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Old 05-20-2021, 12:57 AM   #121
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I think I bitched about this in this thread already but like Espn and yahoo and every entity ever needs to stop sending push notifications for no hitters. 10 years ago they were special, when you were lucky to see one every other 200 games per team, not every 20 games.
i actually just shut off the notifications from the MLB app today. i always liked getting the pings when it was mostly shit happening in the phillies game if i wasn't able to watch, but lately it's 4 pings a day about shohei ohtani and a "NO NO WATCH" ping every half-inning if any random pitcher gets past 6 innings without giving up a hit. way way way too much.
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Old 05-20-2021, 06:54 AM   #122
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You get a no hitter. And you get a no hitter. And you get a no hitter.

Kluber’s was fun though.
Figures, I fell asleep watching this game and didn't find out until the morning about the No No. Glad I DVRed it and saw the end this morning. They have become more common, but they'll always be special. I can't believe its been 22 years since the Yankees' last one.
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Old 05-20-2021, 08:39 AM   #123
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This is the inevitable result of the increasing influence of data, analytics and technology on the sport. And baseball isn't alone.

Data discovers a tendency --> teams who exploit these tendencies start to win --> every team follows the data --> we begin to train our young kids differently because "the game has changed" --> the gap widens between what's a tendency vs. expectation
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Old 05-20-2021, 08:44 AM   #124
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I think I bitched about this in this thread already but like Espn and yahoo and every entity ever needs to stop sending push notifications for no hitters. 10 years ago they were special, when you were lucky to see one every other 200 games per team, not every 20 games.
Yeah, I'm thinking I should run out and buy some new furniture pronto...

https://www.jordans.com/shop/red-sox-no-hitter
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Old 05-20-2021, 01:07 PM   #125
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This is the inevitable result of the increasing influence of data, analytics and technology on the sport. And baseball isn't alone. capitalism

Data discovers a tendency --> teams who exploit these tendencies start to win --> every team follows the data --> we begin to train our young kids differently because "the game has changed" --> the gap widens between what's a tendency vs. expectation
Fixed that for you. I'll take the liberty of quoting someone from another message board (no, not the Jacobin), who I think puts his finger on the issue here:

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In Christopher Leonard’s Kochland, there’s a lengthy chapter about how about fifteen years ago, a Portland, Ore. paper-products warehouse union was ripped apart by Koch-led changes to how employees were tracked. They, like Amazon and other hyperscaled warehouses, implemented systems wherein all employees would have their forklift routes tracked and compared to the most efficient paths; their bathroom breaks and non-essential coworker interactions would be counted to the second; and their time-missed logs would be aggressively pitted against their coworkers’. It made their workers’ lives miserable and ultimately created a schism between the people who wanted to keep their decent wages and those who wanted to push back and demand more humane working conditions. Guess who won!

The systems that management implemented were mere tools for a particular outcome: to maximize shareholder, i.e. Charles and David Koch, value. Why do you think baseball teams implement their systems? To make the game boring? Less fun to watch? Less fun to play? No, it’s very clearly to win games and sell their range of products for more money. Championships mean higher ticket prices. They mean better TV deals. They mean millions in merchandising revenue. An easier sell to local governments when asking for tax dollars. It’s not that complicated.
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Old 05-20-2021, 02:12 PM   #126
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I mean sure, everything in professional sports is tied to the almighty dollar one way or another but in this case I do believe it's more about over using a tool in search of a competitive edge.

In baseball's case this is actually hurting the product for the owners, not helping.
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Old 05-20-2021, 02:38 PM   #127
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I mean sure, everything in professional sports is tied to the almighty dollar one way or another but in this case I do believe it's more about over using a tool in search of a competitive edge.

In baseball's case this is actually hurting the product for the owners, not helping.
Pre-pandemic revenues and profits were at an all time high, so not sure you are right on your second point. Sure, it may hurt them in the long term, but having a monopoly secured by Congress helps.
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Pre-pandemic revenues and profits were at an all time high, so not sure you are right on your second point. Sure, it may hurt them in the long term, but having a monopoly secured by Congress helps.
Offense was also up, pre pandemic.
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A random Youtube video just taught me there is such a thing as an infinite ERA.
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Old 05-31-2021, 03:01 AM   #130
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I'm ready to watch baseball again. Thank you, Javy Baez.


(Yes, I'm a few days late.)
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Cubs looking GOOD lately. Weird that it’s the Reds who seem to have their number when they were able to sweep the Dodgers earlier this month.
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Old 05-31-2021, 06:29 PM   #132
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I'll be honest, today was the first game I've been able to actually sit down and watch all season. But at least I picked a great one.
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Your FIRST PLACE Chicago Cubs!

The Chicago Cubs keep getting injured -- and keep winning

Even more impressive.
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Old 06-01-2021, 11:22 PM   #134
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Cubs now 2 for 2 when I'm watching. Just saying....>_>

But for real, I don't know why it took me until almost June to realize I could watch the games while I was working. My WFH setup is actually really good for it. I should've been doing this all season, not to mention last year.
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Old 06-02-2021, 05:30 PM   #135
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I'm still seeing people on social media suggest that the Cubs should be sellers and it's driving me a little mad.
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Wow, everything is really going to shit here in Marinersville. Best pitcher so far? Out with shoulder inflammation. The one big free agent acquisition? Tommy John surgery after less than two innings. Former rookie of the year? Torn meniscus in a knee that was already severely damaged by some dickwad catcher in low A in 2016 and caused him to miss basically two years of development. Top prospect? Insanely unlucky and insanely frustrated failing for the first time in his life. Best pitcher from last year? Spent six weeks on the shelf. Best reliever? Antivaxxer who got covid. Best pitcher from last year? Hard regression.
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Its a sticky situation.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:20 AM   #139
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kinda wild to think that this is basically the point where the regular season ended last year, and we've still got 3.5 months of regular season baseball left to play this year.
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In my eyes the 2020 baseball season didn't actually exist.
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