Smyly’s Grounders, Rotation’s Hole, Meta on Commenting Policy and other Cubs Bullets

I encourage those of you who are active in the comments to see the META note at the bottom of this post. I want to more actively enforce our comment policy.

• It’s clear that Seiya Suzuki rightly gets most of the attention from yesterday’s victory over the Pirates, but what about the pitching? The only guy who gave up a run was Mychal Givens, and (1) it was a solo homer by Bryan Reynolds, and he will sometimes get his, and (2) Givens otherwise struck out to the side. Great day for Smyly, Chris Martin, Givens, Ethan Roberts and David Robertson.

• On Smyly you want to warn that it was the pirates, but I love the flexibility he (and Willson Contreras) showed by just going with what the pirates gave them:

• You will still miss bats without question, but if you keep getting crummy groundball after crummy groundball, you go with it. The guy got NI groundouts hit with under 80 mph in his five innings. It’s just fooled. The quality of the contact you evoke will not always be so awful, but it is also not a total coincidence when you get so much. (Oh, and by the way? Smyly still got 8 snippets out of his 68 pitches, so yeah, that part was pretty good too!)

Smylys’ excursion was one of a very similar set of first turns through the currently shortened rotation:

• When we talk about the shortened rotation, it’s still TBD what the kids are doing this weekend when they need a 5th starter:

• It is possible that the Cubs could bring an arm up on the 40-man roster for a one-day start, though it would only be viable if someone else was temporarily selected or put on IL. I guess the Cubs will postpone the decision for as long as possible because a (unfortunate?) Clarifying event could happen between now and Saturday.

• I have to agree with Smyly about the level of insanity in the Nico Hoerner game:

• Ethan Roberts received the Pitching Ninja treatment for his frisbee shooter:

• Just for fun:

• Electric toothbrushes, toys, scales and appliances are among your current offerings at Amazon. #annonce

After doubling his tone-deaf comments that Reds fans had no choice but to support the team (and the ownership), Phil Castellini came up with a statement on his own without any invitation and wrote it himself and all:

Related here are some of the early thoughts on whether the anti-tanking measures in the new CBA will work or not – after all, the Reds (and the A’s) kept selling out right after the CBA was passed. Some of the comments came from former Red Nick Castellanos, and I think that may have spurred the reaction from Red’s ownership: “It’s just a classic example of ownership using organizations as profit,” said the former Red and current Phillies. outfielder Nick Castellanos recently. “When … there are no consequences to losing, you will not be held accountable for your performance.”

• Also in the ESPN piece, a biting remark from an anonymous agent about the impact of the lottery: “The pirates probably do not care about getting the number 1 choice. That means they have to pay him more. “

META: The level of unkindness in the comments has reached a point over the last six months where I have to say something and give an explicit warning about the increased enforcement that is coming. I do not think there is anyone who wants the comment field to be questioned, but this has become so serious. There’s a reason why most places around the web no longer have active comment sections, and that’s because they can not get past this moment.

Specifically, I must start more assertively enforcing our terms of use and comment policy, which, among other things, prohibit commenters from: “engage[ing] in conduct that is not in the interest of facilitating enjoyable, productive discussions (ie, disruptive comments; exaggerated caps, exclamation marks, and / or text speech; “trolling;” comments designed to irritate, irritate, or otherwise excite the passions of other users; ). Disagreements are fine and encouraged. Persistent, annoying, harmful and / or unfriendly behavior is not. “

I have always had one of the most loose commentary policies at BN, because I believe in the idea that well-meaning people should be able to comment freely on the internet. But there’s nothing in the internet bible that says, “Brett, you need to give everyone a free place to come and fuck you, your co-workers, and other commentators.”

Criticism will always be allowed – I get some criticism on this very point! Do you notice our mistake? Fine, of course. Takes us to task when we make mistakes, disagrees on how we do things, and knows and knows. All still fair game, because of course. But there is a very clear and fundamental difference between being someone who likes to quarrel on the internet and being someone who has made it his hobby to be an asshole. I’ve been doing this long enough to know the difference, and I’ve let the latter category of people go unchecked for too long. I thought I could reason with them, or maybe they would bet they were bored of their own BS.

I do not need cheerleaders in the comments. What I need are decent people who are engaged in good faith discussions about whatever comes up. If I see that you’re the kind of hole I’m talking about, contrary to our comment policy, then this is it. You are gone. I’m tired of it. Be a better person.

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