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  1. 9 points
    Always a beacon of Optimism.
  2. 6 points
    I will take a shot at rating the candidates that we have heard of to this point Factors I used to rate I. Successful involvement in managing Scouting, Player Development or Analytics II. Involvement in managing a rebuild !!!. Demonstrated ability to manage a mid market team to a World Series winner 1. Mike Elias - Currently AGM for Player Acquisition for the Astros. Elias have been through a successful rebuild which should be a big plus. Elias has been instrumental in assembling the Astros roster and building its top-ranked farm system since he joined the club in January of 2012. As the Astros scouting director, Elias served as one of the major contributors to the accumulation of young talent that has occurred during General Manager Jeff Luhnow tenure. His involvement and leadership in the organizationâl amateur draft efforts helped to rapidly elevate the Astro's talent pipeline to one of the best in baseball and furnished key pieces that contributed to the organization's 2017 World Series Championship. In 2012, as Special Assistant to the GM for Scouting, Mike was a driving force behind the decision to select Carlos Correa with the first overall pick, and helped assemble a draft class that has produced nine Major League players thus far. Under Elias's direction, Astros drafts from 2013-2017 have already graduated an additional thirteen MLB players, including Alex Bregman, and yielded some of the current top prospects in baseball. Since 2012 the Astros have drafted more MLB players than any other team. He is a gradate from Yale. He has ties to the area having gro!wn up in Alexandria Va. He gradated from Thomas Jefferson High School. 2. Scott Sharp - currently AGM of the Royals Scott Sharp is in his 12th season in the Royals' front office and first as the Vice President/Assistant General Manager. He was named to his current role on January 7, 2018. He has previously served as the Director of Player Development during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He joined the organization on September 28, 2006 as Assistant Director of Player Development and was promoted to Director of Minor League Operations on August 1, 2008. Though Sharp does not have a scouting or drafting background he has been involved in player development for most of his career. He oversaw the development of many for the Royals home grown players that won the 2014 World Series including Hosmer, Moustakas. Perez, Duffy, Ventura, and Herrera. He is a graduate of George Washington University and grew up in Sykesville Md 3. Ben Cherington. As former GM he brings many positives and few negatives to the GM position. Currently the VP of Baseball Ops for the Blue Jays. Cherington was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for 2013 by The Sporting News for his part in leading the team to the World Series. Cherington served Boston as an area scout, baseball operations assistant, coordinator of international scouting, and assistant director (and then director) of player development from 1999–2005. Cherington became vice president, player personnel, through January 2009, then senior vice president and assistant GM from 2009 through his promotion to general manager after the 2011 season. Res Sox GM from 2012-through 2015. Cherington has involved with the development of young players Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. Brock Holt, Eduardo Rodríguez, Blake Swihart, Travis Shaw, Henry Owens, Christian Vázquez. This all reads like the guy that the O's would want to hire as their GM for the rebuild except of the unfortunate end to Cherington time in Boston. He signed to large contracts Ramirez, Sandoval and Castillo which cost the Red Sox greatly in 2014-2018. After wining the World Series in two 2013 his team finished last in 2014 and 2015 which led to his firing. That is why he is listed as the 3rd choice here. Cherington matriculated at Amherst College and has a master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 4. Ned Colletti - One of the most successful GM in baseball history. He is known as a old school GM for his reliance in the past on traditional scouting over analytics. Colletti is an American sports executive and Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst. He is currently an analyst for the Los Angeles Dodgers studio show on Spectrum SportsNet LA. He was general manager of the Dodgers from 2006 through 2014. Before moving to the Dodgers, he was assistant general manager of the San Francisco Giants. During his tenure, the Giants had an 813–644 overall record (.558), winning an average of 90.3 games per season. He was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005.[4] During his tenure with the Dodgers (2005-2014), Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. During Colletti time as GM with the Dodgers he won the NL West 4 times and made the playoff 5 times. He did not win a World Series. 5. Tyrone Brooks - is in the Office of the Commissioner at Major League Baseball as the Senior Director of the Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program in February of 2016. 6 years with the Pirates for Dec 2009 to Jan 2016. Was Director of Baseball Operations and Director of Player Personnel. It has been reported that the Angelos brothers are still interviewing candidates and may have already interviewed candidates that are not included here. There are several AGM that I believe are qualified including Ray's Bloom, Brewer's Anorld, Diamondback Sawdaye. Cubs McLeod and I am sure there are others. That is how I rate the candidates. How do you rate them?
