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  1. 15 points
  2. 11 points
    The clarity of the team not trying to win comes from the off-season, when there were a lot of relatively low-priced, reasonable quality free agents out there and the FO opted to go with a lot of unproven but cheap players. I've actually felt like, Straily aside, Elias has put at least some effort into cycling through his (poor) options in-season. Witness the Wright trade, Rickard DFA, Phillips, Kline, Yac, Stewart, Santander, Mullins being sent down, et. al. Ultimately, given the rules in MLB today, opting to field a 50-win team instead of a 70-win team is a good decision for the club long-term. It allows Elias to stockpile high amateur draft slots, go first in Rule V, be at the head of the waiver wire, etc. I don't necessarily agree with the system and believe it does incentivize fan-unfriendly team building like this, but it is the system and it is the right strategy for the long-term health of the club. It's also damn painful to watch. As for the fans... if we win, they will be back. This is a fanbase that has endured 14 year losing streaks and 25 years of gross mismanagement. A few years of a rebuilding project isn't going to do a whole lot more damage, and at least we are seeing a clear direction now. Keep the faith!
  3. 8 points
    This is what year one of a complete rebuild looks like. Everyone said they understood what was going to happen here and, yet, there is thread after thread like this one. The previous administration (and owner, if you will) destroyed this franchise. Destroyed it. They stripped it [almost] entirely of major league, and near major league, talent. They threw away prospects and picks, had zero international baseball presence, had no cohesive development/analytical plan, and signed garbage players to huge deals, all while failing to trade assets because they ignorantly refused to admit that this rebuild should have been started years earlier. Elias is starting completely over and it will take time. No one will pay to watch this disaster, nor would any reasonable major leaguer want to play here, so payroll has to come down. Who's left to play then this season? No one beyond the remnants of the last administration and cast offs from everywhere else. 2020 will look similar.
  4. 8 points
    I wasn’t referring to me. You said anyone.
  5. 7 points
  6. 7 points
    I was fuming the other day about the money the O’s are wasting on Davis, Cobb and Trumbo, and decided to catalogue every deal the O’s have ever done for more than $20 mm. I’ve listed them below, in declining contract value order, with some WAR valuations and comments. There have been a few wins, but overall, it is not a pretty picture. (If I’ve forgotten anyone, let me know.) Chris Davis (2016-22): 7 years, $161 mm ($42 mm deferred) rWAR: -0.5 (3.076 seasons) fWAR: -1.3 (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs value: -$9.0 mm (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$89.5 mm (3.076 seasons) Comment: Quite arguably, the worst contract of all time. The -$89.5 mm only accounts for the first half of the contract. If you assume (as I do) that he will never again generate positive WAR and the O’s won’t be able to buy him out, the negative value goes to $170 mm or more. And it was a bad deal the day the ink was dry, though nobody knew it would be this bad. Adam Jones (2013-18): 6 years, $85.5 mm rWAR: 17.0 mm fWAR: 17.2 mm Fangraphs value: $133.4 mm Pre-FA discount: -$7.2 mm Net Fangraphs value: $126.2 mm Fangraphs surplus net value: $41.1 mm Comment: There’s a good case that this is the best long-term deal the O’s ever did. This deal was signed in May 2012, just as Jones was having his first really good season. The “Pre-FA discount” shown above accounts for the fact that Jones would not have been a free agent in 2013, so he would not have earned a FA-level salary that year. The formula I applied was a discount of 20% for his Arb 3 year. Jones went on to be a key leader and player for a team that went to the