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  1. I think the international signings has taken some of the boredom out of this offseason.
  2. Lots to be excited about! I've been waiting a long time to see something like this. And not only are we rated in the top-tier, but the Yankees are in the bottom tier! 🙂
  3. I can't recall if it was a doubleheader, but I live in the Harrisburg area and make it to as many Bay Sox games as I can.
  4. I was trying to get Matt Wieters autograph when he was coming up through Bowie. The game was in Harrisburg, and he was signing autographs for other fans. Just as I was getting close, all the players were called into the dugout, and Wieters began walking away. I called out and asked if he'd sign my Orioles media guide, but he was apologetic, saying he had to go. But then he shrugged, came over, and signed for me, and I thanked him. He didn't have to sign, but he did, which was very cool. Not many high draft picks would have done that, so he quickly became one of my favorite players.
  5. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!!
  6. Enjoyed the interview. He's an easy guy to root for, and hope he makes it!
  7. Sad to see Iglesias go. I really liked him, but I get it.
  8. I'm guessing Elias thinks he'll be able to make a trade at some point. I think this will turn out to be a good move in the long run.
  9. My expectation is for Hays and Santander to remain healthy and avoid the DL (or whatever it's called). That should go a long way to having a successful season for each of them. With that said, I'd be thrilled if Santander hit .250 with 30 homers and 100 RBI, with Hays hitting .270, 25 homers and 80 RBI. But is that what I expect from them? Probably not. I think my lowest expectation would be for Santander to hit .240, 20 homers and 85 RBI, and Hays to hit .250, 15 homers and 70 RBI. Anything less than that would be disappointing to me... or if they spent a considerable amount of time injured.
  10. linedrive

    Nunez DFA

    Makes sense, but still sad to see him go. All the Best to you Renato!
  11. On the bright side, he out-pitched Porcello.
  12. I guess it depends on how the term is defined. I defined it as "Using the best pitcher available in any given situation..." This primarily means not committing to someone as the "closer". How many times have we seen an inexperienced "closer" start the 9th inning and blow the save, and the next night he's put in the same situation and blows the save, and three nights later... etc. In the meantime, the previous pitcher recorded two outs on four pitches, and instead of leaving him in to close the game, he's replaced by the "closer", who promptly walks the bases loaded, gets a couple outs, then loses the game on a two-run double. By not committing to a "closer", however, we can leave the hot hand in the game, or bring in another pitcher who's been hot to finish the game, and if he gets in trouble, then replace him with another pitcher who might be right for the given situation. This idea isn't new and has been discussed by sports journalists for years. I simply take the above position- unless we have clearly have a dominating closer (and we've had many).
  13. I like Sulser, but never agreed with committing to him as a closer... at least not until he established himself and truly earned it. I don't think that ever happened. In times like this, I'd like to see a bullpen by committee. Using the best pitcher available in any given situation seems like the most logical direction to go. When the entire staff is young and questionable, there's no need to force anyone into any given role. Put them in situations where they'll most likely succeed, learn and improve. I'd think situational pitching would be the best thing for this club. I realize a closer an expectation in today's game, but that may not always lead to more wins, which should be the ultimate goal. I'm not so concerned about wins this season, but in a year or two, let's go for wins, not saves.
  14. Definitely. He walked 4 times in his first four games (.333 batting avg), but hasn't walked since- 0 walks in his last six games (.320 avg). He had 2 runs and 1 RBI in those first four games, and 2 runs and 4 RBI in his last six. Pitchers will adjust, and it would be helpful if he were to be more selective and take those walks. Let's see how he does this last month of the season.
  15. I don't remember where he landed on MLB Pipeline's draft rankings, but I do remember he was advertised with having an advanced bat, and I was happy with that. I've been following his progress ever since.
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