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    Thread....over....! <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACpNVD5GMUw&hl=en_US&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACpNVD5GMUw&hl=en_US&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>
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    Saw this article on Darnell McDonald on Buster Olney's blog. Things like this make me root for the former O's farm hand and hope he has tremendous success even if he is playing for the BoSox. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2010/07/08/red_sox_mcdonald_gives_powerful_gift_to_boy_fighting_cancer/ He's having a very good year as a player, but he is an even better person.
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    H H H H H..H H H GREGG! :cussing: Please, MASN, find a few more sponsors/advertisers.
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    Pitcher A: 6'3 250lbs 19yo RK league: 4-3 5.13 ERA 12 GP 5HR 32BB 53K Did not pitch full time in the majors until 24 years old. Hobgood: 6'4 265lbs 19yo A ball: 3-7 4.41ERA 13GP 5HR 30BB 42K Hobgood is a season ahead as a 19 year old. Pitcher A bounced back and forth between A and AA until he was 23. Stats are very similar for the two even with Matt being a level ahead and to his own admission not being where he wants to be. Pitcher A went on to to have 239 wins and a 4.13 ERA for his career. David Wells. Can we please leave the whining and complaining about Matt not doing well enough to the professionals to decide?
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    What was the cause of his CHF? Was it viral/infection (myocarditis) or caused by heart attacks? My thoughts and prayers are with your Dad and you. 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.
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    Thank you for your comments (and everyone else's too, they are all interesting). Your comments are accurate and very reasoned. Others made some good points too, and a couple missed the points that I was trying to make. Perhaps there was too much covered and I should have stuck just with the basic premise. As far as your concern with Hobgood working on the core muscles, that is coming along. The plan is to do it consistently and slowly but surely so as not to cause setbacks along the way. Hobgood has learned a lot during the first half and is now making progress in reducing body fat. One of the reasons for asksing the questions that I asked was that there was an earlier thread in which speculation ran out of hand regarding Matt's weight. Tony reported that a National League scout said that Matt's weight had gone over 300 pounds. While that is a true statement by Tony, it was inaccurate by the scout. Matt has never approached 300 pounds. I do know what his highest weight was, but I don't want to put numbers out -- whatever the numbers may be -- that sets off another round of criticism. The fact that is important is that Matt has learned something about which habits lead to weight gain. He weighed 265 the day of the interview. By now he may be one or two pounds lower, with even more muscle and less body-fat. The current and long-term trends are what is important - not any number. I didn't see much criticism about Diaz - according to a thread here, he is also at 6'4" weighing 320 plus pounds. He can throw hard and has gotten promoted. The points that I had hoped that I made in the article were that the coaches and instructors are pleased that Matt has made some progress, that his FB and CB are plus, and his change is average but is improving. Matt feels sorry for Joe Jordan getting all this heat from fans because Jordan chose Hobgood. Please don't jump all over Hobgood because someone saw a bright future for him and selected him high in the draft. Matt is trying his best to live up to the expectations put on him by others. These are not excuses - just facts. He is 19, has calorie-efficient genes, needs to learn to pitch and not just throw, and is making continued progress with his changeup. That's a lot for any 19 year old, and Matt is doing a decent job. Not perfect -but decent. I had several long chats with Adam Loewen while he was here. Everyone thought it would be a breeze for Adam at Delmarva and he would be gone by mid-May. After all, his contract spelled out that he would be on the Orioles roster by 2006. It didn't happen. Adam was working hard, too, and was frustrated. Adam's fast ball was 92. Matt is hitting 91 now and hit 94 earlier in the year. Loewen was two inches taller and a year older. Yet his record was similar to Matt's, but with more strikeouts. But HE WAS NOT DOMINATING as most thought he would. He was a selected fourth overall and was older than Matt. Matt was selected fifth overall. I believe that some of you think the word "development" means go straight up the ladder to the majors without any setbacks and do this within three years. That's not what my dictionary says. Thanks for reading the report and thanks again for taking the time to comment. Reading them is like hanging out at the local pub and getting into it. One of the great contributions of baseball is to let everyone vent some. The same is true of the Hangout. Vent and lessen the frustrations of another losing Oriole season. Your comments are greatly appreciated, even if we may differ in opinion. But, that's why we have Yankee fans and Orioles fans, democrats and republicans, and I understand that some have differing religious beliefs as well.
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    You end up with this...
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    Brett Mooneyham (LHP, Stanford Univ.) last night: <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSHQ-T3vRrU&hl=en_US&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSHQ-T3vRrU&hl=en_US&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object> I'm compiling hitter vids over my four days here rather than finalizing and re-finalizing. So those will be done Sunday night. I'll have vid/write-ups on each of the 22 players on the final roster, hopefully, as well as the other 17 that do not make the cut.
