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  1. Mission: Impossible?

    You can't win one, when you are going through the motions (including Buck). This team is busy booking their post season plans. I wasted 10 + hours today and went to the game...It was ridiculous. I don't recall any pitcher imploding the second time through a line up like Hellickson does. How he got a QO, I'll never know. But good for him. He's set and has plenty of retirement dough. I'm ready for new faces on this team with a few remaining vets that care.
  2. Well, it's September and we are still talking about 2017 and not 2018, and I always just ask for a team to at least be competitive. It was only a month ago many were talking sell, sell, sell. Now, win, win, win. This team seems to have the ability to be very frustrating for extended periods of time and also the reverse. Nothing would surprise me in the next month. If they can get a few good (or lucky) starts from their 4, 5, and 6th starters it could be a very exciting last week of the season and beyond.
  3. Do you REALLY think we can go on a run?

    Are any of the other teams capable of making a run?? Seems like the other teams are stuck near .500 ball too. I think this team is the more capable of making a run than the others. I've nailed their coffin at least 3 times this year, each time they do a Jon Snow on me. They aren't going to die easily.
  4. Orioles win; Yankees lose

    Yes, you do have to be careful. However, in this situation after warnings had been given, there is reason for a very strong discipline. The player in the batter's box should be pretty comfortable that no such pitch was on its way. I said I really don't think 80 mph, curves, change ups at the butt are a huge issue. Even throwing behind the hitter with a fastball. This was a no nonsense, shot at the head. Whether he was dumb enough to throw that pitch on his or a coach/manager told him so something has to be done. IMO the minimum should be season ending. All, players and managers would be on notice and think twice.
  5. Orioles win; Yankees lose

    The thrower of that pitch to McCann should be suspended for the rest of the season, if not for life. It was that scary and intentional. If Gerardi (from the clubhouse) or a coach called for that pitch the same goes for them. I am not opposed to a brushback pitch thigh high or so at 85 or so..but to throw that hard and high is just wrong.
  6. Chance Sisco 2018 Starting Catcher

    The defensive liabilities were also placed on Caleb when he was at AA. They Dh'ed him and put him in the outfield as I recall. To some extent ML pitchers are more refined and have better control than MiL'ers and easier to catch. Arm strength is what it is..some players with great arms get away with "poor" mechanics, others with weaker arms get by with great mechanics. I haven't seen Sisco, but hopefully he'll become more like CJ.
  7. Enough is enough, Tillman does not need another start

    Tillman will be doing a lot of auditioning and MRIing this off season. I do feel a bit sorry for him, but he has made some pretty good money over the years. I think he will land somewhere, maybe not until the end of March.
  8. Sign him.

    I agree .I'm not sure of the $400 mill, but it is not impossible. I also believe that if you got the right deal, it could make the O's better in the long run.
  9. Sign him.

    It is rather simplistic idea to think money alone will be the determining factor on whether he signs with the O's (unless he has an ego problem and has to be the highest paid player at one point in his career). I believe he will go where he wants to go. The few extra million/year is not going to change his lifestyle or make his family more secure. If Jeter does become involve with the Marlins, I think Manny is likely to end up there.
  10. Sign him.

    IMO it is likely the O's will (and maybe have over the years) offer at least a 300/10 contract and may go to 350/10 (no higher). I don't think PA is cheap, as is evident by his team payroll (and his contract to CD). The main question for me (and perhaps someone that knows Manny can help me out here) is, is Manny a bright lights kind of guy? Does he have a desire to play nearer his Miami beginnings? Does he have any Baltimore connection or does he just say the right things, If $$$$$$ is the ultimate element, I believe the O's will be in it. There are things that are out of O's control. After all these years with the O's, PA, DD, BS, JS, and AJ should know where his heart is. Manny doesn't live in a vacuum. If they have suspicions about Manny wanting to leave the O's, then they should trade him. If they believe he really wants to stay then he shouldn't go to ST '18 without a long term contract.
  11. O's trade for Hellickson

    Chris Davis certainly didn't help out yesterday. The ground ball that got buy him seemed a play he usually makes and the throw to the plate instead of getting the first out was 9 year old Little League IMO. Little things make a difference.
  12. Anyone else open to the idea of extending Manny?

    So, let's say the O's offer $105 for three, plus $20 for next year. That's $125 for 4. You think he would take that over waiting a year and getting a 10 year for $300 plus? Seems unlikely and extremely stupid (not you, Manny) to me.
  13. Anyone else open to the idea of extending Manny?

    You left out the possibility that Manny may not want to play in Baltimore in the future. He may indeed want a city with brighter lights that give him more possibilities for additional revenues outside baseball. I believe he'll follow in his mentor's footsteps and go to a team with more national exposure. He'll say the right things...I want to stay, it's out of my hands.....they all do.
  14. Rosenthal: O's Preparing to Sell

    In some ways this is like the Thrift era. The AAA roster does not focus on the future, but finds veteran players looking for their last million(s) and can be ML ready. I have no proof, and could be wrong, but I think Buck prefers these seasoned players too. I don't know how far Buck is out of the PA, DD loop, but don't think it is too far. This is a bad team with some decent players. Anybody that has the illusion that Manny will sign a long term extension is crazy IMO. Get rid of anybody, keep losing and get a top 5 pick..the team needs new faces, not the current cast that refuse to adjust their game and are going through the motions. In the meantime, I'll go watch youth baseball. It is more fun.
  15. Fun with optionable pitchers

    Perhaps, but teams are finding it hard to find 5, so 6 will be difficult. We are seeing a 6th to give the 5 a rest later in the season, so a 5.5 kind of exists now. Did guys pitching on 3 days rest keep them sharper? If you went to 5 days rest, how do you keep them sharp. BP sessions do not imitate a game. I sometimes wonder if a guy like UJ (or any finesse pitcher of your choice) would be better with more work.