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  1. Orioles SOM (State of mind)

    I don't know where this 95 loss thing comes from. No, I don't think we can contend as currently constituted. But we lost 87 games last year with historically bad starting pitching. No matter who we use to replace 2016 Tillman, Miley, Hellickson, and Jimenez, I don't think they can be worst than those guys. Vargas, 2017 Tillman, Castro, Ynoa, Cashner, Cortes. Those guys all could be bad, yes. But I honestly don't think they can be worst than 2016 Tillman, Miley, Hellickson, and Jimenez. As bad, maybe. But not worse. Because you can't really be worse than those guys were. So I don't see why anyone is predicting we will drop from 75-87 to 67-95. Stay at 87 losses? Sure. Drop to 95? Just don't see it happening.
  2. Yeah, and Hayden Penn and Daniel Cabrera and Brain Matusz and John Stephens and Brad Bergeson were going to be worldbeaters too.
  3. It's 27 days until Orioles pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota. Here is the 27th most significant date in modern Orioles history. #27 September 30, 2012 A winning season had already been clinched, ending 14 years of frustration. The 2012 Orioles had gone 45-23 since late July, racing the Yankees neck and neck through September, matching win for win. On Sunday, September 30, the Orioles took the field for their last home game of the season tied with New York for first place. The division title was still in reach, but a playoff spot was even closer. There was a tight 3-way race in the AL West, with the Angels in 3rd place. The Orioles magic number was 2, any combination of two Oriole wins or Angel losses would assure the Orioles of at least a wild card, and return them to the postseason for the first time since 1997. The Orioles faced the Red Sox, with former first round draft pick from Virginia Tech Joe Saunders facing Zach Stewart of the Red Sox. Nate McClouth led off the bottom of the first with a home run, and the O's put two more on the board that inning. JJ Hardy homered in a 2-run 3rd, and the O's led 5-0. Baltimore coasted to a 6-3 win in a brisk 2 hour 19 minute game, with Jim Johnson nailing down the save. The Orioles magic number was now just 1. One Angel loss and the Orioles would be back in the postseason. The first game of the Angels' day night doubleheader actually began a half hour before the Oriole game, but it was not as quickly paced. Oriole fans and players watched on teh scoreboard at Camden Yards as the Texas Rangers took a 4-3 lead into the 9th. But Joe Nathan couldn't make it stand, he gave up a 2-run double in the top of the 9th to Torii Hunter, and the Angels won 5-4. The Orioles long awaited return to the postseason had to wait a bit. That evening, LA jumped on Derek Holland for 4 runs in the top of the first and it looked like the Orioles would have to clinch on the road in Tampa. But the Rangers tagged Ervin Santana for 6 runs in 2.2 innings and added another 2 in the 5th. In the top of the 7th, Howie Kendrick's 3 run homer made it 8-7 Texas. Former Oriole Koji Uehara pitched a perfect 8th, and Joe Nathan came on for the second time that day trying to nail down a save. With one out, Torii Hunter walked. Future Oriole Mark Trumbo gave one a ride to deep right field but it was run down by future Oriole Nelson Cruz, not known for his defense. At 10:24 PM on September 30, 2012, Kendrys Morales popped out to the catcher, and the Orioles had returned to the postseason for the first time in 15 years! The Orioles traveled to Tampa hoping to nail down the division in the last 3 games of the season, but failed to do so. The Yankees took the division, and the Orioles had to settle for a wild card spot. They won the first wild card game in AL history, then played a tough, hard-fought series with the Yankees that went the distance, unfortunately resulting in a Yankee win.
  4. Fanfest

