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  1. 3 points
    Ask, and ye shall receive. After her first bath. She was not very happy about it. But she looks so stinkin' cute all bundled up. Doing what she does best. Getting CHUBBY CHEEKS! Mr. Miyagi hands. And that is a newborn outfit. Everything is still huge on her. She's got her momma's big eyes, but everything else is all daddy. We think her eyes are turning green, which is right on par with mine.
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    I usually don't chime in, unless to ask questions about my bud Angle, but this caught my attention. I do not mean this in a way to toot my own horn but I do some work for ESPN with their ESPNHS area as it relates to amateur baseball and the draft. My latest article was on the benefits of going to college for those mid-to-late draft picks. (It wasn't a counter, but I did it as "the other side" to Churchill's the benefit to draft prep talent). I have good relationships with area scouts, cross checkers, directors of player developments, VP/overseer of scouting operations. So I have a good grasp on things and when I do not I can easily reach out to someone within various organizations. I do not mean to be simplistic or minimize the thoughts of others, and to be honest this could have been mentioned somewhere between pages 12-23 which I did not read, but size does matter. Right or wrong it plays a role in the pursuit of a pitcher. Be it the lack of downward plane for those on the shorter end or the frequent inconsistencies of those on the latter, as well as examining frame type and projecting growth, there is a certain spectrum in which a players build falls that teams are comfortable in investing in. There is one AL East that refuses to draft what they view as a pitcher with "less-than-ideal" stature. This team would flat-out not pursuit a Dillion Peters, who is 5'11, 190 at my last check. For my latest, one area scout said it is in the best interest of those shorter players to attend college and prove themselves at that level for three years to basically show they can go against the grain, because chances are, what they were offered out of HS pales in comparison to a player with the same tools, same velo, pitchability etc who may have that build. I could go on, but those who scoff at the weight placed upon of what the height of a 17-year-old is and how that is viewed I feel would be surprised if that had some talks with people making the decisions. Now I understand it is one thing for Keith's info if wrong to be discussed, and that there are extreme cases. But if a player truly is 5'9-11 180-190 there just isn't a lot of growth left in that frame, where if he isn't topping 90 now, I can't think of many people that would hold out hope that there is more there. And that is a sentiment ingrained in the minds of many across the board. Outside of projectability and how the frame will fill out relative to adding velo, one cannot forget the physical maturation that is needed to sustain the rigors of pitching professionally. This is an area in casual scouting/discussion that I honestly feel is not fully appreciated. A professional baseball season is a grind. One has to have a body that will allow them to pitch at a level well into August some 10-15 pounds less than they entered the season at, on a inconsistent diet and hectic sleep/natural cycle routine. Outside of just height and weight you're now looking at muscle mass, body comp and much more fine details. I'm sure Stotle can attest to this, but with the new CBA, now more than ever the ability of your amateur scouts is critical. While not a science, there are deep conservations taking place on this area of projectability/body comp/etc that I lightly hit on where people from all sorts of medical and physiological fields have their thoughts provided. From organization to organization there is a belief of what a "big league" body is and where that plays into scouting, acquisition and development. (I'm not a big message board guy so I'm not sure if all that added anything or was presented the best, but I hope it was worth any read.)
  3. 1 point
    Okay KC and Texas need to get with the program.