playoffs 3 times in 5 years. Miguel Tejada (2004-09): 6 years, $72 mm rWAR: 23.9 (20.1 as an Oriole) fWAR: 21.8 (17.5 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $107.7 mm ($81.1 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs surplus value: $35.7 mm ($38.7 mm as an Oriole) Comment: By the numbers, this was almost as good a deal as the Jones deal, and it was pretty obvious the day we signed Tejada that we’d gotten him at a very good price. At the same time, Tejada’s role in the “B-12 episode” in 2005 is a black mark, and ultimately we traded him away. Still, we got decent value in that trade, and on balance, the Tejada signing was a very good one. Nick Markakis (2009-14): 6 years, $66 mm rWAR: 11.6 fWAR: 11.1 Fangraphs value: $75.3 mm Pre-FA discount: -$16.6 mm Net Fangraphs value: $58.7 mm Deficit in Fangraphs net value: -$7.3 mm This deal was signed before Markakis’ Arb-1 season, and so the value he generated in his three arb seasons is discounted by 60, 40 and 20% in my net value calculation. By that measure, this deal was a mild loser. However, I doubt most fans regret this deal, as Markakis was a quiet leader by example and a steadying presence in the lineup. He never became the star player he seemed to be developing into when this deal was made, but he was a very solid pro who posted every day. Albert Belle (1999-2003): 5 years, $65 mm rWAR: 4.0 fWAR: 4.5 Comment: Fangraphs only began putting a dollar value on WAR in 2002, the year after the ARod and Jeter contracts were signed. That value was $4 mm/WAR for 2002, and you can be sure it was significantly lower before that. By any measure, the Belle deal was a big loser for the O’s, as his injuries limited him to two seasons. Apparently insurance defrayed some of the cost, but in any event, Belle came nowhere near earning his contract. Alex Cobb (2018-21): 4 years, $57 mm rWAR: 0.6 (2 seasons) fWAR: 0.8 (2 seasons) Fangraphs value: $6.7 mm (2 seasons) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$21.3 mm (2 seasons) Comment: Cobb is out for the rest of this season, so we can look at his value and cost over two years even though there is a half-season to play. This contract is almost sure to end up underwater even if Cobb is healthy the next two years, and even if he was decent, his contract no longer serves a purpose on this rebuilding team. Unfortunately, his injuries have destroyed any trade value for now, even if we are willing to eat some salary. Better luck next year! Ubaldo Jimenez (2014-17): 4 years, $50 mm rWAR: 0.5 fWAR: 4.5 Fangraphs value: $36.4 mm Fangraphs deficit in value: $13.6 mm Comment: If you ever want an indictment of fWAR, this is it! Jimenez was terrible for 3 of his 4 seasons with us, and just OK the other season (2015). He had several good games, but overall was a huge disappointment. Give me the rWAR valuation here every day and twice on Sundays. JJ Hardy (2015-17): 3 years, $40 mm rWAR: 1.7 fWAR: 1.4 Fangraphs value: $11.4 mm Fangraphs deficit in value: -$28.6 mm Comment: Hardy seemingly started getting old the day he signed this deal. He had injuries all three seasons, particularly in 2015 and 2017, and by his final year was a shadow of his former self on both sides of the ball. He did manage a relatively healthy and productive 2016, and not coincidentally, the O’s made the wild card that year. Brian Roberts (2010-13): 4 years, $40 mm rWAR: 1.0 fWAR: 1.6 Fangraphs value: $10.6 mm Fangraphs deficit in value: -$29.4 mm Comment: This deal covered four free agent seasons and was signed a full year before it took effect, following a winter in which Roberts almost was traded to the Cubs. Roberts had an excellent 2009 (still under his prior contract) after signing this deal, but then a series of injuries and a serious, self-induced concussion kept Roberts off the field for the vast majority of his contract. Mark Trumbo (2017-19): 3 years, $37.5 mm rWAR: -0.2 (2.076 seasons) fWAR: -0.9 (2.076 seasons) Fangraphs value: -$7.2 mm (2.076 seasons) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$44.7 mm (2.076 seasons) Comment: This deal was signed after Trumbo’s 47 HR season that was a key component of the 2016 wild card run. Unfortunately, Trumbo was awful in 2017, had a half-decent 2018 cut short by injuries, and has missed all of 2019 so far. Another guy we might have hoped to trade for some salary relief this year but injuries took away any hypothetical chance of doing that. Scott Erickson (1999-03): 5 years, $31.5 mm rWAR: 0.1 fWAR: 2.8 Comment: Another deal done before Fangraphs started putting a dollar value on WAR, but easily $20mm+ underwater. Erickson missed 2 of the 5 seasons with injuries, and performed poorly in the others. Plus, the deal annoyed Mussina, who had signed a 3-year deal the year before because Angelos told him he didn’t believe in giving pitchers deals longer than 3 years. Darren O’Day (2016-19): 4 years, $31 mm rWAR: 1.9 (3.076 seasons) fWAR: 1.2 (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs value: $9.9 mm (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs deficit: -$21.1 mm (3.076 seasons)(-$7.4 mm as an Oriole) Comment: Another guy who seemingly got old the minute the ink was dry on his deal. O’Day went from being a healthy, consistently top set-up guy to being oft-injured and decent but inconsistent when healthy. While injured in 2018, he was traded as part of the Gausman deal, relieving the Orioles of about $13.7 in current salary and deferred payments, but probably significantly dampening the return for Gausman. A lot of people were upset by that at the time, but with O’Day still on the shelf today and Gausman not performing well at the moment, it doesn’t look nearly as bad as it did a year ago. Cal Ripken (1993-97): 5 years, $30.5 mm rWAR: 17.3 fWAR: 17.8 Comment: This deal was signed about 6 weeks before Cal was due to become a free agent, and at the time, was the biggest deal in baseball history. Cal was very good but not great the next five years, and in hindsight you probably could say it was a mild overpay considering the FA prices at the time, if all you looked at was on the field production. But when you consider Cal’s huge fan appeal, and the publicity generated as Cal chased and broke Lou Gehrig’s streak, there’s little doubt that Cal was worth every penny. Rafael Palmeiro (1994-98): 5 years, $30 mm rWAR: 23.4 fWAR: 24.9 Comment: A comparison between Raffy’s deal and Cal’s one year earlier shows that Raffy was the better on-the-field value. He produced all five years covered by the contract at a high level, and the O’s made the playoffs twice during that run. Certainly a solid winner of a contract. Brady Anderson (1998-2002): 5 years, $29.5 mm rWAR: 8.8 (8.9 as an Oriole) fWAR: 6.8 (7.2 as an Oriole) Comment: Signed a full season after his big 50-homer year, contrary to popular belief. Brady was productive for a couple years of this deal but fell off a cliff as it progressed, causing the O’s to release him with a full season left on the contract. Probably $10 mm underwater at the prices at the time. David Segui (2001-04): 4 years, $27.8 mm rWAR: 2.4 fWAR: 1.9 Comment: Segui hit pretty well when he actually played, but he was continuously hurt. Fangraphs valued his final 3 seasons at $700 k; they didn’t do valuations in 2001 but he arguably was worth $5-7 mm that year based on the 2002 valuation. So, this one was $20 mm underwater. Ramon Hernandez (2006-09): 4 years, $26.5 mm rWAR: 6.4 (7.3 as an Oriole) fWAR: 6.4 (6.4 as an Orioles) Fangraphs value: $32.9 mm ($32.7 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs surplus value: $6.4 mm ($6.2 mm as an Oriole) Comment: The O’s signed Hernandez even though Javy Lopez had a year to go on his deal, because it was apparent that Lopez had lost his defensive skills. Hernandez had an excellent first year with the O’s, but went downhill from there. With the O’s expecting Matt Wieters’ arrival in 2009, they traded Hernandez after the 2008 season for Ryan Freel, Brandon Waring and Justin Turner. That could have turned out well if the O’s had recognized the potential of Turner. Melvin Mora (2007-09): 