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About Chromehill

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  1. Funny that you mention Hank Aaron. When I was a kid I would read a lot of books about sports, Hank Aaron's book was the only one I could not finish, got tired of reading him saying how great he was. He was great...most people like humility in others.
  2. Davis is not going to accept a minor league assignment for the simple fact that he may not hit any better down there. Ego wise he cannot take that chance. He is striking out nearly half his plate appearances, he is done. Probably as much mental as physical at this point. At least keeping him around allows the typical fan to say "I can do as good as him", when compared to Davis there is a lot of truth in that, the average guy in the stands really could not play much worse than he is right now. Sadly with Flanagan, he was one of those individuals who dealt with demons (real or imagined) his whole life and could never overcome it. For most of us who are healthy, it makes no sense, but is very real to the person dealing with depression.
  3. Agree, when people move on they just need to be quiet. Manny should be thankful the O's never showed him love as he says. He would not have a $300 contract on a team with a loaded farm system. He would have a lesser contract on a team coming off of 47 wins and in complete rebuild mode with a mediocre at best farm system.
  4. If you look at Davis's stats the last 2 years, the big difference is he walked 20 less times in 2018 compared to 2017 and had 19 less hits. His plate appearances and strikeouts are very close both seasons. What this means, not sure. Digging a little deeper, he hit more ground balls and fly balls in 2018 and less line drives, not hitting the ball as consistently as hard as 2017. It would seem his pitch selection is down causing less walks and when he does swing, it is either swinging at pitches he can't do much with, or just can't drive the ball like he use too. Could be all 3. 2018 2017 PA 522 524 Hits 79 98 Walks 41 61 K 192 195
  5. I believe the Orioles reached a settlement/agreement with Sid Fernandez and Ponson in the past. Terms unknown. If Davis really stinks it up again and Elias cannot release him, I think what we see is Davis being the 25th man on the roster and rarely plays. Obviously the Orioles would love for Davis to walk away with some kind of settlement. If he can't hit, eventually you have to release him, addition by subtraction.
  6. If Karns cannot go, he is only costing the O's $800K compared to the $3 million they gave Tillman.
  7. Please explain where the team would move? None of the obvious candidates (Charlotte, Portland, Nashville, Montreal) have a MLB ready stadium. Montreal has the old Olympic Stadium which has a large capacity, it was a huge reason why the Expos left. The Orioles are not going anywhere. Considering that the Orioles have almost zero chance of contending over the next three years, they need to accumulate as much talent as possible in their system during that timeframe. It makes no sense to spend big bucks on a free agent that will not be around to help them win in 3 to 5 years. The goal in the next 3 years is to accumulate talent and improve in player development, domestic and international scouting, analytics, etc.
  8. I agree a player like Machado with his numbers from a historic perspective is somebody you could gamble on. Problem is the amount of these contracts. Suppose he falls off a cliff at 33 or gets seriously injured, with a 10 year contract you are eating about $100 million on the last 3 or 4 years of the contract. For the money and duration that Harper and Machado are seeking, as many have posted, only a handful of teams can afford the contract and associated risk. Those teams don't seemed inclined to pursue them for one reason or another, in many cases, they don't really need them.
  9. This is the real question. If you look at baseball history, especially before the PED era, plenty of players having HOF trajectory careers (Maris, Boog Powell, Colavito) who just seemed to lose it in their early 30's. Now with the testing for PEDs, I bet players are reverting to these types of careers and most likely plenty of analytical data to back it up. One change might be the age where the typical player really loses it performance moving from maybe 31 to 33 given the year round training, better nutrition etc. Any guaranteed contract past the early 30's is just nuts now. That is having a huge effect on the market.
  10. Syd's problems with the Orioles was that he was not a team player, Syd was about Syd. I think much of earlier success at other franchises went to his head. No doubt, he was a top baseball scout and exec with the Royals and Pirates.
  11. Eller's comment about .214 and the first 3 pitches being the key. It all gets back to what Ted Williams said, get a good pitch to hit. If the first pitch is a fast ball down the middle, waist high, you have to be swinging. As Eller said, if you are getting breaking balls that are out of the zone, you obviously take them. Follow get a good pitch to hit, the batter will draw walks and be swinging at good pitches which should result in hard hit balls.
  12. I think that is what happens when the team losses 115 games...no doubt that the old ways of doing things failed miserably. Definitely helps that PGA is no longer involved, if he was, Elias does not take the job.
  13. Gaston got $2.9 mil from the Rays, O's offered $2.1 mil. I guess the question is does offering between $3 mil and $3.5 mil get the deal done and is it possibly worth the positive PR it would have generated, in addition to help offset the trade of Gausman.
  14. I think the plan was good until the Marlins started acquiring additional ISM money to match the Orioles. Until then, the Orioles had a huge advantage to sign the Mesa's since no other team could come close to matching what they could offer. Once the ISM money became similar, the Mesa's preference for South Florida clinched the deal for the Marlins. Clearly with Gaston, the Orioles could have had him since no other team could come close to matching what they could offer.
  15. Chromehill


    Agree. If they thought there was even a small possibility he could play they would have at least brought him to spring training to see what he had. Releasing him now says, they believe he is done.
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