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  1. 5 points
    Happy Birthday to my first and really ONLY sports hero. Oh, I loved and admired Ali, but I never wanted to “be” like him. Brooks Robinson, who celebrates his 81st birthday today, carried himself with grace, dignity, and class. I wanted to be like him, even though I would never have his talent. I wanted to carry myself with dignity and decorum and hoped that if I ever were successful..that those qualities I saw in Brooks, I would try to embody myself, if I could. From the time I was 5 years old, I knew he was the player who would be at the center of my sports universe. By the time I was 18, and he was almost retired, I saw him “Up Close”. I’ve mentioned here that I was batboy for the Baltimore Orioles for a few years during the late 60’s and 70’s. It was a gateway to Brooks Robinson,I thought…. getting to meet him, getting to know him, and maybe, just maybe, becoming a, dare I say “friend” of Brooks’? On my very first day as an Oriole batboy, Brooks Robinson, the first player in the Oriole clubhouse(sometimes ahead of the clubhouse “cubbies”) in the locker room, walks into the tiny dressing room I had. ‘Hey partner’..whats your name’? I looked up from what I was doing…and saw Brooks with his hand extended to me. It took my breath away. Then, after I stammered and remembered my name, he said “Partner…wanna play some pepper”? For those who don’t know…”pepper” is a simple game of hit and field. For the next 30 minutes, a goofy, awkward kid from Miami is playing ball with his only sports hero. “Don’t stab at it partner, look the ball in”, he said. Brooks Robinson was giving ME fielding pointers. I eventually caught my breath again and for the next several months I would ride “shotgun” on the buses going to away games in the Spring with Brooks Robinson. We talked, but he was so friendly and interested in me, I could barely say anything at all. He just radiated positiveness and goodness. Brooks NEVER dissed. No gossip. No profanity. He was always the gentleman of the team and the team had a lot of profane, bad mannered types. Brooks authentically lived the perception people have of him. He exuded the best of sportsmanship, cheerfulness, positiveness. I mustv’e watched him field 10,000 ground balls in the spring. He never took time to goof off when he was “working”. Years passed. Then I left the team to go to college. One night the Orioles were playing my college team, Miami, in a Spring exhibition game. I was the baseball play by play announcer on college radio with my buddy Gary Chrisman.(Who is still doing it today and is one of the best in the business) Brooks Robinson comes to the plate and hits a home run… as Gary and I were calling the game. I can say in my lifetime, I called a Brooks Robinson home run on a radio broadcast. More years went by, Brooks went to the Hall of Fame, and we remained close. Brooks had some serious health issues, but thankfully he recovered. One night, when he was ill, he asked ME to fill in for him at a major awards banquet. I couldn’t have said yes fast enough. An undeserved honor for me. Then lets fast forward to 2012. I get a phone call and see on ID…its Brooks. “Partner”(he still only calls me partner) its Brooks Robinson(“…..like I wouldn’t know who Brooks was). They are unveiling my statue at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and I’d like YOU to introduce me to the fans when I come to podium. I literally looked at the phone like people do in movies with disbelief as to what I just heard. He wanted ME of all people to dedicate his statue with HIM? It made no sense. Then I realized. He didn’t want to pick one teammate or baseball person he was close with…and heres why. Brooks cares about people’s feelings. if he asked Earl Weaver or Frank Robinson to introduce him, maybe someone else who played with him might be hurt. Thats the way Brooks thinks. It is why he is a great and good man. He picked ME. What an honor. The day comes. Thousands of people are there for Brooks’ statue I am introduced by Gary Thorne at the Oriole Park. I walk to the podium, and Im choked up. I almost couldn’t breathe. This isn’t about me, its about my only sports hero. And this is the greatest honor of my public life. After I caught my breath,I got a few minutes to tell my hero…I loved him. And I got to tell everyone there why. That clip is below. Happy Birthday Brooks Robinson…number 81. We could sure use a ton of people like YOU on this planet. I love you Brooks Robinson. You’re the greatest man in sports I ever knew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz9iiXNRado
  2. 5 points
    Buck has also talked about how important defense is to him and how he prefers the win rule to the save rule. Yet we have Pedro in the field and Britton sitting in the bellpen. Buck says lots of stuff.