  4. 1 point
    So far the O's P/PA 2.7 against Cook
  5. 1 point
    Leo is a current radio talk show host in Atlanta. Mike and Mike brought him on to talk about Steven Strausburg's innings limit but asked him about the situation in Boston first. Here's a transcription of the beginning part of that conversation: ------ "It all starts at the top, it's called the chain of command. And with the chain of command I got to expirence both ends of it. When I was with the Atlanta Braves there was a chain of command that was in place, that was never broken. It was never broken by the players. It started with ownership, with Ted Turner, then it started with the general manager, with John Schuerholz, then Manager Bobby Cox, then the coaching staff and the players. So you had a chain of command that was never broken. Then I go to Baltimore and find out why they're losing. The chain of command was always broken... where players got to voice their displeasure to the front office which took away the power of the manager and nobody really knew who was running what. Basically what it was, was a bunch of players finding excuses for losing. So this is what's going on." *Golic chimes in with some babble and a question ending with "doesn't the onus fall on the players to just get the job done?"* "Absolutely they do. We had situations in Atlanta where if you didn't act a certain way or play a certain way you were gone... or you were told 'this is the way it's going to be'. Then when I went to another organization, it was, 'oh why are we doing this?' and questioning everything, and 'how come we're doing this and how come we're doing that?' So they bring in Bobby Valentine to change the atmosphere there. And I know Bobby, I've known him a long time, and he's very... he's different, ok *laughing*. But you know what, he's one of the brightest individuals I've ever been around, one of the smartest guys I've ever been around. And I think he knows exactly what he's doing. And I think back on it, I remember what Pedroia said that one time, he said "We don't do things this way around here." Oh we don't, huh?! Well you're not winning, you're not doing this and you're not doing that... I think it goes back to what's going on in the clubhouse and I do put it on the players, and I do think there are certain ways to handle it and certain approaches to take. You have to be in the clubhouse to really experience it... but... it all starts at the top." *Greeny then turns the discussion to Strausburg.*
  6. 1 point
    Look at the sux fans all trying to ignore the Bird. :rofl:
  7. 1 point
    Let's pull this thread up in October and see how it all plays out. I think he will. "Eye of the Tiger, Rock!" "Eye of the Tiger!" "No Pain!"
  8. 1 point
    my boy got the raw truth tonight truth so raw that it will cut you deep and youll be like ow truth dont hurt me
  9. 1 point
    The Orioles have signed guys from about every country other than New Guinea this off season. You can be critical of some things, but saying DD has not thought outside of the box is just not true. Hell, they signed a teenage softball player for cripes sake.
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    Sounds like you will be in the same boat as me and Katie. Addy was born at 33 weeks to the day. The NICU staff at PRMC was very very good and I'm sure that they are at the hospital that your twins will be born. To me, it seems that NICU staff are just a different breed of people. They aren't like regular doctors and nurses. They are much more attentive and warm natured. Heck, one time we walked in the room and the doctor was changing her diaper. Once all of this is over and your boys are home, it will all be water under the bridge. It will be like it never even happened. Then the fun begins. YOU have to feed them around the clock. YOU have to change every dirty diaper. And you'll not get any sleep. I hope the best for your family. I will say one thing, I'm glad I only have one butt to wipe and not two!!
  13. 1 point
    You start a conversation you can't even finish it. You're talkin' a lot, but you're not sayin' anything. When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed. Say something once, why say it again? Psycho Killer, Qu'est-ce que c'est
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    Does it really need to be pointed out that Olney can take a shot at the Orioles and still be telling the truth? I don't really care what Olney says about the O's, but the complete randomness of his tweet is a shot at the Orioles. If we're getting technical about it.
  17. 1 point
    The on-the-field 2012 Orioles has not changed much, this is true. The Orioles have definitely taken a backseat approach to addressing the weaknesses of the team, hoping that something clicks with the players already in the system. This approach is low risk compared to spending in free agency, where the Orioles have at times sensibly whiffed, yet at others failed to put anything into play. The moves that were made were cheap, high reward long shots: Antonelli and Flaherty COULD be valuable additions. The Asian pitchers COULD be valuable commodities the Os can flip later, a similar path to Koji Uehara. We can't judge these moves now; if they all pan out, DD is the hero... if not, he's the blockhead. Undoubtedly, if the litmus test for a "successful" offseason is an expensive foray into free agency, then yes: DD has failed in that regard. However, we were promised many things from the MacPhail era that did not come to fruition... in his short time here DD has taken risks in international free agency unprecedented in Orioles history. In a brief time he overhauled a front office completely (short of ownership), with the appearance that this club can be built to scout, draft and develop talent in a manner that would do the Oriole Way justice. You'd be hard pressed to argue that DD hasn't turned some heads where MacPhail said "I can't" or "I won't", and DD set out to do them anyway. In spite of the lackluster offseason, I'm pleased with the way the Orioles have been handled: by addressing the root of the problem, the structure of the organization. In time, we will hopefully see a shift in the way things are handled from the bottom up.
  18. 1 point
    Ok, you have a right to that take. My take is that we have a new sheriff in town. He has brought in a lot of experienced deputies that have proven resumes about their skillsets. I agree the proof of the pudding is in the eating.... until I get a taste of the pudding, I am giving these guys the benefit of the doubt. I have the right to that take.
