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  1. 33 points
    I hadn't been active on this page this weekend, because I had some houseguests, dear friends who stayed with me, and I wanted to give them my undivided attention.It was a lot more than having some old college buddies over, but it was a very, very, special reunion for me, and one I will never forget a long as I live.I was batboy in spring training for the Orioles when I was a kid, and I made some very close friends during that time.This weekend...TWO of them stayed with me. For 72 hours..time stood still.Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer were my house guests this weekend.They came to town for Frank Robinson's celebration of life ceremony at Dodger Stadium. Brook's eldest son, Brooks David also joined us...it was a kind of adult slumber party with two of baseball's greatest players, Hall of Famers both.I wouldn't dream of them staying at a hotel,and wouldn't think of allowing them to rent a car or use any kind of service.So I picked them up at the airport, and for the weekend, any wish from them, was not just my command..it was my extreme pleasure.My honor.Jim Palmer and I have been friends for close to 50 years. We maintain a very playful,and funny relationship, and I cherish it.But Brooks is something, someone else.To me, he is royalty, only he doesn't think of himself that way.He'll be 82 in May. He's had some health issues in recent years, and his gait is slower, but his mind and spirit is still sharp.When Brooks and his son Brooks David came into my house, a house decorated in Orioles memorabilia..I didn't want to embarrass him by making it look like it was a shrine to him, but I also have to be who I am.I didn't take many things down.Instead of feeling embarrassed, Brooks seemed to look at my collection with wonder and joy. He loved my Beatles room and my collection of rock and roll memorabilia and juke boxes.To watch Brooks and his son sit and enjoy my train set(Brooks has one too) was a thrill too...but mostly all the guys were just content to reminisce and trade stories.Brooks Robinson is perhaps the most beloved person I have ever known in my life...and not because he works at it...but precisely because he DOESNT.He doesn't "dish". Doesn't do "snark", and would never ever tell stories out of school. Perhaps most of all, thats why people love him.As great a player as he was, with 16 Gold Gloves, he never ever pulls any kind of rank..never ever feels entitled to anything.Class isn't something you "work at". You have it, and your manner dictates it...class people never talk abut themselves...never use their name as a third person.In all the years I've known Brooks Robinson, it never occurred to him that he was BROOKS ROBINSON.Palmer is more funny, and acerbic and a story teller, and we laughed for hours recounting war stories and inside jokes, but Brooks let Palmer do the "entertaining".I could say so many things about this weekend, but some thoughts are matters of the heart...mine..so I'll keep most to myself.But at one point at dinner, I will share one intimacy.It was time to toast my friends,and toasting Palmer was easy and funny...but then I turned to Brooks and said this:"I want you to know, and you do, how much I love you, and cherish you, and you must know, you are my hero, and always will be".I then started to cry.Brooks looked at me and said"I love you too Roy, and always will".Then Brooks David looked at me and said something that made me feel like a million bucks."Roy, I love YOU, because you love my dad."The weekend was so joyous and warm and wonderful, and Palmer kept it light with hysterical banter.But the love was everywhere.We all attended Franks memorial on Sunday, and Brooks was asked to speak about Frank:'Frank was about winning, and when when we won with him, we won something more than baseball games...we won as people..just knowing him was a win..I'm a better man from having known him", he said.Then we went back to my house. Brooks slept in MY bedroom.I slept in my guest room.The King gets the best room, the best bed.I wouldn't have it any other way.I just dropped Brooks and Brooks David off at the airport.Palmer drove back to his home in his brand new car.When I returned from the airport just now.. I was left alone in my house, and took a deep breath.My childhood heroes were my house guests this weekend, and every moment, every second, was cherished by me, and it won't ever be forgotten.I was introduced to becoming a sportscaster directly because of Brooks. He was my first interview when I was just 14.But far more than that, he was an inspiration.He was a man of character and generosity, and grace, and he specialized in human decency.I have never met a more decent and beloved person in all my life.How I carry myself in life came from my parents, and Brooks.I only hope I served them well.The house is quiet now. The week will be busy for me, but this past weekend my home was alive with memories, laughter, and a ton of love.As I dropped the Robinson's off a the curb.. we hugged tightly, and Brooks walked away to the counter. My eyes got misty again as they disappeared.You never know about life. You never know how much time you have left with people you dearly love.Nothing is guaranteed for anyone.So I was so deeply satisfied and grateful that our time this weekend was so very well spent, and the words were spoken, not kept away or protected.My God, how wonderful a life I've had. So many joys, so many experiences.This weekend ranked right near the top.To borrow Brooks' line about Frank..."Im a better man for having known them".SAFE TRAVELS GUYS.
  2. 27 points
    When I was batboy for the Baltimore Orioles in Miami, things didn’t start in the clubhouse till someone said, “Frank is here”. “Frank”,of course, was Frank Robinson, future Hall of Famer, one of baseball’s greatest players ever, and the leader of the team. There were great names in that locker room, and a few would also someday be Hall Of Famers too. Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer,later Eddie Murray, and of course, manager Earl Weaver. But there was only one “Frank”. Frank came “here”, in Baltimore in 1966. He was traded away after the Cincinnati Reds GM called him “an old 30.” Frank would use that comment to motivate him, empower him. “When I saw him double down the right field line on the first day of Spring Training, I told Dick Hall, “we just won the pennant with that guy.”. He wasn’t wrong. Robinson won the Triple Crown and led the Orioles to their first world championship that year. As a ball player Robinson had few peers. Mantle was the bigger name and more beloved. Clemente was more graceful and elegant. Musial a better hitter. Mays and Aaron were more complete players. But Frank Robinson was something that those others were not. He was a fierce warrior. Frank Robinson walked into that locker room and you could feel it. “Frank’s here”, yelled Paul Blair when Robinson came into the clubhouse. You knew who was in charge. You knew immediately who had command of that locker room. Frank was funny, sarcastic,acerbic, critical, uncensored, wise, and a true baseball sage. Earl Weaver, who confronted almost anyone, would never confront Frank. Weaver knew you don’t mess with a warrior. Frank Robinson’s statistics were among the greatest in baseball history , but mere numbers can’t define the leadership, authority, and influence this man had. No one else was Most Valuable player in both the National and American league. No one else was manager of the year in both leagues. Frank Robinson was the first black manager in major league baseball, and he homered in his first at bat as a player manager too. He was a lion of a man. A figure who led, influenced,empowered, and inspired his teammates to win. I remembered the game when he hit the longest home run at Memorial Stadium, the game where he hit TWO grand slams, the catch falling into the right field stands in New York. But no one moment defines Frank Robinson better than beating the tag at home plate in the winning run in game 6 of the 1971 World Series. It was a metaphor for the player he was. Frank Robinson was determined and aggressive and would not be denied. It was the last World Series Robinson would ever play in. Robinson played that game like he know he’d never have another chance. Frank Robinson was, like his predecessor who shared his last name, Jackie Robinson,strong willed, courageous, stubborn, and single minded. Like Jackie he broke down barriers, pushed convention, and demanded to be respected and heard. He didn’t just “come to play” he came to win. Talent was only part of it. Will was certainly most of it. There was a fire that burned within him and it spilled over onto the field… He brawled with Eddie Mathews on the field. He slid hard on the base paths, taking all he endured and suffered as a black man in baseball in the 50’s and early 60’s and