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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs' Prospects FUTUREBONER thread on: April 24, 2015, 12:30:47 PM
That's fair.

I guess I don't know where the notion that he might sucks comes from.  Outside of his half-season at AA last year--which many people feel followed a premature promotion-- his numbers--while not great--are not necessarily awful.

Take a look for yourself:

2012 Boise (15 games): .292/.292/.446/.738
2012 AFL (18 games): .347/.363/.480/.843
2013 Kane County (61 games): .329/.376/.466/.842
2014 Daytona (89 games): .283/.306/.406/.712
2014 Tennessee (36 games): .234/.250/.355/.605
2015 Tennessee (13 games): .273/.323/.327/.650
232 Minor League Games: .293/.322/.418/.740

Again, that bottom line is not exactly world-beater stuff, but it's not exactly horrid.   it's not unreasonable to think that those numbers can be improved--particularly when there's already a pretty significant upgrade in his BA/OBP/OPS at AA in his 13 games this year compared to his 36 last year--even better when you see the drop in SLG (which can be attributed to a change in approach) and yet his OPS has gone up 50 points.

Forgive me for not throwing in the towel on the kid and daring to use such nebulous factors like Gold Glove defense and a good head on his shoulders to point to as to why I think he still has a chance to develop into a useful--possibly above-average-- ballplayer.  Your fire and bluster has failed to convince me otherwise at this point.

If you look at his line

I'm not actually writing him off. I'm just, how you say, "down" on him. His stock fell, and has yet to rise. Of course he's got talent and could figure shit out, he was a first round pick. But there've been a thousand guys with his talent who have sucked and then just kept on sucking. So if I were to keep score, my "Reason to think Almora Will Probably be Bad" currently outnumbers my "Reasons to Think He'll Be Good" column. But I haven't written him off entirely becuase it turns out I'm not the GM of the Cubs and all I get to do is see how this plays out.

To your last point, the proper way to do this is to express no opinion, then wait a few months or years to see who ends up being wrong and never let them forget it.

Jesus, it's like you've never even used the internet before.
2  General Category / On-Hoops.com / Re: 2014-15 Bulls "Shit is Getting Real" Thread on: April 24, 2015, 11:41:43 AM
Especially with Noah blocking like a pulling guard for him.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: I admit it... on: April 23, 2015, 02:01:18 PM
... I'd start a Firebarn Jonathan Herrera thread if I didn't think those things were a little out of hand already.

FYE!

You need a job. 

+1

Shoutbox banned at work=a lot more time posting here.

Oh, fuck. I really am young Fork. God help me.

Use your phone to SBox.

The 3G/4G connection in this place is appalling and there's no WI-Fi. Well there is, but it's password protected for managers and whatnot.

Get a new job

 Or no job. That works pretty well.

WHERE THE HELL IS MY NEXT EPISODE OF YOUR PODCAST?!?

Talk to Ali. It's her damn play and  fears of a lost voice holding it up. We've even watched the movie. It's a classic, too.

IRON EAGLE?????

Less jets. More imaginary martial arts.

GYMKATA?!?
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: I admit it... on: April 23, 2015, 01:39:52 PM
... I'd start a Firebarn Jonathan Herrera thread if I didn't think those things were a little out of hand already.

FYE!

You need a job. 

+1

Shoutbox banned at work=a lot more time posting here.

Oh, fuck. I really am young Fork. God help me.

Use your phone to SBox.

The 3G/4G connection in this place is appalling and there's no WI-Fi. Well there is, but it's password protected for managers and whatnot.

Get a new job

 Or no job. That works pretty well.

WHERE THE HELL IS MY NEXT EPISODE OF YOUR PODCAST?!?
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2015: The Back To The Future Season on: April 23, 2015, 01:37:55 PM
Guys, when the fuck did we start not blaming players for being worthless sacks of shit? It's a disturbing trend, that leads to the acceptance of Gutless Fucking Assholery.

This is the problem with Desipio being a closed shop.  We're all getting older, and milder, and there's no new, young blood to remind us of when we used to be fucking PUNK, man.

The only thing worse than punks are people who used to be punks, man.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Twatheads Twittering on: April 22, 2015, 03:01:06 PM
Arrieta's been on a Twitter rampage the last few days (@JArrieta34) and he's actually kinda witty.

