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The Phils have Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis, who was played for 162 games last year, something I still cannot get over.  Imagine a team playing Freddy Galvis 162 games.  I can’t and it happened!  Any hoo!  Both of these guys are arbitration eligible which could make them attractive in a trade to a smaller market team.  As if you can’t imagine Cesar Hernandez or Galvis playing for the A’s next year.  Plus, the Phils just hired “Hottie With His Shirt Off” Gabe Kapler.  The Jacked Jew!  By the way, if you would tell anyone who doesn’t know better that there’s a Jewish manager for the Phils named Gabe and he’s sexy AF, they’d tell you that you are absolutely bonkers.  There hasn’t been a handsome Gabe since the 1979 Battle of the Network Stars when Isaac from The Love Boat sprayed water in Gable Kaplan’s face.  Gabe Kapler is like the visual representation of a John Legend song.  Okay, enough homoerotic fantasy baseball.  Scott Kingery!  That’s who we’re for.  I mention Cesar Hernandez and Galvis because they could be standing in the way of Kingery’s playing time.  Kingery plays predominantly 2nd base, which means Cesar would have to move, but Hernandez could play short, which works if Galvis moves.  So, what can we expect from Scott Kingery for 2018 fantasy baseball?

People were down on Scott Kingery in his first full year in 2016, but it was his first full season of pro ball and he played in Clearwater of the Florida State League, which sounds like where George Zimmerman should be playing.  The FSL is the anti-PCL.  Kingery didn’t do great, but it should be ignored.  Last year, Kingery demolished Double-A in only 69 games — 18 HRs, 19 SBs, .313 AVG and .295 ISO (!).  Some would say those are Bugs Bunny-type numbers.  Yes, true, but they’re also Goofy, to mix animation houses.  However, these were in Reading, which is like hitting in Coors, if Coors was on the moon with its gravity issues.  “I don’t think I have gravity issues.”  That’s the Moon in denial about its own true self.  Kingery’s FB% jumped in Reading, but manifested itself as line drives in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, if I’m reading Reading correctly, which I am, you stutterer.  His ISO was still solid at Lehigh Valley — in 63 games, 8 HRs, 10 SBs, .294 AVG, 22% line drive rate.  Is he a 30 homer bat?  No, but he’s legit 20/20 with a good average.  Since he played college ball — for what?  Was he trying to get his degree so he could become a substitute teacher? — he’s already older than most prospects — will be 24 in April — and is ready for the majors.  I’m guessing the Jacked Jew wants to make the Phils his team and won’t waste much time promoting Kingery if he keeps hitting at Triple-A.  Assuming that’s true, he’ll be up at the latest June/July, but there’s a real chance he starts the year with the Phils.  For now, I’ll give Scott Kingery projections of 44/8/39/.282/12 in 378 ABs, but that’s from June, and are subject to change any week now like your underwear.

   
  1. Bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    Off topic, I know, but if you can please rank top 9 keepers based on price in AL ONLY AUCTION 5×5 league:
    Merrifield $5
    Hicks $2
    Betts $25
    Kiermaier $18
    Healey $15
    Moustakis $19
    Clevinger $8
    Berrios $8
    Britton $16
    Parker, LA $8
    Mendosi $10
    Teoscar Hernandez $10
    Darvish $19-(assuming AL)
    Revere $8
    Eduardo Escobar $1
    Brach $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Merrifield $5
      Hicks $2
      Betts $25
      Kiermaier $18
      Healey $15
      Moustakis $19
      Clevinger $8
      Berrios $8
      Yu

      • Bbboston says:
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        @Grey: follow-up q: would you trade Berrios ($8)/Hicks($2) for Jose Ramirez ($7)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Bbboston says:
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            @Grey: sorry to prolong this :-): soft counter sent my way a moment ago => would you do Berrrios ($8) and Healey ($15) for Jose Ramirez ($7)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d want Jo-Ram

  2. It looks like the Phils are shopping Hernandez and Galvis.
    https://sports.yahoo.com/giancarlo-stanton-shohei-otani-freddy-042121628.html

    As long as one of them is moved, Kingery has a spot. He’s got 70 grade speed but has never gone over 30 steals. However, his success rate is great (84%). Do you think there’s 30-40 steal upside especially for the Phils who won’t be contenders the next couple of years?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @MaxFreeze: Where have you read he has 70 grade speed? It’s more like 55-60, but he runs well. anything over 25 seems aggressive.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @MaxFreeze: Logenhagen has trouble grading speed IMO. He’s put 40s on guys that run like 60s. He did it with Estury Ruiz after the Royals-Padres trade, and then two weeks later Chris Kusiloek who scouts the Padres out in Arizona told me he would put a 55-60 on Ruiz’s wheels.