exorcised his demons on the field of play. He challenged teammates. He insulted teammates. He made them laugh and he made them competitively angry. He was a critic, and advocate and activist for his teammates and the game of baseball to do better. He offended some…and uplifted many. Once, when he was Giants manager, he went to the mound and asked for the ball from the pitcher he was taking out of the game. The pitcher “flipped” it to him. Robinson grabbed the pitcher on the mound and said “don’t you EVER flip a ball to me again…or I’ll knock you on you ass right here on the mound in front of everyone.” Robinson demanded respect..and like Jackie, he didn’t much care if you liked him or not. You WOULD respect him. I can’t say Frank Robinson was an easy man. He led a hard life in his youth, never knew his father,lived in poverty…and shared injustice with his high school basketball teammates Bill Russell(yes, THE Bill Russell) Curt Flood, and Vada Pinson. When he came to Baltimore he couldn’t live in any white areas..but Brooks Robinson helped him find a home for Robinson’s family, and Frank never forgot Brooks’ kindness and help. When he lay dying Brooks called him and the two chatted with mutual respect and gratitude… Frank Robinson was a force on nature… He never stepped back. He never stepped away from a challenge. I saw his first at bat as an Oriole when he played in his first game in Spring Training. On the first pitch,he hit a ball over the clock at Miami Stadium about 500 feet away. The Orioles had arrived. “Frank was here”. His loss to baseball is profound. There were greater players..but not many. There weren’t many who had a greater impact on the game and his like will never be seen again. He was one of a kind. “Frank WAS…here”
  3. 26 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/05/07/one-on-one-with-mike-elias/
  4. 24 points
    My personal top 34 prospects in the draft. Adley is obviously featured prominently and I’m sure a few of these guys will be around at 41 for the O’s second round pick. http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/05/28/mlb-draft-primer-2019-the-first-round/
  5. 22 points
    The other day in the DSL thread I asked if someone could put together a top prospects list as little seemed to be known about the players we currently have on our 2 DSL teams. We have a lot of older players for the league, players that have repeated the league 2 or 3 times, and other team's castaways, so its hard to see who Elias would really be invested in on our DSL teams. Luke-OH said putting a prospect list together would be difficult as there is little info on the DSL guys in our system, but he suggested to look at age, position, scouting reports (rare) etc, but not to hyper focus on stats. So I decided to comb through both rosters and use the following combination of factors to comprise a list of who to follow: age, position, bonuses, nationality, statistical performance, when/who signed them (this plays into the "late bloomer" category), etc. This list does not include any of our J2 signings for 2019, only players that were in the system already, whether signed by Duquette or Elias. This is a list of 25 players who have peaked my interest enough to track. I don't know if these are prospects (as I couldn't find a lot of scouting reports), but they seem to all have a reason to follow them that separates them from our collection of other teams throw-aways and the older holdovers (20+ year olds) in our system. Enjoy and I hope its helpful as we are all a little more excited to track our international signs now. Jorge Morla - RHP - Was an Elias June sign, although playing this season at age 19. 6’3’’ 185, so good size. Just added to the DSL2 team. Struck out 2 in first inning of work on Tuesday. Maybe a late bloomer? Kevin Infante - CF - Turns 19 on July 14th, but is interesting as he is a signee out of Cuba. Signed for $175,000. Batting .320 with a .792 OPS. Stealing some bases, plays an elite position. I wonder if he will get ABs in the GCL this season. Ricardo Castro - CF - 2nd season in the DSL and playing the whole season at age 19. SIgned out of Venezuela. Batting .300 with a .748 OPS, improved from his 2018 season. Thought it was interesting as a he was a Duquette sign out of Venezuela, and I didn’t see a lot of people in our system from Venezuela signed during the Duquette era. Another centerfielder. Luis Sena - 2B - 17 year old shortstop signed out of the Dominican. Batting .288 with a .721 OPS. An Elias June sign as well Joel Benitez - RHP - Signed in April, has pitched well so far with a K per inning and a 2.55 era. Is playing this season at age 18. Late bloomer? 6’2’’ 175’’ Pablo Falconet - RHP - 2nd year in the DSL. Had a good season at age 17 and his having a better season at age 18. 1 walk allowed on the season, averaging a K per inning. Another candidate to get some GCL time this season? Interesting body. 6’2’’ 220 lbs Angel Gomez - CF - Duquette signed in August of 2018, but this is his first stint in the DSL. Just turned 18 in June. 371 OBP, a little speed. Playing every day for DSL1. Harif Frias - RHP - Elias signed in April. Not putting up very good numbers with a 7.20 ERA, but he’s 6’4’’ 163. In the 4 games he’s pitched in he’s only given up hits in 1 of them, and he struck out the side in one inning of work in his 3rd outing. Jesus Chavez - LHP - 17 year old LHP signed May 31st, getting starts and putting up solid numbers. About a K per inning. 2.63 ERA. Needs to get the walks down a little. Eduard Monroy - LHP -Another May 31st 17 year old lefty, but struggling so far. Small in stature, 5’11’’ 160. Signed out of Venezuela, just added to DSL1, so only pitched in 2 games so far. No photo Jairo Vasquez - RHP - 17 year old Dominican sign. Recently added to DSL1. One inning of work, 2 K’s, 1 hit, 4 walks, 2 HBP, 7 Earned Runs. One of the younger players, so maybe he’s an all heat, no control guy. 6’1’’ 160. Yorkislandy Alvarez - IF - He’s playing this season at age 20, but Elias signed him out of Cuba in May. He’s getting innings all over the infield. He’s got 15 walks to his 11 K’s, but he’s only hitting .214. Not sure about his story from Cuba to the Orioles, but don’t Cubans have to go through a waiting period when they defect? Possibly rusty and could move quickly once he gets going? Stiven Acevado - OF - From what I could derive, this was our most high profile sign from the 2018 money. Turns 17 in August. Hitting well, getting innings every day. 6’4’’ 185. I’m most excited about this player out of all the DSL guys. Anyelo Reyes - 3B - 17 year old, bats lefty, Struggling a bit but getting innings in the field. Only 1 BB, so needs to learn some patience. Seems versatile. 6’1’’ 170. Elias sign. J’rudjeanon Isenia - CF - Kid from Curacao. I think he was actually signed when Brian Graham was interim GM back in October. Signed as a 16 year old for $125,000, playing his first season as a 17 year old. Just recently added to DSL2. Only had 3 ABs. Damian Valdez - OF - Signed by Duquette for $200,000 in 2018. 17 year old Lefty 6’2’’ has been getting every day innings although he hasn’t produced much. Moises Ramirez - SS - $225,000 sign by Duquette last year as well. Getting every day AB’s. Producing more than Valdez, but only batting .213. OPS of .664 isn’t bad for a 17 year old though. Hector Lopez - RHP - 17 year old from Panama. Great numbers in 6 starts. 0.74 ERA. 6’1’’ 190. I wonder if he is named after the Panamanian MLB player that had some good seasons back in the day for the Yankees. In the 1950’s-60’s. Juan De Los Santos - RHP - Domincan, signed in March, just turned 17 at the end of May. Getting starts, putting up K’s . 6’2’’ 190 Isaac Bellony - CF - Born in the Virgin Islands, he was signed for $220,000 by Duquette in August of 2018. Switch hitter, 6’1’’ 180. Struggling a bit playing the season at age 17, but getting every day at bats. Raily Nunez - SS - Signed in May. Turned 17 on July 1st. Left handed hitter. Added to the DSL1 on his birthday. Has played in 4 games. No Photo Michael Mantecon - C - 17 year old Cuban signed in March. The only Catcher on this list. 5’10’’ 180. Struggling a bit, but getting AB’s. 54% caught stealing rate so far. Started two games at 2B too. Kelvin Laroche - Duquette signed him as a 19 year old last summer and he will turn 20 at the end of July, but his WHIP is under 1.00. Not K’ing a lot of folks, but apparently has a clean delivery and some poise. He will have to move fast to keep any semblance of a prospect, but he could be another late bloomer. Only 5’11’’ 170. Gilberto Machado - SS - Getting AB’s but struggling. Another Duquette sign out of Venezuela, but just now getting his first taste of pro ball. Will play the whole season at age 18. Supposed to have a + glove. Carlos Del Rosario - RHP - Just turned 20, but is 6’5’’ 225 and is putting up big K and BB numbers. Signed in August of 2018, another hopeful late bloomer.
