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  1. JR Oriole

    Congratulations, Moose!

    Rivera was better at his job than any other baseball player I have seen at their job. He changed the game because you had to have a lead against or be tied with the Yankees after 8 or it was basically over. That is some kind of pressure to put on an offense to make sure you are in that position. Blown saves and losses in the 9th inning are extremely demoralizing, and he sure did a great job limiting those instances. Not only was he a ridiculously great regular season pitcher, but he absolutely excelled when it mattered the most....in October and for an organization and fanbase that is extremely unforgiving of regular season and postseason failures. The fact that he has more World Series rings than blown saves in the playoffs, given the amount of times he was put in that position, makes what he accomplished truly remarkable. Never showing up his opponents made him even easier to like and respect. There is definitely a place for advanced metrics, and we have seen it benefit other guys like Mussina. But I don't need any advanced metrics whatsoever to tell me how valuable that dude was and that I was watching a first ballot HOFer every time I saw him pitch.
  2. I am looking forward to the fact that they won't make me angry this year like they did last year. My expectations for the team and its individual players couldn't possibly be lower, and so there is no way to really piss me off like last year's sorry underachieving bunch did. If we can play spoiler in August and September, that would be awesome.
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    Anyone Following Manny?

    It has been fun watching and following the Braves. Young team with a lot of talent. The rebuild hasn't taken too long honestly. And truthfully, it is much less disheartening to compete in the NL East than the AL East. No Yankees or Red Sox to deal with....
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    Anyone Following Manny?

    I can honestly say I don't care at all where he ends up. I care about the Orioles first and foremost, as well as the Braves since I live in Atlanta. Manny stopped mattering to me at all once he no longer wore our uniform. I certainly understand others feeling differently and I always appreciated the work he did for us on the field, but for me, I just never got attached to him as a personality I enjoyed rooting for....
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    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.
  9. 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.
  12. 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.