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  1. 33 points
    I hadn't been active on this page this weekend, because I had some houseguests, dear friends who stayed with me, and I wanted to give them my undivided attention.It was a lot more than having some old college buddies over, but it was a very, very, special reunion for me, and one I will never forget a long as I live.I was batboy in spring training for the Orioles when I was a kid, and I made some very close friends during that time.This weekend...TWO of them stayed with me. For 72 hours..time stood still.Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer were my house guests this weekend.They came to town for Frank Robinson's celebration of life ceremony at Dodger Stadium. Brook's eldest son, Brooks David also joined us...it was a kind of adult slumber party with two of baseball's greatest players, Hall of Famers both.I wouldn't dream of them staying at a hotel,and wouldn't think of allowing them to rent a car or use any kind of service.So I picked them up at the airport, and for the weekend, any wish from them, was not just my command..it was my extreme pleasure.My honor.Jim Palmer and I have been friends for close to 50 years. We maintain a very playful,and funny relationship, and I cherish it.But Brooks is something, someone else.To me, he is royalty, only he doesn't think of himself that way.He'll be 82 in May. He's had some health issues in recent years, and his gait is slower, but his mind and spirit is still sharp.When Brooks and his son Brooks David came into my house, a house decorated in Orioles memorabilia..I didn't want to embarrass him by making it look like it was a shrine to him, but I also have to be who I am.I didn't take many things down.Instead of feeling embarrassed, Brooks seemed to look at my collection with wonder and joy. He loved my Beatles room and my collection of rock and roll memorabilia and juke boxes.To watch Brooks and his son sit and enjoy my train set(Brooks has one too) was a thrill too...but mostly all the guys were just content to reminisce and trade stories.Brooks Robinson is perhaps the most beloved person I have ever known in my life...and not because he works at it...but precisely because he DOESNT.He doesn't "dish". Doesn't do "snark", and would never ever tell stories out of school. Perhaps most of all, thats why people love him.As great a player as he was, with 16 Gold Gloves, he never ever pulls any kind of rank..never ever feels entitled to anything.Class isn't something you "work at". You have it, and your manner dictates it...class people never talk abut themselves...never use their name as a third person.In all the years I've known Brooks Robinson, it never occurred to him that he was BROOKS ROBINSON.Palmer is more funny, and acerbic and a story teller, and we laughed for hours recounting war stories and inside jokes, but Brooks let Palmer do the "entertaining".I could say so many things about this weekend, but some thoughts are matters of the heart...mine..so I'll keep most to myself.But at one point at dinner, I will share one intimacy.It was time to toast my friends,and toasting Palmer was easy and funny...but then I turned to Brooks and said this:"I want you to know, and you do, how much I love you, and cherish you, and you must know, you are my hero, and always will be".I then started to cry.Brooks looked at me and said"I love you too Roy, and always will".Then Brooks David looked at me and said something that made me feel like a million bucks."Roy, I love YOU, because you love my dad."The weekend was so joyous and warm and wonderful, and Palmer kept it light with hysterical banter.But the love was everywhere.We all attended Franks memorial on Sunday, and Brooks was asked to speak about Frank:'Frank was about winning, and when when we won with him, we won something more than baseball games...we won as people..just knowing him was a win..I'm a better man from having known him", he said.Then we went back to my house. Brooks slept in MY bedroom.I slept in my guest room.The King gets the best room, the best bed.I wouldn't have it any other way.I just dropped Brooks and Brooks David off at the airport.Palmer drove back to his home in his brand new car.When I returned from the airport just now.. I was left alone in my house, and took a deep breath.My childhood heroes were my house guests this weekend, and every moment, every second, was cherished by me, and it won't ever be forgotten.I was introduced to becoming a sportscaster directly because of Brooks. He was my first interview when I was just 14.But far more than that, he was an inspiration.He was a man of character and generosity, and grace, and he specialized in human decency.I have never met a more decent and beloved person in all my life.How I carry myself in life came from my parents, and Brooks.I only hope I served them well.The house is quiet now. The week will be busy for me, but this past weekend my home was alive with memories, laughter, and a ton of love.As I dropped the Robinson's off a the curb.. we hugged tightly, and Brooks walked away to the counter. My eyes got misty again as they disappeared.You never know about life. You never know how much time you have left with people you dearly love.Nothing is guaranteed for anyone.So I was so deeply satisfied and grateful that our time this weekend was so very well spent, and the words were spoken, not kept away or protected.My God, how wonderful a life I've had. So many joys, so many experiences.This weekend ranked right near the top.To borrow Brooks' line about Frank..."Im a better man for having known them".SAFE TRAVELS GUYS.
  2. 13 points
    Trout is what Harper thinks he is.
  3. 11 points
    Nope, nobody ever started one of these for Adam. I guess we were waiting to make sure he’d be somewhere else. Adam had his flaws, but there’s no denying his impact on the franchise. Four time Gold Glover and five time All Star. Top 5-10 in almost every career cumulative offensive stat for the O’s. One of only two players who appeared in every Orioles playoff game in the 2012-16 run. Undeniably one of the leaders of the team, and in many ways, the face of the franchise. An active member of the community who was passionate about reaching out to minorities and others. Did the Orioles proud in the World Baseball Classic. Absolutely ready to speak his mind on any topic, in good times or bad, to anyone. Thanks, Adam, for all you brought to Baltimore. It won’t be forgotten.