3 years, $25 mm rWAR: 4.0 fWAR: 5.6 Fangraphs value: $33.0 mm Fangraphs surplus value: $8.0 mm Comment: This deal was signed shortly after the 2006 season began, after terrific 2004-05 seasons by Mora under a very favorable contract. He also had played a key role in calming down Miguel Tejada over the winter, after Tejada briefly demanded a traded. Mora started slipping a bit in 2006 after signing the deal, was OK in 2007-08, and slid badly in the final year of the deal. As I recall, Fangraphs valued this as a mild loser at the time. But later, Fangraphs re-jiggered its WAR calculations and now it comes out on the positive side. I’d basically call it a break-even deal. Sidney Ponson (2004-06): 3 years, $22.5 mm rWAR: -0.7 (0.1 as an Oriole) fWAR: 4.5 (4.0 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $19.6 mm ($17.1 as an Oriole) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$2.9 mm (-$5.4 mm as an Oriole) Comment: Another case where I agree with rWAR and think fWAR is ridiculous. After signing his contract, Ponson came to camp fat as a whale, then spent the following offseason getting thrown into jail for punching a judge. He got caught for drunk driving that summer and the O’s released him and tried to void his contract, a move that apparently failed in the end. Javy Lopez (2004-06): 3 years, $22.5 mm rWAR: 6.3 (6.9 as an Oriole) fWAR: 6.1 (est. 6.1 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $21.1 mm (est. $26.6 mm as an Oriole) Comment: Lopez went from well above average to average to terrible in his 2.7 years in Baltimore. When we signed him, we were trying to play Lopez and Ivan Rodriguez against each other in negotiations, as if they were equal players. Big mistake. JJ Hardy (2012-14): 3 years, $22.5 mm rWAR: 10.3 fWAR: 8.6 Fangraphs value: $62.0 mm Fangraphs surplus value: $39.5 mm Comment: One of Andy MacPhail's parting gifts to the Orioles, signed in the second half of 2011. This deal was better than the 2015-17 deal was bad, as Hardy anchored the great defenses that led the O's to two playoff berths, including their one division title in the last 20 years. Yovani Gallardo (2016-17): 2 years, $22 mm rWAR: -0.3 (0.1 as an Oriole) fWAR: 0.7 (0.6 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $6.0 mm ($5.0 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$16.0 mm (-$4.0 mm as an Oriole) Comment: The O’s initially signed Gallardo to a 3-year deal, but following a physical the deal was restructured as 2 years plus an option. Good move. After the 2016 season, the O’s were able to unload Gallardo’s remaining guaranteed year in a trade for Seth Smith. Mike Mussina (1998-2000): 3 years, $20.1 mm rWAR: 15.0 fWAR: 17.5 Comment: This deal was arguably too good, as it made the Player’s Association angry and then Moose got alienated when Angelos lowballed him in the next round of contract negotiations. Mussina was probably worth 2-3 times what he got paid in his 1998-2000 contract. Aubrey Huff (2007-09): 3 years, $20 mm rWAR: 2.7 (3.5 as an Oriole) fWAR: 2.8 (est. 3.6 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $15.8 mm (est. $20 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$4.2 mm (est. $1 mm surplus as an Oriole) Comment: Almost all the value of this deal came in the 2008 season. Huff had a terrible 2009, and was traded at the waiver deadline to Detroit, where he was even worse. For me the big winners were Jones, Tejada, Ripken, Palmeiro, Hardy I and Mussina. The big losers were Davis, Belle, Cobb, Jimenez, Roberts, Hardy II, Trumbo, Erickson, O'Day, Anderson, Segui, Ponson, and Gallardo (though we really minimized that damage by trading him). I put Markakis, Mora, Lopez, Hernandez and Huff in the roughly break even category. So, the bad deals outnumber the good ones by about 2:1, and the Davis deal probably outweighs all the good ones all by itself.
  7. 7 points
  8. 6 points
    He'll be with Bowie in Harrisburg with me tonight. He is on the Baysox roster as of today.
  9. 6 points
    It's so bad the league is not letting us play the last 16 games.
