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About big_sparxx

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    I count bottles...
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  1. big_sparxx

    How Long is the Road to Contention?

    A couple of points here. 1) We have no idea if this team has bottomed out yet. If this year is considered to be that point, Next season will be a revelation. 2) Contention implies that there is a plan to get to that point. It's highly improbable and unrealistic to do that. 3) Rebuild can't begin until legacy issues have been dealt with. That includes management as well as those players we are burdened with (Chris Davis) that keep us tied to this version of history. In a perfect world Angelos finds a way to eat the majority of Davis' contract and we part ways amicably. Not going to happen. 4) There are no building blocks, only assets. Assets that can and should be utilized to get us better prospects and better depth organizationally. I see many people thinking that the current crop will be our future. Don't hold your breath. If we get new management, our priorities may shift dramatically. 5) Last point, If we are building through youth and our minors system, it's going to take that much longer. Obviously we don't have a great farm, and in order for the major league team to benefit, the minors have to be profitable.. This organization needs complete overhaul. Our issues are compounded by being in the same division as the MFY and the Sawx. This is going to take a lot longer than anyone can possibly imagine.
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    What would it take to move Davis or Trumbo?

    A LA Peanut Butter Sandwiches!
  3. Nah... fans... If the O's management actually cared about stats.... they'd care about OB%... and no one will ever admit th O's ever cared about that under Buck.
  4. Buck hasn't ever recovered from that decision in Toronto. Neither has THIS tam. This season was completely predictable based on last season. Last season, people will claim that we were in it until September (or whenever). That's a crock. Too many stats junkies, not enough reality seekers. Sometimes you gotta find ways to win. Sometimes it means admitting that mistakes were made and that they need to be corrected. Buck is gonna deal the hand he's dealt. Praying for long ball baseball does nothing if you're not hitting the long-ball. Where was the backup plan? Far too many games when we didn't do the little things. Walk...Hit and run, sacrifice, steal a damn base. What are you waiting for? Chris to turn into the Hulk? Trumbo to have another career year? Adam o take a walk, or not swing at that slider away on 2 strikes? Far too many things Buck could have tried and didn't...and let's not discuss why our pitching hasn't improved. When was Gausman, Tillman or Bundy ever going to really emerge as a solid starter? Buck's been waiting on the card that changes his two-pair into a full house. Sorry fans... tricks are for kids. Thanks... but I'll pass on 2019.
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    How long will this take?

    The question for me is the pitching. It's what will make everything more viable. Do we see any potential TOR worthy candidates coming through in the bear future?
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    pitching? I thought we wanted pitching?
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    SS/3B in 2019

    I'm more interested in who's filling the Gm and M positions.
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    Breaking Point

    you can't save the season at this point. Let Buck stay until season's end, that way you have a chance to clean house... Changing the manager/gm now is akin to kissing your sister. It doesn't mean a damn thing
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    Taking the year off...

    Last week I traveled to Lahey Clinic in Boston (my first ever trip to Beantown), and on Thursday night I found myself sitting at Fenway Park with friends, and for the first time in many many years, I couldn't care less about baseball. For the past 40 plus years, baseball, and the O's have been a constant. yes, even during th lean years after our last World Championship in '83 I have lived with this idea that it's never over until you're mathematically eliminated. It's always been depressing when the season came to an end, but I have come to realize that the O's, no matter how much we rant and rave on here about everything from how bad they are, to whether or not we can even be competitive. Lahey kinda gave me a perspective about my baseball addiction. It kinda told me that going to a game might be the single best thing you can do on a hot summer night. That nothing tastes better than an ice cold beer and a brat with onions and peppers. Nothing sounds better than a ball hitting the sweet spot, nothing feels better than watching the O's win. The group therapy session that is the Orioles Hangout, never seems to help us, but a dose of reality always will. Life is far too short to worry about the apparent lunacy that happens in the warehouse. It's obvious they have no damn idea what they are doing... so for us, we should all just sit back and have a beer and a brat. I don't know when and if the O's are going to begin the rebuild. I don't know when or how they'll address the coaching/ gm positions going forward for 2019.... but at some point I just need to be there. I need to be at OPACY, and having a beer and a brat is fine thank you very much. A little part of me loved being an Oriole in the Red Sox yard, having been there when their "nation" invaded OPACY. A little part of me walked away with smug satisfaction that they lost that night, and even though I was in pain from my surgery, I couldn't help but give my SAWX buddy a "now you know what I feel like" grin. I returned home on Saturday and debated whether or not to pull up the O's game on KODI. I even thought about subscribing to MLBTV. Nope, I'm not going to give in to it. I'm going to enjoy it for what it is.... a moment in time in which I can feed the addiction, or simply say... see you next year.
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    Say One Nice Thing About this Season

    the fat lady is on the DL with a really bad sore throat.
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    Random Thought Thread

    So in a random conversation with a buddy of mine who lives in Boston, I accidentally told him that I was coming up to Lahey for surgery, ten minutes later he calls me and yells me he's git us Red Sox tix for Thursday June 7th against Detroit. Never been to Fenway... wasn't even close to my bucket list. Anyone have a Tigers hat I can use for the night?
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    Why you are feeling so down about the Orioles

    The plan runs out at the end of the season. Making wholesale changes now doesn't do anything for this season. If we can't fix what's broken, and it show no sign of working... we gotta salvage what we can and move on. That said... it's April. I'm not about to write us off at this point. Can these guys figure it out? Absolutely. Will they? It doesn't make a difference. The outlook for this team next season is probably worse than it is this year. The problem was building the house on Chris Davis. Every decision in and around that sucks. Somehow we gotta live with that, or cut our losses. We've been all in on a pair of twos for 3 years now. We're not bluffing anyone.
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    Chris Davis

    The time to deal with it is now. Continuing to "hope" he figures it out is demoralizing to the team. You cannot look at any part of his game and say... yeah.... that's something we can work with. Being a good GM/Manager means making the tough call. As I mentioned before... you need to talk to him, send him down and get back to basics...but to continue this any longer is an error of epic proportions. Especially if it means by keeping him that you make a decision to lose someone who is producing....
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    Davis last night

    There's an old saying... if you're not helping you're hindering. It's beyond time to have the heart to heart. DD needs to do whats in the best interest of the team... not whats in the best interest of a wallet. Chris isn't getting paid to strike out, he knows this. People aren't coming to watch him strike out either, and ultimately it sends a horrible message to the team... that you can be over-paid, and completely out of your depth and it's ok.... it's not. He needs to be sent down. You gotta be up front with him and let him know that we can not afford for him to struggle, and he needs to find whatever it is he's lost. Personally I think it's his confidence. He has none, and needs to be put in a position where he can work without any undue pressure. The money is what it is, but moving forward, keeping him in the lineup does nothing. He's getting paid... over-paid. Yes, it's a lot of money to not be here, but in all reality... he's not here anyway. Talk to him about it, it's not about ego now... he's gotta be embarrassed and sickened by his own dysfunction. if it was ANYONE else... they would have been long gone. Time to save this investment, Time for Chris (no longer "CRUSH") to take one for the team.
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    It seems like we've been waiting forever for Sisco.... how close is he to being who we hoped he'd be? Whatever that is....