    They could still add the superstars we sign or trade for between now and Fanfest.
  5. It's 28 days until Orioles pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota. Here is the 28th most significant date in modern Orioles history. #28 August 22, 2007 The Orioles hired general manager Andy McPhail in June, 2007 to try to revive the Orioles franchise, which was in the midst of an unprecedented 10th consecutive losing season. Since respected Pat Gillick had left nearly a decade earlier, the Orioles had suffered under front offices led by Syd Thrift, Jim Duquette, Jim Beattie, and Mike Flanagan and the losing seasons had piled up. One of McPhail's first decisions was to remove the interim tag from Dave Trembley. Trembley had taken over the manager's job from the fired Sam Perlozzo just days before McPhail was hired, and the Orioles responded by going 29-25 in Trembley's first 54 games. On August 22, 2007, McPhail made Trembley the permanent manager, with a contract through 2008 and an option for 2009. That evening, the Orioles hosted the Rangers for a rare twinight single-admission doubleheader. Daniel Cabrera faced Kason Gabbard. Through 3 innings, Cabrera had 3-hit shutout and a 3-0 lead. In the 4th inning, Cabrera gave up 5 runs, including a grand slam to Ramon Vazquez. Texas took that 5-3 lead into the top of the 6th inning. Cabrera gave up a leadoff HR to Jarod Saltalamacchia to make it 6-3 and was relieved by lefty Brian Burres. Burres allowed: single, wild pitch, walk, out, single, Marlon Byrd home run, strikeout, then 5 consecutive 2 out singles. Rob Bell came out of the pen and gave up a 2-run single to Ian Kinsler to complete a 9 run inning. It was 14-3. Bell pitched a perfect 7th. With one out in the 8th he gave up two walks, 2 singles, and a Travis Metcalf grand slam, Texas's second slam of the game. After a walk, Bell was replaced by Paul Shuey, who got the second out, but then gave up a double, a single, and a Saltalamacchia 3-run home run, and just like that it was 24-3. In the 9th, Shuey walked the first two batters and gave up a single to load the bases. Jason Botts hit a 2-run double to make it 26-3. Shuey struck out Nelson Cruz, but gave up a single to David Murpy to make it 27-3. Saltalmacchia struck out, and then Ramon Vazquez hit his 2nd home run of the game to make it 30-3. That was the final. The Rangers were the first team in MLB history to score 30 runs in a game. The 27 run margin of victory was the greatest in baseball history. #8 and #9 hitters Vazquez and Saltalamacchia each had 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. They were only the 4th set of teammates ever to have 2+ HRs and 7+ RBIs in history, and the first to do it batting 8/9. It was the only game in baseball history where 3 different relievers on a team allowed 7 or more runs. And then the Orioles had to play again! The Rangers won that game 9-7. If any game symbolizes the 14 straight losing seasons the Orioles suffered from 1998-2011, it is this one. On a day full of hope, when a new GM decided that he had the right man running the team on the field and gave him a contract, the Orioles suffered the worst defeat in the history of major league baseball.
  6. Damn, how did I screw that up!
  7. It's 29 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here is the 29th most significant date in modern Orioles history. #29 October 17, 1979 1979 was a banner year for the Orioles. The youth movement that began in 1977 matured into a 103 win season, with Mike Flanagan winning 23 games. The season was full of come from behind wins that spawned the phenomena of "Oriole Magic". The Orioles shattered their previous season attendance record by almost half a million fans. The Orioles beat the Angels 3 games to 1 in the ALCS, and were set to face the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had beaten the Orioles 8 years earlier in a 7 games. The Pirates had had an exciting run to the postseason as well, set to the theme of top 40 Sister Sledge song "We Are Family". The series was set to begin on Tuesday October 9 but an early Baltimore snow postponed it a day. When they played on Wednesday, Cy Young Winner-to-be Flanagan squared off against Bruce Kison (one of 3 Pirates who participated in the last series between these two teams, along with Manny Sanguillen and Willie Stargell. Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, and Mark Belanger were the only Orioles left from 1971). At 41 degrees it was the coldest gametime temperature in World Series history. The Orioles jumped all over Kison for 5 in the first inning, including a Doug DeCinces HR, and hung on for a 5-4 win. The next night, the game was 2-2 in the 9th, with Eddie Murray having knocked in both runs on a HR and a single. But Eddie also had been thrown out at the plate on a great throw by Dave Parker, and had also gotten caught in a rundown after some poor baserunning. In the top of the 9th, Manny Sanguillen's RBI single off Don Stanhouse plated Ed Ott, when Eddie made a questionable decision to cut off Singleton's throw. Ott just beat Murray's relay, and the Pirates held on in the bottom of the 9th to win 3-2 and even the series. The next night in Pittsburgh, the Pirates jumped out 3-0, but Benny Ayala hit a 2-run HR in the top of the 3rd. Then there was a long rain delay, almost long enough to allow me to watch the entire movie "The Hound of the Baskervilles" on channel 45. After the rain delay, Pirate starter John Candelaria stayed in the game. The Orioles put up 5 in the 4th against him, capped by a Kiko Garcia bases loaded triple, and won 8-4. In game 4, Willie Stargell's home run helped Pittsburgh to a 4-0 lead, and they led 6-3 going into the 8th. With one out and the bases loaded, Pirate manager Chuck Tanner brought righty Kent Tekulve in to face Gary Roenicke; Weaver countered with LH hitter John Lowenstein, who hit a 2-run double. After a walk loaded the bases, Earl sent up another lefty, Terry Crowley, who hit a 2-run double to give the Orioles the lead. We were out of pinch hitters, so Tim Stoddard batted and singled in a run. The O's won 9-6 and were just one win away from a World Championship, and 1979's best pitcher, Mike Flanagan, was ready to go. Flanny faced veteran lefty Jim Rooker because Kison was injured. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead into the 6th, but the Pirates finally got to Flanagan. They picked up 2 in the 6th, 2 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th for a 7-1 win. The Orioles would have to win the championship at home. After the first day off after 5 straight games, the Orioles tried to clinch in Baltimore. Jim Palmer faced John Candelaria and it was a great pitchers duel, scoreless into the 6th. In the 6th Pittsburgh got a Dave Parker RBI single and Stargell sac fly, and added 2 more in the 7th to win 4-0 and force game 7. The Oriole bats were in a coma. Scott McGregor took the mound in the pivotal game 7 on October 17. President Carter was in house at Memorial Stadium. McGregor took a 1-0 lead into the 6th, thanks to a Rich Dauer home run. But in the 6th, Willie Stargell hit a monster 2-run homer off McGregor and Pittsburgh led 2-1. In the top of the 9th, still down a run, Earl Weaver came out fot he mound for five pitching changes as he attempted to keep it a 1-run game, but Pittsburgh came up with two runs, and Kent Tekulve put the O's down in the bottom of the 9th. Pittsburgh won the game 4-1 and had beaten the Orioles in yet another 7 game series. The Pirates were just the 4th team ever to come from down 3-1 to win the World Series. Eddie Murray finished the series on an 0 for 27 stretch that would leave him labelled as a postseason failure for the next four years. And the storybook "Orioles Magic" season had ended in the ultimate disappointment.
  8. Slow Offseason around MLB

