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  1. 11 points
    It's supremely ironic that it was managing to the save stat that resulted in the worst managerial decision of Showalter's career.
  2. 8 points
  3. 6 points
    Good idea since the O's won't be having many save chances.
  4. 6 points
    That’s a classy cart you have, Bob. I want one! Here’s my “BohCaster”. Or a “BirdCaster”. The main sticker is the Angry Bird, but I found a small cartoon bird and put it on the head stock.
  5. 5 points
    You all can say what you want about Pearl Jam and U2, but Ten and The Joshua Tree are Hall of Fame albums.
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
    How hard can it be? I get letters in the mail all the time telling me I'm pre-qualified for a visa. 😁
  8. 5 points
    It's an attractive female name for sure. If I was talking to a girl and she was like "...Oh yeah, my friend Taylor Teagarden is coming along too," I'd automatically be stoked.
  9. 5 points
    If the Orioles are good in 2022, I don’t think atomic should be allowed to enjoy it.
  10. 4 points
    Thought this was already the case. Script Bird is now the alternate. Doubt this changes anything but big news!! http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/02/12/orioles-make-cartoon-bird-primary-logo-for-2019/
  11. 4 points
    My 2 cents on why fans tend to side with the owners, or perhaps more accurately against the players. 1) Fans are often irrational, myself included. The players view it as a business, while we view it as a game. We want the players to love the game, and the team, as much as we do. When we see the players fighting about money, it brings back the reality that it's a job for most of these players, and that doesn't jive with how we think the game should be viewed. 2) We see and cheer for the players. How many of us can name all the owners? Outside a few teams I could not tell you the owner of many of the teams. They are a faceless man in a suit...hard to get too emotional against them. But the players? We know them, we see their faces, have watched them play. Again, going off #1 above still a bit, we put our hopes and dreams upon their shoulders and seeing them fighting about money just leaves a bad taste in our mouth. 3) As you noted, we ALL know the kind of money the players made. We really don't know how much owners are making. Sure, we can look at percentages the players get, but we also know the owners have many other expenses that come out of their piece of the pie. I have no clue how much Angelos made per year on the Orioles. But I can quickly tell you how much Chris Davis is making. It's not fair, but it's reality. And I don't know how much opening the books would really help. A player gets 25 million a year, the average person thinks about getting 25 million a year and just what all they could do with that money. When we see that a business makes 100 million a year, often we realize that much of that 100 million is going to go into debt, employee salaries, facility upkeep, factory upgrades, etc. It's just a different dynamic and makes it hard for the average joe to see it as an apples to apples comparison, personal income versus business income. 4) At the end of the day, I think none of us really want to see the sausage being made, we just want to enjoy the end product. When the millionaire players fight the billionaire owners to make more money to play a game, it just isn't a process that most fans want to see. Players are usually the ones who are complaining about the money, and because of that they end up taking the 'blame' for work stoppages/strikes/etc. May not be fair, and may not be accurate, but that tends to be the case. 5) Finally, many 'fans' don't realize how hard most of these guys really work. We see them playing a game, and making more money in one at bat than we make in a year. And we are working hard in our factories, mines, farms, law firms, hospitals, schools, etc...while they are playing a 'game' and making ridiculous money. Fair or not, it's just hard to drum up sympathy for someone complaining they aren't making enough money to play a kids game. Again, many of the above is not rational. But fans are often not rational, and placing blame on labor disputes is no different.
  12. 4 points
    I guess one way to frame this is what's the 90% case for the whole roster? I think the 50% case is 60 wins, give or take. But, what happens if 80 or 90% of everything goes right? Bundy could go 220 innings with a 3.25. Trumbo could hit .275 with 30 homers and approach 2 wins above replacement. Mancini could have a 3-win season. Davis could somehow climb back to his 2017 glories and be replacement level. Jonathan Villar could have something approaching his 4-win 2016. Givens could throw 65 innings of a 2.00. Nunez continues to hit better in the majors than he did in the minors. Cashner somehow has an ERA under 5.00. Cobb throws 180 innings to a 3.25. I think they could win 75, maybe 80. That would be like 1989 all over again. Just so long as all the overachivers aren't traded between June and July.
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  15. 3 points
    Lots of good stuff in here about how Hyde is running camp. He’s got music piped in, and has 6 pitching mounds going at once to keep things moving along. He sounds very well prepared and has definite ideas about how he wants camp to run. http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2019/02/hyde-on-changes-in-orioles-camp-roles-and-more.html
  16. 3 points
    Taken out of context, this is the funniest thing you've ever posted.
