Wednesday Night Open Thread

According to multiple reports out of Japan, two-way sensation Shohei Otani will be coming over to MLB this offseason. Those reports are unconfirmed, of course. Jim Allen, who I trust on the Otani beat more than anyone, only says Otani’s desire to come to MLB has not wavered. Kyodo News says the Nippon Ham Fighters and Otani will talk things over after the season. We’ll see. We went through several “he’s coming to MLB oh wait maybe not” cycles with Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka. No reason to think Otani will be any different.

Anyway, here is an open thread for the evening. The Mets are playing tonight and ESPN will have the Red Sox-Athletics (7pm ET) and Dodgers-Giants (10pm ET). Talk about those games, the ongoing Otani situation, this afternoon’s win, or anything else right here. Just not religion or politics. Get outta here with that.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Good win this afternoon. A win Gene Michael would’ve enjoyed. The Yankees dug in and put together some long at-bats — Kevin Gausman threw 79 pitches in three innings — and mashed the hell outta some taters. First series win in Baltimore since 2013. True story. The Yankees were basically one pitch away from a sweep too, but at least they won the series.

Here is an open thread for the night. The Mets are playing and MLB Network is showing regional games at 7pm ET and 10pm ET. Also, the NFL season begins tonight with the Chiefs and Patriots (8:30pm ET on NBC). Talk about anything here except religion and politics. Thanks.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

The Yankees and Orioles were rained out — they’re going to play the makeup game tomorrow — which means this is a makeshift off-day. With no Yankees baseball, I recommend checking out two recent FanGraphs articles: David Laurila’s Q&A with Chad Green and Jeff Sullivan on Green’s dominance. Long story short, Green is awesome and great and amazing. That’s turned out to be a nifty little trade, especially with Justin Wilson struggling to get outs these days.

Here is an open thread for this sudden Yankees-less night. The Mets are supposed to play tonight, but they might get rained out too. MLB Network will air a regional game later tonight. Talk about those games or anything else right here. Just not religion or politics. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

The Yankees and Indians have a makeshift off-day today thanks to the storm in the New York. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow. Doubleheaders are fun! Doubleheaders immediately prior to a massively important four-game series with the Red Sox are less fun. What can you do though? That’s baseball. Win two tomorrow, then win four over the weekend. Sounds good to me.

Here’s an open thread for this sudden Yankees baseball-less night. The Mets are playing tonight and MLB Network will air regional games at 7pm ET and 10pm ET. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Thursday Night Open Thread

What a mess of an afternoon. Suspensions are coming. No doubt. Miguel Cabrera should get the longest suspension considering he started the physical confrontation. That doesn’t matter though. The Tigers are out of it and losing Cabrera won’t change anything. The Yankees are now at risk of losing their top two catchers and maybe a reliever — hopefully Dellin Betances doesn’t get suspended, but hitting someone (in the head) and getting ejected after a brawl? not good — while in the middle of a postseason race. Good grief. Everything to lose, nothing to gain.

Anyway, here is an open thread for the night. MLB Network is carrying a regional game tonight and there’s a preseason NFL game on somewhere too. Talk about those games, the brawl(s), this afternoon’s loss, or anything else here. Just not religion or politics. Thanks.

Monday Night Open Thread

Did you all catch a glimpse of the eclipse earlier today? I didn’t get a great look at it, mostly because it’s been cloudy here in New York. Still kinda cool though. Anyway, on this night without Yankees baseball, I recommend checking out Sam Miller’s article on the Skunk in the Outfield, a trick play that caused chaos during the 2006 Rhode Island state high school championship tournament. Really great stuff.

Here is an open thread for the evening. The Mets are playing tonight and MLB Network will carry a regional game at 7pm ET. And apparently the (football) Giants are playing a preseason game too. Talk about those games, the eclipse, the Skunk in the Outfield, or anything else right here. Just not religion or politics please.

Monday Night Open Thread

Sad news to pass along: former Yankee Don Baylor passed away yesterday following a long battle with multiple Myeloma. He was 68. Baylor played 19 years in the big leagues from 1970-88 and was named AL MVP while with the Angels in 1979. He played for the Yankees from 1983-85 and was an All-Star for them in 1983 and 1985. After his playing days were over, Baylor coached and managed for several teams. He was the first manager in Rockies history, most notably. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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Here is an open thread for the evening. Very light baseball schedule tonight. Only seven games. MLB Network will have a regional game at 7pm ET and ESPN will have the Cubs and Giants at 10pm ET. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not politics or religion. Get that outta here.

(In case you missed it last week, I highly recommend checking out Ben Reiter’s incredible story on the life and death of Hideki Irabu.)