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  1. Standardization of minor league salaries could also be seen as downside protection. Since most of the minor league clubs are independently owned, I'd guess there are some with cruddy ownership who are either running their teams in the red, and/or would be even more stingy with the player salaries. In addition, say the Dodgers' affiliates were known to pay more than the Rays. Then the Rays could conceivably have a tough time signing players. That would eventually result in talent imbalances across organizations. From that standpoint, it is of MLB's competitive interest to remove disparities.
  2. For those going to the game tonight, there is a protest planned at the Pratt & Light street intersection (Inner Harbor) from 6 - 7:30. According to organizers "Protest Demanding Justice for Alton Sterling, Philando Castle, and All Victims of Police Terror - Black Lives Matter!" With emotions running high on all sides, might be prudent to consider another place to park and walk to the ball park. Enjoy the game, and be safe.
  3. Perhaps early for active playoff planning, but not too early for September pennant race planning. Mets faced a similar quandary with Harvey last year, and the Nats with Strasberg in 2012. If Bundy really needs to be used as a starter for the key September stretch and the playoffs (and given the state of the SP, it looks that way), the O's are wise to limit his innings now.
  4. Typing this as Trumbo grounded into a force out, but I would have kept quiet and let Davis hit. Would have been ball one, he'd be ahead in the count, and the run was already in.
  5. I find it hard to fault the players for putting their trust in this guy. The NFLPA vetted and approved him. These players often come from modest / poor backgrounds, and/or have limited understanding of financial investment. If I were in their shoes, my union would be a major source I'd (need to) trust to identify people who could help me. Yes, perhaps they should have monitored their investments a little more closely. But the NFLPA has some major answering to do.
  6. Really? Again? Same problem as with the fedora two years ago. That's why I don't go anymore expressly for any hat giveaway which is going to be non-adjustable. How can this persist to be an issue? The average men's hat size is 7 3/8. The non-adjustable hats should be minimum of that size, and I would round up to 7 1/2 if I were designing the giveaway.
  7. Back about 10 years ago, I attended a spring training game in Ft. Lauderdale, O's vs. Nats, and sat right next to 4 scouts who each had their own radar gun. Funny sight seeing them each hold up their radar gun as the pitcher was in the wind-up. Was also sitting two rows behind Flanny. I'd imagine for rehab starts, or for minor leaguers who are attractive as trade bait, there very well may be several scouts with radar guns tracking these pitchers. Would be interesting if a minor league media correspondent attending the game could ask each scout the speed they are measuring. Like LookItsPuck points out, I'm sure there is some dispersion, so that would be great info if it could be obtained.
  8. Why is Wieters not in the line-up today? Does he have bad numbers vs. knuckle ballers?
  9. I didn't think Wilson was to blame. His momentum was going away from home plate, and he was trying to get out of Caleb's way. Even if he had done a quick U-turn and immediately covered home plate, Betts would have beat him there. The miss on that play was the umpires.
  10. Where can I find the replay of the check swing? Thanks.
  11. Interesting idea. I did not see on the Fantex website what constitute's "player earnings". Is this pre-tax, pre-union dues, pre-agent fees, etc.? Seems like if the earnings occur after agent fees have been deducted, Fantex would have an interest in performing agent services. The Vernon Davis OTC listing paid a dividend for his Levi's sponsorship, so it appears any advertising dollars are included in his earnings.
  12. 3 out of 5. Gallardo and Ubaldo are fixtures in the rotation. As is Tillman. Gausman, Wright and Wilson form the other two slots, as health and effectiveness dictate. It's a good sign regardless. We need the latter 3 to perform well, no matter if they are starter or reliever. Simply can't continue to bring in washed up free agent starters who have lost their fastball.
  13. 9 million is an awfully thin margin on $239M in revenue. That's what I usually see for grocery store stocks. Is that typical for sports franchises?
  14. Agreed, this is best experience I have had with an online Opening Day or playoff ticket sale. I purchased tickets in section 64, row 5. Total fees were $9.80 ($3.50 convenience fee per ticket, $2 order processing).
  15. Very interesting observation. Has anyone seen the chart the Orioles usually put out, with a comparison of the season ticket single game price, vs. non-season plan price? I don't see it on the O's website. To me, that's the single biggest benefit to being a season ticket holder.
  16. Prices for the season ticket plans are posted on the Orioles website, summary is here: http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/downloads/y2016/pricing.pdf Holy smokes have ticket prices gone up. About 26% across the board. Last year, the cheapest 29-game plan was $392, this year is $494. Last year, the cheapest 13-game plan was $160, this year is $203. Here is my thinking on the decision to buy a 29-game plan vs. 13-game plan, I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts. The delta between 29 game plan vs. cheapest 13-game plan is appreciably higher this year, $291 vs. $232. Benefit of a 29-game plan, assuming I trade in the remainder of my tickets for vouchers like I did last year, seems to be 1. a guaranteed Opening Day ticket 2. opportunity to purchase an additional Opening Day ticket before the 13-game plan holders (if they keep the same priority system). If these were re-sold on the secondary market, maybe net $150 per ticket? 3. priority access to postseason tickets #1 and #2, if you assume $150 net on #2, this brings the delta down to ~ $141. So you are paying ~ $141 for priority access to postseason tickets, which perhaps you could also accomplish get by upgrading for next year in September, should the season go our way. I didn't feel like access to a personal ticket representative had any value last year, so I didn't include that benefit above.
  17. Well that directly contradicts the answer Duquette gave last weekend at FanFest, when I asked him that exact question. Dan's answer was that the money would be available to be spent. So either the "industry source" is incorrect, or Duquette was not truthful. Until proven otherwise, I'll believe Duquette, since he is the source who would know.