  6. 22 points
    Over the years I've written three large pieces on the Orioles management or mismanagement of this organization. Although they made decent choices with Andy MacPhail and Dan Duquette, the issue at hand was that the Orioles still were run the same way from the top. The one constant in all of this was Peter Angelos who always had the final say in major baseball operations moves. Armed with knowledge that the owner could be influenced, factions developed which caused rifs throughout the organization. I've been covering the Orioles since 1996 and never have I felt like the entire organization was going in the same direction. Player development never seemed to be on the same sheet of music with other departments and sometimes not even within itself. Sometimes amateur scouting would say something about a draftee and then he would show up and the player development people would be left wondering what they actually saw. More importantly though, international scouting was always done in a vacuum and on a low budget, outside of the first few Duquette years where he was allowed to go out and get Wei-Yin Chen and Wada. So the announcement today of Mike Elias as the new VP of Baseball Operations (GM) by John and Lou Angelos is a huge indicator that things going forward are going to be different. We've heard whispers that their father was no longer involved in baseball decisions due to his health, and today's press conference clearly showed John and Lou as the new ownership who conducted the hiring process and made the final decision to hire Elias. Elias is clearly a smart guy who from all indications is a transparent operator who will surround himself with quality baseball people. He talked about the importance of everyone being on the same page and how scouting and development must go hand and hand. He discussed how the money will now go into building this infrastructure first, and that will lead to building "an elite talent pipeline" from the Dominican academies to the major leagues. Looking around the press conference today, I saw several members from the previous regime including Brain Graham, Dean Albany, Tripp Norton, Calvin Maduro and Kent Qualls. Brady Anderson was not in attendance though it appears by the answer Lou Angelos made during the press conference that he and other executives will be used by Elias "during the transition". Make no mistake though, Elias is the new sheriff in town and I'd imagine he will get the opportunity to decide whether Brady provides value to him and the organization. No matter how you look at this situation, this is a new era in the Baltimore Orioles franchise. A young, extremely smart and confident GM who has been part of two successful organizations including a major rebuild is now here in Baltimore and is in full control over baseball operations. It's an exciting time to be an Orioles fan once again! Now the fans need to understand this is a process and it's not going to be a quick turn around, but as long as Elias is transparent, I think the fans will embrace this change because now they know the losing is part of an overall process to fix an organization that was in need of major change from the ownership on down. Let's give some credit here to John and Lou Angelos. They took their time and although they still appear a little reluctant to be more open to the press about ownership thoughts and ideas, the hiring of Elias signals they are all in on this change.
  7. 21 points
    This is advanced OH posting. It usually takes thousands of posts and dozens of Fangraphs articles read to get to this level of cynicism. You're this site's number one prospect, basically. Granted, not everyone ends up a Can of Corn. You could be a Moose Milligan, showing those flashes of brilliance but then posting something human that isn't the most depressing thing you've ever read in your entire life. You could be a total bust like Frobby, who is still a complete person despite watching the Orioles for like 40 years. That said, I have a lot of faith that if you work at it, you'll have a long career of making Matt Riley and Omar Daal references. Even at your floor you should be able to reference the time Jack Cust fell down in at least one post per year.
  8. 20 points
    Like the previous years, this will be the thread where we will keep the draft picks and follow them through signing. Post any signings in this thread, or in the forum, and I'll keep this post updated. Thanks. Player will become bold when he signs. 1. - (1) Adley Rutschman - C - (JR) Oregon State - Stats 2. - (42) Gunnar Henderson - SS (HS) John T. Morgan Academy (AL) - Stats 2A - (71) Kyle Stowers - CF/RF - (JR) Stanford - Stats 3. - (79) Zach Watson - CF - (JR) LSU - Stats 4. - (108) Joseph (Joey) Ortiz - SS - (JR) New Mexico State - Stats 5. - (138) Darell Hernaiz -SS - Americas High School (TX) - Stats 6. - (168) Maverick Handley - C - (JR) Stanford - Stats 7. - (198) Johnny Rizer - CF - (SR) TCU - Stats 8. - (228) Griffin McLarty - RHS - (JR) College of Charleston (SC) - Stats 9. - (258) Connor Gillispie - RHS - (JR) Virginia Commonwealth University - Stats 10. - (288) Jordan Cannon - C - (SR) Sam Houston St University (TX) - Stats 11. - (318) Andrew Daschbach - 1B/3B - (JR) Stanford - Stats Overslot $125,000 ($250,000 total) 12. - (348) Kade Strowd - RHP - (JR) West Virginia - Stats 13. - (378) Dan Hammer - RHP (JR) University of Pittsburgh - Stats Overslot $25,000 ($150,000) 14. - (408) Mason Janvrin - CF - (JR) University of Central Missouri - Stats 15. - (438) Kyle Martin - RHP - (JR) Fordham University - Stats 16. - (468) Shelton Perkins - RHP - James Madison University (VA) - Stats 17. - (498) Morgan McSweeney - RHP - (JR) Wake Forest - Stats 18. - (528) Malachi Emond - RHP - University of New Mexico - Stats 19. - (558) Jensen Elliott - RHP - Oklahoma State - Stats 20. - (588) Clayton McGinness - RHP - Wichita State (KS) - Stats 21. - (618) Toby Welk - IF - Penn State Berks - Stats 22. - (648) Jake Lyons - RHP - Oklahoma State - Stats 23. - (678) Shayne Fontana - CF - Lynn University (FL) - Stats 24. - (708) Andrew Martinez - IF - UC Santa Barbara - Stats 25. - (738) Garrett Farmer - RHP - Jacksonville State (AL) - Stats 26. - (768) Nick Roth - RHS - Randolph-Macon College (VA) - Stats 27. - (798) Dillon McCollough - LHP - Eckerd College (FL) - Stats 28. - (828) Jonathan Pendergast - RHP - Pepperdine University (CA) - Stats 29. - (858) Houston Roth - RHP - Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) - Stats Overslot $25,000 ($150,000) 30. - (888) Dalton Stambaugh - LHP - Morehead State (KY) - Stats 31. - (918) Jake Prizina - LHP - Seattle University (WA) - Stats 32. - (948) Harris Yett - C - University of North Carolina, Charlotte - Stats 33. - (978) Craig Lewis - CF - Seton Hill University (PA) - Stats 34. - (1008) Zachary Arnold - SS - Great Oak HS (CA) 35. - (1038) Justin Miknis - C - Dubois Central Christian HS (PA) 36. - (1068) Trevor Kehe - CF - Colorado School of Mines - Stats 37. - (1098) Colby Thomas - RF - Valdosta HS (GA) 38. - (1128) Ben Pedersen - RHP - Marshall HS (Duluth, MN) 39. - (1158) Christian Fagnant - C - East Granby HS (CT) 40. - (1188) Bobby Zmarzlak - CF - Westhill HS (CT) 2019-20 International Signings 2018 Draft Tracker 2017 Draft Tracker 2016 Draft Tracker 2015 Draft Tracker 2014 Draft Tracker 2013 Draft Tracker 2012 Draft Tracker 2011 Draft Tracker 2010 Draft Tracker 2009 Draft Tracker Player Slot Spent Savings Pick# 1. Adley Rutschman $8,415,300 $8,100,000 $315,000 1 2. Gunnar Henderson $1,771,100 $2,300,000 -$529,800 42 2A .Kyle Stowers $ 884,200 $884,200 0 72 3. Zach Watson $ 780,400 $780,400 0 79 4. Joseph Ortiz $ 538,200 $450,000 $882004 108 5. Darell Hernaiz $ 402,000 $400.000 $2000 138 6. Maverick Handley $ 301,600 $250,000 $51,600 168 7. Johnny Rizer $ 235,100 $15,000 $220,100 198 8. Griffin McLarty $ 186,300 $170,000 $16300 228 9. Connor Gillispie $ 159,200 $125,000 $34200 258 10. Jordan Cannon $ 147,900 $5,000. $142,900 288 Savings $ 345,300 -$125,000 Overslot Remaining $170,300 Slot Values $13,821,300 - Orioles Slot Values 105% $14,512,365 Approximate potential overslot
  9. 19 points
    This is a very good sign. Just don't fail the physical.