  4. 10 points
    Tony Clark's batting average for the last seven years of his career was .226...I don't think he's very good at keeping his eye on anything.
  5. 10 points
    We probably can just leave this as a running thread to chronicle the 2019 season.
  6. 9 points
    With all the new faces thrown in together in this spring's free-for-all "tryout" camp, I keep trying to remember who came in from which trade. So here's a recap, along with my thumbnail letter grades updated to reflect prospect status and progress to date in our system. Not that I'm any kind of expert in rankings, just giving one fan's take to provide a handy reference. Oriole Trades July 2018 For Manny Machado we received from the Dodgers-- A- : 21-year old OF Yusniel Diaz B+ : 22-year old RHSP Dean Kremer C : 22-year old 3B/2B Rylan Bannon C+ : 21-year old RHRP Zach Pop D : 26-year old UTIL Breyvic Valera For Zach Britton we received from the Yankees-- C : 24-year old RHSP Dillon Tate C : 25-year old RHRP Cody Carroll B- : 24-year old LHSP Josh Rogers For Kevin Gausman we received from the Braves-- C- : 20-year old 3B Jean Carlos Encarnacion C- : 23-year old Catcher Brett Cumberland D+ : 23-year old LHSP Bruce Zimmerman C+ : 23-year old RHRP Evan Phillips For Jonathan Schoop we received from the Brewers-- C : 22-year old RHSP Luis Ortiz C- : 18-year old SS Jean Carmona B : 27-year old Infielder Jonathan Villar For Brad Brach we received from the Braves-- $250,000 in International signing bonus allocation money For Kevin Gausman we received from the Braves-- 2.5 million in International signing bonus allocation money
  7. 9 points
    I would just like to say the addition of Luke has been huge.
  8. 9 points
    It just goes to show you that it's apparently not too much to ask of a GM to quickly give a reporter some really interesting and valuable tidbits for the fans who are seriously invested in the Orioles. It doesn't take that much time. And doing it without snark, without sounding condescending, without playing to the super-casual fan and pretending none of this matters. Just answering the questions and let the fans decide if they care or not. Let them decide if this is a good direction. When you're transparent and provide information, odds are they will be with you. The guy is like a good teacher. He's teaching fans some advanced stuff here. How do you be a fan during a rebuild? By learning about and caring about these types of infrastructural/development things, and being able to track that progress. Finally, we have a way to do that with a GM who is willing to open up about it.
  9. 9 points
    Non-top prospects in other systems, some of the GCL/DSL Orioles with no video available, how to interpret sarcasm in text form.
  10. 8 points
    I hear you, but there’s edge and then there’s just dumb. There’s no dishonor in playing a little deeper, to being open to coaching, etc. I’ve been a Jones fan and largely a defender, but this is the sort of stuff you don’t want your younger players to hear, etc. I like Jones and didn’t want to believe some of the gripes from fans about him regarding the trade decision, past comments, etc, were based in reality, but that direct quote is very damning.
  11. 8 points
    Guys we may see this year — prior service time and the date we could bring them up without incurring a full year of service time: Yusniel Diaz: 0 days, April 12 DJ Stewart: 20 days, May 2 Austin Hays: 34 days, May 16 Anthony Santander: 1 year 46 days, May 28 (to be short of 2 years) It will be interesting to see if any of these guys get called up, and when.
  12. 8 points
    I’m shocked this take is so prevalent. The guy wasn’t media friendly and made his share of mistakes (as all GMs do, if Elias uses a data-based model for decision making, it practically guarantees that he’ll be wrong plenty) but he took a team from the depths of the dark ages to the playoffs by maximizing roster talent in ways few teams were doing at the time. He did this under the constraints of a controlling owner, a rogue Brady, and with a manager who he didn’t hire (a quality manager, but a less than ideal situation nonetheless).
  13. 8 points
    Cue posts talking about to early to tell, Spring Training doesn't mean anything, Jake Fox, at least it's good that these guys are all performing well, there's something to look forward to, and something from @DrungoHazewood about how Jack Enzenroth hit .450 for a week in July playing for the 1914 Kansas City Packers of the Federal League. Am I missing anything?
  14. 8 points
    The HR and 2B Hays hit today were impressive more because of the pitches they came on than the actual results. The HR was off of Jonathan Holder's slider, a good one from the look of it. He went down and scooped it out of the gutter. Holder's slider was his best pitch in 2018 with a plus spin rate of 2685 RPM. It allowed a measly .180 wOBA in 2018. He's thrown the pitch 410x in the majors and it's only yielded 1 HR. The 2B was off a 96mph FB from Jonathan Loaisiga in the zone, but in the upper 1/3 and inner 1/3 of the zone, running towards the hands. Easy pitch to get jammed on.
