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  1. 3 points
    He couldn't get out of his lease?
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  3. 3 points
    Reach out and touch faith. Orioles own personal Jesus. Picked up the receiver. Now I'm a believer. Seriously see nothing wrong with this move
  4. 3 points
    If Buck was still here I would think Jones would already be back. With Elias and Hyde, they have no ties to the former Orioles and don't want regressing veterans blocking the playing time of the young players, so I really don't see a reunion with the O's unless he is still unsigned late into Spring Training.
  5. 2 points
    So, people want a player who had declining outfield skills, little bat control (has he EVER laid off a 58 foot pitch?), and who you can't trade (remember how well that worked last season?) Adam brought a "feel good" vibe to the team. Congrats. He put his time into Baltimore, but that's it. Last season, he was the big fish in a small pond. He had a place on the team the last few seasons, because there weren't options. Now, the Orioles do have options. Hays, Diaz, Yaz, a free agent they can trade or release when needed. He had his "goodbye tour" last season. Let him finish in Baltimore on that note.
  6. 2 points
    "Buck" and "Britton". Those two names will literally be linked in perpetuity.
  7. 2 points
    Is this Jesus a switch-hitter? 🤨
  8. 2 points
    I like all of our catching options better than a 33 year old Caleb.
  9. 2 points
    Looks like a weak hitting replacement for Caleb. And Sucre translates to sugar in English.
  10. 2 points
    "Terry Crowley's lucky he's in [expletive] baseball, for crissakes, He was released by the Cincinatti Reds. He was released by the [expletive] ... " Interesting note. I didn't realize the clip of Earl mock-teasing Crowley (among other things) was from '82. A cassette had already made its way to NC and a rock club by '84, the first time I ever heard it. Things had a way of "going viral" even then. https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bal-sp.maese23may23-column.html
  11. 2 points
    Just nothing happening in baseball right now. Regarding De Jong, whatever you think about his worthiness compared to current 40 man players, I think it’s safe to say better players will hit waivers between now and opening day. Tons of solid free agents still out there.
  12. 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.
  13. 2 points
    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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  15. 2 points
    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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  18. 2 points
    Classic Frank interview:
  19. 1 point
    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.
  20. 1 point
    https://curlyw.mlblogs.com/washington-nationals-announce-new-backpack-policy-b520449473c1 Exceptions will be made for purses, family bags and medical related stuff. Great idea Washington. It's not like most of your fans are coming from work and have a backpack for work related reasons, or families who are going to a game after sight seeing all day.
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  22. 1 point
    Buck was very impressive in his first year and good evaluator of talent! He's a rising star.
  23. 1 point
    I think the best way to target lessened attendance is to follow the paths of the Nats and the Rays and offer your customers fewer options.
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  25. 1 point
    Actually, three at least. Player development is definitely being rebuilt. Domestic scouting too. This is a complete, down to the foundation, rebuild.
  26. 1 point
    I think this gets a little overblown to ask about every single guy. Buck is young, so he probably is on board. But remember that analytics is just more/better information to help people coach better. As manager, he would be in charge of making sure his coaches can translate the information to the players in ways that make practical sense.
  27. 1 point
    You have to look at other players on the team to get a feel for what the offensive numbers mean. Reinheimer had the worst OPS of anyone on his team that had at least 80 at bats. Similarly bad in 2017. Martin' was fourth in regard to OPS of players with 80 at bats on his team. PCL is notoriously a hitters league and with Reno having a team OPS of .803 compared to Midland's team OPS of .733 that sort of bares that out.
  28. 1 point
    They are smart. One indication of their intelligence is that they are not making the wasteful and incredibly dumb moves that you advocate.
  29. 1 point
    Crow with Presley and Buck from my ST 2011 archives:
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  31. 1 point
    You dont schedule team visit for somebody your not interested in signing. I think the Padres are trying to build themselves a contender and maybe add 1 or 2 more pieces to help get them to their goal. I suspect they are a bit farther away then they think they are. But, it does send a message to your fan base that you are competing, they have had PR issues in the past with some of their bad decisions.
  32. 1 point
    And probably will be all season long.
  33. 1 point
    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.
  34. 1 point
    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.
  35. 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.
  36. 1 point
    I've successfully erased most of the 2018 season from memory, I don't remember.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Maybe, just maybe, Law is giving his honest opinion on guys and not just taking points off for being Orioles prospects?
  39. 1 point
    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.
  40. 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.
  41. 1 point
    5 of which went to the playoffs, in 6 different seasons.
  42. 1 point
    Yes, trade him. How did that work last season? What makes you think he would accept a trade this time?
  43. 1 point
    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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  45. 1 point
    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.
  46. 1 point
    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.
  47. 1 point
    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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  49. 1 point
    o The St. Louis Browns ........ Our American Cousin. o
  50. 1 point
    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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