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  1. 25 points
    The beast is done. https://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/12/11/lukes-2019-rule-5-draft-preference-list/
  2. 16 points
    On a positive note this is the first positive contribution Mark Trumbo has made to the club this year!
  3. 16 points
  4. 15 points
    Cant say I'm thrilled with the offseason "upgrades" but it is what it is, I guess...Instead of lamenting though...I thought I'd share a little holiday cheer with a medley of my favorite singing impressions I performed on LA morning TV. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!
  5. 15 points
    There is so much I could say. But for now, I'll just quote from a thread I did on Frank's 75th birthday. A huge piece of my childhood died today.
  6. 15 points
    Seems like whenever I see nostalgic posts about the 2012-16 era, there’s all this good feeling about 2012 and 2014, but with 2016 all anybody ever brings up is Buck not using Zach Britton in the playoff game. But to me, 2016 was a really fun year that’s now very underrated. - We were coming off an 81-81 campaign in which we had to win our final six games just to reach .500, and those wins came against teams that had clinched playoff spots and didn’t really care. - We had lost Wei-Yin Chen in the offseason, and replaced him with Yovanni Gallardo, a move that was questioned by many. - We seemingly had signed Dexter Fowler to a very favorable deal, only to have the Cubs woo him away at the last minute. So, the mood that spring was pretty mixed. I wouldn’t say expectations were very high, despite having extended Davis and O’Day, traded for Trumbo and brought over the mysterious Hyun Soo Kim from Korea. But here’s what happened: - The team started off red hot, winning its first 7 games. Every time the team would sink towards .500 in the first half, the Birds would rip off another winning streak. In the first 77 games, the O’s had three 7-game win streaks and another stretch where they won 8 of 9. - The team was bipolar in July, suffering losing streaks of 5, 4 and 5 games sandwiching winning streaks of 4 and 5. - It looked like the team was fading away in August. It fell from a season high 18 games over .500 on July 25 to only 11 over by August 31. - But the team pulled it together in September, going 17-12 and finishing 7-2 and closing the year with series wins against Toronto and New York. It took until the final day to guarantee our spot in the Wild Card game and to learn whether we would play at home or on the road. Some of the individual highlights: - Zach Britton was unhittable, and went 47 for 47 in save opportunities. We needed every one to secure our playoff spot. - Mark Trumbo led the league with 47 dingers. - Matt Wieters, who ticked off a lot of fans by accepting his QO, had a bunch of very crucial, high leverage hits, including a game winning single on Opening Day, two homers in the regular season finale, and several other key hits in between. JJ Hardy got hurt on May 1, and Manny filled in very ably at SS for 43 games. Hardy returned and played very well the rest of the year, his last productive season as an Oriole. Manny was a stud all year no matter where he played, and had a great year at the plate. - Hyun Soo Kim was an on-base machine all year, and had a really critical pinch-homer in the 9th inning of Game 158 that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead that Britton held onto in the bottom of the 9th. That homer arguably saved our season. - Dylan Bundy was forced into the roster and pitched very credibly despite his minimal MiL experience. He had a jaw dropping relief appearance where he struck out 7 in 2.1 innings and topped out at 98.5. He was inserted into the rotation eventually and highlights included a 7 inning one hit shutout. - Trey Mancini got a late September call-up and hit a homer in his debut with his mom watching, and two more in the next three games with his family in the stands. - Chris Tillman had an outstanding year but got hurt down the stretch. Improbably, Ubaldo Jimenez, who had been banished to the bullpen, was reinserted into the rotation and the team went 5-2 in his 7 starts, posting a 2.45 ERA and finishing with a masterful 6.2 inning one-hit shutout in critical game 159 against the Blue Jays. - Kevin Gausman was masterful over the last two months, posting a 2.83 ERA in his final 12 starts. He won the playoff-clinching season finale, allowing only 2 runs in 7.2 IP. For me, it was a thrilling, roller coaster season with many team and individual highlights I’ll always remember.
  7. 14 points
    All these posters were in the game thread in the 16th inning. Kudos to them! maybenxtyr 0’s84 spiritof66 Finisher (justified his name) Tony-OH (hey, it’s his job!) Hallas OFFNY Spl51 Enjoy Terror Moose Milligan (but slept through several innings) LA2 (yeah, but it was 5:20 pm in South Korea!) Honorable mention to Chavez Ravine who fell asleep in the 15th inning in front of his TV. Can of corn did a drive-by shortly after the game ended, and I’m not sure if he was actually watching or not. Me? I went to sleep in the middle of the 4th inning with the score tied 1-1.
  8. 12 points
    How about a "letter", signed by all participants here, directed to the appropriate executive in the O's organization (with copies to Mike Elias and any other relevant high-level decision-maker) detailing the rationale for the Orioles organization recognition and support of the Orioles Hangout? I'm confident that there is sufficient talent among the readers and posters of OH to formulate a successful appeal.
  9. 12 points
    Adley, a man of pedigree, a disciple of Pat Casey, from humble Oregon Roots, and by the way, a pretty good ball player. Baltimore, you have been blessed. Embrace him. Oregon's gift to Baltimore.
  10. 12 points
    Just texted a friend who is a Yankee fan, "O's take 4th in a row, but all against rebuilding teams." 🤣
  11. 11 points
    Well, good for Tom Davis. He's been a steady presence on Orioles broadcasts for years. He's got a job, he does it well. I think I've told this anecdote before, but my favorite Tom Davis memory was back on the HTS days. I had to be about 10 or 11 years old. Anyway, watching the game, it goes to commercial. And Davis was portly back then, certainly not the big man he is now. So they're running the commercials and someone at HTS made an error and threw it back to the studio for about one second when they weren't supposed to, they were supposed to run another commercial. But during that second you could see Tom Davis behind the desk reaching into a bag of what looked to be Roy Rogers, and doing so very excitedly. At age 10 I could spot a Roy Rogers bag from 200 yards. Anyway, it quickly went away and they played the commercial. Then they threw it back to the studio when they were supposed to and Davis was there with a big grin on his face, kinda hoping no one saw that. It's one of the enduring mental images of my childhood.
  12. 10 points
    We probably can just leave this as a running thread to chronicle the 2019 season.
  13. 10 points
    The Orioles claimed Jack. I guess I wasn't so crazy after all. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/01/orioles-claim-jack-reinheimer-designate-austin-brice.html
  14. 9 points
    His “spin” rate isn’t very good...
  15. 9 points
    The fact that Luke is the only person I've ever allowed to really affect the rankings and allowed him to have his take on every profile speaks to how highly I think of him. I enjoy the back and forth with him and he's been a great add to the site and hopefully for many years to come!
  16. 9 points
    He's 8-for-23... what else do you need? He sooooooooo hot that his average went up 70 points last night. For Jonathan Villar to do that he'd have to go 10-for-6 tonight. That's unpossible! It's good that he turned it all around yesterday, because on Sunday it went down 55 points, and I have to think he was on the verge of being released.
