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  1. Cross-posting from Bill James' site, but a cool observation: Top 8 franchises, SS fielding runs, since 1954: Orioles 602 White Sox 352 Cardinals 327 Royals 191 Pirates 159 Angels 153 Giants 139 Not really close. At the other end, Padres are -351 and Houston is -285. No one else in that neighborhood. Data from bb-ref. The Orioles are farther ahead of #4 than #4 is from average. This puts Belanger, Cal, Bordick, Hardy, Aparicio and the rest in an objective context.
    4 points
  2. https://www.spreaker.com/user/prospectslive/1-17-t100-pod Feel good listening starting at about 24:00. Specific shout-outs on Blast Motion sensor usage, and some Gunnar v. Wander Franco comparisons.
    3 points
  3. bb-ref's fielding runs that come from at least a couple systems depending on the timeframe. But basically centered at zero, an average team or performance is 0. For individuals +10 is very good, +20 is pretty epic. The Orioles (mostly Belanger and Cal, with at least one Bordick season) have had 13 +20 seasons. The O's have been so good that Luis Aparicio's best year is 19th, and he's in the Hall mostly for fielding. The O's median SS performance since '54 is something like +10, which is at least in the Gold Glove conversation.
    3 points
  4. Hardy was so underrated. He was such a good player.
    3 points
  5. Ironic that you would quote someone else whose life was claimed by Covid. Great songwriter, a poet really.
    2 points
  6. I have to admit, I rarely understand a single thing you write. "I do look for Peak Rutschman Teams to be able to defeat anyone limiting themselves to 0-4's." What does that mean?
    2 points
  7. I think that TB has proven that it's better to replace them (assuming you have the prospects) than to let them go via FA. The Os will never be able to keep someone like a Snell so they need to do the exact same thing. They need to be smart about it and have the scouting and PD departments to pull it off. They have not had that in the past. I am more optimistic that Elias can/has a good PD plan.
    2 points
  8. Whoever was the scout that recommended the two pitchers they got in return obviously did not care about movement on fastballs. Jacobson may have had the truest fastball I'd ever seen, and Hoey wasn't much better.
    2 points
  9. It's interesting how each GM has their plusses and minuses. MacPhail's was certainly a good trader. He wasn't an organization builder or a leader that used his subordinates strengths towards the organization's advantage, but his Bedard and Hardy trades alone set the pieces towards rebuilding a winning major league team.
    2 points
  10. JJ always looked like he was hurting, but only '15 and '17 did it have a big impact on his performances. It's not completely coincidental that his two hurt years were the O's worst seasons from 2012-17.
    2 points
  11. As John Prine once said in "Angel From Montgomery", "the years go by like a broken down dam". I remember (yes 13 years ago) thinking that I had reached Ringo's refrain, "..... when I'm 64" and that felt old. Now I am olden and golden and still struggling to shoot my age in golf!
    2 points
  12. Shaw was DFA to make room for Galvis on the roster.
    2 points
  13. A lot of us said things back in 2018, not knowing a global pandemic would throw a monkey wrench into things. Overall, I'm happy with what he's done. The system is better than it was when he took over. There's a focus on getting good international talent in the system. There's a focus on advanced metrics and analytics. The product at the ML level still sucks but at least there's some hope on the horizon. I'm fine with what he's done so far and I think it'll pay off in the coming years.
    2 points
  14. LOL. Yeah, sometimes I feel like I'm reading one of those literal translations from Japanese. 😀
    1 point
  15. In the off chance that they ever have a short term need that we can fill, yes! They really can do whatever they want. It's really the argument some here make for trading everyone when they get value. Do that 2-3 more years and suddenly we're stacked [kind of] like Tampa and set up for a decade. Try to be more aggressive with buying/selling and we could even accelerate that. I just don't think Elias is allowed to play that latter game.
    1 point
  16. Acquired for Brett Jacobson and Jim Hoey, neither of whom appeared in the majors after 2011. Jacobson had 17 innings in AAA. The Orioles won that trade in a lopsided shutout.
    1 point
  17. Elias is off to a good start IMO, the non tenders and deferred salary requests shouldnt be put on him. I think the team is in more danger of losing some O's executives to teams trying harder than anything else. Next season will be ALOT more telling.
    1 point
  18. Yes. I had asked the question wondering if a full contract of a released player still had to be honored at 162 rather than however many games were played.
