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Gopherballs

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Friday OT: Yordano Odorizzi Edition

1. Besides Ichiro Youkilis, what is, was, or would be your favorite baseball video game-generated name? 2. Game of Thrones, huh? [please use the spoiler tag -- hightlight the selected text and...

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Friday OT: Home Opening Day and Goodbye Dave

1. Who replaces Letterman? 2. You go to a vegan restaurant. (For those resistant to the premise, you are very hungry, and every place else is closed.) The waiter, Stone, tells you that in...

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Fantasy Baseball Clearinghouse Post 2014

It is that time of year again, and in effort to avoid other threads going off topic or generating a dozen different fanposts on fantasy baseball, here is a designated thread for fantasy baseball...

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Friday OT Thread: Everything is Awesome Edition

1. What is something that is awesome? 2. That is awesome. Woo hoo. So was Harold Ramis. What else is awesome? 3. What were the moral lessons of the United States' involvement in War World I? ...

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Friday OT: Never Ending Darkness Edition

1. Each day of the long, cold month of January brings you one day closer to your ultimate demise. How do you keep the darkness at bay during the longest month of the year? 2. What is your...

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Friday OT: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

1. One of the gold standards of bad movies is Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a late 1970s disco-era musical featuring the music of the Beattles and starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees...

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Friday OT: Cool Treats, Not So Hot Eats

1. Inspired by thelaundry's Steve Delabar joke, Dad says you have been especially good and takes you to Dairy Queen for a frozen treat. What do you get? 2. Aside from dealing with your phone...

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Friday OT: Back But Not Better Than Ever

1. Excluding any games involving the Royals (if you are a geezer and can remember that far back), what is your all-time favorite moment from the baseball playoffs? 2. I recently came across...

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Friday OT: Being on the Fringes of the Playoff Race in Mid-August Once Vindicates the Last 7+ Years Edition

1. Who was your boss who was in way over his or her head and made your life uncomfortable, if not miserable? 2. No one is going to be around next Friday, so give us your Labor Day plans. 3. ...

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Friday OT Thread: Special Thursday Edition

1. Back in the good old days, when the Royals were winners and ESPN showed more highlights than promotional interludes, the NFL pretty much only played games during the day on Sunday,...

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Friday Freaking OT Thread

1. Give us a review of the last movie you saw. 2. What was the point that you realized your playground dreams of pro sports stardom were not coming true? 3. You are awarded the car of...

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Thank God It's Friday OT Thread

TGIF

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Friday OT Thread Strikes Back

Everyone who has ever commented, published, or read anything here is a bad fan because that is time that could have been spent supporting the Royals, such as praying for Royals' success, washing A...

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Friday OT: The Office Finale Ends

1. It still seems funny that only a few years ago, this site would feature an OT post on each episode of The Office. The show of course took a sharp downturn since then, and really should have...

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Friday OT: Rabbit's Foot Edition

Friday's Open Thread

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Friday OT: Hola, Amigos Edition

Hola, amigos. How's it hangin'? I know it's been a long time since I last rapped at ya, but I've been busy taking the kids to Disneyland and getting hassled by my boss down at the car wash again. ...

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Off Day? Already? Mini-OT Thread

1. You have to love the MLB schedule which builds up six weeks of meaningless games to this huge Opening Day event -- and then goes dark the next day, leaving an empty feeling. This is what CS...

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Friday OT Please Let the Real Season Start Soon Edition

1. You have to move to another state/province in a different time zone than the one in which you currently live, but you still have to stay in the same country. Which one do you choose and why? ...

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Friday OT Let's Move Everyone to the Outfield Edition

1. Inspired by Ned Yost giving the entire extended roster a tryout in the outfield, have you ever been given a task or job for which you were not qualified, and did it end better than the Billy...

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Fantasy Baseball Clearinghouse Post

In an effort to avoid other threads going off topic and 20 different fanposts on fantasy baseball, here is a designated thread for taking care of fantasy baseball business. If you are one of the...

Surprise! The Rays Are Gaming the New International Free Agency Rules

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"The strongest penalty in the CBA is that any team that exceeds its international bonus pool by 15 percent or more will pay a 100 percent tax on the overage and won't be able to sign a player for more than $250,000 during the 2013-14 signing period. Since July 2, the Rays already have spent more than $3.7 million (not counting players signed for $50,000 or less, since there are exemptions for those players), which is 28 percent beyond their international pool. . . . Going well beyond the bonus pool is a curious move, but the Rays did pull in a considerable amount of talent, including arguably the two best 16-year-old pitchers on the market. Given that their 90-win season last year will give them one of the lower bonus pools for the 2013-14 signing period, which many scouts believe is shaping up to be a down year for international talent, perhaps it will be a worthwhile gambit."

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Friday Afternoon OT Thread: For Real Fans Only

It is Friday afternoon and you did not post an OT thread -- how can you call yourself a real fan? 1. Setting aside how you think the Royals will do this year, what is the one thing about baseball...

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ZiPS Projects Wil Myers as 2.3 WAR Player in 2013

The ZiPS projections for the Tampa Bay Non-Devil Rays were released today. Of course, the most notable player on the Rays is SS Yunel Escobar, who is projected at 256/321/348, 294 wOBA, 2.5 WAR. ...

Klaassen Explains It All: Why Relying On A Pitcher’s Single Season ERA, WHIP, Or BABIP Is A Bad Idea

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Following up an article on how well hitter’s metrics correlate year to year, the artist formerly known as devil_fingers takes an updated look at the correlation of basic pitching metrics using data from 1955 through 2012. He does the same for metrics including batted ball classifications using data from 2002 through 2012 (the availability of reliable data only goes back to 2002). Not surprisingly, groundball rate (GB%), strikeout rate, walk rate, K/BB ratio, and xFIP correlate highly, while WHIP, ERA, BABIP, line drive rate (LD%), and home run per fly ball (HR/FB) do not.

Matt Klaassen Explains How Well Basic Hitting Metrics Correlate

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In today's essential reading, the artist formerly known as devil_fingers takes an updated look at the correlation of basic hitting metrics using data from 1955 through 2012. He does the same for metrics including batted ball classifications using data from 2002 through 2012 (the availability of reliable data only goes back to 2002). Not surprisingly, strikeout rate, home runs, walks, and power (ISO) correlate highly, while BABIP and batting average do not.

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Friday OT Thread: New TV Season Edition

1. We are now a few weeks into the new TV season and all of the new shows have debuted. Are any of them any good? Among new ones, I have only seen the pilots for The Mindy Project (needs work but...

Gload Will Explode!

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Gload Will Explode!

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Gload Exploded: Final Standings for RR Ross Gload Memorial AL Only Fantasy League

The revolving door of teams taking a big lead but then falling back was finally locked down yesterday with Team Balls (Gopherballs) holding onto first place and repeating as league champs. If the...

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Here Comes the Home Stretch: RR Ross Gload Memorial AL Only Roto League

With only four weeks remaining, here are the standings (Rank/Team Name/Owner/Total Points): 1. Team Balls (Gopherballs) 91 2. Yuni Part Deux (Royal Medic) ...

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RR Ross Gload Memorial AL Only Roto League Update

At the All-Star Break, here are your current standings (rank/team/overall points): 1 Yuni Part Deux 87 2 Team Balls 80.5 3 Phatt Stairs 79 4 The Iron Shreiks 61 5 Team Shirron 60.5 6 Chicken...

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