After one Spring Training game, the Miami Marlins are looking at a winning record.
True, it’s only one game, and also true, it doesn’t really count because it’s not the regular season. But tell the truth, didn’t it feel kind of good to see the Miami Marlins top the New York Mets squad — split or otherwise? Exhibition or otherwise?
A lot of knowledgeable folks gather for tea and crumpets at Discord’s Let’s Go Fish channel during the games. They also gather at all other times, during the season and all offseason long. It was a long and mostly productive offseason, wasn’t it? It’s over now, thank God. What kinda stuff are they talking about over there?
What do you think about Jesus Aguilar‘s arbitration win?
sererson: I’ll always side with the talent over the billionaire owners.
Greg: You’re delusional if you think the billionaires actually lose when they lose an arb hearing. That money comes from the team funds, not his/her personal wealth. In practice it just means that some other player (FA or Extension) gets a lower offer. And if it becomes a trend teams will just become less likely to even go to arbitration. MLB doesn’t enforce a payroll cap, but every team has a cap on what they are willing to spend.
Ryu: I think if were mentioning Aguilar we should mention J.T. Realmuto. The Phillies are real dirtbags for fighting against their best hitter who happens to be a catcher
RBF: The Phillies are doing luxury tax maneuvering, and trying to extend JT. He knows it, and has spoken glowingly of them in interviews.
Adam Conley showed us something pretty good yesterday. What are you expecting from him in 2020?
Greg: Short leash. If he’s bad he gets cut. If he’s good he gets traded.
Mason: He looked completely lost last year, but the team apparently thinks they can fix him so I imagine he’ll get every opportunity.
Ryu: My expectations for him are low. But if he can figure it out I’d wait till the off season to trade him because we really need stability in our pen instead of trading everything mid season like last year.
Greg: RPs have way higher trade value at the deadline.
Again, I know it’s only been one game, but what was the biggest surprise so far?
Mason: Lewis Brinson not striking out.
Ryu: Biggest surprise was Adam Conley pitching two scoreless innings.
Vulpes: It’s hard to be surprised by anything in a one game sample size,
but watching Lewin Diaz, Jazz Chisholm, J.J. Bleday, and Monte Harrison all hit the ball well is really exciting. I wouldn’t have expected all of them to do well.
Ryu: It gives you hope for the future if they do it consistently.
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Scooter: Tbh I’m surprised Jerar Encarnacion hit a HR in his first, ST game against ML talent.
Vulpes: Oh yeah him too. What a rocket.
Scooter: He’s a mini-Stanton waiting to bust out.
Ryu: Jerar is mini-Stanton, and we have a mini-Trout in our system too. His name is Peyton Burdick.
Projecting Burdick as a possible Trout clone is a big big leap, but it’d be all right if it worked out that way, right? Thanks for reading. Leave a comment, and join the crew at Discord for hot takes of the more — uncensored variety.