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    https://www.baltimorebaseball.com/2019/02/09/joe-angel-retiring-orioles-broadcasts/amp/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&__twitter_impression=true Joe will be “retiring” at age 71.
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    He's the Rear Admiral of the Good Ship Lollipop
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    Mel Proctor and John Lowenstein on HTS. That was something special.
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    Mel Proctor worked HTS with Brother Lo, classic TV. Michael Reg-hi, with his noticeably fake toupee, was another insufferable.
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    Stop rumor mongering. The guy is 71 and he hasn't commented yet. There would be no reason for ownership to not want him back. He is a treasure.
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    He was born in segregated Little Rock Arkansas in 1937. Jim Crow laws didn't allow blacks and white to mingle almost anywhere. He was an aspiring baseball player, who never even knew a black man except for a man named Sonny, who oversaw his little league park where he played. That was the only black man he had ever met. He never played baseball with a black player...until things changed with the Little Rock Nine. The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957, which was a seminal moment in the Civil Rights movement. This young man never really understood prejudice. His father was a decent and kind man,instilling respect and honor to his sons... and the young man and his brothers would eventually play against, but not with, black players. He left Little Rock to play pro baseball...the same year Little Rock became a center of racial tension and change.... His name was Brooks Calvert Robinson, and he never even knew a black man in baseball he would call a close friend. He was born in segregated Texas, moved to Oakland, California after his father abandoned the family, and he endured unbelievable racial hatred. He enrolled at McClymonds High School in Oakland, hoping to play pro basketball or baseball. His high school teammates were Bill Russell, who became an NBA legend,Curt Flood, who would eventually challenge the reserve clause in Major league baseball, and perennial All Star Vada Pinson. HIS name was Frank Robinson, and he went to the big leagues, becoming an instant star for the Cincinnati Reds, earning Rookie of the Year honors. In December 1965, Frank Robinson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, and both men's lives would change forever. Brooks and Frank Robinson, the "Robinson Boys". Baltimore was mostly segregated in 1966, Frank's first year in Baltimore...but Brooks, remembering his father's tolerance and kindness, made his new teammate feel at home. Then he grew to understand what racial prejudice really was. "When Frank came to Baltimore", Brooks told me tonight, "I saw things I couldn't believe. He couldn't rent a decent apartment, he couldn't buy a house. So I put my name "Robinson" on a down payment for a house. They thought the "Robinson" was me. But it was for Frank. When the realtors found out it was for this new black player...well, lets say the deal magically fell through". I was angry for Frank. Angry for his pain. And for the first time in my life...I came to understand how bigotry caused pain and suffering for people...especially a family". Frank Robinson, thanks to Brooks' insistence and name got a modest home in Baltimore..and Frank Robinson, for the rest of his life grew to love and admire...the "other Robinson" . They led their teams to two world titles, and played in 5 World Series together. In the first inning of the first World Series the Orioles ever played in,Frank and Brooks Robinson hit back to back home runs...and their story became legend. They won that World Series over the Dodgers in a four game sweep. Brooks Robinson called Frank early last week. His old friend and teammate was dying of bone cancer. 'When I got on the phone with him, his voice was thin. I told him I was praying for him. I told him that I loved him. But I knew I would never speak to him again. Just as I said goodbye on the phone, I got choked up. I knew it was the final goodbye." Brooks and Frank Robinson were inexorably linked in baseball history...but their friendship was authentic and the two families were deeply close..until the end. "You can't really understand the hardships that people have in their lives unless you walk in their shoes", said Brooks to me Thursday night. "He led by example and he led his team in ways I didn't..and couldn't". "I knew he was the greatest player I ever played with", he said, "but more than that, he was one of the greatest men I ever knew." Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson. The 'Robinson Boys" , couldn't have been different in personality or style. But baseball brought them together. They played the game as teammates and learned that great teammates and great friends brought out the best in each other. "I'll really miss Frank. He had a great life. He had a hard life. But he made the game batter, he made his team a champion, and he made my life so much better". I'm a better man for having known him," said Brooks. As I hung up the phone, I remembered a famous quote by humanitarian, Albert Schweitzer who put it this way: "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Brooks and Frank. Their inner spirits will be intertwined for eternity.
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    Anything that allows Hunter to be heard more is bad news.
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    I liked Miller better, but I like Joe a lot. Having both was ideal. They played well in the sandbox together.
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    I was never a big fan of Fred, but I do appreciate the affection people have for him being a local guy from Baltimore. Chuck Thompson, Jon Miller, and Joe Angel are the ones I admire the most. You can tell Jim Hunter loves the Orioles, but he is often insufferable. We're left with waiting for the Orioles to announce their plans for 2019.
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    This is going to be tough. So much Hunter. Praying that McDonald goes full time.
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    Ah man, what a bummer this is. Joe was such a joy to listen to, he was one of the best to do it. He will be missed, that’s for sure! Enjoy retirement, good sir.
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    Imagine having to listen to Hunter pretend he knows about analytics every day AND travel with the guy.
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    THIS^^^! http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2019/02/more-memories-of-frank-robinson.html It was obvious that Joe and his family were close to Frank. I am hoping during this time of grieving everyone involved in any “negotiations” might step back and give it some time. I could not help but notice that in Roch’s piece he identified Joe as “radio broadcaster” without naming any affiliation.
