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  1. We don't stop at designated hitters. We do have designated fielders, they are called defensive replacements. We have designated runners called pinch runners and designated pitchers called relief pitchers. Pinch hitters are basically DH's anyway, but the AL only has one while the NL has three or four a game. You are deliberately being obtuse and unrealistic. I don't mind error with umpires. It adds an unpredictable variable to every game. Sometimes, it goes against you and sometimes it falls in your favor. So many times, there's people in the game threads or the PBP guys complaining about how a call wasn't a strike while the "electronic" K zone clearly shows it to be a strike. There's always going to be complaining and missed calls. I think there's too much reliance on tech as it is now. The umpire situation could be improved if they were held accountable and MLB had some sort of standard an umpire had to meet in order to be qualified to call balls and strikes. There are several really good and consistent umpires and several that are not so good. This problem could be vastly improved just by injecting some accountability into the situation with some kind of standard. With the DH, I don't like forcing it one way or the other. Giving teams the choice is the way to go. Both leagues then have the same rules and have a choice of whether to use the rule or not. I don't really see why it MUST be all or nothing. Put some more strategy at the feet of the teams and let them decide what the best strategy is for them in every game. There's no need to enforce it one way or the other. Watching pitchers hit is painful and in NO WAY helps most teams. If a team feels it does help them, then they can choose not to use the DH. If they would rather have nine hitters instead of eight, then they can use the DH. Let them decide. That's how it should be. I just don't believe in enforcing this one way or the other, but I definitely think they should have the choice. Both the AL and NL will have the same rules then.
  2. - I don't mind shifts. It is the result of hitters becoming one dimensional. The only way I want the shift to go away is by hitting skill returning to the game again. - I don't mind starting pitchers and relief pitchers (designated pitchers BTW.. we need to make them hit too! How DARE they be one way players!), but I think there should be limits on pitching changes per nine innings that are not the result of an injury. In extras, anything goes. - I hope the "teams start with a runner on second in extras" never makes it to the majors. That is probably the dumbest rule change I've ever heard proposed. Taking the excitement out of extra inning games is just ridiculous. Reduce game time by reducing commercial breaks. A commercial break in the middle of the third, fifth and seventh innings with no commercials in extras. THAT will speed games up considerably without any other measures taken. - I don't think the balk rule should be removed. The stolen base needs to come back, not be pushed further away. I don't want to see pitchers "faking out" runners by stopping their windup in the middle whenever they want. No jump is big enough to steal if pitchers are allowed to do that. Balks don't happen nearly enough and the collateral consequences would hurt the game way more than eliminating the balk would help anything. - As for the DH, there is absolutely no strategy to putting an automatic out in the lineup every single game. That is shooting yourself in the foot. I would much rather see Mark Trumbo hit than Masahiro Tanaka and I don't even like Trumbo much. However, the only rule change I want to see with this is to allow the home team to decide whether there will be a DH or not. THAT involves way more strategy. Maybe you want to take the opposing team's DH out of the lineup or make them play the field even if it means sacrificing your DH or maybe you just want someone in the lineup that can actually hit. Allowing teams to choose is the way to go with the DH. Then, we will see what the teams think is the better strategy. That's how it should be anyway. Make a rule that states that the home team decides whether or not the DH will be used in the game. I really don't see any drawbacks to that and there's no strongarming one way or the other. I don't mean only for interleague games, either. I mean for any game whether it's AL only or NL only games. The DH rule should be fully optional 100% of the time in both league. - I want the stolen base to come back. The problem with the fixation on the home runs is that it is a leftover to the days when anyone could use any PED's they wanted. Home runs were abundant always and there was no problem. Although I still think players use today, they are more careful and do not produce "suspicious" numbers for prolonged periods of time or maybe for a contract year. I don't have a problem with PEDs at all, but if players aren't going to be putting up those monster numbers anymore, then the all-or-nothing HR or K strategy needs to be phased back out in favor of stolen bases, hit and runs and all that stuff. It needs to come back. The game the way it is is not as exciting at all. - I don't mind replay. My biggest gripes with replay is that it takes way too long. The people home on the couch can see what the call should be minutes before the replay guys do. That is ridiculous. It needs to be more efficient. - I'm ok with 25 man rosters. I think I'm also ok with pinch hitters or players that were switched out during regulation baseball to be eligible for play again in extra innings. - I absolutely hate this idea of penalizing players for foul balls. A 13 pitch at bat that results in a walk or hit can completely change the momentum of the game. I really hate proposed rules like this that take any competitiveness out of the game at all or penalizes players in any way for this.
  3. As others have pointed out, I don't appreciate being told how to support a team or how to be a "true fan" like the OP has done here. Find me ONE fan base that does not point out flaws and criticize the team when they do something bad or aren't playing well. Just one. Since I know you can't find something that doesn't exist, let's just move on. Don't tell me how to support the Orioles. I'll criticize if I want to. What you want is a fan base that doesn't really care about the team at all. If no one cared, then you'd see almost no criticism at all. I'm also not into expressing the kind of untethered optimism that requires one to disconnect themselves from the reality of a situation to a large degree. There will always be criticism and there should be. Stop dictating to other fans how to be a "true fan" as though there's only one acceptable way to be a fan. Is that what "true fans" do? Tell others how to be a fan? Knock it off already. If you don't like what people say here, no one is forcing you to read it. You could always stop coming here until the team is good again, right? Even if you did, there would still be criticisms for something because nothing is ever perfect. Life isn't all flowers and rainbows and neither is fandom. Attempting to silence people who feel differently than you is a form of negativity BTW.
  4. This is about right. Almost everyone on here overvalued these two especially Gausman. His FIP has been lower than his ERA two years in a row now. He had a 1.50 WHIP last year which wayy below average and downright horrible for a starting pitcher. This year, it's closing in on 1.40. He has been a different pitcher overall these last two years. Maybe he finds it again once he gets out of this mess in Baltimore, but most folks on here were expecting way too much.
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    Brewers- It's On

