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01-15-2014 08:54 AM #1
Did anyone else catch DDuq on Clubhouse Confidential yesterday?
One of the co-hosts of the show (not Brian Kenney) had a phone interview with DD asking him about the current state of the O's. Asked him about the closer situation, and DD laughed for a moment, then talked a little bit about Hunter and O'Day and their strengths and weaknesses. Looks like that's the direction there, so no news.
Then he was asked about MW, who is two years away from being a FA. DD said that while there's no long-term deal in place, that Matt is a homegrown player, and he'd sure like to see him in an O's uni for a long time, but for now, he's our guy this year and next, and we'll see what happens. Literally, he said words without really saying anything at all. I say kiss MW goodbye, personally.
Then was asked the same question about Crush. Same response, except for the homegrown part. He's our guy now and we're glad, but no idea what the future will hold.
He was asked about the rotation, and the analysts speculated about the recent Santana medicals and whether they might be in on some of the FA pitchers that might make sense for us (Santana(s), Jimenez, Garza, or Arroyo). DD said that he liked what he saw from Tillman last year, but would ideally like someone to put in front of or behind him in the rotation for this year, but likes our depth now more than a year ago.
It was a pretty terrible interview, even if the questions were all good ones. I was actually pretty impressed with an MLB network show that asked such relevant questions to this team - most in depth questions and analysis is reserved for the better and/or more popular teams. It's not their fault that the interviewee was a dud and deflected every question with ambiguous answers.
01-15-2014 09:10 AM #2
MLB Network is great. I've been watching a lot recently but somehow missed this yesterday.
I'm going to be VERY upset if/when we don't extend Chris Davis.
01-15-2014 09:17 AM #3
I feel like DD always laughs awkwardly at questions and never has a good interview. I can't watch them anymore because they usually just bum me out.
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I don't see what else Duquette is supposed to say. He has no choice but to be vague. To me, he's doing the right thing there.
01-15-2014 09:20 AM #5
Matt. As for the pitching he said he likes the teams depth. So what's wrong on
thAt end? Is DD supposed to tell the interviewer all that is going on behind the
scenes or all the FO ideas or plans? Do you want them to make a deal just to
make a deal? There seems to be a lot of impatience from fans. I can be that way
too. For me I am trying to have patience with the FO. No amount of hand wringing
or cussing and fussing with change one blessed thing. IMO
01-15-2014 09:28 AM #6
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Would you like to hear something like this "We thought we could trade JJ and replace him with Balfour saving some dough, but then we saw Grant's shoulder was a mess and now we're screwed at closer? We'll try Hunter there and hope he can fix his problems. Our starting pitching just isn't working out. We tried several trade ideas to upgrade it this year, but everyone is asking too much. We think AJ Burnett could help, but he won't make up his mind. The other SP on the market want more money than we can pay. We're worried about it next year, but we have no other options. Weiters and Davis-kiss them good-bye in two years, unless Angelos kicks the bucket, and then who knows what might happen. He's already given Jones and Markakis nice extentions; don't expect it again. Listen, I'm doing the best I can with what has been given to me. I just hope some of our cheap options work out this year."
01-15-2014 09:34 AM #7
As for the MLB Network, I'm very disappointed in their lack of programming. In a 24 hour broadcast day they only air 4 hours of live TV each day and that's it. 2 hours of "Hot Stove" in the morning. A half hour of "Intentional Talk" in the afternoon followed by a half hour of "Clubhouse Confidential" and then an hour of "MLB Tonight".
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