I followed him just for this:

https://twitter.com/JArrieta34/status/590954978388353027
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Addison Russell's Barry Larkin-esque 2040 HOF Primer Thread on: April 21, 2015, 09:31:06 PM
So, Mike Olt to the 60-day DL and Alcantara to Iowa. Without Baez, Iowa's lineup is a sadness bowl. Maybe Vogelbach will get promoted in a few weeks and Baez can come back from being with his family. Other than that...we have Schwarber to sploosh over and...? Brian McKinney? C. J. Edwards? Jake Stinnett? Yeah there's still lot of sploosh left in this nut canister.

Is Brian McKinney related to Billy McKinney?

And yeah my hope is at least a midseason promotion to Iowa for Schwarber and Vogelbach so I can watch some fat guy homers.

I'm kidding, because I will have like a 2 month old baby and I will never do anything fun again.

The trick is to brainwash yourself into believing the things you do with the baby are more fun than any of the awesome things you did before they were born, like Cyndi Lauper karaoke, hailing cabs, and wearing belts.

Errrr...
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Jake Arrieta Premature Ejaculation Thread on: April 21, 2015, 11:37:20 AM
Nice to have a #1-B Ace that's able to slot in front of Lester in a playoff series been able to pick up Lester until the latter straightens his shit out. 

Best starter by far'd.



Let the record show that Pen is literally structuring the playoff rotation in April.

I haven't been able to sit down since Opening Day.

And it's driving Huey insane.
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: April 20, 2015, 06:10:28 PM
Like I mentioned in another thread, I listened to Murph for about 15 minutes on Saturday. I forgot he even existed until then. In those 15 minutes he...

   Complained that the pitcher hitting 8th means Bryant has no protection in the lineup, and proposed that Rizzo or Soler hit after him... because of the pitcher hitting eighth.
   Complained about players that wear their hats crooked.
   Complained about Baez taking so much time off to grieve for his dead sister.
   Suggested that Maddon teach the outfielders to intentionally kick balls into the ivy to stop runners from advancing.
   Ran through every "Epstink is terrible" meme you can imagine, and said any GM could build a winning team if all he did was tank for four years and get number one draft picks. Right... because guys like Arrieta and Rizzo were number one picks made by the Cubs under Theo. He also said that Hendry only had a crappy farm system because he traded away all the good players to try to win at the major league level. Well maybe he shouldn't have done that then.

Maybe it was 20 minutes.


I am getting kinda meatball on the pitcher hitting 8th myself. It's probably not actually hurting them that much, I just don't see too many scenarios where having Jonathan Herrerra on base for Fowler about 20% of the time is that useful either. I just haven't seen enough of a benefit to get over my initial feeling of disgust at it because it reminds me too much of The Genius.

Otherwise I have no idea who this Murphy guy is but he sounds awful.

Murph is an interesting case because he's somehow managed to hang around in Chicago radio for years despite the fact that he is A. Utterly incompetent and terrible at it in every way and B. Completely and utterly despised by everyone in the industry, except maybe Fred Huebner.

It's one thing to really good at your job and act like an asshole, and yet another to be terrible at your job but likable, but this guy's career mystifies me.  Boers & Bernstein used to openly attack his show on the air and Mike Mulligan basically called him an asshole to his face on air. 

In short, fuck Mike Murphy.

What station is giving him airtime? I thought he was in San Francisco given B&B's "not far enough" meme whenever Murph's name comes up.

Last I recall, ESPN 1000 was giving him some airtime on weekends.
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: April 20, 2015, 04:06:39 PM
Like I mentioned in another thread, I listened to Murph for about 15 minutes on Saturday. I forgot he even existed until then. In those 15 minutes he...

   Complained that the pitcher hitting 8th means Bryant has no protection in the lineup, and proposed that Rizzo or Soler hit after him... because of the pitcher hitting eighth.
   Complained about players that wear their hats crooked.
   Complained about Baez taking so much time off to grieve for his dead sister.
   Suggested that Maddon teach the outfielders to intentionally kick balls into the ivy to stop runners from advancing.
   Ran through every "Epstink is terrible" meme you can imagine, and said any GM could build a winning team if all he did was tank for four years and get number one draft picks. Right... because guys like Arrieta and Rizzo were number one picks made by the Cubs under Theo. He also said that Hendry only had a crappy farm system because he traded away all the good players to try to win at the major league level. Well maybe he shouldn't have done that then.

Maybe it was 20 minutes.


I am getting kinda meatball on the pitcher hitting 8th myself. It's probably not actually hurting them that much, I just don't see too many scenarios where having Jonathan Herrerra on base for Fowler about 20% of the time is that useful either. I just haven't seen enough of a benefit to get over my initial feeling of disgust at it because it reminds me too much of The Genius.

