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  1. 7 points
    How can I put this in a quick and concise and direct way............? Hmmmm. The answer is no. Hopefully that's clear.
  2. 7 points
    The Rays used 9 pitchers in last nights playoff game. The Orioles used 4 pitchers total in winning the 1966 World Series.
  3. 6 points
    That's how I read that title and that's a good thing. There needs to be one guy in charge of the pitching coaches and coordinators at the major and minor league levels. Everyone needs to be rowing the same way and not poking holes in the boat!
  4. 5 points
    You are going at this backwards. They are not going to look at the 2020 team that is not expected to win, and notice that it has a deficit of talent in the middle infield, and use that as a reason to try Mountcastle there (which would be about his 5th position to try in the last 5 or 6 years). They are going to look at Mountcastle as a player, determine what is best for his development and what position he has the best chance to perform well and have a good major league career at, and that is where he will play. The fact that the 2020 major league team has a need somewhere will have absolutely zero impact on that decision. The only way he would play 2nd is if they decided that was the best place for him to have a quality major league career.
  5. 5 points
    Yesterday, I attended the Surprise Saguaros vs. Scottsdale Scorpions game at the Scorpions home base , Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Four Orioles started for the Saguaros -- Rylan Bannon at 3rd, Mason McCoy at 2nd, T.J. Nichting at DH and Alex Wells pitching. Dean Kremer relieved Wells to start the 4th inning. Overall, the game featured strong pitching and some of the worst fielding gaffs that I've witnessed at an AFL game -- including a run scoring from second base while the Scorpions' pitcher, catcher and first baseman surrounded a pop fly and watched it plop safely fair about 20 feet up the first base line. Bannon -- hitless in 4 at-bats; one hard hit ball, liner to medium center field; weak grounder to 3rd for a force out; pop fly to second baseman; struck out missing a low outside fastball strike; my impression remains that he is a patient hitter with good plate awareness and coverage McCoy -- notable batting stance, sort of leans back with knees strongly bent forward; no hard hit balls, a couple of infield grounders, foul tip fastball 3rd strike, and a walk on a 3-2 fastball well outside; started a 4-6-3 double play. Nichting -- switch hitter, batted left 4 times; looked a bit overmatched; a couple of weak grounders to first, late on a 3rd strike fast ball, drew an easy walk. Wells -- impressive; simple windup, rocks from the waist; pitched ahead; 3 pitches for strikes; fastball - 89 and 90, breaking ball 72 - 74, change (excellent) 83-85; a few hard hit balls, line drives for hits; 4 strikeouts no walks; 2 swinging K's 2 looking (completely fooled on fastballs); struck out the side in the 2nd; multiple moves to hold runners at first; step off throw and picked off runner at first who had taken an average lead. Kremer -- looked good; pitched 1 inning; basic windup, rocks from the waist; 3 pitches around the plate - fastball 91-92, breaking pitch 74, change 84; 3 up and down; struck out 2, 1 swinging and a weak fly to center. So that's 2 AFL games that I have attended so far; each breezed along: Time of games -- 8 1/2 innings 2:34; 9 innings 2:21
  6. 4 points
    You were right about Manny's contract, so I'm sure you will be right about this.
  7. 4 points
    As for the statement about building around Baltimore and the stadium area. As i have said before ,the city is expanding rapidly in some areas and dying in others. Port Covington is one of the biggest HQ and revitalization projects on the East Coast. On the other side of the stadium near the casino, they are building a Top Golf and now two concert halls.,the Paramount and Hammerjacks reopening. Also Canton.Harbor East, Woodberry and other areas keep getting new condos,apartments and restaurants. https://www.southbmore.com/2019/10/11/plans-revealed-for-3750-seat-the-paramount-baltimore-music-venue-across-from-mt-bank-stadium/ https://baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/50-million-3750-seat-concert-venue-proposed-for-south-baltimore/ https://pc.city/development/ https://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-liberty-harbor-east-20191014-q56ifdkwjff77p3erpgazbzmaa-story.html
  8. 3 points
    This complete BS. Let's look at injuries to QBs in the league this year. Nick Foles, statue, gets a broken collar bone. Drew Brees, statue, tears ligaments on thumb on a throw because the pocket collapsed and he didnt move to get more space to throw. Trevor Semien, statue, tears ligaments in his ankle. Randolph, pocket passer, gets concussed. You are going to keep spouting that he will get hurt until he gets hurt and then say "see I told you." But the fact is football is dangerous and every player gets injured at some point. Additionally, the evidence from this tear suggests you are wrong. And you can cite RGIII all you want. Brady, Palmer, Theisman.... Plenty of pocket passers have gotten just as bad. Last you say hes "thin". Jackson is listed at 215. Mahomes 225 Watson 220 Ryan 220 Baker 215 Brees 210 Goff 215
  9. 3 points
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  11. 2 points
    In order of likelihood: Mountcastle Akin Kremer Lowther Diaz Baumann Bannon Wells The first two are the only ones I consider likely. The rest are possibilities.
