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  1. I'm good with most of that, but I still like the regional league concept. I think it's pretty important to limit travel and games at odd times for a sport that plays almost every day.
  2. Define fair. Fairness in opportunities? Or fairness in outcomes? I don't like the draft because it takes away what might be a player's only opportunity to choose where he plays. If there was a draft pre-1964 the odds are very good that the O's don't get either Brooks or Palmer. And even if they did who knows how the fact they never got a choice impacts their willingness to stay in Baltimore their whole careers? I think a guy who wanted to play for the Orioles at the beginning would feel more of a connection to the team than someone who just happened to be drafted by them.
  3. If you have a cap on expenditures for amateur signings I don't understand why the draft exists. If you want the Orioles to have an advantage, just structure the spending like it is today: the bad teams or the small-market teams get more cap space. Maybe a lot more. Where would you sign: With the Yanks or Sox and their stacked rosters and endless line of prospects for less money, or with the Orioles for more cash and an almost immediate opportunity to sieze a MLB job? If you structure the caps and limits the right way the Orioles could get the equivalent of 2, 3, 4 first round picks every year (that they were bad the prior year). Might even be able to go quality over quantity and get two high first rounders in one year.
  4. I don't know why four-team divisions would be a good idea. I get tired of the endless Yanks/Sox/Rays/Jays games in five-team divisions. I'd be good with two sixteen-team leagues, each with two eight-team divisions. Or, if you're not using the divisions for anything meaningful (promotion/relegation, geographic alignment, etc) then just have two sixteen-team leagues. The top X teams make the playoffs with a balanced schedule. Divisions just open up the possibility of a '73 Mets or '87 Twins situation, where the best teams are all in the other division but you have to let the .500-ish team in anyway. Four-team divisions would almost guarantee an eventual sub-.500 playoff team.
  5. Everyone can afford a 10/300 deal. Maybe most of them shouldn't but even the Rays have a payroll over $60M. A few years ago the O's were over $150M and $30M a season would be only a Jay Payton over Chris Davis.
  6. The '96 Orioles gave seven postseason starts combined to David Wells, Scott Erickson, and Rocky Coppinger, all of whom had ERAs over 5.00 and ERA+s under 100. And they won the ALDS!
  7. So now that Manny has a 123 OPS+, has a UZR/150 at third of +10 and is on pace for about five wins I guess that he's a bargain.
  8. I want one of the following realignment schemes: 1) Regional. Take Greg's western-most 16 teams and that's a league. Take the eastern-most 16, that's a league. They don't play each other except in the playoffs and All Star game. You never have a regular season game more than two time zones away, and the eastern league never has a game more than one time zone away. Nobody ever has a regular weekday game that starts at 10:00pm or 4:00pm back home. 2) By quality. The top 16 teams by this year's record go into the A League. The bottom 16 go into the B league. Eight teams make the playoffs, six from the A league, two from the B league. The B league playoff teams get promoted to the A league next year. The last two teams in the A league get relegated. The A and B leagues do not play each other in the regular season. The A league gets 25% more revenues from shared sources than the B league. If you want to get really crazy: if you finish in the bottom 2 of the B league for three straight years you get contracted and replaced by an expansion team. Maybe you can do both, with an 8-team A and B league in each geographic area. The majors did just fine for 60 years with 8-team leagues.
  9. I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. There doesn't have to be an anti-trust exemption for Congress to investigate something.
  10. No, they're also angst over Yaz having a 106 OPS+ in his first 82 MLB PAs with the Giants.
  11. Sure, why not, let's rearrange the deck chairs and give little Yaz his major league shot. We'll cut a .780 AAA OPS guy and call up another because why not.
  12. Lots of players with Yaz' resume managed to carve out a 7-year MLB career. But you could say exactly the same thing about half a dozen other OFers in the upper levels of the O's system. Yaz is Dwight Smith Jr, just older.
  13. Who are you going to cut so that the 28-year-old corner OF with the .780 minor league OPS could play? 26-year-old Dwight Smith? 27-year-old Stevie Wilkerson, who can at least try to play about five or six positions? I guess Broxton is about the same player, except he can play center. 24-year-old Santander? Going into the season Cedric Mullins had about the same minor league performances, he can play center, and he's four years younger. I don't think you'd give DJ Stewart's at bats to Yaz, not since he's three years younger. The Orioles don't have a shortage of plausibly decent corner OFers, almost all of whom are much younger and might actually have a shot at being on the roster of the 2022 Orioles.
  14. Tettleton wasn't a great defensive catcher, but he certainly could have backed up Hoiles while also DHing and playing a little first base. Sparky just didn't care about defense with those early 90s Tigers and played Tettleton at first, DH, right, left and catcher. Yes, he was a -16 fielder one year, but he had a 130 OPS+. I used Tettleton's stance in the batting cages on many occasions.
  15. If we had a crystal ball we could make a 96-win team out of minor league players by picking and choosing who to play during their hot streaks and who to bench when they're going to get cold. Or you could flip it around and inflict Yaz' .603 OPS in a month in AA last year on some unsuspecting team.
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