  19. 1 point
    So stay out of these threads. You read the title, read the first post, and still decided to subject yourself to a whole bunch of discussion you find "annoying".
  20. 1 point
    Caldwell was hired in 2002, prior to the start of Manning's 5th season. Manning was coming off a disappointing season during which he regressed, throwing 23 INTs with an 84 QB rating. In fact, up to that point Manning had never had a QB rating above 95 for a full season and never had a completion percentage above 62.7. In 9 seasons with Caldwell Manning's QB rating was above 95 seven times and over 98 six times. He never had a completion percentage below 65 under Caldwell. Manning was a Pro-Bowl QB before Caldwell but the stats show that he became a better QB with Caldwell. BTW, he had the same offensive coordinator (Tom Moore) from 1998-2010.
  21. 1 point
    Waaaaa!!!! Olney took a shot at our little delicate franchise! Where is the avatar for the little kid pounding the floor and crying? He is 100000000% right.
  22. 1 point
    Which is slightly better then the MacPhail era version...
  23. 1 point
    I think guys like Buster have a auto reminder event on there calendar to make sure they talk about every team at least once a month. Today, his Orioles reminder was staring him the face so he just rehashed the same old op-ed tagline on Twitter instead of delving into a more interesting piece of journalism.
  24. 1 point
    Ah yes. Here is the Orioles of the aquarium world.
  25. 1 point
    How was it a "shot at the O's" when it was our stated strategy?"Everybody else is chasing it, too," Duquette told MLBTR. "We have to wait for the sharks to feed and then we'll wait to see what's left over."
  26. 1 point
    Seriously, why does anybody care about what any writer or pundit says? The team is terrible, and anybody with two eyes and a brain can see that.
  27. 1 point
    He's absolutely incorrect. We dived into the carcasses way earlier than usual. I mean Eveland, Teagarden, the plethora of 6 year Minor League free agents. Olney must've been asleep all offseason. We've been shopping at scrap heap city from the jump baby!
  28. 1 point
    Argh, I totally agree with you. But can only hope it's a stipulation to Cam keeping his job. We'll see on this. And odds are your right, but I can't think about another year of the same exact thing. I fundamentally disagree with this. The Colts offense was inherently more complex because they used tempo to see what the defense was doing, show different looks and then pick the matchup or play they liked best and attack it. And it's core this required a huge amount of communication between the QB and his team. He had to understand the timing and flow the ball needed to come out by (this is Joe's biggest weakness that Caldwell I think can help with). He also had to make sure he effectively changed routes at the LOS constantly. The nuances aren't clear but I think the Colts offense while seemingly simple in number of sets was actually substantially complex in the types, number of routes, etc. than could be understood by someone not actually preparing for the game. Peyton had to learn the ins and outs of his receivers and what they were thinking and how they would react. To think adjustments at the LOS are easy just remember what simplicity really is. Troy Polamalu running unblocked to strip sack Joe Flacco. That's lining up and saying, we know you know what we're going to do, and they stopped it. Oh right...that's Cam Cameron's offense.
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    On the other hand, I think some people are underplaying the challenges he faces coming back. He's a guy who's always been a little light on velocity, and his injuries took that down another notch. He's apparently in great shape, hopefully he'll get his mechanics and feel back while gaining some hop on the fastball. But it's all hope right now. Last year he literally gave up a homer every three innings and had the ugliest 50 innings ever. I'll be thrilled if he throws 100 decent major league innings in 2012.
  30. 1 point
    Of course they don't. If you think MD fans whine or complain more than other fans at other schools your not watching much college basketball. The booing, the chants at the refs, etc I hear pretty much everytime I watch a college basketball game. As far as fans in general, go to a message board of a team who just lost a game and see how often you see posts about the refs.
  31. 1 point
    Totally wish we could have snagged Blaine Gabbert's QB coach.
  32. 1 point
    I'd much rather the Orioles be better in 2013 and on than in 2012, so I'm willing to accept some depth moves in the near term. Then again, I'm an unusually patient person when it comes to sports.
