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About esmd

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  • Birthday 11/14/1975

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    Stevensville, MD
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    Hunting, Orioles, Ravens, Terps, Poker
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Chris Davis
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  1. Not even close. While this season is disappointing due to them falling below hopes and expectations, they went into it with a chance to be a playoff team. In the dark ages, they never had a chance from day 1 and were the laughingstock of the league. Like I said, not even close.
  2. All great memories. :-)
  3. Sign him.

    The key is, they absolutely CANNOT go into the 2018 season with him a pending FA. They either need to sign him to an extension or move him this offseason.
  4. Sign him.

    I still think 10/300 would cripple the team financially, unless they can somehow dump Davis and Trumbo's contracts (the latter probably being easier done than the former). If they want to keep him, I'd offer him 10/300 with an opt out after year 5 early on this winter. Maybe they can work some deferred money into the deal in exchange for offering the opt out. I like their policy of not offering them under normal circumstances, but Manny isn't normal circumstances, he's the exception. Tell Manny the offer is on the table, and that's the best we can do. If he chooses to pass on the deal, move him for a king's ransom of prospects and pray you get results similar to the Bedard trade.
  5. So was Duquette right?

    Eh, if they get the 2nd WC he is somewhat redeemed, but you could make the argument he kicked the can down the road and still has numerous problems on the horizon after next year. If they make a deep playoff run, he would earn a lot of credit. Still not sure I see that happening though.
  6. 32 more wins

    Since I started this thread, they've gone 13-11. Not exactly setting the world on fire. 31 games left. They need to go 19-12 to get to my original goal of 85-77. They're only 1.5 games back of the 2nd WC, so unless some team gets hot, 85 wins might do it. I'd love to see them get hot and win 20 of 31 to grab that 2nd spot. I don't see any of the other teams doing any better. Should be an interesting month.
  7. Meh, he's an improvement over Hardy and Tejada, so I'm not complaining. I don't think buck puts JJ back out there, but we'll see. Beckham is obviously the SS next season with his contract status. We'll see though.
  8. Astonishingly bad contract for Miguel Cabrera

    I've never been a fan of those huge contracts that run into the late 30's and even 40's of players. The Pujols and Cabrera deals are prime examples. It's why I favor trading Machado, although at his age a 10 year deal is much more palatable since he's only in his mid-20's. But 10 years is a long time, and there's a lot of risk there. What happens if he hurts his knee again and is never the same player?
  9. All Buck has done is preside over the greatest stretch of long term success since the late 70's/early 80's. He changed the culture of this team and made them not only relevant, but a winner. Some of you guys that want to run him out of town crack me up. Maybe they can replace him with Phil Regan, Ray Miller, or Sam Perlozzo. As far as I'm concerned, I'm good with Buck for as long as he wants to be here. PGA needs to offer him an extension this offseason and not have him go into 2018 as a lame duck.
  10. 2018 Starting Rotation

    I'd like to see them make a run at Alex Cobb in free agency. Hellickson was another guy I was thinking about as a FA to man the 4th or 5th spot. I was also counting on a starting pitching prospect coming back in a trade for a veteran such as Britton or Machado, but unless they get aggressive over the winter in moving someone, I think that ship has sailed.
  11. Enough is enough, Tillman does not need another start

    I was hoping after his starts on 7/17 and 7/22 (6 innings, 1 ER and 5.1 innings, 3 ER respectively) that he was turning the corner a bit. But these last two starts have been a reversion back to his season long struggles (4.1 innings, 8 ER and 2 innings, 5 ER respectively). They can't keep him in the rotation. And with his worst struggles usually being in the first inning as he tries to get loose, you can't put him in the bullpen. At this point, it's seems like their only options are the DL until 9/1 when you can stash him on the roster and not use him, or an outright release. Even though he's making a lot of money, I don't think they'd outright release him based on his history with the team, but we'll see.
  12. Will the Orioles resign Jeremy Hellickson?

    He's a guy I had in mind as a potential FA this winter, along with Alex Cobb. Let's hope he pitches well down the stretch, recognizes that it's a good fit, and comes back on a reasonable deal for both sides.
  13. 32 more wins

    That's the spirit!!!! Win the whole f-ing thing!!! Lol....
  14. Good read. Sounds like the Astros overplayed their hand and weren't willing to give up any of their top prospects for Britton. Good for the O's for not selling low. No issues at all with what happened. See how he finishes the season, and then make a decision to either attempt to extend him, or deal him over the winter. Personally I'm hoping for an extension.
  15. 32 more wins