jimmythegreek Posts:10353 Followers:375
On 09/02/2011 03:04 PM in MLB

AS ROSTERS EXPAND TO 40

Have you just simply 'packed it up' for the remainder of baseball season? Has your focus just completely shifted to college and pro football? Are you saving up your profits to spend wisely and carefully on Saturday and Sundays? Or do you continue to look at baseball no differently and hope to build a decent bankroll in preparation for the weekend? Would like to hear everyone's thoughts as usually the final month is treaded carefully until the postseason starts.

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doof Posts:1650 Followers:19
09/02/2011 03:53 PM

I'm going to play it slowly like I have been over the last month. Watching for teams like baltimore who seem to take the last month very seriously as a lot of the young players are trying to make a name for themselves. Bal and Hou have been playing 0.500 ball over the last ten and have been dogs in a lot of those games.

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  • 09/02/2011 06:12 PM

    As long as I am winning like I have been the past few weeks....I am going to keep on keeping on............ business as usual with bases. I will do nothing different until I tank it a few days in a row. Hopefully that ain't gonna happen.


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jb Posts:1538 Followers:74
09/02/2011 06:13 PM

BTW Mike............The A's could expand their roster to a hundred, and they'll still suck.
I can say this being that I am a big A's fan.


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bobalou Posts:4908 Followers:142
09/02/2011 06:17 PM

I I have been politely told in another thread "I'm just a girl" I have another dumb question. I know they expand their rosters to 40 towards the end of the season and have for years but can anyone tell me why? Is it to give the minors a chance to play in the majors or is it to help those teams on the edge to bring in some help or what? I never have known the real reason why - just that they do it.

AND JBO don't tell me "just cuz they can"



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jimmythegreek Posts:10353 Followers:375
09/02/2011 08:36 PM

Personally to answer your question barb I was never a big fan of the roster expansion. This is baseball's greatest time of year. Teams have been battling since April to get into playoff position. Yet, beginning Saturday, when baseball's most critical month begins, the rules change.

This is a different game now with the division and wild-card races. There are 18 teams still involved in pennant races. So why suddenly change the guidelines?

You play for five months to determine baseball's best teams. In the final month, you play to determine its best organizations.

You not only have a greater disparity between small and large-market teams, but gone is virtually all managerial strategy.

Why save a key pinch-hitter when you've got another five sitting on your bench? Why save a left-hander in the bullpen when you've got three more waiting?
There's no greater difference than September when teams like the Yankees and Red Sox will be playing with as many as 10 to 12 more players than the small-market teams.

Let's stop the charade that September gives organizations time to look at their top prospects. Try explaining that to Delmon Young of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He had the greatest season of any player in the minor leagues two years ago but wasn't called up in September, simply because the Devil Rays wanted to save one month's salary and prevent him from getting major-league service time.

How can Major League Baseball boast about competitive balance, and then permit the big boys to play with such a huge advantage over the small markets in September?

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