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spiritof66 last won the day on June 22 2017

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About spiritof66

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  • Birthday 10/30/1951

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    New York City
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    Reading, music (drums, guitar), baseball history, college basketball
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    Retired lawyer
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Jones, Mancini, O'Day
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  1. Orioles SOM (State of mind)

    Do you really think Duquette and the others in the FO -- excluding those named Angelos -- don't understand the lousy position that the Orioles are in, where they are likely to end up in 2018 without a significant upgrade in starting pitching, and how expensive that kind of upgrade will be? I don't know what options for dealing with this mess are open and what options have been foreclosed by ownership -- though I can guess -- or what strategy (if any) the team has for digging its way out of this hole. But the idea that the professionals in the Oriole front office don't know what they're dealing with is hard for me to accept.
  2. Slow Offseason around MLB

    "I need a tie for this interview. Anybody here have an extra one?" "Yeah, but you can't wear this tie with that shirt." "Oooh, that is pretty bad. But it's not like five years from now anyone's going to be looking at the shirt and tie I'm wearing today."
  3. Hot Stove Event

    Throughout the aughts, it often occurred to me that the Orioles weren't likely to return to the World Series during my lifetime, and that I'd have to be content with the memory of that day at the Vet when McGregor pitched his five-hitter, Eddie (then my favorite Oriole) slugged two HRs, Joe Morgan fell down trying to tag up from third, and Cal caught the last out. I was the guy with the Orioles jacket, sitting down the RF line among a sea of Phillie fans who seemed madder at their own team than at the Orioles.. The feeling that I've seen my last Orioles World Series is back. It's hard to see this team returning to the post-season, let alone getting through to the Series, for a long time. But that was only 34-plus years ago. It's been over 57 years since I watched my hometown Eagles edge the Packers to win their most recent NFL title on the Monday after Christmas, 1960. I would have been in the front row, and able to see without standing the whole game, if they hadn't put up temporary bleachers between the track and the brick wall at Franklin Field.
  4. Suprising Off Limit Player

    There are those senior to Duquette in the organization who, I would be willing to bet, are not conversant with Fangraphs.
  5. Anyone On Here With Close Connections To Ownership?

    First, let me offer the only optimistic take I can think of on the subject of the OP: maybe it won't be too long until one or more regulars on the board have an in with new owners of the Baltimore Orioles.
  6. So it's less than a Month.

    I didn't see a date in the OP for newly acquired starting pitchers to report. I guess someone just forgot to put that in.
  7. Anyone On Here With Close Connections To Ownership?

    I can think of these possible announcements that would make at least some Orioles fans feel better about where the team is headed: The Orioles have obtained a reliable starter or two by signing a free agent(s) and/or trading Manny. The Orioles have extended Schoop. The Orioles are entertaining offers for all their veterans. They want to get back prospects, especially pitchers, and for the next couple of years they will put an inexperienced team on the field. The team is being or has been sold to investors with lots of money, normal-sized egos and some understanding of the role of owners on successful MLB teams. The possibility of any of these things happening is so remote as to be almost nil. I love surprises, though. Did I miss some? (I'm ruling out a Manny extension as sheer fantasy.)
  8. Anyone On Here With Close Connections To Ownership?

    Good point, I guess. I can remember quite a few times when I thought they were left in for an inning or two too many.
  9. Anyone On Here With Close Connections To Ownership?

    So far as I can tell, those who have "close ties" with ownership constitute a pretty small club. John Angelos, Lou Angelos and Brady apparently aren't responding. It's hard to imagine that anyone in the Orioles organization doesn't understand the terrible position they're in, both on the playing field (so far -- it's still 2 1/2 months until opening day) and as a public relations matter. Coming off a late-season swoon and a last-place finish. Virtually nothing done to improve (other than by subtraction) a starting rotation that was dead last in the ML in ERA and WHIP, and last in the AL in innings pitched. Attendance 23rd in MLB. Continuing complete inaction, with no apparent plan -- ever -- to realize on Manny's value,, and so far failing to conclude a trade for Manny because their demands exceeded the rvalue of a one-year rental. Taking the same head-in-the-sand approach with Schoop. An unwillingness to rebuild (or even to discuss that possibility), with no announced (or apparently, unannounced) strategy other than to say that last year's last-place team plans to be competitive. Does anyone in the Warehouse need to be told that, as of the 12th of January, this team is real bad and that its fans are, let's say, not overly optimistic about what lies ahead?
  10. Orioles youth movement

    Did Duquette make the decisions to sign O'Day and Davis as free agents? I sure don't know (though I have my suspicions).
  11. Job Fair

    Too early to be thinking about pitchers. I think that one's in late February or early March.
  12. Connolly: Six Moves the Orioles Should Make

    Nothing against Jay other than his age (33 in March). But I'd much rather have a young, low-salary guy out there, and use the money elsewhere. Starting pitching would be a good place to start.
  13. Tyler Wilson heading to Korea

    Yeah, for a week or so there I thought he might be part of the answer.
  14. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Why would you think that? Manny will decide where to play based on some combination of who offers the most money and best terms, where he thinks he'd be happy spending time for the next X years, the likelihood the team he joins will be a winner going forward, possibly the opportunity to play SS instead of 3B, and maybe some other things I'm not aware of. I don't see how the RS winning the 2018 World Series would affect his assessment of any of those factors.
  15. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I don' think there's much to be gained by the Orioles from a NYY-RS bidding war because this is a contest that may not have a winner. I have written before, from the perspective of my experience in and study of negotiation, about your last point. It's possibl, if you want to call it that, qual teams will prefer to deal with potential trade partners other than the Orioles. The only advantage for the Orioles is that they can't much hurt their reputation by having Angelos turn down a Duquette recommendation since when you've got nothing (in the way of a reputation for transparency and predictability) you got nothin' , or very little, to lose.