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ShaneDawg85 last won the day on August 21 2010

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  1. ShaneDawg85

    Anyone Following Manny? (Signs with San Diego)

    Can't go without being mentioned, the Padres come to Camden yards 6/25-6/26. I'd hope the reaction is overwhelmingly positive, but I'm curious to see how it turns out.
  2. ShaneDawg85

    Anyone Following Manny? (Signs with San Diego)

    Well color me shocked. If you'd have told me before he became a free agent that Manny would end up in San Diego, I wouldn't have believed it. In fact, of all the California teams, San Diego is probably the one I'd have least expected up until recently. While I'm not convinced it's where Manny truly wanted to be, both sides got what they were looking for and until the next time, we don't have to listen or hear about Manny potentially going to NY or Boston, thank goodness. And if you were one of those people who thought he wouldn't get a deal in excess of $300 million, you were very soundly proven wrong.
  3. ShaneDawg85

    Orioles Sign Alicides Escobar to MiL Deal

    I want the guy to succeed, because it means the Orioles are closer to succeeding. But, then I remember this guy, who has never hit for power, of all people would hit a home run in game one of the '14 ALCS, so its bitter well wishes.
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    Caleb is a Diamondback

    I wouldn't necessarily say trading your best player a year and losing your top two players in WAR for 2018 a year after finishing two games over .500 constitutes as being a contender. They're not a bad team, better than the Orioles, but I wouldn't say it's a slam dunk to call them a contender.
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    Adam Jones returning? Unlikely, but would it be bad?

    He very well could. But, Adam started out like gang busters many a season when he was motivated by something and was hitting the cover off of the ball, taking pitches and walks and looking like he was taking that next step from being a good player to a super star. But, by season's end you could comfortably presume where he'd end up offensively. Not saying it's impossible, and the simple act of not being with the Orioles anymore might be motivation enough, but if given the playing time I won't be surprised when Adam's numbers look pretty familiar by season's end, no matter how he starts or motivated he is.
  6. ShaneDawg85

    Orioles Sign Eric Young Jr to mil deal

    Cue the Earl Weaver rant about team speed for sake.
  7. ShaneDawg85

    Roch: Caleb will not be back, "guaranteed"

    In all my years on the OH, I can't think of many guys who've gotten the visceral hatred almost from day one that Keith Osik received. At the very least it did lead to some great mock-up's of Osik, including Keith No-Stick, and Keith O-So-Sick to my Stomach.
  8. ShaneDawg85

    Zach Britton is changing his name!

    With this change, this gives Yankee fans an excuse to hold up signs where they can add multiple K's to the end of Zack when he strikes guys out. Coincidence? I think not!!!
  9. ShaneDawg85

    Adam Jones returning? Unlikely, but would it be bad?

    Yeah no, just no. He hasn't been an "elite player" in several seasons, if he ever was one. Next level down, sure, but in that upper pantheon of performers, never once.
  10. ShaneDawg85

    Anyone Following Manny? (Signs with San Diego)

    "Lalala, I can't hear you, lalalala, it goes against my worn out narrative, lalala!" Over 30 career WAR, almost all before he was of the legal age to rent a car. That is the very definition of an elite caliber player. To say that he simply just is not that good is to make a damn fool of yourself.
  11. ShaneDawg85

    Anyone Following Manny? (Signs with San Diego)

    There's a difference between a hometown guy and a homegrown guy. Mark T. was hometown in the sense he was from Maryland, the Baltimore metro area specifically. Mussina and Manny were homegrown talents in the sense they were drafted and developed by the Orioles, but that doesn't inherently make them hometown.
  12. ShaneDawg85

    We’re #30 - Keith Law farm systems rankings

    I'd say that there are several candidates to answer this question based on the reporting of @Luke-OH, Tony, and others.
  13. ShaneDawg85

    We’re #30 - Keith Law farm systems rankings

    Not disagreeing, but a 60 win team isn't a whole lot better. At the end of the day, you're making the playoffs, you're not even playing meaningful games in August and September, and unless you're building for the future, you're just directionless and treading water at best. As someone, like many others, who sat and watched this team win 63-70 something games for over a decade, at some point there isn't much difference between winning 65 vs. 68 games.
  14. ShaneDawg85

    Clay Davenport projects Orioles at 62-100

    Shoot a 15 game improvement over last season, they'd still suck but I'd consider that hefty progress.
  15. ShaneDawg85

    The Worse Than You Remember Thread

    Not a bad selection. I'd agree that he wasn't terrible, just that the nostalgia goggles don't blind everything. '95, and 97-98, he was pretty good. The rest of the time, average to not very good. It still is baffling to me that the Orioles gave Erickson the lengthy contract for a pitcher and still couldn't have done the same for Mussina when he was obviously the superior of the two in every way. I guess signability was a the MO even back then. I wonder how much the right pitching coach, or consistency in pitching coaches did for Erickson, and all of the pitchers of that time period. Didn't they go through almost a pitching coach a season between 1995-2000? That can't be good for anybody, can it? It seemed like almost everyone struggled under Pat Dobson in 1996, even Mussina, and was instantly better the next season, though obviously it wasn't all his doing because offense was out of control across the league in 1996.