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2012-05-01 12:15:31 PM
As someone who took him in the first round of a draft AND willingly and knowingly overbid for him in an auction*, this hasn't been good for me.

*Unlimited keepers, but the first 3 keepers cost you $3 more than last year, the next 3 cost $6 more, and so on. I needed power and Pujols was the only superstar that hadn't been kept.
 
2012-05-01 12:25:46 PM
Welcome to the American League, Albert.
 
2012-05-01 12:30:27 PM
Wouldn't it be "an HR?"
 
2012-05-01 01:34:41 PM
While he will hit home runs and he'll be a .300/30/100 guy this year, it's nice to see him suffer a bit after his "I want to be a Cardinal forever" bit, his love affair with Glenn Beck, and his wife's bible thumping.
 
2012-05-01 02:18:43 PM

WTF Indeed: While he will hit home runs and he'll be a .300/30/100 guy this year


I'm not so sure about that. He only has 4 RBIs. It's almost impossible to only have 4 at this point in the season and the Angels ballpark isn't a very HR friendly place to play. I could easily see him finishing with .285/25/85 for the year.
 
2012-05-01 02:27:46 PM
Looks like he joined (puts on glasses).....the No Homers Club


YEEEEEEAAAAHHH!


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-01 02:32:51 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-01 02:38:24 PM
"a" HR?
 
2012-05-01 02:41:55 PM

FreakinB: As someone who took him in the first round of a draft


I avoided Albert in my league's draft because he was set for a down year and picked the just-as-disappointing Jose Bautista. Good thing for me Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz, and Chris Young (when not injured) have picked up the slack.

/Matt Kemp went #1 overall
 
2012-05-01 02:45:00 PM
I am beginning to respect Albert a lot now. I was a huge fan and felt betrayed when he left my beloved Cardinals. Turns out, he knew he was washed up and didn't want to hurt the team and bankrupt the Cardinals for the next 10 years.

Thank you, El Hombre!
 
2012-05-01 02:46:08 PM
I don't know, my guess is Pujols' April is still better than any HR department. It's the difference between little value and totally worthless.
 
2012-05-01 02:52:55 PM

Shostie: Wouldn't it be "an HR?"


Like with the word "honor", you go by the second letter, which in this case is "R", so "a HR" is correct.
 
2012-05-01 02:54:28 PM

show me: I am beginning to respect Albert a lot now. I was a huge fan and felt betrayed when he left my beloved Cardinals. Turns out, he knew he was washed up and didn't want to hurt the team and bankrupt the Cardinals for the next 10 years.


God told him to do the right thing.

Interesting stat from an article yesterday:

Statistically, this is one of the most shocking power outages in baseball history. Since 1974, only five men began a season with 400 or more career home runs and then failed to homer in their first 80 at-bats. According to STATS LLC, they are: Willie McCovey (1974), Carl Yastrzemski (1981), Eddie Murray (1996), Ken Griffey Jr. (2010) and Pujols (2012).

Of that esteemed group, not one averaged more than 16 home runs per season for the remainder of their careers. Griffey, then 40, retired that year without hitting a homer. In a possible Pujols parallel, the '74 season was McCovey's first as a Padre after the Giants dealt him to San Diego. He went on to hit 108 home runs over the next seven seasons.
 
2012-05-01 02:56:52 PM

Lost Thought 00: Shostie: Wouldn't it be "an HR?"

Like with the word "honor", you go by the second letter, which in this case is "R", so "a HR" is correct.


"would have a HR"...is still not correct.
 
2012-05-01 02:57:29 PM

Lost Thought 00: Shostie: Wouldn't it be "an HR?"

Like with the word "honor", you go by the second letter, which in this case is "R", so "a HR" is correct.


No. If it was the abbreviation it would be "an" - however, this is referring to Homerun, which does vocalize a consonant.

The verbal nature of HR vs Homerun totally ruins the joke though.
 
2012-05-01 02:57:37 PM
though I get it's for "comedic purposes"
 
2012-05-01 02:57:57 PM

show me: I am beginning to respect Albert a lot now. I was a huge fan and felt betrayed when he left my beloved Cardinals. Turns out, he knew he was washed up and didn't want to hurt the team and bankrupt the Cardinals for the next 10 years.



All sarcasm aside, it really does look like he might have done you guys a favor. He'll probably turn it around this year, but 5 years from now that contract's going to be an albatross.

But since I hate the Angels, I'm OK with this.
 
2012-05-01 02:59:47 PM

exick: [i.imgur.com image 466x466]


Pfft, Kemp only has 2 SB's so far this year. What a chump.

/Kemp might not be human.
 
2012-05-01 03:01:05 PM

Lost Thought 00: Shostie: Wouldn't it be "an HR?"

Like with the word "honor", you go by the second letter, which in this case is "R", so "a HR" is correct.


Not even close. The H in HR isn't silent, which is what you're talking about. Instead, HR is an initialism. If you're speaking the word out loud, you would say "aitch-arr." So, would you say "a aitch-arr" or "an aitch-arr?"

That's right, I'm in a baseball stat thread talking about how to use "a" vs "an."
 