  15. 8 points
    *Please note: This is not a scouting report in any way, shape, or form. This is just a detailed writing of the challenges and fun times that were endured during a quick trip to the Phillies at Orioles Spring Training game this past week on March 10th* “I can’t believe I agreed to this,” the wife says for the fifth time today as she drives us to BWI. Honestly…I can’t either. But her birthday was only 2 days earlier and I apparently did really good with the selection of an hour of time for her at Massage Envy, lunch at an Irish Pub, and dinner/show at Medieval Times. That, or she was as sick of the Maryland weather as I was and knew I would have gone alone anyway, so she wanted to supervise me. It had already been a long day. Up at 5 am for work and running out the door at 3:51 PM so we can catch this flight to Tampa, I let her drive the whole 5 minutes to the airport, since she would be driving us home in about 24 hours anyway. When I first met her 7 years ago, she wasn’t into baseball. She still wasn’t as much into it 4 years ago. Then, a little more than 3 years ago, I went and got a career ending injury in a car accident and was out of work due to Workman’s Comp incompetence almost all of 2016. During that time, I kept going to Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox games (even threw in a few road trips to Norfolk and one to Delmarva, along with some Orioles games) to the point where she thought I was seeing someone else. Well, I was…Future Orioles players. When she started coming to games with me later in the season and saw how ushers knew me and how I had mentioned her, along with how nice several players were when they saw us (including a current Orioles player that I think you all already know the name of), she became a fan and actually likes going to games, along with meeting the players. Last year, I was able to convince her that a trip to Spring Training would be good, since no one can really argue with “Florida in March,” especially when it was snowing here and she had just had a great birthday week in Las Vegas…Come to think about it, I think she uses her birthday as my way to bribe her to let me go to these things…. Anyway, since it was so fun last year, she agreed to a condensed, 24 hour trip. Nothing like waking up at 5 am, working until 4pm (ish…), hopping on a flight, getting to Tampa and finding out the rental car was doing through Orlando (a trip is never “official” until there is some issue with the rental car when I book it…), and finally, speeding through the state to get to Sarasota. Thanks to the wonders of things, the first day finally ended around 11 PM, me falling asleep almost as soon as I turned out the light, then promptly waking her up with my snoring, something I only do on vacations for some reason. I’m surprised she hasn’t been on “America’s Most Wanted” yet. The good news is that we were only 15 minutes from Ed Smith Stadium! Thanks to the magic of “time,” we got to lose an hour of sleep. Feeling only slightly less tired, a lackluster shower (temperature was fine, water pressure was not…) did help a bit. Checking out was simple and we were on the road! Pulled up to Ed Smith Stadium and parked next to the Mexican restaurant there, whose name escapes me. There wasn’t much of a crowd and I picked up our tickets from Will Call. I figured the place would be packed with this being a game against the Phillies, but the early line up showed Bryce Harper decided against this trip. Oh well, more room to walk around! Going inside, I realized 2 things: This was her first time at the stadium (with this being my second, except I only spent about 3 innings there before due to a flight…) and Phillies batting practice was still going on, while I had left my glove at home. Taking our life into our own hands, we headed out to the left field area. I did this under the guise of “hey, let’s see the food options over here” since we hadn’t eaten yet. It worked, until I also said “it’d be cool if a ball came near by” and the Phillies batter obliged with 2 line drives right at us. So, back to the concourse we went before either a ball or her ended my existence. We settled on some cheese burgers and chips in one of the “open air” stands, which was pretty good. I also attempted to show off at the radar gun machine, where you can win a prize if you have the fastest pitch in your age group after the 6th inning. How did I do? Well, I was the first one in my age group to throw, so my name was on the board. Then the next person to throw was in my age group and just like that, my name vanished. Oh well, the money went to charity, according to my ego. After walking to the top area of the stadium and eating in peace (and in shade,) we spotted two friends who had also made the trip, though for a longer stay. This was a father and daughter, who we met in Bowie when we sat next to each other and both had signs cheering on Austin Wynns. The mutual joke was “we might be the only 4 people here who know who he is.” I don’t think we were that far off at the time. But our friendship has grown and it was nice to finally see them, even if it wasn’t a total surprise. We made our way down to them, second row from the field before pre game warm ups. The girl had her binder of cards, her dad had their team helmet, ready to add signatures. I had my Topps 2019 Heritage card, with Paul Fry, Cedric Mullins, and Austin Wynns on it, ready for an autograph. The wife? She squeezed her way up front to say hi to the players she knew. Several came out and signed for our friends (Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco, Renato Nunez, Joey Rickard (who my wife talked to for a bit. She thinks his eyes look gorgeous. I didn’t know he had eyes…) along with Doug Brocail and Tim Cossins, who is hilarious), before I spotted Wynns and Little Yaz. Yaz came over first and signed for the kid and others while Wynns talked with some of the guys in the bullpen, before coming over our way. He stopped and chatted with us for a bit, giving the wife a hug, me a handshake, my friend a handshake, and the daughter a hug. Asked us how everything was, made sure we were good. Asked about the oblique and he said it was coming along, he just hated the timing of it. Asked if he could sign my card and was surprised that Topps had issued something with him on it. We all said our goodbyes and he talked with others around us, making sure to get the kids who asked for autographs to learn how to say “please” for other players. Not long after, I thought my wife was going to jump up and down out of the stadium, as Cedric Mullins came out of the clubhouse. She grabbed my card and sharpie, ready for him, which was fine. I have the worse luck with Mullins. I tried interviewing him a few times last year for this site. A rain out and then him getting called up the day before we were going to do the interview was one fun time. Another