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    Bundy is Broken

    He has to be hurt. Came out in the second inning throwing 88 mph. Earlier this year he would occasionally flash 93-94 mph. Tonight he started at 91 and it dropped quickly. I am not a pitching coach but it appears he has very little arm speed or explosion at release point. It appears he is throwing at like 80% effort, very strange.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    I don't know if I agree with this route. During this process you will have players that should be the foundation of the rebuild and if they deem Bundy, Gausman or Schoop part of that they should be trying to extend them now. Where they get into the problem is they rarely lock a player up early. If I'm the O's I want Schoop and Bundy signed long term so they can serve as leaders of the rebuild process. Also you have to have some players that the team can promote for the casual fans. These 2 players are young, likable and seem to work hard at their craft so they would be my building blocks, not trade chips.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    I think NY was a likely destination for him regardless assuming the Yankees want his services. I want the best package period! For all we know we trade him to the Yankees, get some of their best prospects and then the Angelo's boys go nuts this off season and bring Machado back to the O's. Wouldn't that be the greatest thing ever (but unrealistic).
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    Valencia should be cut

    I don’t think he should be cut. His blunder just seems like the norm. That to me is the bigger problem. This problem starts from the top. I used to defend Buck but he has lost this team. The problem is bigger than Buck but the teams lack of basic fundamentals and awareness for smart in game decisions falls on a manager.
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    Valencia should be cut

    I was watching Buck as he seemed irritated that the out ruling wasn’t overturned. His anger should have been directed at his player who just made one of the dumbest plays you can make. It’s a selfish act for Valencia as the only thing that happens if he is safe there is it builds his stats. Team is really hard to watch. Never seen so many silo shots in a game. It’s like all they want to do is hit .450 ft homers. They need to clean house ASAP
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    The turning point of this collape

    The most disturbing thing to me was how Showalter never got tossed when this all played out. Okay, I don't want my players hurt so I told them no retaliation. I am however going to go onto the field when he gets thrown at and challenge everyone. I;m pointing a finger into the Red Sox dugout and saying enough. I expect that his passive attitude toward what was going on had to rub some the wrong way.
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    The turning point of this collape

    Up until the point Buck always seemed to get more out of the roster than what you would think. I never thought he was a great in game manager but I always thought he created a chemistry that allowed the teams to excel. Obviously this disaster can't be all linked to one event but I think it is possible a little edge was lost. Plus you have to wonder what other manager wouldn't allow their players to protect a star player on their roster.
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    The turning point of this collape

    Early May of 2017, the O's are off to a hot start. After a controversial slide by Manny Machado agaist Dustin P, the Red Sox took several attempts to get even at the O's slugger. Besides some calls to the MLB office, it seemed the O's were instructed to take the high road and accept being bullied by one of their arch rivals. The players, especially Machado tried to stay subdued but this seemed to be Bucks instructions to not retaliate even though their star player is obviously being targeted. After the drama ended the Orioles seemed to start sliding in the standings and finally after a little run in August they seemed to completely quit on Showalter. Anyone here besides me believe that one event started the free fall for the team? Did having a manager not allowing his players go to battle for Machado take away that edge needed as a competitive player? Is that the event where Showalter lost this team?
  9. Someone can spike his Gatorade. Maybe Tejada can come back and give him a B12 shot.
  10. This is bad to say but of Pablo was still with Boston and they asked to trade him for Davis, I would of jumped at that deal. And this is for a guy that was cut, lol.
  11. I'm not the most knowledgeable with this stuff but off the top of my head I can't think of one contract in baseball that is close to being as bad as the Davis deal looks like now. I would take my chances with any reclamation project if there is one to trade Davis for.
  12. Chris Davis is done. Terrible swing with a poor approach. Always questionable to me when a player is a homerun hitter, signs a big contract and then falls off a cliff. Very suspicious to me. To your point though we are stuck with him. My guess is he remains a semi regular this year but eventually finds himself lower in the lineup, This off season we will be told how hard he is working to revamp his game. By next June he will be the same player he is now and then they finally just release him. From most of the insiders Davis would not be signed to this terrible contract if the owner didn't step in. Just another example of of Angelos getting involved where he shouldn't be. Baseball people should make baseball decisions.
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    Os requesting offers on Machado

    I was one of the those people that didn't think he should of missed fan fest because of the birth. My feeling was if they were playing the yanks that day would he of asked off from playing to attend the birth....not a chance. He had an excuse to get out of something he probably didn't really want to do (fan fest) and his boss let him out. I think you are right, in this instance if he is still an Oriole he will be made to attend and expected to say all the right things. Just not sure what that would be right now that would make anyone feel better about this whole situation.
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    Os requesting offers on Machado

    But why didn't all the teams know Manny was on the trading block prior to Orlando. I know we have no way of knowing but everyone seemed shocked that the O's were willing to listen to offers when the meetings started the week.. In fact the message being sent out by Dan last week was he expected Manny would remain an oriole. What changed? Was it the possibly the Yankees getting Stanton? Manny's contract shouldn't have been a surprise. Why didn't they have these proposals well before the meetings and then hopefully finalize a trade this week. Just wish I had a better understanding of the inner workings of the front office because from an outsider looking in, so much of it doesn't make sense.
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    Os requesting offers on Machado

    Totally agree. Still not sure if ownership understands this.
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