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  1. Good for both of them, justly deserved. I used to fall asleep (or sometimes not, if we were playing the Jays) to the voices of Fred Manfra and Jon Miller 25 years ago. The induction of BRob makes me feel old.
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    Will Scherzer vs. Ubaldo be a longer shot than Ashely vs. Sale?

    This is what makes baseball so great, anybody can beat anybody on any given night. I love the NBA, but it is a little silly knowing that we have basically been waiting all season to watch a Cavs-Warriors rematch. Baseball isn't anywhere near as predictable.
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    RIP Todd Frohwirth

    Very sad to hear this. Growing up we would play wiffleball in the back yard all the time, and of course that meant trying all kinds of funky pitches and styles. Any time a pitcher went to the submarine arm action they would yell "Tood Frohwirth!" He may not have been a household name everywhere, but he was in ours.
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    The Matt Wieters Appreciation Thread

    It took me a while to get over the lofty expectations, but once I did it was easy to see we had a really good player who brought a ton of intangibles to the team. He was tough and didn't complain about his heavy workload. He played the game the right way. He competed. I always thought his swing was a little weird - he had a funny way of imparting topspin on the ball so I always thought that sapped his power numbers. I was pretty devastated for him when he had to get Tommy John - proof to me that the O's were snakebitten. He came back strong and helped us get to the playoffs again. Godspeed, Matt, it was a pleasure to watch you.
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    MLB Bans Rookie Hazing

    Is it fun, though? Perhaps it is fun for the veterans. There is a very fine line when it comes to hazing, and it is the line between having fun and intimidation/bullying. I have been "good hazed" and "bad hazed" before. I would happily give up the experiences of the good hazing to have never been subjected to the bad hazing. I think the public hazing that we see is probably OK, but it only takes a few tormentors to take it to another level (and which would probably never be made public.) I think this is a good rule.
  6. Why would Wieters grant that handshake deal? That would be pretty dumb on his part. Also, I think the player has to accept or decline the QO before free agency begins.
  7. I would offer him the QO. I agree that a 2 year deal as you outline would be best, but I doubt he would take it. He will either take the $17 mil for one year or cash in larger than that on the open market if we don't slap him with a QO. The question is do we honestly think that the money freed up by letting Wieters go will be enough to make up for the drop in production at C. I don't see it, mainly because one year of $17 mil isn't a ton of payroll flexibility. It's likely not enough to allow us to sign a very good OF to a multi-year deal. I say take the plunge, put Mancini in at DH then try to cobble together RF as best we can. I do think Wieters will be more likely to decline the QO offer this year to see what he can get because he's not getting younger. Or, perhaps we can work out a Fowler-like deal with him that the Cubs did this offseason. It makes more sense to have Wieters come off the books next year along with Ubaldo, Gallardo and Miley so we have a ton of cash to play with.
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    The gloating thread

    Amen, brother. Too many folks emo-posting and wanting to be the first to declare the season over. We at least have one more game against the hated Jays. I'm looking forward to it.
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    Accountability

    This is a predictable and disappointing thread. Surely, there will be time to evaluate the season, but I submit that that time is not while the season is going on. I understand the doom and gloom given the last three games, but we are still in playoff position. Baseball is about getting hot at the right time, and who knows, maybe we catch fire in the next week and it carries us through. But spare us the woe is me until the season has a definitive resolution.
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    Is the "mortgaging the future" argument valid and/or fair?

    That's a fair point. Parra wasn't really a needle-mover and our pitching last year didn't seem like it would hold up. I think this year is a different story. I must admit, when I first heard about us dealing this draft pick my immediate reaction was negative. However, after thinking about it this might be a move to get ahead of a new trend. I would bet that most teams overvalue draft picks because of the excitement of the unknown. Perhaps Dan is testing the waters to see if he can exploit this.
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    Is the "mortgaging the future" argument valid and/or fair?

    I think that's kind of the point, when a team has a shot at winning the GM's job is not necessarily to build for the future. Obviously, you want him to do it where possible, but you also want him to give the team the best shot at winning it all. I think the next guy, assuming Dan leaves, will have major assets in Machado, Davis, Schoop and Gausman. He can decide whether to try to build with them or trade them for young talent while building through the draft. Teams generally don't draft multiple stars in the latter half of the first round. My point is outside of these specific trades. I don't know whether the pick or the two minor leagues guys are more valuable.
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    Is the "mortgaging the future" argument valid and/or fair?

    I think the blueprint for success is out there. It is more difficult for teams to have sustained runs of success because you can't build through free agency like the Yankees used to do. In the steroid era, players remained good well into their 30's. That is not the case anymore. Now, you have to be like the Cubs, Nats or Royals. You spend a few seasons losing but stockpiling talent and then you make your run when you get a chance. We currently have the opportunity to make a run, and when this window closes we either need to rebuild around Machado/Davis. Perhaps one or both gets traded to help jumpstart the talent rebuild. I am OK with this cycle as long as there is a plan.
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    Bordick and the Koolaid

    Bordick seems like a nice guy but he really is boring to listen to. I never feel like I learn anything new or "insider" about the game. In fact, I feel like he glosses over important things, especially when they could be negative. Part of it is that he is sitting in Palmer's seat, and Palmer is fantastic.
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    John Oliver takes down the Yankees

    That is just awesome. I have to admit, I was gifted a couple of those tickets a few years back to a Yankees - Indians game. We spent the first 3 innings gorging ourselves on food, and I kept thinking "my 12 year-old self would be mocking me right now." It is a disgusting exercise in excess. Good for John Oliver for calling it out.
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    Gotta Love Adam Jones

    We are so lucky to have Adam Jones. Smart, articulate, leader and a helluva ballplayer.
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