    Fixed that for ya, doofus.
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    Brewers- It's On

    Gausman is an average pitcher at best and Schoop has atrocious OBP skills. Strong arm, average overall defensively and range isn't great. Career .745 OBP and 100 OBP+. There is absolutely NO chance the Brewers trade Hiura or anything close to it for these two. That would be insanity. People should temper their expectations a bit here. They could get a solid package, but no way we're getting Hiura unless the Brewers are seriously worried about his elbow. Even then, Hiura has outstanding potential with the bat and I doubt they'd sell so low on him.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    I'd rather get White/Lux and one of those guys you mention. Personally, I don't want a bunch of "low level guys"; I'd much rather have one high level guy and one low level guy. I wouldn't deal with the Cubs because they can't offer that. Quality is way more important to me, so consolidating all those low level guys into a high level prospect and a low ender is more appealing to me. In LA's case, something like White/Lux and someone else. Of course, I'd love to get White and Lux. That would be a fantastic return for me. If "at least six teams" are involved here, I would anticipate that kind of return being a real possibility. I really hope the Orioles are focused on quality because that's what we need. We don't want a system full of what will likely be mediocre talent, we've seen enough of that.
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    Dan Duquette -- any chance he stays?

    I would be more than willing to bring Duquette back for another three years IF he is allowed to do his job without everyone else interfering. No Brady, no Buck, Dan hires who he wants and can implement the vision he wants to implement. I'm all for it. Trying to operate with handcuffs on and everyone else usurping your authority whenever they feel like it is sure to force you into making some mistakes you may not normally make. Duquette's track record is excellent.. until he came here and I think we all know why. Bring Duquette back, but Brady needs a defined (lesser) role and Buck needs to go. Give Dan full autonomy and get out of his way and I bet he does an excellent job. I'm all for it.
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    Britton Trade Expectations

    Quality over quantity echoes my sentiments as well. It's the only thing I didn't like about the Machado trade. I'd rather have two top 100's and one of the four we got after Diaz as opposed to what we got, but hopefully it turns out well. I would much rather see us get two really good players as opposed to one really good player and four big maybes. I think Britton has done well enough lately for the Orioles to argue that Britton is almost back to being the guy he was at the height of his value. I do believe we can get an outstanding return for him at this point. He had to prove he could be that guy again and I think he's done enough to earn the benefit of that doubt. The Orioles should not back down from that either.
  10. I'm pretty sure that one of the more respected members here posted about how the players went over Buck's head to get him fired in Arizona. In Texas, the players didn't like him either which no one on here really wanted to acknowledge at all. He lost the clubhouse there fairly quickly and now, he's lost it here too. Not at all surprising. I wish we could have just been willing to acknowledge his past fully instead of appealing to bias instead. It wouldn't have made a difference in the grand scheme, but maybe what's happening right now wouldn't be so jarring to so many people here. It's not surprising at all what's happening right now in Baltimore and Showalter is a big part of it. Yes, that wild card game was an embarrassment. It's even more embarrassing considering he made the same kind of horrific blunder in 1995 with the Yankees. He used Jack McDowell to close out the game in extras instead of the best closer of the 90's in John Wetteland. The two situations are very similar and Showalter has done it twice with the exact same results. Granted, one was a save situation and one wasn't, but in both situations, the game was on the line; no, the SEASON was on the line. You want the ball in the hand of your best pitcher in that situation. Anyway, I also don't think it's a coincidence that two of the three teams he managed literally won the world series in the first year without him. I know, some players are added and whatnot, but we can see from not only this year, but years past that a managerial change can have significant impacts on the performance of the team and these changes happen almost instantaneously. The manager is the leader of the team. He makes the decisions and holds people accountable. His number one priority is winning, not loyalty to individuals but loyalty to the team and to winning. If the manager is off his rocker, the performance of the team will reflect that. I am not sure why this concept is so hard for so many people to understand, though. In Baltimore, we have serious systemic problems within the organization on top of that and that's why we're seeing this now and at the end of last year. It's also why this could be seen coming a mile away starting with the Toronto debacle, the Hyun-soo Kim situation and especially since the aforementioned wild card game. All put together, it has brought this organization to it's knees once again. This MUST be rectified or we will be looking at another era of darkness. I hope it's a sale of the team. The Orioles need to clean house from top to bottom and start all over again and I hope they do that this time instead of spending 14 years applying band-aids to axe wounds. The Orioles must commit to it this time. I hope that they will, but it is not encouraging that nothing was learned over the last two decades and nothing has really changed.
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    Orioles Ratings Down 50%

