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About drjohnnyfeva

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    Do you support rules limiting defensive shifts?

    I voted to not change the rules. I think the game and players adapt. Plus, I'm fearful of detrimental changes to such a pure game. I'm increasing shocked each year when the shift is on that batters don't "adapt" by taking what is given. Moreover, this is the same argument I have about pitchers who throw under 95... Movement and placement is more valuable than velocity, imo. Where is the next Greg Maddux? Sitting on a bench someplace while the heaters are on the mound or maybe he's vacationing with his family at Walt Disney World after his HS coach told him 10 years ago, "Sorry kid, the bigs are interested in speed." Things always turn around...
  2. Could this be a buy low sell high scenario that was scoffed at in another thread? Perhaps??? I think all options are open because the Angelosii are still interested in a$$es in the seats. Maybe there was a caveat--- do what you desire, but try to get some butts in the chairs too. Albert Belle part deux... ...stirring the pot.😉
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    Thoughts about David Hess in 2019?

    Cy Young!😎 We're going worst to first... or Furst.
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    Elias' Brady comments (Connolly article)

    I was 10 and at that game. There were a few that summer that were walk offs like that, but the upper deck was shaking with everyone jumping up and down. What a great memory! Still get chills thinking about it. The next day was just as fun. Got out of school for that one. I was convinced we were going to win the WS that season. Almost...
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    Elias' Brady comments (Connolly article)

    With all due respect, Brady is more than a level down as compared to the statue guys...
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    Elias' Brady comments (Connolly article)

    I'll be the first to admit that I suffer from Angelos Organizational PTSD. 😁 My personal wish is that all of that "cloak and dagger" behind the scenes jockeying that has been part of this organization since it was purchased by Peter ends in favor of a properly run real-life MLB organization. I'm willing to give credit to John and Lou that they have committed to this reality. To that end, Brady has to go. Treat him with respect, wait out his contract, whatever, but having him around to potentially get in the ear of the Brothers and undermine a new regime is simply dangerous to the whole thing becoming a mess as it has been. Any lingering "stink" of the old way just has to go, imo. I gotta think anyway, that Elias is gonna want his own guys in positions close to him. What I don't think we will ever know is if Brady is kept around is whether it's due to skill or his close relationship with the Angelosii.
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    Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas?

    Sorry, I didn't mean to confuse the debate on the Donaldson signing... I was referring only to the strategy of "flipping" a player at the trade deadline. Both Donaldson and Moustakis, to me, are not fits in the scenario the OP posted, but I do like the outside the box thinking tho... others clearly don't. That's cool. Donaldson getting 23M is not even remotely something I think this club would consider, nor should they at the moment. Nor does the amount being paid to the guy indicate that the Braves would try a similar proposition of flipping him. I'm with you, they like what he could provide and have paid him in the hope he does. I think the idea of flipping is a good one and potentially something that could be fruitful with a small investment. Do we do it? Probably not. Maybe when we are on the verge and spending increases. For now, I think we are in the poor-house and likely selling off pieces, not engaging in gambling. I think we get a more quality player by devoting the money to infrastructure now. But if we were going to do something of this nature, I think a gamble on a reliever would be more likely than on a former "front-line player."
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    Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas?

    I think that is kinda the idea being posited by the OP. The two guys might not be the best examples, but the idea of acquiring a couple/ few guys that could be flipped is a legit strategy and something teams do all the time. Whether we are in that situation - carrying the Davis contract - trying to save/ diminish payroll, I'm not sure. But relievers with upside would be cheaper to try the rationale out on, for sure.
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    Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas?

    I think that's almost EXACTLY what I said...
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    Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas?

    This is exactly what the Yankees did with Alodris Chapman the year the Cubbies won it. You're banking on them to be trade-able. I don't have a problem with fliers like these, but they can't be too expensive and I would think that it would be a more suitable idea when we were on the verge of contention with maybe some "disposable" cash. I don't think we have that right now, but I love these kinds of ideas and I no longer feel alone having them.😉😄
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    The Inevitable national outlet Chris Davis article.

    ...and I think that is what the agreed upon plan probably is. Whatever happens, he continues the road thru Suckville or he bounces back a little or a lot, he's gone. If money can be salvaged in any scenario great, but if not, the farce that is running him out there every night has to end.
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    The Inevitable national outlet Chris Davis article.

    I'm thinking the same thing. That contract is antithetical to everything Houston and St. Louis have done while ME was involved with them. Something has got to give, but the cow no longer gives milk, so... The Bros, if they are honest with themselves, and I'm willing to accept for now they will be, as a token of this exceptional hiring, have to see the folly of allowing CD to take the field for another season if the level of shear suck continues.
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    The Inevitable national outlet Chris Davis article.

    Maybe and maybe not. A sack of balls would be better than nothing. Regardless, one way or another, the smoke here makes me feel like his days are numbered. And I say thank goodness to that.
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    The Inevitable national outlet Chris Davis article.

    What's interesting to consider is whether Elias has HAD the Davis conversation with the Bros Angelos already or prior to his hire. Who knows? I don't get the impression that Roch would know definitively the content of the talk, but maybe only that they had spoken about it. I can't imagine that a new GM, probably the hottest young mind - definitely one of them - in the game wants a guy who did nothing to help his cause, in Davis, on the team with all of these young guys auditioning for a job. It's not good for morale. That's been my reason for wanting him off the team since the All-Star break. For me, it's not money because it's not my money. For the the Angeloses it is. That SI article spoke volumes to me. He's done, imo, but if the owners said, "Give it a couple months into the season, Mike, and then come see us..." or something of the like, there's not much harm in that and it doesn't equate to Elias not having full autonomy. Specifically, because we don't know what the parties talked about or what their perceptions of the situation is. And if Davis does do well, it gives us some leverage, albeit very little, in moving him. But I can't imagine he's going to be around long either way. Even if he is just sent home and they wind up eating the contract that way. Maybe the Bros Angelos inquired about dumping him and Elias really does feel that it is important to see if he can get it together. But I doubt seriously, given what we know about the Astros payroll structure that Chris Davis and/or his high pay contract are long for this organization, no matter how he performs. Bad... see ya; we eat the contract. Good... see ya; you've been traded... and we eat most of the contract. I'm happy either way. He needs to hit the bricks.
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    What Can the O's Do to Put Butts in Seats in 2019?

    3 Butt Nights... 3 upper reserved tickets purchased at the gate with no "courtesy fees" for $10... I'd go for $12 too... maybe.