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  1. Sorry, I meant high schools, plural. There are 1-2 per year at our HS. There are two rival high schools within 5 miles from me that are good for another 4-5 Pac12 level kids. Adley Rutchman went to a neighboring HS, seen him play baseball and football many times for Tualatin Hs and OSU.
  2. I was a pitcher at Northeast HS in Pasadena, MD on back to back state 2A title teams, coached by the legend Harry Lentz. I wouldnt trade that experience for anything. I went on to pitch four years at D1 level, pretty average, some great days and some awful days. I had good velocity but my offspeed offerings sucked. If you don’t have a working second pitch, you’re a one time through the lineup pitcher at that level which is why I was a closer. I learned a sinker and that compensated for my average slider. I played on some good summer league teams, even had a first rounder on one team. Matt White was a teammate of mine on my college summer team. An upcoming HS senior st the time, the kid threw 95 consistently on the ray gun that summer, good command also, and had a nice slider. He was 6’4” 230 or so, a can’t miss prospect, but such a humble and great kid. College kids couldnt touch him. My baseball days are over but my sons are just beginning. As they get older we watch a lot of HS ball and I’m continuously amazed at how good the HS baseball is here in Portland. Every year there seems to be 5-6 kids from the 3 nearby HS going to Pac12 schools. Not bad for an area that gets 8 months of rain.
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    Top Manager Candidates

    What is so great about Eric Wedge?
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    No way... did this actually happen? Baba Booey?
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    I didn't understand Roch's "gold mine" analogy either. There is nothing to mine. Call it a "green field", "vacant lot", whatever, there's very little in the organization to harvest. I'll be curious to see what "builder" type exec they eventually hire.
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    It feels like next week is the week. I think the Os are going to make a good hire and it isn’t going to be Colletti. Solid list of candidates.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    Perfectly valid interview question to ask. I'd imagine that the interviewers would frame it as such. Something like: "I'm sure you're aware that our organization is looking to do a complete rebuild. We are seeking to be 'best in class'. With that goal in mind, how would you go about completely rebuilding an organization assuming you had $M in resources. What would you prioritize and why?" You could assume that an interviewee is going to give you an answer based on his recent experience but it also gives AngelBros insight into this person's vision and highlight the candidates' differences in how they would build a modern baseball organization.
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    Ravens Head Coach Resigned To Change At Top?

    This team has no identity, no personality, no reason to watch. He’s done.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    I would have to imagine that Dan has received a few calls from prospective candidates or their agents looking to get a download on the inner workings of the warehouse. That could be a reason for the delay. Not sure how this industry works but many “separation agreements” contain non disparagement clauses. I wonder if he signed anything on his exit interview. Its a small industry, people will talk. I’m sure there will be someone that thinks they can operate there.
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    Well run businesses have a leadership team that establishes the organizational plan for the year and then ensures the functional area plans (marketing, sales, operations, finance, IT) support the organizational plan. Poorly run businesses don't communicate internally. True, they've got to march forward with what they have. I guess they get the info out there, then if/when a leader comes on board, fans can decide if the product is exciting. Sometimes you have more success if you "ready, aim, fire" and are more proactive, then just "fire".
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    I find it amusing that the Orioles are sending out season ticket emails and promoting FanFest yet refuse to communicate anything substantive re: the PBO search. For all we know the new President might want to raise/lower ticket prices and scrap FanFest for something else.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    This process should have started around the ASB at the latest. At that point they should have realized that DD and Buck were not going to be retained and they should have very quietly started compiling their short list of candidates for President. Then engage industry consultants to narrow the list, prepare an interview panel, etc. Perhaps that is why they were talking to Colletti. I can understand not wanting to fire DD and Buck during the season but doesn't mean a confidential search could not have begun.
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    When will the Orioles Announce hirings?

    You would have to wonder if they engaged a search firm to assist in the search/interview process. Maybe Robert Half has a segment for baseball executives? Can you imagine the Orioles handling this like any of their ordinary office hires? A recruiter from Orioles HR scours LinkedIn to 'source' the job requisition, then does a phone screen asking them softball questions about their resume. Tells them, "thanks! We're still early in our process and reviewing other candidates but our panel will review your resume and my notes and if there is mutual interest, the next step will be inviting you in for a round of office interviews with several members of the team."
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    No poll yet? I’m thinking it’s Ned Colletti. It’s the less risky pick. Am I the only one that thinks he looks like Ned Flanders?
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    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    Agree. I'm hoping they make some reasonable free agent signings. The reality is that some of these kids just are not ready for the show so why bring them up and destroy their confidence or develop bad habits? It will be hard to sell a rebuild to a free agent but some FAs slip through the cracks every year. Being the worst team in baseball is one thing, being lower than AAA quality is another.