    I still watch every game, just maybe not the whole game. I have forgotten to watch a few times, but if the game isn't on TV, it's on GameDay. I don't listen much to the radio. Hunter is the hardest part of watching the telecasts, though. He has been especially grating lately. I don't really find the team as hard to watch as others may because I saw something like this coming and I know it needs to happen to wake this organization up. Whether it will or not is yet to be seen. What is happening this season is something the Orioles brought on themselves with terrible decision making and a rapidly degrading environment within the organization. Things need to change. The only reason the lesson is so harsh is because the Orioles didn't learn anything from the previous 14 year long darkness and are headed right back to what we were doing then. There's still time to make some redeeming decisions, but it's running out fast. I still hope, more than anything, that the team is sold within the next few years. At the end of the day, that is really what's needed in Baltimore.
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    vs. PHILLIES, 7/12

    Fair conclusion to come to. Beckham was never that good which is why TB gave him up so easily. However, I think it's obvious that the IF defense is better with Machado at third and Beckham at SS than the other way around. Third base is harder IMO, though I know that's subjective. Reflexes have to be sharper, have to be able to defend against bunts and if a ball gets by a third baseman, it's likely a double whereas it's likely a single if it gets past the SS. I would prefer to have a GG third baseman and a mediocre SS than to have a mediocre SS and a below average third baseman. I understand the conclusion that Beckham isn't a good SS, but I don't agree with the decision they made as a result of that. It made things a lot worse. However, I tend to believe that Machado wanted to play SS, pushed hard for it and got it. Just speculation obviously, but seems about right for this organization.
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    vs. PHILLIES, 7/12

    Like the one playing shortstop? That's probably the thing that makes me dislike Machado the most. His insistence on playing SS despite the fact that he is MUCH better at third base. Him playing third base helps the team a lot more than him playing an average at best SS. He is not a team player, but Buck should never have let him decide where he plays either.
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    Cobb and Cashner...

    Not buying your logic here. I could understand him needing a full month in April to get himself situated after a shortened/rushed spring training, but here we are 16 starts into his season and his stuff has been consistently mediocre and inconsistent. To give him a free pass on five months of regular playing time in the majors because he signed late and didn't have an ideal spring training back in March/April is just silly. He is not the same guy he used to be. He remained unsigned long enough for him to become an option for the Orioles and he took it because no one else was interested. It's not because of spring training. In April, it was about spring training. In mid-July, it's not. It wasn't in mid-May, either.
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    Did Anyone Expect it to be THIS Bad?

    I expected the team to be really bad. Not quite THIS bad record wise. Cobb's performance isn't surprising since even Rays fans say he hasn't been the same since his TJ surgery and he's still not the same. This is probably why he went unsigned for so long once again leaving the Orioles to pick up the guys no one else wants. I would be willing to bet that if anyone else made Cobb a decent offer, he would have likely accepted it. The degrading FO situation (which could be pretty clearly seen last year and even as far back as the Hyun-soo Kim thing) is also something I knew would factor in. I had always tried to bring up these points on here especially since the 2016 WC game, but I totally expected a sort of collapse like this. I didn't expect them to be in a position to break records like this, but I am also not surprised in the least. I am more surprised at the fact that this FO told the fans that we were going to compete this year and, despite this horrible performance, there has been nothing but excuses and BS'ing. No accountability, no one gets fired and no one cares. Someone in another thread pointed out that managerial changes have produced immediate improvements even recently. I don't remember all the examples they posited, but I know one was Showalter after Trembley and Samuel. The Reds also improved dramatically with nothing but a managerial change. I know people say the manager doesn't have any impact on anything, but there is quite a bit of this kind of evidence clearly indicating that this line of thought is flawed at best. Anyway, all the follies have caught up to the team. The lack of IFA participation, the bad trades, the FO chaos that has been allowed to get to this point and the total lack of accountability has produced an organization that has been propelled back into the dark ages once again. This team learned NOTHING from those 14 years, not a damn thing. I hope it's not another 14, but I doubt I'll be around for another one of those streaks. I wrote matchup threads for 11 years most of which was during those dark years, so no one can ever question my fanhood. I just refuse to waste any more of my time or energy stressing out about this poorly run franchise. This organization hasn't learned anything from their mistakes and neither has Showalter over his career. When everything is put together like this, this season makes complete and total sense.