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In Topic: Expansion to Vegas Apparently "Done Deal"

Today, 01:07 AM

I'm also not a fan of adding 4 expansion teams, I just don't think there is enough quality to go around. I'd be fine with 2 expansion and 2 relocations.

 

Not sure how much stock to put into this but from Howard Bloom of Sports Business News:

"NHL expansion – four teams added by 2017, Quebec City, Toronto, Seattle, and Las Vegas $1.4b in expansion fees"

 

That's a lot of money and money will always win out. Still not sure how feasible a 34 team league is though.

In Topic: Expansion to Vegas Apparently "Done Deal"

Today, 12:15 AM

I've been following this from afar but kept going back and forth on whether or not I thought it would happen. I don't mind Las Vegas joining the league but I wish it was the Coyotes relocating there and Seattle and Quebec given expansion teams.

In Topic: 2014 Yankees Thread

20 August 2014 - 04:16 PM

I've probably complained about the new stadium on here in the past so I apologize for doing it again but I completely agree that it sucks. I loved going to the old stadium and sitting in the RF bleachers next to the black seats. The passion of the crowd, the intimacy has been completely lost. In fact I can't even sit in the bleachers in the new stadium due to the obstructed view because they had to put in some fancy club/bar in CF. I usually sit in the upper deck now which is a great view but the things you pass going to it are comical. The fancy NYY Steak restaurant, the lounges for people who don't even watch the game, and when you look down at the elite Legend Seats they are half full. It's like more like a country club than ballpark.

On the announcing side, I think Sterling/Waldman may be the worst combo in the history of sports. I really can't wait for the day that the Yankees get a somewhat decent pair of radio announcers. I watch almost all the games on TV (live or DVR) and I agree that Kay can be bad. I don't like him, I'm more indifferent to him at this point, but I can see why people can't stand him. The only good thing is YES has some solid color guys like Singleton, Cone, and O'Neill that all bring something different to the table.

I agree that the Yankees aren't exciting. The offense has been non-existant for the most part over the past 2 years with aging veterans. Over the past 2 years the Yankees offense has hit .245/.309/.378 with a .133 ISO and 88 wRC+ - essentially 12% below league average. With Cano gone, Gardner is the only homegrown player over the past few years that has come up and been a solid contributer. Then of course this year they sign McCann who seems a shell of his former self and an aging, declining Beltran.

The only good thing is that the farm system is finally having a rebound year after years of disappointment. 2B Robert Refsnyder is 23 and having a fantastic year setting himself up to be the Yankees 2015 2B. He's hitting .310/.394/.482 with a .395 wOBA and 144 wRC+ in 283 AAA PA's after having a 158 wRC+ in 244 AA PA's. 21 year old 1B Greg Bird has shown impressive power in A+ and AA this year and has a 133 wRC+ and 168 wRC+ in each league respectively. 21 year old OF Jake Cave continues his comeback from a knee injury that cost him his 2012 season and has hit .304/.354/.395 with a 117 wRC+ in 416 A+ PA's this year and at the moment has a 120 wRC+ in 135 PA's in AA. C Gary Sanchez has done ok in AA this year but is very young for the league and remains a solid trade chip. Last year's 1st round pick 3B Eric Jagielo has hit an impressive .253/.348/.465 with a .212 ISO and 131 wRC+ in A+ this year and should be a fast mover through the system. Fellow 2013 pick OF Aaron Judge has also been impressive with a 142 wRC+ in A+. I'm not saying all these guys will make it, far from it, but at least for the first time in years, there are some encouraging signs in the farm system in terms of position players.

In Topic: Pronman's Top Ten Devils Prospects

19 August 2014 - 11:34 AM

Seems fair to me. Like you guys said, Gavrus probably shouldn't be on there but considering Pronman's workload I'll give him a pass. I always enjoy reading his work.

 

This is the first time that I remember reading Bell is a skilled puck handler. Hopefully he can improve his skating.

In Topic: Which Player are you Most Curious to Watch Next Season?

18 August 2014 - 06:22 PM

It's a tough call for me but I'm going to go ahead and vote for Jagr. Simply because he's a legend nearing the end of his career and I want to enjoy watching every moment that he has left. It's still a bit crazy to me that he's a Devil, never would have thought that would happen when I was growing up.

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