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spiritof66 last won the day on June 22 2017

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    Retired lawyer
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    I dunno. Who's left? Mancini?
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  1. He may be an opener or middle reliever to you, and the numbers back you up. But I'm pretty sure he's a starter to the Orioles, at least for another month or so. And he's gone 5, 5 and 6 innings in his last three starts -- not very effectively, but nonetheless he ate those innings even if he made a mess of them, a little like the contestants in a hands-tied-behind-your-back pie-eating contest.
  2. I have always thought the millionaires, and much of the wealth in Maryland, were concentrated in the D.C. suburbs. And that those Washington suburbanites were a major factor in fueling pre-Nats Camden Yards attendance and, when lost, are not likely to return.
  3. Every big city has lots of wealthy people. But I'm confident there are a whole lot more of them in the New York, LA, Chicago, Boston, SF Bay, Houston, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and Washington metro areas. That's probably true of the Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver and Detroit areas as well. One crude measure of the wealth of the team's fan base (including "wealth" in the form of large service firms that are season ticket candidates) is how much a team extracts from its fans in ticket prices and concession sales. According to the Forbes numbers for, the NYYs had revenues at the ballpark of about $82 for each ticket they sold in 2018, followed by the RS at $76. The Orioles and BJs were both at $27, and the Rays at $23. While there are other factors that affect ticket prices, I have looked at these numbers (revenue per ticket sold) historically, and in the short term they don't vary that much with the onfield performance of the team. I was running those numbers as part of a larger team-by-team analysis this off-season, which I'll share here if I ever finish it.
  4. Had 'em all the way. Never in doubt.
  5. What's next? Maybe a balk?
  6. With this bullpen, we really could use another run or two, or five.
  7. The throw beat him, but even with a good throw Anderson might have slid in behind Severino.
  8. The Firestone Special on a tough pitch.
  9. Rickard with an XBH to right field. You don't see that every day.
  10. https:// /watch?v=2P5RCurT8Yw
  11. So far, I've enjoyed watching this team hit and field much more than I thought I would. Watching the pitching has not been much fun, and I can't find a reason to expect it to improve much this season. I do wonder whether having guys with speed and a positive attitude has resulted in the high number of baserunning mistakes and outs made on the bases. Those things drive me crazy.
  12. I don't have the data to back this up, but what I've observed leads me to believe the following: 1. An MLB team's "attendance" is built largely, and increasingly, on the sale of season tickets. (Keep in mind that what we refer to as attendance doesn't reflect the number of fans that pass through the turnstile. It's the number of tickets sold.) That's especially true of "full" season tickets, covering all 81 games, and less true of multi-game ticket packages. 2. It's a lot easier to sell season tickets in cities where there are (a) large numbers of (big professional service firms (law firms, accounting firms, management consulting firms, etc.) that are prepared to spend on client entertainment and (b) lots of wealthy individuals. Before the Nats arrived, the Orioles did pretty on the first part by attracting season ticket holders from Washington's stable of large service firms. Now they are far, far behind three of their division rivals on both scores, with no hope of closing that gap. 3. Many season ticket buyers (and again, I'm talking about full season tickets) make their decisions to buy, including their decisions whether to hang on to existing full season tickets, well in advance of the season. Those decisions are made based on someone's (and maybe not a very knowledgeable someone's) sense of how the team shapes up for the coming season and how much interest its games will generate among clients, employees and friends. A couple of bad seasons, when season ticket holders see that clients and friends aren't eager to go to those games, will drive away season ticket buyers. If the team performs better than expected, or is more exciting and entertaining to watch than was expected, it's very hard to sell enough tickets on a game-by-game basis to replace those lost season ticket holders. 4. Selling season tickets to the 2018 and 2019 Baltimore Orioles can't have been easy. The same will be true for at least a few more years.
  13. In the midwest, where my mother grew up and where I used to visit relatives in the summers (leading me to the compound indignity of rooting for both the Phillies and the KC A's in the late 50s and very early 60s), traditionally "pop" meant a flavored carbonated drink like Coke or Orange Crush, and "soda" meant pop with ice cream in it.
  14. I say yes -- without Mike Wright on the staff.
  15. O's managed to outpiss them, though. Nothing new about that.
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