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spiritof66 last won the day on June 22 2017

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  1. I'm confident that Mancini will not be an average outfielder, or close to it. While putting him out there next season wouldn't be be anywhere near the team's biggest weakness, it won't help a lick (I wonder when I last used that expression? -- it's been a while), as far as I'm concerned, in figuring out Mancini's future role or building his trade value. On the other hand, playing Stewart in LF would be helpful in learning what we've got there. I would like to see Mancini start and play at least 80, and preferably more, games at 1B in 2019. I was disappointed with what he showed there for 40+ innings in 2018, but I have to think his defense was adversely affected by his intensive efforts to learn to play the OF, and maybe by lingering effects of the injury. I don't care that Chris Davis is probably still a better defender at 1B, even as his skills have diminished. For the foreseeable future, let Davis platoon at DH and spend the time he's not on the field working in the batting cage, watching videos of hitters from whom he might learn something, or cheering on his teammates.
  2. spiritof66

    Secret Agent Orange Ball

    So do you think they'll reveal who the new manager is, or will we have to figure it out based on who seems to be in charge during spring training?
  3. spiritof66

    Roch: Decisions Still Pending

    That, and the fact that there's a very limited pipeline of international talent in place. It will take a while to build a talent pool that will feed that pipeline, and a few years after that before significant home-grown international talent might be available to help the Orioles on the field or via trades. There's also the difference between the level of competition in the teams' divisions.
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    DJ Stewart

    I don't want to see Mancini in RF on any regular basis. The coming season is about evaluating talent and planning for the future, and putting Mancini in the OF doesn't advance either of those goals, while playing him regularly at 1B does, IMO. If that means benching Davis, or putting him or Trumbo in RF more than would otherwise be desirable so that Trumbo gets enough ABs to make him potentially tradeable, that's OK with me.
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    Potential Target: C.J. Cron

    For me, 2019 isn’t about tanking. It’s about learning more about what this team’s younger players can do. The losing record and high draft picks will take care of themselves. I know that Mancini can’t provide acceptable defense in LF. I’d like to see what he’s like at 1B if he’s given 50 to 100 games there and is kept out of the OF except on an emergency basis.
  6. spiritof66

    Will Roch actually ask his questions?

    Here's a set of questions I'd like to ask Elias and that I think he might answer, at least a little bit: After a couple of last-place finishes, more than a season of really bad baseball, and the trades of most of the team's veteran players, Oriole fans will be eager to know whether the team's leaders believe they're making progress toward making the Orioles competitive again. Do you expect to provide regular reports to the media and the fans, through press conferences or statements or appearances on call-in radio shows, to talk about the team's priorities and goals and about how the rebuilding effort is going? Will you commit to doing that? About how often do you think Oriole fans can expect to hear from you?
  7. I agree. So far the AngelBros have shown a willingness to reduce payroll and overhead expenses. Then they need to complete and announce the hiring of a capable professional, and stay out of the way as he makes hiring decisions. After that, we'll see how willing the AngelBRos are at spending money in the many areas where this team needs to invest if it's going to compete in the future.
  8. I think there are some significant differences. Here's a likely one, even though I don't know much about the Houston side of the comparison. I think it's pretty likely that in 2011 (Luhnow took over in December of '11) the Astros were active participants in the Latin American talent market. (They signed Altuve in 2017, when he was 16, after an Astros' try-out camp in Maracay, Venezuela.) I assume the Orioles are committed to start planning and spending right away to catch up in Latin America. Even if that's the case, and even if they increase international signings next summer, I am guessing it will take the Orioles a couple of years to build a productive scouting and training infrastructure in Latin America, improve the team's reputation, and begin signing players in numbers comparable to other MLB teams. Since the most promising players are signed when they're 16, figure a four-year period between the time they're signed and the time they're ready to make a contribution at the MLB level -- longer than that for some.
  9. Maybe not work, just hang around. (I looked for a couple of minutes and couldn't find anything one way or the other about his current health.)
  10. It would be nice to see Dauer return to the Oriole family. Maybe as a spring training instructor or something.
  11. Elias is only 35, and I just saw that he was a LHed pitcher in college. Hmmm. . .
  12. The key to determining the competitive strength of a team is its revenue (and the portion of that revenue, or amount in excess of it, it's willing to spend), not its ML payroll. There are lots of ways to spend revenues to build a better team -- paying more for executives, analysts, scouts, instructors, training facilities here and in Latin America, bonuses, posting fees, minor league salaries -- in addition to the ML payroll. Teams with lots of revenue like the NYYs, Dodgers and RS can spend more in those ways to identify and develop cheap talent, with plenty left over to surround that talent with veterans if they need to. If you do want to compare ML payrolls, it doesn't make sense to look at a single year (especially in a year in which a team imposed a cap on its ML payroll to game the luxury tax rules). The Dodgers, NYYs and RS had the highest MLB payrolls in each of the three seasons before 2018. The NYYs and RS have a lot more money to spend than the Orioles (or the Jays or Rays). If they spend intelligently, as both seem to be doing, it will be difficult to keep up with them in the AL East. Not impossible, but difficult. The Astros don't have a comparable problem in the AL West.
  13. spiritof66

    Rating the O's executive candidates

    By the way, what salary did you, Elias and the Orioles agree on?
  14. Lots of ways this can go south. But for now,