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  1. 2 hours ago, Frobby said:

    That would have been an amazing catch, if he’d caught it.    It was not in his glove, but he might have had a chance to grab it if Mancini hadn’t converged with him at the last second.    

    The fact that he even got there was what impressed me. 

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  2. 8 hours ago, LA2 said:

    I'm not speculating about whether or not Mullins was conscious of Mancini closing in. I'm saying that the ball hit the inside of his glove and it was in far enough so that, by touch alone, he could have closed the glove on the ball and caught it. Mancini's approach may have made that harder to do, as well as the speed and effort with which Mullins ran that far to intersect with the ball. But by his level, sometimes balls are caught by feeling the ball hit the glove, just like a receiver in football often catches a pass by touch rather than seeing it all the way into his hands. If Mullins was distracted from doing so, Ok, that's understandable, and, like I said, I'm sure they're taking steps to avoid potential conflicts like that in the future.

    No it didn't and no he couldn't. https://www.mlb.com/gameday/red-sox-vs-orioles/2018/08/10/531143#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=531143

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  3. 15 hours ago, LA2 said:

    If that's the case, I'm sure he will next time.

    The ball went fully into Mullen's glove. I don't think Mancini distracted him from holding onto it. He may have been one of many influences.

    The ball was never fully in Mullins glove, it skimmed right off the glove, bounced,  rolled along the wall and then towards left field. Watching the replay you can see Mullins flinch, then slide on the warning track.  After the play you can see him asking Mancini if he heard him.

  4. On ‎4‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 2:40 PM, atomic said:

    The team has been awful since the Ubaldo playoff fiasco and quit with a month to go in the season last year.   Buck is clearly not getting it done.  His pitching and hitting coaches don't seem to help anything. 

    I really don't know what positive he brings to the club at this point.   

    I would trade Machado and Schoop as well.   Time to change something.

    And who do you replace him with?  Cal Jr?...no thanks. Me personally, I'd like to see Ron Washington get another chance. 

  5. 11 hours ago, Going Underground said:

    One of the NY writers was on and said they wanted Boone because he is better with the media then Girardi. We shall see about his managing . So far Yankees have had injuries and a bad bullpen and slumps. Long season could change on a dime.

    Those NY writers will turn on him on a dime when they start losing. 

  6. 12 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

    Interesting, didn't read or hear that. If they did practice that in spring training then Buck deserves some credit here as well. Fantastic job of preparing his team to be successful in the weirdest of circumstances.

    It was mentioned in todays broadcast that they practiced it cause Caleb had to know which runner to tag first.

  7. 4 hours ago, Malike said:

    Will be interesting to see how guys like he and Kapler are going to fare. Kapler in particular is managing like he's playing OoTP. He's such a brilliant analytical mind, he knows all the stats, he lives by the bible of Bill James. They are ready to run him out of Philly already lol.

    Knowing the stats and knowing how and when to use the stats are 2 different things.

  8. 5 hours ago, Tx Oriole said:

    Well maybe. I don't blame him for the lack of international drafting. That's on ownership. Hellickson and Beckham seem to be working out. But not trading Britton or Brach was a complete failure. IMO 

    I know. With all l those top prospects that were offered for Britton I cant believe he wasn't traded. Who were they again?o.O

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  9. 11 hours ago, glenn__davis said:

    Man, he has just killed us this year.  I know closers are going to blow games, but just some of his "highlights"...

    • Being the final guy who blew the 9-1 lead to the Yankees.  He obviously had some help on that one, but that was a killer.
    • The blown save to the Rays a few weeks back where we actually had a decent road trip and came home with a little momenum, and he blows a game with 2 outs and none on by walking a guy and then balking him over.
    • Tonight's game where the team battles back from an 8-0 lead, and he immediately gives it up.

    Just awful losses, and he was directly responsible for all of them.  I know we're spoiled with Britton, but this is definitely an argument against the "anyone can be a closer" argument.

    There is another constant in your 1st and 3rd example and that is Gausman. Sure, Brach is the last guy to have the ball and that why he gets so much grief, but the fact of the matter is that this team is 5 under .500 and its all on the starting pitching. Brad Brach is the least of this teams worries.

  10. Can I name a manager who did use his closer in a must-win game in the postseason when his team didn't have the lead? Bruce Bochy. He used his closer Sergio Romo during a tie game in the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS against the Reds when they were one loss away from going home. The Giants ended up taking the lead the following inning and wound up winning the game and later the World Series. But then again what does Bruce Bochy know? He only has three WS rings for making decisions that go against the book in the postseason.

    What about the O's offense made you feel they were going to get a lead anytime soon? The offensive approach was horrible and seemed to get a lot worse after the Kim incident.

  11. Baseball managers I'd rather have than Buck

    Bruce Bochy

    Joe Maddon

    Terry Francona

    Joe Girardi

    Jeff Banister

    There's five right there. Hell, even John Gibbons was smart enough to use his closer and best reliever Roberto Osuna in a non-save situation. Typically you don't use closers in extra innings at home but even Gibbons realized the urgency of every inning was and didn't wanted to risk going down with bullets left in the chamber.

    You couldn't be more wrong. You typically don't use your closer on the road until you get the lead. At home, yeah, you do go to your closer.

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