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That doesn't equate to "hideous."  That just furthers my belief that it looks bland and soulless.
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I think without the statue, the ballpark would be fine.

have you been there?  It feels like watching a game inside of a shopping mall.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Bryce Harper 2018 and beyond
« Last post by Elvir Ovcina on Today at 12:56:36 PM »
I don't think range is an issue.  If you put a lefthander in a spot played normally by righthanders, just move him two feet to his left from where a righthander would play.

Wait, why to his left?  Wouldn't you put him a bit  to his right, so there are fewer balls he'd need to spin or turn on after fielding with his momentum carrying him away from the direction of the throw?  I get that it puts more plays on the backhand to do it that way, but any lefty thrower you put at any of these positions would need to be pretty slick on the backhand anyway. 

Take the example of a lefty 3B.  I want him closer to the line than an equivalent righthander, so there are fewer balls on which he has to field while planting his right foot, then pivot or spin, shift his weight against the momentum, and throw.  Putting him closer to the line allows him more of chance to field those balls dead-center or circle in on choppers so he can take them with his body already in the right direction.   In constrast, anything to his left is a backhand, but fielding it puts his weight on his back foot for throwing, so all he has to do is pivot and throw, with his momentum already carrying him towards first. 
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I think without the statue, the ballpark would be fine.

Yeah, hideous isn't how I would describe that park.  I wouldn't call it good, either, but it strikes me as surprisingly bland (aside from the statue) for such an expensive park located in Miami.  That's why the statue is so important to that team's joke of an identity.
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The Clubhouse / Re: 2018-2019 Offseason Moves
« Last post by Natsinpwc on Today at 10:23:33 AM »
And yet there are some pitchers who make big bucks and seem worth it. That’s why GMs get paid. To differentiate.  Not so easy to do.
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The Clubhouse / Re: 2018-2019 Offseason Moves
« Last post by Ray D on Today at 10:07:45 AM »


Not just to pick on Strasburg, there are MANY elite (based on what they are earning) pitchers out there -- David Price would be another one -- who really are no better than any number of lower-paid hurlers, much lower-paid!!.

If I were GM of a playoff team that had Price, he wouldn't be on the playoff roster.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Bryce Harper 2018 and beyond
« Last post by Ray D on Today at 10:06:01 AM »
Yes, also third, because the third baseman has more situations in which he needs to range to his right when there are shifts.
I don't think range is an issue.  If you put a lefthander in a spot played normally by righthanders, just move him two feet to his left from where a righthander would play.
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The Clubhouse / Re: Bryce Harper 2018 and beyond
« Last post by Ray D on Today at 10:03:43 AM »
With shifts increasing and the SS playing to the right of SB a more often would that make it harder for a lefty to play short?
Well you'll need one guy among the second and third baseman and shortstop who's righthanded and position him as the pivot man on a doubleplay on a ball hit to the left side.  On the other hand, when a team puts on a shift, aren't they mostly giving up on the doubleplay?
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That part of Miami (well, really all of Miami, but that part in particular) is where tasteful understatement goes to die.  Might as well paint that sculpture gold and cover it with sparkles.  Wrap it in neon tubes and have it belch clouds of purple Bollywood dust. 
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It fit the ballpark, which itself is hideous.
I think without the statue, the ballpark would be fine.
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