  10. 18 points
    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/16/orioles-rebuild-doomed-long-angelos-owns-team/?fbclid=IwAR2wFF7pzZhjbrllBsqotCivr1tqLncT91saLdxFEDY5HTkZWWO1ghhTUyE Here is my response: Peter Angelos is no longer making any decision on the Baltimore Orioles. You make several valid points on the city, and I too have heard fan's concerns, but you glossed over the arrival of Mike Elias and the fact that the sons have given him the control to run the organization as never before under an Angelos-led organization.. They are in the international prospect scene like never before, hiring known and popular Latin american scout Kobi Perez to lead that effort. The hiring of Sig Mejdal has keyed the Orioles resurgence in using analytics to affect decisions on and off the field and the Orioles farm system will end up close to a top ten system by the end of the year in many publications. So yes, things are very bleak right now on the field and yes the "sins of the father" haunt this franchise a bit, but John and Lou have done nothing to suggest they will run the team like their father and they are now in charge of the franchise. Attendance is down across baseball so it's unfair to point out the falling attendance on a team that has been the worse team in baseball for the last two years. The Nationals are down 3,300 fans from 2018 and they are contending and in first place for a wild card spot. It appears you've taken the time to kick a team and city while it's down while focusing on it's past, not it's future that now looks much brighter thanks to the arrival of Mike Elias.
  11. 17 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/05/03/orioles-prospect-hot-sheet-april/ Article is up, feel free to promote any strong April performances I may have snubbed, there were a lot to choose from. Mason McCoy, Zach Pop, Ryan Mountcastle, Gray Fenter, Tyler Joyner are among the guys who didn't quite make it.
  12. 17 points
    They don't seem to get the message. The Royals are out playing the Os this year....again. 5-8 is not acceptable. We are 2.5 games behind for the #1 pick next year. Why in the heck isn't Davis playing every day, particularly against lefties? Why is Hyde pulling pitchers after giving up five or six bombs in a game? Mancini needs to take a seat after one or two ABs. While we're at it, why isn't Davis playing 3B? These guys need to get with it. Our perfect season is already slipping away, and it's only April.
  13. 16 points
    On a positive note this is the first positive contribution Mark Trumbo has made to the club this year!
  14. 16 points
  15. 16 points
    He was born in segregated Little Rock Arkansas in 1937. Jim Crow laws didn't allow blacks and white to mingle almost anywhere. He was an aspiring baseball player, who never even knew a black man except for a man named Sonny, who oversaw his little league park where he played. That was the only black man he had ever met. He never played baseball with a black player...until things changed with the Little Rock Nine. The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957, which was a seminal moment in the Civil Rights movement. This young man never really understood prejudice. His father was a decent and kind man,instilling respect and honor to his sons... and the young man and his brothers would eventually play against, but not with, black players. He left Little Rock to play pro baseball...the same year Little Rock became a center of racial tension and change.... His name was Brooks Calvert Robinson, and he never even knew a black man in baseball he would call a close friend. He was born in segregated Texas, moved to Oakland, California after his father abandoned the family, and he endured unbelievable racial hatred. He enrolled at McClymonds High School in Oakland, hoping to play pro basketball or baseball. His high school teammates were Bill Russell, who became an NBA legend,Curt Flood, who would eventually challenge the reserve clause in Major league baseball, and perennial All Star Vada Pinson. HIS name was Frank Robinson, and he went to the big leagues, becoming an instant star for the Cincinnati Reds, earning Rookie of the Year honors. In December 1965, Frank Robinson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, and both men's lives would change forever. Brooks and Frank Robinson, the "Robinson Boys". Baltimore was mostly segregated in 1966, Frank's first year in Baltimore...but Brooks, remembering his father's tolerance and kindness, made his new teammate feel at home. Then he grew to understand what racial prejudice really was. "When Frank came to Baltimore", Brooks told me tonight, "I saw things I couldn't believe. He couldn't rent a decent apartment, he couldn't buy a house. So I put my name "Robinson" on a down payment for a house. They thought the "Robinson" was me. But it was for Frank. When the realtors found out it was for this new black player...well, lets say the deal magically fell through". I was angry for Frank. Angry for his pain. And for the first time in my life...I came to understand how bigotry caused pain and suffering for people...especially a family". Frank Robinson, thanks to Brooks' insistence and name got a modest home in Baltimore..and Frank Robinson, for the rest of his life grew to love and admire...the "other Robinson" . They led their teams to two world titles, and played in 5 World Series together. In the first inning of the first World Series the Orioles ever played in,Frank and Brooks Robinson hit back to back home runs...and their story became legend. They won that World Series over the Dodgers in a four game sweep. Brooks Robinson called Frank early last week. His old friend and teammate was dying of bone cancer. 'When I got on the phone with him, his voice was thin. I told him I was praying for him. I told him that I loved him. But I knew I would never speak to him again. Just as I said goodbye on the phone, I got choked up. I knew it was the final goodbye." Brooks and Frank Robinson were inexorably linked in baseball history...but their friendship was authentic and the two families were deeply close..until the end. "You can't really understand the hardships that people have in their lives unless you walk in their shoes", said Brooks to me Thursday night. "He led by example and he led his team in ways I didn't..and couldn't". "I knew he was the greatest player I ever played with", he said, "but more than that, he was one of the greatest men I ever knew." Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson. The 'Robinson Boys" , couldn't have been different in personality or style. But baseball brought them together. They played the game as teammates and learned that great teammates and great friends brought out the best in each other. "I'll really miss Frank. He had a great life. He had a hard life. But he made the game batter, he made his team a champion, and he made my life so much better". I'm a better man for having known him," said Brooks. As I hung up the phone, I remembered a famous quote by humanitarian, Albert Schweitzer who put it this way: "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Brooks and Frank. Their inner spirits will be intertwined for eternity.
  16. 16 points
    Hilariously predictable response. The guy doesn't have an international scouting team yet. He slung a few bucks for a young SS with upside. I see absolutely no problem here. This is not Duquette trading internat'l money for an aging SP. The Orioles have like $6 million in international money and absolutely no way of spending it all after missing on the big 3.
  17. 15 points
    Trusting that our new 'GM' Mike Elias is working towards a well-devised plan is not the same as wearing orange-colored glasses. Whether it's posters here or Twitter, or elsewhere, some feel the lack of trade progress and/or lack of signing free agents this past offseason is a sign that Elias has been ineffective (or worse). I believe it was a good call bringing in Elias, as did most industry writers, bloggers, fans, etc. That hasn't changed for me... not one bit. Elias was hired in November and needed to overhaul many aspects of this poorly-run organization. He was, and still is, understaffed, but is quite prudently taking his time bringing in the right people to fill these positions. Hiring Sig Mejdal was a home run, and the early returns on Koby Perez look very promising. Elias is wearing multiple hats, so to speak, as he felt the need to be the de facto Director of Scouting for this season, rather than rush to hire someone he didn't really want to. There is a long way to go to get where Elias and Sig want to be, from filling the aforementioned hires (both off-field and on), to improving our scouting and development departments, to improving our efforts to establish a strong International presence, and to further implement always-evolving analytics. Elias wasn't given a whole lot to work with, but with his background of success in St. Louis and Houston, I believe he's doing all he can to have this franchise trending up. I trust that Elias' plan is coming along, slowly, but I'm going to give him the time he needs to enact it. The moment I believe his plan appears flawed or he makes a series of poor decisions, I'll be the first to speak up about it... as I always have. I think that's fair. Does anyone else feel as I do?