  18. Me too. Color me surprised if Davis gets anything exceeding that substantially. I think Angelos instructed Duquette to make that offer. If Angelos has green lighted a payroll increase over the next several year, Davis or no Davis -- which based on his answer to my question at Fanfest, he has -- Duquette's MO has been to sign multiple players, and keep payroll flexibility for mid-season signings. Not put it all towards one player.
  19. Stomper, thanks for posting the video. That was me asking the question of whether the monies for Davis would be available to other signings. And my brave 10 year old nephew at 27:10 asking in front of 1000 people, whether O'Day gets tired. If you have them, can you post the videos of the later session with Duquette and Brady, and also the session with Buck and the coaching staff?
  20. Thanks Slappy. Here are a few other notes I heard during the season ticket holder Q&A, and the subsequent forums: - Duquette said they had reached out to Delmon Young a couple times about interest in bringing him back, since they released him mid-season. Duquette said there was no interest from Delmon Young in rejoining the team - Buck said that their main objective, w.r.t. to the starting pitching, is to improve the starters the team already has, to regain their 2014 form. Sounds like there won't be much in terms of remaking the starting staff from the free agent market - Duquette said "we need to replace Chen", which I took to mean there would be no attempt to bring Chen back. Duquette left open how they would replace Chen - When Buck and Duquette were introduced, MUCH louder cheers for Buck than Duquette. Part of that might be that Buck is recognizable on a daily basis, whereas Duquette is rarely seen. However, might be some residuals from last year's poor performance by Duquette - Another poster said this: Brady Anderson said the club needs to do a much better job re-signing their players before they reach free agency. IMO, easy to say that. But you need two to tango.
  21. From my experience, screening is what they want to do. Also to help questioners to formulate their question to get to the point quicker. I think you need to use your brain, and understand the context of what the screener's (and by proxy, the ballclub's POV) is. Clearly the Orioles didn't want someone to ramble or accuse. To the contrary, I backed up DD in holding the line with Davis, in the midst of "when are you going to sign Davis" questions. My question wasn't a conspiracy theory. It was the question we've spent countless threads debating. But yes, Buck and Duquette should expect good questions from the season ticket holders. We care a lot about the ballclub. That's why we put so much money towards it.
  22. If this was directed at me for my question about whether ownership had approved the monies for ONLY Chris Davis, I was hardly attempting to embarrass Angelos. Read what i asked again. I said that IMO, the club had made a generous offer. I purposely said that, to let Duquette and the team know that not everyone thinks they need to go higher on Davis. But also with the subtext that I do hope investments are made, Davis or no Davis. And yes, a season ticket holder Q&A is a proper place to question management, or to find out their philosophy. We are the donation bucket. I've seen both here and in Roch's blogs that the big question is whether payroll has increased, or is it just for Davis. And so I asked. Politely.
  23. I posted in the Fanfest thread, but I'll re-post here, since I was the one who asked the question to Dan. I asked Dan whether the ownership had only approved the monies specifically for Chris Davis, or whether if Davis did not accept the offer, those monies would be put to use signing other players. Weams, I may have missed it, but I didn't hear Dan say that the monies wouldn't be spent on just one player. I was actually heartened to hear that the monies would be spent. Dan seemed to indicate that not tying up all of those monies in one player provides the team with flexibility in the out years. As a side note, the O's staffers who walk around with the microphone ask you what you intend to ask. When I told him, he wanted me to leave out the part about ownership. Good grief. I ignored this. Didn't make sense in the context of the question. I said to Dan, IMO I feel you've made a generous offer to Chris Davis. I understand that Chris Davis is a favorite of Mr. Angelos. Has ownership approved that increase in payroll ONLY for Chris Davis, or if he doesn't sign with the Orioles, has ownership approved those monies for signing other players?
  24. Also I agree with others. Buck's continual comments about the donation bucket were puzzling. We ARE the donation bucket. I've attended two season ticket holder Q&A sessions now. Both times Buck has struck me as talking down to the fans. Dan presented himself much better today than last August. I thought he was dismissive towards the fans last August. He seemed much more professional today.
  25. I was the one who asked Dan whether the ownership had only approved the monies specifically for Chris Davis, or whether if Davis did not accept the offer, those monies would be put to use signing other players. Weams, I may have missed it, but I didn't hear Dan say that the monies wouldn't be spent on just one player. I was actually heartened to hear that the monies would be spent. Dan seemed to indicate that not tying up all of those monies in one player provides the team with flexibility in the out years. As a side note, the O's staffers who walk around with the microphone ask you what you intend to ask. When I told him, he wanted me to leave out the part about ownership. Good grief. I ignored this. Didn't make sense in the context of the question. I said to Dan, IMO I feel you've made a generous offer to Chris Davis. I understand that Chris Davis is a favorite of Mr. Angelos. Has ownership approved that increase in payroll ONLY for Chris Davis, or if he doesn't sign with the Orioles, has ownership approved those monies for signing other players? Later during the coaches Q&A forum, I asked about the issues the club has had in developing major league starting pitchers, from those who came up through the minor league system. I asked whether we needed to improve in drafting, was it a mismatch between the minor league coaches and what the major league coaching staff expected? Dave Wallace pointed to the draft as the key. Buck pointed out that E Rod and others had come through the system, turned into big leaguers, and it wasn't fair to point to the draft team or minor league coaches since E Rod and others had been traded. The bullpen coach stated that he knows of only one team that has 3 raised starters. Dave Wallace I thought was the most interesting answer, in that he seemed to indicate that the draft had not yielded the results, and it was the drafting rather than the development which has failed the club.
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