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ThomasP
12:40
I argued against Sanchez as ROY in August, saying he just won't have played enough games. Yet now I'm beginning to have doubts. At what point does the sheer brillance of what Sanchez is doing outweigh the other players who have been here all year. Are we there yet?
Dave Cameron
12:40
I think we're close.
Mack
12:40
Why isn't Machado getting any MVP consideration?
Dave Cameron
12:40
He's not having as good a season as Betts and his team is behind him in the race.
Jeff
12:41
Dave, if there is ever a team that should employee the bullpen game approach in the playoffs, its the 2016 Indians, right? Aside from Kluber, no starters in which you have confidence, but several very good relievers (Otero, Miller, Allen). Shouldn't the Indians just tell Mike Clevinger "see if you can get us through the order once" and then head to the pen?
Dave Cameron
12:42
Yeah, the Indians should basically just try to Royals their way through.
E
12:42
what is the most irrational decision you've ever made?
Dave Cameron
12:42
Getting a dog.
Richie
12:43
Playoff expansion just means starting the season a half-week earlier, and reducing spring training by that much. No way they shorten the revenue-generating regular season. So snow games in late-March then, tho'.
Dave Cameron
12:44
I think they could potentially promise the TV partners a bigger boost in ratings by eliminating 8 low-watched regular season games per team (likely Mondays, especially during MNF season) and TV contracts are the main determinant in team revenues now.
Kenny
12:45
Matz for Puig. Who says no?
Dave Cameron
12:45
The Mets would laugh at that.
Bochy
12:46
Suggestions for what to do with the Giants bullpen?
Dave Cameron
12:46
Use Will Smith as a high-leverage reliever, not a LOOGY.
Cowdisciple
12:47
Would shortening the regular season be possible in light of the teams' contracts with the cable companies? I would guess those must specify number of games... Aren't the playoffs usually covered by different networks under different contracts? I mean, I'm sure it's all negotiable, but it seems really complicated.
Dave Cameron
12:48
Sure, it's complicated, but I think it's possible. I don't know that it's likely, but if we get to 32 teams in the next few years -- and I think that's going to happen -- then I don't see MLB sticking with the current divisions, and if they're re-aligning the divisions, I think they'll re-do the postseason too.
Raindog
12:48
Dave, which award gets the most different first place votes - AL MVP or NL CY? I could easily see both getting to 6, maybe even 7
Dave Cameron
12:49
I can't see 6 or 7 AL MVP candidates. There's Trout as the obvious guy for people who don't care about winning team thing, and then there's Betts/Donaldson/Machado for those who do. Maybe Beltre gets a vote from a Texas voter or something, but even that's a stretch. Cleveland doesn't have a real candidate.
The Lure of the Animal
12:49
What makes you think MLB will add two teams?
Dave Cameron
12:50
Owners like money. Adding two more teams would make the owners a lot of money.
Richie
12:50
If they're going to expand within "the next few years" shouldn't we be hearing more rumblings about such? Potential ownership groups forming, and the like?
Dave Cameron
12:50
I'm not talking 2019 or something, but I think there are two new franchises in baseball by the end of the 2020s.
12:51
And probably earlier than that.
Brett W
12:51
Which two cities get new teams now?
Dave Cameron
12:53
There will be a team in NC eventually; Charlotte is getting too big to keep getting passed over. The second one is probably trickier, but I continue to believe that NY could and probably should have a third team.
Matt
12:53
How does adding teams make existing owners more money? Isn't the (addmitedly flawed) theory that two teams added to a baseball-less market ctake fanhood away from existing teams...and thus revenue?
Dave Cameron
12:54
Owners of expansion teams have to pay huge franchise fee rights, which get paid out to the other 29 owners.
Cranston
@OutfieldGrass24
12:54
If baseball does expand to a 32-team league, is there realignment to create four divisions within the AL and NL, kind of like we see in the NFL? Or is there just a division in each the AL and NL with an extra team?
Dave Cameron
12:54
I think they probably go four divisions in each league
kevinthecomic
Aladdin Sane
12:56
With 4 divisions per league, each with four teams, how are the playoffs organized?
Dave Cameron
12:56
Top 2 division winners get byes, next 2 division winners play two wild card teams Wild Card series.
Matt
12:57
Obviously hypothetical, but if expansion leads to 4 divisions per league, I assume it'd be NE, SE, NW, SW - as opposed to current East, Middle, West split. 1) Would you expect that divisional realignment to include movement between AL/NL? 2) Assuming no to #1, TB is the obvious exclusion from current ALE, right?
Dave Cameron
12:57
Yeah, though I could see them going with names instead of directions. Who wouldn't want to win the AL Heartland division?
Matt
12:58
What should I expect at this Pitch Talks event tomorrow?
Dave Cameron
12:58
A lot of fun, a bunch of laughs, and a good time. I've really enjoyed the three I've been at this year.
12:59
Okay, on that note, I'm off to do some work. Thanks for hanging out with me for my first morning chat.
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