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    Ithaca, NY
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Koji Uehara
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    Roberto Alomar
  1. Maybe in an Altherrnate reality.
  2. The point is... why would you prefer an unknown (Fujikawa) to a known, MLB proven and elite commodity (Uehara)?
  3. I don't know. I think it's typical GM-speak. He's interested, but won't necessarily reveal to what extent. The article cites them as one of three teams expressing interest to Uehara's agent. If I remember correctly, he let on that he wanted to come back to the Orioles before the start of this past season. He also apparently has a home in the area. Between his affinity for the team, the area, and perhaps the chance to have someone like Wada as a teammate, there could be some room for compromise on his end.
  4. This is an article from a few days back, at the GM Meetings, but it also indicates that the Brewers have interest as well. Below are the snippets pertaining to Uehara specifically and the clubs involved, which I've translated from Japanese. Source article: Yomiuri Online
  5. Those scripted translators are always a mess. As someone with knowledge of Japanese, here's my translation of the article: Orioles have contacted former player Uehara, says club General Manager Regarding Uehara, a free-agent from the Rangers; the Orioles, of which he was previously a member until the middle of last season, have expressed interest in moving towards acquiring him. After not giving up an earned run in a total of 14 consecutive games in the regular season, he also pitched well against his former team in the Wild Card Game. "He's a fantastic pitcher. Among relief pitchers, he's held in the highest regard. We're looking at signing him," said General Manager Dan Duquette. He is seeking to further strengthen what was already a driving force behind their surge this season. Rangers GM Jon Daniels is also looking towards re-acquiring him, taking an aggressive position. "We will be moving pro-actively."
  6. Your statement is "in conflict" because your opening post is seemingly contradictory. You say you are glad that the trades weren't made, yet you then say that guys like Arrieta and Matusz are overvalued by the Orioles. If you state that they are currently overvalued, then in this context it would imply you'd actually support that trade.
  7. Just a few more hours left in this round of the voting, and the '00 Ravens are barely up (51/49) on the '98 Broncos. Really, really close. Link: http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?round=4
  8. Record does not tell the whole story, as things develop and change over the course of a season (they only had one less win than the Titans anyway, and had the second best record in the league). During the TD drought they ended up switching quarterbacks, generally speaking the single most significant personnel change you could make, and following that popped off 11 straight wins that included some absolutely dominating performances. There's no doubt that they were the league's best team by the end of the year. They didn't just catch lightning in a bottle during the playoffs; they were on a tear since mid-season.
  9. In a vaccuum, I would not be as surprised. But I feel like most anyone outside of the fanbase severely underrated the team at the time. No one could get past Dilfer and his mere "game managing," or the five game touchdown drought. The offense actually wasn't as bad as people make it out to be yard-wise... I believe they were middle of the pack statistically. Perhaps it's the case that years of consistent high performance from the team, and especially the defense, since has really validated the strength of that particular team retrospectively in the eyes of the public (although the people who drew up the bracket didn't even expect them to make it past the first round, if you pay the seeding any mind). Back then, the Ravens had no real success and were upstarts; now they're mainstays, and that was where it all began. Ray Lewis redeemed himself and has made his case as one of the all-time greats. I think another really significant part of that team that gets overshadowed is the Special Teams. Special Teams rarely gets attention, but they were stellar in all facets of it.
  10. '00 Ravens came out ahead of the '91 Redskins in the poll, and are now one of eight teams left. They're pitted against '98 Broncos in this, the Quarterfinal round. Link: http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?round=4
  11. To parallel the NCAA Tournament, NFL.com seems to be holding their own sort of poll tournament to determine the greatest team all-time in the Super Bowl Era. The '00 Ravens were given a 9 seed, and have made it to the "Sweet 16" round, knocking off the '01 Patriots and... shockingly... the '72 (undefeated) Dolphins. They're currently up again on the '91 Redskins, and seem poised to reach the "Elite Eight." Although I admire that championship team considerably as a Ravens fan, and for that amazing, record-setting defense, I never would have guessed that they'd have made it this far in a fan poll like this (and nor would the people who drew up the bracket; they're currently the lowest seed still alive in the field). Especially at the expense of that undefeated Dolphins team... Here's the link to the current round. Enjoy! http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?round=3
  12. I think it's more about the age of a pitcher than where they're from. It just so happens that, because most players from Japan aren't granted the right to International Free Agency until a little later in their careers they qualify for MLB either in their late 20's or early 30's, and have already reached their physical peak or are on the downswing. Making it about being Asian is... kinda... well... You know. Anyway, I don't think he's done. He had a high ERA in a small sample size in Texas, but the rest of his numbers still look pretty darn good there. He doesn't rely on power so I think he can still be effective as he ages. I honestly wish the Orioles were in a position where reacquiring him would make sense, because I really like the guy as a pitcher, and he really did heighten our presence in Japan. I went to Osaka last year, and his face was all over the vending machines there as a poster boy for Kirin (I think). People there know about the Orioles because of Uehara being on our team. I've had conversations with baseball fans there, and they would even tell me how beautiful OPACY is from seeing it via a game televised there.
  13. My point was, that if it is universally stupid to trade for someone like Eveland, a clone of which supposedly can be found at any given moment in free agency, why would the Dodgers hold out for a second player? Like I said, as the buyer I don't think Duquette offered two players initially. For someone like Eveland, you probably offer one to see if that will get it done. There was likely some back and forth. Why didn't the Dodgers just take the initial offer if he's garbage that they can replace 'for free?'
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