  17. 8 points
    Nobody wonders why attendance is down right now. It was a point of useful discussion in 2016-17. Since then, the equation is simple: losing —> lower attendance. And guess what? It will continue going down until the team starts winning much more often than it is right now. Elias knows that. The Angelos family knows that. We all know that. And if you don’t want to pay to watch the team as they go through the demolition stage of their rebuild, then don’t. Nobody’s going to take your Oriole fan card away if you don’t want to pay to watch this. For me, I’ve decided to trust the process for at least a couple of years. I like going to baseball games too much to stop going. Will I go to fewer games than I would if they were winning? Sure. But it’s not because I feel betrayed. It’s not because I think the team is being greedy, or disloyal. For me, they’re doing what they think they need to do to turn the team around in the most efficient way possible. It’s not pretty. I hope it works.
  18. 8 points
    Figured I will give it a separate thread. Giving back to the community is nice. Good to see this because many of the new Orioles have little to no attachment to the Baltimore area. Mostly because they are new to the area or are not making the big bucks yet. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and his wife Jill donated $3 million to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital on Monday, the largest gift the hospital has received from a Baltimore sports figure. The money will be spent on building a state-of-the-art facility described as a hybrid catheterization and operating room to treat children, according to a release. “This is a cause that is close to our hearts," Chris Davis said in a release. "Everyone at the hospital has inspired our family — from the patients and families who show such courage in the face of overwhelming challenges, to the medical professionals and caregivers who dedicate their careers to saving and improving lives.” The space will be called the Evelyn Kay Davis Congenital Hybrid Catheterization Suite, named after the Davises’ daughter, Evie, who was born with a ventricular septal defect in January 2018. https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-chris-davis-donation-maryland-childrens-hospital-20191104-4wcvuuzy3vbb3f7ejwlef63e24-story.html
  19. 8 points
  20. 8 points
    Maybe being drunk brought out that particular outburst, but the reporting is that this guy had a ongoing grudge against a reporter who was holding the team accountable for acquiring a domestic abuser. That's a guy I wouldn't want in an org, even if he remained sober at all times. Let's forget about the acquiring of a domestic abuser for a minute, which I definitely do not condone. Let's just look at this Taubman guy as a cold-blooded asset valuation specialist. Even from that perspective, he is a failure. Here's why. He pushed to acquire a "distressed asset" as he put it. A player whose value was depressed by his off field actions. So the pitch is that you can get this guy for less than fair market value in baseball ability terms. That's true, whether you like it or not. But where Taubman failed was not expecting and being prepared to deal with the predictable blowback from acquiring such an asset. The guy thought that the move was being covered unfairly in the media, how ignorant do you have to be to not predict that outcome? The failure to predict and maturely handle the wide-ranging consequences of such an action is a huge red flag for me, people like that make dangerous decisions because they only see the benefit without seeing all the cost.
  21. 8 points
    I think a lot of the problems would be solved if MLB goes back to a neutral baseball that doesn't turn warning track pop flies into home runs. Home runs are being incentivized and you can't blame teams/players for taking advantage. Launch angle isn't going away, but I'm curious to see how Nunez or little Yaz profiles as a hitter if you make them start hitting baseballs from 2014.
  22. 8 points
    Happy Birthday to my first and really ONLY sports hero. Oh, I loved and admired Ali, but I never wanted to “be” like him. Brooks Robinson, who celebrates his 82nd birthday today, carried himself with grace, dignity, and class. I wanted to be like him, even though I would never have his talent. I wanted to carry myself with dignity and decorum and hoped that if I ever were successful..that those qualities I saw in Brooks, I would try to embody myself, if I could. From the time I was 5 years old, I knew he was the player who would be at the center of my sports universe. By the time I was 18, and he was almost retired, I saw him “Up Close”. I’ve mentioned here that I was batboy for the Baltimore Orioles for a few years during the late 60’s and 70’s. It was a gateway to Brooks Robinson,I thought…. getting to meet him, getting to know him, and maybe, just maybe, becoming a, dare I say “friend” of Brooks’? On my very first day as an Oriole batboy, Brooks Robinson, the first player in the Oriole clubhouse(sometimes ahead of the clubhouse “cubbies”) in the locker room, walks into the tiny dressing room I had. ‘Hey partner’..whats your name’? I looked up from what I was doing…and saw Brooks with his hand extended to me. It took my breath away. Then, after I stammered and remembered my name, he said “Partner…wanna play some pepper”? For those who don’t know…”pepper” is a simple game of hit and field. For the next 30 minutes, a goofy, awkward kid from Miami is playing ball with his only sports hero. “Don’t stab at it partner, look the ball in”, he said. Brooks Robinson was giving ME fielding pointers. I eventually caught my breath again and for the next several months I would ride “shotgun” on the buses going to away games in the Spring with Brooks Robinson. We talked, but he was so friendly and interested in me, I could barely ask say anything at all. He just radiated positiveness and goodness. Brooks NEVER dissed. No gossip. No profanity. He was always the gentleman of the team and the team had a lot of profane, bad mannered types. Brooks lived an authentic perception people have of him. He exuded the best of sportsmanship, cheerfulness, positiveness. I mustv’e watched him field 10,000 ground balls in the spring. He never took time to goof off when he was “working”. Years passed. Then I left the team to go to college. One night the Orioles were playing my college team, Miami, in a Spring exhibition game. I was the baseball play by play announcer on college radio with my buddy Gary Chrisman.(Who is still doing it today and is one of the best in the business) Brooks Robinson comes to the plate and hits a home run… as Gary and I were calling the game. I can say in my lifetime, I called a Brooks Robinson home run on a radio broadcast. More years went by, Brooks went to the Hall of Fame, and we remained close. Brooks had some serious health issues, but thankfully he recovered. One night, when he was ill, he asked ME to fill in for him at a major awards banquet. I couldn’t have said yes fast enough. An undeserved honor for me. Then lets fast forward to 2012. I get a phone call and see on ID…its Brooks. “Partner”(he still only calls me partner) its Brooks Robinson(“…..like I wouldn’t know who Brooks was). They are unveiling my statue at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and I’d like YOU to introduce me to the fans when I come to podium. I literally looked at the phone like people do in movies with disbelief as to what I just heard. He wanted ME of all people to dedicate his statue with HIM? It made no sense. Then I realized. He didn’t want to pick one teammate or baseball person he was close with…and heres why. Brooks cares about people’s feelings. if he asked Earl Weaver or Frank Robinson to introduce him, maybe someone else who played with him might be hurt. Thats the way Brooks thinks. It is why he is a great and good man. He picked ME. What an honor. The day comes. Thousands of people are there for Brooks’ statue I am introduced by Gary Thorne at the Oriole Park. I walk to the podium, and Im choked up. I almost couldn’t breathe. This isn’t about me, its about my only sports hero. And this is the greatest honor of my public life. After I caught my breath,I got a few minutes to tell my hero…I loved him. And I got to tell everyone there why. That clip is below. Happy Birthday Brooks Robinson…number 81. We could sure use a ton of people like YOU on this planet. I love you Brooks Robinson. You’re the greatest man in sports I ever knew.
