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  2. Yes they aren't going to play until there are fans in the stands. New York and California teams will be the last places to lift restrictions. I think May is optimistic. I am thinking sometime in June is more realistic.
  3. So if I understand this correctly, the Orioles DFA'd a guy who hits 30 homers a year for a guy who is six months older and has never hit in the major leagues? One scout told me he's Chris Davis-light. Big time raw power, long swing, slow (15.4 percentile spring speed in 2019) and has shown to be a below average defensive 1B and corner outfielder. The only thing in his favor is he hits left-handed, has an option and cheap. I can't figure this one out.
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  5. Sports Guy

    Nunez DFA

    Calling him expensive is pretty funny.
  6. I'd honestly rather just run DJ Stewart out there everyday for a full season and try to see what he has to offer the team over the longer term, but I guess we could potentially flip Puig for a pair of C prospects at the trade deadline if he is playing pretty well.
  7. Wait wait wait... There are actually people legitimately upset that the Orioles dumped an expensive, mediocre DH-type player that literally no one else in baseball wanted at his original multimillion dollar price tag? Or is this some type of avant-garde digital performance art bit deconstructing the stereotypical uninformed and overly emotional sports fan that has simply whooshed right over my head...?
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  9. You are right. There will be baseball when profits can be made again.
  10. I think you will be seeing “essential” workers begin to be vaccinated by Feb-March. December and January will be healthcare workers and the elderly but this makes up probably less than 25 percent of the population.
  11. Sports Guy

    Nunez DFA

    Umm..yes, you are wrong. Several teams treat the position as of its a full time position. That at bat stats is a fact you can’t argue against. That’s the definition of “full time”.
  12. March should be early enough to book your flight and hotel.
  13. I wonder if they would still be on the hook for the entire salary if they waited til after a potential announcement of a shortened season?
  14. Philip

    Nunez DFA

    Nah, I’m not wrong. however, If I may my father’s comment half way through a performance of Mahler 8: ” well, I’ve had about as much of this as I can stand. Let’s go find something interesting to eat.“ And that is what I am going to do… God bless you and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
  15. Frobby

    Nunez DFA

    I posted way back at the beginning of the thread that I thought it was possible Nunez had another level of improvement left in him. If I’m guessing (which is all it is), I think Hays and Santander will be better hitters than Nunez at their respective peaks. But I don’t know it for sure. It’s sort of a moot point since we agree Nunez isn’t really competing with those two for at bats. As to Stewart, I’m guessing he will not turn out to be as good a hitter as Nunez, though I’m not sure about that, either.
  16. o The St. Louis Cardinals franchise has been around since 1882. That's 139 seasons. In all of that time (1882-present), who holds the all-time Cardinals franchise record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game? Is it Bob Gibson ??? Grover Cleveland Alexander ??? Jesse Haines ??? Dizzy Dean ??? No. While those superstars shined brightly for many years and many games for the Redbirds (especially Gibson and Haines), none of them holds the franchise record (1882-present) for the most consecutive strikeouts in a game. If not one of them, then who ??? Perhaps Bob Forsch, Steve Carlton, Mort Cooper, or John Tudor ??? Nix again. Believe it or not, it is none other than JOHN SMOLTZ. In 2009, in the twilight of his career and well past his prime, future Hall-of-Famer Smoltz struck out 7 consecutive batters on August 23rd against the Padres ........ IN HIS VERY FIRST GAME AS A CARDINAL. And mind you, this WAS NOT vintage John Smoltz. This was a 42 year-old pitcher who was hanging on at the end of his storied career, probably for no other reason than wanting to get every inch of love out of the game that he had been playing for the better part of his life. In fact, previous to the Cardinals signing him as a free agent that August, Smoltz has been absolutely dreadful pitching for the Red Sox (which is why they released him in the first place), going 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA. Smoltz pitched 6 more games for the Cardinals, and retired at the end of the season. Strange, but true. o
  17. Frobby

    Nunez DFA

    I’m not sure I buy your Baseball Savant argument. It’s not like Nunez started playing yesterday. We’ve seen him perform for parts of three seasons. His style of hitting (somewhat low BA and OBP, fairly high K rate, good power) has some value. The average team had a .227/.312/.407 OPS at DH last year. Nunez has hit .253/.319/.463 for us the last three years, and better than that last year. So he is a good enough hitter to help some team primarily at DH.
  18. Sports Guy

    Nunez DFA

    Not really..you showed he’s not elite. Obviously. No one has argued otherwise.
  19. Sports Guy

    Nunez DFA

    Hays and Santander could be better hitters but they aren’t now and if you want to assume that those guys will get better, Nunez could as well. Sure, Stewart benefits but he also could get at bats regardless if Nunez is here. I can’t imagine Mancini is an everyday player right off the bat.
  20. Updated post on first page of thread with 40 man roster info (post #10 I think) for the Shaw/Eshelman move. I listed Shaw as an outfielder because he has played most of his MLB games in left.
  21. Sports Guy

    Nunez DFA

    You are wrong. Just go look at the 2019 DH stats for example..several teams in the AL had the same guy taking up a large majority of the at bats, with many of them getting 500+ at bats and that doesn’t include Alvarez, who the Astros brought up later in the season and was their exclusive DH for the rest of the year (he had just under 400 at bats).
  22. If I'm the O's and Mancini is on the team and healthy enough to play, I'm putting him at DH a lot of the time to help him conserve his strength.
  23. Philip

    Nunez DFA

    But he does have to be good. I have already shown, using real stats from baseball savant, that he is not.
  24. Frobby

    Nunez DFA

    I brought up Santander and Hays only because your post addressed them. I agree, Nunez wouldn’t have cost them at bats. I take your point there. It’s probably Stewart who benefits most from Nunez’s absence, at least until Diaz gets called up.
  25. Thanks for the detail - I guess we'll see by Wednesday if turkeys or MLB payrolls are picked more bare. Happy Thanksgiving to all here at OH!
  26. Sports Guy

    Nunez DFA

    Your DH doesn’t have to be versatile.
  27. Philip

    Nunez DFA

    Sure. I’m sorry if my comment was misunderstood. Actually, maybe it wasn’t. The Same value can mean different things base on team need. Most teams would prefer their 1.5 WAR in a more versatile package, unless they have a glaring need for the single tool offered by the limited guy. You mentioned 4 AL teams, which is four out of 30. As I said earlier, he will probably be playing somewhere next season, but it won’t be for very much.
  28. Frobby

    Nunez DFA

    Seven of 15 AL teams had one player get more than 50% of the team at bats at DH. Three had pretty much one guy exclusively, Three others had someone get at least 67% of the at bats. Notably, the Orioles were not one of these teams. Nunez had only 35% of the team’s DH at bats, and only about 40% of his at bats were as a DH. He played DH more often (percentage-wise) in 2019 than in 2020.
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