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  1. I agree with you on this one. Sisco has showed out in camp this year, and coming off a year where his confidence appeared to be pretty shaken, I would want us to capitalize on what he’s done and keep him with the big club. Keep that confidence rolling and see if he can get back to where many thought he would be. And service time is less of an issue with him since he’s spent a good chunk of time in the majors already. Wanted to see him get a chance.
  2. The benefit is if you wait a month and a half this year, you can control him for another year down the line (assuming no change in the CBA). As others have pointed out, there are some other downsides (perhaps angering him a bit, and higher arbitration numbers sooner), but in my view, it’s worth it.
  3. I’m sure you will, and that’s fair. On the point about the rules changing, I don’t doubt that may happen, but I think you still have to operate under the rules as they currently stand. On locking him up early, I’m all for doing that, and I struggle to think sending him down this spring would seriously impair our ability to do so down the line. If he and his agent deem it in his interest a couple years from now, they’ll do it. The other thing is that this kid is just coming off a nightmare year last year. And yes he is crushing this spring, but we’re talking about 37 ABs. That’s like a week and a half of ball. Sure, if service time wasn’t a thing, he’d likely be in Baltimore. I just don’t think it’s so obvious a call that we should take the marshmallow/cookie/donut right now rather than waiting a month and a half.
  4. I’m excited that Austin Hays showed a strong return to form this spring and that he has really re-emerged, but sending him down is the right call. And to me, there’s not much question. Like that old Stanford study... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_marshmallow_experiment Hope he mashes his way back to Baltimore by mid-May.
  5. Adam was one of my favorite Orioles ever. He was a worker, a leader, and a terrific citizen in the community. He was the face of the franchise during the longest run of success that I can remember (and I’m 33...oof). It’s a shame that most of our near-ML ready prospects are outfielders, because I’d love to have seen him for a few more years here. But I think we all knew it was time. Best of luck in Arizona, Adam. Hope they can be contenders, and he is a big part of it.
  6. Fair point on the “useful contributor” issue regarding arbitration implications...the bar certainly shouldn’t be too low. However, I tend to think the bad blood point is a little overstated; I think it’s just begrudgingly accepted as part of how business is done under the current CBA. It’s not like any of these guys are likely to be absolutely lighting the world on fire in the minors and painfully obviously ready for the bigs, so it’s defensible and not that egregious to keep them down in the minors for a portion of this year. No one is going to be putting up Kris Bryant-esqe absurd numbers, OPSing north of 1.000 and absolutely beating down the ML door. At least I don’t expect any of our guys will. Getting another year of control is a “good reason”, I would say, but it’s obviously fine if you disagree.
  7. Why? What’s the downside in doing it with players we hope are simply going to be solid starters or even useful contributors? On a team going nowhere like the 2019 Orioles, why not do it to preserve some more team control? I know things could change with the next CBA and make this moot, but you operate under the rules presently in place.
  8. From Roch today....a little concerning (http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2019/02/early-notes-and-updates-before-orioles-rays-game.html): Minor league pitcher Zach Pop has been shut down after a pronounced drop in his velocity while closing out Saturday’s game - Hyde refers to it as “fatigue” - but he’s getting closer to resuming a normal schedule. “I think we’re going to ramp him up here in the next day or two,” Hyde said.
  9. I see that Keith Law is as unnecessarily confrontational and looking for a fight as ever... 🙄
  10. Good for him. He'll get his well-deserved payday and get to play in an awesome city (though with a questionable franchise). And I'm thrilled because I was utterly convinced he'd somehow end up in New York and we'd have to watch him play us 20 times a year and resent him. Now I get to fondly remember his time here and continue to cheer his success.
  11. Yeah...that was odd to read this morning. Love Caleb, but thankful that one fell through.
  12. Very sad to hear this news. Clearly part of the fabric of Baltimore baseball, and the game writ large. He'll be missed. Thoughts and prayer are with his family and friends.
  13. I only went to about 5 of my 13 game plan last year for a variety of reasons. Usually I’ve gotten to at least 10-12. On the fence about renewing my plan because it’s really difficult to reliably make it up there from DC on a regular basis. Regardless, this year I intend to make at least 6-8, with or without the mini-plan. Also, I always take a trip to an away series with my dad (Minnesota last year), where we always get to two games. Thinking Arizona or Colorado this time around, so that’ll be a couple more games.
  14. I'd really rather not... 😪
  15. A really moving tribute, and a terrific reminder to hug our loved ones and always let them know how important they are to us. Roch - know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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