  23. 8 points
    I'll start it with this fact courtesy of the Statcast podcast guys. Mancini's 16 barrels for outs last season tied Nick Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna for the MLB lead. It's fair to get something extra base hittish on a barreled ball, which is defined as more than X exit velocity and within launch angle band X to Y. I don't know the exact numbers off the top of my head but Tom Tango now of the MLB Statcast crew was part of developing them. Trey Mancini hit his way to the majors with no other playable skill. He played zero minor league games as an OF, then tried what his team asked of him, at times hurting himself in the effort. Today, Trey Mancini is our DH and cleanup hitter. Godspeed.
  24. 8 points
    Cue posts talking about to early to tell, Spring Training doesn't mean anything, Jake Fox, at least it's good that these guys are all performing well, there's something to look forward to, and something from @DrungoHazewood about how Jack Enzenroth hit .450 for a week in July playing for the 1914 Kansas City Packers of the Federal League. Am I missing anything?
  25. 8 points
    *Please note: This is not a scouting report in any way, shape, or form. This is just a detailed writing of the challenges and fun times that were endured during a quick trip to the Phillies at Orioles Spring Training game this past week on March 10th* “I can’t believe I agreed to this,” the wife says for the fifth time today as she drives us to BWI. Honestly…I can’t either. But her birthday was only 2 days earlier and I apparently did really good with the selection of an hour of time for her at Massage Envy, lunch at an Irish Pub, and dinner/show at Medieval Times. That, or she was as sick of the Maryland weather as I was and knew I would have gone alone anyway, so she wanted to supervise me. It had already been a long day. Up at 5 am for work and running out the door at 3:51 PM so we can catch this flight to Tampa, I let her drive the whole 5 minutes to the airport, since she would be driving us home in about 24 hours anyway. When I first met her 7 years ago, she wasn’t into baseball. She still wasn’t as much into it 4 years ago. Then, a little more than 3 years ago, I went and got a career ending injury in a car accident and was out of work due to Workman’s Comp incompetence almost all of 2016. During that time, I kept going to Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox games (even threw in a few road trips to Norfolk and one to Delmarva, along with some Orioles games) to the point where she thought I was seeing someone else. Well, I was…Future Orioles players. When she started coming to games with me later in the season and saw how ushers knew me and how I had mentioned her, along with how nice several players were when they saw us (including a current Orioles player that I think you all already know the name of), she became a fan and actually likes going to games, along with meeting the players. Last year, I was able to convince her that a trip to Spring Training would be good, since no one can really argue with “Florida in March,” especially when it was snowing here and she had just had a great birthday week in Las Vegas…Come to think about it, I think she uses her birthday as my way to bribe her to let me go to these things…. Anyway, since it was so fun last year, she agreed to a condensed, 24 hour trip. Nothing like waking up at 5 am, working until 4pm (ish…), hopping on a flight, getting to Tampa and finding out the rental car was doing through Orlando (a trip is never “official” until there is some issue with the rental car when I book it…), and finally, speeding through the state to get to Sarasota. Thanks to the wonders of things, the first day finally ended around 11 PM, me falling asleep almost as soon as I turned out the light, then promptly waking her up with my snoring, something I only do on vacations for some reason. I’m surprised she hasn’t been on “America’s Most Wanted” yet. The good news is that we were only 15 minutes from Ed Smith Stadium! Thanks to the magic of “time,” we got to lose an hour of sleep. Feeling only slightly less tired, a lackluster shower (temperature was fine, water pressure was not…) did help a bit. Checking out was simple and we were on the road! Pulled up to Ed Smith Stadium and parked next to the Mexican restaurant there, whose name escapes me. There wasn’t much of a crowd and I picked up our tickets from Will Call. I figured the place would be packed with this being a game against the Phillies, but the early line up showed Bryce Harper decided against this trip. Oh well, more room to walk around! Going inside, I realized 2 things: This was her first time at the stadium (with this being my second, except I only spent about 3 innings there before due to a flight…) and Phillies batting practice was still going on, while I had left my glove at home. Taking our life into our own hands, we headed out to the left field area. I did this under the guise of “hey, let’s see the food options over here” since we hadn’t eaten yet. It worked, until I also said “it’d be cool if a ball came near by” and the Phillies batter obliged with 2 line drives right at us. So, back to the concourse we went before either a ball or her ended my existence. We settled on some cheese burgers and chips in one of the “open air” stands, which was pretty good. I also attempted to show off at the radar gun machine, where you can win a prize if you have the fastest pitch in your age group after the 6th inning. How did I do? Well, I was the first one in my age group to throw, so my name was on the board. Then the next person to throw was in my age group and just like that, my name vanished. Oh well, the money went to charity, according to my ego. After walking to the top area of the stadium and eating in peace (and in shade,) we spotted two friends who had also made the trip, though for a longer stay. This was a father and daughter, who we met in Bowie when we sat next to each other and both had signs cheering on Austin Wynns. The mutual joke was “we might be the only 4 people here who know who he is.” I don’t think we were that far off at the time. But our friendship has grown and it was nice to finally see them, even if it wasn’t a total surprise. We made our way down to them, second row from the field before pre game warm ups. The girl had her binder of cards, her dad had their team helmet, ready to add signatures. I had my Topps 2019 Heritage card, with Paul Fry, Cedric Mullins, and Austin Wynns on it, ready for an autograph. The wife? She squeezed her way up front to say hi to the players she knew. Several came out and signed for our friends (Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco, Renato Nunez, Joey Rickard (who my wife talked to for a bit. She thinks his eyes look gorgeous. I didn’t know he had eyes…) along with Doug Brocail and Tim Cossins, who is hilarious), before I spotted Wynns and Little Yaz. Yaz came over first and signed for the kid and others while Wynns talked with some of the guys in the bullpen, before coming over our way. He stopped and chatted with us for a bit, giving the wife a hug, me a handshake, my friend a handshake, and the daughter a hug. Asked us how everything was, made sure we were good. Asked about the oblique and he said it was coming along, he just hated the timing of it. Asked if he could sign my card and was surprised that Topps had issued something with him on it. We all said our goodbyes and he talked with others around us, making sure to get the kids who asked for autographs to learn how to say “please” for other players. Not long after, I thought my wife was going to jump up and down out of the stadium, as Cedric Mullins came out of the clubhouse. She grabbed my card and sharpie, ready for him, which was fine. I have the worse luck with Mullins. I tried interviewing him a few times last year for this site. A rain out and then him getting called up the day before we were going to do the interview was one fun time. Another time, he came over to talk with me before the game and a coach called him away as he was walking over. But this time, he came on over to where we were and was talking with us for a bit. Signed the card, had a good chat with my wife and joked with us about how they want him to bunt more, which was something they didn’t have him doing in Bowie. Told him I think I saw him bunt once in Bowie…Or maybe it was a check swing that just worked out. Got a good laugh from him, while my wife was smiling more than she had before. Now down to 1 player, I didn’t have much