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NashLumber last won the day on November 13 2016

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About NashLumber

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    Plus Member Since 3/15
  • Birthday 11/1/1961

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  • Location
    Durham NC
  • Interests
    O's baseball, music, birdwatching.
  • Occupation
    self-employed musician / semi-retired
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Mancini, Bundy
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Brooks Robinson

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  1. I remember reading in one of Earl's books about how Jim put up a protest about Earl naming him as Game One starter in one of the World Series. Jim felt McNally deserved the start. Earl's response was "No one can hit your high fast ball. You're my Game One starter" (paraphrasing).
  2. Boston fans in their natural habitat, Dunkin Donuts, getting hostile following a Sox loss.
  3. I’m more than a casual fan, but not the stat driven fan like many here (just no time in a busy life) and I’m probably one of the least versed here on OH about how analytics and the modern tech advances have quickly become part of the coaching. I pick up what I can from you guys who know more and spend more time on it. I did a search and didn’t see this posted anywhere here, so if I am mistaken, my apologies. But this article in Sports Illustraed from a couple of weeks ago gives me a bit of hope regarding the development of our pitchers and hopefully correcting the ones who are already up here and struggling (like the subject here, Bundy). There’s a good bit about how The Astros were early adopters here with the super slow motion HD cameras and measuring devices, but also how The Dodgers have surpassed them. It notes what other teams are now deep into this, how other teams are playing catchup, and there’s also a bit on how Elias’ history and where he hopes to go with this in Baltimore. Lots here about the spin rate, release point, least and most effective pitches vs. specific batters, and overall body angles being coached, corrected and executed in bullpen sessions. Let’s hope this kind of thing is well underway with the Orioles. https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/03/28/technology-revolution-baseball-trackman-edgertronic-rapsodo ”Houston has been recognized as such a successful early adopter that clubs playing catch-up—such as the Angels, Orioles and Braves—hired away more than 20 executives, coaches and analysts from the Astros in just the past five months. “The gap has narrowed,” said one source from a large market club, “but we know how to use it. A lot of teams have it but don’t know how to use it, like the Marlins. They just know they have it. They don’t know what that camera does. They’ve captured [the video]. But they haven’t hired the people to interpret it, apply it to the coaches, then apply it to the players.” ... Under new GM Mike Elias, who was part of Houston’s brain drain, the Orioles hold “spin axis seminars” for pitchers—something the Astros were doing four years ago. Elias was Houston’s scouting director when, in the 2016 draft, the Astros, with the 17th overall pick, selected Forrest Whitley, a high school pitcher from San Antonio. Whitley happened to pitch a high school playoff game in Round Rock, Texas, home of Houston’s Triple A team. The Astros turned on their ballpark’s pitch-tracking device, Trackman, and learned that Whitley had an abnormally high spin rate on his four-seam fastball, a characteristic of the pitch that makes it harder to hit Since he signed, Whitley has thrown virtually every pitch in games, bullpen sessions and sometimes even in flat-ground throwing sessions with the Edgertronic, Trackman or Rapsodo watching. Whitley, 21, is now the best pitching prospect in baseball, as well as the prototype of a generation fully immersed in technology. “I have friends in all these other organizations, and I tell them I do not throw a bullpen without Rapsodo and Edgertronic, and they think that’s the craziest thing in the whole world,” he says. “I’ve grown up in this organization, and that’s all I’ve known. So it’s hard to imagine getting anything done without them.”
  4. Interesting article. Amazing that it’s been almost five years from its publication and from all appearances, the bases remain the immovable object. Even something like Velcro or 3M tape on each of the four corners (under the base) would hold it in place until someone plows into it. And I said, something more forgiving like the old bags themselves would be a huge improvement. I see in their piece that Buck was an advocate of finding something safer even then. That long list of injuries cited in the article would seem to be a red flag for the players’ union to step up for advocating a change. If that was mentioned, my apologies. I only got 3/4 through the article due to a tight deadline today.
  5. What was the reason they were not allowed to play there?
  6. So have they retired Tom Davis from the radio postgame? I do hear him on the pre-recorded radio ads. The ones I've heard were with 105.7's Ken Weinman, whom I like. I guess with Dave Johnson doing the color on some games, he doesn't have his natural foil. I do like Kevin Brown. He's no Miller or Angel, but who is?
  7. “It was just a few mistakes. They didn’t hit singles. They went deep.” Other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln? Either he’s serious or he’s playing a 3-dimensional chess and he’s way over my head.
  8. Guilty as charged. But in my defense, there was not much on social media to read and I was bored and checked in anyway.
  9. When I think of slow Orioles, I think of Wieters. Looked like he was carrying two buckets full of milk around the bases.
  10. Another orange fan. And when a friend of mine, another big O’s fan who travels from NC to games with me, was asked to design my family band logo, he came up with this in Orioles colors. I didn’t even have to ask. Btw, my avatar is our future drum head logo.
  11. I was sure you were going to say the sandwich part was made up.
  12. I’m sure there are more ways to get through this rebuild without pulling our hair out than what I’m listing, but all I have right now are: 1. Listen on the radio as opposed to seeing it burned into my brain as lingering frustrations on TV (I dropped MASN and much of my satellite TV programming). What you can’t see is easier to forget. To be casually involved in the games while doing other things with the radio on with the understanding they’re just not good does help me get through this. This way, I can be happy when some pleasant surprise happens, yet understanding that Davis will be horrible, Trumbo will be back and displace some youngster, the bullpen will blow a lot of games, the starting pitching will be uneven at best, and the guys we are pulling for on the farm are going to take some time to get called up. 2. If you do watch the games, kind of squint your eyes so you’re not watching very closely. Kind of like smearing Vaseline on a camera lens. Though this is a metaphor, it’s kind of what I’m really doing. I’m following the O’s, but not every burp and hiccup. It’ll drive you crazy to hang on every move. It will for me, at least. Those that do, hat’s off to you. You have a higher tolerance for pain than I do. I support this rebuild and am glad we did not bring back aging veterans just for the sake of team leadership. The leaders will emerge and may already be there for all we know. The talent is just not there, but I have hopes that it will be over time. There was that same debate going on over at the Facebook OH page. I’m glad there’s a lot more reason and patience over here.
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