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The free agent floodgates are open Fans

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Welcome to 'Marty's Musings', my week after week segment of numbers summing up the happenings in the baseball world. I'm your aide for investigating the news and notes all through the game, and featuring key pitching matchups over time. With the conduits on new signings last week it was a functioning free specialist market. The Dodgers, Red Sox, and Twins made huge sprinkles causing some projection changes. The Rockies stirred things up of their own.

Houston Revels In Its Vindication Against Astros Haters

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Houston, TX - The Houston Astros may have edged out the NY Yankees as the team to hate, but their fans don’t care - they’re reveling in it. An estimated one million plus Astro fans showed up for the Space City team’s victory parade on Monday after they took down the Phillies 4-1 in game six of the 2022 World Series for their second Championship. As if to taunt the opposition fandom, the crowds chanted the battle cry that rivals had used to challenge the Astros: "We want Houston! We want Houston!" Throughout the season and postseason, Houston showed up for their team in force, and often carried signs with slogans like "Make America Mad Again." In the parade on Monday, third baseman Alex Bregman raised a sign given to him by a fan that read "You wanted Houston, You Got Houston!" The Bayou city’s joy and sense of vindication were voiced by Houston-native, freestyler Wesley Weston Jr., a.k.a. L’il Flip. "I’m grateful, I’m glad, I’m happy we got another one – just to show ‘em," he said in an interview with KHOU11. The Astros angered MLB fans when they used sign-stealing to their advantage and won the 2017 World Series. They used cameras and banging to notify their batters of upcoming pitches. Sign stealing has long been a part of baseball, but an MLB investigation ruled that the Astros’ real-time notifications went too far. Resentment against the Astros has persisted even though the scandal led the MLB to change its rules to prevent similar violations. Not even changes to the team’s leadership nor their make-up (several players have moved on to other clubs) seem to have calmed grudges. But here’s the thing. The Houston Astros reached four World Series in the last six seasons, and three since 2017 – a feat that certainly proves their worth. Space City never doubted their boys. This year’s parade route was double the length of the 2017 bash to accommodate the increased crowd size, and downtown Houston was awash in orange-and-blue Astros gear; crowds five to six rows deep on either side of the route waved flags and pom-poms, danced and threw confetti; some fans cheered from balconies and draped parking garages with Astros banners. Online, Astros supporters toyed with opposition fans and their anger over the team’s leveling up. On Twitter, haters expressed their disdain with comments like "(I) don’t respect y’all, cheaters," which was promptly followed by a supporter’s comment that said "I’m so glad we cheated. More haters = more fun." Another comment charged "Frauds, forever cheaters," which was followed by "Cry harder." And still another jab: "Revenge Tour Completed." Despite the negativity, there is a lot of love for Astros’ manager Dusty Baker, who joined and stabilized the team after its scandal. Sports lovers in the media and social platforms are celebrating Baker’s win, his first in his nearly 30-year career as an MLB manager. At 73, Baker is the oldest manager to clinch the championship, and the third Black manager to do so. A revered figure in baseball, with a history of wins as both a player and a manager, Baker is a crowd favorite, with Houston fans often raising signs that read "Do It For Dusty,’ during the 2022 games. In the parade Monday, the crowds chanted his name as he alternated between waving and raising the trophy. Mosconi Cup 2022 Complete Schedule

MLB Draft Lottery Date Announced

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The inaugural Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday, December 6th from the Winter Meetings in San Diego. MLB Network will be airing a 30-minute lottery reveal show at 5:30 p.m. local time. In previous seasons, the Oakland A's would have had the second overall pick in next year's draft, but the lottery could give them the top overall pick, or it could slide them down the draft board. Along with the Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates, the A's share the best odds at the number one overall pick, with each team holding a 16.5% chance of getting first dibs. The full odds can be found here . A couple of important notes on Baseball's version of the lottery: The first six picks will be determined at random, with the odds for a higher pick associated with how they finished the 2022 season. After the sixth pick is determined, the rest of the draft board is determined by record, like in previous seasons. For instance, if the A's don't end up with one of the top six picks, but the Nationals do, then the A's would have the 7th overall pick since the A's had the second-worst record in baseball, behind Washington. If neither the A's or Nationals land a pick in the lottery (picks 1-6), then the Nationals would get pick seven, and the A's would draft 8th. Eighth is also the lowest that the A's can pick. After the first round, the draft order returns to the previous format, so the A's will have the second pick in each of the subsequent rounds. The last time the A's had the first overall pick, it was in the first-ever MLB Draft in 1965, when they selected outfielder Rick Monday. The A's had the second overall pick in 1966, and selected Reggie Jackson. This will be the 17th time in 58 Drafts that the A's will be picking in the top-10. There is a site dedicated to the upcoming MLB Lottery, where you can click a button and see where the A's could end up picking. Keep in mind, the odds are against the A's moving up to pick first, or even hold onto their second slot, but that's kind of the point of instituting the lottery system. It's meant to incentivize teams to try and compete on a year-to-year basis by taking aware assured high draft picks. In the few times I have clicked around there, the A's have picked 5th, 7th, and 3rd. While you're waiting for the Draft Lottery to role around, check out the interview I did with hard-throwing A's prospect, Mason Miller, for Locked on A's ! How to Watch Mosconi Cup 2022 in US and Canada