2012-05-01 03:05:36 PM

Killer Cars: exick: [i.imgur.com image 466x466]

Pfft, Kemp only has 2 SB's so far this year. What a chump.

/Kemp might not be human.


True, but you have to cut him some slack as it's hard to steal a base when most of the time you are circling them because you did an anti-Pujols.
 
2012-05-01 03:10:40 PM

Shostie: Wouldn't it be "an HR?"


Yes. You don't read "HR" and say the unabbreviated words, you read "HR" as "Aitch Are", which starts with a vowel, so you should use "an".

Written English words are supposed to follow speech patterns. So this should actually read: "The company'd have an HR, yo."
 
2012-05-01 03:13:08 PM

cman: Looks like he joined (puts on glasses).....the No Homers Club


YEEEEEEAAAAHHH!


[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x251]


no homerS club

technically he's allowed to have one
 
2012-05-01 03:14:45 PM
Let's just end this debate. Grammar Girl has a nice explanationLink.
 
2012-05-01 03:19:04 PM

rmcooper4: Let's just end this debate. Grammar Girl has a nice explanationLink.


That has almost nothing to do with this situation. The only part that applies is when she mentions "an MBA" but fails to explain why she's using "an" there

The issue at hand is how subby expects us to read the sentence outloud. If the intended reading is "would have [article] home run" or "would have [article] human resources" than the proper article is "a." Since that ruins the joke, the correct reading must be "would have [article] aitch-arr" in which case the article, as previously noted, is "an."
 
2012-05-01 03:19:11 PM

FuLinHyu:
True, but you have to cut him some slack as it's hard to steal a base when most of the time you are circling them because you did an anti-Pujols.


FuLinHyu,
Calling you and your army of closers out for Fantasy baseball this week.

and praying Bautista keeps sleeping through at bats
 
2012-05-01 03:20:14 PM

JerseyTim: Welcome to the American League, Albert.


I'm thinking that has very little to nothing to do with it. (seeing pitchers he hasn't seen a lot of in the past perhaps can have an affect)

His numbers have been going down annually for the last three seasons.

What he is going through right now amounts to choking under pressure. It's all in his head at this point and until he snaps out of it, we can keep making jokes about him and his contract.
 
2012-05-01 03:21:18 PM
To be fair, it hasn't been that long since he quit juicing.
 
2012-05-01 03:21:28 PM

DeWayne Mann: "an MBA" but fails to explain why she's using "an" there


And notice that you can legitimately use "a" with MBA, if the intended reading is "Master of Business Administration." But if you expect the reader to see it as "em-bee-ay", then, indeed, "an" is correct.
 
2012-05-01 03:22:10 PM
The grammar nazi circle jerk in this thread is not needed or helpful.
 
2012-05-01 03:23:31 PM

inclemency: The grammar nazi circle jerk in this thread is not needed or helpful.


Speaking as one of fark's resident stat nerds, it sort of is. None of the baseball talk in this thread is going to matter.
 
2012-05-01 03:28:28 PM

DeWayne Mann: rmcooper4: Let's just end this debate. Grammar Girl has a nice explanationLink.

That has almost nothing to do with this situation. The only part that applies is when she mentions "an MBA" but fails to explain why she's using "an" there

The issue at hand is how subby expects us to read the sentence outloud. If the intended reading is "would have [article] home run" or "would have [article] human resources" than the proper article is "a." Since that ruins the joke, the correct reading must be "would have [article] aitch-arr" in which case the article, as previously noted, is "an."

Apparently you understand the nuances of how to pronounce H in certain situations better than others. Nice work! It appears by looking through here that some people don't. Sorry if I shifted the sand in your grammar Nazi vag. Yeesh...

 
2012-05-01 03:30:54 PM
Kinda hard to tag him for the whole team starting off slowly when their only series win is taking two out of three from Baltimore. Basically they're the AL version of the Brewers right now, ton of talent just slow out of the gate. If they're playing like this in June, then start sounding the alarms. At least they can fatten up with the Twinkies now and next week.

/At least Braun woke up last night
 
2012-05-01 03:33:52 PM

rmcooper4: DeWayne Mann: rmcooper4: Let's just end this debate. Grammar Girl has a nice explanationLink.

That has almost nothing to do with this situation. The only part that applies is when she mentions "an MBA" but fails to explain why she's using "an" there

The issue at hand is how subby expects us to read the sentence outloud. If the intended reading is "would have [article] home run" or "would have [article] human resources" than the proper article is "a." Since that ruins the joke, the correct reading must be "would have [article] aitch-arr" in which case the article, as previously noted, is "an."

Apparently you understand the nuances of how to pronounce H in certain situations better than others. Nice work! It appears by looking through here that some people don't. Sorry if I shifted the sand in your grammar Nazi vag. Yeesh...


I also know how to use HTML tags. I'm very well rounded like that.
 
2012-05-01 03:35:10 PM
Oh yes, the Angles are really LA's team and the Dodgers are chumps. Right. Of course it would be interesting if the conspiracy rumors are true and the Angles try to move Downtown. I might actually go to an AL game and throw things at the DH once in awhile.
 