  3. 6 points
    He celebrated by going 4-6 with a 2B, HR, and SB today. Leads all AFL hitters with 9 XBH.
  4. 6 points
    Very soon. Luke and I had our last conversation Sunday night and now we're just working on some write ups and grades and such. Probably early next week at the latest.
  5. 6 points
    I was going through the archives of Roch's blog, and other sources on the internet. From October-November 2011, these were the known candidates, in order. Jerry Dipoto (interviewed 10/17, took Angels job 10/29) Tony LaCava (interviewed 10/19, turned down O's offer on 11/1, stayed w/Toronto) DeJohn Watson (interviewed 10/25, withdrew his name, O's didn't plan for 2nd interview) John Stockstill (interviewed 10/28 ) Scott Proefrock (interviewed 11/3) Dan Duquette (hired November 6th) Andrew Friedman (declined interview) Dan Jennings (Marlins denied permission to interview 10/18) Mike Radcliff (Twins denied permission to interview 11/4) Ned Colletti (Only if he left the Dodgers) Yes, the process was a lot more transparent 7 years ago. On balance, was that transparency necessarily a good thing? In the end, what some may remember is that one candidate turned them down, another refused an interview, and they hired a guy who had been out of baseball for 10 years. At the time, that was ridiculed. The process from start to finish took about 3 weeks. Because the sons have done their interviews using the Cone of Silence, we don't have a timeline. So we wait, and wait, and wait. As long as they settle on a good candidate, I don't need the ins and outs of how the decision was made.
  6. 6 points
    I just voted that we would not resign Nick. Feels good to be right.
  7. 5 points
    This is a guy Tony and I are higher on than most of the industry. Here is one thing I wanted to add to Tony’s write up. In addition to the quality of individual pitches, how pitches work together to get people out is also important. An example of the at the major league level this season is Paul Fry. Fry’s stuff is lackluster but the fastball and slider play so well off each other that it worked. Kremer is the same way except with much better stuff. His high spin 4S fastball and his 12-6 curve work perfectly together. He commands both of them and can throw both in any count and they tunnel well (meaning the hitter can’t tell them apart until it’s too late). The changeup has developed and it’s already enough of a show me pitch for him to profile as a starter. It doesn’t need to be great because the CB plays to both LH and RH batters.
  8. 5 points
    It's like the old days of discerning who had influence in the Soviet Union by who didn't show up for the parade.
  9. 5 points
    I take that as people went to a ball game and thought the ballpark and atmosphere was a "very good experience." i went to a couple of games with some good friends I see once or twice a year and it was a very good experience. I went with my son who is now 31 and I don't see as much as I would like. That was a very good experience. That is regardless of how bad the team played. That is the context I would say that 5% responded.
