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With regard to Team Joe, I would submit Smoky Joe Williams as SP over Jose Fernandez, Joe Cronin over Sewell at SS.

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Regarding the rankings, perhaps you should be a little patient before making definitive statements about teams when they've played about 50 games of a 162 game season. Give it a little more "as of now."

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I thought Steve Yeager played the Yankees closer in the movie?

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Just letting you know that someone out here appreciated the Joe Shlabotnick reference. Good grief. :)

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The man's been a butt of enough jokes, and maybe he isn't even alive any more, but it seems Willie Mays the councilman was a perpetual teenager trying to distance himself from his name. In search of his own identity.

That clubs flaunted the "control" they had over players, that they outright tried to screw them over, did seem outrageous at the time, but now that certain scores basically automatically trigger position players pitching, I'm numb to it. It seems like small potatoes.

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Could we see a division winner with a sub-.500 record this year? I know we’ve had sub-.500 playoff teams but I bet no division winners. The balanced schedule this year could make it happen in the AL Central!

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Just to complicate things, aren’t Miguel Cabrera and Al Pujols actually named Jose?

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My understanding is that we're way past the cutoff for gaining a year of control, and that after the end of April (more or less), teams are waiting to pass the (approximate) Super Two deadline.

Did the dates change in the latest CBA, or is Joe just conflating the two things?

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I just hope he’s not called up before June 7th. I’m going to see him in Columbus.

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Joe, what if we want an ebook?

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Noted with interest Joe's reference to George Springer turning the early dough down, and immediately thought of Jon Singleton, who signed a 10 million dollar contract and then played 114 games in the majors, hitting .171.

So the rule of thumb appears to be: bet on yourself when dealing with MLB (unless you're a pothead, in which case, sign that sucker and get yourself some SNAX.)

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Service time "manipulation" makes it sound underhanded and shady. It's not. There are rules. Everyone agreed to the rules. Everybody is following the rules. And teams will go right up to the edge of the rules, if that's what they see as their best interest. There's no basis for complaint.

If the rules said that 5 games on a minor league roster is all it took to deny a player a full year of major league service time, then teams would keep their prospects down for exactly 5 games. If the rules said it took 30 games, then some team would keep its prospects down for exactly 30 games. No matter where you draw the line, someone will walk right up to it, if that's to their advantage.

Is it "manipulation" to intentionally walk Barry Bonds with the bases loaded? No. Is it "manipulation" to trade all your stars for position players and tank for a few years as you rebuild? No. Is it "manipulation" to play three infielders to one side of second base? Didn't used to be. Then they changed the rule. And now you see middle infielders playing as close to second base as the rules allow. It's legal. Get over it.

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Take this with the appropriate grain of salt as I have zero marketing background - and this would not apply to me as I already pre-ordered - but what about some promotional tie in for whoever’s pre-order gives you the record back? Like maybe a signed/inscribed picture of you popping the champagne sent to the person along with their copy of the book?

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Trout doesn't steal because he's cautious about injuries. His sprint speed has held up remarkably well and he's still a monster going down the line, hence the continued lack of GIDP.

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Joe - getting nervous about your Rangers prediction of them falling back to Earth? That why you took 10 wins away from their record at 21-18?

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wish i could afford the book (and even if i could, don't have a bank acct, let alone any way to do online transactions), but i'm sure your other loyal readers will rise to the challenge; can't let Mike beat you & toast your shortfall...

that said, my Giants have actually scrambled to around .500, giving me a small glimmer of hope

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