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    Here's a list of some prospects who have had serious injury problems since the late '90's or so. Of these, which are your biggest regrets? Who did you have really high hopes for? I'm going to include on this list some guys who made it to the majors, but never really got going due to injuries. And, some guys who are still in our MiL system and still have a chance to beat the odds. Chris Smith Beau Hale Matt Riley Adam Loewen Val Majewski Brandon Erbe Chorye Spoone Aaron Wirsch Cameron Coffey Dan Klein Ryan Berry Jesse Beal Matt Hobgood Tyler Townsend Trent Mummey In a sense, Troy Patton belongs on the list. He might have been a starting pitcher but for his shoulder injury. As it is, he's a pretty darned good reliever, but he'd have been awesome with 2-3 mph more on the fastball. And here's a name for the old-timers: Pete Stanicek. That kid was dyamite at 2B coming up through the minors in '85-87. He could have been another BRob. Got hurt in AAA in '88, and kept getting injured after that. That was a tough loss.
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    During the season Boldin had 65 grabs for 921 yds and 4 td's. In week 1 he scored and TD and he didn't score another td until week 13. In the playoffs he added an additional 36 grabs for 380 yds abd 4 td's. If Boldin doesn't go off in the playoffs we are not saying as much about Boldin being let go. What contract do the Ravens give him to save them money and pay him? They would have to bascially take the money he is old this year and make it a signing bonus spread out over a 3 or 4-year deal. On top of that how much less is he willing to take in years 2, 3 or 4? I love Q, but I do not think he is going to get much more than what he got here to play somewhere else. I also feel that we can replace him if our hand is forced.
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    Can't they extend him and push the difference to next years cap? He wouldn't lose any money and we would still get some cap relief for this year. It would hurt us next year, but I think the 2 million is more important this year than next.
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    Just to clarify, that is Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin, not Oakland manager (and former Oriole) Bob Melvin. I believe Doug was in the Orioles' front office at one time early in his career, though.
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    The post you quoted was a clear and direct response to your question. I am not asking you a question. That you brought up the international presence is a fact, not a question. That increased international scouting is in response to a decreased domestic talent pool seems rather self-evident, and I frankly cannot understand how you can seriously argue against it. As I have stated, I am not saying that an individual player with certain natural talent was better in the past than today. In fact, today's same player is likely able to better maximize his gifts due to the advantages today's players enjoy. The player pool, however, is smaller today, and the number of major league spots available to them is greatly increased. Again, we were discussing on aggregate. I was responding to your assertion that today's players were better on aggregate and, for the reasons I have noted, I disagree. I do not think conditioning and health aids and/or technological advances trump superior natural talent in baseball. You cannot take a AA-ceiling player and make him a HOFer with conditioning, supplements, and the newest and best glove. On the other hand, a guy with true major-league talent will perform well with "a beat up glove, a homemade bat, and a brand new pair of shoes." More guys with that natural talent pursued baseball in the past than today. I talk to a lot of young people who play basketball and football who have told me that they have never played baseball. Today's Willie Mays might be playing soccer. And he may not be a major-league caliber soccer player. Believe it or not, there are major league players in all major sports that are not playing professionally in the sport they liked best as a teenager. They had to be exposed to that sport, however, for coaches, scouts, and the players themselves to discover that they had the talent. If they never play the game, the talent goes untapped.
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    Nothing wrong with Hobgood. He just broke down. It happens. Rowell however deserves all the negatives he gets.
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    What? You do realize how wrong you are right? Joe's contract has a minimal cap impact this year for a QB. $6.8M to the cap this coming season. That is peanuts. Anquan Boldin is not getting squeezed out because of Flacco's contract. Anquans contract is up after this coming season. You are way off base. Additionally, Joe's cap number for 2014 ($14m and change) sits at the 9th most in the NFL. Still far from bad. Cap hit the following year is the about the same (about 200k less) and actually outside the top 10. After that he will be restructured most likely. Again, Joe Flacco is not the reason for Boldin's potential release. In fact, the contract he took gave the team a chance to think about keeping him. If he structured his contract otherwise there is a good question we aren't even having this debate because we would have to cut Boldin.
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    It started way back in the 1st inning when the guy who bunted (Chris Robinson) slid hard into second base, late, to break up a double play. I believe he may have been the original target for being plunked. When he bunted, the third baseman told the pitcher to nail the next guy. This has got to be a nightmare for major league clubs fearing for injury. I say that while brawls are never good, it's nice to see these teams take the games so seriously when certain talking heads are pooh-poohing the international game. It got chippy at the Puerto Rico - Venezuela game too.
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    I've seen a lot of hateful, personal insults hurled in Hobgood's direction. He didn't draft himself, he didn't ask for the media attention, he didn't ask for the public scrutiny...he's a young man trying to live the dream. Granted, he's an adult and chose to become a (well-compensated) professional athlete, but he's still a human being. We as fans can forget that sometimes, so I applaud you for your approach/opinion.
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