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  1. Sports Illustrated ran a great piece one time in which Ted Williams, Boggs and Don Mattingly had a lengthy debate about swing plane and swing mechanics. It’s a classic. Williams, of course, advocated a slight uppercut. https://www.google.com/amp/s/vault.si.com/.amp/vault/1986/04/14/a-real-rap-session Edit — I just re-read this. Read it. It’s awesome!
    3 points
  2. But now they have the guy they drafted AND the guy they could have drafted. And a similar veteran SS for less money who could ALSO bring them another prospect at the deadline. There's nothing about this move that isn't smart for where the O's are right now. Iglesias was fun but he was barely on the field and his offense was highly flukey.
    3 points
  3. Unless a signing proves otherwise, Elias and Hyde do not prefer Franco over Ruiz. I do not believe that Elias is either stupid or lazy, despite your constantly using those terms. Instead, he's made a considered opinion not to waste resources on a very marginal upgrade at 3B. Galvis was necessary as we had no realistic alternative at SS. As of now at least, Franco has been deemed unnecessary for this team at this point in the rebuild.
    3 points
  4. I really don't care if Franco is better for a relatively non-competitive team for one year. I'd rather put a warm body making the ML minimum at third than spend an extra million on Franco. By mid-season, I'd hope to see some combination of Bannon and Jones in the infield.
    3 points
  5. Meh. No such thing as a bad minor league deal, but hopefully the younger guys look ready in Spring Training. I am fine with a Means and 4 rookie rotation. Sink or swim. Akin, Kremer, Zimmermann, Baumann, Lowther, Wells, Goudeau. Let the cream rise to the top.
    2 points
  6. This is great. As is the pitching stuff, and the international efforts, and the use of data to identify draft prospects. Still not sure why I'd have Elias on any kind of timetable based on how much he spends. He's building a better foundation for this org than anyone I've ever seen.
    2 points
  7. So Perry Minasian became the Angels GM in November 2020. He has been Mike Elias favor trading partner ever since. First with the Iglesias trade, now with the Cobb trade. I was wondering with 29 other clubs why the Angels? It takes a level of trust to make some trades. What do these two have in common and how do they know each other. They are peers. Elias 38, Minasian 40. They both were scouting directors. Elias for the Astros and Minasian for 6 years for the Blue Jays. They both became Assistant GMs. Minasian with the Braves two years before he became GM for the Angels.
    2 points
  8. We'll probably hear soon. The owners' attempt to push back the start of the season appears to be nixed by the union, so it does look like we are actually now just 2 weeks away. A lot of planning was probably on hold up until yesterday.
    2 points
  9. "Just missed that one." Classic. https://www.mlb.com/video/jonathan-schoop-homers-32-on-a-fly-ball-to-left-field
    2 points
  10. It’s almost like wins are not an accurate measure of how well you pitched 😀
    2 points
  11. I will never understand this comparison. Stewart has already had some success at the major league level, is younger, faster, and has shown significantly more ability to get on base.
    2 points
  12. If it is an In N Out burger I'd take it
    2 points
  13. All of the Angels best prospects are far down in their system. Except Jahmai Jones, 2B who made his debut last year. They have a crowded roster and may find him expendable. If we’re paying down Cobb’s contract and willing to do a one for one deal, I could see it working out.
    2 points
  14. Plot twist: Orioles sign Bauer and his YouTube videos are now the pre and post game shows.
    2 points
  15. Pretty sure you have mentioned it three times now. And if you watch that video and think it shows a player intentionally injuring someone, I don't know what to tell you. The immediate reaction was to catch him as he fell. It was a hard, late, bad slide and Pedroia was planted awkwardly at second and couldn't avoid the slide or untighten his leg, resulting in injury. Pedroia famously threw his teammates under the bus for repeatedly trying to throw at Manny.
    1 point
  16. When he finally got around to making that post it was good.
    1 point
  17. Interesting stuff ... Helps build optimism https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-minor-league-hitting-20210201-5sy3fldozjdovkbwfzfcpli3lm-story.html
    1 point
  18. I just hope the Angels-Orioles pipeline finishes with Trout in orange and black.
    1 point
  19. I don’t see us signing Franco for a couple of reasons. He’d take up a 40 man spot. We need to see what we have on the 40 man already. The trade market will be limited with no NL DH, and a return to the regular former playoff format. I don’t think any of that justifies the resources he’d cost to sign and what we would get in a potential deadline deal. Trading Mancini now would be selling low on him. The league needs to see if he can return to his form prior to his battle with cancer. If so, then he’ll likely be dealt by the 2021 trade deadline. I don’t see us trading Santand
    1 point
  20. I for one would love for OH to just be a CRJ message board with some occasional O's chat.
    1 point
  21. RIP. Always enjoyed his insights on the Mid Atlantic Sports Report before Covid shut all that down. Very sad to hear of his passing. https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2021/01/on-the-passing-of-a-great-reporter-and-an-even-better-person.html
    1 point
  22. The processes sound great. But the results are needed to confirm that. Unfortunately the article was behind a paywall so I couldn’t read it. I guess I used up my allotment of free articles.
    1 point
  23. Obtuse. Sort of like the Warden in Shawshank Redemption
    1 point
  24. I don't think Alta Vista is still up and running.
    1 point
  25. Really amazing to read the progress that the minor league system is making with using this cutting edge technology and thought processes. For the first time probably ever within this organization, you get the feeling that the Orioles prospects have the best information and coaching that can help maximize their potential. I'm really excited to see them playing meaningful games and putting up numbers that will back up this process with results.