  33. 1 point
    I am offering my work as a prayer for the MoMos, their MaMa, and their PaPa. Love, durb
  34. 1 point
    Obviously it's in regard to the Wilson Betemit and all of these depth signings putting us on the map as 2012 contenders. So the 2011 champs are putting it out there that they believe they'll be watching us as a potential World Series opponent for them this year. I personally think its a bit absurd for the Cards to just think they can coast their way to the series after losing Pujols. I don't see any other way to interpret that tweet...
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    I've played guitar since I was about 12 yrs old.....that's 57 years now :eektf: In 1960, I helped form a band in high school and off/on for the next 30 years played with some configuration of the band. I got interested in writing songs in the mid-70's, and by the mid-80's was serious about it. I joined NSAI, and spent a lot of time in Nashville making the rounds of publishers and record companies. It was a grueling and eye-opening experience. There are lots of starving songwriters and musicians in Nashville. A couple of my songs garnered some interest, including from the now defunct Lyric Street Records. Dann Huff, the producer for SheDaisy, liked one of my songs, but ultimately, it didn't make the cut. I still write, and sometimes dabble around in a friend's recording studio, but arthritis in my hands has taken a toll on my playing. I recently wrote a song for my 50th class reunion. It will be used on a DVD with a power-point photo presentation of the reunion.
  36. 1 point
    I am glad all went well for you Snutch and I pray that it will for Shane as well. A good and Healthy outcome for all is wished.
  37. 1 point
    I took guitar lessons when I was 5, played on an off since. After I got divorced ('85) I played a LOT. Got pretty good I guess. Played a mean Star Spangled Banner. Like SanFran said, coming up with my own songs was nearly impossible. Always sounded like some song that already existed.
  38. 1 point
    I play the drums, been doing so consistently for about 12 years, I play mainly at my church and some friends of mine and I are getting a blues, jonny lang style band together, with an extraordinary singer, who is honestly way out of our league. I was also blessed with a chance to record an album in Nashville with a band I played in for about 4 years. Oh and no writing for me I leave that to the musicians.
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    I've played guitar for over 20 years now. In my early twenties I played in gigging band and got to the point where it was my job. We partied like we were rock stars and it didn't last long. I've just started picking it up and practicing more lately.
  40. 1 point
    I'm kind of a utility infielder when in comes to music, play a variety of things pretty well but never really dedicated to any one thing. Started playing brass (trombone at first) back in elementary school then got the piano and then into your more traditional rock instruments. I was in a band in college and we recorded/played out a little. We never really broke up because we're all pretty good friends. We just got busy with life for a bit. We actually started playing again consistently a few months back and have been writing a bunch of new material. No real goal in mind, it's fun to make noise again. It's funny though, thinking back we never really did anything but originals. A cover here or there maybe. I used to really be terrified of lyrics. I was always worried about trying to write 'good' lyrics. I hated most everything I came up with. I'm quite a bit more comfortable now since I decided to just stop caring about the perceived 'quality' of the words. I don't know if they've gotten any better but I sure enjoy writing and singing them a lot more. I think the big thing for me was to just stop taking the process so seriously and enjoy the music for what it was.
  41. 1 point
    Glad to hear the good news about the profiles and the dopplers. You remain in our thoughts.
  42. 1 point
    I have a couple close friends who are Carolina fans, so I have never really "hated" them. Also, they have always had the cool players. I enjoyed watching Vince and Jamison, Ed Cota, Stack, Sheed, Forte, McCants, Calabria, etc. I never really hated them to begin with, not to mention I liked Dean Smith. I just think Coach K is a rat and the Duke players are whiny little *****es. That is why I never liked them.
  43. 1 point
    I'm sorry I had to skip to the end of the thread. I'm kind of in a rush at the moment. About to take my little girl out for a while. How many weeks are they now? It's my understanding that any baby under 36 weeks has to go to the NICU for a while. My baby girl just spent the first 4 weeks of her life in there, so if there is anyone that knows what you would be going through, it's me. If you need anything just PM me and I will give you my number. It's not easy leaving your child at the hospital while you get to go home. It makes you feel like you've done something wrong. Good luck friend.
  44. 1 point
    Well I think they should have been underdogs at GB and at SF, I'm just surprised they're underdogs here. I be the final line ends up being very very close though.
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