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Some of what I heard at Fanfest:

(Paraphrased)

O's fan:  Why don't the O's bring back Adam Jones?

Elias: Can't talk about that.. blah. blah..blah.........................We have to have room for our young players.   Players that are young we may decide that they need more time in the minors to work on their skills.    But players once they are 24, 25, 26, 27 years old, we need to play them at the major league level to see what they can grow into.

O's fan: Why don't players hit the ball the other way to beat the shift?

Hyde:  Some players have a certain skill set that got them to the majors.   Its hard for them to change.

O's fans:  They don't want to change.

Hyde:  They can't change. They don't have the ability to change.

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14 minutes ago, wildcard said:

Some of what I heard at Fanfest:

(Paraphased)

O's fan:  Why don't the O's bring back Adam Jones?

Elias: Can't talk about that.. blah. blah..blah.........................We have to have room for our young players.   Players that are young we may decide that they need more time in the minors to work on their skills.    But players once they are 24, 25, 26, 27 years old, we need to play them at the major league level to see what they can grow into.

O's fan: Why don't players hit the ball the other way to beat the shift?

Hyde:  Some players have a certain skill set that got them to the majors.   Its hard for them to change.

O's fans:  They don't want to change.

Hyde:  They can't change. They don't have the ability to change.

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For me, the key takeaways from the forums:

-  Elias stated that the O's may not spend all of the international money that we have.  Too many guys spoken for come July 2.  Will watch for players who might be available, but otherwise can put those dollars to use elsewhere.

-  I came away really impressed with Hyde.  Well spoken, leadership intangibles.  We'll see how that translates to development, and in-game tactics, but I liked what I saw.

- Sig & Koby Perez session was fantastic.  Sig stated that upon arrival to the O's last month, there were ZERO analysts in the analytics department.  Stated that it will take time to build up the analytics team.  The overall impression I received from both Elias and Sig is that there is some material to work with here in terms of players, but not a ton.  Implied that this will require some patience.  Koby stated that Melvin Mora has been in touch about helping the O's with prospects from his academy.  

-  Session with Palmer, Boog, Eddie and Brooks was fun.  Kinda brought a tear to my eye seeing these guys up there together.  Brooks is the Jimmy Stewart of baseball.  What an endearing man.  So many people spoke just to say how much a chance meetings decades ago with him meant to them.  One young lady let him know that Brooke was her middle name after him.  My favorite Brooks story was, someone asked him who was the toughest pitcher he ever faced.  I forget who Brooks named, but he told stories of multiple games when the guy got him out.  Boog then said "Brooks, don't you remember when you, me and Frank went back-to-back-to-back on him that night in Detroit?"  Brooks with perfect comedic timing ".... but one night in Detroit, I GOT him with a home run"

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29 minutes ago, beantownrefugee said:

My favorite Brooks story was, someone asked him who was the toughest pitcher he ever faced.  I forget who Brooks named, but he told stories of multiple games when the guy got him out.  Boog then said "Brooks, don't you remember when you, me and Frank went back-to-back-to-back on him that night in Detroit?"  Brooks with perfect comedic timing ".... but one night in Detroit, I GOT him with a home run"

Earl Wilson was the pitcher.  September 4, 1969
https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET196909040.shtml

In 11,782 PAs, Brooks faced Earl Wilson 122x, 6th highest of all opposing pitchers in his career.  His numbers were .191/.256/.300/.556 with 3 HRs, 6 RBI.

One pitcher that Brooks had a lot of success against was Jim Kaat.  155 PAs, .333/.368/.472/.840  3 HRs, 16 RBI

https://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/batter_vs_pitcher.cgi?batter=robinbr01

 

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11 minutes ago, TonySoprano said:

Earl Wilson was the pitcher.  September 4, 1969
https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET196909040.shtml

In 11,782 PAs, Brooks faced Earl Wilson 122x, 6th highest of all opposing pitchers in his career.  His numbers were .191/.256/.300/.556 with 3 HRs, 6 RBI.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/batter_vs_pitcher.cgi?batter=robinbr01

 

And we give Palmer all the credit for having a great memory.

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1 minute ago, Can_of_corn said:

And we give Palmer all the credit for having a great memory.

It is funny how players can remember certain games, decades later.  Tip of the cap to Boog on this memory.

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12 minutes ago, TonySoprano said:

It is funny how players can remember certain games, decades later.  Tip of the cap to Boog on this memory.

Back to back to back doesn’t happen that often.   

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16 minutes ago, Frobby said:

Back to back to back doesn’t happen that often.   

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Just ask Tom Emanski.

 

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16 hours ago, eddie83 said:

The news about Ortiz isn’t very good. 

I'm open to ignoring if he can pitch decently - others have.  I remember an anecdote about a hefty pitcher, I think Sid Fernandez, who really trimmed down one offseason and started getting questions about his fastball.

That said - I agree on balance it isn't good news.  Kind of in the category of - you win 20 in the show, you can grow fungus on your shower shoes.

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2 minutes ago, OrioleDog said:

I'm open to ignoring if he can pitch decently - others have.  I remember an anecdote about a hefty pitcher, I think Sid Fernandez, who really trimmed down one offseason and started getting questions about his fastball.

That said - I agree on balance it isn't good news.  Kind of in the category of - you win 20 in the show, you can grow fungus on your shower shoes.

You don’t have to go that far back; CC Sabathia was horrific the year he dropped weight.

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