  12. 2 points
    My son Edward just made it through the Crucible and is a Marine now. We'll be going to the Graduation in a week or so. 40 years after I was there. Going to be a blast to wander around Parris Island with my Son.
  13. 2 points
    Even the guys on the MASN blogs don't say this cliche anymore.
  14. 2 points
    Schoop became a part-time player because Luis Arraez came up and hit .334. He's the reason the Twins wouldn't be interested in Villar.
  15. 2 points
    Five days after the World Series is over the 6 year minor league free agents become available. Starting pitching probably will be Elias focus. Elias has said he will be active in signing some of these players. He has a couple of spots on the major league roster to use and he can offer minor league spots with an invitation to ST. I look for at least a couple a Wojo/Brooks types to be signed. Guys in their late 20s or early 30s who can add length to the pitching staff. Early November for the 6 year free agents and early December for the Rule 5 draft may be as busy as any time this off season for player acquisition. The rest of the winter will probably be watching the waiver wire and see if who is available is better than who the O's have on the 40 man roster. Other dateS of interest: November 20th Roster set for the Rule 5 draft December 2nd Non tender deadline December 12th Rule 5 draft Here is an article with more dates: https://www.brewcrewball.com/2019/10/9/20906317/mlb-offseason-important-dates-milwaukee-brewers
  16. 1 point
    According the Baseball Reference Calvin Pickering never played in Frederick. https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=picker001cal
  17. 1 point
    Dudroff says: https://www.baltimorebaseball.com/2019/10/16/orioles-dont-need-extend-trey-mancini/. Elias says: https://www.masnsports.com/media.php?show_id=3682796&p= IMO It doesn't sound like Elias will take a Cashner trade return for Bundy, Givens or Villar.
  18. 1 point
    A few points on the main topic: -- Attendance at all major sporting events is suffering at least a little. There are NFL teams that sold out most of their games that don't now, and the NFL just put two teams in a city that probably won't support one team (in terms of attendance). So that is one factor that has hurt the Orioles' attendance. The advent of large screen HDTVs, with almost every significant sporting event televised, is hurting attendance in just about every sport. Not to mention that the younger generation is less into the traditional major spots and more into soccer and more participatory things. -- Baseball has an aging fan base. That is another factor that has hurt attendance across the board. -- The Orioles were bound to have a dropoff from the 1992-1997 attendance no matter what happened because the new ballpark honeymoon effect sold out nearly every game in that period. -- Obviously the Nats have caused a drop in attendance. -- And, yes, losing hurts attendance. The year after we put together a competitive winning season you'll see a big bump from the previous season. We'll NEVER get back to teh 1992-1997 levels for all the reasons above. But that doesn't mean that the end is near. I expect that as long as major league baseball remains a viable "major" sport, Baltimore will be represented. Our history, our ballpark, and our fans' love for the Orioles will keep that going. Now if we have another 14 year run without a winning season, that could really hurt. But given that we now have a top 10 farm system in baseball, I don't think we are in store for that type of run again, not in the upcoming decade at least.
  19. 1 point
  20. 1 point
    Luke’s under the radar pick #1 Cole Percival - RHP - UC Riverside Percival is the son of former MLB player Troy Percival and is a tall, strapping righty. 6’6” and broad shouldered, he looks the part of a workhorse starter. After winning the Big West freshman of the year in 2018, he missed the entire 2019 season. But now he’s back looking healthy, sitting 92-94 in a multi inning fall ball appearance. There is room for more velocity once the mechanics get smoothed out and he has the makings of an average curveball and changeup. Those could improve as he gets further removed from his long layoff. It’s a backend starter look if things come together.
  21. 1 point
    The A's survived years of Giant wins, and playing in the 2nd worst ball park in MLB.
  22. 1 point
    He has days where he looks really good, and others when he has nothing. Overall I think he’s pretty useful in the swing man role. As you say, he soaked up 110 innings. Probably worth keeping until someone better comes along.
  23. 1 point
    Or, he could be a minor league coach.
  24. 1 point
    His career minor league OPS was .947. In his debut at 18 in the GCL he went 30-for-60. There are people who don't hit .500 in church softball. At 27 with the Royals' AAA affiliate he OPS'd 1.164 and had 35 homers in 89 games, then hit seven more for the Royals. So he had 42 homers in 124 games. The prior year in Mexico he hit 25 homers in 88 games, a 162-game pace of 46. And of course the offseason after he was EL MVP and in the running for the triple crown at the age of 21, the O's went and signed 30-something Will Clark to a multi-year deal. I'm very confident that Pickering was somewhere in the Conine-Millar range as a major league player. But instead of a 15-year career he got 310 PAs.
  25. 1 point
    Dan needs to write a juicy tell-all book. There are tens of us here that would buy it.
  26. 1 point
    That has to be one of the worst-executed fire sales ever. Offloaded Surhoff, Bordick, Baines, Clark, and Johnson, and every one of the trades netted someone 28 or older. Plus some spare parts and minor leaguers that never worked out. Syd's going in position for all of this must have been "Hey, who''s your 7th-best infielder? That's who we want." Who acquires a 30-year-old catcher, multiple 27-year-old AAA first basemen, and a 36-year-old outfielder in a fire sale?
