Saturday, October 20, 2018

Polling My Readers: Should I Start Moderating Comments

Right now, I'm not a popular guy at The Athletic, at least among commenters.  I see the silver lining, they see Sturm und Drang.  "The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!"  And maybe they are right, but they haven't convinced me yet, I just see the same recycled crap I saw 10-15 years ago.

I'm just really tired of the name calling and lack of discussion.  They know what they know, and any facts I bring up, well, appears to be "Whoosh", over their heads, or just not being read, because I end up back to their same argument, even though they seem to understand in the beginning.  And that's fine, I'm realizing, I'm learning I should just let things go more.  Really reminds me of my time at MCC from 2007-2010 (or 11, been so long I was a regular).  To quote Lethal Weapon, mixed with The Good Place, "I'm too old for that shirt". 

I need to learn, too, as I'm just wasting my time and energy there.  So I'm pushing myself to dig into analyzing the draft again with NextGen data, courtesy of the great Baseball-Reference.com website. 

I probably made the stupid decision to note my blog, here and there.  That recent comment, probably from one of them, though in terms of what I've run into there, very mild, and thus not really what triggered this post, other than the fact that I realized that now maybe I'll be seeing more "enlightening" comments. 

So, should I start moderating?  Or keep my blog open as I had always intended?  It's not like I wouldn't post almost anything that gets commented on, I've let a lot of skeevy comments go through anyway, like Grant's.  But some things just don't represent opposing opinions, they are just name calling and other crap that I don't want to deal with, other than to delete them at my leisure.  Put your comments, if you care.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Your 2019 Giants: Thoughts On Giants GM Hunt

I've been wanting to post about the firing of Bobby Evans for a while now, but just been busy as heck at work and with life.   But I found a spot of time, and commented the below at a sports watering hole which was discussing the Giants open GM opportunity.  Plus grabbing some stuff I wrote in another post which I had started, part of which follows.  And still, a week or so later...

As you probably heard, Bobby Evans got fired from his Giants GM job, as part of the overhaul of the organization due to two (and a half insists many) years of losing.   The new GM, according to Baer, will continue to report to him, just like Evans did.  Sabean and Bochy have another year on their contract (so did Evans), and apparently will serve it out in 2019.  Evans will be re-assigned somewhere else in the organization; however, not as a special assistant, though, as Righetti was, for example.

In addition, there is going to still be a two-tier organization in the wake of Evans' termination.  As part of the changes, Sabean could be removed from his job as VP of Baseball Operations.  Thus the job search could involve both a new VP of Baseball Operations, as well as a new GM, both reporting in to  Larry Baer.  Sabean will be helping in deciding who will be the new "NextGen" GM, as Baer called the ideal candidate and apparently will stay in a yet to be determined role, should the new hire be the new VP, but appears to maybe keep the job, if the new hire is given the GM title, as I'll discuss in more details below.


Thursday, October 04, 2018

2019 Playoffs Giants Fan Rooting Guide

On the years that the Giants don't make the playoffs, I run down the list of teams as to who I'll be rooting for, ranked from most to least.

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