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  1. I'm not against the notion of culpability towards everyone involved in creating this disaster, because everyone is or at least should be. But, some of these criticisms are more on the personnel side of things, which is Buck/Dan/Brady/and everyone else in the nexus that makes up the decisions. But, if we're going to be critical of coaches when not everything is within their scope of influence, why not give credit for things from time to time? I seem to recall a lot of conversations about how much John Russell has helped the catchers over the years behind the plate, including Caleb, Sisco, even Wieters. Not reflected in the metrics, but the outfielders are always singing praises for Wayne Kirby, and I'm sure even though the numbers don't show it, Trey Mancini would be an even worse outfielder without his tutelage.
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    2018 Schedule

    One playoff appearance since 2012 doesn't scream deserving much respect and this isn't a big market or historic team who can get by even when they aren't good. The only reason they're in prime time at all is because it's against the Steelers and it seems pretty much contractually obligated at this point that one of the games ends up on SNF.
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    2018 Draft Predictions

    Definitely did not expect the Ravens to trade back up into the 1st round to take Jackson, because I went to bed after their first selection and was stunned when I saw Google this morning to see they got Jackson. I'm going to go on record right now and say I'm leery of the dual threat QB's, because many struggle with accuracy and defer to run first. I never bought into RGIII for that reason and many others for that reason. My hope is Jackson turns out more Russell Wilson, who can make plays with his legs but is still a legit passer. The writing has been on the wall with Flacco, and as much as I've liked him and defended him, you had to think about the future at some point and the Ravens went for it now. The one thing I'm leery on is if the team underachieves again this year and Harbaugh gets fired, bringing in a new coach essentially ties that coach with Jackson, for better or worse, especially if Jackson doesn't progress during the course of year one. Shoehorning a coach with prospect QB isn't my idea of an ideal situation, even if the people that picked him will be continuing. Hopefully whatever flaws Jackson does have will be worked on and improved by the end of the season, whether he sees any action or not, and it's all a moot point.
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    Anderson vs. Jones

    Same position but different players in my eyes since Brady spent more time at leadoff. Power was expected from Adam Jones, given how his career started it was more of a luxury from Brady. Brady had the better peak, Jones more consistency, but overall I'd still take Brady. He was a better all around hitter, far less frustrating than Adam, and his overall postseason performance puts him over the top for me. The weaknesses of Adam's game were magnified in the short series playoff environment, whereas Brady's skills and assets really shined through.
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    Orioles fans wonder why Camden Yards' lineup doesn't include Wi-Fi

    On a trip to Washington with my girlfriend last year we went to a Mariners game for my birthday, and I can tell you right now one thing that Safeco had over Camden Yards was free WiFi throughout the stadium. Not only did they offer it, but it was pretty solid overall and I didn't run into much issues. I know Seattle is pretty progressive on a lot of things, but there is no reason in 2018 that all ballparks do not at least have the option for it. Considering the amount of time people spend on their phones, which they do just as much if not more of at ballgames with family and friends, plus all of the in-game social media stuff, it is ridiculous that Camden Yards doesn't at least offer it. Trying to do anything on data with even a half sold out stadium is a frustrating slog.
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    Givens should be the closer

    I could probably make an argument for any one of the starting rotation, offense, and defense being our greatest weakness right now over the bullpen. Is it the best it has been in the past, probably not but it is still early. But considering the current makeup I'd say it's doing okay given that again, we're less than two weeks in.
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    Opening Day tickets are available

    I got two upper reserve seats. It's the only time of the year I'll pay that much for tickets if it's not playoffs. Only been to one other Opening Day so I'm excited!
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    UMBC vs VA NCAA Tournery

    As a UMBC alumni and staff member, words can't begin to describe the euphoria that I, and I'm sure many others are feeling. Just getting into the tournament in the fashion they did on a last second 3 in the conference title game was enough. Just having a lead at any point on UVA was enough, then having the game tied at the half. But, never could I have seen the events of Friday night happening. Never could I have imagined that the first team to do the borderline unthinkable of beating a #1 seed as a #16 seed would be my school. But, it's something that I'll gladly cherish forever.
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    Is Lincecum a Hall of Famer?

    I'd have made a far greater argument for Bret Saberhagen before even considering Lincecum. Saberhagen's 1984-1991 period accumulated 40.8 WAR, 69% of his career WAR. Even setting aside injuries, he has been mostly awful even in the years where he has started over 30 games since 2011. If you were letting in guys based on short but productive peaks, the ballot would be filled to the brim with candidates.
  10. Why do I feel like people still hold on to this idea based on that one game from 2014 where Brach pitched four innings to save the rotation after an awful starting performance. This game, right here: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT201405210.shtml Brach hasn't pitched 3 or more innings since 2014. I like Brach as much as the next guy, and I like having him in our bullpen. But nothing about him says he can suddenly, at 31 years old, go from being a reliably average to above average reliever at worst, really good reliever at best, to something even resembling a passable starting pitcher, which he hasn't done in his professional career even at the minor league level.
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    Ravens and playoff contenders

    All depends on seeding. If the Chiefs finish #3 and the Ravens #6, we play them. If the Chiefs play #4 and the Ravens #5, we play them. Either way, both would be in KC.
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    Flacco v.

    But, but, he doesn't show any fire on the sidelines! He's not animated and acting like a tool because something didn't go his way! Arguments I've never understood.
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    2017 Week 14: Ravens @ Steelers

    An absolutely demoralizing loss, one that I really, really wish I hadn't stayed up to watch until the end. The total numbers at the end of the season might lead you to believe this is a good defense, but at the end of the day they aren't. Great QB's exploit this defense, injuries or no injuries, and the bottom line is they haven't beaten a top tier QB since last season, the same one they lost to last night. Even if by some miracle they make the playoffs, the most you can hope for is a wild card win against Jacksonville or KC, because they're going to get slaughtered against Brady or Ben in the divisional. But frankly, and maybe it's just the bitterness and tiredness of last night, right now I wouldn't even put it past them to lose to the Browns. I really hope I'm wrong, but nothing would surprise me at this point.
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    Chance Sisco called up.

    Definitely didn't see that coming, but congrats to Chance! Probably doesn't stand to play much with the O's still chasing a playoff spot and a two headed attack in Castillo and Joseph. But, hopefully he makes the best of the opportunities he does get. Trey Mancini didn't play much in similar circumstances last year, but boy did he make an impact and a name for himself when he did. Hopefully Sisco can do the same.
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    Schoop and Mancini

    A Yankee hasn't won the MVP award since 2007, and it's not like there haven't been reputable candidates for the award during that time period. The list of winners has included two guys from Detroit, one from Texas, Toronto, and Minnesota. Voters may get it wrong, but they also know how to get it right some years too. Altuve may not play in a major market like New York, not that Houston is some backwoods small market, but the Astros are the best team in the league and he's one of the biggest reasons why. Chances are quite good he will win.
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