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    [–] The first snow of the year is coming to Raleigh today. We usually handle it pretty well. pdieten 1 points ago in funny

    Much of your country is mountains. That's not true of this area. Snow is rare there. Buying winter tires is a waste of money.

    [–] The first snow of the year is coming to Raleigh today. We usually handle it pretty well. pdieten 1 points ago in funny

    Snow tires don't do a damn bit of good when you are driving on an inch of snow that covers ice, which is what typically happens when there's snow south of the Mason-Dixon line

    [–] The forgotten at-bat of 2011 World Series Game Six, an example of the strategy that we lose with the implementation of the DH pdieten 5 points ago in baseball

    Or, you know, you could have an actual professional hitter lay down the bunt while all those other things still happen.

    Do you not understand that all that strategy is just accounting for the fact that you have a worthless hitter at bat? What the hell kind of game do you want where your best players are not playing in the biggest moments?

    [–] [Drellich] The MLBPA just released this statement regarding the Astros investigation: "Any suggestion that the Association failed to cooperate with the Commissioner’s investigation, obstructed the investigation, or otherwise took positions which led to a stalemate... is completely untrue." pdieten 8 points ago in baseball

    There's a whole article in The Athletic explaining exactly why the players could not be punished under the existing rules, and how the union would have been forced to file a grievance in favor of the punished players that MLB would have lost if they had tried. Its logic is annoyingly sound.

    If you have a subscription, this is it: https://theathletic.com/1614464/2020/02/17/drellich-even-without-granting-immunity-mlb-would-have-had-trouble-punishing-astros-players/

    I think it's fair to say that the majority of the union membership will demand that Tony Clark go back to the league and hammer out some rules for how players can be punished for this.

    [–] [McCalvy] A question many of you have wanted posed directly to Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio in light of player payroll: Did the team operate at a loss last season? Yes, he says. pdieten 6 points ago in baseball

    The TV contract is practically worthless. Small market means ads and carriage fees don’t have much value. IIRC they’re collecting only around $20m from FSW.

    Want to guess what kind of revenue teams in NYC pull from a contract that beams games into a market an order of magnitude larger?

    [–] Mark Attanasio says the Brewers did indeed operate at a loss last season.... pdieten 6 points ago in Brewers

    Lovely watching everyone acting as though a baseball team’s bookkeeping is run like a damn lemonade stand. If you didn’t study accounting or know what GAAP is, you can’t even begin to have an idea what the revenue and expenses are, or how they get booked.

    On a purely cash basis they may or may not have turned a profit but the IRS is going to come down on Attanasio like a ton of bricks if he’s pulling anything shady, and it should be pretty obvious that he’s about as honest as businessmen ever come in this country (which only says so much, I know, but you get the point.)

    [–] Mark Attanasio says the Brewers did indeed operate at a loss last season.... pdieten 0 points ago in Brewers

    Because the team doesn’t make money from the TV deal the way teams like the Dodgers and Yankees do. Small market means the ads and carriage fees aren’t worth much. Big market teams make revenue in the billions and only a small bit of that is gate revenue.

    [–] What's an American problem you're too European to understand? pdieten 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I'm too American to understand why posts like this get created over and over and over, and the same questions keep getting asked over and over and over. Especially because the answers are all well known and can be found effortlessly with a web search. The answer to your question is that people are used to things being this way and they do not want to change because change is scary. And if you feel an urge to bash them for that, then so be it, but it's not going to accomplish anything.

    [–] Looking for tips on how to mount a knot. pdieten 2 points ago in wicked_edge

    You already got an excellent answer. But test fit the knot in the brush first. If you think it sits more than 2mm too low, you can add a little 5-minute epoxy in the hole to raise the shelf, and let that cure before you set the knot.

    [–] And it gets progressively worse pdieten 13 points ago in AdviceAnimals

    In the same way that you can’t pay your expenses without having a job or some other reasonably reliable income stream, news sources can’t pay people to create quality journalism without a reliable income stream. Internet ads do not make enough money for that. Therefore, if you are reading a news source that is free and ad supported, it is probably crap.

    AP and Reuters can afford to keep their news posted for free because the news sites (print, TV, and radio) that use their stories have to pay for them, so they have steady income.

    Proper sources of journalism like the New York Times and Washington Post use the subscription model. You have to subscribe just like you did in the print only days. That is how they pay their reporters and staff to create quality journalism.

    In other words, like anything else in the world, you get what you pay for.