Otherwise I have no idea who this Murphy guy is but he sounds awful.

Murph is an interesting case because he's somehow managed to hang around in Chicago radio for years despite the fact that he is A. Utterly incompetent and terrible at it in every way and B. Completely and utterly despised by everyone in the industry, except maybe Fred Huebner.

It's one thing to really good at your job and act like an asshole, and yet another to be terrible at your job but likable, but this guy's career mystifies me.  Boers & Bernstein used to openly attack his show on the air and Mike Mulligan basically called him an asshole to his face on air. 

In short, fuck Mike Murphy.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs' Prospects FUTUREBONER thread on: April 20, 2015, 02:59:52 PM
Javy Baez will take a leave of absence from the Iowa Cubs because of the death of his sister, Noely Baez. The two were reportedly very close. Rotoworld says she passed away suddenly at 21.

Shit man, that sucks.

This is so sad. Here's a bit more about her:

http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/66112700/

12 days since his sister died and the I-Cubs still haven't heard from him at all.

All we know is that the manager told the newspaper that he hasn't heard anything from him. Someone in the Cubs organization probably knows what's going on and they're probably respecting his privacy. Don't over-Rosenbloom this.

Yeah no shit. I read the article and Pen sensationalized the shit out of that. You'd think he was off crying shirtless in a club somewhere like Vince Young the way Pen phrased it.

In Pen's defense, he did say the Iowa Cubs haven't heard from him yet...

I stand by my reporting of that report.

I listened to Murph for about 15 minutes on Saturday, which was more than any human should be able to take, and he was being an asswipe about Baez not being back yet. So anyone that questions Javy's absence is as bad as Mike Murphy.

Jesus Christ, someone is actually bitching about a guy having the gall to not rush back from the death of his 21 year old sister to play baseball games in fucking Iowa? I hate people. I'll give Pen credit, he wasn't doing that.

Referring to Mike Murphy as "someone" is probably giving him too much credit though.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Dexter Fowler Center Field of Splooge Thread on: April 17, 2015, 06:40:03 PM
God damn it, people. Are you slapdicks being soft on LaTroy? Fuck that guy ten thousand times. If I had a FIREBARN ready at the time, he'd have gone up like a Snork dipped in Todd Hundley's 180 proof sweat.

Bort is the only one here that has half a brain (besides me of course).

From some dead guy that used to show up here:

Quote
Low Point: Even though I had some bad moments during my time with the Cubs, I have to say that I never felt lower than toward the end of the 2004 season. Remember when we had a 1.5-game lead over the Giants for the NL Wild Card, and we were in New York facing the Mets with a three-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the 9th? Yeah, sorry about that game-tying three-run bomb I served up to Victor Diaz. I guess you could argue that the blown save game them the chance to win that game in the bottom of the 11th inning 4-3, leaving us with only a half game lead in the Wild Card standings.

I tried to make up for it in my very next outing on September 29, 2004, when I came in against the Reds with a 2-1 lead in the top of the 9th at Wrigley. We were tied with the Giants for the Wild Card before the game. I got the first two outs, and everyone thought we might jump into the lead. And then I gave up a triple and a double to tie the game. That set up a two-run, 12th-inning home run by Austin Kearns. We lost 4-3, lost the Wild Card lead, and never recovered.

What the fuck is wrong with you people.
Where to start?  I have met only two of you in person, Fork and Apex.  Hardly a representative sample.


Hey!  What the fuck, man? That sushi dinner meant something to ME!
Was that you? After the 5th beer I could have sworn that I was meeting with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

This is the best thing I've read on the internet this week.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: April 15, 2015, 09:40:01 PM
Jesus Christ.

How about we get to May before we start building next year's team?

We've been building next year's team for four years. What's crawled up your butt about it now?

I started paying attention again.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: April 15, 2015, 09:27:58 PM
Jesus Christ.

How about we get to May before we start building next year's team?
15  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Justified on: April 15, 2015, 01:00:38 PM
The whole goddamn thing was outstanding.  There were just a ton of little moments in that final episode that stuck me as...perfect.

Sam Elliot pulling up that chair to Ava.
Ava's gasp when Boyd pulled the trigger on that empty chamber.
Loretta stepping on Boon's hand.
Boyd's kid having his shirt buttoned all the way up.

Funny that Boyd, a character who was supposed to die in the pilot of the show managed to make it out alive.

I couldn't agree more on Wynn Duffy.

I will miss this show a ton, but there's something to be said for it going out at the peak of its powers.
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