    I'm a bit unclear about what the 6 months is though. Is it a return to pitching shape? Or is it how long the Achilles will take to heal BEFORE he can start really throwing full out off a mound? Because if it's the latter, then he would basically need some "spring training" before he is pitching in the majors.
  9. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I agree 100%. I just keep seeing posts, all winter, about how people expect Beckham's defense to get better, or how he just needs some coaching to stop making the mistakes he made. And I just don't get that. I mean, I see no evidence Oriole coaches are better than Tampa coaches.
  10. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I agree. The idea of moving Manny to SS for a year is absurd to me. I can see why Manny wants it, to increase his value on the market. But that should be the least of our concerns. Heck, maybe we keep him at 3rd and he has another 2017 type year and suddenly he might be affordable to us
  11. Os requesting offers on Machado

    I don't understand why everyone seems to think Beckham will improve his defense all of a sudden. He's 27 years old and has been in pro ball for over 9 years. Do you honestly believe he has somehow not received good coaching over that time? Or do you believe that the Orioles have far superior coaching to what he has gotten in the Tampa system all those years? Or do you think that for some reason he is now receptive to coaching that he ignored for some reason for nearly a decade? I think he is what he is. And I think that's a decent defensive shortstop who has good range and good arm but makes more errors than I would like, certainly not a liability defensively. But I don't expect he's going to make any significant improvement at age 27.
  12. Slow Offseason around MLB

    It is the halfway point of the offseason. Game 7 of the World Series was 74 days ago. Opening Day is 74 days from now.
  13. It's 30 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here is the 30th most significant date in modern Orioles history: #30 September 26, 1971 On September 26, 1971, Jim Palmer pitched a complete game 3 hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians, winning his 20th game for the 2nd consecutive year. Winning 20 games was the gold standard for quality starting pitchers back in the days of four man rotation and 300 inning seasons, and Palmer, the greatest Oriole pitcher, did it 7 times in an 8 year span. That shutout of the Indians also gave the Orioles four 20 game winners, only the second time in the history of baseball that such a feat had been achieved. (The only other was the 1920 White Sox, with Red Faber, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, and DIckey Kerr achieving the feat). Dave McNally, arguably the best lefty in Oriole history, had won his 20th game 5 days earlier and would finish 21-8. It was his 4th 20 win season. Mike Cuellar, another lefty, had been acquired by the Astros before the 1969 season for outfielder Curt Blefary, one of the lesser known great deals in Orioles history. He won 23 games in his first year as an Oriole, and 24 games and the Cy Young Award in the 1970 championship season. In 1971, he went 20-9 with a 3.08 ERA, winning his 20th in a doubleheader two days before Palmer notched #20. The Cuban screwballer would go on to win 76 more games for the Orioles the next 5 years, including a 22 win season at age 37 in 1974. Also in the doubleheader two days earlier, Pat Dobson secured his 20th win. The Orioles had acquired Dobson the previous winter for Tom Pheobus and a few other low level players. He would only pitch two years with the Orioles, after going 20-8 in 1971 he would be 16-18 with a 2.65 ERA in 1972, and would be dealt along with Davey Johnson to the Braves in an ill-fated deal for Earl Williams, a power hitting catcher that Earl Weaver coveted, who never really lived up to expectations. Dobson would hang around the majors until 1977, putting up a 19 win season for the Yankees in '74 and a 16 win season for Cleveland in '76. Throughout their winning years in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s, the foundation for the Orioles was always great starting pitching, and the four twenty game winners in 1971 was the epitome of Oriole pitching prowess.
  14. Slow Offseason around MLB

    Yeah, Drungo's always beating the drum that baseball should be run more like British soccer, with relegation and such. They loan players all the time. Huddersfield has a guy on loan from Chelsea. He just can't play when they play Chelsea. I'm all for it.
  15. Slow Offseason around MLB

    Thanks. Did Moran ever get back on the field after the innjury in Baltimore?