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About Babkins

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  • Birthday 4/21/1978

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    Fairfield, CT
  • Interests
    Writing, music, waxing nostalgic.
  • Occupation
    I teach college English. A little freelance this-and-that.
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Tough one. Hardy, maybe?
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Raised on Eddie and Cal.

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  1. I was at that game. May 12, 2001; my first time at Yankee Stadium. B. J. Ryan tossed me a foul ball during batting practice, and when Jason Johnson walked past me along the third base line, I asked him, “Hey, Johnson, you starting?” And he replied, “Yeah.” It was the best conversation I’ve ever had with a Major League Baseball player. Ted Lilly went for the Yanks. Yankees fans were as gracious in victory as one might expect. Anyway, I can see the Means-Bergesen comparisons and the Means-Towers comparisons, at least in terms of how this all feels so far. I hope the Means-Keuchel comparisons are most apt in terms of results. Rooting for the guy. P. S. I just looked up Brad Bergesen on Baseball Reference. Would you believe he’s only 33 years old? Seems like he pitched for us a hundred years ago. He had a decent little swan song in Arizona in 2012, putting up career bests in K/9 and WHIP in 29.2 relief innings. And then he disappeared and was no more.
  2. Interesting essay on swing mechanics, excerpted from The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players, the new book by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik. Not really Orioles-related, but germane to our ongoing analytics discussions and the conversations about what all these new draftees' bats might become with some tweaks. It does deal closely with former Oriole Justin Turner. Mods, please move if you don't want it here; I just wanted people to see it. https://slate.com/culture/2019/06/mvp-machine-excerpt-mookie-betts-better-swing.html?via=homepage_taps_top
  3. Babkins

    Ofelky Peralta 2019

    Peralta threw six innings of one-hit, shutout ball last night, striking out eight. He walked four and threw 57 of his 93 pitches for strikes. Not a huge fan of the walks, but if he’s going to be that stingy with the hits, no complaints. Final line: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K. Now 4–0 on the season with an ERA of 1.51.
  4. “Former big leaguer Austin Hays”? Technically not untrue, but what a weird way to put it.
  5. This thread is in desperate need of a new title.
  6. Though Davis appears to have dropped some weight, Perhaps this begins a home-run spate.
  7. Sounds like someone’s trying hard to gin up interest in a celebrity-athlete-drug-abuse memoir. Yawn.
  8. That makes sense (even if if kind of sounds like the old regime). Increased aggressiveness doesn't seem to be leading to a ton of strikeouts—only four in his 30 PA—which is comforting. If he continues to slug in the high fives, I'll have no complaints.
  9. Just took a first glance at some of our guys' spring training numbers, and to cut through some of the noise, I sorted them by number of PAs. Yusniel Diaz is one off the lead with 30, and I thought it was interesting that he has yet to draw a walk this spring. It's not a large sample, of course, and I guess it matters a little less when you're hitting .367, but I'll be curious to watch how his approach develops in his first full year with his new organization. I wonder how the new regime will bring him along—I can't imagine they wouldn't want to continue to develop his on-base skills, which were a strength of his in the Dodgers organization.
  10. I will forever and always hate every single member of that 2014 Royals team. I’ll be rooting for the Rule 5 guys.
  11. I think the "Oh" is absolutely perfect: a single, breathless syllable that articulates the wonder Magee beheld as he soared to the brink of the troposphere in his Spitfire. What better word do we have in the English language for rapture than "Oh"? It's exactly the right word to begin that poem.
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