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  1. JR Oriole

    Normalcy

    In my mind, nothing that happens this upcoming season will be worse than what we just saw. Even if they lose 120 games. Last season felt completely hopeless for months on end and the ridiculous underachievement of almost every single player on the roster made it that much worse. Top it off with the Red Sox riding Steve Pearce of all people to another title and it was just as bad as it could be. Now, in my mind, that hopelessness is gone. I feel a lot of hope for the future, and the fact that it may be a more distant future doesn't bother me much because I like the foundation being set. I am okay with having a really bad record in 2019 and 2020. That doesn't matter to me as much as the organization catching up to modern times and building a strong farm system. In the meantime, if somebody other than the Red Sox and Yankees could win titles while we go through this process, it would be much appreciated.
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    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    Do you mean Rich Garcia? If so, in 1996 we went 0-9 against New York in our own ballpark (including Games 3 - 5 of the ALCS). As lame as that call was, we did win Game 2 in New York. But losing every single home game you play to the same team is not a recipe for advancing in a playoff series. Actually, the Yankees won every single road playoff game they played in 1996.....8-0!!!
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    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    What I appreciate the most about Baines (other than his extremely calm demeanor) is that he hit better for us than he did for anybody else. His .301 average and .882 OPS with Baltimore was his best with any team. And in the 1997 playoffs, when we absolutely should have gotten to and won the World Series, Baines hit .364....so he definitely did his part. I'm not saying that makes him a HOFer, but I always appreciate the guys who deliver for us. And I will say that I am much happier for Baines for his honor than I am for Steve Pearce delivering an MVP performance and 4th title in 15 years for the damn Red Sox.
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    Harold Baines.....Lee Smith in Hall of Fame

    Joe Namath completed 50.1% of his passes, lost more games than he won, and threw 47 more interceptions than touchdowns. He is in the Football Hall of Fame because he made one guarantee while sitting in a bathing suit by a pool and because on a particular day, the Colts couldn't score on his team's defense. Different hall of fame, but I find his selection to be far more ridiculous and stupid than Harold Baines' selection to the MLB Hall of Fame. For me, I am just very happy for Baines and his family.
  5. Hands down, Roberto Alomar in the winter of 1995. He was in my opinion the best player on those incredibly deep and talented Blue Jays champions, he was an extremely clutch October performer, and we were adding him to a 1995 team that despite a slightly under .500 record was very talented on paper. I thought he would be the difference maker for us and would be the piece that would get us to the playoffs.
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    How long does your blank check for Elias last?

    Absolutely. I feel like there were more than a handful of those cheapies. I haven't watched the footage since then but I feel like we just got destroyed with dink and dunk hits. I just felt we were snake-bitten that whole series, as those kinds of hits are really demoralizing. Their defense and team speed were also pretty demoralizing. Thank goodness for Bumgarner! I think that series and the 97 ALCS just show you how absolutely critical it is to take advantage of your opportunities when you have them. Look at the Philadelphia Eagles......a good but not great team last year that rode the performance of a mediocre back up QB to a title....and now they are back to stinking again. But they had a window and they took advantage. It isn't like the Patriots who get there every year.....when you have limited chances, you just can't blow it. Hopefully the next time we get to the ALCS, we can avoid facing a hot, sub-90 win AL Central team.
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    How long does your blank check for Elias last?

    It definitely would have silenced mine. But I am more than happy to sit through a few more seasons of awfulness if there is some hope on the horizon and an Astros-like path to contention is on the way.
  8. Winning only 47 games in ANY year is unacceptable. Even a truly awful team with a very weak roster should at least be able to win 54.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    True in principle. But I have zero confidence that in the Orioles case, taking their time will equate to getting it right. Hopefully I am wrong!
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    The speed at which they operate is truly a sight to behold. No urgency....ever. Kind of makes you wonder if anyone associated with this organization has a competitive bone in their body.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    I can't speak for the rest of the fans on the Board, but you definitely have lower expectations than me. Much lower. In the 35 years since we last won the World Series, we have had a grand total of 5 seasons where we have appeared in the playoffs (if you count the play in game) and 3 ALCS wins.....not series wins mind you, but actual games won. 25 other organizations (including many who have fewer resources and smaller markets) have won their respective pennants at least once while we have 0 in that time. That to me is just pathetic. And I think I would find the idea that 30 teams go significant amounts of time between championships as much more palatable if the Yankees and Red Sox didn't have 9 total over the last 23 seasons. Now I would actually argue that your approach is healthier......for sure. But for me, I care about winning....and titles. The Terps basketball team may be underperforming and I agree that they should be Top 25 much more than they are, but nothing can take away those 2001 and 2002 seasons...and the title in 2002. That meant everything to me and if they never win another title, at least they got me that one.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    When I see Joe Kelly, I see a guy throwing 100 mph who pitched 11+ innings this October for the Champs and gave up all of one earned run. When I see Mike Wright, I see a guy who struggles to handle the "pressure" of a game in July when his team is already buried in last. I guess physically they may have some similarities in terms of throwing hard, but mentally they seem light years apart.
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    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    The Giants just won 3 championships in the last 9 seasons. That is some serious “currency” and I imagine their fans are doing just fine with their process.
  14. It may be that it isn't the "best" team that wins, but usually it is a very good one. Now recently, the 15 Royals, 16 Cubs, 17 Astros, and 18 Red Sox were all really good teams and probably the best or close to the best teams in baseball in each of those years. Off the top of my head, the Giants teams that recently won and the 06 Cardinals were probably the least impressive (on paper) teams to win the title in the last 20+ years. Prior to the wild card era, when you immediately advanced to the LCS, I think you had a better chance of winning the WS as an inferior team (like the 88 Dodgers, 90 Reds, or 91 Twins).
  15. I do not think we were scoring again in that game no matter what happened on the mound. Our hitters were swinging and missing miserably at every pitch thrown, regardless of where it was. I know it has been said that the playoffs are a crapshoot (which I don't believe), but that Orioles team was going absolutely nowhere. Watching the Red Sox and other good teams in the playoffs exercise patience at the plate and not swinging at pitches out of the strike zone was enlightening for any Orioles fan used to years of horrendous plate discipline.
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