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  1. That's where I'm at on Jannis. It's easy to pull for a guy who's labored so long in the minors who finally earned his shot. If he can be the 2021 pitching version of 2004's David Newhan that would be great... but it's more likely we get 2005 David Newhan than 2004. As Tony said, a sub 5 ERA in a rebuilding season will provide some value. At the very least, he'll be fun to watch.
  2. It's pretty economical too! https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Tack-Competition-Grade-9oz/dp/B004309NLK#customerReviews
  3. If Means comes back from this injury and pitches to a 4.85 ERA he will still have the lowest ERA on the staff.
  4. It's way too early for Ichiro comparisons and talk of being a franchise player. But Mullins is performing well and justifying, at least for now, the "heir apparent" status bestowed on him a few years ago. This could just be an extended hot streak, or he could be a valuable piece of the puzzle moving forward. Either way, the odds of him becoming the second coming of Ichiro Suzuki are almost nil.
  5. I know some guys are gonna have to place their hopes on the Veterans Committee.
  6. And his walk rate in the minors, over 8 seasons, was 3.6. His WHIP in the minors was 1.38 and in the major he's put up a career WHIP of 1.48. This year his WHIP is 1.43... right in line with his career numbers. He's a 28 year old who has pitched to a -1.6 WAR in parts of 6 major league seasons. I'm glad he's eating some innings for us, but I'm not betting he's "figured anything out" and he'll never be anything more than a placeholder. If anything, Lopez is a consistently slightly worse than average.
  7. Dean Kremer's demotion was overdue... I just don't know what to say about Austin Hays. Was he injured this frequently in the minors?
  8. Yes, and we should clear up that it's caused by bacteria rather than a virus.
  9. This is actually not true. School systems across the country routinely require vaccination records as a condition of enrollment. HIPPA requirement are actually very narrowly defined : https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/hipaa-vaccine-covid-privacy-violation/2021/05/22/f5f145ec-b9ad-11eb-a6b1-81296da0339b_story.html
  10. For years in WV you've had to show proof of immunization in order to attend public school. I've never thought of it before but I wonder if that's because of an exception to HIPAA rules or because its in statute?
  11. Maybe not. https://www.thethings.com/unflattering-pics-jennifer-aniston-wont-put-on-instagram/
  12. If "there's probably something on his glove" why hasn't another manager demanded the umpires check his glove?
  13. I had forgotten about Joey Rickard... but you're right. Bannon seems to have a little more pop in his bat. At the very least, since there's currently no one better standing in his way, it's worth giving him a shot to see how he handles MLB pitching.
  14. Bannon is intriguing to me. He at least shows that he can get on base. In 1272 plate appearances in the minors his .OBP is nearly 100 points higher than his .278 batting average.
  15. Bumbry, who hit .578 during his final year at Virginia State, got a late start on his MLB career in part because he spent two years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam where he was a platoon leader and a recipient of The Bronze Star.
  16. A buddy of mine who knows I live and die with the Orioles called and texted me multiple times starting in the 7th inning to let me know what was going on. I was in the grocery store shopping and didn't notice his attempts to reach me. As I was leaving the store my phone rang and it was him. In short, my friend put his phone on speaker so I could sit in my car in the parking lot and listen to the 9th inning over the phone. That... is the very definition of a true friend.
  17. Jack Cust... now there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Say what you want... he knew how to get on base. Classic Oakland A's type player.
  18. Man, guys are coming down hard on the young guy who likes to drink in bars!
  19. I love watching this guy pitch. It's refreshing to see someone have success with something other than an overpowering fastball for a change. And, with throwing a change-up 85% of the time, it seems like he could be more durable and possibly have more years left in the tank than your average 36 year old pitcher.
  20. Wow... 18 years to get 12 PA's... no hits and 1 walk. At least he got on base once and scored a run. When I was a kid there was nothing I loved more than playing baseball... I thought what could be better than to be able to play baseball for a living... even if it were a meager living. I guess that's why I feel such an affinity for guys like this.
  21. I'm a sucker for stories like this. I hope he gets in some more games... his determination certainly can't be questioned.
  22. Take off the plate appearances where he failed to get a hit and he's batting 1.000
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