2012-05-01 03:39:18 PM
I, for one, am stoked.

I can honestly say I am tied with Albert Pujols for Major League home runs in 2012, and I am a much better value.
 
2012-05-01 03:44:49 PM

FreakinB: As someone who took him in the first round of a draft AND willingly and knowingly overbid for him in an auction*, this hasn't been good for me.

*Unlimited keepers, but the first 3 keepers cost you $3 more than last year, the next 3 cost $6 more, and so on. I needed power and Pujols was the only superstar that hadn't been kept.


This is not a repeat from 2011.
 
2012-05-01 03:51:55 PM

thecpt: FuLinHyu:
True, but you have to cut him some slack as it's hard to steal a base when most of the time you are circling them because you did an anti-Pujols.

FuLinHyu,
Calling you and your army of closers out for Fantasy baseball this week.

and praying Bautista keeps sleeping through at bats


Heh - well, we're close to being tied after one day - we'll see how it plays out.
 
2012-05-01 03:51:57 PM
He'll settle down, get comfortable, then start doing pretty much what he's always done with machine-like regularity. Do you doubt it?
 
2012-05-01 03:54:47 PM
It is almost like, while in St. Louis, he had connections to a guy, who maybe was the hitting coach, that had some kind of substance one could inject into their body to give better strength and recovery?
 
2012-05-01 03:55:30 PM

Ken VeryBigLiar: Kinda hard to tag him for the whole team starting off slowly when their only series win is taking two out of three from Baltimore. Basically they're the AL version of the Brewers right now, ton of talent just slow out of the gate. If they're playing like this in June, then start sounding the alarms. At least they can fatten up with the Twinkies now and next week.


Someone's hoping Texas cools off.
 
2012-05-01 04:01:57 PM
This would work grammatically, logically and comically:

"...has at least one in the HR department."
 
2012-05-01 04:02:50 PM

machoprogrammer: It is almost like, while in St. Louis, he had connections to a guy, who maybe was the hitting coach, that had some kind of substance one could inject into their body to give better strength and recovery?


How do you explain all the other years of Pulols' performance when McGwire wasn't the hitting coach?
 
2012-05-01 04:03:36 PM

Trocadero: Oh yes, the Angles are really LA's team and the Dodgers are chumps. Right. Of course it would be interesting if the conspiracy rumors are true and the Angles try to move Downtown. I might actually go to an AL game and throw things at the DH once in awhile.


The Angels are LAs team because they're the only team in LA from LA, and they've been here longer.
 
2012-05-01 04:05:36 PM

Mrtraveler01: How do you explain all the other years of Pulols' performance when McGwire wasn't the hitting coach?


LaRussa. McGwire, Conseco, etc
 
2012-05-01 04:11:38 PM
WEST W L PCT GB
Texas 17 6 .739 -
Seattle 11 13 .458 6.5
Oakland 11 13 .458 6.5
LA Angels 8 15 .348 9


CENTRAL W L PCT GB
St. Louis 14 8 .636 -
Cincinnati 11 11 .500 3
Milwaukee 11 12 .478 3.5
Pittsburgh 10 12 .455 4
Houston 9 14 .391 5.5
Chicago Cubs 8 15 .348 6.5

Albert who?

/Angels = Cubs at this point.
//Texas is looking freaking awesome though.
 
2012-05-01 04:12:56 PM
is mickey hatcher this bad?
/hitting coach
// the Halos were batting .300 on Aug. 18, 2009, they finished a 5-4 victory at Cleveland with an entire lineup of .300 hitters. All nine had at least 200 at-bats, the first time that had happened in a major-league game since the Tigers did it in September 1934.
 
2012-05-01 04:13:32 PM
Chone Figgins: .308 (Mariners)
Bobby Abreu: .310/.299/.266
Juan Rivera: .310/.285/.257
Vladimir Guerrero: .313 (Rangers)
Kendry Morales: .303/.283/.290
Torii Hunter: .307/.274/.290
Maicer Izturis: .300/.278/.249
Mike Napoli: .301/.256/.254
Erick Aybar: .313/.285/.271
 
2012-05-01 04:13:51 PM

bhcompy: The Angels are LAs team because they're the only team in LA from LA, and they've been here longer.



the Dodgers moved in '58. the Angels started in '61.
 
2012-05-01 04:13:57 PM

bhcompy: Mrtraveler01: How do you explain all the other years of Pulols' performance when McGwire wasn't the hitting coach?

LaRussa. McGwire, Conseco, etc


Albert Pujols gets drafted as a 20 year old in the 13th round. Proceeds to hit .324/.389/.565 in low A, gets a few games at higher levels that don't go as well. Gets invited to spring training the next year. Pujols hits .306 with 3 HR in 21 spring training games, wins the third base job. Goes on to hit .329/.403/.610.

At what point did LaRussa start injecting Pujols with steroids?
 
2012-05-01 04:17:30 PM

DeWayne Mann: Pujols hits .306 with 3 HR in 21 spring training games


Sorry, 26 games. Looked at the wrong line.
 
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