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  1. Glad to see this change. Now get rid of Brady too, take the leash off of Dan, and we can start moving forward
  2. I really don't want Jones on the team next year, not really at any price. I'd rather them either 1) play one of the youngsters already in our system who may be a part of a future winning Orioles team again or 2) sign a stopgap OR a younger free agent who could possibly be a part of the team for a few years if needed. But I don't want that guy to be Jones. I want to wash my hands of as many players as we can from the past 2 years, and start as fresh as we can. It won't be the worse thing in the world if we sign him, but it'd honestly make me less likely to watch more games next year than if we've got a new face out there. I don't want to see Jones in an Orioles uniform again after this season ends, except maybe a one day contract to finalize his retirement or something. Just my opinion.
  3. Do I like the way the game is played today? I think it's still the greatest game on earth, but there are certainly things I don't like and that I'd change. 1) take as many decisions away from human umps as possible, especially balls/strikes. Few things are more irritating to me than the arbitrary strike zone that changes from ump to ump, pitcher to pitcher, and batter to batter. I'd much rather have some consistency in the way the game is called. It really shouldn't matter who is in blue behind the plate, if it's Greg Maddux or Sidney Ponson throwing the pitch, or Derek Jeter or Luis Matos at the plate, a ball should be a ball and a strike should be a strike. And I don't care if it hurts or helps the Os....I've been angry at games we've won when that rally in the 9th shouldn't have happened due to an obviously missed call by the ump. Essentially I want the players rewarded/punished for their actual performance, not for their performance as inaccurately perceived by an umpire. 2) A continuation of #1 to a point, but too many umps call a low 'ball' as strike instead. Pitches at the ankles are close to impossible to get any decent wood on them. I think if we raised the lower strike zone to the 'knees' as it used to be called, I think the number of strike outs would decrease and the number of balls put into play would increase. For me that's a much easier/better method to get more balls in play and fewer strikeouts than moving or altering the mound. Same goes for the 'edges' of the plate. Shrinking the strike zone a bit, mainly by applying the rules already in place, would help make the game more exciting I think 3) DH for everyone. For me it's painful to watch an NL game at times. Few things are worse than having the hole of a pitcher in your lineup. It's the perfect time to go make a sandwich or get a drink...problem in that's what commercials are for, and it shouldn't be that way in game action time. Does it change some of the strategy? Sure. Does it make the pitchers more fearless as they never have to bat? Maybe. But the terrible pitcher at bats outweigh any other considerations for me 4) Shifts. I hate the shifts. And I hate that MLB hitters can't seem to adapt to the shifts. I'm honestly torn here as to the solution. Part of me doesn't want to reward the 'bad' hitters by not allowing shifts to happen...instead I want to the see the hitters adjust, lay down a bunt, do something. But it's also very frustrating to see a ball that usually would be a base hit being snagged by a 3rd infielder. On this issue I'm probably going to punt as I don't really like either solution. 🙂 There are a few other things that could be changed like roster sizes, number of pitching changes allowed in game or in inning, etc. Some of these could also be beneficial, but not sure I'd want to mess with it too much. As noted before, still the greatest game on earth, but not sure it's as great as I remember it being in the 80s and 90s. Would be more enjoyable with fewer strikeouts and more balls put into play...and more runners on bases too. Just my 2 cents.
  4. forphase1

    Thank You, Mark Daniel Trumbo

    If he doesn't pass through waivers, then hopefully you can work out a trade to the team that puts in a flyer on him....or, if we are desperate enough, simply let that team have him and let them assume that contract.
  5. Honestly I'm more excited to watch the Orioles now than I was a few weeks ago. Sure, the guys on the team now aren't nearly as talented as what we had a few weeks ago. And few of the guys on the team now will be starting/playing down the road when the newly acquired prospects start showing up and being regulars. But for me I have more hope in the organization than what I've had in a couple of years. This rebuild, while painful, was necessary and frankly overdue. This has rekindled my enthusiasm, even for the team they send out there right now. I watch not expecting to see anything spectacular, but watching some of the possible 'nuggets' who may be centerpieces of the team that challenges for a playoff spot in the future. So for this fan I'm fully behind it...if anything I wish more guys could have been moved, but the rules (Jones), bad playing/contract (Davis, Trumbo) or lack of interest (assuming everyone else) didn't allow that to happen.
  6. forphase1