  27. 1 point
    Or letting guys get hit with a fine coat of rust. I don't think sweeping leads to any advantage.
  28. 1 point
    It would be more awesome if the Nationals totally fell apart.
  29. 1 point
    There were more changes in the last CBA then that: https://www.mlb.com/news/details-of-mlb-mlbpa-labor-agreement/c-210125462
  30. 1 point
    They could have signed Grant Balfour.
  31. 1 point
    Agree there’s nothing wrong with it. Saying that, Trumbo had a .275 average in the minors, Mountcastle is .295. Mountcastle has played each level younger than Trumbo did, and generally, the minor leagues the West Coast prospects play in tend to be more hitter friendly than the ones Mountcastle played in. For all those reasons, I think Mountcastle will hit for a higher average than Trumbo. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a better overall hitter or player. I’m hoping he will be, but if he has Trumbo’s career, that’s far from a terrible outcome.
  32. 1 point
    I liked Rene Gonzalez...he was friends with my brother and we got good seats...lol.
  33. 1 point
    I don’t think so. He’s helped in the past with BA’s Orioles top 30 lists but not the league wide lists.
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    I could easily be wrong on this but it seemed like he was spending a higher percentage of time in the outfield toward the end of the season.
  36. 1 point
    I don't blame Kershaw for what happened in game 5 against the Nationals. Dave Roberts had other bullpen options and didn't use them.
  37. 1 point
    No, just we can actually see it and have something to talk about. If he spent a few weeks planning/orchestrating the K-Motion partnership we wouldn't know too much (I mean maybe now that it's announced). If he spent the month of August evaluating 40 guys for the _____ position and picks one, we'll never know anything other than the guy he picked to be ______. But removals from the 40 man, MiL deals, Rule V pickups are easy to see, follow and evaluate.
  38. 1 point
    Impossible to get below $50 million with Davis and Cobb on the team. $55 million might be a good target.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Soto is a better hitter than anyone on the 2012-16 Orioles IMO. 140 OPS+ over two seasons and he’s still two weeks away from his 21st birthday. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be one of the top 5 hitters in baseball during the 2020’s.
  41. 1 point
    I remember Lonborg, McLain and Lolich all pitching on 2 days’ rest in the ‘67 and ‘68 World Series. Lonborg - complete game on Oct. 9 and 6 innings on Oct. 12. McLain - 2.2 innings on Oct. 6 and complete game on Oct. 9. Lolich - complete games on Oct. 7 and 10.
  42. 1 point
    Yep, McNally gave up 2 runs and only pitched 2.1 innings in game 1. Drabowsky came in and pitched the rest of the game and allowed 1 hit with 11 Strikeouts. McNally came back and pitched a shutout in game 4 to clinch the Series. The 4 pitchers were Dave McNally, Moe Drabowsky, Wally Bunker, Jim Palmer.
  43. 1 point
    I love the media, 3:30 a.m. and they "THINK" the guy might be intoxicated. You think????? SMH
  44. 1 point
    Trading arb-eligible players before the non-tender deadline may also be a priority for Elias in November. I expect look to reduce payroll and add more young talent to the pipeline.
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Re Leonardo Rodriguez, ranked 10th in the NY-Penn league: The write-up from Baseball America says of Rodriguez: “In a league that was more position player-heavy, Rodriguez stood out on the mound. He ranked among the league leaders in ERA (2.65), strikeouts (80), innings (71.1) and WHIP (1.01). It was the first season of his young career in which he struck out more than one batter per inning. “It’s tough to miss the 6-foot-7, 215-pound Rodriguez, who has the type of body that is built for innings. His fastball can touch into the mid-90s and has natural angle on it because of his height. “Managers were impressed with Rodriguez’s feel for how to pitch to hitters and work off his heater. His breaking ball is a true offspeed pitch that flashes above-average at times, but his third-pitch changeup is rather straight. Rodriguez’s frame, arm strength and feel for pitching create plenty to dream on as he heads towards full-season ball.” https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2019/10/the-orioles-may-be-forced-to-part-with-jonathan-villar.html
  47. 1 point
    Exactly, which is why I love them. There is no more, "He gets a good jump or he doesn't take good routes. With this data, you have the exact data to tell you whether that's true or not.
  48. 1 point
    Harvey definitely has not graduated. Pitchers exceed rookie eligibility with 50 innings or 45 days on the active roster excluding the period of roster expansion following September 1st. Harvey pitched 6 and a third innings and was called up in mid-August, accruing around 15 days prior to September 1st.
  49. 1 point
    Perfect Game out with its top college players for the 2020 draft - their top 3 is Austin Martin, Torkelson and Hancock. Only the top10 are viewable, rest behind the paywall: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=17591
  50. 0 points
    Only 4 years and $124M to go in guarantees! Not bad for exactly 0.0 WAR. heh
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