hope since it was Paul Fry. Nothing against him, I just hadn’t seen him come out yet and I didn’t see any pitchers walking past. That was, until a few minutes before the National Anthem. Fry and the rest of the pitchers came out of the bullpen area to high five each other, before Fry led the group towards the dugout. No one was saying anything, so I gave a loud call out of “hey Paul! Can you please sign my card?” Sure enough, over he came with a smile and a “gotta make it quick.” “No problem, it’s a small picture.” He laughed, saw the card and said “wow, this is pretty cool!” and signed it, with a big “thank you” from me. My wife called out “thanks Papa Frita!” as he started to leave, which got him to stop dead in his tracks, turn out, and give out a giant smile and a “no problem!” He really is one of my favorite players too. One thing we did notice was just how big a lot of the players seemed to have gotten during the off season. I remember a picture I saw recently of former Frederick Key Jeremy Nowak that he had posted on his Instagram when Spring Training started this year. He talked about how he lost almost 25 pounds between Spring Training and the end of the regular season in Frederick and talked about how you HAVE to be in great shape in the Spring to get through the grind of the whole season. Remembering that, it made a lot of sense that these guys were so bulked up now, as they will most likely lose double digit weight by the time the end of September rolls around. Making our way back to our seats, we decided to just hang out at the top of the stadium, as our seats were in the sun and between several…Less than skinny people. This wasn’t a problem, as a nice breeze was coming through and we were able to stand in the shade and at a table. From here, we were able to watch Josh Rogers do pretty good, striking out 4 and only allowing a home run. The place filled up quickly and it was announced that it was a sell out, which was pretty cool. Walking around the stadium a bit during the game, we realized a few things: There really isn’t a bad spot there as everywhere gets you great views. More people need to learn what a “shower” and “deodorant” are though, as we had a few “rough” moments with people nearby….Also, the stadium reminded the wife a bit of Delmarva, as far as the look goes. Can’t say I disagree and it’ll be interesting to see how Delmarva looks this season with their upgrades. With is being in the 80’s and us coming from the high 30’s, we decided to get some Dippin’ Dots and relax while watching the game from the concourse. Here, we were able to watch Stewart drive in Villar for the first run of the game. Made a note about how Wilkerson is really struggling at the plate and doesn’t look comfortable. Not sure if his swing is off or what, but it doesn’t look like I remember from Frederick and Bowie. Also on a scary note, I saw 3 people wheeled out of the stadium. All were elderly. It seemed like the heat got to them, so please be careful when you are down there! Did have a fun moment when Tanner Chleborad came into the game for Rogers. Told the wife that Chleboard was coming in and she goes “who?” Told her it was the pitcher from Bowie. Apparently, I said that when some people walked by and making some noise, because her eyes got wide and she goes “what did you call him?” “PITCHER.” “OHHH!!!” So…Sorry if I jinxed you Tanner, but I know you aren’t a complainer about stuff. Not the best time pitching from him, but I think you might see him in Baltimore in two seasons. Tall, lanky righty who has been really good in the pen for Frederick and Bowie. Doesn’t have the power or pedigree of Kline and Harvey, but could end up being a better version of Ryan Meisinger. I was impressed with Sucre on defense. He made a couple of throws to try and pick off some runners and might have had one at second. It was really close and might have been a review during the regular season. If Wynns does start on the IL, Sucre seems like the logical defensive choice. Wilkerson needs to do something about his hitting, but his defense all over was good. Made an outstanding play at first on a low throw, where he went into a FULL split and scooped the ball up. I got hurt just looking at the split. Moutcastle got in an inning or 2 at 3rd and had a low throw to first. The throw wasn’t that far as he was close up on the grass, but it didn’t have much behind it and Stevie caught it around shin level. Later on, Mountcastle got some time at first and wasn’t able to scoop up a low throw in the dirt from Reinhiemer. He is still learning first, so not gonna hold it against him. Diaz has a very good bat and went 0-3, but the swing looked good. Rickard drove the ball very well, while him and Stewart benefited from some bloop hits that just missed the diving outfielders for doubles. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Did get to see Fry come in a pitch and he got 6 up and 6 down in 2 innings. Really happy about that. Wasn’t too happy with Araujo. I don’t know if he is still recovering from his forearm strain, but his ball didn’t see to have any velocity or movement. He was great in the Winter Leagues, but hasn’t been good here. Gave up 3 runs, including a long home run that turned out to be the difference. If they keep him for 17 days, he will be a project in Bowie to get him right. Jomar Reyes got some time at 3rd and had a rocket hit towards him. Tried to backhand the ball along the right side and missed completely, which got into the corner for a double. I don’t think he really had a chance at it anyway, as hard as it was hit. He didn’t get to bat. Cervenka doesn’t seem like the same guy I saw in Bowie. I don’t know if it is the weight gain (looks like he put on a sizeable amount of muscle), but he doesn’t look to be moving the same behind the plate and his swings don’t seem to have much effort to them. Popped up on the first pitch he saw into foul territory to end the game. After the game, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. Met up with our friends again near the Players Parking Lot so out friends daughter could knock out some more autographs. Joked with her dad about the 3 player card I managed to get signed. Earlier in the week, I had ordered 2 of them from EBay and was going to give him one, when he went into a card shop and saw it that same day and bought it. Well, he thought he left it at the hotel room when we were inside the stadium and found it later in his backpack when he was putting something away. A bunch of players left and stopped to sign for the girl, including Brady Anderson. Also saw Bobby Dickerson and Paco Figueroa leaving together and Gabe Kapler headed out, still in his uniform. One highlight was an Orioles player walking out with his team bag and a “to go” container of food. We all looked at him for a minute, trying to figure out who he was. He walked out from the parking lot instead of driving and then stood on the sidewalk with us, waiting on his ride. My friends daughter took up the courage to ask who he was and he ended up signing for her, seemingly happy that someone cared enough about him. It was DJ Snelten. Not a house hold name, but he was very courteous. Once it got close to 5 PM and the line of cards was down to none, we decided to go to the Mexican place right across from the front of Ed Smith Stadium. I don’t remember the name of it, but if you are in the area and want a good meal, this place was it. The shredded chicken enchiladas were VERY good and filling. The lady even gave me a bottle of very hot sauce to try and it had a big kick to it. Didn’t like it much as it was just heat and no flavor though. Once we said our goodbyes, I raced us off to the airport and drop off the car. Once at the terminal, we found out our flight was delayed from 10 to 11:30, which made for a LONG trip. Ended up falling asleep several times on the flight (and not snoring) before we landed around 1:30. Thankfully the wife was driving because I don’t remember the trip home. Finally made it in and showered before going to bed close to 3 am. A trip that started a little more than 24 hours earlier had finally come to a conclusion. Even though that time was exhausting, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If anyone has ANY thoughts of wanting to go, even for a day, I say “DO IT!” The stadium is beautiful (how can you hate palm trees and baseball?) the fans were passionate, the players are super nice, and it just makes you feel good! Though next time, I think I’ll want to stay a bit longer. Just gotta make sure the wife has a great birthday first!