time, he came over to talk with me before the game and a coach called him away as he was walking over. But this time, he came on over to where we were and was talking with us for a bit. Signed the card, had a good chat with my wife and joked with us about how they want him to bunt more, which was something they didn’t have him doing in Bowie. Told him I think I saw him bunt once in Bowie…Or maybe it was a check swing that just worked out. Got a good laugh from him, while my wife was smiling more than she had before. Now down to 1 player, I didn’t have much hope since it was Paul Fry. Nothing against him, I just hadn’t seen him come out yet and I didn’t see any pitchers walking past. That was, until a few minutes before the National Anthem. Fry and the rest of the pitchers came out of the bullpen area to high five each other, before Fry led the group towards the dugout. No one was saying anything, so I gave a loud call out of “hey Paul! Can you please sign my card?” Sure enough, over he came with a smile and a “gotta make it quick.” “No problem, it’s a small picture.” He laughed, saw the card and said “wow, this is pretty cool!” and signed it, with a big “thank you” from me. My wife called out “thanks Papa Frita!” as he started to leave, which got him to stop dead in his tracks, turn out, and give out a giant smile and a “no problem!” He really is one of my favorite players too. One thing we did notice was just how big a lot of the players seemed to have gotten during the off season. I remember a picture I saw recently of former Frederick Key Jeremy Nowak that he had posted on his Instagram when Spring Training started this year. He talked about how he lost almost 25 pounds between Spring Training and the end of the regular season in Frederick and talked about how you HAVE to be in great shape in the Spring to get through the grind of the whole season. Remembering that, it made a lot of sense that these guys were so bulked up now, as they will most likely lose double digit weight by the time the end of September rolls around. Making our way back to our seats, we decided to just hang out at the top of the stadium, as our seats were in the sun and between several…Less than skinny people. This wasn’t a problem, as a nice breeze was coming through and we were able to stand in the shade and at a table. From here, we were able to watch Josh Rogers do pretty good, striking out 4 and only allowing a home run. The place filled up quickly and it was announced that it was a sell out, which was pretty cool. Walking around the stadium a bit during the game, we realized a few things: There really isn’t a bad spot there as everywhere gets you great views. More people need to learn what a “shower” and “deodorant” are though, as we had a few “rough” moments with people nearby….Also, the stadium reminded the wife a bit of Delmarva, as far as the look goes. Can’t say I disagree and it’ll be interesting to see how Delmarva looks this season with their upgrades. With is being in the 80’s and us coming from the high 30’s, we decided to get some Dippin’ Dots and relax while watching the game from the concourse. Here, we were able to watch Stewart drive in Villar for the first run of the game. Made a note about how Wilkerson is really struggling at the plate and doesn’t look comfortable. Not sure if his swing is off or what, but it doesn’t look like I remember from Frederick and Bowie. Also on a scary note, I saw 3 people wheeled out of the stadium. All were elderly. It seemed like the heat got to them, so please be careful when you are down there! Did have a fun moment when Tanner Chleborad came into the game for Rogers. Told the wife that Chleboard was coming in and she goes “who?” Told her it was the pitcher from Bowie. Apparently, I said that when some people walked by and making some noise, because her eyes got wide and she goes “what did you call him?” “PITCHER.” “OHHH!!!” So…Sorry if I jinxed you Tanner, but I know you aren’t a complainer about stuff. Not the best time pitching from him, but I think you might see him in Baltimore in two seasons. Tall, lanky righty who has been really good in the pen for Frederick and Bowie. Doesn’t have the power or pedigree of Kline and Harvey, but could end up being a better version of Ryan Meisinger. I was impressed with Sucre on defense. He made a couple of throws to try and pick off some runners and might have had one at second. It was really close and might have been a review during the regular season. If Wynns does start on the IL, Sucre seems like the logical defensive choice. Wilkerson needs to do something about his hitting, but his defense all over was good. Made an outstanding play at first on a low throw, where he went into a FULL split and scooped the ball up. I got hurt just looking at the split. Moutcastle got in an inning or 2 at 3rd and had a low throw to first. The throw wasn’t that far as he was close up on the grass, but it didn’t have much behind it and Stevie caught it around shin level. Later on, Mountcastle got some time at first and wasn’t able to scoop up a low throw in the dirt from Reinhiemer. He is still learning first, so not gonna hold it against him. Diaz has a very good bat and went 0-3, but the swing looked good. Rickard drove the ball very well, while him and Stewart benefited from some bloop hits that just missed the diving outfielders for doubles. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Did get to see Fry come in a pitch and he got 6 up and 6 down in 2 innings. Really happy about that. Wasn’t too happy with Araujo. I don’t know if he is still recovering from his forearm strain, but his ball didn’t see to have any velocity or movement. He was great in the Winter Leagues, but hasn’t been good here. Gave up 3 runs, including a long home run that turned out to be the difference. If they keep him for 17 days, he will be a project in Bowie to get him right. Jomar Reyes got some time at 3rd and had a rocket hit towards him. Tried to backhand the ball along the right side and missed completely, which got into the corner for a double. I don’t think he really had a chance at it anyway, as hard as it was hit. He didn’t get to bat. Cervenka doesn’t seem like the same guy I saw in Bowie. I don’t know if it is the weight gain (looks like he put on a sizeable amount of muscle), but he doesn’t look to be moving the same behind the plate and his swings don’t seem to have much effort to them. Popped up on the first pitch he saw into foul territory to end the game. After the game, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. Met up with our friends again near the Players Parking Lot so out friends daughter could knock out some more autographs. Joked with her dad about the 3 player card I managed to get signed. Earlier in the week, I had ordered 2 of them from EBay and was going to give him one, when he went into a card shop and saw it that same day