  18. 15 points
    The 1-34 list that's already up. http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/05/28/mlb-draft-primer-2019-the-first-round/ The new article detailing my #35-100 prospects. http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/06/03/mlb-draft-primer-2019-2nd-round-and-beyond/
  19. 15 points
    Today is the 53rd anniversary of Frank Robinson hitting a Luis Tiant fastball completely out of Memorial Stadium, the only home run in stadium history hit out of the park. The red oval shows where the ball made it's exit. It was later marked by an orange and black flag that said HERE. No one ever had to ask what that meant. I was sitting in the old football press box at mezzanine level, just to the left of the oval. I still remember the pitch, but I did not have a view of the ball leaving the park. Great way to start a Sunday doubleheader. O's swept the Indians.
  20. 15 points
    Welcome to my rainbows 🌈and unicorns 🦄 thread that I am going to force upon you all for Every. Single. Game. The idea here is that there will obviously be enough threads voicing frustrations and talking about the losing, and I will be participating in those threads as well. However, I cannot do another season like last year where I'm focusing on the negative. I am committed to the process that Elias is enacting and seeing the tiny slivers of good things and/or funny things about this season of Orioles baseball. If you're here to tell me this is dumb or wrong or bad or that Davis should be released, surely there is a better use of your time on this earth. If you're here to say "sure, but they did these other things badly" (and I will surely agree with you), I kindly point you to any of the other threads, though I expect this will be mostly ignored. I do not do this to invalidate your own frustrations or despair about this season. I just want to point out the stuff our good good baseball sons have done on the field for each game. Because while I may stretch to find it, there will always be something. And yes: unless the mods find a problem with it, I will be creating a new thread for every single game, give or take extenuating life circumstances. Without further ado: Trey Mancini: 3-4, 2B, RBI. Likes to DH. Rio Ruiz: good play on a hot shot at 3B, got the O's on the board with a sneaky RBI single up the middle. Cedric Mullins: BB, 4.5 pitches/PA to lead the team. Joey Rickard: Excellent diving catch on a very shallow ball to RF. Richie Martin: Turned a couple of double plays smoothly, looked unfazed out there. Dwight Smith Jr.: Handled a number of deep fly balls to LF smoothly, looks like a natural OF. Hanser Alberto: Entered the game late and got a hit off Chapman. David Hess: Nice max effort stuff out of the 'pen, the only O's pitcher to post a positive WPA. Held Tanaka to 5 Ks, 3 of which were Davis, so they put the ball in play against him. Errors: 0 Hits: 8 to the Yankees 9, including 1 off Britton and 1 off Chapman. Weird play: Dropped pop-up by Jesus Sucre was turned into a DP against the Yankees who ran into some outs. Brandon Hyde: Smooth debut. PH Nunez for Davis against Chapman, a welcome sign that Davis will only be put in positions he is most likely to succeed. Yanked Cashner at the right time, I thought, while still getting about as much as you could from him. Got through what was a sure loss without warming up or using Givens, Bleier, or Castro. Got every batter into the game other than Pedro Severino. Gary Thorne: "Better his wife than mine!" I don't even remember what they were talking about. Mike Elias aviator game: Strong. See you for Game 2.
  21. 15 points
    The Edgertronic cameras aren’t to see mechanical flaws, you can do that with an iPhone camera. The purpose is getting enough frames to see exactly what’s happening when the ball leaves a pitcher’s hand on all their different pitches. The ability to show the pitcher what’s happening is a huge teaching tool and it also can provide a baseline for when a pitch is going well. So if the pitcher starts throwing a slurvy CB instead of the 12-6 hammer they used to throw, you have a blueprint on how to get it back. It’s also a great tool when paired with Rapsodo spin and movement data for developing new pitches.
  22. 15 points
    We shot this back in November while just trying some things out and thought we'd go ahead and put this out. It's a little dated when it comes to the Elias discussion, but we then go into our main focus which is Orioles prospects. This was just a bare bones runs through so if it goes over well our hope is to do one of these a month next season starting with a spring training preview show in February. We broke this down into three episodes and covered the top ten pretty thoroughly and then went into the 11-30 guys a bit. Again, this was more of a give it a whirl and see how it comes out and I guess we think he came out well enough to share. We tried to have some fun with this and if you listen to Terry Ford it's hard not to have some fun. Let us know what you think. What would you like us to add in the future? We thought about adding some videos of the prospects we're talking about and perhaps some interviews with prospects/coaches like I've done in the past. Either way, let us know what you think, even it's to say how bad I was! haha. Thanks To Gregg Landry (Blue rock Productions) for producing this and of course to my co-host Terry Ford! Part one Part two Part three
  23. 15 points
    There is so much I could say. But for now, I'll just quote from a thread I did on Frank's 75th birthday. A huge piece of my childhood died today.
  24. 15 points
    Seems like whenever I see nostalgic posts about the 2012-16 era, there’s all this good feeling about 2012 and 2014, but with 2016 all anybody ever brings up is Buck not using Zach Britton in the playoff game. But to me, 2016 was a really fun year that’s now very underrated. - We were coming off an 81-81 campaign in which we had to win our final six games just to reach .500, and those wins came against teams that had clinched playoff spots and didn’t really care. - We had lost Wei-Yin Chen in the offseason, and replaced him with Yovanni Gallardo, a move that was questioned by many. - We seemingly had signed Dexter Fowler to a very favorable deal, only to have the Cubs woo him away at the last minute. So, the mood that spring was pretty mixed. I wouldn’t say expectations were very high, despite having extended Davis and O’Day, traded for Trumbo and brought over the mysterious Hyun Soo Kim from Korea. But here’s what happened: - The team started off red hot, winning its first 7 games. Every time the team would sink towards .500 in the first half, the Birds would rip off another winning streak. In the first 77 games, the O’s had three 7-game win streaks and another stretch where they won 8 of 9. - The team was bipolar in July, suffering losing streaks of 5, 4 and 5 games sandwiching winning streaks of 4 and 5. - It looked like the team was fading away in August. It fell from a season high 18 games over .500 on July 25 to only 11 over by August 31. - But the team pulled it together in September, going 17-12 and finishing 7-2 and closing the year with series wins against Toronto and New York. It took until the final day to guarantee our spot in the Wild Card game and to learn whether we would play at home or on the road. Some of the individual highlights: - Zach Britton was unhittable, and went 47 for 47 in save opportunities. We needed every one to secure our playoff spot. - Mark Trumbo led the league with 47 dingers. - Matt Wieters, who ticked off a lot of fans by accepting his QO, had a bunch of very crucial, high leverage hits, including a game winning single on Opening Day, two homers in the regular season finale, and several other key hits in between. JJ Hardy got hurt on May 1, and Manny filled in very ably at SS for 43 games. Hardy returned and played very well the rest of the year, his last productive season as an Oriole. Manny was a stud all year no matter where he played, and had a great year at the plate. - Hyun Soo Kim was an on-base machine all year, and had a really critical pinch-homer in the 9th inning of Game 158 that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead that Britton held onto in the bottom of the 9th. That homer arguably saved our season. - Dylan Bundy was forced into the roster and pitched very credibly despite his minimal MiL experience. He had a jaw dropping relief appearance where he struck out 7 in 2.1 innings and topped out at 98.5. He was inserted into the rotation eventually and highlights included a 7 inning one hit shutout. - Trey Mancini got a late September call-up and hit a homer in his debut with his mom watching, and two more in the next three games with his family in the stands. - Chris Tillman had an outstanding year but got hurt down the stretch. Improbably, Ubaldo Jimenez, who had been banished to the bullpen, was reinserted into the rotation and the team went 5-2 in his 7 starts, posting a 2.45 ERA and finishing with a masterful 6.2 inning one-hit shutout in critical game 159 against the Blue Jays. - Kevin Gausman was masterful over the last two months, posting a 2.83 ERA in his final 12 starts. He won the playoff-clinching season finale, allowing only 2 runs in 7.2 IP. For me, it was a thrilling, roller coaster season with many team and individual highlights I’ll always remember.