  26. 8 points
    I updated using Steamer projections equalizing for 600 PA/200 IP for SP. There were better Orioles projections in some cases than the current Orioles listed, like Dean Kremer and Mountcastle, but I didn't list them because they definitely won't be on the opening day roster. The end result is that even with the huge upgrade Machado would provide, the team would still be worse with the players you listed. The current players are 1.4 fWAR better based on statistical projections for 2019.
  27. 7 points
  28. 7 points
    Jon Shepherd in Camden Depot insinuates in a Tweet that Surhoff has expressed "old-school" opposition to analytics dating back to when Duquette first started an anlytics department. And in the Athletic article today, when asked if he thought he would be able to complexities of advanced, analytical approach to baseball, Surhoff said: "Well, I"m not Bill Gates. But I think I can pick up on stuff, when it comes to baseball, fairly quickly". His choice of Bill Gates, a "computer guy" with no connection to baseball, probably gives an indication of his attitude towards some of the things that Elias is doing. Bottom line is when someone is fired, they often can tell their side of the story to garner sympathy. The team that fires them, however, often can't comment on a personnel decision for legal reasons, or they won't because even though Surhoff is criticizing them for the firing, they are too polite to publicly list what they believe Surhoff's shortcomings are. So you will only ever hear one side of the story. The other interesting thing is, the two players they quote in the article to defend Surhoff (Mancini and Hays) both note how they first disliked Surhoff the first year they worked with him, but they grew to appreciate the advice and guidance he gave. Basically his two biggest character witnesses led with the fact that they initially didn't like him before they move on to defend him.
  29. 7 points
    As this team limps to the finish line over these next few weeks, there's not much I'm really looking for. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see us get the #1 pick but I don't think we will. I'd like to see Austin Hays play well, Santander to continue to play well, Villar, Hanser, Nunez too...Means to finish strong in two or three more starts. But the Orioles play the Dodgers tonight on Fox in a nationally televised game. And we all know that Fox is not descending on Camden Yards for the Orioles. Tonight's broadcast will cover a baseball game but it will also be more about the narrative of the Dodgers and will this be the year that they can get over the hump and win the World Series? Sure, they might throw us a bone and mention Elias and how he was part of the Houston turnaround and I'm sure they'll mention Rutschman as a reason for future hope. But this broadcast tonight will be focused mainly on the Dodgers, make no mistake. Therefore, the one thing I'd REALLY like to see is the Orioles just absolutely beat the piss out of the Dodgers tonight. We've got Bundy going which means it could be a great performance or he might not make it out of the second inning. Rich Hill, a lefty, is going for the Dodgers so I'm sure Hanser will get two or three hits but I'm not sure about the rest. It stands to be a hard game. But there'd be nothing sweeter than to shut up the broadcast team on Fox tonight and have a laugher against the Dodgers.
  30. 7 points
    He’s just a kid. I feel so old sometimes. True story. One of my students parents doesn’t come pick him up on time. I say to him, “why don’t you call your parents and see where they are?” He answers, “I don’t have my phone.” I take my phone off the hook, hand it to him. ”Here.” He puts it to his ear, looks at me and says, “your phone is broken. It’s making this weird noise.” I take the phone from him, listen, and then give him an incredulous look. “That’s called a dial tone!”
  31. 7 points
    I was fuming the other day about the money the O’s are wasting on Davis, Cobb and Trumbo, and decided to catalogue every deal the O’s have ever done for more than $20 mm. I’ve listed them below, in declining contract value order, with some WAR valuations and comments. There have been a few wins, but overall, it is not a pretty picture. (If I’ve forgotten anyone, let me know.) Chris Davis (2016-22): 7 years, $161 mm ($42 mm deferred) rWAR: -0.5 (3.076 seasons) fWAR: -1.3 (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs value: -$9.0 mm (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$89.5 mm (3.076 seasons) Comment: Quite arguably, the worst contract of all time. The -$89.5 mm only accounts for the first half of the contract. If you assume (as I do) that he will never again generate positive WAR and the O’s won’t be able to buy him out, the negative value goes to $170 mm or more. And it was a bad deal the day the ink was dry, though nobody knew it would be this bad. Adam Jones (2013-18): 6 years, $85.5 mm rWAR: 17.0 mm fWAR: 17.2 mm Fangraphs value: $133.4 mm Pre-FA discount: -$7.2 mm Net Fangraphs value: $126.2 mm Fangraphs surplus net value: $41.1 mm Comment: There’s a good case that this is the best long-term deal the O’s ever did. This deal was signed in May 2012, just as Jones was having his first really good season. The “Pre-FA discount” shown above accounts for the fact that Jones would not have been a free agent in 2013, so he would not have earned a FA-level salary that year. The formula I applied was a discount of 20% for his Arb 3 year. Jones went on to be a key leader and player for a team that went to the playoffs 3 times in 5 years. Miguel Tejada (2004-09): 6 years, $72 mm rWAR: 23.9 (20.1 as an Oriole) fWAR: 21.8 (17.5 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $107.7 mm ($81.1 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs surplus value: $35.7 mm ($38.7 mm as an Oriole) Comment: By the numbers, this was almost as good a deal as the Jones deal, and it was pretty obvious the day we signed Tejada that we’d gotten him at a very good price. At the same time, Tejada’s role in the “B-12 episode” in 2005 is a black mark, and ultimately we traded him away. Still, we got decent value in that trade, and on balance, the Tejada signing was a very good one. Nick Markakis (2009-14): 6 years, $66 mm rWAR: 11.6 fWAR: 11.1 Fangraphs value: $75.3 mm Pre-FA discount: -$16.6 mm Net Fangraphs value: $58.7 mm Deficit in Fangraphs net value: -$7.3 mm This deal was signed before Markakis’ Arb-1 season, and so the value he generated in his three arb seasons is discounted by 60, 40 and 20% in my net value calculation. By that measure, this deal was a mild loser. However, I doubt most fans regret this deal, as Markakis was a quiet leader by example and a steadying presence in the lineup. He never became the star player he seemed to be developing into when this deal was made, but he was a very solid pro who posted every day. Albert Belle (1999-2003): 5 years, $65 mm rWAR: 4.0 fWAR: 4.5 