and bought it. Well, he thought he left it at the hotel room when we were inside the stadium and found it later in his backpack when he was putting something away. A bunch of players left and stopped to sign for the girl, including Brady Anderson. Also saw Bobby Dickerson and Paco Figueroa leaving together and Gabe Kapler headed out, still in his uniform. One highlight was an Orioles player walking out with his team bag and a “to go” container of food. We all looked at him for a minute, trying to figure out who he was. He walked out from the parking lot instead of driving and then stood on the sidewalk with us, waiting on his ride. My friends daughter took up the courage to ask who he was and he ended up signing for her, seemingly happy that someone cared enough about him. It was DJ Snelten. Not a house hold name, but he was very courteous. Once it got close to 5 PM and the line of cards was down to none, we decided to go to the Mexican place right across from the front of Ed Smith Stadium. I don’t remember the name of it, but if you are in the area and want a good meal, this place was it. The shredded chicken enchiladas were VERY good and filling. The lady even gave me a bottle of very hot sauce to try and it had a big kick to it. Didn’t like it much as it was just heat and no flavor though. Once we said our goodbyes, I raced us off to the airport and drop off the car. Once at the terminal, we found out our flight was delayed from 10 to 11:30, which made for a LONG trip. Ended up falling asleep several times on the flight (and not snoring) before we landed around 1:30. Thankfully the wife was driving because I don’t remember the trip home. Finally made it in and showered before going to bed close to 3 am. A trip that started a little more than 24 hours earlier had finally come to a conclusion. Even though that time was exhausting, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If anyone has ANY thoughts of wanting to go, even for a day, I say “DO IT!” The stadium is beautiful (how can you hate palm trees and baseball?) the fans were passionate, the players are super nice, and it just makes you feel good! Though next time, I think I’ll want to stay a bit longer. Just gotta make sure the wife has a great birthday first!
  16. 8 points
    Just read this whole thread and most of what I want to say has already been said. But if there is one player that I will associate more than any other with the stretch of winning we had in 2012-2016, it's Adam Jones. The trade to get him was the first really good "build for the future" trade the Orioles had made in over 30 years. It took a couple years longer than we hoped to put together a winner, but there's no doubt that Adam was the first significant piece and the spark that made it happen. He emerged as a team leader, fan favorite, and community leader. Nobody under the age of 30 can really even remember an Orioles winning season where Adam Jones wasn't one of the top few players. As others have pointed out, we fans know so much more about the game now that we did years ago. It's hard for a guy to be a loved, revered hero when you know he doesn't walk enough, or can't adjust to an outside slider, or his defense is declining. Everything is analyzed, publicly, and players almost become defined by their weaknesses. The unbalanced salary structure of the game makes it even worse for a veteran player because you can literally get a young guy who perhaps has a higher ceiling for one tenth of what you can get the veteran for. And they haven't yet figured out hot to quantify leadership and other intangibles that I think we all agree Adam clearly possesses. Adam Jones was not only an excellent ballplayer one a contending ballclub, he was a heck of a nice guy and it was easy to root for him every night. I'll miss him and I only hope we can find someone who can replace him on and off the field, but it won't be easy.
  17. 8 points
    When you think about being a fan, you want three things from a player you pay to see. That he gives his best effort, he shows fans he cares outside of the stadium, and that he has fun with you inside the stadium. I haven't been alive long, but I don't know of anybody in any other sport who did his absolute best to make sure the fans felt like they were a part of the team. Dude brought Baltimore together like no other player, and has been an ambassador like no other as well. Although he wasn't as great a player as Ray Lewis, he's right up there in terms of Baltimore athletes who have given everything they had to the team AND the city. It's very rare that you get both, and it should be appreciated long after he's left. Also, it's a shame that there will be some people here who refuse to appreciate the man he is because they disagree about how he feels about where he stands as a black man in the major leagues. If you are one of those people, I hope that you eventually grow out of that ignorance and realize the fact that he's been every bit the star that Baltimore craved for those losing years both on and off the field. Adam has been my childhood hero and I know he'll continue to do great things.
  18. 8 points
    @wildcard did you read this part? Q: Many fans that I hear from read the book, “Astroball,” and they’ve come to the conclusion that this is going to be a carbon copy of what was accomplished in Houston? Is that your thinking? A: “Look, that was seven years ago now. A lot has changed around the game. This is a different division. We have different assets in terms of players in the organization than the Astros did, so, obviously, a carbon copy, it’s not possible. But, that said, in terms of what we need to do to get back to the playoffs, I don’t see a lot of options. We need to get more talent in this organization. This organization needs to be more talented. That includes the major league level, but also all the way through the minor league chain. As I said, there’s a lot that is going to go into that. It’s going to be a lot of additions via the draft and the international market. Trades are probably going to occur, and we’re going to do our best to improve through coaching the players that we have in our system and on our major league team. We want to have a pipeline of talent that is going to sustain a window of competitiveness in the American League East that’s going to last more than one year. We want to give ourselves multiple shots at making the playoffs in a tough division, and this is the only way to go about doing it. There’s no other choice.”
  19. 7 points
    Thanks to a rule change last year (or the year before), managers can just hold up four fingers to give a batter an intentional walk. We need a new rule for Davis that allows Hyde the ability to hold up three fingers so we don't have to sit through his at bats.
  20. 7 points
    Chris Davis. It would be the most he has helped out any Orioles teammate in the last three years.
