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Maverick Hiker

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  1. That's right. Full Pack Stanhouse, Stanhouse drove Weaver to distraction by his strategy of his walking batters he didn't want to face. Guess it all caught up with Stanhouse when he went to LA. All teams have bad contracts. Sometimes you have to cut your losses. I'm hoping that if Davis does not improve over the remainder of the season, him and the club can come to some sort of agreement (short of them cutting him and still paying him every cent for the rest of his contract while he sits at home). A buyout of some kind.
  2. I'm getting old, so 1970's analogies are sometimes easier for me to come up with.😅
  3. The point is: Powell and Killebrew were released after failing to produce, and Powell at age 35 which isn't that much older than Davis. I cannot think of another first baseman who was retained after hitting less than .200 for two consecutive years. Actually I can't think of any position player at all. Teams have given up on players with big contacts. Don Stanhouse left the Orioles for the Dodgers as a free agent. the Dodgers gave up on him and sent him home, and payed his salary the last year and a half of his contract. (While Stanhouse's contract was a fraction of Davis', at the time Stanhouse was considered to be making a lot of money)
  4. I can't and based upon history it isn't likely to happen. Boog Powell was released after hitting .215 and .244 his last two seasons. Harmon Killebrew was released after hitting .199. Unless Davis surges and finishes above .200 the Orioles will release him during the offseason. There is no way they would keep a first baseman who finishes below the Mendoza line for two years in a row.
  5. The Orioles signed Belle for 5 years for what would be S100 million today. He had to stop playing after 2 years, and retire due to injury, but the Orioles had to keep him on the Major League roster for 5 years in order to be reimbursed by insurance for a part of the millions they were paying him. The acquisition of Belle is generally considered one of the worst moves for the Orioles. Yes he played well but for a very limited time for the Orioles, then the contract and him on the roster weighed the team down.
  6. Poor job by Bundy tonight and also by Hyde. I would not leave a starting pitcher in to give up 8 runs in 1+ innings.
  7. I don't know about that, Orioles fans still talk about Glen Davis and what a bust he was for the Orioles. Also Albert Belle.
  8. I like having an established star on the team, a name everyone recognizes. But a first baseman just can't be hitting less than .200. and stay on the team. I hope that Chris will quit , retire , if he doesn't improve. He could walk away with dignity and class, if he accepts a buyout.
  9. Yes I recall when the National League was winning all those All Star games in the 70's it was so frustrating for the AL, something always happened to make them lose. First all star game I can recall 1968 the NL scored a run in the 1st inning on a DP and that was the final score 1-0.
  10. I recall when Ball Four came out, yes that book blew the lid off the old system which treated MLB players like they were a higher level ,with only admirable qualities. It was shocking for people to read that Mickey Mantle drank too much and mused that he would die young like other in his family, or that a famous Yankee like Whitey Ford scuffed baseballs. It was a very interesting book, dragged a bit in parts but still a groundbreaker. I recall it ended with him saying that he'd never give the game up , that he spent his life gripping a baseball but it ended baseball was gripping him and would never let go. RIP Jim Bouton.
  11. T Probably a good idea, at least compared with the present system. Teams are playing too many games with keeping players in the minor leagues, to hold them longer before they can become free agents. However suppose a player just made the team at age 27 due to injuries, or perhaps one of those tryout camps that teams infrequently have. Then they would just have him 1 year and he departs at age 28? The free agent at 28 rule would need to be tweaked.
  12. I'd be against lowering the eligibility time for free agency from 6 to 4 years. When a team drafts and develops a player they should have him for at least 6 years. Also 4 years would increase the incentive for teams to keep players buried in the minor leagues longer. I don't think Adam Jones was valuable enough for a big contract. Even in his prime he wasn't going to carry a team. He was a solid outfielder and above average hitter, but in his 30's who knows what to expect. Also I think his last couple of years in. Baltimore showed some decline.
  13. Perhaps not but at age 39 some deterioration has usually set in for MLB players, if you look at the whole history of the sport. Also how do you explain Davey Johnson going from 10 HR per year to over 40 when he went to the Braves and played with Aaron in 1973?
  14. Yeah I think a cap would be best for the game in the long term. If the player go on strike I hope the owners win for once, and that they achieve a salary cap in the next contract.I'm tired of the big market teams in MLB having such an advantage.
  15. Yeah that's a contradiction. . The platers say the owners are keeping certain players in the minors and thus keep him from being a free agent and leaving the team, for another year. But if the teams are doing on a wide scale, that then why are the MLB players getting younger?
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