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  1. I think Ricky Vaughn is still on the open market!
  2. I have to say I was okay knowing that the O's would be bad this year. I was however excited to watch the young guys battle with the hopes that we can at least have a little excitement about the future. Watching this group though really doesn't interest me in the least. I will start paying attention again when they actually have a player on the team that may be here 3 years from now.
  3. I actually thought he got a little lucky. Some fly balls Boston hit were just missed. My biggest take still was fastball command was marginal at best. I saw on several occasions where the catcher was sittting on the inside corner and he yanked the fastball a foot outside. I just wonder if he has no trust in throwing a fastball. Has to be tough knowing at 1 point he could throw it by people and now he has a below average major league fastball.
  4. Lets not forget being the most popular player on the team but blowing off fan fest 2 different years.
  5. This is how I have felt. How many guys in the steroid Era have gotten a big contract and then started losing weight (and power). They say they are getting in better shape but truthfully they are losing mass.
  6. Most quality teams are putting bullpens together that have 3 or more plus arms. From the 6th inning on its almost like you are facing a new closer every inning. These guys are typically high strikeout percentage types. It’s not a good trend for teams that are all or nothing. This bullpen trend is indisputable and now the offensive side has to make adjustments. Some teams have started that, the Orioles haven’t. The old theory of trying to knock a starter out to get to the bullpen is just not the case as much anymore. Game is always evolving.
  7. I think the game is slowly going back to that approach. Watching teams like the Red Sox and Braves having success by putting the ball in play will likely lead to other teams following that method. I think the bullpen arms and usage of them requires a change in philosophy. These power arms take advantage of one trick pony hitters that fill the O’s roster. Chris Davis is obviously the poster child. I really hope the new leadership changes the organizational approach to hitting.
  8. Did anyone see the Rich Hill at bat in game 4 tonight? First 2 strikes he let it fly (for him). Once he got down to 2 strikes he choked up and crouched over and actually made pretty solid contact grounding out to 3rd. Now if some 38 year old pitcher can do this you would think someone like Chris Davis could shorten up and put the ball in play much more than he does. It just shouldn’t be as hard as he makes it look.
  9. As I said during the season, it looked like he quit the last couple of months. There were some defensive plays where he put very little effort out. I just can't sympathies with a guy that was doing something that was regarded as cheating, come backs from suspension and gets a monster contract (not his fault), and then seems to have little ambition to work extra hard to make changes in an approach that is obviously flawed. Personally I think he is done but I at least could root for the guy if I really felt he was willing to work on his craft. I just get the sick feeling that he cheated the system to put the numbers up that he did and now is okay with collecting the money.
  10. The one thing I would do to improve the game is allow only 1 pitching change in the middle of an inning. There is nothing more boring in baseball when you have the person starting an inning to get 1 out, then a lefty specialist is brought in to get 1 batter out then the manager brings in a right hander to try to finish out the inning. This scenario happens a fair amount during close games. I find myself channel surfing a lot when this happens which is sad. I'm a huge baseball fan so if I'm getting bored I know the casual fan has to be bored out of their mind.
  11. I think it would be extremely difficult to hire someone from outside the organization mid season and ask him to make significant roster moves when he doesn't really know the players in the O's organization. Once this team fell apart early on they probably decided to make Dan feel like he could be a big part of the "new direction" to keep him totally invested in making credible trades. They likely had Brady in the background making sure that all moves met his approval also before it was signed off on. Got to remember this team was supposed to compete this year. It was just an awkward situation for everyone with all those expiring contracts.
  12. What is interesting to me is how little you have heard Cal's name all year. The O's have reached out to many of the past Oriole greats this season which is nice to finally see but Cal seems MIA more than past years. It was widely reported years ago that Cal would possibly have interest in working for the O's or in MLB once his kids were grown up. With all the turmoil this season you would of thought that Cals name would be thrown around a bunch with speculation on what roll he could fill. Him and Brady used to be the best of friends so you would think even more so that Cal would be mentioned with some of the potential future moves. Not saying it is a good idea to give him a role but it just seems a little odd. I have though thought to myself that maybe their is a plan in the works for him to be part of an ownership group trying to buy the team. It would maybe make sense that he would keep a low profile so nothing could get leaked about a potential sale of the team to a group headed by him. May be off base but I guess it is a possibility?
  13. Dan's comments are nothing more than someone that realizes that he may be looking for a job in several more days so it's time to say what he can to protect his reputation. I'm certainly not doubting that some or most of what he is saying may not be true. As some have said though if the directive was to put all the resources into the major league team to win during this window it was poorly constructed so that still falls on him. Also Dan's motto has always been we want to be competitive every year. It is a common saying of his that actually irks me because what does being competitive mean? Anyways that comment seems to contradict everything he is saying now about the mandated goals the last few years of winning at all costs. Dan didn't seem to be pointing fingers when he won executive of the year. Now though he is trying to paint a picture that the organization knew they were sacrificing the long term stability of team by this "going for it" mandate. Call me skeptical but to me all this is about is a man that has his finger prints on one of the worst teams in the history of the MLB and he is looking to push the blame off on others.
  14. That is why I would like him because he would be polar opposite of Showalter which is probably needed at this point. I have always said that the Boston series last year turned the season around. The Orioles were getting Bullied by a team and the O's best player was the target. Buck could of allowed his players to respond to defend Machado but instead he called the commissioner and asked him to tell the Red Sox to stop it. The team was never the same after that occurred. Not that I'm a proponent for fighting but the players have to have each others back, having mommy calling the principle to tell Johnny to stop picking on her son is not how you build chemistry. Pretty sure a Surhoff or Bill Ripken would of handled that series of events differently. You can't be the nice guy all the time.
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