Comment: Fangraphs only began putting a dollar value on WAR in 2002, the year after the ARod and Jeter contracts were signed. That value was $4 mm/WAR for 2002, and you can be sure it was significantly lower before that. By any measure, the Belle deal was a big loser for the O’s, as his injuries limited him to two seasons. Apparently insurance defrayed some of the cost, but in any event, Belle came nowhere near earning his contract. Alex Cobb (2018-21): 4 years, $57 mm rWAR: 0.6 (2 seasons) fWAR: 0.8 (2 seasons) Fangraphs value: $6.7 mm (2 seasons) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$21.3 mm (2 seasons) Comment: Cobb is out for the rest of this season, so we can look at his value and cost over two years even though there is a half-season to play. This contract is almost sure to end up underwater even if Cobb is healthy the next two years, and even if he was decent, his contract no longer serves a purpose on this rebuilding team. Unfortunately, his injuries have destroyed any trade value for now, even if we are willing to eat some salary. Better luck next year! Ubaldo Jimenez (2014-17): 4 years, $50 mm rWAR: 0.5 fWAR: 4.5 Fangraphs value: $36.4 mm Fangraphs deficit in value: $13.6 mm Comment: If you ever want an indictment of fWAR, this is it! Jimenez was terrible for 3 of his 4 seasons with us, and just OK the other season (2015). He had several good games, but overall was a huge disappointment. Give me the rWAR valuation here every day and twice on Sundays. JJ Hardy (2015-17): 3 years, $40 mm rWAR: 1.7 fWAR: 1.4 Fangraphs value: $11.4 mm Fangraphs deficit in value: -$28.6 mm Comment: Hardy seemingly started getting old the day he signed this deal. He had injuries all three seasons, particularly in 2015 and 2017, and by his final year was a shadow of his former self on both sides of the ball. He did manage a relatively healthy and productive 2016, and not coincidentally, the O’s made the wild card that year. Brian Roberts (2010-13): 4 years, $40 mm rWAR: 1.0 fWAR: 1.6 Fangraphs value: $10.6 mm Fangraphs deficit in value: -$29.4 mm Comment: This deal covered four free agent seasons and was signed a full year before it took effect, following a winter in which Roberts almost was traded to the Cubs. Roberts had an excellent 2009 (still under his prior contract) after signing this deal, but then a series of injuries and a serious, self-induced concussion kept Roberts off the field for the vast majority of his contract. Mark Trumbo (2017-19): 3 years, $37.5 mm rWAR: -0.2 (2.076 seasons) fWAR: -0.9 (2.076 seasons) Fangraphs value: -$7.2 mm (2.076 seasons) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$44.7 mm (2.076 seasons) Comment: This deal was signed after Trumbo’s 47 HR season that was a key component of the 2016 wild card run. Unfortunately, Trumbo was awful in 2017, had a half-decent 2018 cut short by injuries, and has missed all of 2019 so far. Another guy we might have hoped to trade for some salary relief this year but injuries took away any hypothetical chance of doing that. Scott Erickson (1999-03): 5 years, $31.5 mm rWAR: 0.1 fWAR: 2.8 Comment: Another deal done before Fangraphs started putting a dollar value on WAR, but easily $20mm+ underwater. Erickson missed 2 of the 5 seasons with injuries, and performed poorly in the others. Plus, the deal annoyed Mussina, who had signed a 3-year deal the year before because Angelos told him he didn’t believe in giving pitchers deals longer than 3 years. Darren O’Day (2016-19): 4 years, $31 mm rWAR: 1.9 (3.076 seasons) fWAR: 1.2 (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs value: $9.9 mm (3.076 seasons) Fangraphs deficit: -$21.1 mm (3.076 seasons)(-$7.4 mm as an Oriole) Comment: Another guy who seemingly got old the minute the ink was dry on his deal. O’Day went from being a healthy, consistently top set-up guy to being oft-injured and decent but inconsistent when healthy. While injured in 2018, he was traded as part of the Gausman deal, relieving the Orioles of about $13.7 in current salary and deferred payments, but probably significantly dampening the return for Gausman. A lot of people were upset by that at the time, but with O’Day still on the shelf today and Gausman not performing well at the moment, it doesn’t look nearly as bad as it did a year ago. Cal Ripken (1993-97): 5 years, $30.5 mm rWAR: 17.3 fWAR: 17.8 Comment: This deal was signed about 6 weeks before Cal was due to become a free agent, and at the time, was the biggest deal in baseball history. Cal was very good but not great the next five years, and in hindsight you probably could say it was a mild overpay considering the FA prices at the time, if all you looked at was on the field production. But when you consider Cal’s huge fan appeal, and the publicity generated as Cal chased and broke Lou Gehrig’s streak, there’s little doubt that Cal was worth every penny. Rafael Palmeiro (1994-98): 5 years, $30 mm rWAR: 23.4 fWAR: 24.9 Comment: A comparison between Raffy’s deal and Cal’s one year earlier shows that Raffy was the better on-the-field value. He produced all five years covered by the contract at a high level, and the O’s made the playoffs twice during that run. Certainly a solid winner of a contract. Brady Anderson (1998-2002): 5 years, $29.5 mm rWAR: 8.8 (8.9 as an Oriole) fWAR: 6.8 (7.2 as an Oriole) Comment: Signed a full season after his big 50-homer year, contrary to popular belief. Brady was productive for a couple years of this deal but fell off a cliff as it progressed, causing the O’s to release him with a full season left on the contract. Probably $10 mm underwater at the prices at the time. David Segui (2001-04): 4 years, $27.8 mm rWAR: 2.4 fWAR: 1.9 Comment: Segui hit pretty well when he actually played, but he was continuously hurt. Fangraphs valued his final 3 seasons at $700 k; they didn’t do valuations in 2001 but he arguably was worth $5-7 mm that year based on the 2002 valuation. So, this one was $20 mm underwater. Ramon Hernandez (2006-09): 4 years, $26.5 mm rWAR: 6.4 (7.3 as an Oriole) fWAR: 6.4 (6.4 as an Orioles) Fangraphs value: $32.9 mm ($32.7 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs surplus value: $6.4 mm ($6.2 mm as an Oriole) Comment: The O’s signed Hernandez even though Javy Lopez had a year to go on his deal, because it was apparent that Lopez had lost his defensive skills. Hernandez had an excellent first year with the O’s, but went downhill from there. With the O’s expecting Matt Wieters’ arrival in 2009, they traded Hernandez after the 2008 season for Ryan Freel, Brandon Waring and Justin Turner. That could have turned out well if the O’s had recognized the potential of Turner. Melvin Mora (2007-09): 3 years, $25 mm rWAR: 4.0 fWAR: 5.6 Fangraphs value: $33.0 mm Fangraphs surplus value: $8.0 mm Comment: This deal was signed shortly after the 2006 season began, after terrific 2004-05 seasons by Mora under a very favorable contract. He also had played a key role in calming down Miguel