    O's, The Next Generation: 23 And Under Team

    Love this.
  7. forphase1

    Dan says "tear it completely down"

    The only way we get a draft pick for Jones is if we offer him a QO and he turns it down. We won't be offering him one, as it would be bad if he accepted it. Because he refused the trade to Philly, he's gone at the end of the season and the Orioles will get nothing in return.
  8. forphase1

    Can we over do the rebuild?

    Nope, I don't agree. Get rid of everyone if we can get a good deal. Stocking for 2 years down the road is much more important than having quality players to watch next year. Just my opinion. I'm tickled that they are doing a full rebuild and not doing 1/2 way measures. About time.
  9. Does Jones have this right to refuse a trade? Absolutely. Am I disappointed that he is exercising said right? Yup I am. His time here is over, and at the end of the day I'd like us to get something for him, no matter how marginal, versus him clogging up centerfield and taking experience and at bats from someone who may be part of our future. I'm an Orioles fan way before I'm a Jones, Markakis, or Machado fan, and I want what is best for the team and organization. Most will disagree with this, but I've lost a little respect for Jones if this ends up playing out as it appears. Its his right, sure. But it's not a good decision for the Orioles. IF we are truly ramping up our international scouts, the money saved this year by trading Jones could also pay for quite a few scout salaries over the next few years. All in all I wish he'd agree to be moved for various reasons (small prospect, giving playing time to younger guys, saving money to be better spent elsewhere).
  10. Does Jones have this right? Absolutely. Am I disappointed that he is exercising said right? Yup I am. His time here is over, and at the end of the day I'd like us to get something for him, no matter how marginal, versus him clogging up centerfield and taking experience and at bats from someone who may be part of our future. I'm an Orioles fan way before i'm a Jones, Markakis, or Machado fan, and I want what is best for the team and organization. Most will disagree with this, but I've lost a little respect for Jones if this ends up playing out as it appears. Its his right, sure. But it's not a good decision for the orioles.
  11. forphase1

    Extend Dan and Buck... Now

    My opinion....I'm fine with extending Dan. But I don't want Buck as manager any longer.
  12. forphase1

    Cody Carroll should be with the O's soon

    Well sure. But I'm not sure that bringing them up a month earlier is that much of a benefit to lose a year for. Will the team really gain that much more benefit by bringing him up in August instead of waiting until September? Just don't see the need to rush him, or anyone else, this year.
  13. forphase1

    Cody Carroll should be with the O's soon

    Some have said he could be our closer of the future. Maybe that's overblown, maybe it's not. But yes, for all our players during this rebuild I'm worried about service time. Sure, for some positions and players it's more important than for others, but this is a lost season...I see no real benefit to bringing him up a month quicker if that means we lose a year of control in the end.
  14. forphase1

    Cody Carroll should be with the O's soon

    While I agree the numbers make it look like he is ready, isn't there service time implications to take into consideration? This is a lost year anyway, so another win or two by bring out Carroll versus say Brach or Givens really doesn't matter. Granted I'm not up to date on the service time situation for Carroll, and to be honest the service time thing can be confusing also. But I wouldn't bring any truly talented guy to the majors this year if it's going to negatively impact service time or how long they are ours before hitting free agency.
  15. The Orioles need to have a youth movement. For me that includes replacing everyone who will not be a part of the next playoff window. That pretty much includes the entire position player opening day roster, with few exceptions (Sisco, Santander, Mancini...maybe Schoop). Everyone else should be traded and/or replaced with a younger player who may be a part of the future. Jones should be traded and should not be resigned.
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