    1 point
  26. Oh man - just saw it - I really enjoyed his professional stylings - remember watching him and Phil Wood together and thinking - damn, i could listen to these guys talk baseball and whatever other topics they chose for forever. I didn't get the chance to watch him a lot, but every time - I came away thinking this guy's a treasure.
    1 point
  27. Sure. But my main point is that Wade Boggs wouldn't be allowed to be Wade Boggs today. His 12U coach would have told him to try to hit every ball off the 340' sign in right.
    1 point
  28. On Jan 16th I posted this list based on who was at the Alternate Site last season plus some players that have been added. The O's have not announced anything, so this is just a guess. Pitchers 41. Fernando Abad 42. Kyle Bradish 43. Thomas Eshelman 44. DL Hall 45. Eric Hanhold 46. Wade LeBlanc 47. Evan Phillips 48. Grayson Rodriguez 49. Kevin Smith Catchers 50. Nick Ciuffo 51. Taylor Davis 52. Adley Rutschman 53. Austin Wynns Infielders 54. Gunnar Henderson 55. Terrin Vavra (infielder/outfielder)
    1 point
  29. Wonder if this was the driver at all on this deal happening. Seems like the return was in the neighborhood of what I threw out there, albeit with us reportedly eating about half of the 2021 salary rather than all of it:
    1 point
  30. If you believe that Galvis at SS and Sanchez at 2B are the most likely outcomes because of their defense then the question of who plays 3B is one of the biggest to be solved in ST. Here are the leading candidate IMO. Rio Ruiz the incumbent He will be 27 on May 22nd. His career 222/295/372/667 sets a low bar. His defense is average. He will make close to the minimum. He has an option left. He sets a low bar for someone to jump over him and take his job. Pat Valaika He will play 2021 at 28 years old. Long time utility player who got regular playing time in 2
    1 point
  31. A smattering of pre- and post-draft chatter: MLB dot com Something called baseballdraftreport Fangraphs pre-draft coverage
    1 point
  32. No, but on the 5 percent chance that he is, I don't think they can trade him at this point. I would be fine with 3 WAR, but I can't say I would be really happy. Huge year for him this year, either way.
    1 point
  33. Hope its cool to bump this. Cobb is off the list. Santandar and Mancini are the only others that could potentially be dealt before the season started. We can also add Freddy Galvis to the list fulfilling the 13 Slot. There could be another free agent pick up added to this list before the season begins. It will be interesting to see who builds value for themselves this season and who Elias chooses to shop.
    1 point
  34. A few quick preliminary thoughts. There is some interesting video of him out there. I found the YouTube video showing his at bats from AFL 2018. The first thing that jumped out at me is his grip of the bat. He is "over-gripping" and he looks as though he ties himself up a bit and cannot seem to get full extension at contact. I don't like the hands before load and at load. Reminds me of Gary Sheffield some here. Powerful lower half, but does not use it well. A big leg kick, and long stride. All of that said, I looked at the limited 2020 video. All of that is from the CF camera. Looks like
    1 point
  35. 1 point
  36. This may be the first time I've ever seen a trade were no one thinks it's bad (on our side). Way to go O's.
    1 point
  37. Baseball-Reference.com projections, they obviously think he'll start the season in the minors since they're only projecting 186 AB. But, I'd take that line for a rookie second baseman. Year Tm Age PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO
    1 point
  38. Shaw clears waivers. Decent AAA depth.
    1 point
  39. Oh, and posters on the AnglesWin.com fan forum would be very comfortable posting on the Orioles. This is not a popular move in Lala land. Someone actually posted "but what is his spin rate?" I laughed out loud.
    1 point
  40. Very nice return.
    1 point
  41. This is welcome good news after a somewhat terrible January. This is more of a buying a prospect situation than it is a straight salary dump. That is encouraging. Jones didn't have a spot with the Angels this upcoming season so he became expendable to them. However, he's a better prospect than I think anyone was expecting when this news first dropped. Now we wait to see who we pick up to replace Cobb.
    1 point
  42. Surface stats don't tell the full story. Yes, he improved later in the 2019 season. And, he obviously did well enough in their 60 man camp to warrant a call up at the end of 2020. A hiccup in the first half of his AA season does not a bust make. Like I said before, may not make it but it's still a good trade. And, it's a new trade for Elias. A young MLB ready player instead of a lower level prospect.
    1 point
  43. Even if it is just the Rule 5 guys or Jorge Lopez, there are arms to audition so even if we send 80%, we avoid the opportunity cost expense of Cobb taking reps from pitchers who hopefully can get a good chunk of their rookie shellings out of the way this year. I've been banging the drum for Baumann, but Lowther had a full AA year in 2019 and was good there too. Kremer, Baumann and Lowther all on their Age-25 seasons. The fun part of today is the chance 20% more of April Orioles starts could be fresh. Just so long as it isn't Jordan Westburg and Alex Cobb for a PTBNL, then I
    1 point
  44. Ma I think the most we can hope for is they use some of the savings to resign Gary Thorne.
    1 point
  45. Does this mean the Angels are out on Bauer? Also, nice job dumping that contact.
    1 point
  46. Laurila: You mentioned Jim Palmer. I assume you know you had a lot of success against him (seven for 13, with three walks, and no strikeouts). Buford: “Yes, I remind him of that. He doesn’t say anything.” At the 1970 Orioles reunion at Camden, I was at the luncheon table with Jim Palmer, Roy Firestone, and a couple from Iowa. I had seen the O's vs. the Tokyo Giants in Tokyo Japan in 1971, when I was 9. (My first pro game, and the reason I became an O's fan) Before that reunion, I scoured the internet for any box scores or info I could find on their trip. The only one I found
    1 point
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