Tejada over the winter, after Tejada briefly demanded a traded. Mora started slipping a bit in 2006 after signing the deal, was OK in 2007-08, and slid badly in the final year of the deal. As I recall, Fangraphs valued this as a mild loser at the time. But later, Fangraphs re-jiggered its WAR calculations and now it comes out on the positive side. I’d basically call it a break-even deal. Sidney Ponson (2004-06): 3 years, $22.5 mm rWAR: -0.7 (0.1 as an Oriole) fWAR: 4.5 (4.0 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $19.6 mm ($17.1 as an Oriole) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$2.9 mm (-$5.4 mm as an Oriole) Comment: Another case where I agree with rWAR and think fWAR is ridiculous. After signing his contract, Ponson came to camp fat as a whale, then spent the following offseason getting thrown into jail for punching a judge. He got caught for drunk driving that summer and the O’s released him and tried to void his contract, a move that apparently failed in the end. Javy Lopez (2004-06): 3 years, $22.5 mm rWAR: 6.3 (6.9 as an Oriole) fWAR: 6.1 (est. 6.1 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $21.1 mm (est. $26.6 mm as an Oriole) Comment: Lopez went from well above average to average to terrible in his 2.7 years in Baltimore. When we signed him, we were trying to play Lopez and Ivan Rodriguez against each other in negotiations, as if they were equal players. Big mistake. JJ Hardy (2012-14): 3 years, $22.5 mm rWAR: 10.3 fWAR: 8.6 Fangraphs value: $62.0 mm Fangraphs surplus value: $39.5 mm Comment: One of Andy MacPhail's parting gifts to the Orioles, signed in the second half of 2011. This deal was better than the 2015-17 deal was bad, as Hardy anchored the great defenses that led the O's to two playoff berths, including their one division title in the last 20 years. Yovani Gallardo (2016-17): 2 years, $22 mm rWAR: -0.3 (0.1 as an Oriole) fWAR: 0.7 (0.6 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $6.0 mm ($5.0 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$16.0 mm (-$4.0 mm as an Oriole) Comment: The O’s initially signed Gallardo to a 3-year deal, but following a physical the deal was restructured as 2 years plus an option. Good move. After the 2016 season, the O’s were able to unload Gallardo’s remaining guaranteed year in a trade for Seth Smith. Mike Mussina (1998-2000): 3 years, $20.1 mm rWAR: 15.0 fWAR: 17.5 Comment: This deal was arguably too good, as it made the Player’s Association angry and then Moose got alienated when Angelos lowballed him in the next round of contract negotiations. Mussina was probably worth 2-3 times what he got paid in his 1998-2000 contract. Aubrey Huff (2007-09): 3 years, $20 mm rWAR: 2.7 (3.5 as an Oriole) fWAR: 2.8 (est. 3.6 as an Oriole) Fangraphs value: $15.8 mm (est. $20 mm as an Oriole) Fangraphs deficit in value: -$4.2 mm (est. $1 mm surplus as an Oriole) Comment: Almost all the value of this deal came in the 2008 season. Huff had a terrible 2009, and was traded at the waiver deadline to Detroit, where he was even worse. For me the big winners were Jones, Tejada, Ripken, Palmeiro, Hardy I and Mussina. The big losers were Davis, Belle, Cobb, Jimenez, Roberts, Hardy II, Trumbo, Erickson, O'Day, Anderson, Segui, Ponson, and Gallardo (though we really minimized that damage by trading him). I put Markakis, Mora, Lopez, Hernandez and Huff in the roughly break even category. So, the bad deals outnumber the good ones by about 2:1, and the Davis deal probably outweighs all the good ones all by itself.
  32. 7 points
    Well part of that was probably your super human brain power with the ability to mask the pain.
  33. 7 points
    It's a split in Boston and the O's have yet to lose a road series! Dan Straily: Great success. 5 strong innings of mostly weak contact, only 2 hits and 1 walk allowed, and got the win. This is the kind of stabilizing performance we hoped to see from Dan. In fact, maybe we can cautiously say the rotation is beginning to come around. Chris Davis: I will refrain from Bordick-isms, but it was nice to see the big man go deep. He sure relished that trip around the bases 😂. He's now nipping at Mullins' heels with a .086. Oh, and he broke another bat on his knee after a strikeout, which must be a very satisfying thing to be able to do and I'm jealous. Dwight Smith Jr.: Bounced into 2 double plays before going Super Sayan and deciding to drive in 4 runs with his second 2-run Pesky Pole Squeaker and a 2-run opposite field double in the 9th. Good for an even .800 OPS on the year. Gotta love this guy! Pull that lawnmower cord, young man. Renato Nunez: Speaking of finding good players on waivers, Renato continues to show that, yes, he's a Major League hitter, thank you very much. Slammed an RBI single off the monster and picked up 2 more hits, including a 2B. 3-5 on the day and his average is closing in on .300. That'll work! Trey Mancini: Ho hum, another two hit game with a double from the All Star RF. OPS hanging out at 1.101. 🤷‍♂️ Jonathan Villar: RBI single, SB, 2 BB, 2 R. Good fantasy line! Jimmy Yacabonis: He's getting a lot more trust to pitch in big spots this year and he's not disappointing. He's an expert gap-filler in all these 5 inning starts and he came up big again today, notching another scoreless outing over 1.1 IP. Paul Fry: Couple of really big outs. Can't say enough about Paul Fry, man. He and Jimmy are a steady duo out there. Phillips and Castro: 2 scoreless innings to end the game, and nice to see Castro have back-to-back scoreless outings. Perhaps he's coming around a little. The Red Sox: Consider the following: The Sox got beat at home on Patriot's Day by $500,000 Dan Straily who throws 90mph, the .086-hitting Chris Davis, two waiver claim guys who drove in 5 runs combined, and a bullpen consisting of Some Guys. All while inexplicably playing their catcher at 2B and Pearce in LF (who has actually played 2B) and generally looking goofy out there. And they're a game behind the O's. Yikes! Brandon Hyde: Attaboy Skip! Get your money's worth babayyyy!!! Mini 🌈s: So Ruiz is basically good for a walk per game, which is pretty cool. Sucre had a nice hit to go with a walk of his own. And Martin picked up two walks himself, which, whatcha doin Red Sox? Two double plays were turned, one started by Martin, the other by Villar. NO HOME RUNS ALLOWED
  34. 7 points
  35. 7 points
    On pace for 108 wins baby.
  36. 7 points
  37. 6 points
    MLB is seeing a fairly dramatic exodus of guys dumping the current broken system for better times in Japan and Korea. Honestly, if you're Jones, why WOULDN'T you just say "to hell with waiting until March to get a minor league offer". Go hit some dongs off some sub-par pitchers, play the hero for another couple years, eat some interesting food for your instagram, and witness fans in the stands who actually care and pay attention to the game and cheer. There's literally only one downside if you're Jones and that's moving your family.