  10. 6 points
    I look at this year as one for experimentation and seeing what we have. Numerous guys have been brought in or have been called up and given a chance. If you didn't do it this way, maybe John Means or Smith don't emerge. We have also learned that a ton of these guys just aren't major leaguers.
  11. 6 points
    One reason would be keeping it so the team had more information about their financial flexibility as far as what they could offer than the player’s advisors/agents. Maintaining that information gap could be somewhat advantageous. The other being amplifying the PR campaign by announcing the core of the draft class all at once.
  12. 5 points
    I dunno if you're considering that as a dig at Manny of some sorts but I think Manny has 300 million reasons not to care what goes on in Baltimore. This is a good point. I think any team that has the 42nd pick should just not select anyone. What's the point if that player is only going to put up 1 WAR? Ditch the pick, use the money elsewhere, I say.
  13. 5 points
    And as far as the stadium gun, it seemed pretty spot on. Kline was 96-98 the day before this , which is typical for him. Lowther 87-91 (lower than last year, but that’s where he’s been pretty much all this season) Tate 94-97 Araujo 90-94
  14. 5 points
    I just reviewed this thread, and just.....wow. Martin was not ready for this assignment, but here it is. He is probably sticking this year and playing at AAA next year, but there is no reason for anyone to be this cruel. Comparing a professional baseball player to a stuffed animal? Outrageous. I give him the benefit of the fact he is working his tail off and learning on the fly. At least respect that.
  15. 5 points
    I keep seeing you write the same thing over and over, but I've got to totally disagree with you on his defensive tools. First off, his arm is a solid average major league SS arm. He's got decent range and a good first step, but the hands can be a little shaky. Offensively, his hit tool is certainly well below average and his power is probably 35 as well. He's got 70 speed though and overall he has very good game awareness and is a smart player on the field. I've been disappointed in his defense of late, but i wonder if the constant failure at the plate is affecting his glove? Either way, Martin is going nowhere. Would I count him as my everyday SS in 2-3 seasons, probably not, but do I think he could end up a decent utility guy who can play all over the infield and perhaps the outfield to include CF because of his speed? Sure. Martin was not ready for the major leagues, but under the circumstances of this season, I have no issue with running him out there this year. I think Hyde has handled him pretty well by moving Villar onto SS when giving him some time off. A lot was asked of Martin, and although he hasn't played well overall, and on a contending team he would be nowhere near a major league roster, he's hanging int there.
  16. 5 points
    Management spent all winter preparing for the 2023 season in precisely the way they stated they would when they were hired, which you continue to misrepresent as laziness. If you disagree with the plan, then blame the owners for hiring people who explicitly said this is what was going to happen. Please stop pretending that you don't understand what's going on. You've now posted hundreds of times that you think Elias should be fired for doing exactly what he said he would do, and for executing that plan with the full consent of ownership.
  17. 5 points
    Is anyone going to be complaining in late May of next year when we're debating who to take at 1:1?
  18. 5 points
    I am glad that Major League Baseball has made it a priority to pronounce players names correctly and include accent marks on uniforms. We have come a long way from Bob Clemente.
  19. 4 points
    Negotiations are underway?
  20. 4 points
    It's getting wild and crazy recently, so much so that I had to double check the 25 man just to be sure I remembered who the heck is on this team. Ortiz optioned Hess optioned Lucas IL (shoulder, should be back in 10) Rogers added, will start in Hess's place Yacabonis added DSJ to get a couple rehab games and come back No word on Stewart, but he'll probably get a couple rehab games Trumbo assumed done for the year unless we hear otherwise Wilkerson and Santander still here filling in for DSJ and Stewart Cashner back after missing one start due to blister, will start tonight Straily still on the team, somehow
  21. 4 points
    Palmer is still under contract to broadcast Oriole games for two more seasons.
  22. 4 points
    Rickard was one of the longest tenured Orioles prior to his being DFA'd.
  23. 4 points
    Interesting dude. Has some serious control issues, but throws serious heat. South African, wants to bring BB to Africa. Pretty cool.
