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About makoman

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  1. makoman

    Hall Famers neutral on team logo

    But Rick was a catcher. A leader of men out on the diamond, practically another coach on the field. And he led the league in putouts, assists, and caught stealing % a few times, showing his defensive prowess (sure, he led in errors and passed balls a bunch too, but he was a knuckleball catcher for a while). These things were probably worth at least 5-10 of your wins every single year. At least compared to a pitcher who only had to throw every 4th day or so. Not to mention he was a baseball exec for like 40 years, the guy lived and breathed baseball. And ol' Wes was good (especially the years Rick caught him!), but he had an ERA over 4 and didn't even get 200 wins, come on! At least, that's how I imagine guys who played in the 30s and 40s would think.
  2. I don’t want to draft for need, but especially not a high schooler. Need can change a lot in the years before a high schooler makes the majors. When we drafted Manny we didn’t have Hardy yet and didn’t know Schoop would be anything. Manny obviously worked out spectacularly and wasn’t a need pick, but let’s suppose he had been a less talented need based MI...the pick would have looked dumb a few years later. At the top of the draft pick the best player and sort it out later.
  3. I bet Trey wouldn’t take a leak in the monster mid-inning.
  4. makoman

    Winter Trade Value

    Everyone should be available. But frankly not too many have much value right now. Bundy seems like the classic buy low kind of guy that somebody is going to think they can fix with a fresh start. Luckily we are now in a position where we can give our own guys a fresh start. I’d rather try that than sell low.
  5. You’re right and that’s what I meant. Doesn’t change it. They knew this was coming and should be prepared. There was never a question that the Nats would get many millions in rights fees. Also, this money isn’t just coming out of their pockets. The point, as I understand it, is that MASN has to pay the Nats rights fees based to some extent on what MASN is bringing in. Even though the programming sucks, they are bringing in a lot of money via the monthly fee that everyone in the area has to pay per month. I doubt MASN is broke. My point was just, this isn’t some surprise amount that is suddenly coming out of the Angelos bank account. This was an expected expense that should have been planned for and that had a revenue stream to pay for it.
  6. I mean, they’ve known all along that they will owe the Nats some large amount of money. They’d be idiots to not have at least the minimal amount ready to go. If I have a $1000 bill coming I save for it; should be no different for MASN’s $150k-$300k bill (Also, someone said, maybe here or elsewhere, that they may have already paid some base amount and we’re just arguing over the excess, but I have no idea).
  7. "Decades," I guess, but haunt is just hyperbole. We owe him $3.5M/year from 2023-2032, then $1.5M/year 2033-37. We spent almost $3.5M on Tim Beckham this year. $3M on Tillman. $3M on Rasmus. I bet the league minimum is over a million by 2033. Avoiding stupid "little" contracts like that will go a long way towards making up for those deferred payments.
  8. makoman

    Top President / EVP Candidates?

    I mean, there was just a tweet this week about Lerner vetoing a Harper trade at the deadline. I think almost any O’s fan would trade owners with the Nats in a second. And now they’ll get like a 4th round pick instead of several prospects. So is what we want actually out there? I don’t know...
  9. Bedard had comparable numbers plus we may not make the playoffs any of those years without him. But I agree that Chen is worthy of consideration, though I doubt I’d vote for him myself.
  10. makoman

    Today's Game HOF nominees

    No it was his heart that grew 3 sixes that day.
  11. makoman

    Blaine Knight - RHP - 2018 #9 Prospect

    At first I thought he was comparing them to Sebastian Vader, and I couldn’t understand why one would make that comparison.
  12. makoman

    Baseball Prospectus: Top 10

    You say that, but anything was possible before he got abused at LSU.
  13. makoman

    Baseball Prospectus: Top 10

    I don’t usually like feeling sorry for myself, but it’s tough reading this: better than most MLBers, double plus and 80 everything, and thinking “Oh yeah, we had our chance too, how’d that work out when we had the #1 prospect in baseball...oh he ended up with a 739 OPS for us.”
  14. makoman

    BA: Meoli lists 10

    2018 GG winner at 1B Matt Olsen played 1403 innings at 1B this year (note that 162*9 = 1458, so most of them) and had just 84 assists, one every 16.7 innings. Chris Davis in his career has had 529 assists in 8790 1B innings, a similar 16.6 innings/A. I would assume the vast majority of them are quick hitting 3-6 plays and underhanded 3-1 tosses that even I can do, so I am curious how much harm a terrible arm would do. Cut offs from the outfield seems like an obvious issue but can you hide that some by switching assignments? And even if you can't how many runs is it going to cost you over a year? I have no clue but man he must have an awful arm if it's that concerning to those in the know...
  15. Sounds like "anyone who knows baseball" would pick, in this late inning situation, 2018 Chris Davis and his 168/243/296 but with 16 HR (1 every 32 plate appearances!) over 2004 Ichiro and his 372/414/445 but only 8 HR (1 every 95 plate appearances). It's all about who is more likely to tie with one swing of the bat and Davis is like 3 times as likely as Ichiro. Is that what you're saying?