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About FlipTheBird

  1. Austin Hays

    That's fair. I think a lot of folks here assume he finished like he started, though, having not looked at the stats in a bit. I think he goes back to Bowie to start 2018, and gets a quick promotion to Norfolk if he starts to look more like he did at the beginning of the year. Stewart seemed to take some huge strides forward. Given the glut of OFers currently on the roster, I figure he starts at Norfolk. You've got to love his approach at the plate, at least.
  2. Austin Hays

    These guys are longer shots than Hays. Mullins fell off the planet in the second half. Ended 2017 with a .783 OPS. Talent is there, for sure, but he's still got a lot to put together. Stewart's patience and polish at the plate, I think, make him the safer bet of the two to have an MLB career.
  3. Austin Hays

    I don't think they're particularly similar situations. The O's knew Schoop was a very raw talent when they handed him the job in 2014. They knew there'd be a lot of growing pains. He'd only hit .245 during his stint in Bowie, and had an OPS under .700 in Norfolk in 2013. The O's also didn't really have many other options at 2B. Hays has mashed at every level since the O's drafted him and essentially battered down the door to get here, despite the fact that the club has no shortage of outfielders. He's a far more complete hitter than Johnny was at 21-years-old.
  4. Assuming we trade Manny, who's our target for 3B?

    So you're suggesting punting the season? Chris Johnson struggles to start at AAA. I can't believe the folks here that are ready to buy into any prospect we have as a sure thing. Mountacastle showed some promise this year, but the's years away.
  5. With 17 games to play....

    There's no doubt the pitching has struggled. It's also worth noting that MLB is going to have its best year, ever, for homers. Which boggles my mind, given how much people deride the steroid era.
  6. How would you rather spend $300 mm?

    I've long maintained that, though it will be painful to watch Manny Machado leave... the Orioles, at least given all $$$ indications we've gotten, simply don't have the budget to sign Manny Machado longterm and still address the other needs this organization has.
  7. Austin Hays

    The Twins aren't running away with anything, but they're not playing poorly, either.
  8. Austin Hays

    It's gotten out of control. Guys are failing to make routine plays, now. I think it'll be best when the 2017 season just finishes. This team is all twisted up.
  9. O's dodge a bullet and stay in it

    This is a fair assessment. You can't "dodge a bullet" when losing 4 straight.
  10. Austin Hays

    Well, given the medical nightmare that has been their OF this year, I guess this isn't surprising.
  11. 2 x 250

    Schoop's arrival, Mancini's arrival and a good year from our catching corps have made up for Davis/Trumbo, fortunately.
  12. Austin Hays

    The Orioles called Hays up because they're in a playoff race and they think he can help. DD is not one to quibble over service time. I'd love to see the team move Trumbo. Maybe the market will be more "in" on DH sluggers this offseason. He's not necessarily signed to a ridiculous contract, ala CD.
  13. Austin Hays

    Absolutely. Everyone is available. But I don't like the belief that some are espousing here... Our prospects are still very much prospects.
  14. Austin Hays

    If the O's felt he was big league ready he'd be the on on the bench, not Hays.