  38. 6 points
    Didn’t see this posted yet, O’s with the 31st pick in the 1st round https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/12/2020-competitive-balance-draft-pick-order.html
  39. 6 points
  40. 6 points
    I get the impression that Rob Manfred doesn't even like baseball. He should go become the commissioner of an e-sports league.
  41. 6 points
    We're finalizing our official Top 30 prospects list and will start putting it out next week. I'm thinking of doing something different this year and go from 1-10 with us putting out a poll and then releasing two prospect at a time until 10. then five at a time afterwards until we reach 30. We will also be releasing a "Keep an eye on" group for guys that just missed the Top 30 or were in consideration. In the meantime, let's see you guys put out your top 30 lists in this thread. Luke and I will try not to comment too much in this thread after this so we don't give away too many hints.
  42. 6 points
    Thorne and Palmer are the very best. And I don't care how Thorne pronounces or doesn't pronounce names, I don't care that he sometimes misjudges how hard balls are hit. Golden pipes. Could listen to Thorne read a phonebook. Palmer is a knowitall but he's got a right to be. He's great to listen to, as well. I actually like Hunter on the radio, but the always sunny disposition on TV is intolerable. I feel bad saying this because I think he's a genuine good guy, but Bordick isn't good. And I'm being nice. He tries hard though. McDonald is fantastic. Carpenter and Santangelo are absolutely atrocious. If I happen to catch a Nats game, I'd almost prefer to mute it.
  43. 6 points
  44. 6 points
    I mean short of insulting his mother or wife does anything warrant Davis going after Hyde? This isn’t a player on another team it’s HIS MANAGER. Just cut this clown already.
  45. 6 points
    Tony's response is appropriate. Loverro is either...out of touch or has an axe to grind. Or just needed to fart out a column to meet a deadline and couldn't be bothered to do any research. Or a combination of the three. And I like Loverro. I've been around him, he's a nice guy. It's easy to kick the Orioles while they're down, no doubt about it. The correct story to tell would be that Angelos is reportedly out of the picture, the sons are in charge and have given the reigns over to part of the FO team that helped get the Astros to become yearly contenders. That's all factual, not hyperbole. You can still write that column and still take shots at Angelos. By and large, his ownership has been a failure, no one will debate that.
  46. 6 points
    I was at a game five years ago, Memorial Day. Random guy sitting next to me notices that recently-recalled Caleb Joseph is 2-for-29. He goes on for what seems like an hour about how he can see a GM putting up with, like, 1-for-7 or maybe 1-for-9. Everybody has to adjust. But Duquette should be looking for a new job if you let a slump get to 2-for-20, much less 2-for-29. I now realize that I've met wildcard.
  47. 6 points
    If he indeed is the chosen one, I hope this movie is better than the last one I saw about a switch hitting catcher.
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    I will be most interested to see a few things. It is an interesting hire to be sure. I am fairly certain that he has no pro experience either as a player or a coach but he was doing some associate scouting for someone... I don't remember who. I am anxious to see if he implements his philosophy completely and if so, how that translates to the pros. Please don't jump on me for these questions. They are legit questions and I know his teams very well. 1. They play in a conference that has only two other D1 teams and those other two teams are up and down. Most of their conference games are against D2 and D3 teams. They hit average pitching very well but they strike out a lot even against average pitching. Will they hit good pitching consistently enough to off set the high K's? 2. He recruits really well and has built up a good network to feed his program. His program routinely gets many transfers from fairly big D1 schools like Maryland, East Carolina, etc... So his teams are much more talented than his opponents. How will it play out when the talent level is more even? 3. Harford has a smallish field and the ball carries very well there. We have played them on larger fields and have beaten them fairly often. (Although, not in the last two years). Do the HR turn into fly outs? I am rooting for Tom because I like him as a person. Because he is a fellow JuCo guy who has done well for himself and most of all because I want the Orioles to succeed. I am just a little skeptical at the boards reaction because there have been a lot of complaining about high K rates. I think that we are still in the honeymoon period where everything they do is great. I expect that if DD had hired a JuCo guy with no pro experience on a team with high strikeout rates that it would not have been as well received. If things go south, please be gentle.
  50. 6 points
    High school. Was supposed to play at a small D-3 school in North Carolina. Played for a small private high school in DC. I was a pitcher, I had a really good arm, I sat comfortably in the 80s and I certainly hadn't filled out or touched a weight in high school. And it was a rubber arm, I could do it one day and come back the next and keep going. I've always wondered how hard I'd have ended up throwing. Couldn't hit. Was a decent outfielder when not on the mound. The only issue is that I had no #$^*ing idea where it was going. I mean, I knew where home plate was, and the ball was headed somewhere in that direction but that was about it. I could air one over the umpire's head, then come back and bounce one 3 feet in front of home plate. Then I could dot the corner for the next three pitches for the next batter, and strike him out. Then back to throwing one into the opposite batters box. One game in high school I drilled the same batter twice. But when I was on, it was awesome. There were games where everything clicked and I could control it and those were the best times. My best game I struck out 10 in 5 innings, only walked a couple. The summer before freshman year of college, I played on a select team. The team was bad, I was bad. Just consistently wild all summer. And we played a lot of games, doubleheaders on weekends. It wasn't fun and I was burned out. Got to college, and saw how much the team was practicing, even for a crappy D3 program it was a lot and I wasn't feeling it. I went to maybe a couple practices. Then there was some event at school, I can't even remember what it was specifically but it was some "Welcome Back!" thing that was being held at one of the halls on campus. I was informed that the baseball team had to attend in a shirt, tie and sport-coat. Which I didn't have. And then I was told to "borrow it from someone else." It was then I made my decision to quit, I didn't want to practice that much and I certainly didn't want to go to that stupid event, that was the straw that broke the camels back. I was so sick of playing baseball. I don't have many regrets in life but quitting baseball is a big, big one. I don't know how far I could have gone, I don't know if I'd ever be able to harness it. If 37 year old Moose Milligan could go back and visit 18 year old Moose Milligan, I'd go upside his head and say "You'll really miss this some day. Do yourself a favor and play until someone tells you that you can't." There are a lot of good feelings in life, but I don't think there's a much better feeling than doing something awesome playing sports. That game where I struck out 10 in 5 innings, it was against the best team in the league and we won. I distinctly remember they had this big fat kid who swung from his heels all the time, I think he was their cleanup hitter. I had two strikes on him and reared back and (intentionally) threw a shoulder high fastball as hard as I could because I knew he wouldn't lay off it and he was way late on it. IMO, there's not a better feeling than blowing a fastball past someone. Never have found anything quite like that feeling since. Came back to play them two weeks later, struck out 9 more in another 5 innings, we won again. They started talking smack after we finished shaking hands, wanted to fight us in the parking lot. It was great.
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