Nov
06

Open Thread: GM Meetings

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Baseball’s annual GM Meetings kick off tomorrow in California and run through Friday, but don’t expect a crazy amount of hot stove news. The meetings are held primary to discuss various issues around the league, but GMs will meet with agents — Ken Davidoff and George King report that Brian Cashman will likely meet with Larry Reynolds this week, the agent for Torii Hunter and B.J. Upton — and each other to touch base in advance of the rest of the offseason. Three winters ago the groundwork for the Curtis Granderson three-team trade was laid at the GM Meetings even though the deal wasn’t completed for another month. It’s the first real event of the offseason, but it usually doesn’t yield much excitement.

Here is your open thread for the evening. There’s not much sports going on these days, just miscellaneous NBA action. I know the election was today, but please let’s curb the politics talk. There are plenty of places to discuss that stuff and a baseball site isn’t one of them. Thanks in advance. Enjoy the night.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Dan Gold

    Obama

    • Giancarlo Stanton 2017

      “I know the election was today, but please let’s curb the politics talk. There are plenty of places to discuss that stuff and a baseball site isn’t one of them.”

    • NYinTX

      Apparently you are unable to read.

      • McLovin

        Who reads these days

        • jim p

          tl;dr

    • Joe

      I’m poor and want wealth redistribution cause I dont want to work hard in a capitalistic society so I voted for him too.

      • John S.

        And this is why Mike says no politics.

      • jjyank

        Oh be quiet.

      • Knoxvillain

        Accurate, but we’re not a capitalist society. You can’t be capitalist and have a central bank- The Federal Reserve.

        • Ted Nelson

          Uh…..

          • Knoxvillain

            Before this turns into politics, I’m just going to say it isn’t a debate. Capitalist nations can not have a central bank. There is no argument.

            • Ted Nelson

              Do you know what capitalism is?

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            Not worth it. Just let it go.

            • Dan Gold

              Obama for the win

              • jjyank

                Dan Gold for the loss.

                (And I am an Obama supporter. But Mike said no politics, so just fucking drop it)

                • Pat D

                  Self high five.

                  • Dan Gold

                    Bad day on the teller lines, jj?

                    • jjyank

                      No, you’re just dumb.

                    • Dan Gold

                      Mom should tell you to lay off the video games…angry boy

                    • jjyank

                      lulz

                      Funny trolls are funny.

                  • Derrick

                    Self High Five. More taxes pay for health care of lazy people and illegals 20 trillion in debt. I almost wish for a great depression to make these idiots realize what they are voting for.

                • Derrick

                  shocker.

    • Ethan

      +1

  • jjyank

    Anyone get Halo 4 today? I pre-ordered it online, and won’t get it until tomorrow. Curious if anyone that has it has an opinion.

    • https://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      All I know is I hope it is better than ODST. Although to be honest I haven’t played Halo 3′s campaign still. Got so burned out on the multi player I never got around to it.

      • jjyank

        Really? I liked ODST. Nice little stealth component to it.

        • https://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

          Didn’t mind the game play during the stories, but the roaming in the dark drove me nuts. I don’t know if it was just my TV but I couldn’t see a thing. That and the eerie music really got to me.

          • jjyank

            Fair enough. I loved those parts though. But I also like stealthy-type games, so that might be part of it.

    • Alkaline

      Nothing yet. Probably will wait until Friday.

    • Big Member

      Honestly, disappointed so far. Played half a dozen of multiplayer matches and I honetly prefer Reach. Only completed one campaign mission but is it just my TV or is text extremely small?

      • jjyank

        Can’t speak for the text. It’s gotten great reviews though. No offense, but considering you are the satirical Big Member, I have to immediately take what you say with a grain of salt.

        • Big Member

          I lost all my trust in Metacritic after the ridiculous reviews of BioWare games. As I pointed out a few days ago, user reviews reflect game’s quality much better than “professional” reviews. As of right now, Halo has an 87 Metascore and a sub 4 user review score. I’ll finish the campaign for myself and play a bit of multiplayer before declaring this game amazing

          • jjyank

            lol where is this sub 4 user score? I’m seeing high 8′s everywhere on user review scores.