          That said Kingery can run, and he will be a steals asset.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, I hadn’t read that about them shopping them, but it makes sense, they’re kinda useless for rebuilding… They’re pieces you add to a team that’s ready to challenge for a playoff spot… I don’t think anyone besides Gordon and Hamilton have 40-steal speed anymore… Not exactly age of steal, and doubt Kingery gets there

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Jorge Mateo prolly has the best shot at 40 of anyone in the minors. Unfortunately he’s on the A’s and they don’t run a ton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A’s don’t do anything a ton, except interest everyone when they make a deal… “Beane really got the best of him!” Then 4 years later you say that trade back to people and they’re like, “Yeah, not sure Beane looks so great anymore there.”

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Like the Donaldson debacle.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Like every move Beane has done, no? Right when it happens, it’s hailed as brilliant, then a few years later it’s a mess… Kinda like House of Cards

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, 100%. He’s the Kanye West of GM’s. Everyone is like “Brillant”, then you go back and listen to 808s and Heartbreak, and think, “THIS. IS. AWFUL”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Whoa, whoa, whoa! Heartless is still all right… The rest of that album is garbage tho…

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Kanye Beane….Billy West….???

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A’sus?

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      cheap and reliable….to suck

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Exactly

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Bean-zus?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like A’sus

  3. Guest says:
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    Is there a rhyme or reason to the order for these? Asking because I’m curious to see a Gleyber write up, and if it were some sort of ‘best to worst’ ranking I’d imagine we’d have seen him by now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Guest: He just started swinging a bat less than a month ago, he’s a tough guy to hype at the moment. I love Gleyber, but I’m not putting any expectations on the beginning of the season. 2-3 months in AAA might do him good. Should be interesting to see what the Yanks do with 3rd base. They have Andujar, who is just about ready, and could sign a vet to fill in too.

      Interested to see what grey thinks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no order

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: What do you think about Gleyber?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a terrific scotch…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: So you’re saying the Yanks plan on aging him another year? Perfect!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A 22-year-old scotch sounds better, doesn’t it?

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: after a hard day at the office I like to come home and have me a nice smooth Gleyber 22

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Once his shoulder is straight up, and no longer on the rocks

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I prefer the lower expectations of my Gleyber on the rocks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Watered down Starlin Castro?

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      a disappointing Jameson Taillon with a twist

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Jameson Taillon is a scotch with one shot

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @F-FOH: he’s just another one dimensional Mick

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Did we ever find out what the F is for? Is it Famished-Full of Hate? Verklempt spelled wrong?

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      Its Fuck Full of Hate. As in the fuck this guy. Im a self loathing Jew now

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That sounds like a double negative, which means you’re full of love now

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      I’ll show you fool of love…like brother love

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  4. Tweak says:
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    I don’t think there’s any real reason for the Phils to keep Kingery in AAA. Get him his ABs and MLB playing time before they drop a ton of cash in the 2018 offseason to get into contention. Even if his power plays to a 20-25 HR level, he can still come up in the 2/3 slot ahead of Hoskins.

    A Cobb/Chatwood signing, moving Galvis for something like (if Oakland) Grant Holmes and Logan Shore (back end rotation pieces that could be decent bullpen arms if nothing else) and some improvement from Franco could have the Phils competing for 2nd place in that division next season.

    My money’s still on them bringing in Harper next offseason, so a 2-3-4 of Kingery-Harper-Hoskins could be mighty impressive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so regarding Kingery — You think Phils bring in Harper? I hadn’t heard that…

      • Tweak says:
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        @Grey: I haven’t read that anywhere, it’s just my speculation. With all of their big contracts off the books and a pile of money lying around, I assume they’ll play big in the next offseason, right alongside the Yankees and others. They’ll be set up to add an OF with some good power, even if Cozens rights the ship in the minors.

        Besides, I think Harper’s attitude would blend well with Philly’s fanbase…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you a Phillie fan? If so, I could see wanting it… It feels like a long shot at best…

          • Tweak says:
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            @Grey: I am absolutely not. The Harper attitude line was meant mostly as a swipe at their fanbase. They remain my least favorite team in the majors – and that is tough to do considering Baltimore’s ownership and the fact that the Dodgers are not still in Brooklyn (I’m 31, so I’m apparently possessed by an angry New York grandfather).

            Grew up a Yankees fan, fell away from it when they continued to spend millions stupidly and led the charge on making baseball contracts ridiculous. Kinda back in with their rebuild and the work Cashman has done recently. Now, more a baseball fan than anything – love smaller market teams that do what they can with what they have (recently, the Royals, Twins and Pirates). Respect the Cardinals’ magic with player development.

