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  1. I know there has been a long thread (deservingly so) for Weams, but since I haven't been on OH for almost two years, I hope you'll understand. I wanted people to see this and I hope I'm not breaking any rule. I met Michael and Denise about 10 years ago. I was struck with their incredible cheerfulness, and of course their love of the Orioles.I found out later that Denise and Michael took Sarasota vacations annually just to watch the Orioles in Florida and to also check out the minor league talent too.One time Denise got hit in the head by a Chris Tillman pitch and was taken to the hospital. Mik
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  2. I was trying to find ways to honor my dear friend and longtime managing editor Michael "weams" Williams when I thought what better way to honor him then to create a poster hall of fame after him? Afterall, Michael was a longtime poster before I asked him to join our staff so why not only name the HoF after him, but also make him the first member? To become a member of the Hall of Fame, a poster must have the following qualities: 1. Post informative information and opinions backed by facts and statistics over at least a ten year period of time. 2. Be well mannered and treat ev
    52 points
  3. As many of you know, weams has been a staple here at the Hangout for many, many years. In fact, he's been with the Hangout longer than anyone besides me. Not only has he been a great managing editor and moderator, but he's also someone who I seek out for counsel on Hangout matters as well as being someone I consider a great friend. Michael (weams) is the guy who knows many of you by your first names, have met with you, hung out with you at games, and will always meet you with a giant smile. He is absolutely the heart and soul of the Hangout community and someone that has kept the Hangout
    36 points
  4. This thread is never something I thought I would read. I’m handling things ok but have some current limitations. I will have immunotherapy as treatment and many of those should go away. Between Chuck Boemmel and myself you should not see any degradation on game recap coverage. Many of you are among my best and oldest friends. If you have my email feel free to use it. Many of you have the one and only phone number as well. Ask for it if you want it. I love you all and let’s enjoy this great Orioles season.
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  5. First off, I want to thank everyone for the conversation and their thoughts in the other post (except maybe a few that certainly decided to get personal). Part of the reason of making that post was to get the reaction of the community before I made a final decision. I read through each of the responses and tried to step back and take an honest look from each perspective. While we may never agree on the organization that MLB is choosing to celebrate, what I hope none of us will disagree with is that we as a country need to come together and not allow outside forces to divide us. I tr
    28 points
  6. Good to hear I am Still thought of.
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  7. The back to back outings of Akin and Kremer, and emergence of Mountcastle the last two weeks and even the short outburst of Stewart just has me feeling like maybe this team has a future.
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  8. Honestly, I think you are reading too much into what baseball is doing. I have a Black Lives Matter related sign on my lawn. It’s got nothing to do with hating the police, or wanting the country to turn socialist or anything of that nature. It’s just a statement of belief that people of color should be treated equally. I think that’s the simple proposition that baseball is supporting, not some dramatic political agenda.
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  9. Well, I don’t know everything about Michael, but I’ll tell you what I do know. He was a very early member of OH. He has been a regular at Hangout Nights at the ballpark from the very beginning of those events. He met his wife Denise at a Hangout Night. He would always go out of his way at those games to meet as many people as possible. At some point, Tony asked him to join the OH staff and he became the Managing Editor. He’s always been a very fair moderator. He loves the Orioles and comes from a family of Oriole lovers. When the O’s used to hold Fanfest, Michael would save me a
    20 points
  10. I had a quick visit with Weams And Denise today. He looks good, both in good spirits. Prayers and good thoughts and love for both.
