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  1. 3 points
    o Robinson has statues of himself in 3 different cities (Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Cleveland.) That's quite a distinction. Who can Claim Frank Robinson? The Legend Has Statues in 3 Different Cities (By Merritt Rohlfing) https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2019/1/18/18187524/frank-robinson-hall-of-fame-orioles-reds-indians ooooooooooo oooooooooo o
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    Chris Davis will draw attention in Baseball and here at the OH for as long as he is on the team. He is a link to past success as well as a link to past failures. The size of his contract and the dearth of competitive talent will give the Orioles and Mike Elias a tremendous amount of leeway to allow Davis to improve. But his decline is not a month long slump or even a half season slump. There is no reason for an of us to hope for anything other than success for Chris Davis. His contract is a sunk cost and almost certainly never going to turn around as far as value for the Orioles. But dumping him without the new regime taking every possible chance with him would not be prudent. The Orioles are going to lose give or take 100 games this year whether Davis Crushes home runs or the Orioles overall batting average. That said, 2019 will require improvement for him to stay on the team. At some point as the rebuild train rolls, there will have to be a reckoning regarding the value Davis being in the lineup. While it is difficult to say that he is blocking anyone today, that will change. The new manager knows that, the new GM knows that, the managing partners know that and we here know that. There is no benefit to rooting for Davis to continue his slide, and while the benefits of him rising to replacement level are small, improving to that level or higher would certainly justify his place on the roster or even in the lineup. I choose to pull for Davis to improve, even though I doubt the likelihood of that occurring. I do agree that the situation will be scrutinized daily regardless of how it plays out and that is natural. But I think answer becomes pretty clear in 2019 even if the timing does not. IF Davis improves, as long as the team itself is not competitive or until there is someone being blocked, he plays...but eventually, if the new regime is successful in improving the O's, then Davis will have to contribute or go away. None of that changes his sunk cost. IF Davis continues at his 2018 level...or worse, well then he no longer deserves a spot in the lineup and eventually he will sit...and then eventually he will be released. There should be no rush to force that decision until Davis either blocks a better alternative or becomes a problem in the clubhouse. As long as those two things are not an issue, the timing of a decision on Davis will be delayed. But the clock is ticking... There are lots of things more important to focus on for the Orioles in 2019. Davis is simply an easy mark.
  3. 2 points
    Actual ManNY news https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sports-manny-machado-yankees-free-agency-20190128-story.html
  4. 2 points
    Can "wit" be considered a "tool"? Oops - my bad!
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    I saw some article with photos on all the things Robert Downey Jr does to make himself look taller. Wear 4 inch lifts, stand next to next shortest person, lean forward in groups, stand on tippy toes etc. It seemed so exhausting but I guess 70 million dollars makes up for it. Anyway don't really enjoy his acting. Seems like he plays the same drug addict/alcoholic in every movie.
  6. 2 points
    Something I just thought of and not looking forward to is hearing "Fenway South" more often and a sea of red and blue out cheering the home crowd, ugh. I am looking forward to the Orioles coming out to SD this year though. I'll be going see them with all my gear no matter how bad they are.
  7. 2 points
    This article was written by Frank Vaccaro "The most electrifying defensive shortstop of his generation, Mark Belanger set the standard by anchoring a great Baltimore Orioles infield for most of 14 seasons. During this stretch, Baltimore won 90 or more games 11 times with six postseason appearances capped by the 1970 world championship. Belanger and Ozzie Smith are the only shortstops to retire with fielding averages over .975 while averaging more than five fielding chances per game. Belanger used two tiny black gloves per season and broke them in with spit and coffee. He got upset if anybody touched them. Watching him have a catch with a teammate on the sidelines was striking. He never seemed to actually catch a ball; rather he redirected them into his throwing hand. Sports Illustrated once wrote: “Belanger would glide effortlessly after a grounder and welcome it into loving arms; scooping the ball up with a single easy motion, and bringing it to his chest for a moment’s caress before making his throw.” https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/bbcae277 "What makes Belanger such a distinctive player in baseball history is that he was equal parts incredible and terrible. For a career to last 18 seasons, there has to be value. For Belanger, it was his glove. Belanger picked up eight American League Gold Glove awards in the ten-season span between 1969 and 1978. Belanger’s SABR Bio opens by describing him as "the most electrifying shortstop of his generation." But boy was he a terrible hitter. In 6,601 career plate appearances, Belanger posted a career slash line of .223/.300/.280. His career OPS was not that much higher than Hank Aaron’s career slugging percentage. His play at the plate amounted to a career OPS+ of 68. Let’s put his singular combination of incredible and terrible into context. Mark Belanger is the only player in baseball history to have accumulated more than 40 Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) while posting an OPS+ under 70, according to Baseball Reference’s Play Index. Even more strikingly, he’s also the only player in baseball history to have more than 40 rWAR in a career while also posting an OPS+ under 80. We have to up the limit to 85 to find company for Belanger. The company is limited, revealing, and has all the components of a great Play Index search. We have the Hall of Famer in Luis Aparicio; there’s the more easily remembered, more contemporary defensive wizard Omar Vizquel; and filling the role of deadballer with a funny name is Rabbit Maranville, who is also a Hall of Famer. " https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2015/11/10/9699244/mark-belanger-extraordinary-defense-terrible-offense
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    Maybe he's just like all the oldtimers who didn't see the point of six weeks of spring training so they'd just hold out for more money until early March, then mosey on down to Hot Springs and try to work off that extra 25 pounds.
