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    The Colby Rasmus Appreciation Thread

    Colby Rasmus,I do appreciate the 18 games you got in and the 49 PA..The 1 homer,double and RBI will always be something I will cherish forever.
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    So: at the end of the day, who was to blame for Chris Tillman?

    I think he was somewhat. Brady got Trumbo to stay by offering him a semi no trade clause.
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    Britton on the use of analytics in New York vs. Baltimore

    The question, of course, was: How do the Astros get remarkable, unmistakable improvement out of seemingly every pitcher they acquire? (Helpful hint: it isn’t the magic dust.) And Pressly, a 29-year-old right-hander still new to the organization, is that question’s latest flesh-and-blood incarnation. Pressly was a perfectly serviceable, occasionally excellent relief pitcher over parts of six seasons with the Minnesota Twins, with a 3.75 career ERA, one career save, a 1.303 WHIP and a strikeout ratio that had climbed steadily over those years until, by July 2018, it was among the highest in the league. It was that strikeout ratio, and the spectacular curveball behind it, that attracted the Astros, who sent two prospects to Minnesota in a trade for him on July 27. “Honestly,” Pressly said, “it’s the preparation of the [Astros’] analytics department. They tell us what works and what’s not going to work — the percentages, how to set up your mix of pitches, how to attack hitters.” “Every team has an analytics department, and this is no knock on the Twins, but seeing the time [the Astros] put in and the scouting reports you’re given, it’s like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s a different level,” Pressly said. “You kind of see, ‘Wow, if I just pitch a little more to this percentage instead of that percentage I can have some better results.’ When I came over here, they were like, ‘Look, your curveball is your best pitch. Everyone tells you your best pitch should be your fastball. But with the amount of spin you have on the ball, you need to throw that more, and it will set up your fastball even more.’ ” https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/10/15/magic-dust-spin-rates-buy-in-how-astros-make-good-pitchers-even-better/?utm_term=.62cd32d94fbf
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    Britton on the use of analytics in New York vs. Baltimore

    Manny does have three errors in seven games in the postseason. Not a good percentage.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    In Fells Point? I was just there Go down to Canton for breakfast on a Sunday and eat at Attwaters or Iron Rooster. 45 to one hour wait at Iron Rooster today .Mostly young folks ,some with young kids and dogs all around Very family friendly. Go down near the Waterfront Marriott and Four Seasons and see all the building going on around it and all the tourists Tourism is near it's high again over the last three years. The city is hurt by being the murder capital but 95% of that is gang and drug related in pockets.Those pockets are some of the worst in the country unfortunately. Hurts Baltimore's image greatly.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    And this: The Orioles traded Kevin Gausman to get his salary for the next two seasons and Darren O’Day’s off the books. It may not have been presented as such then, but that’s what happened. And this: I am prospect-oriented to a fault, but fail to see how not using all of the fake money in a trade that was blatantly a real-money saver and nothing more for a 21-year-old outfielder with a great marketing team does anything to change or reinforce anything.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Jon Meoli, from the Sun who is a little more critical of the Orioles then his former partner,Ed Encina tweeted this out: The indispensable MLBTR arbitration projections are out, and show that the Orioles chopped a quarter of their 2019 payroll with the July 31 trades of Gausman, O'Day, and Schoop. Considering the return, it wasn't about the Mesas. It was about the money.
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    Players Who Were Outrighted From 40 Man Rosters - Free Agents

    Sign him for six years and $56 million. Tell fans we got a steal and discount on Machado.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    i agree with you. Just like Virginia Beach when it has it tourist boom has a big increase in crime.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Locust Point is really growing. Woodberry is exploding. just go down to the Union Collective any night. Remington is also up and coming. It seems around the stadium ,if you go a few blocks it is getting worse. Port Covington is also going to explode. Seems like some neighborhoods improve and some stagnant into decay and neglect.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    i understand what you are saying but even before the riots people I spoke to who lived in the suburbs were afraid to go to the games. In 2016 ,Baltimore had a record amount of tourists ever,. Orioles stink and no one will come either way. Being rated number 1 in murder is not good either. https://baltimore.org/press-release/baltimore-welcomed-record-259-million-visitors-2016
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    The new poll moved Myrtle Beach down to 32nd. https://www.safewise.com/blog/most-dangerous-cities/
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Or not? In 2017, SafeWise ranked Myrtle Beach the third most dangerous city, which received criticism because the numbers are based on the FBI’s crime statistics on a per capita basis. Officials previously said it takes into account the number of residents in Myrtle Beach, but not the millions of tourists who visit every year. https://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article214825880.html
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    I went to work downtown the day after.The National guard troops were a nice touch.The stadium did have a few minor incidents.Barricades were thrown and some fights between Boston and Oriiole fans with the protesters and some pocketbooks taken The rioting was not everywhere.Locust Point,Hampden,Remington,Guilford did not have rioting. It was a small part of the city.Where I live there was no rioting .In fact some people were complaining why there seemed to be no curfew in Hampden.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    I see Roch is starting to promote the Gaston kid. Ownership must have told him to do this since they seem to be losing out in the brothers Mesa sweepstakes. A talent evaluator from outside the organization raved about Gastón’s upper-90s fastball, improving secondary stuff and understanding of how to pitch. He wondered why the Orioles didn’t sign the young right-hander before leaving Miami, given the lower cost and how the Mesas are considered a package deal with their father, Victor Mesa, pointing them toward the Marlins. The kid might not be ready to make a decision, but he’d be a terrific consolation prize if the Mesas hunker down in Miami. http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2018/10/new-hire-will-want-to-know-commitment-to-davis-beyond-salary.html