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  1. Once I started doing Fantasy Camp, I found that there are a plethora of opportunities for old guys to play. I played in a 25+ league until about 5 years ago (I'm 60), and have done tournaments all over the country with orioles-related teams. The most competitive baseball I ever played was between ages 45 and 55 ... just had knee scoped so I can play another 10 years. Will be at dream week this year as a "fan" since knee wont be ready ...
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    Dean Kremer 2018

    Looked real good from the 4 innings I attended last night. Stayed around 92 on the squirrels gun, but sharp. Looked like he was 'pitching', not throwing. First time I've seen him, and I liked what I saw.
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    Yusniel Diaz 2018

    The hr tonite in Richmond was about 12 feet inside the foul pole, about half way up the second row of advertisement boards. Its 330 to the pole, so it traveled about 350 ft. Mountcastle hit a ball the same direction that would have been off the scoreboard in Camden yards but was caught ...
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    To Mountcastle or to not Mountcastle...

    I will get a chance to see Mountcastle two more games next week. I will let you know what I see. So far I've seen a guy who can field the ball cleanly but has trouble getting the ball to first in time for the out. I asked if they were working with him and was told that they are, but that you can't teach arm strength. I would like nothing better than to see an improved arm. The bat will play... the ball jumps off of it. Glove is fine. If the arm could improve, I would feel a lot better about his future in baltimore.
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    Ryan Mountcastle 2018

    I love mountcastle's bat but I don't see where they are going to play him. I have seen about 10 games of mountcastle at 3rd and his arm just isn't playing there. Batters beat out 2 hoppers, throws pulling 1st baseman off base, ball travels slowly across the infield. I'm sure they are working with him, but you can't teach arm strength.
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    Manny: “Thank God I wasn’t traded.”

    Of course they say the right things now. When it comes to free agency, though, they will be out for the most money. Thats the nature of today's game. Manny would love to play in baltimore in 2019, but only if they give him more money to do it than the yankees. Fat chance. Im not looking forward to the times in 2018 that manny comes up and pops out trying to hit a home run with a runner on 2nd and nobody out.
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    Manny Machado Appreciation Thread

    Gotcha. I was hoping for better news
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    Manny Machado Appreciation Thread

    Do you know something I dont? Usually these appreciation threads are for players that have left the Os ...
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    Vidal Nuno vs Jayson Aquino

    I agree with Weams. Saw Aquino pitch several times last year. Reminds me of Arthur Rhodes. I believe he will be effective pitcher in major leagues in 2017 or 2018.
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    Hardy Already Dealing With Sore Back

    I keep thinking that Chris Davis could slide over to 3rd, opening 1st for Trumbo or Mancini.
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    Update: O's sign Trumbo to 3yr/$37 mil deal

    Personal opinion ... O's and Trumbo have the framework for a deal set up. Trumbo's agent wants to take it to other clubs to beat, so the O's release through Roch 'our offer is off the table' so that it cant be used by the agent for leverage. Just part of the dance ...
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    Welcome to the new Board

    Hmmm, ok. I never thought the old one was mobile unfriendly, but this one looks good. I am in the habit of accessing multiple boards from tapatalk ... i can certainly adjust to this one being separate ... its my primary source for orioles info ...
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    Welcome to the new Board

    Still not getting tapatalk to work with the new site ... any suggestions?
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    Pitching coach candidates

    Id like to see Scotty in the role, but i dont think he really wants it. I had a chance to speak with him a couple of weeks ago and it sounded like it was more than he wanted to take on. Personally, i think he'd be fabulous. I like griffin and mills, too, and Ross Grimsley is a former pitching coach ... lots of talent around the organization. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
  15. Just need to add my 2 cents. I have always respected Adam, and this story only increases that respect. The 8% number surprised me, but then again race is not a factor for me in watching the orioles. For a while i volunteered in an organization that brings baseball to the inner city, and i saw a bunch of kids that really wanted to play ball but didnt have enough equipment, fields, or coaching to make it stick. Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk