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MLB 2024: The Reign of Shohei


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Juan Soto is going to make a trillion dollars in the fall and will be worth every penny.  Volpe deserves credit as he looks like he’s becoming a star, but Soto almost single-handedly transformed the Yankees lineup from shit to championship-caliber.

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On 4/23/2024 at 10:42 PM, KingintheNorth4 said:

I want Jerry Reinsdorf marched to The Hague in handcuffs and charged with crimes against humanity. 

You're just realizing this now?  Silly Sox fan...

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Been reluctant to sing the Yanks' praises because I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.  But they are now 35 and 17 almost exactly a third through the season and look to be firing on all cylinders.  Of course, Judge and Soto are the second and third best hitters in the AL (fuck you Kyle Tucker).  Judge is just about on pace for 100 extra base hits despite the fact he had a .674 OPS through the first 27 games.  But, best hitters in the world hitting like the best hitter in the world isn't what has me encouraged, it's everything else.

In terms of the hitters, Anthony Volpe is emerging as a perennial all-star shortstop.  The catching platoon of Jose Trevino and recent first-round pick Austin Wells is one of the most productive in baseball on both sides of the ball.  The ghost of Giancarlo Stanton has 12 homers in 45 games.  And getting Alex Verdugo for essentially nothing from the Sawks for a cheap final year is just the cherry on top.

Then there's the pitching.  The bullpen continues to be tops in baseball in spite of the fact ANY team in baseball could have acquired all of these guys if they had the development acumen of Cashman and pitching coach Matt Blake.  Carlos Rodon and Nestor Cortes have bounced back from last year's nightmare to be exactly what's expected and needed of them.  Clarke Schmidt has developed into a clear number 3 starter.  The rotation overall adds up to one of the best in baseball in spite of still missing the best pitcher in the world.

But the best part - bar none - is Luis Fucking Gil.  His changeup is now a devastating addition to his already lethal fastball/slider combo to give him some of the best stuff around.  And his performance has reflected that.  He's coming off Tommy John, so he will eventually have to go to the pen this year, but he plainly looks like a 1 or 2 for the future - health permitting of course.  And Gil was acquired from something known as Jake Cave years ago from those poor Twins when the latter was DFA'd.     

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9 minutes ago, DanteGabriel said:

Yep. I'm all for strong unions, but that man was terrible. I'll always argue this is one of the funniest clips ever:

 

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