    19 points
  11. My mom (no jokes from you old timers) has a seriously hard time understanding what BLM means. There's the official organization, run by Marxists and anti-capitalists who seem pretty radical...and then there are the people who support the idea of what BLM means, that a group of people who've had it pretty rough in this country for a long time want to be treated equally. Not surprisingly, my mother who is a super-right winger, wants to focus on the Marxists and anti-capitalism aspect and assume that those people are the majority of the BLM movement. Also not surprisingly, people are going to
    19 points
  12. The Hangout will always be a politics free area. The question now is whether the Hangout will continue. It is something I've discussed with Michael and will sleep on as I consider all of the reasons why I want to take the time and energy to continue to support a sport that wants to be political. I support people of every race, sex, religion and sexual orientation. I have tried to make a place where none of that mattes, but now we exist in world that demonizes those of us who just want to celebrate what brings us together. I have a son who is a police officer now and I have to decide whet
    19 points
  13. I knew this day was coming, and I've been dreading it. In my own personal Orioles pantheon, Nick ranks very near the top. He's not one of the ten greatest Orioles, but he's easily one of my top ten favorites; in fact, top five. Why? Because he came along in the Orioles' darkest hour, and gave us a ray of hope. Because he was a lunch pail guy who showed up every day. Because he gave you a good at bat every single time. Because was one of those guys who just fit with the city of Baltimore. Because he never sought to draw attention to himself. My enduring image of
    18 points
  14. Mac Sceroler's debut was fascinating for several reasons and was certainly the highlight of an otherwise lackluster 7-0 loss to the Yankees. Let's take a look: The crazy situation he was brought into by Hyde I would love to know if a pitcher was ever brought into a tougher situation for his major league debut, especially for a Rule 5 pick rookie who has never pitched above A-ball. It's almost unfathomable that manage Brandon Hyde would even think about bringing in Sceroler with the bases loaded, one out, and Aaron Judge at the plate, but that's exactly what he did. Why Hyde didn't
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  15. No offense, I think you are way off base about what BLM represents. I will not go further except to say that it is not about hating police. Regardless I don't see folding the site as the answer. Hope you reconsider and we can move on.
    16 points
  16. I am 61. I have triplets who will be 9. Excuse me for rambling, or being incoherent. This is what Michael has done. Triplets born April 2012. My father, who adored them, dies 3 months later. My Dad and I loved Memorial Stadium, and had the best times watching the Os. 1966 on, this was where we bonded. Dad dies, need to make sure the triplets see a game, so the experience extends another generation. Fast forward to August 2012. To honor my father, I want to take the triplets to a game. Sure, everyone says, 4 month olds will remember this for the rest of their lives. Or not
    15 points
  17. Yes, you are the only sports fan to rail against team ownership on the internet. Every owner is super popular among message boards denizens and everyone else on this message board loves Peter G. Angelos and has never had a negative thing to say about him. Thank you for your service.
    15 points
  18. If you celebrate it. And a Happy Yuletide to all who don't. Glad you are all my friends and we still have a team to support together.
    15 points
  19. Folks, since the All-Star game has become politicize, and we have a strict No Politics rule here, there will be no conversation here about MLB's decision. If you want to talk about Orioles chances of making the All-Star game this year that is fine, but no conversation about the decision or where the game is being moved to. Thank you for understanding. Let's focus on the Orioles performance on the field!
    14 points
  20. What's embarrassing is that the previous regime buried its head in the sand trying to compete 2 or 3 years beyond their window, completely ignoring the international market out of some phony PA principle, didn't invest in analytics, and created this situation where it requires a complete tank-fest teardown in order to build a farm system and international operation worthy of most other teams in the game. Elias has been straight about that. The Orioles over-extended themselves and they are paying the bill now.
    14 points
  21. The 2020 Orioles: They’re not a good team, but they’re scrappy. They’ll take a licking, then keep on ticking. It’s a lot of castoffs who each have some flaws but also some skills, with just enough young talent sprinkled in to make things interesting. For me, the team is getting more Interesting as the season progresses, with Akin, Mountcastle, Harvey, Mullins and Stewart all up. Hopefully Hays gets back on the field at some point. Those are all guys I followed in the minors for years, but who are still under a year of major league service. I don’t assume any of them have fu
    14 points
  22. To everyone who has posted here and communicated with my weams in other ways, I can’t begin to express my gratitude. His spirits soar on the wings of the good vibes that continue being sent his way. You guys rock.
    13 points
  23. You all are so wonderful. Thanks.
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  24. I spent part of the last two days compiling a database of 78 of the higher profile arbitration-eligible players, who either were projected to make $5 mm+, or $2mm+ if this was their first year of arbitration. In each case, I tracked their service time, their position, how much total WAR they accumulated before being eligible for arbitration the first time, how much WAR they had in the season immediately preceding their first arb-eligible season and in each subsequent season, and what their arb-eligible salaries have been. I’m hoping to use it in the future to develop comps for arb-eligibl
    13 points
  25. I WOULD BE KEYING ON SS, 2B, AND 3B IF I MADE A PICK AS THE ORIOLES GM. PLAYERS I FIND INTERESTING LOOK LIKE THEY COULD BE READY AND LESS LIKE A PROJECT. I LIKE THE PIRATES KEVIN KRAMER HE WAS A .280ISH HITTER / .350 OBP/ .460 SLG. Thanks @BohKnowsBmore for the correction! https://www.mlb.com/news/rule-5-draft-eligible-prospects-2020
