Monday Night Open Thread

If you have some free time, I recommend checking out this post by Brayan Pena at The Players’ Tribune. He details his defection from Cuba years ago — he literally climbed out of a bathroom window to escape — and his return to the country last month as part of MLB’s goodwill tour. I can’t imagine what it must be like to leave your family behind like that. Pretty incredible stuff.

This is tonight’s open thread. The Nets are playing tonight and there’s some college hoops on as well, so talk about those games, Pena’s article, or anything else right here.

Weekend Open Thread

Another week down, another week closer to Spring Training. I’m starting to get desperate here. I need baseball. This offseason has been weird in too many ways. Anyway, here are the weekend links:

  • With the 2016 Hall of Fame vote compete, it’s time to look ahead. Jay Jaffe posted his annual five-year Hall of Fame projection. He sees eleven players being voted into Cooperstown over the next five years, including ex-Yankees Tim Raines (2017), Mariano Rivera (2019), Derek Jeter (2020), and Mike Mussina (2021). Jay’s the best Hall of Fame analyst out there. Don’t miss it.
  • Here’s a fun story from Arwa Mahdawi about a guy named Jeffrey who had kind of a boring wake up, go to work, come home, go to sleep, do it all again the next day life. He was sick of it, so he quit his job to pursue other stuff, until one day he picked up a Citi Bike in lower Manhattan and rode the damn thing to California. The trip took five months.
  • A few weeks before El Chapo was captured (again), Dana Priest wrote about the connection between the media and drug cartels in Mexico. The cartels use the threat of violence to control the news and have murdered reporters over their stories. Social media has made it more difficult for the cartels to control the news, but not impossible. Pretty scary stuff.
  • And finally, here’s an awesome post on The Players’ Tribune from former NHL player Ryan Whitney, who wrote about his experience playing in Russia. He retired young due to ankle problems and spent his final season as a player in Sochi. The YouTube video cracked me up.

Friday: Here’s the open thread for the evening. Not a whole lotta sports! going on tonight. The Nets are playing and that’s pretty much it. Not even any college hoops on the schedule. Anyway, you know how these work, so go nuts.

Saturday: This is the open thread again. The NFL playoffs resume with the Chiefs vs. Patriots (4:30pm ET on CBS) and Packers vs. Cardinals (8pm ET on NBC). The (hockey) Rangers already played, but the Devils are playing right now, and both the Knicks and Nets will play later tonight. There’s also a whole bunch of college hoops on as well. Talk about those games or whatever else.

Sunday: For one last time, this is the open thread. I’m bumping it up to the top of the site a little earlier than usual because of the NFL playoffs. Today you’ve got Panthers vs. Seahawks (1pm ET on FOX) and Steelers vs. Broncos (4:30pm ET on CBS). The Rangers and Islanders are both playing too, and there’s some college basketball on as well. Have at it.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Earlier this week former Yankee Brandon McCarthy answered questions from fans in a mailbag at The Players’ Tribune. He talked about having Tommy John surgery, the “offensively silent” Shane Greene, and intentionally hitting batters, among other things. It’s pretty entertaining. Check it out.

This is the nightly open thread. All three local hockey teams are in action — the Rangers and Islanders are playing each other in a rather big game (by mid-January standards) — plus there’s some college hoops on as well. Talk about whatever here.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Four years ago today, the Yankees traded Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Vicente Campos. Here’s our post on the trade. The comments were lost when we switched to Disqus — we still have the comment database but restoring them would be a bit of a pain — but I assure you the reaction was mostly negative. Montero was going to be the next great Yankees hitter and Pineda was just a fly ball guy who faded in the second half. Neither side has gotten what they wanted out of the trade, but it’s clear now the Yankees got the better end of the deal.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Knicks and Nets are playing each other, plus there’s a bunch of college basketball on the schedule too. Discuss those games, the Montero-Pineda trade, and anything else right here.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Earlier this week FanGraphs published their live 2016 projected standings. They’re an amalgamation of several projection systems and their internal playing time depth charts. The Yankees are projected at 87-75 next year, which works out to the fifth best record in baseball and second best in the AL. Projections aren’t predictions, they’re just an attempt to measure current talent level. So what do you think, do the Yankees have the fifth best roster in MLB?

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks, Islanders, and Devils are all playing, plus there’s a whole bunch of college basketball on as well. Talk about those games, the Joe Girardi video above, the FanGraphs projected standings, or anything else right here.

Monday Night Open Thread

Here’s a really great post by Nathaniel Grow explaining an ongoing legal battle that may change the future of televised baseball. The case is challenging the league’s antitrust exemption and argues local broadcast territories create a monopoly. A favorable ruling for the plaintiffs could allow clubs to negotiate their own out-of-market broadcast deals, among other things. The trial begins next week. Make sure you check out the post. This is the biggest under-the-radar story in baseball today.

This is the open thread for the night. The college football national championship game is on (Clemson vs. Alabama, 8:30pm ET on ESPN), plus the (hockey) Rangers and Nets are playing as well. Talk about those games, Grow’s article, or anything else on your mind right here. Just don’t be a jerk.

Weekend Open Thread

Another week in the books means we’re another week closer to Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers report in one month and ten days according to the countdown in the sidebar. It can’t come soon enough. People are starting to get offseason cabin fever, it seems. Here are the weekend links:

  • Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are baseball’s two newest Hall of Famers, and, as Tyler Kepner explains, the two were almost teammates with the Mets. Griffey blocked a deal to the Mets before the he was traded to the Reds. So, instead, the Mets used the players they were going to send to the Mariners for Griffey to get Mike Hampton. Hampton helped them win the 2000 pennant, and when he left as a free agent, the compensation draft pick turned into David Wright. Neat story.
  • I really enjoyed Corinne Landrey’s post on the best long plate appearances of 2015. At seven minutes and 47 seconds, the Andrew Miller-Troy Tulowitzki battle was the longest plate appearance of the season in terms of elapsed time. It was the highest leverage plate appearance of both their careers at 8.23 LI (!). It’s also kinda fun Clayton Kershaw (batter) had a 13-pitch at-bat against Madison Bumgarner, which ended with a ground out.
  • Rather than link you off to some individual articles, I’m going to point you towards Longform.org’s favorite pieces of 2015. That way you can pick and choose what you want to read. There’s an overall top ten and then top fives within different categories. Lots of great stuff in there. Make sure you check it out.

Friday: Here is your open thread for the night. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all playing. There’s no college hoops though. Talk about those games, the links, or anything else right here.

Saturday: This is the open thread again. The NFL playoffs start today, so you’ve got the Chiefs vs. Texas (4pm ET on ABC and ESPN) and then the Steelers vs. Bengals (8pm ET on CBS). The Rangers and Islanders both played earlier today, though there is a bunch of college hoops on the schedule tonight. Have at it.

Sunday: Here’s the open thread one last time. I’m bumping this to the top of the site a little earlier than usual because of the NFL playoffs. The Seahawks and Vikings play first (1pm ET on NBC) and then there’s the Packers and Redskins later this afternoon (4:30pm ET on FOX). The Devils and Nets are playing, and there’s some college basketball action too. Go nuts.