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  1. Dictionary definitions: contend -- to compete with a good chance of winning competitive -- as good as or better than others of a comparable nature Peter Schmuck has repeatedly claimed that Dan Duquette's stated objective is to be competitive every year (however, I cannot find a supporting quote). If I discount the 2015/.500 season, the team has contended and been competitive in 4 of Duquette's 6 years.
  2. Thanks for answering my question(s). I hadn't realized that I was being "hard on Duquette" -- that was not my intention.
  3. Dan Duquette, Nov. 8, 2011: "I'm here to build a contending team that everyone in Baltimore can be proud of," Duquette said. "During our meetings last week, it was obvious that Mr. Angelos and I share a passion for organization efficiency and a commitment to build a competitive team in the American League East, which I know from experience is baseballs most competitive division. "I'm going to do everything in my power to help this club succeed." Year W L W-L% AL East GB Playoffs Finish 2017 75 87 .463 5th 18.0 2016 89 73 .549 2nd 4.0 Lost ALWC (1-0) 2015 81 81 .500 3rd 12.0 2014 96 66 .593 1st -- Lost ALCS (4-0) 2013 85 77 .525 3rd 12.0 2012 93 69 .574 2nd 2.0 Lost ALDS (3-2) Has Duquette kept his promise? Does it depend on the definitions of "contending" and "competitive"?
  4. If and when Asher Wojciechowski makes the Orioles active roster, he will set the record for the modern day Oriole with the longest surname. His 13 letter surname will edge out the current leader -- Arnie Portocarrero -- 12 letters
  5. 2017 Arizona Fall League Thread

    I attended yesterday's game at the Peoria Sports Complex. Steve Wilkerson played 2B. Batted left on all 4 AB. Aggressive hitter. Went after 1st pitch in 2 of 4 AB. Most pitches seen in 1 AB = 5. Attempted bunt to 3B for base hit -- good attempt, barely foul. Two well struck line drives -- sharply to left center for single and to right of CF that rolled to fence for easy triple. In other AB - chopped into 4-6-3 double play and popped foul to 3B. Looks to have short, quick stroke and is not easily fooled on breaking pitches. In 77 AB's has 5 triples, 3 doubles and 1 HR; has walked 7 times and struck out 14 times; 310/378/535; OPS 913 In the field -- handled 1 easy chopper to him and botched another weakly hit grounder; the latter was strangely called a hit -- I guess because it was the result of a broken bat, the fat end of which flew to the hole between 1st and 2nd; the batted ball struggled to reach Wilkerson 1 step to his right who, strangely, attempted a backhand and dropped the ball. Ryan Mountcastle played 3B. Stroked a line drive single to CF; other 3 AB's -- fly to medium left; broke bat dribbler to 3B; pop fly to short RF. Does not show a lot of patience but has smooth even stroke. No significant chances in the field. Notables: Mentioned Ronald Acuna in an earlier post; he's a certain major leaguer. Jackson McClelland RHP; threw 10 strikes in 11 pitches; I think there was 1 foul tip and the rest of the pitches were untouched; 3 strikeouts, 1 looking; faced weaker part of the order. Braxton Lee CF; small, fleet with good jumps in the field; flea type at the plate -- lots of contact with little power but lots of OBP.
  6. 2017 Arizona Fall League Thread

    I attended today's game @ Peoria Sports Complex. I got to see a lot more of the O's players than I did on Friday last when I left after 7 inninings -- missing Meisinger's debut. Ryan was the only Oriole (not counting Ryan Minor) to appear on the field that day. Today, I got a look at Ryan Meisinger over 2 innings -- the Peoria Javelinas liked what they saw. Meisinger retired all 6 batters that he faced. Every at bat resulted in a well struck ball; sharply hit line drives -- one each to third and centerfield; 4 belted line drives to the centerfield and right centerfield fence, all rundown by the outfielders. It was an amazing performance of striking so many bats on the sweet spot without yielding a single base-hit. More later.
  7. 2017 Arizona Fall League Thread

    AFL's all-star game will be broadcast on MLB Network, MLB.com Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
  8. 2017 Arizona Fall League Thread

