lymphoma, Farrell missed the final several weeks of the 2015 season, but returned to the helm to begin the 2016 season.

Red Sox club president Dave Dombrowski will hold a news conference later Wednesday morning to further discuss the move and perhaps give an idea about the direction in which the club will head for a new skipper.
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Despite finishing in first place the Red Sox local tv ratings were down 15 percent while the Yankees local tv ratings rose 56 percent. More people watched Girardi make endless pitching changes over John Farrell's many(too many to count) managerial goofs.
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Hey Dombrowski, you have a nice payroll, veteran laden team who can compete for a World Series... how about Ausmus??? Fucker.
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Hey Dombrowski, you have a nice payroll, veteran laden team who can compete for a World Series... how about Ausmus??? Fucker.
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Firing Farrell was the absolute right now. Now we'll see who they'll turn to for that power bat. They'll have an opening at first base and they may splurge on Eric Hosmer. It'll be interesting to see if they go after JD Martinez considering the players they have in that outfield.
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Firing Farrell was the absolute right now. Now we'll see who they'll turn to for that power bat. They'll have an opening at first base and they may splurge on Eric Hosmer. It'll be interesting to see if they go after JD Martinez considering the players they have in that outfield.
JD might hit 50+ in that park... that would be a phenomenal signing. But the Yankees would be wiser to sign him.
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Gardenhire is headed to Detroit.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/259076...s-new-manager/
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Nats let Baker go.
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2nd most wins in MLB since 2012 and soon to be on their 5th manager. Amazing
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Baker was 192-132 in his two seasons with the Nats.
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Wow, that is a stunning, baffling move. I don't see the logic unless the GM loves Farrell or something.
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The Nats should drive the Brinks truck up to Matheny’s house.
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Obviously the Nats could've easily won the NLDS with a couple breaks, but maybe they figured Dusty doesn't make his own breaks. I'm sure the bizarre Strasburg game 4 thing didn't help either.

I'm surprised but not shocked.
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Cubs offense couldn’t generate offense outside of homeruns in the NLCS so they do the obvious move and fire the pitching coach.
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Re: MLB 2017-18 Off-Season & Hot Stove Thread

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Cubs offense couldn’t generate offense outside of homeruns in the NLCS so they do the obvious move and fire the pitching coach.
That's a big surprise to me because Bosio is generally credited with the surge of Jake Arietta. But it's true that they've thrown a lot of guys against the wall with little success, and we've already talked about the Justin Wilson disaster. I'm sure coaches get too much credit and too much blame, but I didn't think Bosio would take the fall. Their hitting also needs work.
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Sounds like Joe wants to hire his buddy who the Rays let go a few weeks ago.
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Re: MLB 2017-18 Off-Season & Hot Stove Thread

And I still can't give a damn about a league made up of haves and have nots where the haves make up 75% of the Championship Series teams.

The Red Sox have a winning record, win their division, and fire their manager. Most small/mid market teams would kill for that kind of record. (Boston has had only FOUR losing seasons in the last 30 years, and the Dodgers have had only six losing seasons out of the last 30, with only two losing seasons in the last 17! And that's during the McCourt era!)

Just goes to show what a competitive joke MLB is.

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Sounds like Joe wants to hire his buddy who the Rays let go a few weeks ago.
That explanation probably makes more sense than blaming Bosio, kinda like when they hired Maddon.
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And I still can't give a damn about a league made up of haves and have nots where the haves make up 75% of the Championship Series teams.

The Red Sox have a winning record, win their division, and fire their manager. Most small/mid market teams would kill for that kind of record. (Boston has had only FOUR losing seasons in the last 30 years, and the Dodgers have had only six losing seasons out of the last 30, with only two losing seasons in the last 17! And that's during the McCourt era!)

Just goes to show what a competitive joke MLB is.
I have no love for Farrell. He went for his “dream” job while he was still with the Jays.
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