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    Trey Mancini is going to trend up

    He should not step foot in the outfield again in his career. Very solid player as a DH/1B and easy to root for but I have no faith in him having much value if Buck is still the manager and still putting him in the OF.
  2. One four inning appearance against the worst team in baseball doesn't really prove much. A lot of people don't consider him much of a SP prospect anymore. The stuff is there for a dominant reliever but I doubt he has the makeup of a starter.
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    A couple of unusual September call ups

    He'd be taking away those important Chris Davis ABs. That sounds like a joke but I seriously doubt Buck takes Davis out of the lineup for an extended amount of time again the rest of the year
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    Mullins is with the Orioles! (edited)

    At this point I don't think they should. I mean in a perfect world Jones would've waived his 10-5 and Mullins would be in CF already. Now it is best to wait i guess. I was just correcting the poster above
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    Mullins is with the Orioles! (edited)

    He mentioned on the CC podcast that he would move to right in September
  6. I have immense respect for beat reporters and how thankless of a job it can often be. But the spell that Buck has over all of the beat writers is very evident. I think it’s because he’s a generally amicable guy, especially with them and he was the manager that presided over the first winning teams in forever (some of these guys covered the team for years when they were hopeless). You cannot keep Buck around beyond this year. I’m totally find with showing him the respect of letting him play this year out but his contract expiration perfectly aligns with our supposed new direction. I have watched more horrible O’s teams than good O’s teams in my life but NONE have been as bad as this team has been over the past year. His embrace of analytics and defense seems so transparently hollow to me. His lineup constructions are horrible, he continually plays people in suboptimal positions, and he made the single worst managerial decision I’ve ever seen based entirely on his old-school, outdated ways. Keeping him would be so stale. I respect a lot of what he’s done here but it also should be stated that this is a guy that ONE playoff series win in his entire career.
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    Duquette in mix for Mets new GM

    Wow the only other MLB ownership worse than Angelos.....
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    Orioles - Victor Victor Mesa

    Well part of the reason I started posting here was because of the knowledge of the game and embrace of analytics/new era of players by most of the posters across many age groups. I didn't mean that as a shot at any older fans, that's just my experience. He was never able to shake off some of the labels a lot of the more conservative/purist members of the fanbase assigned to him. But he was still the most popular Oriole by far and mostly due to his play. Same will be the case for VVM or any other young guy coming through the system.
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    Orioles - Victor Victor Mesa

    They obsess over him because he's the greatest MLB of all time. I don't really believe there is such a thing as a collective fan identity. If VVM is an all-star they will love him no matter what he posts on instagram. Any Os fan over the age of 50 I talked to thinks Manny is an egotistical hothead and yet he got the loudest cheers in the stadium by FAR. Probably has something to do with all the homers and .310 BA...
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    Grayson Rodriguez 2018

    Using GCL box scores should always be taken with a grain of salt but 3 more scoreless innings for Rodriguez. 3 SO, 1 H, 0 BB. Good to see no walks as that's pretty much the only flaw on his statline to this point. Would love to see a report from someone down there who has watched him.
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    Adam Jones interview on C.C. Sabathia's podcast

    I’m sorry, I really don’t understand how DD is in the wrong here and I don’t really like Jones trying to paint him as a bad guy. He asked him 5 days before the deadline presumably because he waited until he had a deal he thought was good enough to even approach Adam. I don’t see how that’s a bad thing. Also, let’s be very clear, AJ is not getting a deal like Markakis got. There is no market out there for players in their 30s on the decline. Not anymore. Also, something that people really don’t like to reckon with is that Adam Jones does not take great care of his body. He’s aging badly because he doesn’t take fitness or dieting very seriously and unabashedly talks about eating whatever he wants. That’s fine, but getting fat every offseason (which he does) and having to shave that weight off before the season is not good for your body. He’s not much older than players like Lorenzo Cain and McCutchen and they have all retained their speed and agility WAY better than Adam.
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    Cedric Mullins 2018

    I almost don't want him or Stewart to be called up while Buck is still here because he won't let them face lefties and will platoon them in favor of retreads like Rickard and Gentry. That's not an audition imo.
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    Orioles - Victor Victor Mesa

    I don't think anyone is saying that. He's a guaranteed top 120 prospect right away and isn't far away from the majors. That is valuable to a rebuilding team like the O's. Tons of those guys don't pan out but that doesn't mean you shouldn't invest resources into them. There is almost ZERO similarities between Mesa and Castillo btw. Castillo was signed to a $72 million contract when he was 27 years old. VVM won't even get close to 10% of that contract and will be a whole 5 years younger. Even so, Castillo could play for the O's right now and probably have more value than all of their corner outfield options.
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    Renato Núñez

    Because doing it in the minor leagues is entirely different than doing it in the big leagues. Christian Walker hit 32 home runs last year in the minors and 26 one year between Bowie and Norfolk. He's a total non prospect. Prospects are prospects because of tools and projection. Nunez isn't a prospect because he doesn't project well in the majors. He also is a complete liability in the field.
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    '18-'19 Free Agency strategy

    That's not how prospects work. And for the record DJ Stewart made the all-star game and played well in it.