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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: BBFL 2020
« Last post by JR on Today at 09:37:03 am »
The Brats sign Mike Mayers and release Brandon Kintzler.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Politics, Religion, etc.
« Last post by Bennett on Today at 09:25:55 am »
A possible wrinkle in the kerfuffle to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of RBG:

The senate race in Arizona is a special election to fill the remaining term of the late John McCain.  If Mark Kelly, who has held a steady lead in the polls and was just endorsed by McCain’s widow, Cindy, defeats appointee Martha McSally, he could take office as soon as the November 3 election results are certified.
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Chicago Bears Forum / Re: 2020 Chicago Bears
« Last post by WshflThinking on Today at 09:25:12 am »
Thats sad. I met him one time. He was a fine gentleman and a great Bear.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Cubs in '20
« Last post by craig on Today at 09:22:32 am »
Thanks, Dave, that's really helpful. 

It's one of the things that strikes me about pitching, an 8th year pro like Alzolay can still only now be figuring out what's going to work for him.  And can make an adjustment that can change his career in year 8.  Pitchers can mechanically tweak something and it changes everything.

I don't think it's the same for a hitter 7 or 8 years into their career to make some mechanical tweak or minute adjustment in their stance and suddenly have dramatic change.  Pitching is just a different world. 
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Cubs in '20
« Last post by Bennett on Today at 09:17:32 am »
From Sharma’s latest at the Athletic...

Piggybacking Quintana, Adbert Alzolay was brilliant in his four innings of work. The young righty struck out seven and walked two, allowing just one run on two hits. What stood out for Alzolay were his breaking pitches, particularly a slider that he’d adjusted the grip on over the past 10 days under the guidance of director of pitching Craig Breslow and the two pitching coaches overseeing the players in South Bend, Ron Villone and James Ogden.

“We changed the grip on the pitch,” Alzolay said. “It’s more like a cutter grip so I can stay behind it longer. The velo went up. We put a lot of work on that pitch. I feel today it was good, it was working. But since it’s new for me, I think that pitch can get better.”

Alzolay said the previous version of the pitch was too much like his curveball in movement and velocity. This was in the mid-80s, while his curve remains in the high 70s and low 80s. The pitch is so new that Statcast labeled all 31 of his breaking balls as curves. But a look at the velocity of the curveballs makes clear that at least 16 of the 32 he threw were actually sliders (perhaps more) and as many as seven of the 14 swings and misses he got were on the pitch.

Tommy Hottovy has been a busy guy.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: BBFL 2020
« Last post by ISF on Today at 09:13:13 am »
Corn Mashers place Dylan Moore on IL. Move Ty France to 2B.
Pick up Dan Vogelbach for U.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Cubs in '20
« Last post by Dave23 on Today at 09:07:23 am »
From Sharma’s latest at the Athletic...

Piggybacking Quintana, Adbert Alzolay was brilliant in his four innings of work. The young righty struck out seven and walked two, allowing just one run on two hits. What stood out for Alzolay were his breaking pitches, particularly a slider that he’d adjusted the grip on over the past 10 days under the guidance of director of pitching Craig Breslow and the two pitching coaches overseeing the players in South Bend, Ron Villone and James Ogden.

“We changed the grip on the pitch,” Alzolay said. “It’s more like a cutter grip so I can stay behind it longer. The velo went up. We put a lot of work on that pitch. I feel today it was good, it was working. But since it’s new for me, I think that pitch can get better.”

Alzolay said the previous version of the pitch was too much like his curveball in movement and velocity. This was in the mid-80s, while his curve remains in the high 70s and low 80s. The pitch is so new that Statcast labeled all 31 of his breaking balls as curves. But a look at the velocity of the curveballs makes clear that at least 16 of the 32 he threw were actually sliders (perhaps more) and as many as seven of the 14 swings and misses he got were on the pitch.
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Chicago Bears Forum / Re: 2020 Chicago Bears
« Last post by Dave23 on Today at 09:02:13 am »
Damn...RIP #40
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Chicago Bears Forum / Re: 2020 Chicago Bears
« Last post by 46 on Today at 08:41:08 am »
Gayle Sayers has died. RIP, #40, a true Bear.
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