  25. 15 points
    It's baseball. That makes it inherently better than non baseball things.
  26. 15 points
    The Orioles will be interested in free agents this winter but only after the markets sets itself and we only have the leftovers to dig through? I for one am shocked and don't think I've ever seen such a strategy employed in the history of this franchise! This changes everything!
  27. 14 points
    All these posters were in the game thread in the 16th inning. Kudos to them! maybenxtyr 0’s84 spiritof66 Finisher (justified his name) Tony-OH (hey, it’s his job!) Hallas OFFNY Spl51 Enjoy Terror Moose Milligan (but slept through several innings) LA2 (yeah, but it was 5:20 pm in South Korea!) Honorable mention to Chavez Ravine who fell asleep in the 15th inning in front of his TV. Can of corn did a drive-by shortly after the game ended, and I’m not sure if he was actually watching or not. Me? I went to sleep in the middle of the 4th inning with the score tied 1-1.
  28. 14 points
    Cisco= Technology conglomerate Sisqo= Thong, Thong, Thong, Thong, Thong Sisco= Baltimore Orioles catcher
  29. 14 points
    No. Just no. Do you not remember 30-3? Do you not remember Raffy wagging his finger at Congress? Or the deaths of Steve Bechler and Mike Flanagan? Or the year they ended the season 4-32? Or Chris Smith, Matt Hobgood, Adam Loewen, Josh Cenate, Keith Reed, Rich Stahl, Mike Paradis, Beau Hale, Wade Townsend, Garret Olson, and Billy Rowell? Have you forgotten Deivi Cruz? Jay Gibbons? Aubrey Huff calling Baltimore a ******* town before he'd played a game here? Steve Kline ripping the organization in the press. Felix Pie? Sammy Sosa! Beer league softball player Ty Wigginton playing shortstop? Luis Hernandez starting opening day at shortstop, before being replaced by Freddy Bynum. The fact that Cesar Izturis was a HUGE upgrade from Hernandez and Bynum. Karim Garcia playing center field. Syd Thrift trying to trade for players who were retired or otherwise no longer on the team he was talking to? Marty Cordova falling asleep in the tanning booth? Re-signing 40+ versions of Jeff Conine and BJ Surhoff? Calling up Jeff Fiorentino from A-ball for no apparent reason? Trading #1 prospect Denny Bautista for 36-year-old middle reliever and PED snitch Jason Grimsley. Ripping Brian Roberts for not running out every September ground ball on his 9th straight 68-win team. Surhoff for Trenidad Hubbard, Fernando Lunar, and Luis Rivera. Ponson drinking and punching his career away. The Mother's Day massacre. Daniel Cabrera walking everyone and growing three inches at the age of 24. The bullpen of Jim Hoey, Rocky Cherry, Victor Santos, Victor Zambrano. The Jaret Wright experiment. Brian Matusz' 10.69 ERA. Derek Lee and Joe Carter. Garrett Atkins. Ryan Freel. Matt Riley and his 24 carat arm, 10 cent head. Russ Ortiz. Rich Hill. Hayden Penn, worst baseball name ever. That's just what I pulled off the top of my head... All we have today is a year and a couple months of a bad W/L record.
  30. 14 points
    That’s how long it took Mullins to circle the bases on his triple and the error, by my stopwatch. My breakdown was: 1B 4.06 2B 7.36 3B 10.83 (Statcast said 11.05, sprint speed 28.8 ft/sec) HP 15.70 Really impressive how quickly Mullins popped up and dashed for home. Great instincts there. On the second one, I had him at 3B in 10.75. Statcast said 10.99, 29.0 ft/sec. By both my and their accounts, slightly faster to 3B than on the first one. I had Richie Martin to 3B in 10.78 on the third one, in between Mullins’ two times. Lots of speed displays in this game. It’s fun to see after years of station to station baseball.
  31. 14 points
    Watching the Elias and Hyde press conferences and interviews the last few weeks, I’m very excited, and one of the things that excites me is....normalcy. We have a GM who is personable, well liked and on the cutting edge. He communicates very well. He’s made it very clear that he prioritizes having everyone on the same page. And now, we have a manager that the GM hand-picked, who is seen as an extension of the front office, and very much appears to be on the same page as the guy who hired him. And yes, that should be par for the course in a major league organization. But it hasn’t been the case here, and I’m happy and frankly relieved that we finally have a “normal” organization. And I hope, headed for outstanding.
  32. 14 points
    I wanted to put out a special congratulations to our man @Luke-OH Siler and his wife Casey on the addition of their twins Cayden Lucas - 6lbs 13oz and Cody Lawrence - 4lbs 11oz. Here's to the health and good fortune to all involved! Now you'll know if Luke goes a little quiet for awhile that he might be a tad busy! From what I heard, Luke couldn't decide if he wanted a future pitcher or catcher so he made both!
  33. 13 points
    I had a ton of interaction with Joe Jordan during his time here, more than any there Orioles scouting director. Maybe not everyone remember this, but when I was out in Hawaii I was basically an associate scout for the Orioles Southern Californian area guy Gil Kubski in which I sent him reports on guys that I saw who came through and played out there including Tim Lincecum. I had many conversations at minor league stadiums with Joe before and after my time in Hawaii, so I have a pretty good understanding of what really went down. I have a ton of respect for Jordan as a person and a scout and as I remember things, the Hobgood pick was a little bit about several things, not just one reason. He's 100% truthful in saying that Angelos gave him the money to spend on the 1st round picks, but he didn't just get unlimited amounts and this was before the slotting system that we have now so players could hold out for much more money if they wanted. As I remember being told (not by Jordan), is that Joe had questions about the makeup of Zack Wheeler and particularly Tyler Matzek when it came to the amount of money they were going to want. They were the two others pitchers that he was considering with that pick. At the end of the day though, it was Hobgood's makeup and personality, and the fact that he knew he could get him signed for a reasonable amount that I believe sealed the deal for Joe to take a chance on the lesser known and liked by general consensus in the scouting community of the three. I also remember Joe telling me that he didn't think all three of those high school pitchers were that far apart when it came to potential. So if you think about it, if you think they are fairly close, why not take the kid with the best makeup and price tag? Since he didn't have unlimited funds, he felt the money could be spent on other high school overslot such as 11th round Mike Ohlman and 22nd round Cameron Coffey, each of who he gave around a million to (Can't remember there exact bonus). The fact that they both failed as well made the 2009 draft a gigantic bust for Jordan and the Orioles. So I would surmise that Jordan felt he could get Hobgood, Ohlman and Coffey for the price of Matzek or Wheeler, who both came down significantly on their asking price after being drafted. Because Jordan is such a high quality person, I'm sure it does bother him that he had such high profile bust picks as Hobgood and Rowell (I have a whole other story on the Rowell situation but I save that for another time if people are interested), but at the end of the day, the man is an outstanding elevator of talent and I learned a lot from him over the years I spent having conversations about scouting.
  34. 13 points
    To fill you all in on Cumberland, he was in AA, hitting 25% better than league average. He got hurt, missed a bunch of time, and recently started a rehab assignment in Aberdeen. He’s continuing to work back in Frederick, it’s not a demotion and he’ll be back in AA in no time.
  35. 13 points
    Trout is what Harper thinks he is.