    1 point
  19. Yep, he was the highest paid player in MLB last season.
    1 point
  20. I tend to agree with this. There are a few scenarios that could play out for Elias and Sig. 1. O's remain owned by Angelos, penny pinching is the way of the future - he builds a nice foundation here but leaves when free to and another owner essentially asks him to do the same but also gives him resources. Thinking Philly/San Fran make sense from a market/spending perspective. 2. O's remain owned by Angelos, short term penny pinching linked to Covid - this would allow Elias to stay and be somewhat more financially aggressive likely starting in 2021/2022. It still leaves him in a less
    1 point
  21. https://www.pilotonline.com/sports/vp-sp-tides-johnson-folo-20210127-p2ijjmrsnjgr7gyaaxxjwuq5ai-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true
    1 point
  22. Some quotes from Galvis. Sounds like the opportunity to be an everyday player is what attracted him. Seems like a high energy, enthusiastic guy. https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2021/01/checking-in-with-new-os-shortstop-freddy-galvis.html
    1 point
  23. I looked to see my previous thoughts, but I didn't post in this thread. To me, he has no time limit. He's 100% capable of doing everything that needs to be done. He will operate under the constraints placed upon him by ownership. I genuinely believe he'll put us in the best position possible under those constraints because he seems to draft and develop well and he's developed the international market. Time will tell how those feathers in his cap mature into the organization, but even if he never signs a good free agent, it looks like he can build a sustainably good franchise.
    1 point
  24. Once again we get these periodic updates that I have no comprehension of the meaning. This court says this, this one says that, etc. Do we have any bottom line as to when MASN will have to cut a check to the Nats and how much it will be? Otherwise, this might as well be written in Greek for all I get out of it.
    1 point
  25. He’s certainly not going to hit at the level Iglesias did last year. Nor will Iglesias.
    1 point
  26. I’m violating Tony’s “don’t bump old threads” rule because it’s interesting to go back and see how patient our posters said they would be in 2018 when Elias took the job. My sense is that many of the natives are beginning to get restless. Right now Elias is just about on pace with where I thought he’d be by now, though the short major league season and non-existent minor league season last year makes things a little harder to judge. I do think that Elias will need to switch gears after this season. I’m not expecting a contender in 2022 but I do think the team will need to
    1 point
  27. Roch quoted Elias from a zoom call saying that they already had an agreement with Galvis before the injury. Said it had nothing to do with it. He also said Martin may miss some Spring, but it would not affect his start of the regular season.
    1 point
  28. The Galvis signing makes more sense knowing this.
    1 point
  29. I see no reason to spend an additional 50 cents on catching with AR on the way. Sisco and Severino are perfectly fine as a stop gap or future backup to Rutschman.
    1 point
  30. It's all just an excuse to eat gobs of Maple Surple! John Hartford ref...
    1 point
  31. Galvis is a major league shortstop. The Orioles didn’t have a major league shortstop. It’s a cheap, one-year, stop gap deal. Sounds about right to me.
    1 point
  32. If 2022 is like 2012, and Gunnar Henderson plus one whole summer of "Skill Development" can approach Machado's precocity. I do hope the need to slide to 3B is for something a bit more fun than JJ Hardy though! If Henderson can outplay Westburg for the Baysox SS gig and hold his own at 19/20 in AA, I don't know where else but the next year picture there is to go (we do like AAA MVP awards though). With all the thoroughbred hype, an Aberdeen/Delmarva starting assignment pair for these two is "C'mon man" material. Vavra was a college guy who went to the Sally and was MVP, but he
    1 point
  33. Well if he hits a legit .400 as you suggested this year... I wouldn't bank on him being up by 2022, but it's possible. He'd be 21 in June of 2022. He'd have to have an outstanding 2021 minor league season and carry it over to the start of 2022 in order to get promoted. I'm sure we'll hear CoC's thoughts on the Orioles gaming his service clock at some point. All depends on how well he does. But I do think that if he's up in 2022, that's a good thing...means he's turned into a stud.
    1 point
  34. Galvis is basically the same as Iglesias. There is no loss here. It’s all gain.
    1 point
  35. With the broadcast team announced... Palmer, Brown, McDonald... okay! Arnold, Hollander, Long, Newman... meh. We'll give them some time. Garceau... my soul died a little.
    1 point
  36. Its pretty telling that I am more upset about the Orioles and MASN getting rid of our favorite announcers than I am about the piss poor teams they have put together over the last 5 years, but alas, this is where we are. I would always have the pre-game show on while I was cleaning up dinner, so now I guess its just MLBN all the time except when our game is actually on. I've always liked Dempsey and Tom Davis and their over the top homerism. I'm not sure why they get criticized, as I have no problems with local guys supporting the team that we all love. Gary Thorne is the bigges
    1 point
  37. 1 point
  38. Is this thread turning into an @Gurgi thread? Is everyone on sleeping pills and Klonopin? Not sure what this last post as to do with anything? I think @OrioleDog is trying to make a point about our chances of a Wildcard berth in 2022 based on what some other teams are doing....I think.
    1 point
  39. It would be appropriate if Shaw blew up and did well, sort of a payback from the Giants for Yaz. That said, I don't expect Shaw to last the offseason on the 40-man roster.
    1 point
  40. Wait, this thread is about Shaw? Who would have guessed?
    1 point
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