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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
    He never makes it look easy, but I love the result tonight. The NESN announcers were raving about Brach.
  23. 1 point
    Guess he was saving first base for Benintendi. Now Hanley comes up to the gentle strains of Aha....
  24. 1 point
    Could it be a young Lou Reed???
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    That was a good FB. Up enough and in.
  27. 1 point
    Incredible. WHY NOT WALK BETTS?????
  28. 1 point
    Only one comedian is in Steven Wright's league in terms of writing....the late Mitch Hedberg,
  29. 1 point
    o It was Bob Goldthwait. o
  30. 1 point
    To a nice dinner after the game.
  31. 1 point
    I said it last night. Just walk Mookie, EVERY time. Saves time and extra base hits.
  32. 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.
  33. 1 point
    Ming, Naughton, and Jaylen Fergueson.
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    o TEN DAYS LATER (May 18th) Michael Baumann, Zach Muckenhirn, and Travis Seabrooke were all promoted to Advanced-A Frederick. o
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  38. 1 point
    When I started following baseball in 1957, my favorite players were Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn. (At first I also liked Rip Repulski and Harry the Horse Anderson, but that was brief and based mainly on their names.) When I became an Orioles fan in 1962, I pretty quickly latched on to Brooks. I always thought I was pretty lucky to pick out, as a kid, three guys who were not only great players but unusually fine human beings. I had the opportunity to meet both Richie and Brooks, and those brief encounters confirmed my belief about them. I was fortunate to attend the statue ceremony for Brooks. And I'm sorry, Roy, but the two things I remember most from that day do not include your speech. One was that i was pretty sure it would be the last time Oriole fans (including me) would see Earl Weaver. The second was something Brooks said -- not his gracious, sincerely humble and grateful words, or his calling out former teammates. I expected that. It was his enthusiasm when he talked about the success that the Orioles were enjoying in 2012. I don't want to think about what Brooks and other Oriole greats think about the train wreck this franchise has become once again.
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    Just baseball in the long run. Just a diversion from the other stuff that happened around the country today.
  41. 1 point
    I don't know Cal's motivation at all, and I have absolutely no information about his financial issues. That being said, I'm going to speculate wildly like I ABSOLUTELY know what I'm talking about. So, I will say this... if I'm Cal I want to sell the house because it constantly reminds me of Kevin Costner. I want $12 million for the property but all the buyers KNOW that I'm not going to resign with the house and probably move to New York and should have sold last offseason ---- but then Peter Angelos got involved because Brady Anderson is actually Grima Wormtongue to Angelos' King Theoden. All I'm saying is that Cal should have sold his house last offseason but we never will because Angelos loves his money and is using all the money to buy more PEDs for Chris Davis to try and make his contract worthwhile. If Cal sold the house last offseason he probably could have gotten $50 million dollars and 1998 Pedro Martinez but since he waited this team is a laughing stock and now he only got pennies on the dollar because all the teams know he is going to sell it because Kevin Costner HAUNTS HIM.
  42. 1 point
    He's by all accounts a very intelligent student of the game, he's going to be as good as his physical abilities allow. The last few starts before this one though, they illustrate the fine line he walks carrying fringe stuff. It'll become even more of a tightrope as he continues to move up, he'll have to walk it.
  43. 1 point
    Like I said earlier if top producers like Manny can be had for secondary prospects why were we trading for guys like Parra? Fact is we didn't want to give up Bundy and Gausman so we got guys that weren't very helpful. No one is getting Manny without giving up top prospect.
  44. 1 point
    Your talking a six digit number per year to keep a place like this even with no one living there. Kind of hard to justify no matter how much money you have when you are not living there and want to sell. Taking this into account I actually think it's a stupid move on Jones' part if he's not planning on living there. I'm a sub for one of the few home builders in the area that specializes in multi-million dollar new homes/renovations. Unless its a historic property or horse farm most people who spend this much money on a home want everything customized to their "needs." I just don't see anyone coming in spending what he paid to run a bulldozer through it and build new.
  45. 1 point
    I like this move, and I think Susac will be a quality guy to play behind Sisco. Maybe get him starts against the tough Lefties, and let Sisco have the meat of the playing time. Sisco has been far better defensively than I expected.
  46. 1 point
    The torque / arm position information that Sessh provided is dead on the money. He also alluded to how tightening these rubber bands leads to higher velocity much the same as distance in golf is very much determined by the twist variance between the shoulders and hips as they approach the ball. Let me provide my input as a pitcher who had the “right” mechanics. My arm was up when my front foot landed, didn’t get behind my body, didn’t have the inverted elbow, landed on my front side correctly, etc... I also REALLY struggled to generate prospect level velocity. Based on my old scouting evaluations the scouts judged me to have 50-60 movement on my fastball, curve, and change and 45-60 command and control, but I lived at 85 mph on my good days despite having a good arm / arm speed and nice leg drive so I wasn’t a real prospect regardless of how great my results were. I was able to get some coaching in my late teens that tweeked my mechanics to create more torque (we called it tightening the rubber band). I was able to generate much more velocity, but my command & control went to hell. So did my movement and my secondaries unless I varied my windup (which defeated the purpose). To be blunt, I sucked when throwing harder. I quickly gave up the effort and went back to the mechanics that felt good. To summarize, there is a sweet spot for every pitcher IMHO. The vast majority of pitchers in the majors have to give up some on the mechanics (and therefore arm longevity) in order to generate ML caliber stuff. It impresses me that they have such good athleticism that they can command the ball with compromised mechanics that generate higher velocity. That is what makes guys like Clemens and Maddux so damn impressive. They kept the mechanics and STILL had top end ML stuff.
  47. 1 point
    Hmmm.... Interesting move for a guy two-thirds of a season away from free agency.
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    Like shooting fish in a barrel. Jack! All Jack.
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