  10. 1 point
    Wear your AJ or Manny jersey 'cause they will be "Pad's"!
  11. 1 point
    Why a catcher and why an SP? Any of them would all be non roster invites anyway.
  12. 1 point
    Jon Andreoli? Haha. Now that Elias is starting to make moves me probably need a general thread about all these DFAd players. I’d like to see an OF get claimed that can play all three OF positions if need be.
  13. 1 point
    I really like the way this new regime hires people. I like the traits that they seem to be specifically looking for. As a loooooong suffering Os fan, (all of us) I think we might be getting our wish. I am so excited about the furure of Orioles Baseball I cant stand it.
  14. 1 point
    As long as we don't drop our fan cards and keep it journalistic, we'll be fine. But it is infectious, dang it!
  15. 1 point
    What we are due for is to have a top 40 prospect who actually lives up to his billing as a major league pitcher while wearing an Orioles uniform.
  16. 1 point
    Maybe not 98, but this is DIRECTLY from Luke's Hall capsule in our top prospect list: "His fastball was up to 97mph and sat as high as 94-95 in some starts. " Since some of you either did not read our list or can't remember what we wrote, here's the list once again:
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    Troll alert! 😇 Good points above but ... Rick Dempsey constantly praising Austin Wynn's improvement from the MASN perch since he worked with him. (for those who watch MASN postgame reports) Will Davis accept a buyout? Will we get into the International Market in May? Will DSL team improve with new hierarchy in place? Will GrayRod dominate and will DL Hall continue his dominance? What about Hunter Harvey? Is Ca$hner not doomed to failure as @Frobby speculates? Will @Roy Firestone get on the bandwagon?
  18. 1 point
    This season is going to be vaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastly more interesting to witness than 2018. Game results won't change much, but... think of all the story lines we'll be able to follow other than the utter lost/pointless/bad veterans/lame duck manager & GM thing that happened last year. Entirely new coaching staff to get to know throughout the year How does Hyde do in his first year through the grind of the season Does Davis improve at all Analytics and development and scouting hires throughout the season are likely Do we see evidence of data helping anyone Technology purchases/upgrades throughout the minor leagues Continuing to see how Elias/Sig operate Trades likely #1 pick in the draft Young hungry kids with speed and defensive capabilities
  19. 1 point
    Sounds like a good hire. This organization is way ahead of where it was a year ago.
  20. 1 point
    One step away from them only allowing bets in bitcoin at the Jai alai.
  21. 1 point
    Heyman is an honest man. Boras bought him fair and square so he won't stray.
  22. 1 point
    And we'll never really know. Find the right people, pay the right price, and we all know you can get away with it.
  23. 1 point
    40.9 rWAR. That includes his offense. He was an excellent player.
  24. 1 point
    Thanks again Tony and the OH Crew! Had an awesome time meeting new people and seeing a few familiar faces again. Me: anyone have any nametags? Dip: I have them, but now you're in charge of name tag duty, Dip hands me a stack of nametags Me: darn it, I should have gone to Orioles anonymous hang out night, I wouldn't be in this dilemma now 5 minutes later Tony "can I get a bunch of nametags?" Me "reach into my pocket only to find 2 nametags" let's just say I should have enough for everyone at pickles and sliders at this time, even Cole Hamels dude could have gotten a nametag Tony: "you sure you only have 2 name tags left?" Me: "there aren't any more left surprisingly" Tony "really, could you check again?" Me: stop drinking my beers, reach into my pocket and a pile of nametags magically appear The life and times of buzzed name tag man, it ain't easy haha.
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