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    Mr prayers are with your dad and your family.
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    I am sorry and hope that he is comfortable however the circumstances play out. Be well friend.
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    Wow, not standard practice? If I were investing millions into a pitcher I'd want MRI's, CAT-scan's, DOG-scans and every other test I could think of. Not completely testing a pitcher's shoulder and elbow is incredibily reckless as well as irresponsible and is simply asking for trouble.
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    I am so sorry:002_scry: I will praying for you and your dad:pray: If I can help in anyway please let me know!!!
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    Just sent one you and your dads way.
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    I will definitely say a few prayers for you.
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    Just wanted to offer my thoughts on Hobgood. I was going to make a separate thread, but didn't want to clutter up the board. In any case, I did a write-up on my site, which you can read here, but be warned it's Subscriber-based content. However, I'll delve into the hidden content here... First, in regards to his velocity, there was no radar gun, but I was able to get a glimpse of the scoreboard on four of his pitches: Three fastballs - 89 and 87 One Curveball - 76 One Change-Up - 82 It's possible the radar gun was off considering the opposing pitcher I also saw clocked at 87 and he's usually a little higher than that. But still, not good news on the velocity front, which I'll go over a bit more in a second. What I found most striking was how inconsistent his mechanics were. They would vary from pitch-to-pitch. His arm slot would range anywhere from high 3/4 to a normal 3/4 slot. Other inconsistencies included the timing of his hand break, the amount of arch in his bat as he loaded his arm, the amount of bend in his back leg as he strides forward...numerous inconsistencies. Now, the inconsistent mechanics could certainly impact his velocity, but he's definitely a different pitcher mechanically than he was when drafted. It's something I'll probably do a future article on, but here is a quick summary... 1. They have slowed him down....tempo (the rate the body is moving into release) is about two or three frames slower than it was prior to being drafted. He's more under control...less "violence" in his delivery. 2. They have shortened the stride of his delivery...that may have involved incorporating a less forceful "kick-out", which is something that he uses to initiate an aggressive rotation of the hips... The shorter stride, the slower tempo, the smoother delivery, and possibly the less forceful/aggressive kick-out -- each change can hinder a pitcher's velocity, especially when all four mechanical adjustments are used on one pitcher. The one positive change they have made to his mechanics were on the front side. His glove is in a much more stable position out in front of the chest, especially on his fastball, which helps in keeping the front shoulder closed and is associated with better command. However, his front side mechanics do change when throwing the curveball. And of course, none of that matters if a pitcher can't repeat his mechanics consistently, which Hobgood isn't doing right now. The biggest positive for me was definitely the curveball. It can be a true out pitch and he actually commanded the pitch better than his fastball. I'd like to see him stick with the higher arm slot because that is the slot his curveball comes from. Change-up showed promise, but was a little inconsistent and he didn't throw many. I think the biggest thing to take from this is the development team the Orioles have in place seems to have worked with Hobgood on correcting his mechanical problems. Thus far, the results being decreased velocity, a struggle to repeat his mechanics, and inconsistent command. What does that tell you?
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    I LOL'd at the image of you in your car, yelling "WHOA!", nearly running off the road as you scramble to change the station three seconds into a Nickelback song, then feeling it was totally worth scaring the old lady on the curb with your erratic driving and nearly rubbing your fender on a bridge column. Thanks Paul!
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    Your getting way to defensive here Doc. Matt needs to take responsibility for the things he can control. Most people on this board HAVE taken JJ to task for drafting him that high. One thing a guy can take control of is what he puts in his mouth. Again, 16% body fat on a 19y.o. professional athelete says that he did not take it seriously during the past year. You can take a fat kid, put him on Parris Island (marine boot camp), and in 90 days you have a FIT kid. No excuses for this. Get serious about getting in shape and thats one less thing to point to if things don't do well. As a fan, its distressing that JJ took him # 5 overall, and that has been compounded by his resemblance to Sidney Ponson. Just because I, and perhaps others feel this way, does not mean we don't wish him well, we just want 100% effort across the board.
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    Personally, I would be very hesitant to draft a high school athlete in the first round. I have met too many nice gentlemen (e.g., Brian Bass, Billy Rowell)who did not meet everyone's expectations for a first round pick. The risk is just not worth the potential reward unless there is a very, very, very special selection. It is safer to select college guys with a longer track record for a first round choice. However, I personally get peeved when fans dump on the player. It is not the player's fault that he was drafted in the first round. The player still has to develop and fans should be patient with the PLAYER. If fans don't like a selection, they should vent on the selector, not the selectee. If they are disappointed with a draft pick's performance, they are wasting their energy moaning about the player. The player didn't make the choice. Give the player a little love and root for him to develop. Complain about the wisdom of the selection - not the performance of the selectee.
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