  17. 3 points
    Unless you count coming back for the 2018 season.
  18. 3 points
    I haven't seen neither pitch live, and I can't say whether one is better than the other, but I'm guessing if Rodriquez was a Rays prospects and Liberatore was an Orioles prospects the rankings would be switched. This is why I give very little thought into national rankings. I believe we are the only folks that have Rodriguez number two in the organization ahead of the media darling Diaz and even Mountcastle.
  19. 3 points
    There are a number of factors that would lead him to that decision. 1. He's a low bonus pick and the salary for MiLB players is extremely low, so he's doing what's best for himself and his family if he has one. The longer he stays in baseball, the worse off he probably is financially. 2. He was a 23 year old reliever in Low A, their aren't many success stories for that type of player. 3. He throws in the upper 80s without much offspeed stuff. He gets by on taking advantage of inexperienced hitters. Basically, he fits the profile of a guy who will top out at A+/AA, his odds at making a career out of playing baseball are very slim and he was smart enough to realize that. It sucks, but that's a way it is. Edit: Here is a video of him pitching, it really doesn't take an expert to see that it's not a likely MLB arm.
  20. 3 points
    o That's one of my "Fan of the Game" rivals. o
  21. 3 points
    It boggles my mind that any shade can be thrown at Elias and company 2-3 months into his tenure. Just because you have money to spend doesn't mean you overspend for talent. That's a great way to get a bad rap. If a guy is rated as a 2nd or 3rd round talent, then giving him $2.5 million seems like an overpay. Next year when you are negotiating with prospects, they will be like, "You gave Sanchez $2.5 million and they are similar talents." There's nothing wrong with discussion the on-goings of course, but I just don't see how you do anything but give them the benefits of the doubt at this point. As the old saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day." And Elias and company are starting with Atlantis to build from.
  22. 3 points
    First of all, I’ve been a fan long enough to know that sometimes a team surprises you. 1989 and 2012 being two great examples. That said, the veteran players on this team are, as a group, not very good, and our best young players for the most part aren’t ready to contribute in the majors. I think we win 55-60 games, because it’s damned hard to win fewer than that even though we managed to do it last year. What I’m really looking for this year is to identify some nuggets who can be part of the core of our next good team.
  23. 3 points
    I say they flirt with 60 wins and fall just a bit short.
  24. 3 points
    We have our first "best shape of his life" quote!
  25. 3 points
    Dude, relax. This is how a rebuild that is done the correct way should go ... you should take a look at 'The R Factor' ... it's a model to follow that helps to define what it takes to become an elite leader with a model for success ... at this point, we are at the first stage of the process (R:1, Pause), maybe beginning the second stage (R:2, Get your mind right) ... it will be OK, we are in great hands with Elias. The R Factor Disciplines Event + Response = Outcome Manage the 'R' - you cannot control the 'E', but how you manage the 'R' determines your 'O' Above the Line response/behavior [Intentional, On-purpose, Skillful] __________________ Below the Line response/behavior [Impulsive, On Auto-pilot, Resistant] The Six R Factor Disciplines provide you with a system for "Managing the R Above the Line." The application of these disciplines, not the circumstances you face, determines the quality of outcomes you produce. R:1 Press Pause. Before you Respond, slow down & give yourself time to think. Focus on understanding the situation and what you are trying to accomplish. Get off autopilot. Be exceptionally clear about the Event you are experiencing and the Outcome you are pursuing. R:2 Get Your Mind Right. Pay attention to your inner Response. Get into a productive mindset by taking ownership of what you focus on & the story you tell yourself. R:3 Step Up. Respond 'Above the Line.' Engage in the best possible Response given the Outcome you want and the situation you are in. When circumstances call for it, elevate your Response. Your Response is most important when the Event is most difficult. R:4 Adjust & Adapt. Get good at change. Life requires you to make changes whether you are ready or not. Success goes to those who are adaptable. R:5 Make a Difference. Create great experiences for others. Your attitude & behavior are deeply personal but rarely private. What you do has a profound impact on the people around you. Your R is an E for others. R:6 Build Skill. Be intentional about the habits you develop. Your behavior patterns have you on a path. Develop the habits & skills that will take you where you want to go.
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