    No -- I don't let the stars get in my eyes
  9. 2017 Arizona Fall League Thread

    I attended the game yesterday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. The visiting Salt River Rafters vs. the Glendale Desert Dogs. I sat in the very warm sun behind home plate with a few scouts. Anthony Santander was at DH for the entire game. Batted 5 times: RH: grounded out on a hard hit ball in the hole, SS to 1B; flyball out to warning track in RF; struck out swinging on high outside FB LH: pop fly single to Bermuda Triangle behind SS; RBI line drive over second baseman's head Overall: I've seen him more patient Steve Wilkerson was a defensive replacement at 2B to start the 7th. Handled 1 sharp ground ball hit at him stationed a couple of steps into RF and threw the runner out at 1B Batted 2 times: LH: struck out swinging at high strike RH: line drive triple deep into RF corner Overall: Aggressive hitter Noteworthy: Zach Jemiola: RHP Rockies organization; looked good until he ran out of gas in the 4th Nate Griep: RHP Brewers organization; 3 swinging strikeouts, no hits, no hard hit balls Kirby Bellow: LHP Diamondbacks organization; 3 strikeouts, 2 swinging; no hits, 1 hard hit ball Sean Brady: LHP Indians organization; 5 innings, 1 run on a bunt single, a forceout, a stolen base and an errant throw from the catcher on an attempted pickoff, 4 strikeouts, 3 swinging, only 2 hard hit balls one for a single
  10. 2012 5th round pick Colin Poche

    I saw him pitch yesterday. Looked pretty sharp. Around the plate, did not throw hard, but had 3 decent pitches; struck out 2 batters -- 1 looking, and 1 swinging; a couple of hard hit singles. Drafted in 14th round (419) in 2016 and signed for $100k.
  11. 2017 Arizona Fall League Thread

    I attended the game yesterday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. The visiting Salt River Rafters vs. the Glendale Desert Dogs. I sat in the very warm sun behind home plate with a few scouts. So you want to know what I saw of LHP Garrett Cleavinger (traded by the O's this year to Phillies for Hellickson)? He came in to start the 9th inning of a 3 to 3 game. Low 90's fastball and a so-so breaking ball and stayed around the plate (except for 1 pitch); nothing special or unusual in windup. 9th inning: faced 4 batters -- 2 RH and 2 LH hitters (10 pitches?). LH hitters -- grounded sharply through the pitcher's box, off the glove of Cleavinger; pop fly to 2B RH hitters -- fly ball to RF; line drive out struck sharply to RF 10th inning -- starts with runner at second base (Experimental Rule); faced 5 batters -- 3 RH and 2 LH hitters (18 pitches?). LH hitters -- sacrifice bunt to P, fielded well; single on sharply hit ground ball knocked down by SS going to his right RH hitters -- line drive single to CF; line drive triple deep down RF line; swinging strikeout Also, wild pitch on breaking ball at feet of RH batter allowing runner on 3rd to score; 3rd out recorded at 2B, bang-bang play on attempted steal More later
  12. Orioles extend offers to bring back coaching staff

    Here's a fairly favorable review of McDowell's tenure with the Braves: https://www.talkingchop.com/2017/1/9/13308704/atlanta-braves-roger-mcdowell-success-failures It's an apologetic attempt to rate pitching coach performance and suggests that McDowell was best at getting optimum performance from veteran pitchers. As a reminder, Roger McDowell replaced Leo Mazzone at Atlanta in 2006. The O's fired Mazzone at the conclusion of the 2007 season after he had served 2 years of his 3 year contract. We also obtained Wallace and Chiti from the Braves for the 2014 season. That tandem lasted for the amazing length of 3 years. Perhaps, it's time to find another source for our "pitching coaches".
  13. Orioles extend offers to bring back coaching staff

    How does one measure the overall performance of a pitching coach? If a pitching "coach" has no impact on the performance of the starting pitchers, why have a pitching "coach"?
  14. Orioles extend offers to bring back coaching staff

    One can always depend on El Gordo to mischaracterize someone else's post while providing positive encouragement
  15. Orioles extend offers to bring back coaching staff

    Significant? I have no idea and, apparently, some unidentified 2017 O's pitchers had no issue with his style. But, when there are 29 other pitching coaches outperforming you in starter ERA, you may wish to examine all aspects of your motivational approach.