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Smilin' Joe Fission

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    Richmond, VA
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    O's, Crowes, and Natty Bohs...and the VCU Rams
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    Adam Jones
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  1. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Is Harbor Park (Norfolk AAA) a problem?

    I'd love for the O's to have their affiliate in Richmond. Used to be the AAA team for the Braves, but the stadium has been an ongoing issue for well over a decade. The Flying Squirrels were promised a new stadium, but that still hasn't come to pass. At some point, something will give, but I have no idea when.
  2. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Roch Interviews Mejdal

    This has me really excited for the future of this team.
  3. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Could we see changes to MASN? Please?

    I also wrote to MASN about a year ago about streaming. I was basically lied to, being told that MLB does not allow games to be streamed through other carriers. When I replied that NESN and Red Sox games were available on PS Vue, I was assured it would just be for spring training games and replays, but no live games. So much for that.
  4. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Could we see changes to MASN? Please?

    What are the current agreements?
  5. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Baltimore Baseball. Buck Says Goodbye to You. Personally.

    I appreciate how it's really just him writing out his thoughts more so than a letter; yet, as @Frobby said, it's classic Buck. He did it classy in a way that only he can. I'm not from Baltimore, but I always consider it a second hometown because of the O's and how much I come up there and the one thing I'll miss about Buck most of all is how much he embraced the city, not just the team or the fan base, but the culture of everyone that lived there.
  6. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Rating the O's executive candidates

    I agree. I'm hoping whoever is "president" selects Elias as GM.
  7. Smilin' Joe Fission

    TT: Silence of Ownership is Deafening

    His recruiting strategies down in Miami sure seem to be "paying off" 😎
  8. Yes, the Sun reporters quoted Buck and DD. That doesn't mean that Buck and DD were up front about everything they said. I am sure Buck knows, but for a reason or reasons did not want to say everything at that point.
  9. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Will Rob Manfred get another term as Commissioner?

    I sure hope not
  10. Smilin' Joe Fission

    The Inevitable national outlet Chris Davis article.

    I thought it was interesting that Roch mentioned it like this, especially with some of the questions recently around who was leading those negotiations.
  11. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Bucks recent comments

    You don't sign Rasmus if you think you can. But seriously, you're right, but those were also not moves that made them actual contenders. This past offseason had no direction. My only point was moving Manny to short from third, while, yes, makes the team worse, could have been an order from the front office to make him more marketable.
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    Bucks recent comments

    Maybe. But he could have actually agreed with the move. I don't think anyone really thought we'd contend this year, so putting Manny at short, if it's in the best long-term interest, I don't see why Buck would have put his foot down on not doing it.
  13. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Bucks recent comments

    While I agree with you on his bad decisions, I think it's unfair to omit the countless brilliant coaching decisions he's made during his time here. And as for Manny to SS, I assumed that was a direction from the front office to hopefully increase his trade value. Everyone knew what he could do at third, show he's good at short, too. Didn't really work out, but it could have been more damaging to move him back than to play up the narrative of the learning curve to get back to his level of defense. All that said, I do think it's time to move on from Buck.
  14. Smilin' Joe Fission

    Grade the Rebuild, Phase I

    I gave a B/B-, but I think it may be too early for a couple of the trades to really know. I was pleased with the Manny and Britton trades, but thought we could have done better with Gausman and Schoop. I was actually hoping those two would have been paired together for a bigger return. But, and I'm sorry if this has been said already, I scanned through the posts and didn't read every one, the biggest part of the rebuild to me are the changes DD addressed after the Manny trade. The rebuild needs to be from the top down and isn't just about the players. The changes in organizational philosophies are crucial as we've seen how this team has been run for the last 20+ years. If there really are widespread improvements to scouting and player development and more investment in analytics and the international market, then this rebuild will be successful. If not, then it really doesn't matter who we got/get in these trades.
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    Orioles Deal Gausman/O'Day to Braves - Schoop to Brewers

    He's also reporting on Just in case, he felt her snatch