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GoldGlove21 last won the day on March 10 2013

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  1. GoldGlove21

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    I lived in the city from birth until 18 (1979 through 1997) and again from 22-27. I never felt more at risk in Baltimore although I did see the risk around me. Not one incident happened to me except when a white cop pulled a gun on my cousin and I because they were looking for 2 men who just robbed a bar. The cop happened to be white and so was I. I followed the orders very carefully because there was a gun drawn on me. I was 15 and my cousin was 14. Cops are a fun topic for a lot of folks. Baltimore can't seem to keep cops and it is easy to see why. There are much safer places that need cops. There are places that need cops where they are more likely to be called Sir than Pig. One of my best friends is a BCPD cop and he happens to be Puerto Rican. He says "Yeah it is awesome being a cop. You work long dangerous hours in dangerous neighborhoods that have a predetermined idea of who you are based on your uniform. You take drug users off the street and to central booking. A few days later they are back on the street and people blame cops. On top of that I am Puerto Rican which makes me another white man in the city. If a guy comes at me and I defend myself I will be labeled racist even though I am not racist." The problem with the city is simple. Some eople stopped holding life and basic decency in high regard. I think most people are a product of their environment. Neighborhoods used to police themselves. Now everyone expects other people to police their fellow neighbor. Cops usually do not directly stop crime. They respond to it. Baltimore can be tough, but most big cities are dangerous. Look at New York, Chicago, LA, Tulsa and Boston. If you really want see danger look where Baltimore ranks in violent crime in the world. If all these terrible places just had better cops... (sarcasm)
  2. Sounds that way to be honest. If a player is willing to be sold by a team for international funds, what does that say about the player you are acquiring? It isn't even actual money.
  3. International money is not "real money". It is the allowance to spend money. The Orioles have way more than they could likely spend. This was basically a free pickup money wise. I am fine with it as long as they don't do this more than 2 more times before making a run at bigger international talent. $750k is a lot if true. If the Orioles start dealing those funds away and do not land VVM then they used the ideal of VVM to dump O'Day (in terms of the fan view).
  4. GoldGlove21

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Right... plus and this is huge to me. If some of the buzz behind getting less for Gausman due to the Braves eating O'Day's salary was to get money to sign VVM and we do not actually sign him (and do not spend that money elsewhere) then the Orioles would have essentially dealt Gausman in a salary dump.
  5. GoldGlove21

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Then trade $4M for 2 good prospects.
  6. GoldGlove21

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    If you want to get more out of the Orioles saying that $3M isn't much difference than $5M is a solid move IMO. Or he could have enough confidence in himself to mean it. If I knew that I was going to be good I would probably choose the place were I was most comfortable too.
  7. $120M will be 23rd or 24th in MLB come 2020. The MASN dispute will eventually hurt the team too.
  8. GoldGlove21

    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    There is just no way. VVM is more than 1 year away. Tate is more than a year away. I think starting many prospects service time in 2019 would be a big mistake.
  9. GoldGlove21

    Is Dez Bryant still an NFL player?

    Got to imagine that he goes patriots first and foremost to show that he "got a ring" and the Cowboys didn't. Brady's ring would certainly show up the Cowboys, lol.
  10. Diaz and Mountcastle are top 100 and I would bet one more sneaks onto next years list not counting a possible VVM signing and top draft pick selection.
  11. GoldGlove21

    Are You Happy

    How is that value determined? Does the prospect have value without ever making it to the majors?
  12. GoldGlove21

    Are You Happy

    Gausman's deal felt a lot like a salary dump. To put Schoop in perspective, if he were a free agent this offseason I think he would get a $100M+ deal. He is an All-Star level talent and even thought he return was decent I think the issue here is that he is actually way undervalued. To be honest, I expected more. I fully thought that trading those two guys would have brought us 2-3 of (Ortiz, Peralta, Burnes, Anderson, Riley, Gohara, Toussant) and at least one other top prospect. If the Orioles use international money and lock up Gaston and VVM I will feel a lot better of dealing for international money. But why are we taking less of a return to eat O'Day' salary?
  13. As a Marine was 218 pounds and 5- 11" and not as muscular (or fat) as you might think. Body builds are a funny thing.
  14. Honestly.... I don't know why teams pay so much for mediocre and slightly above average arms out of the pen. My failed starters would be my reliever pool. There needs to be a balance of well established major leaguers and prospects. The Orioles will deplete the farm system trying to find future established major leaguers and not have the system to repopulate prospects unless they throw heavy money into the amateur and international markets. I don't want to lose sight on the Orioles possibly getting VVM and a top 2 pick in the MLB draft. If you factor that in the Orioles turned their minors around a good bit in 2018, but the on the filed product is so empty.