            As for Kingery, he could end up being the best at the keystone in the NL East for some time. I prefer Albies, but he could move back to SS.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, nice… You sound like me, I was a Yanks fan growing up, but I fell away during crazy spending years, and now I like what they’ve done with the rebuild… Wouldn’t say I’m all the way back tho, and doubt I ever will be… I like Albies too…

  5. Vincent Vega says:
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    Assuming both start the season in the bigs, which is the better MI play out of Philly?

    Crawford or Kingery? OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

  6. Packers says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m still reading everyone’s post and perusing the FA wire in my dynasty leagues. Barnes is available and has C and 2B eligibility. since we play two catchers do you think he is a top 24 guy at catcher? I would drop guys like Pina and J. McCann. Pick him up or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold the guys I have

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Ralph loves the Barnes

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he told me to draft Barnes in my NFBC this past year

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I like him but Im always weary of catchers who havent shown me what they can do in 500 plus AB’s, which means most of them. The one thing over looked is the day to day these guys go through and when a player becomes a full time its even harder to invest even moderately in them because we don’t know how they will handle being the A1 from day 1. That said he is smaller and is pretty nimble. He’s a groundball hitter with great plate discipline, high contact and walk rates. He’s that catcher that won’t lose you your league. If that makes sense

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed… I actually don’t mind him in an NFBC-type league b/c he could get ABs, and counting stats, and last year he could’ve helped me in the final month when Ryan Hanigan, Vogt and whoever else I had stopped playing, but I still won my league *blows on knuckles* so, ya know…

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: not needed but nice. You keep blowing those knuckles

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: And it was a great suggestion. He finished ahead of Lucroy and Russell Martin, and the team prefers him. Plus MI and 2B eligibility.

                You should drop Pina with the quickness for Barnes IMO.

                • F-FOH says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: It was a great suggestion

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, it wasn’t bad, like I said above… I would’ve been better off with him than Tony Wolters or whatever half-cocked Rockies catcher I drafted

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: I suggested it while talking you out of Jorge Alfaro. Hahaha!

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: He must have been reading Sayre

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, prolly… In the final 10 rounds of a 55 round draft, I’m usually just looking at anyone that will get Rockies at-bats

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      Has Lishitz ever told you the Bret Sayre is the most full of shit prospect “expert” ever story?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now I wanna listen to an old episode of the Prospect podcast… What story?

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: @F-FOH: I told it on the Prospect Podcast once.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      so instead of telling the story he references that it was on a podcast and provides no link…. he really has arrived as a pert

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well played, Lifshitz!

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      you should help get him out here for spring. I’d even show up. He deserves at least that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d love to make that happen

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      I screen shot that. I’ll be reminding you all winter, and by winter, I mean actual winter and not the two weeks a year LA winter.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Packers: Drop either for Barnes, no reason not to. His value was even to Pina’s just about, and he has more upside. He actually rated higher on the player rater in 2017 than James McCann did.

      • Packers says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, kinda what I was thinking.

  7. Rod Smith Cowboys RB says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Little butthurt about the Dallas RB situation. I picked up Rod Smith really smoothly off the waiver line. Im not too happy with it but my Rod’s gonna have to serve me for now. How long are we holding our Rod’s for while the Cowboys tighten up their fannies?

    thanks a ton

  8. LenFuego says:
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    I think of Kingery as a Gregg Jefferies type of prospect with 2017-era power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *runs out to get 1,000 Scott Kingery rookie cards*

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: Heh, you might want to check out Jefferies’ career stats before you tie up your capital like that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m gonna flip them for Kevin Maas rookie cards!

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: So maybe I should clarify. I think of Kingery as a guy who is likely to have the type of career that Gregg Jefferies actually had (with perhaps a bit more power, as appropriate for this era of juiced balls), not the type of career that Mets fans *thought* Jefferies was going to have.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, gotcha… Maybe, but Kingery feels like he can do better than actual Jefferies…

          • LenFuego says:
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            @Grey: Hmmmm. Jefferies was a pretty good hitter – his peak season he hit .342 with 16 HRs, 83 RBIs, 89 Rs and 46 SBs.

