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  1. 2 points
    I don't doubt Adam's leadership over the course of his career, specifically the 2012-2016 period. However, and I realize I'm probably being overly salty, but last season kind of killed any good will I had for most anybody on the team. What did his leadership amount to last season? What did it solve and what did it improve? I know I can't lay everything at the feet of Adam Jones because the problems were sure deeper than him. But, if he was the clubhouse leader that we and many others claim that he was, he has to take some of the blame for what happened here last season, and if we're cleaning house and trying to block it from our memory, then I don't see how bringing him back makes any sense. It's going to hurt when he does go somewhere else, I fully acknowledge and admit it. But, the ship has sailed, and we shouldn't look back.
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    What a fine tribute by Frank to Brooks and Earl--and the first interview of any significant length I've seen with one of my childhood heroes, Dave McNally. Thanks so much for posting this.
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    How are you defining huge contracts? Rodriguez won, Ramirez won. The 2018 Red Sox had at least two guys on 100M+ contracts. Same with the 2016 Cubs and 2014 Giants.
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    Classic Frank interview:
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    OOOOMG SO RECKLESS!! https://deadspin.com/everyones-mad-at-bill-james-for-being-an-old-dummy-1830316456 Hey, Bill. Everyone's pretty replaceable, if you think about it. You're not wrong. But Tony Clark's butthurt pearl clutching is great.
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    Hays is a strong 60 which is good not great for RF, great anywhere else in the OF. Diaz is a touch less, probably a 55 which is solid in RF and good elsewhere.
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    Saw the film on DVD tonight. Very well done. It had some former teammate interviews (Palmer, Singleton, Davey Johnson, Boog, Dempsey) and lots of folks from his upbringing, later union colleagues and all of his family. I came away with a good picture of a fascinating and sadly short life. In addition to the expected Orioles glory days (and focus on his famous glove work and hitting woes), there was an interesting bit of coverage about his early basketball talent and how he was heavily recruited to play hoops at UConn, but a twist of fate intervened. The best line was how a scout told another scout that Belanger was at age 16 (in his first year at the position), was better than an AL shortstop whose name I didn't catch. How it depicted his final years was done with great care and was highly poignant. Highly recommended to any O's fan or baseball fan in general.
  11. 1 point
    Sounds about right. I would not go as low a Mike Wright but I think De Jong's option makes him 5th starter depth. De Jong would have to prove that he gets the yips that Wright gets before I would put that tag on him. It may be a small sample but De Jong did better in his call up to the majors last year than Means, Rogers or Ramirez. So for me they go into ST pretty even as 5th starter candidates.
  12. 1 point
    Maybe, just maybe, Law is giving his honest opinion on guys and not just taking points off for being Orioles prospects?
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    I said late last year that he'd be a ST invite and a bunch of people laughed at me. I'm not saying I'm correct, but that's now a distinct possibility.
  14. 1 point
    Not that he wasn't appreciated, but in Ken Singleton's first 6 years as an Oriole he put up 26.2 WAR despite being a poor defender. In 10 years as an Oriole, he OPSed .824. He received MVP votes in 6 of his first 7 years as an Oriole. In his first 7 years as an Oriole he never had an onbase % of less than .366.
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    5 of which went to the playoffs, in 6 different seasons.
  16. 1 point
    Yes, trade him. How did that work last season? What makes you think he would accept a trade this time?
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    Let him find another team. It's time for the O's to move forward. Having Jones on the team does nothing to move forward. There is supposed to be a rebuild going on and Jones would just delay it. It's bad enough that the O's are still stuck with Davis and Trumbo. This year should be about finding players that can help the O's in the future. Jones is not one of them and it would be stupid to sign him just so he can have a proper good-bye.
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    Yeah. He definitely produced. Starting in 2012, Davis' WAR was 1.7, 6.5, 1.7, 5.3, 3.3. By comparison (not that we can) Koji's WAR in those years was: 1.4, 3.6, 1.8, 1.3, .7. Tommy Hunter even put up 1.9 in 2013. That stupid contract though. It ruins everything.
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    Yep. Funny story but we got the dog that became my childhood dog the year Brady Anderson hit 50 homers. Named the dog after him since Ripken in my parents opinion didn’t roll off the tongue. Brady was a FA after that year and I remember we worried a little the Yankees would get him. Turned out to be completely unfounded. You don’t understand the business side of the game nearly as well as a kid which is why 31 year old me has a different opinion on Mussina than 13 year old me did.
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    I must have been too young, because for the longest time I did not remember Kevin Brown pitching a season for the Orioles, and for whatever reason, when I did I always thought he wasn't very good. Oh man was I wrong. One season, 4.3 WAR, and the best pitcher on the '95 Orioles not named Mussina. Talk about a talented rotation, too. Moose, Brown, Scott Erickson, Jamie Moyer, and Ben McDonald. That should have been a recipe to print playoff tickets even in a strike shortened season. There's a very big argument to be made, in my mind, that the '95 Orioles were the biggest underachiever of any team in franchise history.
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    I remember in 1976 he hit .270 and everyone was going on and on about what a great hitting season he was having. He finished with a .661 OPS and a 6.5 WAR season. Like I said if he had a career .650 OPS he would be a first year eligibility Hall of Famer. We didn't make the playoffs in 1976. Reggie held out the first month. Doug Decinces had a .641 OPS and Paul Blair hit .197. And Cuellar and Grimsley pitched pretty poorly.
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    o The St. Louis Browns ........ Our American Cousin. o
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    Hey Patrick This is jmi1960 from the sun board...maybe we'll run into you at the yard this season. Hope you are doing well. Back on topic...I was 16 the year Reggie played for us and like a lot of oriole fans I often wonder what could have been if we would have signed him as a free agent.
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