    [–] Doctors of Reddit, what's the biggest case of "faking it" you've ever seen? pdieten 61 points ago in AskReddit

    You can't tell a story like that without explaining why a person would have bitten your hand.

    [–] A young guy from West Virginia moves to Florida and goes to a big "everything under one roof" department store looking for a job. pdieten 15 points ago in Jokes

    Old numbers, my dude. This joke is old enough to get an invitation to join the AARP. Besides, when’s the last time you saw a store that would sell you both a truck and fish hooks?

    [–] GAME THREAD: All-Star Saturday Night - (February 15, 2020) pdieten 1 points ago in nba

    As a Brewers fan, I am simultaneously impressed and offended that you remembered this.

    And now I realize that you are likely a Nats fan, and I am still going to congratulate your team for knocking off the Astrisks.

    [–] The Gang Find A Weird Door In Their House pdieten 1 points ago in gifs

    You can still get them, search the web for "ironing center". Nowadays they have a little shelf big enough for the iron and a can of starch.

    [–] Remodeling a house built in the 1950s, found in the bathroom wall pdieten 35 points ago in wicked_edge

    They were pretty common in the US. It was a standard style to get a medicine cabinet that recessed into the wall between two studs, so these were always a standard 14.5" wide because they'd screw into the studs on either side (16" OC - 1.5" the width of the stud itself) and some bright spark came up with the idea of cutting a razor blade slot in the back of the cabinet, because there was nothing but void space behind and below it.

    If we had brighter sparks around here, one of them might have installed some sort of a hopper below the medicine cabinet to catch the blades instead of letting future bathroom remodelers clean up a rusty razor sharp mess off the floor. But that would require more thinking ahead than was typical of 20th century Americans.

    [–] [Feinsand] Josh Hader has lost his arbitration case against the Brewers, per source. Hader will earn $4.1 million in 2020; he had filed for $6.4 million pdieten 0 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in Brewers

    Our cheap team is no more cheap than any of the other 29 when it comes to rookie contracts and arbitration. He wouldn't have been treated any differently anywhere else. The difference now is, between renewing his last contract and losing his arb case, and the way he gets worked out of the bullpen, I suspect his relationship with the team is not going to be the sunshine and rainbows we might like. In short, I think the odds are higher than we like that with his delivery and usage, he is going to be seriously injured or become ineffective, never get his big free agent payday, and he will call that the team's fault.

    To be blunt, he is a risk. I hate risk. That is my opinion. No one has to agree with it, but I laid out my reasoning. So if we can get equal quality back for him, I'd honestly sooner see him go just to avoid such a potential scenario.

    [–] [Feinsand] Josh Hader has lost his arbitration case against the Brewers, per source. Hader will earn $4.1 million in 2020; he had filed for $6.4 million pdieten -9 points ago in Brewers

    It was obvious this sort of thing was going to be a problem from the minute he renewed his contract last year. Obviously thinking more about money than anything else. If I were Stearns I'd be looking to trade him for equal quality pitching from elsewhere, and let his salary demands and likelihood to blow out his arm be someone else's problem.

    [–] One of life’s great mysteries pdieten 2 points ago in funny

    Minimal taxes and bulk delivery for gasoline keeps prices down. Bottled water involves humans carrying and stocking it. That’s where the cost comes from. This isn’t Indonesia, it is tremendously expensive to pay an American human to do work

    [–] Boris Johnson has cancelled his planned trip to the White House after Trump slammed the phone down on him in a moment of 'apoplectic' fury pdieten 14 points ago in worldnews

    The UK has been even more full of itself than usual lately after the Brexit shenanigans. It's going to be fascinating to watch over the next few years as they try to negotiate with anyone about anything, especially considering they're smaller and have less leverage than almost everyone they need to work with.

    [–] TIL that TGI Fridays dropped the 'button flairs' from the waiting staffs' uniforms due to popularity of the movie Office Space in which Jennifer Aniston's character quits her job due to frustration with the flairs pdieten 25 points ago in todayilearned

    I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler.

    [–] TIL that TGI Fridays dropped the 'button flairs' from the waiting staffs' uniforms due to popularity of the movie Office Space in which Jennifer Aniston's character quits her job due to frustration with the flairs pdieten 44 points ago in todayilearned

    The weird thing was, the movie stapler was a model 646, but when Swingline started offering the red staplers in stores they used the 747, which isn't even the same stapler.

    There are red 646s just like the movie prop available on Amazon now, finally.

    The stapler here on my desk is a 646, but it's more maroon than red. Someone left it behind during an office cleanout and now it is mine.