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About DrungoHazewood

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  • Birthday 6/19/1971

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    Nate, Sam, Baseball, Soccer, Virginia Tech sports, Hiking, Cooking, Photography, Mad treks to the far corners of the globe
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    Electronics Engineer/Program Manager
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Manny Machado
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Doug DeCinces
  1. Are hops good?

    I've never really gotten the rush to see how hoppy you can make a beer. Give me a well done German Dunkelweiss and I'll be very happy.
  2. Anyone else open to the idea of extending Manny?

    I haven't been around much, but I'm assuming this has been a banner year for webbrick. Just remember, the only valid analysis is one that shows our guys are worthless idiots.
  3. Anyone else open to the idea of extending Manny?

    The Orioles have a $160M payroll. No single contract in the history of baseball would keep the team from contending. Other bad decisions might. But $40M a year for an excellent player won't. The Brewers are in first place with a total payroll under $70M. The Rays have a winning record in this division with a payroll slightly larger than the Brewers. No Manny deal will ever be the thing that keeps them from contending.
  4. Of course you start Hardy over Tejada once he's healthy. Tejada is a nondescript journeyman, Hardy a long-time solid performer. In a lost season you give the reps to the team vet over the random body when neither is going to be here in a few years. If Tejada was 22 or something maybe the argument would be different.
  5. Caleb Joseph's surge

    I think you can do worse than Joseph. He's good defensively. But he is a 31-year-old with a career .229/.282/.364 slash line. I'm comfortable with him as the primary backup for as long as he doesn't get expensive and since he didn't debut until 28 that's pretty much his whole career. I'm less comfortable with him starting unless they're punting the season.
  6. Washington Post ranks OPACY the no. 3 stadium in MLB

    Buffalo could support a MLB team if they fundamentally restructured the game. Like dividing up all the larger markets with other teams, and giving it about 25 years to mature. But right now there's no way. In Nielsen market size Buffalo is on par with Norfolk or Scranton, around 50th place. The current smallest market with a team is Cincinnati, at 36th place.
  7. Washington Post ranks OPACY the no. 3 stadium in MLB

    He watched the Babe's last game? The Babe's 6th-to-last game was his three homer game in Pittsburgh where one of the homers apparently cleared the roof at Forbes Field. But that was 1935. I suppose he could have been five years old then and still remembers it, that would make him about 87 now. He clearly wasn't an usher back then, not unless he's still working at 102 or something.
  8. Would you trade Manny to the Sox?

    But what is right? Getting better for the future will have to involve 4-8 wins (after discounting heavily for the risk that prospects won't develop) a year for the next decade, or slightly less value with considerable cost savings.
  9. At least Caleb is off the schneid

    In a Trivial Pursuit kind of way. Or an Anthony Young kind of way. It was fun to see the zero RBI reflected in people who see performance outcomes as manifestation of character traits.
  10. I would guess there's been a decline over time. But maybe not as much as is commonly thought. It wouldn't surprise me if it's accelerated more recently.
  11. There is sporadic data, including quite a bit from the 1950s Dodgers. They averaged around 100 pitches a start but with wider variation.
  12. Saying it's a problem that pitchers can't carry their best stuff past 100 pitches is like saying that it's a problem that the sky is blue and wind sometimes blows. 50 or 75 years ago pitchers still just threw 100 pitches per start on average, and today's game is set up to have everyone go max effort almost all the time. If you want pitchers to have their best stuff very deep into games you have to fundamentally change the sport. You have to somehow incentivize or outright mandate teams to use pitchers in non-optimal ways. You could tell teams that they only have 9 pitchers on their gameday roster including the five starters. You could make every reliever after the 2nd one start all batters down 1-0 or 2-0. You change the game like that and pitchers will have to pitch more and they'll have to let off and pace in non-key moments. They will give up more runs unless you make some concurrent changes to the ball or the strike zone. With no restrictions on pitcher usage or number of pitchers allowed the optimal strategy with a 25-man rosters is something like a ~5 inning starter going all out, and a series of all-out relievers following.
  13. I just want to say this about Mancini

    Just be careful to not assume that 30 RBI means more than he hit out of his mind well with runners on in a few PAs. Many poor decisions get made over misinterpreting odd occurrences. How many times have we seen many page threads saying some pretty good MLB player should be benched because Luis Hernandez was hot for two weeks? Treat Mancini the same as you did two months ago, just with another quarter of a season's worth of evidence. This is the same guy who drove in 54 runs in 125 games in Norfolk last year.
  14. I just want to say this about Mancini

    It's philosophy. And it's expectations. Credit is given for things you've accomplished, he had a great game. But then we start getting into the talking heads' fictional narratives about him having magic powers to hit in the clutch. As long as everyone remembers that clutch basically always tends towards overall performances, and the usual SSS caveats we'll be okay.
  15. I just want to say this about Mancini

    Better now but different. HR/G weren't as high in '87, but we didn't have a population where 95% of the players were swinging for the fences and were totally out of craps to give about striking out. Back to comps for a minute... Mike Morse. Somebody mentioned Trumbo and Sexson. Phil Nevin. Alfonso Soriano, if you could imagine him being slow.