            • Big Member

              87 Metascore
              4.8 average user review
              http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/halo-4

              • jjyank

                http://www.gamespot.com/halo-4/platform/xbox360/

                http://www.ign.com/games/halo-4/xbox-360-110563

                http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-I.....rds=halo+4

                http://www.g4tv.com/games/xbox-360/53696/halo-4/

                http://n4g.com/news/1115849/halo-4-review-ngn

                One bad score? Hm. Why do I not see the point?

                I was asking, just for fun, a poster’s perspective, because I still have to wait a day. But if you wanna talk scores, I don’t need too. I’ve seen enough great ones. Stick to your faux investigative joke posts, Big Member.

                • Big Member

                  Really, IGN and Gamespot? Two review sites that are sponsored by game developers?

                  As I already said, user reviews shit on “pro” reviews

                  • jjyank

                    Both of which also have their own user reviews, which are very good. Besides, you ever work in customer service? Most people are stupid. Why am I supposed to trust their reviews anyway?

                    I asked for a specific RAB commenter experience because I was curious. But “user reviews” on a website are just as useless.

                    • Big Member

                      User reviews show a much wider sample size. I would take 700 user reviews on metacritic than 65 site reviews any day. User reviews definitely suffer from stupidy but site reviews can be payed off and have bias as well.

                      Look at Mass Effect 3 Metactic reviews. As a former huge fan of the franchise, I took the time to read through the “pro” site reviews. As it turns out, most reviews never played the first 2 titles, thus had very limited knowledge of the lore and story.

                    • jjyank

                      You’re ignoring other user reviews that were included in my links. I’m not interested in your opinions. Again Big Member, you’re better at the faux posts.

                      Also, that “wider sample” is a wider sample of idiots more often than not. Do you read some of those comments? I don’t take these people seriously.

                    • Big Member

                      Yep. IGN and Gamespot which are usually prepubescent teens. Out of all user reviews, Amazon is the only one that is reputable. Sixty reviews is not a lot though.

                    • jjyank

                      Whatevs, faux poster.

    • Anthony

      Its awesome JJ. Campaign mode is great. Love the new weapons and the deeper story (make sure you find the terminals). Finally know what Forerunner looks like lol. Gonna start MP soon.

      • jjyank

        Thanks man! Appreciate the input. Question for you about the terminals, since I did hear about that. How hidden are they? I really want to get the full story, so I will want to find all the terminals. Do I need a guide up as I play to find them, or are they relatively accessible to find if you just explore decently?

        • Anthony

          IMO use a guide. I did and the places I found them weren’t too obvious (for example, one was right behind you after a short cutscene). I’m sure 99% of people would just walk forward and probably miss it. Oh, and you’ll need halo waypoint in order to watch them.

  • Pat D

    Since I mentioned this last week, in honor of the nWo DVD that came out today, here’s the infamous promo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  • http://sportsmoneylife@gmail.com mike r

    Hey Mike-

    Are the meetings available to the public like winter meetings? I’m located in SoCal and interested in going down to Indian Wells to cover it and meet people. Any info?

    Thanks,
    Michael Rippe

    Founder
    http://www.sportsmoneylife.com

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No idea, sorry.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I promise, I am NOT trying to spark a political discussion, so please don’t start, but if any of you are following the election on TV, forget it. Follow on the Yahoo live blog. They called NH at least 20 minutes before it was reported on the News.

    You’ll have to suffer through some dumb comments but that’s the price you pay I guess.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ti.....ction.html

    • Pat D

      I’m following about five different things, and it’s great to see all the different numbers.

      Just confirms that you can’t rely on anyone these days.

      I will say I love CNN and John King’s maps.

      • And in merrie olde England

        BBC world service are putting Obama well in front, is that the case over there?

        (I’m not asking with a bias or interest in politics just journalism)

        • Pat D

          I’ve got CNN on now, and they’ve got it just about for Obama to win.

          • And in merrie olde England

            Fox just called Ohio for Obama so it’s a done deal?

            • Pat D

              Yea, it’s done.

              • And in merrie olde England

                Now they BBC have just switched Virginia to Obama as well, there’s a lot of major miscalculation for Romney? Florida is still TBC, could turn into a rout?!

  • Pat D

    I’m happy.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Yeah the last four years have been great… Can’t wait for 4 more. Hasn’t gotten bad enough yet, I guess.

      • Ethan

        You don’t know what you’re talking about. Do some research, learn some economics.

        • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

          Economy is terrible man even die hard Dem’s will admit that. I don’t think your main selling point should be on the economics of America. People are giving Obama one more chance. So he can start doing something anytime now. Also, he might actually want to help the people on the East Coast instead of partying with Jay-Z. Although you probably think everything is fine there as well.