Boston Red Sox three days after dad’s death: ‘He was always a pro’

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The veteran lefty said, was to go out and do his job Monday even though he had a heavy heart. And that’s what Hill did, taking the mound for the Red Sox just three days after Lloyd Hill Sr. passed away at 94.

The universal DH is a win-win for teams and players

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While it’s true that such a rule would rob us of the possibility of some incredibly unexpected home runs and big hits by pitchers (Bartolo Colon somehow comes to mind), having the designated hitter in both leagues would actually be good for baseball. It would be good for the game because it can benefit both teams and players. As we have found out during the CBA negotiations, such a development is extremely rare. But fortunately, that’s the case: everyone involved can benefit from the universal DH. Benefits for teams It guarantees a better offensive output: Pitchers slashed .110/.150/.142 in 4,829 plate appearances during the 2021 season, with only 17 home runs. Is that really something most fans would like to see? Yes, some of the ‘strategy’ would be gone with the move, but teams wouldn’t have to worry about a pitcher disrupting the chances of an offensive rally with their offensive ineptitude (or unwillingness, depending on the case)

If Pistons trade Jerami Grant, they’ll need a veteran leader

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The Detroit Pistons are one of the youngest team in the NBA and could get even younger depending on what happens with Jerami Grant. But teams need quality veterans to compete, evidenced by the Phoenix Suns, who went from three straight years at the bottom to one of the best teams in the NBA after adding Chris Paul. The Suns, like the Pistons now, were long the butt everyone’s jokes. The Suns found their star in the draft, added some young talent around him and then got the veteran to push them to the next level. You can watch NFL Live Online easily in USA apart from cable by getting the NFL Game Pass. Problem is the game pass is expensive especially if you’re interested in watching the whole season. However, with PureVPN you can access more affordable options..

Marty’s musings: The free agent floodgates are open Fans

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Welcome to 'Marty's Musings', my week after week segment of numbers summing up the happenings in the baseball world. I'm your aide for investigating the news and notes all through the game, and featuring key pitching matchups over time. With the conduits on new signings last week it was a functioning free specialist market. The Dodgers, Red Sox, and Twins made huge sprinkles causing some projection changes. The Rockies stirred things up of their own.

When expectations aren’t low enough Fans

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This is the principal in a September series featuring probably the best Black journalists and creatives around baseball. First up is author and podcaster Ursula Parson. I was three when Rodney King was seriously beaten by LAPD officials. I was ten when Abner Louima was beaten and sodomized by NYPD officials. I was 11 when Amadou Diallo was gunned down in a whirlwind of 41 shots by NYPD officials before his high rise. On August 23, Jacob Blake was gunned down and debilitated by Kenosha PD officials before his kids. In my whole 33 years of life as a Black individual in the United States, I have in no way ever seen the police as a positive or defensive element inside society, nor have I at any point confided in them. Indeed, even as a kid, I saw them as crude numbskulls, best case scenario. Now that I can shape more nuanced conclusions, I realize that they're individuals from fear monger state armies intended to take care of Black people and mistreat us for the sake of entertainment.

Marshall Files Lawsuit Against Conference USA As School Seeks to Leave League

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Marshall filed a lawsuit against Conference USA on Tuesday in hopes of clearing the way for the program's early exit from the conference. The university's board of governors filed a suit in the Cabell County Circuit Court with hopes of establishing jurisdiction in West Virginia while also securing relief through declaratory judgment as well as preliminary and permanent injunctions as the C-USA moves forward with arbitration.

Titans’ Butler controls field as catcher, but also menaces opposing pitchers

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Coming off a stellar junior baseball season at Poway High, Austin Butler still felt like he needed an edge as he pushed toward playing in college in 2023. As if batting .358 with three home runs and 28 RBIs and being a first-team All-Palomar League selection was not good enough, he worked on his game. Toward that end, Butler visited the weight room a bit more often. "I wanted to get a little stronger,’’ the catcher said. "My legs are fine, but I thought my upper body needed work.’’ He was right. Butler has been a menace for pitchers this spring. How to watch the Rugby World Cup live online, France 2023 international men's rugby tournament.