  3. 4 points
    o EAT S***, RED SOX FANS !!! o
  4. 3 points
    Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and David Bowie at Cafe Royale, 1973
  5. 3 points
    This team never seems to get those two-out sac flies!
  6. 3 points
    If we are going to be nitpick, the team won 69 games his first FULL season. Still, even with accounting for this season, the O's under the guidance of Buck still have managed an above .500 record currently, and will most likely end up that way after this season is over, as his O's managerial career sits at 635 - 599, roughly at a .515 average. While I do not agree with every move Buck makes, I will not discount what the guy has done for this team and the city. A perennial loser year in and year out, the O's for all intents and purposes, were what I considered every teams Homecoming opponent. You know the type, the team you pick on your schedule because you expect them to be an easy win. He led us to the playoffs, and we played competitive baseball. I give a lot of credit to the guy, especially having to trot out guys who know deep down, this team is about to trade away its superstar, and who are completely unsure of who is going to be in the clubhouse after the trade deadline.
  7. 3 points
    Means is a guy who doesn't have the stuff Hess does, but throws left handed, and arguably was a better performer last year than Hess. I think Means should be converted to relief as his stuff would likely play up with a couple more ticks, but it's good to see him in Norfolk, he could thrive in that ballpark. Meisinger is an ok stuff reliever who gets by on feel and location, was excellent last year, but has been bitten by the homer bug this year. Fry is like former O's relief prospect Garrett Cleavinger but with a half-grade better fastball and a half-grade worse breaking ball (slider for Fry, curve for Cleavinger). Both are lefty relievers who have major league stuff, but are limited by command/control. Gonzalez (O's 3rd round pick in 2014 out of HS) has borderline stuff, just enough fastball, a decent breaking ball, and a fringe changeup. He needs to be an above average command guy for his stuff to profile as a backend starter. He's not there and above average MLB command is tough to get to, but there is a tiny chance he gets there. Kline (former top 10 O's prospect) missed a ton of time with TJS and multiple complications. He was probably a reliever long term anyways, but now it's pretty much assured. His velocity has been excellent in 1-2 inning stints. 94-98, usually on the higher end. He creates a nice downhill angle on his pitches and his slider has tightened up since spring training, but is still more deceptive than dynamic. It's a MLB arm, and he could be a bullpen option as early as next year, probably not much late inning upside unless the slider really progresses. He's been in AA before, so the A+ assignment was just to ease him back. He's been control ahead of command at this point, so his locations will likely get tested at this level. Baumann has two good pitches (FB, SL) and is around the plate, but has fringe average command at best. It's too much for Low A hitters, but he'll need to tighten up command and improve the feel for the changeup if he's going to be a starter long term. He does have a decent floor as a reliever if those things don't happen. Zach Muckenhirn (whose name Roch and Melewski cannot spell to save their lives) was a lefty college performer with great feel and borderline stuff. He had an excellent debut in short season but struggled as a starter in Low A last year. Reportedly his velocity was down significantly with the grind of starting on a full season schedule. He was moved to relief and I've heard that his FB has been 94-95 (not consistently, but at times) and he's missing a ton of Low A bats. Like Kline, he's old for the level he's been dominating, so a promotion should be a decent test. Seabrooke was a raw Canadian draftee with a projectable body but below average stuff. He's a lefty. He was moved to the bullpen this year and has been ok. I don't know too much about him (seen him pitch once or twice but didn't pay close attention and don't consider him anything more than an org guy at this point, but he's only 22, so you never know. For more on Means, Baumann, and Meisinger, check my Top 50 list series.... For more on Kline and Gonzalez check my recent May top 50 update.... http://www.orioleshangout.com/2018/05/11/lukes-prospect-hotsheet-may-edition/
  8. 2 points
    It's been long enough that I had to re-learn how to post.