  10. 5 points
    Buck and his wife Angela attended the KidsPeace 5 K yesterday and he gave Roch some quotes. He was a class act and I wish him well. http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2018/10/this-that-and-the-other-169.html
  11. 5 points
    While the season as a whole was disappointing, there were a lot of positives to look at for a couple of players. Jonathan Villar: Imagine having him for a whole season. Brought an element of speed and power to the club after the trade, mainly the speed. Always a threat to steal when on and his presence seemed to wake up everyone else’s legs. Question will be: second or shortstop? Renato Nunez: The bat was as advertised (could still use a little work, but the ball JUMPS off the bat), but his defense was much better as the season went on. Working with Bobby Dickerson worked wonders for Nunez. Could still be replaced at third, but he looked promising for the meantime. Steve Wilkerson: A suspension and then injuries derailed his season. During his short time, we all got a great look at his glove for utility work. Such iconic moments: The dive at 3rd against the Nationals, the charge and throw to first to keep the game tied against the Braves, the dive, spin, and throw from the ground to end the game against the Astros, the range into center with the over the shoulder catch infront of a diving Mullins…You get the point. His bat was starting to heat up when an oblique injury sidelined him, then a hamstring injury during his rehab assignment compounded things. Breyvic Valera: Better than a lot of people thought he would be. Good contact and good defense before an injury toward the end of the season took him out. A lot to look forward to with him in the lineup and on the diamond. Austin Wynns: Even as big a fan of his as I am, I was not expecting a near .250 average in the majors. Got a lot of praise from pitchers (especially Cobb) and got a lot of credit for Cobb getting the complete game shutout against Cleveland. Only catcher in the MLB to catch Jackie Bradley Jr. attempting to steal during the regular season. Had an 8 game hitting streak and hits in 6 of his last 7 games. Had a few rough times on defense though. Didn’t seem overmatched though. D.J. Stewart: Exceeded quite a few expectations, albeit in a short seasonal split. His contact seemed to be a lot better and his 2 home runs were good to have. A memorable “off the pole” shot at home, then a “no doubter” in the Bronx. Defense didn’t get tested that much, but his hitting showed promise. Paul Fry: In 11 of his first 13 appearances, he did not allow an earned run. Got his first win on the last game of the season. Was called in for a lot of “high leverage” situations and for the most part, did what he needed to get out of trouble. Was used more than as a “situational” guy, whether by need or circumstance. May have hit the wall towards the end of the season, which is when he started to slump a bit. A full season in Baltimore for him could provide useful. Sean Gilmartin: Aside from one little 3 run hiccup against the Rays, he filled in nicely in extended relief. Even gave the Orioles an option for an emergency left handed starter. Surprised more people with his stuff than expected. Between him, Fry, Bleier, and Scott, there are 4 good lefties in the pen. While these guys and their situations may not blow you away, a lot of them were impressive in a short time (Stewart, Wilkerson on defense, Gilmartin), exceeded expectations (Wynns with his batting, Nunez on defense, Fry overall), or reclaimed some glory (Villar.) I didn’t include Mullins because he still has a lot of question marks, but he could be a big bright spot too.
  12. 5 points
    Oh, come on. complaining that the ticket services office is doing their jobs as best they can is ridiculous. They have a job to do, they most likely won't be affected by the change at the top of baseball operations. And I imagine most season ticket holders would want more communication from them instead of less.
  13. 5 points
    Look at my post history, I'm not a negative guy. I give the benefit of the doubt. I don't think Angelos is cheap, I do think he's a bad owner but I don't hate him as some do. i can acknowledge the Orioles pitching development is not the best but can recognize Wade Miley's luck driven ERA is not worth getting upset about. I generally just don't post negative stuff, sports are a fun escape, if it's not fun I don't watch. I definitely don't get upset...with all that said. I have no hope for this team. They had a key opportunity to jump-start a rebuild of their farm system and they've totally botched it. No Mesa(s), No Gaston which in turn makes the Gausman trade look horrible. You could squint, look at the international slot money and convince yourself if they signed the Mesa(s), Gaston, and maybe Bonilla it would be worth it. They didn't\haven't but the cherry on top is sending 750k to the Phillies for Zoellner. Why? Gausman's context neutral\peripherals, age, and control should have fetched someone(s) of significance from a stacked farm system. The Machado trade was fine considering he was a pending free agent. Though how they let it get to that point is beyond me. The Schoop trade looks fine but I don't think Ortiz is a future SP Britton trade is okay. How do the Orioles compete moving forward? The Blue Jays farm system is stacked. The Rays have a limited payroll but have an extremely cheap and talented roster. The Yankees and Red Sox not only can outspend everyone but they have over the last 5-7 years placed a greater emphasis on analytics and player development. The Orioles...have a middling farm system even after the fire sale. While I do think it may be better than it is given credit for. It's not even close to the Blue Jays, Rays, or Yankees. Player development is questionable at best. Their analytics department seems antiquated from the outside looking in. Regardless of who the owner is, I'm a bit concerned about payroll moving forward. Quite frankly attendance was pretty garbage when they were contending, now it just looks sad. Closing in on the end of the WS and no GM or manager -- aside from that why did they even let Duquette trade anyone that wasn't a pending free agent if their intentions were to fire him. I've watched them botch the handling of a generational\HOF talent, put a historically bad team on the field, they are not smarter, better at developing talent, nor can they outspend their competition.... I have no hope for this team...I think this team will be bad for a very long time...I do hope I'm wrong. Oh...and Chris Davis...enough said.