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    Yeah, that’s pretty nerdy. I need a development coach to break it down for me.
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    Ben McDonald ,when he was being interviewed about Frank Robinson said he would be doing more broadcasts this year.
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    It’s what I said, higher AAV with an opt out in the second year. Something like that.
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    I can’t deal with 162 games of Jim Hunter.
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    I feel the same. Enjoyed his voice, but he was frustratingly bad at play-by-play. It was like he thought the audience was watching the game on TV while listening to him.
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    Manfra would have done better with a script in front of him in studio. Despite his mellifluous voice, he was a poor extemporaneous speaker. For those who thought it was difficult to follow Angel during live action, most listeners waited on the crowd's reaction when Fred was on the mic to provide the first indication of what happened on the field. Manfra would finally explain to listeners what had happened when the count sat at 2-1 to the following batter.
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    Very sad news. I don't listen to the radio much but when I do, listening to Angel is a treat. Maybe this keep Hunter off the TV. Anyway, best wishes to Joe Angel. He is an all time great and I've enjoyed him over the years as many of us have. He will be missed.
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    And his often "yuk-worthy corn pone humor" got me through decades of crap baseball. We are certainly poorer without him. I liked Miller....I loved Angel! Hunter and Thorne?!
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    Some teams work that way. Sandusky took over for Garceau when the Ravens moved to WBAL radio. When Frank Herzog left the Redskins, Snyder said he let it up to the station to decide.
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    I hated his weird mispronunciation of "rah-DREEEEEE-gez." He tortured the name, "Rodriguez," at every opportunity. Native Spanish speakers pronounce the name more like, "rud-REE-ges."
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    You really think there is even the slightest of chances that GM Mike Elias has fired Joe Angel? Is Elias redesigning the parking lot spaces, too? Pretty sure GMs do not make decisions about the on-air talent or any other broadcast decisions. Can you name one instance when a General Manager hired or fired a Ply-by-Play announcer? To me, implying that Elias might be involved in Joe Angel not returning is a ludicrous suggestion.
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    Probably no connection between this and how much Ben works. The Orioles will have to hire a new PBP guy, orobifrom the minor league ranks. And Ben has probably already determined how many games he will do color work for and that isn't likely to change. Ben was on 105.7 yesterday morning talking about Frank, who he played for. And he said he would be back doing some games this year but didn't say how many. He did mention that he would do some spring training games.
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    People are allowed to interpret things differently, that's fine. I agree with Frobby that it's not worth speculating about, but I think it's too much to attack people's motives for what seems like a good faith interpretation of the source material.
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    It occurs to me that Shohei Ohtani is an option. Among pure pitchers here are some thoughts: Jack Flaherty, 22, Brad Keller, 22 Shane Bieber, 23 Walker Buehler, 23 German Marquez, 23 Jose Berrios, 24 Luis Severino, 24 Aaron Nola, 25 I’ll stop there Honestly I’d take ten hitters before guessing which pitcher would hold up over ten years.
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    Taking a pass rusher at 22 would be cool, as it's an obvious need and this draft has plenty of quality options. I'd be very happy with a 2nd-round pick for Joe.
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    Didn't get to hear that line much last season. All the same, even if it means more Ben McDonald (which is great), this is a real loss. Buona fortuna, Joe!
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    I can agree that Hart and Wright both need to go. It looks like neither will make the team out of ST and neither has an option. They can be outrighted which must be why they are still around. Wilkerson and Alberto will compete for spots on the infield. There are two or three spots open in the infield. ST will determine if they can be valuable. Wilkerson has an option.. Yacabonis has a good chance at being a long man out of the pen. The O's are going to need a couple of guys in the pen that can go 4 innings. He has an opton left.
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    Trout has never won a playoff series. And has only been in the playoffs once. Lebron and Brady have won many championships. Ronaldo's team has won 4 of the last 5 champions league. All the guys from other sports you listed have charisma. Trout doesn't have that. Machado isnt a top 10 player in baseball.
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    I get that Trevor got designated for assignment, but for goodness sakes, what's his last name!?!
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    The story is they stood at baseball pitcher's mound distance on a softball diamond (so no mound) and threw to two catchers side by side and the King continually beat him. Of course I wasn't there. I did a brief search and could not find the story but did find this: https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/who-were-the-fastest-pitchers-c453890d0516 and a 1972 Sports Illustrated story on Feigner. https://www.si.com/vault/1972/08/21/619134/a-king-without-a-crown
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    I don't think they will lose 100. The good thing about having low expectations is that they will almost certainly exceed them. And even if they lose 100 I guarantee that it will be way more entertaining than watching last year's underachieving bunch.
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    D.J. Stewart has had an incredible OBP every step of the way, including a small sample size last year in the majors. I’m not guessing wether he will succeed or not but a projected .292 OBP ??? I’d be shocked if he was under .330. Guy has a great eye.
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    Whenever the Orioles are good are the “good ole days.”
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    This song has really grown on me:
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    Both you and weams with his quotation marks are suggesting in this thread that it is something other then retirement. We'll see but it's irresponsible at this stage especially when he himself said he could see himself hanging it up at 71. It's always gotta be drama around here. Stop.
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    Remove the quotes until you know more.
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