  21. 6 points
    Nice article here about the O’s efforts to implement their analytics with the minor league pitching staff. No state secrets given away, but they collect a lot of data on which pitches work against different types of hitters and impart that to the pitchers, customized to their repertoires. Elias said they also will be marrying up the type of pitchers they draft with the way they want to develop their pitchers. http://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2019/03/a-look-at-how-data-and-analytics-has-come-to-the-os-farm-system.html
  22. 6 points
    His attitude is probably part of the reason for the lack of interest.
  23. 6 points
    I’m thrilled for the kids who are growing up rooting for the Angels and who will have the innocent pleasure of watching the greatest player of his generation play for their team his entire career, never once having to worry about his looming free agency and whether he’ll stay or go. Not only did Trout never test free agency, he never even let it get to a point where it was a subject of serious discussion and speculation. He will leave a legacy in Anaheim matched by very few players for any team. I hope he gets rewarded with a World Series ring somewhere along the way.
  24. 6 points
    So what, we have Davis. 😄
  25. 6 points
    I am listening now - great find! Nice interviews with ME, Hyde, Mancini, Martin (loved Jeter as a kid), Bundy, Givens, Hess (played against Mookie in hs), Mountcastle and Nunez. Many of the quotes have been heard before but great job by the interviewers (Jim Duquette and Jon Morosi). Edit update for Hyde - point guard in hs, was out of options with life when his baseball days were over and his college came calling to coach and finish studies. Is patient due to his time in player development and knows how hard the game is due to his background. Didn't mention any players at all specifically and keeps saying that all positions are open. ME studied Arabic for a year before he decided to change course. Analytics were essentially zero before he arrived. Sig, Hyde, Perez and minor league pitching coordinator were biggest hires (obviously). On Davis - it is gonna take some time to employ his player development techniques plus working with Don Long (who CD likes) and Hyde. He's in great shape and he will be a "work in progress" (my words). CD is not going anywhere soon, IMO. Things take so much time to finalize because of the "deadline mentality", everyone waiting to the very last minute to get the best deal. Several choices out there that he feels confident about for the 1/1 choice. Bundy also interviewed, he said: Adjustments this year - use CH more to both sides and to L and RH'ers plus FB command. Analytics are great but how much do you want to use it. Grip adjustments seem to be most useful to him. Brocail - likes him thus far - yada yada. On Manny - happy for him. Givens also interviewed - included Brian Matusz as one of early mentors in addition to the usual suspects. Also said Andrew Miller was important to him with Team USA - Miller is from Tampa so they have that connection. Mentions Wade Boggs, Sheffield, Carl Everett as part of early influences. Also said Richie Martin is from Tampa and played against him in hs.
  26. 6 points
    I think that’s the wrong question. The question is, does it seem likely that in a year or two he’d be one of our best 7? If so, you put him on the roster for 17 days and then put him in the minors where he belongs. But if you think it’s highly questionable that he’ll be one of our best 7 in the future, then sayonara. I’m certainly in no position to judge this.
  27. 6 points
    Adam Jones was literally the cornerstone to the winning teams built by AM and DD. Manny Machado will always be the most talented player from the era, but when people talk about the days of Buck and the end of the dark ages, it will be Adam Jones who will stand above all. While he was never perfect, he was everything the Orioles needed. On the field or off of it, he became the model for the new Oriole Way. Play hard? Check. Team Leader? Check. Role Model? Check. Enjoys the game? Check! My favorite All Time Oriole players are from an era that produced World Series wins. However, I found this group of winners to be very close to the older heroes. I think the most painful part of the last run was how far the Orioles had come and yet, how far they still needed to go. It was time for Adam Jones to move on. I wish him well and I thank him for all he did to make baseball meaningful in Baltimore again. And while his era will not be remembered by WS wins, I believe Adam Jones wore the Orioles uniform as well anyone. It was a pleasure to cheer for you sir. And I wish you nothing but success, wherever you go, whatever you do.
  28. 6 points
    Wait. I'm confused. Are you saying you think Davis would be a good pitcher or not? It's not clear at all. You really need to let us know how you feel about this.
  29. 6 points
    If they ever have a statue in OPACY for an Oriole who is not in Cooperstown, it should be for Adam. He fits right in among Orioles greats. At least retire #10, cause no one else will do it justice.
  30. 6 points
    I randomly just came actoss this article from early 2017. Kind of amazing to see in hindsight the train coming toward the organization. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mlb.com/amp/news/dan-duquette-responds-to-adam-jones-comments-c215879032.html Summary - Adam tries to be GM, DD calls out Adam out for refusing to use analytics to improve his game, Buck defends Adam. Not a good look for Adam. While I’ll always think of his foundly, his armchair GM stuff and unwillingness to change always did come off the wrong way. Just my two cents.
