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spiritof66 last won the day on June 22 2017

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    I dunno. Who's left? Mancini?
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  1. spiritof66

    Caleb is a Diamondback

    64. The Orioles had 44.
  2. spiritof66

    2019 Season

    You didn't mention offense. The 2018 Orioles scored the fewest runs in the AL and were last or next-to-last in the league in virtually every positive offensive category other than HRs. Of that juggernaut's top ten top offensive performers (by OPS) with 200 or more ABs, five are gone (Machado, Adam, Valencia, Schoop and Alvarez), one is hurt and will be traded if any team will take on a big chunk of his salary (Trumbo). That leaves Nunez (exactly 200 ABs), Villar, Mancini and Rickard. DJ Stewart OPSed .890 in just 40 ABs, so I guess right now he's the most likely straw to stir this drink. And I notice you said the defense will be "better." Though the returnees I just mentioned are not great defenders (with Villar it depends on where he's used), I tend to agree with "better," but that's all -- not "very good" or "solid" or "good" or even "decent." That doesn't look like the foundation for a 70-win team to me. 63 (avoiding 100 losses) is a big reach, IMO.
  3. spiritof66

    2019 Season

    I expect to be tracking five things about the Orioles’ season, pretty much in this order: 1. Whether the Orioles put a significant amount of money where their mouths have been recently, on spending long-underfed areas of their operation -- developing and using analytics, scouting, signing and developing international talent, and building up their scouting capability generally – and that knowledgeable observers say that they’re spending that money wisely and on high-quality personnel. 2. The number of Orioles players who demonstrate, at the major-league level, their ability to be contributing members of a winning team in 2021 and beyond. 3. The number of players in the Orioles' MiL system – including 2019 draftees and international signees – who look like good bets to contribute to a winning team in 2021 and beyond. 4. The Orioles’ ability to maintain, through clever marketing, trickery or witchcraft, a chunk of their fan base, and to sell tickets to customers, especially younger ones, to watch and root for a losing team with no marquee players. 5. How many games the team wins. I may not have the discipline to stick with this. I suspect, and I guess also hope, there will be moments when it seems like holding on to a lead or coming back to win a close game (especially one against the NYYs) will be the only thing that matters. And I recognize that it’s likely to be hard to tell whether the Orioles really are making the significant and wise investments that I mentioned as my highest priority, much less how those investments compare in dollars or effectiveness to that of other ML teams. I can hope the media will pursue the Orioles’ efforts to live up to those commitments – just like I can hope that by the All-Star break Chris Davis has 20 bunt hits to go with his 25 HRs and becomes a sought-after trade commodity.
  4. spiritof66

    Happy New Year to all my Friends

    Happy New Year to all. Here are those other Orioles:
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. spiritof66

    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.
  9. spiritof66

    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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.)
  14. It would be nice to see Dauer return to the Oriole family. Maybe as a spring training instructor or something.