  24. 4 points
    If losing Yefry is Elias' worst move, he will become the best GM in the history of baseball.
  25. 4 points
  26. 4 points
    @jonathanmayo Competitive Balance B @MLBDraft pick Kyle Stowers will sign w/@Orioles for full pick value ($884.2K). @StanfordBSB OF started slow but came on with the bat, corner OF profile.
  27. 4 points
  28. 4 points
    o Yes. Each and every day, 365 days per year, as long as the Orioles Hangout exists. o
  29. 4 points
    No complaints here if some AAA driftwood gets cut loose and we see Lowther, Zimmerman and Wells in Norfolk for the second half. Put them all in line to compete for roster spot in spring training.
  30. 4 points
    And that's all you need to know, folks.
  31. 4 points
    I'll be there tonight representing.
  32. 4 points
    It’s correct. There’s a prominent Spanish Bank called Banco Santander and that’s how it’s pronounced.
  33. 3 points
    He’s just a kid. I feel so old sometimes. True story. One of my students parents doesn’t come pick him up on time. I say to him, “why don’t you call your parents and see where they are?” He answers, “I don’t have my phone.” I take my phone off the hook, hand it to him. ”Here.” He puts it to his ear, looks at me and says, “your phone is broken. It’s making this weird noise.” I take the phone from him, listen, and then give him an incredulous look. “That’s called a dial tone!”
  34. 3 points
    I think some of the reasons Jammer loves Severino are the same reasons why I also loved Melvin Mora. In 2003 when he briefly held the lead for batting average it felt like the first great moment in my Orioles fandom that I really remembered. That night I wrote up an article on my Mom's old desktop about how even though our team wasn't good, at least for that one night we had the best hitter in the league. My Mom was convinced I was going to be a sportswriter. She ended up printing it out and giving it to Melvin at a FanFest and he seemed as touched as I was embarrassed.
  35. 3 points
    It's 2019. Five homers in 25 games is what your utility infielder is expected to do.
  36. 3 points
    The thing that makes me think Severino is the real deal is the incremental improvements over the last few seasons particularly in his walk rate which would suggest he has been working hard on his approach and his discipline. I love what he's doing with the bat and I love his approach. I definitely think it to be possible that what he's doing now is sustainable. He sure does get hit in the head a lot with foul balls, though.
  37. 3 points
    @justD and I attended this game. Wells was fancy. He worked out of all the trouble that presented itself. He did not appear overpowering but he works his stance and his feet to create deception. Ryan Zimmerman had no real success against him. Later after a single went off Palmiero's glove (his defense other than this was exceptional) Wells just walked Ryan to deal with someone he felt better against. He only allowed that one run, and honestly it was probably an error scored as a hit. The Bowie infield defense was outstanding, Valentin appears be a heady player. Yahn made several great plays and Bannon was fantastic going back smoothly on an uncatchable ball that he caught easily. No dive, no fuss, no muss. Diaz is a man among boys. He is truly a five tooler and in each aspect of his game he causes disruption and attention. The ball sounds different coming off his bat. Alvarado was pure money. Just wonderful. Erwin shaky, but he tightened it up and sealed it. We will be back tonight and tomorrow.
  38. 3 points
    Right here. We work hard at it.
  39. 3 points
    Two Dominican teams. Both over .500 record after 15 games. Multiple 17 yo players doing decently and even one 16 yo. All of that is unprecedented to the best of my knowledge in Orioles history. We are turning a corner. I believe good things are ahead.
  40. 3 points
  41. 3 points
  42. 3 points
    Adam Hall is active for tonight's game.
  43. 3 points
    Number 5, Darell Hernaiz is signed.