  31. 6 points
    Ok, just got a chance to watch Mike Wright's performance between the 9,000 commericals you have to watch when jumping around in the MLB TV package (stay far away from this cash grab garbage from MLB). I'd love to say I can see why Wright has not allowed a run this spring, but I'm here to tell you that from my perspective, it's a mirage. Wright needed 54 pitches to get through his three scoreless innings with Pirate batters having a lot of deep counts and fouling off pitches. Wright was 91-92 on most fastballs but did touch 93-94 on a few occasions. He still can't command his fastball gloveside. He threw a lot of cutters in the 86-89 range, but I don't think it's a pitch that he will have longterm success with. Batters seemed like they were surprised by the pitch but he left a lot of them in the middle of the plate that were taken for strikes. He still doesn't have a putaway pitch meaning he's still going to be a high pitch count guy and when he's not lucky, he still going to get hammered. His change was his best offspeed pitch for movement, but he only threw one that he commanded well, the rest were non competitive pitches. He did throw a couple of sliders and curveballs but they were not effective. It looks like to me that Wright has replaced his sinker with a cutter and that scouting report hadn't gotten out yet. The rest of the stuff is what he's always had. I'm not buying this at all, especially in a starter's role. If they wanna try him as a longman and see how the cutter holds up then I guess I'm ok with that, but this is not some significantly improved Wright. Oh, and he still had to walk off the mound and gather himself when he threw a bad pitch in the first inning, so that whole composure thing is still not really there. As Elias says, spring training stats don't mean a lot, and i believe his success is more of a spring training mirage then some new and improve Mike Wright. I wish I had better news to report. Oh, and if hear one more "analyst" talk about Arrieta and Wright in the same breath I will throw up. Wright is not going anywhere and becoming Arrieta.
  32. 6 points
    Adam is the consolation prize for the team that doesn’t get Bryce Harper. No one wants Adam if they can have Bryce. You’ll see Adam picked up within days of Harper signing.
  33. 6 points
    I loved his game but I do not miss the person.
  34. 6 points
    The premise of the opening post is fatally flawed, in my opinion. The Orioles have spent over $100 mm on payroll the last six years in a row. They spent $140mm+, $160mm+, $150mm+ over the last three seasons. The Padres have spent over $100 mm exactly once in their franchise history, several years ago when they spent $125mm, then went right back under $100 mm the following year. The O’s spent more in each of the last three years than the Padres have ever spent in their history. Even with Manny’s contract, the Padres’ payroll this year will only be about $90 mm. The Rockies have spent over $100mm twice — $106mm+ in 2017 and $136mm+ in 2018. The Rockies have never spent as much as the Orioles spent in each of the last three years. This year they will be close to what the O’s spent in 2016. The Rockies, by the way, drew over 3 mm fans last year and have never drawn under 2.5 mm since 2007. The Padres have drawn between 2.12 - 2.46 mm every year this decade. The Orioles’ high water mark this decade is the same as the Padres, but they have been as low as 1.56 mm and had 1.73 mm and 1.75 mm in two other years this decade. In short, the O’s have shown they are willing to spend. That spending was poorly allocated and got them lousy results the last two years. It’s time to reinvest in infrastructure and the minor leagues. It’s not time to chase after expensive players.
  35. 6 points
  36. 5 points
    Not surprising. Imagine if roster decisions were made based on performance during the most recent 50 ABs. Nobody would know their role, players would be in constant competition with each other, and it would look like the organization has no idea what it's doing.
  37. 5 points
    Fangraphs has started a daily post on positional rankings at the different positions. I guess nobody is surprised that the Orioles were ranked 30th at 1B yesterday, with Davis occupying the position. But I was somewhat surprised to see the O’s also ranked 30th at 2B today. They’re projecting us at a collective 1.0 fWAR at 2B, led by Villar at 0.9. I wonder if we can go 9 for 9? Hard to believe the other positions will be much better than 2B. I’ll update the OP as they go along: 1B — 30th https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-first-base/ 2B — 30th https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-second-base/ 3B — 29th https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-third-base/ SS —30th https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-shortstop/ C — 30th https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-catcher/ LF - 26th https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-left-field/ CF - 23rd https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-center-field/ DH - 14th/15 https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2019-positional-power-rankings-designated-hitter/
  38. 5 points
    Now that Elias and Co. have definitively moved in the direction of individual player development over all else with the cut of Hays and other ST standouts, it has me reversing course on several assumptions I had about the OD roster: I once assumed that Sisco's return to form in ST was enough to put him on the OD roster. Now I believe the exact opposite. I think it's basically a lock that he goes to AAA. Why? For the same reason that Hays and Santander did. He struggled in MLB and AAA levels last year, and a handful of ST ABs is not going to change that. The O's will want to see him put up numbers in AAA. So who gets the nod? Sucre is a lock IMO based on his excellent presence and arm behind the plate. If Wynns gets healthy in time, I could see him making the team. If not, Perez has looked good enough to be Sucre's backup until Sisco is ready, but he would need to be added to the 40-man, so I have Wynns ahead of him. I once assumed Araujo wouldn't make the team because Elias would have no allegiance to that Rule 5 selection. That, and he's struggled in camp. Now I believe the exact opposite. I think the O's will trend 100% toward development and retaining assets over an OD roster of the best players. He will make the club for 17 days. It's looking like April will be a little tough to watch, but I take Elias at his word that as soon as the prospects are deemed ready, they will be up. "I don't want to remove anyone from the 40-man roster" is something Elias said recently, and I think the context was that he's delaying 40-man decisions as long as possible. That means it will be tough for guys like Escobar and Young Jr. to make the team, IMO. However, I still believe a guy like Alberto is DFA'd to make room for Sucre. Elias also mentioned keeping an eye on waiver claims as teams shed players at the end of ST, so clearly he will remove guys if he thinks there's better talent to be added. I think Smith Jr. makes the team despite basically not doing much in ST since being acquired. Simply because 1) he's on the 40-man, 2) the O's sent down a couple other outfielders, 3) he can be optioned once a guy like Hays is ready, 4) he makes for a logical platoon with Rickard, and 5) he can play CF in a pinch.