          7.2% unemployment rate. Wooooooo!! Let’s all celebrate that Ethan can continue to sleep all day.

          That’s it from me. Go ahead and run the comment into the ground just like where America is going.

          • Ethan

            a) Economy is so much better when he first took office and the projections that it was going on. b) There have been so many republican blockades of things that would DRASITCALLY help the economy. Poor economic condition is not solely on obama but primarily on bush and vetoing republicans (i’m looking at you tea partiers).

            You really think a tax cut on the ultra rich will help? Seriously? Maybe they’ll buy another sports team, or another super yacht or megajet. Seriously, trickle down economics doesn’t work. Bottom up is PROVEN by economists to be the most successful at spurring the economy.

            DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE LOOKING LIKE A DUFUS.

            • jjyank

              While I generally agree with you, Ethan, I think we should respect Mike’s no politics rule. Let’s not allow this to spiral into a flame war. Agree to disagree and shut this thing down.

              Yay baseball?

              • Ethan

                BASEBALL!!

                Sorry. I cannot allow someone to attack either my views or views i feel strongly about without some kind of response.

                GO YANKEES!

                • YanksFan

                  Except nobody attacked your views. It is a fact that the last 4 years have not been great. You went into attack mode.

                  Also, where is it PROVEN that bottom up works? I see more where it does not work. The boom was in the 80′s & 90′s with trickle down.

                  McDonald’s hiring a fry guy is going to make me want to go there? A school system hiring a new teacher’s assistant is going to make me switch shcools?

                  Europe has always had higher unemployemnt than us. Numerous countries over there are already in backruptcy or on the verge. California cities going bankrupt.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Four more years of hero worship for a mediocrity. Can’t wait.

  • Prediction

    Prediction Yankees send same team out on the field next year. All a waste of time………………..

  • Ethan

    Wooooooooooooooooooo!! Celebrate good times c’mon!

  • Wayne

    Raising taxes on the rich hurts the economy.
    There are so many examples of how big business creates jobs for the middle class. People who take phone calls ,secretarys have jobs in coorporations. Managers, people who work in the mail room exist in coorporations. The big oil company who do you think digs oil ft the ground middle class person. The guy who sells a yacht to a rich person is middle
    class. You say it’s a trickle down effect to give tax breaks to rich but most people retirement
    money (401k) comes from coorporations. You
    raise taxes on the rich middle class people
    have to work longer. How can people say the
    rich don’t pay their fair share. They are 3% of
    the population but pay 20% of the taxes
    middle class make up 97% so the taxes paid
    can be spread over the 97% so no one person pays too much if 97% were paid by
    middle class. But instead rich pay 17% higher
    taxes than what they make up so they pay
    more per person than middle class. That
    means rich are paying the middle class mans
    taxes.

    taxes. So rich are already paying higher taxe and you want to raise raise taxes on them even more so that’s why the rich take their business to other countries. When are people going to realize it’s not just rich people who work in coorporations. You give tax breaks to big companies they can expand their business and offer these jobs that I’ve mentioned to middle class and poor people. You can go up in class from janitor to secretary secretary to administrator administrator to CEO of company. My uncle started out a in the mail room and retired as network administrator making off very well. The rich expand their business the guy who worked his whole life can retire and the next generation gets a shot. Ronald Reagan gave plenty of tax breaks to the rich and the economy had over 16 million jobs created. Who do you think that helped the middle class! So it’s been proven that it works! And tell me how is bush to blame he had 911 happen in the first 8 months of president. How is he to blame for that screwing up the economy in his first term. The second bush term the economy was actually good till the end. It collapsed because these Fannie may agencies forced banks to lend money to people who couldn’t afford to buy houses. Instead of letting the pay off their houses over 20 years the bank sold the debt to finance companies and the finance companies kept doing the same with other finance companies so the debt never got paid off. Those agencies were started by Clinton and continued under bush so large blame starts with Clinton and can’ t go completely to bush although he gets partial blame. The dot com scandal happened at end of Clinton admin and bush got the blame. The war in Iraq didnt make the economy any worse nor better. So how can democrats say 8 years of bush
    policy screwed up the economy!

    other countries instead of America.

  • Pat D

    Well, so much for no politics on this thread.

    Sorry, Mike.