  36. 13 points
    Second from right, top row. I played for a Div 3 college team at Harpur College in Binghamton, NY (1961 - 65). Now it's D 1, called Binghamton U and is in the America East (with UMBC). I played SS the last 3 years. We were pretty decent but being in upstate NY, had a very limited schedule. Now they go on southern trips like real schools. A guy from my school, Jeff Montani, was actually drafted by and played for the Orioles minors about ten years ago. He was a closer and fizzled. I was a singles hitter with gap power with a strong arm. I went to a NY Yankee tryout (Yanks were in Binghamton before the Mets) and was invited back. None of my friends were invited so I hung them up, got rejected by the AF due to a knee issue, made my way to DC to work for Vets Affairs for 30 years, retired at 53 and never looked back. Ed. Notes - one guy, Louis Giambalvo (second from right bottom row), became an actor and played in the Gangster Chronicles and had a tv show for a couple of years. You see him as a character actor all the time This guy actually played and is still hanging around (but he came long after I played) https://www.mlb.com/player/scott-diamond-539438
  37. 13 points
    Hopefully they at least let Elias take down that picture in Dan's old office.
  38. 13 points
    Brady's mom is here! I don't disagree that Brady is a smart guy. I think Brady's career arc is one of the more remarkable ones that the Orioles have had in their history. I think we all remember Brady as a really good player for some good Orioles teams in the mid to late 90s. What rarely gets mention or talked about on here is how completely awful he was when he first arrived. And it wasn't just for a season, it was for three or four seasons. Brady was terrible up until '92. If we could all hop in the DeLorean and head back to 1991 and post on here while watching that team, I firmly believe Brady would be high on the OH whipping boy list, maybe at the top. Looking at it from our present day standards, we'd be whining and complaining that we had this guy since 1988 and that he was producing a .662 OPS, 88 OPS+. BELOW LEAGUE AVERAGE. BELOW REPLACEMENT LEVEL. 1.0 WAR. Looking at him from 1991 standards, we'd be whining about his .230 batting average. And rightfully so. Measure it any way you want, Brady sucked. I remember reading that in 1992, Johnny Oates came to Brady and said that he should just play his game. Don't worry about hitting it on the ground and trying to use his speed, just relax, do what you want and you're gonna be the leadoff guy no matter what. Don't press. And Brady turned his career around. 5.2 WAR in '92. .823 OPS, 130 OPS+, 21 homers, 53 steals. .102 differential between his batting average and his on base percentage (98 walks). All Star nod. All Brady needed was someone to say, "Hey, you're stronger than the typical leadoff guy. It's ok to muscle up some. It's ok to have a longer swing. You don't need to keep it in the park, let it fly. Oh, and if you get on first base, you've got a green light." I firmly believe if Johnny Oates isn't the manager in '92, that if they kept Frank Robinson or maybe brought in someone else, Brady doesn't turn into the player he became. And that '92 team was fun. Energized by moving into Camden Yards, Rick Sutcliffe's opening day gem, Mussina going 18-5, it was great. Cal had a terrible season, but whatever. They won 89 games after being dog $%#^ the year before. Brady was the 2nd most valuable player on the team that year from a WAR perspective, behind Mussina. And we all know how the rest of his career unfolded. But, IMO, this story is what makes Brady dangerous. I've posted this before. By all accounts, he's a smart, sharp dude. But I think he's the kind of guy who's going to give players chance after chance to stick around because someone believed in him and made a difference. Therefore, he thinks all a player needs is a little guidance, someone to believe in him and they can turn it around. Someone saw something in him and knew how to fix it, therefore Brady is going to be the guy to work with players who just need a bit of altering. It might work for some, but certainly not for all. This game chews up and spits out players left and right. Brady got lucky, but that's not going to stop Brady from being the guy who thinks he can save everyone. And Mike Wright is the perfect example. Wright has been talked about as a "Brady guy" for awhile now. Mike Wright is a terrible pitcher and he's been here for far too long. Just like Brady, no one can deny the inherent physical raw skills. Mike Wright has a million dollar arm. He has a 10 cent head. And while he's shown flashes of what he can be, he never fails to come back to show what he really is, which is a 5.75 ERA pitcher with suspect control. Now, Mike Wright certainly wasn't blocking any top prospect from gobbling up innings in Baltimore last year so it's not like he was taking a spot from someone more deserving. But he still was awful. I firmly believe he's here on this roster because Brady likes him. And Brady wants to pay it forward. Which is a really nice thing to do, it's good to have someone in your corner when you're struggling. But in this game it doesn't always work and not everyone can be saved. I will agree that Brady is a smart dude. I think Brady can be valuable in the right role. The fact that he can be a link between the clubhouse and the front office could be extremely valuable if done right. But this nebulous role that he's been in for the past few years is weird. Everything from working out with the players in the offseason to sitting in on negotiations for free agents and trades. I'm not sure what qualifies him to do ALL of these things and I think I can be bold enough to say that I think a lot of the posters here would agree. He's got his hands in too many pots and there's no reason for him to be involved with so many things. And I don't think anyone can point to something that he did where a lot of us would be like "Damn, Brady came up huge there. He stepped in, closed that deal and now we have a stud outfielder that we can build around." Or, "Damn, Brady fixed that guy's swing and now he's a .900 OPS guy." No one around here has ever said those things. I don't keep tabs enough on other teams and their operations but I would venture to bet that there's not another team out there that has a former star player who does everything from working out with players, training, helping them with their swing and then runs upstairs to give input on a trade. I'm known around here for slamming the Orioles left and right (and let's be real, it's an easy target), but the Orioles aren't innovators. They haven't been an industry leader in anything for a long, long time. The "Oriole Way" is dead and gone. Buried. No one holds up the Orioles at any level as a symbol of what to do these days; rather, they are looked at as a franchise of bumbling idiots and what NOT to do. And so for the Orioles to have this weird floating position where a former player has failed upwards in a way that no other team most likely has...it's another sign of just weirdness and being poorly run. So...yeah, if Brady is given a defined role and responsibility, something that he can focus on and excel at, I'm willing to give him a shot and seeing what he can do. But if he retains this strange role with having his hands in everything, it doesn't make sense. Too many cooks in the kitchen. The Orioles just gave Elias (supposedly) full control of everything and that's the way it should be.
  39. 13 points
    There may be "no crying in baseball", but when Adam Jones slowly walked from the outfield into the Orioles dugout, likely for the last time as an Oriole...I got a lump in my throat. A long time ago, when I started out as a young TV reporter, my assignment editor warned me to never get too close to players...and never show your allegiance to any one team. I failed in heeding his advice. I've loved dozens of Oriole players in by 55 years of fandom: Brooks, Cal, Eddie, Palmer, Demper, Boog, Blair...Earl..I knew them all and always loved what they brought to the city and the team. I enjoyed their friendship. Adam Jones was never as close to me as he was to some other writers and broadcasters, and that was a function of distance..physical distance. I live in LA and he played in Charm City. But I loved him from afar. When I first met him after he was traded from Seattle, our entire conversation was about high school football. He played against other San Diego athletes like Reggie Bush. He grew up rooting for Marcus Allen, and played at the same high school as former Oriole prospect Quinten Berry, and earlier the school where Orioles Sam Horn, and Mark Mclemore played. Adam didn't even pick up a baseball bat till he was almost 14 years old. He went to a Padres game as a kid and fell in love with the sport..and the sport fell in love with him. Five times an AlL Star, 4 times a Gold Glove centerfielder, Adam Jones came to the Orioles as a raw,gifted but undisciplined athlete. He matured into a fine player, a great leader, and one of the most charitable athletes in the history of the community. But it wasn't enough to just to donate money. Adam Jones wanted to learn about young people and their needs. He started with the Boys and Girls Club, and at every opportunity would personally attend community events and keep tabs on several youngsters as they, like him, matured into young adult citizens. His wife, Audi, offered Adam insight that would grow into his support for civic groups like Living Classrooms, a 33 year old program that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources. Adam didn't stop there. He began giving of his time to the Stocks in the Future program which has motivated students on a daily basis and transformed them into 'investors' of their education.” Adam Jones grew up in a very deprived area. He used to tell me that some of his friends or acquaintances didn't have his opportunities. A few went to jail. A couple died of drugs or gang violence. Adam decided he didn't want to be part of the cycle of dead ended kids in the SanDiego community....so he took his talent and ability, and channeled it into athletics. And he never forgot his roots. He never forgot that the only two things that separates the haves and have nots in life are opportunity and application. He took his opportunity and applied it..and then he spread his opportunity to others in his adopted town. I'll remember the fire and the electricity that Adam brought to the Orioles. But mostly I'll remember his leadership, his passion and his drive to succeed. The Orioles never made it to the World Series in the decade Adam played for the Orioles, but they got close. He made some great plays and hit some big home runs and brought the Oriole fans joy and excitement. But thousands of young people are indebted to him for something far more lasting than baseball excellence. His caring, his desire to inspire and uplift and energize youngsters who got a foothold in life, largely because of philanthropic people like him. Adam Jones has likely played his last game in Baltimore. But his impact will be felt long after he is gone. There may have been better players who wore the Orange and Black...but then again..not that many. There has never been a more committed Oriole athlete to his community than number 10. When he said goodbye today, it was likely, the end of an era. But the hugs by his teammates past, and present..and the applause from the visiting dugout ..and the standing ovations from the fans... said it all. Adam Jones will never be replaced in the hearts of Oriole fans, and in Baltimore. He was a great player. He was an even greater human being. Thanks Adam.
