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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Ravens attendance is also down despite the team being pretty competitive. There are more empty seats in that the stadium the past two years than I've seen in a while and I've gone to just about every game since 2005. The truth is that ticket/concession prices are too high, people's wages aren't rising with the costs associated with attending sporting events and watching the games at home or at a bar are much cheaper and more convenient. Plus Baltimore is a relatively small city. Despite the "booming" economy, most people don't have enough money to fit constantly attending sporting events into their budgets. Especially those with families.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    And those well-to-do areas are some of the richest and safest areas of the entire country with some of the best schools. Like another poster said, I have seen a lot of the younger guys in the south Baltimore area. They obviously chose to live there for a reason and if it was really that bad I'm sure they'd move away.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Because most Orioles players don't live in the city and if they do it's in the Ritz Carlton/Silo Point type condos that are exceptionally nice and far enough away from where the vast majority of crime is that the chances of them being murdered is astronomically low. The Os have had no problems signing FAs and have signed plenty of their own guys as well. Contrary to what you may believe, there aren't murderous mobs destroying property every day here. The point about the FO dysfunction is obviously pertinent here but I think you're grossly mischaracterizing the city these players would live in if they signed for a few mil. They'd be totally insulated.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    No one is triggered, you're just speaking condescendingly about something you have no idea what you're talking about. He wouldn't play in 2019 so we're talking 2020 at the earliest and then you have an ample time frame to field a competitive team while paying VVM well below his value. If you can't field a competitive team you trade him. This is all really self explanatory.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    You do realize that if 1.5 - 2 WAR was his absolute ceiling over the course of his contract with the Os, the value of that contract would be incredible right? Do tell how the Os are supposed to compete with the Yankees, Red Sox etc. if they don't exploit and extract as much value from amateur players as possible. It's amazing how this place complained (rightfully so) about the Os lack of international involvement and now suddenly anyone who wants VVM is a moron because he's not guaranteed to be the next Acuna. He's far and away the best int'l player available and probably the most talented that was available this period. To act like the Os shouldn't want him because he's not a sure fire all star and the team is currently bad is insane logic.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    How many 1.5-2 win players do the Os have right now? How many will they have in the future without grossly overpaying on the FA market. The reason teams like the Rays can compete is because they pay these young guys now and don't have to give out horrible contracts to 30 year old FAs. Something that has destroyed the fabric of the Orioles to this point.
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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    Getting out manuevered by the Marlins, wasting 750K on an absolute nobody losing just about all leverage and ending up with none of them. I swear this team is doing everything they can to drive me away from them. Can't wait for uninspired retreads like Matheny and Colletti to take over manager and GM. Maybe we'll hit 50 wins!
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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.
  9. 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
  13. 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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    The Victor Victor Mesa/Sandy Gaston thread

    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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