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  1. Well we're not playing him ahead of Scott, he's still manning the DH spot and performing just fine in that role. No reason to make a change there. Reimold has a grand total of 47 AAA at-bats, I have no problem with leaving him at Norfolk for a couple more months to ensure he's completely ready. Montanez is what he is. A typical late bloomer, and ultimately a low ceiling type of guy. I see a guy who plays average defense at best, and might put up an .800 OPS in the majors in a good year. With all that being said, I don't see why we can't give Pie a couple more months to try and figure thi
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  2. Wow, someone gave me neg rep for THIS post? Really? Please, anyone, tell me what is wrong with my post above.
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  3. Let me say, first of all, that I continue to favor giving Felix Pie regular playing time and letting this experiment play out for a while. Nevertheless, there is a line of thinking that goes like this: "Nick Markakis hit .182/.270/.288 in April. What if we had given up on him then?" That logic is a bit superficial, in my view. I think anyone could see, from his very first game, that Nick had an advanced understanding of the strike zone and a very patient, disciplined approach at the plate. The fact that he managed a .270 OBP despite his .182 average was testament to that. And a
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  4. I really don't see the problem. It's win win IMO. If Pie fails to show progress and Reimold continues to hit in AAA, you call him up. If Pie shows progress, you have yourself a talented player.
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  5. Wow, there is a lot of unwarranted aggression towards JTrea. At this rate, Ackley WILL be taken before any of those pitchers, and is most definitely NOT a reach at #5. Nowhere did I see him say that Matzek, White, and Crow sucked, but only that position players are usually rated more highly than pitchers, most likely because there is less of a chance of injury and it is easier to correctly evaluate how they will translate in the MLB.
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  6. I'm sure other guys get more than that. Still, I think it's crazy that they would pocket $500 for the honor of having people fawn over you for a couple of hours. At the very least, they should direct that money to a charity. Better yet, do it for free. Use your celebrity to help these organizations. Youth sports organizations have dozens of folks who donate hours and hours of their lives so that kids can play some ball. Right now, there are some guys spreading dirt around a muddy infield so that my kid can play T-ball this evening. They are doing that for free. The juxtaposition of that scen
    1 point
  7. Wow. The cackling of the announcers was a little distracting at times. It being ESPN and all, I'm surprised one Mr. J. Maier didn't make the list for his "Wall Moment". Otherwise, some interesting highlights there.
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  8. That is pretty unfair. Many of us are trying to determine what value lies in these players. None of us are flawless and I am certainly not concerned about the community view of my perspective. If I see that I error in my analysis, I will say so. Just dismissing us because you think I am being protective of my rep is rather insulting. I'm not sure how you can be so sure there is only one way to look at this and think all those who oppose have some self-serving purpose to it.
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  9. Ah the never ending battle between the analysts and the fanatics. I tend to respect Stotle's views on these subjects. He knows much more than me about this stuff and I hope he continues to post his take on what he saw, despite the criticism he and others have taken on this thread. I too enjoyed a well pitched game by a pitcher that potentially could help us in 2010, 2011, 2012..... Pretty exciting stuff to me as a fan but I also like to hear what other more knowledgable posters saw. I liked that virtually nothing he threw was straight (hopefully Liz was watching) and very few seemed to
    1 point
  10. I somewhat agree with this. He has great fastball command, and I'd venture to say his 2 seamer/sinker were good at times. I did see that he was getting hit a lot harder the second time through. He is very good at getting ground balls, so he may be best suited to come in and get a crucial ground out like Bradford was used for, but for now he's probably our #3 starter. His delivery looks pretty effortless. I'd like to see some video on him just to get an idea of his mechanics. Overall, he looks like he could be a solid starter in the back end of the rotation, or a Jim Johnson type reliever wh
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  11. Absolutely. Between feedings I will be there. That and Drake's Fortune 2 and God of War 3. I hope the kid finds the sound of people being stabbed in the kidneys, shot in the head and decapitated by mystical blades soothing.
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  12. No worries. I certainly don't mean to pee in anyone's cheerios. I think everyone was happy to see Bergesen poised and in control of the game. He was confident and handled himself well -- what more can you reasonably ask from a first start?
    1 point
  13. Nahh.... I'd love to have a 360, not necessarily for the exclusive disc titles, although Fable II sounded cool. I'm interested in Virtual Arcade. If I can scrounge the money, I'll consider getting the new Elite with Halo and Fable packaged in. The only question is whether it's worth the money seeing how I won't have much time to play once the new baby arrives. The only thing I would say is that touting Netflix as an incentive for Xbox is a bit deceptive. There are several other services out there that let you stream Netflix. I use PlayOn to stream through my DirectTV box. It also streams Ama
    1 point
  14. Great job by "The Kid." He was done after this inning anyway. Trembley took him out so he could get the standing "O".
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  15. We are more than a month away from draft and only two weeks into the MLB season and there are already a few things concerning me about comments about specific players from posters on this board. I was reading the Ackley thread and found a poster saying that he's counting on this year's 2nd round pick being better than last years, Xavier Avery. How can we be saying things like this already? Avery was drafted as a toolsy project. I was shocked to see him in Delmarva. I had him penciled in as the centerfielder for the IronBirds and still think he'd benefit from more time in Sarasota, refining h
    1 point
  16. I couldn't find any pitch count stats on Hernandez so I used TT's pitch count estimator. That formula gives DH a pitch count of 88 pitches per game. If that's true, the 5.2 innings/start is not important. 17 pitches/ inning is not great, but he's not laboring. If he's getting through 5.2 on 88 pitches (which seems likely considering how the Orioles don't allow their minor leaguers to run up high pcounts), then he should be able to get through 5 or 6 innings in the majors. That's not desirable, but he can build on it.
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  17. TV rating stinks. Radio ratings stinks. Attendance stinks. Gotta cut costs somewhere...
    1 point
  18. OK…per baltimoron's request, I'm giving a brief review of the book "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Schlaes. Let me start off by saying that the author has more of a libertarian or conservative view of economics…basically, the assumption that governmental forces should be limited in how it can regulate business. I think she does a good job, though, of explaining how these times were very difficult and our government really had no idea how to handle this crisis. Also, I need to emphasize that I am not scholarly, but will give you my general impressions about the era she describes. It won't be lo
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  19. Low-A is quite a jump for a 19-year old who played in the GCL last summer. He skipped both Bluefield and Aberdeen. It may turn out that he needs to go back to that level. Just to remind you, Brandon Snyder was 19 when he played at Delmarva the first time, and he hit .194/.237/.340 and had to be sent back to Aberdeen partway through the year. Ryan Adams was hitting .236/.296/.329 at Aberdeen at age 20. So, if Avery is overmatched at Delmarva at age 19 and needs to move down a level, it is not the end of the world.
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  20. All I have to say is that Vlad never wanted to come here, we low-balled Delgado, and never made a serious offer to Tex...oh yeah, and we should have drafted Smoak. And yes, thanks for the suggestion...I will ignore Pie threads from now on.
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