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    BIG f-ing run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. 2 points
    Let's stick to baseball, OK? "Lou Gehrig died from Lou Gehrig';s Disease. I mean, what are the odds of that?"
  12. 2 points
    I think the teams are aware of what park factors are and how they impact a player's statistics. Do you think any current MLB front office is going dur dur RBI's?
  13. 2 points
    How many threads do we need about this?
  14. 2 points
    In a separate development, the Baltimore Orioles have begun to inform selected teams that they still exist. The Orioles told those team that they believe they can be competitive in the American League Eastern Division once the weather warms up and key injured players return to form, but also said that they might be interested in trades of some unidentified players at some unspecified future date, and that details will follow sometime, maybe. One source reported that he received this information in a telephone call that electronically altered the voice of the caller, who would not identify himself and refused to state who within the Orioles' organization might be providing further information.
  15. 2 points
    Never. Orioles boof the pooch on this because the trade packages offered aren't enough, so they keep him. He walks, we get a comp pick.
  16. 2 points
    You don't "buy out" a major league baseball player. His contract is guaranteed and there is no way the union would let him take $1 less than he is owed under the terms of his contract and the CBA. The only thing they can do is cut him at his full pay or keep him on the roster and try to get some value out of him (which I don't think is going to happen - not that they won't keep him, just that they won't get much value out of him).
  17. 2 points
    Just got off the phone with Brooks. He's doing great and sounds terrific. He thanks everyone for their birthday wishes.
  18. 2 points
    I predict the Orioles fart around too long and he Manny gets hurt before we can trade him. The Orioles are grossly incompetent so makes sense.
  19. 2 points
    You're correct, but I don't think the MLB is particularly set up that way. The NBA is, you get a guy like LeBron, Durant, Giannis and your fortunes change, you can go from a 20 win team to a playoff team in a season. NFL is the same way, you can have a quick turnaround. MLB is a little slower. Yeah, the Yankees got better all of a sudden but that was the culmination of a few years of work. Same with the Astros, it took 4 or 5 years to do what they did last year. Looking at how stacked the Yanks and Sox are and then looking at the Jays with Vlad Jr, Bo Bichette, Biggio's kid...I mean, they're going to be stacked, too. The AL East is shaping up to be a dogfight for years to come with two or three teams going at it and us on the outside looking in because we're so inept at doing anything from a proper building perspective.
  20. 2 points
    Buck has said a million times that the value of a catcher is his game calling, defense and controlling the running game. Game calling has a element of knowing your pitchers. Caleb has is all over Susac in knowing the pitching staff. Its very weird timing to change out a catcher just as the starters appeared to be coming together on the home stand. Pitching on the road in Boston is hard enough but getting use to a new catcher at the same time just adds to the degree of difficult. The fact that Caleb is hitting for a 800 OPS in May and Susac ia coming of the DL and has not hit well since he returned. A head scratcher of a move.
  21. 1 point
    I'll let @Luke-OH give you all his breakdown as I only really saw Fry, Means, and Meisinger, with 1 appearance of Branden Kline.
  22. 1 point
    The 'What Goes On' cover in the late '80's was my introduction to The Feelies.
  23. 1 point
    I had never heard an Iron Maiden song before. And you know what? Evidently that was okay. Lol.
  24. 1 point
    With 1 for 5, Chris Davis raised his average to .170!
  25. 1 point
    Well now. His trade value just increased.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Yes. It is Lou Reed. Sweet Jane.
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    Incredible. WHY NOT WALK BETTS?????
  30. 1 point
    I got home one night. Accidentally stuck my car key in the front door. Turned it and it started up! So I drove around for a while. Cop pulls me over. Walks up, says "Where do you live?" I said "Right here."
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    You can't have everything. Where would you put it? If at first you don't succeed then skydiving definitely isn't for you. I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing ’Happy Birthday.’ A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths. It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it. I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. I poured spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.
