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Old 04-10-2006, 05:19 PM   #136
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well to be fair, being better than jeff weaver isn't really much of an accomplishment...

what's next... "his accuracy is much better than rick ankiel's"
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Old 04-10-2006, 07:28 PM   #137
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During yesterday's Sock/Royal game, Ken "Hawk" Harrelson put it out there that he though we were seeing a "juiced" ball.

On the way home from work today Steve Stone was commenting on the same issue citing the Rockies performance at PetCo park.

Any thoughts on this?
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juiced ball, juiced players, juiced juice... who knows.

it's why i laugh at the whole steroid thing being so unfair to the fair history of baseball...
--the mound has been raised and lowered to help or hurt the pitcher
--the strike zone has been widened and shrunk
--the stadiums have been huge, then small, then big again, and now are small once more
--stadiums in atlanta (where hank aaron played), arizona and esp. colorado give hitters an unfair advantage due to altitude
--babe ruth never faced a black pitcher
--the early era of baseball was considered to be the "dead ball" era, because so little homeruns were hit... around the time that ruth came around, all of a sudden the ball became more "live"
--spitballs used to be legal
--the year ruth hit 60, there was a rule in place that said that if a ball cleared the fence in fair territory but landed in foul territory, it was a foul ball... ruth lost 3 or 4 homeruns that season due to that rule.

etc. etc. etc.

there has never been a "level" playing field in baseball. they've been changing the rules to fit the era since the game first began.
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Juiced balls and 'roids are two completely separate issues.

It should be easy to tell if this year's ball has been wound tighter than last year's ball -- all you have to do is take a couple balls, drop them onto a hard surface, and see how high they bounce.

But even if the ball is juiced, at least you know everybody's pitching and hitting the same ball. Roger Maris might be pissed if it helps somebody hit more home runs than him, but he's dead, so who cares.

Steroids are different. The problem is not that they make you stronger and help you train better. The problem is that they can seriously fuck up your body and your nervous system. The use of steroids is grossly unfair to players who don't use them because they don't want to screw up their lives.
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During yesterday's Sock/Royal game, Ken "Hawk" Harrelson put it out there that he though we were seeing a "juiced" ball.

On the way home from work today Steve Stone was commenting on the same issue citing the Rockies performance at PetCo park.

Any thoughts on this?
I think that maybe Steve Stone and the rest of the league are in such shock at the fact that the Rockies are for real and can hit outside of Denver this year.

I for one do not need any "juiced exlpanation". I simply believe that Cory Sullivan and Brad Hawpe can swing the bat. Heck everyone in the lineup except maybe Ardoin can hit.

I hate the fact that if the Rockies score 10 at home, it's because they play at altitude, and if they score 10 at PetCo, the balls are juiced.
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I'm impressed that they can score ten runs with a juiced ball.

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Old 04-11-2006, 11:17 AM   #142
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Anyone catch the espn piece on Darren "Dutch" Daulton?

Apparently he's gone nuts.

He flies at night when he sleeps
He time travels to anywhere he wants to
and he has official word that the world will end on 12/21/2012
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4 days before Christmas....I'm not spending any money on presents that year.
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i blame lenny dykstra
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Old 04-11-2006, 01:19 PM   #145
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I blame Mitch Williams
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Old 04-11-2006, 02:23 PM   #146
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So far, no bean ball in DC. I think they are waiting for tomorrow, they don't want to muck up opening day @ RFK.
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ya know... i'm torn. david wright is an RBI machine, and beltran is not a good run producer... he's a natural 2 hitter. they should switch them... but i am loving how they keep pitching around delgado to pitch to wright instead, 'cause he keeps knocking in runs. i mean shit... he had over 100 RBIs last year and he spent half the season batting 7th in a lineup that struggled to score runs. he just has a knack for driving in runs... whereas beltran has a knack for not driving in runs.
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Bronson Arroyo just hit another home run for the Reds.

Who knew when the Reds traded for him that they would get the same offensive production as they did from Wily Mo Pena?
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the red sox give away a pitcher and he turns into a slugger?
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Old 04-11-2006, 04:01 PM   #150
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Mets have such a deep line up capable of scoring lots of runs. If one guy doesn't get you, the next guy will. It's the deepest line up they've had in a long time (and possibly ever)

KC is giving the Yanks a scare today.
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