  14. 5 points
    There wasn't an o-fficial team declaration about the sons because that would also raise questions about their father. Stories of Peter's failing health are out there, but nothing from the team. What Dan said in July Roch - http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2018/07/duquette-on-todays-trade-and-the-plan-moving-forward.html
  15. 5 points
    Tweet translated: And to the Orioles:
  16. 4 points
    Well again, it depends on what you want in your prospects. Only DL Hall matches the ceiling of Rodriguez in this organization. He's built like a horse, commands well for an 18-year old, already has shown two plus pitches and the ability to throw his change for strikes on occasion. He may end up throwing harder more consistently as his man strength kicks in and if that happens and he can stay healthy, we're talking a guy with a #2 type ceiling.
  17. 4 points
  18. 4 points
    Don't forget about getting a FREE picture with a guy who will be DFA'ed before you even leave the building.
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    I only managed to catch six hours / 16 innings. I feel like a failure.
  21. 4 points
    Here is some video of McKenna absolutely raking. He's 4th in the AFL in OPS with a 1.113 currently and has 4 doubles and 3 triples in just 9 games.
  22. 4 points
    How would signing Gaston change the grade on the Gausman trade? They will not need the 2.5m in slot money they got from the Braves. They already had enough to sign Gaston. I already gave the Gausman deal a F and I still think its a F.
  23. 4 points
    The Camden Depot guy has tweeted that he has heardwe have someone for president, that he doesn't know who it is but it's not Colletti, and that they may be working the GM issue now, with the aim for a press conference announcing the President and GM, and that it probably will happen before the World Series is over.
  24. 4 points
    Yeah, I was OK with the “he’s young” thing when he was 19, 20, 21, 22. At this point he’s a 6+ year veteran and should act like one.
  25. 4 points
    It is amusing as a physician to read this thread...lol. It sounds (and this is just a guess) to me that Austin likely had a bone cyst which can form in response to recurrent stress along the subchondral plates of one of the several bones that make up the ankle joint...the cystic fluid collection over time can dissolve/displace (lyse) inner bone tissue inside the bone surface, weakening it and likely ultimately contributing to a stress fracture, Stabilization is done both using screws/pins to stabilize the fracture and curettage (taking out of the cystic tissue) and putting bone graft tissue in place to repair and fill the defect. He will be nonweightbearing I would suspect for at least 4-8 weeks, then casted for another number of weeks then rehabbed for some months after that if all goes well. Professional athletes get the absolute best of care in these instances...and the physicians of this caliber who do this type of surgery and sports medicine are not typically influenced one whit by what Orioles, management or other lay people might think about what should or shouldn’t happen blah, blah, blah. It matters only what Austin and his family thinks...period. My best friend in medical school was the team orthopedic surgeon for the Jaguars for years and the idea that team management etc. make these decisions is just a fan idea.
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