  33. 1 point
    Can we agree that Manny is hot right now?
  34. 1 point
    You don't even have to throw fake pitches anymore.
  35. 1 point
    More dangerous, questionable baserunning by Manny, even though he was safe.
  36. 1 point
    We have led after the first inning 8 times, including tonight. We have trailed after the first inning 20 times. We have been tied after the first inning 16 times.
  37. 1 point
    Ming, Naughton, and Jaylen Fergueson.
  38. 1 point
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/05/dodgers-designate-henry-owens.html Get Henry. DFA Wright.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Not one penny less. Not one cent.
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    Camden Depot‏ @CamdenDepot FollowFollow @CamdenDepot More Another tidbit, Orioles scouts have been seen making the rounds in A ball at places they usually are not seen as often. And they are looking at the teams you would think would be interested in Machado.
  43. 1 point
    eye roll emoji Austin Riley? As in the Braves 3rd baseman of the future? I don't see them letting him go when Jose Bautista is your back up plan. They're really weak at SS too so I imagine they'd be more included to play him there. Honestly I"m kinda "meh" on all the Braves pitching prospects. I like the guys in the Cardinals system (Weaver, Reyes, and Flaherty) quite a bit more.
  44. 1 point
    I hear that, don't disagree with any of it. I am rooting for individual performances here, really watching for Manny, Mancini, Jones, Bundy, Gausman. It's really frustrating to watch but for some reason I feel indebted to watch as much as I can. I've been thinking about why I feel that way lately, I'm still not sure I have an answer. I think a lot of it just has to do with blind, dumb loyalty.
  45. 1 point
    Honestly, I don't know if Joseph was really a "Buck" guy or not. He's never been given preferential treatment. This might be just a situation where the organization wants to know whether Susac can be part of the future or not. Everyone knows my respect for Caleb, but even I'll admit that the window for him being a starting catcher has probably closed. Sisco has handled himself pretty well behind the plate and thrown better than anyone would have thought coming into the season, so the Orioles may want to play him pretty much every day against right-handers. Plus, everything I've heard is that Buck has pretty much control over his 25-man roster.
  46. 1 point
    Cleveland's Top Prospects - http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/#list=cle Mejia (C/OF), McKenzie (RHP), Bradley (1B), Jones (3B), Castro (SS), Chang (SS), Benson (OF), Bieber (RHP) Other MLB Roster Players Who Might be Targets: Zimmer (OF), Clevinger (RHP) Chicago's Top Prospects - http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/#list=cle?list=chc Alzolay (RHP), Ademan (SS), De La Cruz (RHP), Albertos (RHP), Lange (RHP), Little (LHP), Hatch (RHP), Wilson (OF) Other MLB Roster Players Who Might be Targets: Schwarber (OF), Happ (2B/OF), Russell (SS), Montgomery (LHP), Almora (OF) St. Louis' Top Prospects - http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/#list=cle?list=stl Reyes (RHP), Flaherty (RHP), O'Neill (OF), Hudson (RHP), Hensley (RHP), Kniezner (C), Schrock (2B), Arozarena (OF) Other MLB Roster Players Who Might be Targets: Weaver (RHP), Martinez (1B), Wong (2B) Arizona's Top Prospects - http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018/#list=cle?list=ari Duplantier (RHP), Smith (1B), Chisholm (SS), Widener (RHP), Wilson (OF), Varsho (C), Clarke (RHP), Ellis (3B) Other MLB Roster Players Who Might be Targets: Marte (SS), Bradley (RHP)
  47. 1 point
    Oh man, here we go. Watch out, Yankees!
  48. 1 point
    Probably. I believe in the "General Manager" version, 5 "light hitting" utility players can be traded in for 1 AAAA prospect.
  49. 1 point
    My latest greatest youboob find. "Perfect Life". Dozens if not hundreds of old pic vids. VERY cool.
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