  40. 12 points
    This is awesome. We'll be signing a ton of guys no one has ever heard of and then arguing about it.
  41. 12 points
    I'd wait until this time next year. If he's still hitting this way, sure. The OH is a crazy place. All of a sudden, 27 is a bad age for a ballplayer. Suddenly a guy who's still on the upswing of his career and is affordable is looked at as a "meh" player. After all the incessant bitching and whining around here about not having young, cost controlled talent we finally have one and he's viewed as expendable because he's not the right size and shape. Beggars being choosers, indeed. Yeah, he's got his shortcomings on defense but no player is perfect. I'm not saying we should back the Brinks truck up for him but I'd want to talk to him about it.
  42. 12 points
    Adley, a man of pedigree, a disciple of Pat Casey, from humble Oregon Roots, and by the way, a pretty good ball player. Baltimore, you have been blessed. Embrace him. Oregon's gift to Baltimore.
  43. 12 points
    Just texted a friend who is a Yankee fan, "O's take 4th in a row, but all against rebuilding teams." 🤣
  44. 12 points
    No problem with it.
  45. 12 points
    We have an over-.500 month already this season! Beware the O's of March.
  46. 12 points
  47. 12 points
    Joe was a joy to listen to. His personality, his humor, his enthusiasm, his originality were perfect for not only radio - but for Baltimore. I never listened to the O's on the radio until I got my first car at 16. Looking back, I can't help but smile. Getting in your own car and having the autonomy to go anywhere you wanted was such a magical feeling. It felt like the world was finally tangible and every journey - whether it was to school, work, a friend's house, a party, or a road trip - was an amazing experience. As a diehard Orioles fan, Joe Angel was always the soundtrack to all of that. Throughout the years, Joe was always there. Driving is such a big part of our lives - and radio is consequently also a big part of our lives as a result. I can't even tell how many times I drove home late after a long day of work, flipped on the O's radio broadcast, and chuckled to Joe's humor. He was there, calling the game with his typical enthusiasm when I was driving home from some of the best days of my life and also some of my worst. He was a messenger of so many exciting times in 2012 when the O's were finally good for the first time in my lifetime. No matter what was going on, Joe was there, doing his thing. I'm struggling to even put what I'm trying to say into words - maybe its because I'm an overly sentimental person. But, Joe was always such a steady presence of what is good in the world. I'll miss hearing his voice on the radio. I hope he enjoys his retirement and I hopefully get the chance to thank him for his wonderful service to Orioles fans and Baltimore over the years.
  48. 12 points
    I was thinking this morning about how sometimes even a terrible season has a lot of memorable moments. I think 2009 was a poster child for that. Before the season began, the O’s made some interesting moves. They locked up their young star, Nick Markakis, to a 6-year, $66 mm deal. After shopping Brian Roberts and almost trading him to the Cubs, they signed him to a 4-year, $40 mm deal that didn’t kick in until 2010, thus guaranteeing that Roberts would be an O for five more seasons. The O’s also made their first-ever inroad into the Asian market, signing Koji Uehara. And after much speculation that Felix Pie would be included in a Brian Roberts trade, the O’s acquired Pie for Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson. Once spring training got underway, there were three major story lines. First, there was the surprisingly good showing by Brad Bergesen, something of an afterthought among Orioles prospects even though he’d been the Eastern League pitcher of the year in 2008. Second, there was the roster battle between Pie, who was out of options, and Nolan Reimold, who tore up the Graptefruit League that spring. But those story lines were somewhat dwarfed by a story getting national attention: the uber-prospect, switch hitting Jesus, Matt Wieters. Even though it was a foregone conclusion that Wieters would begin 2009 in the minors to preserve service time, his every move was under scrutiny. The season began with Bergesen, Reimold and Wieters all in the minors. The O’s trotted out this rotation to begin the year: Jeremy Guthrie, Uehara, Alfredo Simon, Mark Hendrickson and Adam Eaton, who to the dismay of many had been signed in the middle of spring training. Waiting in the wings: Rich Hill, acquired in the offseason but on the DL with a pulled lat. The team got off to a promising 4-1 start but quickly headed south, falling to 8-8 and then 9-13 by the end of April. Fans were crying out for Reimold, who was tearing up Norfolk, to replace Pie, who played in 20 of 22 games in April to a .461 OPS. The rotation already was crumbling, and on April 21, the O’s called up Bergesen, whose successful debut presaged both a fine season for him and a series of debuts for promising O’s prospects. The other huge story of April was the brilliant play of both Markakis and Adam Jones, who were making Andy MacPhail look like a double genius for extending Markakis early and trading for Jones in the ‘07-‘08 offseason, At the end of April, Markakis was carrying a 1.020 OPS, only to be outdone by Jones at 1.062. The debut theme really dominated May: - Reimold finally debuted on May 14, after posting a 1.228 OPS in 130 PA at Norfolk. Jason Berken debuted on May 26, earning his first major league win. - David Hernandez debuted on May 28, winning his maiden major league start as Bergesen had in April. He was replacing Uehara, who went on the DL after pulling a leg muscle mid-game on May 23. - In a game attended by 42,704 fans, Matt Wieters finally debuted on May 29. The next day he got his first major league hit, which improbably, was a triple, one of five he has hit in his major league career to date. Somewhere in this period, the Adam Jones pie in the face tradition was born, with the rookie pitchers getting it after their first win. And Jones continued to rake in May, still carrying a 1.005 OPS by the end of that month. Markakis had cooled considerably by then. The rest of the season isn’t as memorable. Jones cooled off in June. Reimold stayed red hot through the end of June, then cooled some and got hurt in mid-September. There were two more big debuts, Chris Tillman on July 29 and Brian Matusz on August 4. Bergesen’s excellent season was cut short when a line drive broke his leg on July 30, prompting the Matusz call-up. Wieters was somewhat disappointing through mid-September but finished the year on an hellacious hot streak (1.008 OPS in his final 19 games) that had fans believing that it was just a matter of time before the forecasted Mauer with Power emerged in 2010. In the end, the team finished 64-98, their worst record in 8 years and second-worst of their 14-year losing streak. And yet somehow, that year had a feeling of promise for the future. Ten years later, I hope 2019 will produce some memorable moments even if it’s another losing season.
  49. 12 points
    I borrowed this arrangement from the great James Taylor.Hope you enjoy it. Lets have a wonderful holiday with better days ahead. I love my birds. Some day, hopefully sooner rather than later we can be proud of our guys again. This is me singing this Christmas classic: https://youtu.be/kUbYptx4qMY
  50. 12 points
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