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The Clubhouse / Re: Curly W Cap Sightings (2016)
« Last post by JCA-CrystalCity on Yesterday at 04:58:23 PM »
You have already had success as a teacher.
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The Clubhouse / Re: 2015-2016 Offseason Discussion Thread
« Last post by JCA-CrystalCity on Yesterday at 04:57:23 PM »
Ray - to translate 1 win above average on D to WAR, a full time guy who is average on offense and a win above average on D would be worth about 3 WAR.  Of course, Danny's offense is likely to pull that down some, so he likely is not a 3 WAR player.  To adjust from average from replacement, you figure in playing time with full time being worth about 2 wins.  There are further adjustments for defensive position, but when Elvir says a win above average on D, I'm taking him to mean relative to SS, not relative to all position players. 
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The Clubhouse / Re: Fans' Choice Bobblehead in 2016
« Last post by HalfSmokes on Yesterday at 04:53:02 PM »
I was hoping for a talking doll with a string or a button that when you pull or press it it says, "That's a Clown Question Bro" or "Where's my ring?"

bryce harper looking forlornly at Tiffanys bobblehead?
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The Clubhouse / Re: Fans' Choice Bobblehead in 2016
« Last post by JCA-CrystalCity on Yesterday at 04:50:46 PM »
Side note: There will be a Bryce Harper Chia Pet giveaway .
I was hoping for a talking doll with a string or a button that when you pull or press it it says, "That's a Clown Question Bro" or "Where's my ring?"
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The Red Loft / Re: Food and How you Cook/Eat it (2016)
« Last post by Ali the Baseball Cat on Yesterday at 04:38:41 PM »
The 3/4 cup of sherry leaves a healthy slug for the cook
Making a cake for an office event on Thursday. Got the recipe from my brother-in-law's wife. She made it at Christmas and it was excellent. I made it a week later and really liked it then too. Super-easy. My comments in parentheses.

"Wine Cake"

1 package yellow cake mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup sherry (DO NOT use cooking sherry! It's too salty. Use the real stuff, Taylor's or Harvey's Bristol Cream.)
3/4 cup vegetable oil (or corn oil, which is what I use)
1 tsp nutmeg
3 eggs

Beat everything for 5 minutes at high speed. Put in greased Bundt pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. (I start the timer at 40 minutes and take it out early if it's done.)

Dust with powdered sugar when cool. (Don't let it cool too long lest it stick to the pan.)
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The Farm / Re: 2016 draft watch
« Last post by Kevrock on Yesterday at 04:33:28 PM »
Top 20, probably top 10.
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The Clubhouse / Re: 2015-2016 Offseason Discussion Thread
« Last post by Elvir Ovcina on Yesterday at 04:30:42 PM »
Is that one win above replacement (as in WAR) or does "above average" mean something different than "above replacement" in which case I suppose that means he's better than 1 WAR.

As stated - above league average.

From watching him, I think he'd be one of the best defensive SS in the game if he played every day for a full season.  He has elite range, elite arm, and is probably about the best I've ever seen at turning a DP.  He's also one of our best baserunners if not the best.  If he could hit .240, take some walks, hit 20 homers, he'd be one of the top SS in the NL.

I'm concerned about his throwing accuracy.  I've seen him play SS a few times and it's stuck with me that he sprayed it around a bit much for my comfort.  That may have just been rust. But I think he'll be a good SS, at least on defense. Offense is the usual Danny Espinosa lottery ticket every at-bat.
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The Clubhouse / Re: 2015-2016 Offseason Discussion Thread
« Last post by Ray D on Yesterday at 04:21:41 PM »
but Espinosa's major league statistics at SS suggest he's worth about 1 win above average

Is that one win above replacement (as in WAR) or does "above average" mean something different than "above replacement" in which case I suppose that means he's better than 1 WAR.
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The Clubhouse / Re: 2015-2016 Offseason Discussion Thread
« Last post by nfotiu on Yesterday at 04:21:03 PM »
I suspect you're just being contrarian per your usual MO, but Espinosa's major league statistics at SS suggest he's worth about 1 win above average per year at SS on defense and that he's actually better at SS than 2B.  It doesn't change that he's not a good hitter and it's based on a small sample, but it's not "nothing."

From watching him, I think he'd be one of the best defensive SS in the game if he played every day for a full season.  He has elite range, elite arm, and is probably about the best I've ever seen at turning a DP.  He's also one of our best baserunners if not the best.  If he could hit .240, take some walks, hit 20 homers, he'd be one of the top SS in the NL.
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The Clubhouse / Curly W Cap Sightings (2016)
« Last post by Bloo on Yesterday at 04:12:12 PM »
One of my students was wearing a Harper shirt during field day yesterday.
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