  44. 3 points
    These aren't all necessarily prospects, but they are a few fringy guys in our system that are less talked about that I've been keeping an eye on. Maybe someone with more insight could comment their potential or development. AAA Jace Peterson - Remember him? He's OPSing .863. He might find his way back up to the MLB club at some point. Mason Williams - Why isn't he given a shot in CF on the big club? His OBP is 77 points higher than his average. He's popped 8 Hrs in 200 ABs. Can't be any worse than Broxton. Christopher Bostic and Zach Vincej - OPSing over 700 and heard they have solid gloves. Could offer another option at SS if Martin continues to struggle. Tom Eschelman - Control is his calling card. Done well in AAA so far. Could be a late bloomer. Tanner Scott - Haven't heard his name much this year, but he's been cutting his walks down and the K's are still there. ERA is under 4 now. 1.11 WHIP. Might be able to bring some stability to the bullpen if he continues to improve. AA Ademair Rifaela - Slugging .460. K'ing too much, but still only 24 and doing a heck of a lot better his 2nd go around at AA. Brett Cumberland - Piece from the Gausman trade, hadn't heard his name much. 2nd highest OBP on the team. Not sure what his role will be, but I always have a soft spot for guys who are getting on base. Tyler Erwin, Brian Gonzalez, Zach Muckenhim - All three are lefties with different stories. Erwin has closed for the last two seasons, Gonzalez has struggled since being our first pick in the 2014 draft but has a 1.08 WHIP so far this season, and Muckenhim, an 11th round pick in 2016 out of North Dakota, is averaging over a K per inning. I know the LOOGY seems to be dying, but who knows. Francisco Jimenez - 1.09 WHIP across 3 levels this year. An original Orioles signee out of the Dominican back in 2011. It would be nice to see him climb all the way to MLB as he is only 24. A JC Escarra - Would be nice to see him get to AA by season's end being that he's already 24. .350 OBP is nice, but needs to find his power stroke WIlly Yahn - Slugging is up 100 points this year. Still needs to learn how to take a walk. Another candidate to finish the season at AA. David Lebron - acquired from TX, he's racking up K's. Already 25, but only drafted last year Luis Perez - Undersized Padres DSL reject. Slowly climbing with good K numbers. A- Doran Turchin - OBP of .350. 766 OPS. Needs to get K's down. Athletic outfielder will be 22 soon Ofelky Peralta - Still only 22 after 2 failed seasons at Frederick. Ks per inning are wayyyy up this season. Hector Guance - Big bodied kid, 6'6'' getting his starts at age 23. Could be a late bloomer Tim Naughton and Zach Matson - Both are striking out everybody. Matson is a lefty, Naughton is the closer.
  45. 3 points
    I'm sorry, but truly knowledgeable baseball fans know better than to enjoy the actual game, or worse, generate an attachment to individual players. It might lead to sentimental thoughts that could get in the way of maximizing every player's full trade value which we all know is the real point of major league baseball.
  46. 3 points
    DD and Buck put a pretty impressive tourniquet on the wound. Elias is here to do real surgery.
  47. 3 points
    I don't know why you're being so lenient. He physically assaulted an umpire. Tell me why he shouldn't be in prison doing hard labor on a chain gang for 6-10 years. I mean, he does have a long history of psychotic behavior. These kind of people shouldn't be allowed in civilized society. Won't you think of the children?
  48. 3 points
    Adam Hall is supposedly back Thursday per Melewski:
  49. 3 points
    Um, Villar was traded to us right? And he hasn't signed any kind of long term deal........so.............what are we talking about again.
  50. 3 points
    Maybe the Orioles should just bench him and play with a 24-man roster basically. Perhaps the total embarrassment of not playing on the worse team in baseball would be motivation for him to retire. Saying that, I doubt there is anyone in the organization that doesn't think he through. The question is, how do you get him to do the right thing and retire and try and save some money? Probably not going to happen so they're better off just cutting him sooner than later. I'd rather see Mancini become the full-time 1B where he belongs and let Nunez and Sisco get some DH at bats. Obviously this team is going to be bad with or without him, but why drags the fans through even more frustrations of watching the most over paid mistake in baseball history continue to take at bats?
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