  39. 5 points
    A couple college prospects that I know of who fit into the type of player the Astros have targeted under Elias/Lunhow. Morgan McSweeney RHP - Wake Forest, big spin rate guy, good stuff, doesn't know how to pitch yet, maybe a 3rd to 5th round guy. Seth Johnson RHP - Campbell, converted SS, huge stuff, great mechanics, two high spin breaking balls and a high spin FB he doesn't use nearly as well as he could, good changeup too. If he's around for the O's 2nd round pick, I'd bet they'd grab him there. Zac Kent RHP - VMI, not the same kind of prospect as the first two but a guy with huge FB spin for the velocity (low 90s), could be a 8th-15th round type. Mason Studstill RHP - Florida Gulf Coast, I don't have any concrete spin data, but a solid prospect out of high school who struggled and transferred, but has been lights out this season, the fastball has serious ride up in the zone and he spins a tight late breaking CB. Probably later round guy like Kent, but could go higher if the spin data is good and the velocity ticks up. You all can read my ongoing string of draft tidbits and thoughts here...
  40. 5 points
    The PR/intangible value of having the possibly the best player ever as a career-long member of your team is probably pretty darn high. Smart move by the Angels, I'm sure they are insuring it to some degree against injury.
  41. 5 points
    Plus we get $25 K back! 😍 Real $$ not that confederate International Pesos!
  42. 5 points
    I also noticed something weird about the ST stats. All of our SP appear to have an extra digit in their ERA.
  43. 5 points
    I took the man for granted. Not realizing that players that actually care about the team and the city are so incredibly rare. He showed up. He led. He played hard. He was the embodiment of a Baltimore Oriole. This hit me much harder than I realized it would. God Bless you Adam Jones. You will be missed. Much respect sir. 😥 MSK
  44. 5 points
    He does everything poorly when it comes to throwing the ball. Poptime, velocity, exchange are all some of the worst in baseball. If you look at a 70 runner, the difference between being average in those and being Sisco is a shade over four feet. If you compare him to an excellent thrower like Realmuto, then the difference is about 8.5 feet. Which...is fairly stunning. What it does is put a whole lot of pressure on him throwing an accurate ball to the glove or a throw with a good bounce as well as the middle infielder being particularly adept at applying a tag. A catcher like Realmuto makes things a little easier. His blocking and framing skills are considered below average, but they may have improved if that is what Elias was noting. Scouts I talk to think of him as a UTL-C. Sort of like a usable third catcher. Of course, he has yet to be placed at other positions. Maybe he proves those guys wrong. I have been down on him for years. Very difficult profile to succeed with.
  45. 5 points
    I don’t think it’s a Dwight Smith vs EY Jr debate. I think it’s a Dwight Smith vs a Pitcher debate. We’re a little thin with position players on the 40 man. So is Smith more valuable that Osich? I have Osich behind Bleier, Scott, Fry, Rogers, and Means as far as LH relief options go. I’d waive Osich for Smith. Smith could provide a nice bridge(with a prayer of upside) until the young OF are up full time.
  46. 5 points
    He's like Bo Jackson minus 100% of the ability.
  47. 5 points
    He's hitting .083 and striking out in 50% of his plate appearances. If he's doing that and playing regularly at the ASB he needs to stay in the lineup through the bitter end, in the name of science. I want to say I was there the year Chris Davis went 48-for-600 with 322 strikeouts.
  48. 5 points
    Player declines have accelerated in recent years, perhaps because of the league cracking down on steroid users. I think mainly it has to do with the importance of range and defense. Jones can't cover center field anymore, which negates much of his value. He also never learned how to get on base, and in fact used to lead the league in infield hits. As his speed declines, his BA and OBP will as well. He can't draw walks, so he becomes replacement level.
  49. 5 points
    Yeah, hopefully, but what happens in spring training that has more predictive value than a pitcher’s velocity? I’d argue nothing other than getting injured. So if we are going to talk about someone hitting a home run or making some errors, you better believe we should be discussing velocity deltas. This isn’t a scientific article, but still a good piece and links Mike Fast’s more scientific study of spring training velocity. Fast’s finding was that pitchers maintain 41% of their spring training delta from the previous season average velocity. That’s pretty significant whether or not it’s injury related.
  50. 5 points
    I'm going to take a shot in the dark here: Cumberland: because people say he is good and yet I don't think the stats reflect that so I'm hoping the stats catch up with the scouts' take Santander: I think he has all the tools but certainly regressed last year. Hopefully, his confidence returns and is in Baltimore at some point this summer. Kind of the forgotten man in my opinion. Way more upside than a DJ Stewart. Reyes: Finally puts it all together, doesn't punch a wall, and stays healthy all year long. I don't know if he showed up in shape but turning 22, he needs to make a move at this point in his career. Dietz: someone harnesses his stuff as he makes his move to the pen. Once there, he starts moving up the rankings Sedlock: stays healthy and moves to the pen. Stuff ticks up a bit and that hard sinker plays a little better in short stints instead of flattening out when he gets tired. Sparks: year lost to injury, guy is toolsy, hoping the average and gap power mature
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