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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    Season hasn’t started.
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    MLB and Union talk major rule changes

    It’s growing. Looking at my TV listings, there are 4 foreign games on TV today.
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    Crush Davis is in the House!

    I’d have to see it to believe it. In any event, I just upvoted you to make up for it.
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    Crush Davis is in the House!

    I will maintain my record of having never downvoted a post.
  5. Which he did. So now people are harping on Davis actually answering questions in an interview. I’ve really noticed how a lot of people here start harping on players’ personal attributes when their performance takes a downturn or they join a different team. (Corn, this comment is not directed at you.)
  6. I’m not sure why wildcard thought Gentry got a major league contract, but he didn’t. Minor league deal with spring training invite. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rotoballer.com/player-news/giants-agree-to-terms-with-craig-gentry/605596%3famp=1
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    Wieters and Rutschman

    What is this, the first game of the year? Yep, time for Rutschman to start feeling the pressure.
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    Spring Training in Sarasota

    The minor league games are at Twin Lakes Park, off Clark Road ( Route 72) a little east of Interstate 75. We stayed in Bradenton Beach last year, and liked it very much.
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    Crush Davis is in the House!

    The guy can’t win. He shows up for camp, he’s swarmed by reporters wanting to hear what he did this winter to try to address his steep decline the last few years. What’s he supposed to do, say he’s not answering any questions, he’s just going to let his play do the talking? That would go over well....
  10. Lots of good stuff in here about how Hyde is running camp. He’s got music piped in, and has 6 pitching mounds going at once to keep things moving along. He sounds very well prepared and has definite ideas about how he wants camp to run. http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2019/02/hyde-on-changes-in-orioles-camp-roles-and-more.html
  11. I’ve noticed that the Rays’ no. 1 pick, Matthew Liberatore, is showing up on several top 100 lists this spring. He’s no. 71 on Fangraphs, no. 58 on BA, no. 55 MLB.com. Our no. 1 pick, Grayson Rodriguez, is ranked in the O’s top 5 by most sources, but doesn’t appear on any top 100 lists. He was picked five spots ahead of Liberatore, and I recall that at the time many posters were unhappy that we hadn’t gone with Liberatore (who like Rodriguez was a high schooler) or a couple of college pitchers. Both Liberatore and Rodriguez pitched in the GCL last year: Liberatore: 27.2 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 11 BB, 32 K’s, 0.98 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 3.6 K/BB. Rodriguez: 19.1 IP, 17 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 20 K’s, 1.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 9.3 K/9, 3.3 K/BB. Both good, but Liberatore definitely a little better. Obviously, minuscule sample sizes at a very early stage of development. So my question is: should we be pleased that our pick is performing well, or should we be annoyed that we passed on a better prep arm, who was generally higher rated at the time and apparently still is? I’d be especially interested to hear from those who have watched video of these guys or seen them in person.
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    2080Baseball: Org Review

    True. Some are riskier than others. Interestingly, 2080 lists Diaz as “high” risk while Hays is only “moderate” risk. I’m not sure I agree with that assessment.
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    Hyde puts his own stamp on spring training

    So do the O’s, and then they cram in Country Boy. Often they have to cut off the ending because the inter-inning time limit has elapsed.
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    Who replaces Joe Angel

    As I said in the other thread, it looks to me like the O’s have known for a while that Angel wanted to either retire or cut back substantially on his schedule. I don’t think this is a case where Angel just dropped this on the team at the last minute.
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    Crush Davis is in the House!

    To me, Davis has said all the right things, and it appears he made serious efforts this winter to right the ship. I’m not going to sit here and trash Chris Davis the person or question his “want to.” That said, he’ll either perform better or he won’t, and that’s all that matters. I’m rooting for him to bounce back, but not really counting on it.
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    2080Baseball: Org Review

    Hays’ poor performance in the majors in 2017 worries me more than his lackluster, injury plagued 2018. He is a potential impact player, but there’s significant risk involved.
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    How good can the 2019 Orioles be?

    Here’s the thing people miss: just because the team spends less money in 2019 doesn’t mean that any unspent money disappears. It can be used in subsequent years, when it will make a difference. Just look at the Astros, who never had a payroll higher than $105 mm before Jeff Luhnow arrived. He pared the payroll down to $38 mm and $15 mm his first two years, but the last two years he’s spent $157 mm and $172 mm and this year it’s looking about $157 mm again. Basically, he’s taking a big chunk of the money saved in the early years and spending it now.
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    How good can the 2019 Orioles be?

    I think you just answered your own question.
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    Rich Dubroff: Joe Angel not returning.

    I have some college broadcasting experience too. Once I was broadcasting a game between Duke and North Carolina. UNC eventually built up an 18-3 lead and I said “well, four grand slams and we’re right back in this one!” Broadcasting college baseball is hard because you don’t have all kinds of statistics, trivia and war stories you can use to fill the gaps in the game.
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    How good can the 2019 Orioles be?

    Didn’t work so well last year.
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    Rich Dubroff: Joe Angel not returning.

    I’m guessing they know who it is, but will wait a couple of days to announce it so that Joe Angel can get his due thanks from the public.
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    Rich Dubroff: Joe Angel not returning.

    I’m a little wary of Melewski in the broadcast booth. He does a good job reporting on the minor leagues, but I don’t see him as a broadcaster. We’ll see. I say put Roy Firestone in there!
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    2080Baseball: Org Review

    Two things stuck out: 1. They describe Diaz as having a “super aggressive approach.” I find that odd given his high walk rate. 2. They are more optimistic about Mountcastle’s arm and chances of sticking at 3B than just about any other evaluator, saying only that his arm “will likely always be a 45-at-best tool, so it’s not a lock he stays at 3B even though he’s getting better there.” That counts as optimism compared to most other sources. I also found it interesting that while they like Grayson Rodriguez, they describe his risk as “extreme.”
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    Rich Dubroff: Joe Angel not returning.

    This was the part that made me think it was slightly more complicated than Angel just making a decision to retire. But it certainly doesn’t appear he was pushed out the door. I’m happy for the guy and hope he’ll pop in for an appearance sometime this year.
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    Hyde puts his own stamp on spring training

    Sweet Caroline. Or New York, New York.
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