            For the 10 year period when he was more or less a full-time player, he averaged 132 Games, 506 ABs, .292 average, 11 HRs, 61 RBIs, 70 runs, 19 SBs. Kick up the HRs to 20 and add in the number of RBIs and Rs associated with those extra HRs, and that kind of seems very much what you might see out of Kingery to me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I had forgotten he was that good, you’re right if that’s the Jefferies you were thinking of…. I was thinking of the one that made these rookie cards worthless…

  9. F-FOH says:
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    Have you watched Let it Fall yet on Netflix. I started and its pretty good. Its about LA from 82-92 and how everything built up to the riots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh sweet, I needed this… was watching Bojack out of boredom…

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I haven’t watched Bojack yet. For cartoons on Netflix I liked F is for family. Classic parental verbal abuse

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bojack is all right, I watch it once in a while, never bingeing… I watched the Ridley riot doc last night, good call on the recommendation… Shizz was so depressing…

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: The Japanese guy talking about his dad cutting through other parts of LA to get to the Forum gave me childhood flashbacks. There was no good way to get there from the east because the 105 hadn’t been built yet so you had to go down Manchester and the 110 would be a shit show so you cut around through south central. Its funny in hindsight that my brother and I would count the absurd number of fried chicken joints between the 110 and the Forum, 24 total if memory serves me well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That is insane, never was here for the Forum, but thinking about that now is insane… What a poorly constructed city LA is from just a transportation standpoint… It’s like the city planners 75 years ago really didn’t study any other city… That would be a good doc, city planning in LA, and total DGAF…. I have friends who were here during the riots, and they said they drove down the 101 thru downtown and just saw fires on both sides of the highway…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Maybe it was the 110 they said, now that I think about it

                • F-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: 110 for sure.

                  The planning of LA is actually pretty well known. They had the Red Line which was the transportation to the suburbs. So they first built outside the center right down those lines then the oil and rubber companies bought them up and shut them down so they could build more roads/freeways. Cities like Inglewood, Long Beach and Pasadena had to be linked someway to the city. Have you driven the old 110 through east Los? If you ever look at the freeways surrounding downtown from an aerial view. They were done that way to protect downtown LA from an air attack. They could roll out defenses right on to the freeways. So they had some things in mind when they did what they did. Regardless of all that is the major influence the oil, rubber and later the car companies had in shaping the geography of LA.

                  Hell in my lifetime I’ve seen the 105 built, which BTW if you have ever seen Roger Cormans Suburbia, not that lame Ribisi one, they talk about all the properties bought up and abandoned where the 105 is now. I’ve seen the 71 extended to the 91 when it used to dead end as well as when the 210 would dead end in La Verne. Now it goes all the way to San Berdoo.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Wow, that is fascinating… I’d like to read a book on that… I’m sure you’re aware, but there’s giant oil refineries in plaint sight on Wilshire with fake building facades hiding them… Nah, never watched that Corman flick… Is that like how the 2 suddenly dead ends headed towards Eagle Rock? You know where I mean?

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: you mean how the 710 ends in Alhambra and the 11o in Pasadena?

                      Book? Im sure there is but its was all covered in California History and Geography classes in college. We went more in depth in my Urban Geography course in college. I may have a book on it. The books I do have are about the black enclave of Central Avenue that I used for half my senior thesis. Those are entertaining especially the collection of Journals.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, exactly, that shizz just dead ends and it’s like, “Oh, yo, where’s the road?” Yeah, I didn’t learn anything in college… Not about LA, I mean in general…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      To be fair I was a history and Geography major and I wrote my senior thesis about a segment of the population of Los Angeles from 1900-1945.

                      Back in the day where the 210 ended we would street race where the freeway started

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So you were going for a major as useful as my poli-sci major! I wanna go to a street race…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: useless? Maybe. Amusing? Definitely I get all kind of amusement from it. Whether its the amatuer history buffs who watched the history channel too much or the dumb questions/statements.

                      Street races are fun! Until someone gets hurt

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Amateur history buffs who watch History Channel now get their history from Ancient Aliens, Chumlee or American Pickers…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: the funny thing about Ancient Aliens is they actually bring up some very interesting ancient structures and questions then crap all over it with their answers. They take an actual point of contention and then make it trivial by their stretching for a one answer fits all explanation. Its pretty funny. But for real there is a major protectionist issue with high academia, archeology, and sovereign governments. I first encountered that in college and have only read more and more about it since. You can’t change the story

                    • Grey

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                      I’d say it happens everywhere. We hold these truths to be self-evident… And that’s it, grab those truths and hold them. Honestly, I’ve never seen Ancient Aliens, I only know it to goof on it.

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: the narrator on AA puts me to sleep. I used that show to go to sleep.

                      I don’t know too many other disciplines that get books banned, death threats and people expelled from other countries. Egyptologists are some of the worse

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, like I said, never watched so don’t know narrator… I Googled Egyptologists, and a top result was salary for an Egyptologist. Haha…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: Its like the Jews never left Egypt

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

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