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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Fun with optionable pitchers

    I remember Earl talking about Palmer's complaints of aches and pain...it went roughly like this.."Palmer on his worst day, feels better than me on my best day." Yes, the current games tends to be careful with pitchers. It will continue to evolve and change. IMO, 6 innings by "starters" will eventually decrease...the 100 pitch will change to two times through the line up (I believe there is supported evidence that pitchers' effectiveness the third time through decreases). So, over the years there has been more specialists....closer, set up, long relief, middle relief. Things will change.
  11. Orioles' Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park

    I know Toronto has had some serious issues, in particular throwing items at the O's outfielders (I'm not sure if it is isolated to the O's). They still sell their beers in containers which would seem to be a solution to a possible dangerous situation. I was at the last series in Toronto for 3 games and Adam was very animated with the fans. Talking in CF and playing with the crowd most innings on his way to the dugout, tossing balls, enjoying it. The Boston situation is not new. MLB seems to ignore at things Boston...no evidence of PED use buy any Red sox player during the investigation..please. This (these) incident(s) should be headlines on the MLB site. The City/Team and fans should be put to task on the site. But, they will never do it. AJ is one of the best Ambassadors to the City of Baltimore and MLB....the issue needs to be addressed. A racists will live and die as a racist. These people of ignorance need not only be removed from the game and publically humiliated. I am sure there are a few stockades left in Boston.
  12. We have been lucky but we might get better.

    Winning when all is good...hitting, D, pitching, etc is synonymous with winning when some of those pieces are missing??? The only synonymous thing is winning.
  13. We have been lucky but we might get better.

    It is not whether you can win when every cylinder is firing, it's winning when you are not at your best. If anyone thought the O's would be 13-6 at this point, my hats off to them. When I looked at the opening month, through May 4, I thought .500 as decent. Buck plays to win series and sets up things to do just that. When you have enough talent, sometimes there is just enough to get by. Over the long haul it may not work, but short term it may.
  14. Kevin Gausman 2017

    Gausman's recent outings have certainly been disappointing. He certainly seemed like a sure thing, now this. Pitching, in the current vernacular, is a grind both physically and mentally. Bundy seems to have taken the leap mentally, Gausman has not IMO. They are not going to take him out of the rotation. I have faith he will get over this bump. The question is whether the bumps lessen over time. Pitchers cannot ever think things are great based on their previous performance(s). Every start, every pitch is a new beginning...yes it is a grind being a pitcher.
  15. Farrell and Barnes should both be suspended

    It is a chicken s*** move. You don't retaliate two days later. Get it done while a guy can hang lose in the batter's box, the next AB or next day...not the last game of the series and you can leave unscathed.