    13 points
  26. Well. I am eating better. It appears that my pain has lessened.
    12 points
  27. I can offer a little insight on this. I am a covid vaccine administrator in my area. My local hospital asked for help from those with clinical experience and I am one of several that stepped up. My little part in the big picture. We have a certain amount of appointments everyday that we have to pull the vaccines out for. It is absolutely crucial that we don’t waste these vaccines. The problem is, some people are no-shows and we do everything in our power to get them in the arms of those that want them. We absolutely don’t want them to go to waste when so many people want th
    12 points
  28. Summary of player trades this year (+1 since I found it). Mychal Givens- Terrin Vavra, Tyler Nevin and Mishael Deson* Miguel Castro- Kevin Smith, Victor Gonzalez* Tommy Milone- AJ Graffanino*, Greg Cullen* Richard Bleier- Isaac DeLeon* Hector Velazquez- Miguel Padilla* Intl Slots- Connor Loeprich (not trade deadline, but I'm putting here anyway) *Players were PTBNL. Hopefully we can look back and find a few guys from this list that are solid contributors in a few years.
    12 points
  29. https://art19.com/shows/baltimore-orioles-inside-the-yard-podcast Fascinating interview, about 22 minutes. A few takeaways: O’s mantra has three elements: humility, growth mindset, collaboration. O’s minor leaguers had a book club and read stuff like Mindset, Legacy (about All-Blacks rugby team culture), Ego is the Enemy, a book about Nike, and It Takes What it Takes. Thought Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson got tremendous benefit from Bowie and were leaders. About Henderson he marveled that he was facing very experienced pitchers but “after a couple weeks he looked li
    12 points
  30. As some of you know because you participated in making it happen and some of you are anticipating the results I am slightly better resuming certain parts of my treatment if possible this means I’m attempting to get a bit better All the news
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  31. Don't make me cry, Roy! My son and I had the honor to meet up with Roy at Pickles pub and also his radio interview with Melewski at Dempsey's, before a hangout game in May 2015. The meeting was set up by Mike, who was already friends with Roy. Mike and I have texted, and while I won't share details, he also sent me the "made it another day" text to let me know he's still here. Youse guys haven't heard from me in 1 1/2 years, but this is a most special case. I'll say again. It's easy to say "thoughts and prayers," but actually do it. Mike would really appreciate it. Please
    11 points
  32. First, I'd like to apologize for the unhinged person who decided to spew hatred on the board before we could get to the posts. I want to thank @Frobby for texting me about the threads as I was driving home from Florida after helping my parents move back to Maryland. I also want to thank @Snutchy for taking time away from his daughters lacrosse game by getting to his phone and attempting to delete the drivel and then thanks to @sbauer for stepping in and deleting this fool like it never existed. There is a special kind of evil, hateful people that exist to do nothing but spew hatred online
    11 points
  33. The O's are on pace to go 69-93. John Means is on pace to go 16-0, 32 starts, 208 IP, 212 Ks. And 4 no hitters. His 1.21 ERA is 2nd in the MLB to Jacob deGrom . His 0.71 WHIP is 3rd to deGrom and Gerrit Cole. Cheating or not that that is pretty special. Trey Mancini is on pace for 28 Homers and 130 RBI (rounded from 129.6). He is 4th in RBIs in the MLB behind Devers, Jose Abreu and Martinez. He also has the best rate in the league for someone that went through chemo last year. Cesar Valdez is on pace for 32 saves. Best rate in baseball for a pitcher that has not b
    11 points
  34. I think we all had pretty low expectations headed into the season. I know the Sox aren't supposed to be that good this year but I don't think any of us would have expected sweeping them to start the 2021 campaign. If you didn't know who was supposed to be the worst team in the division this year and watched this series, I think anyone would believe that the Sox are the worst team in the division this year. The Orioles simply looked better in all facets of the game across the opening three games. I especially liked that we were able to get to their bullpen in the first two games and fully e
    11 points
  35. I'm sorry to bug you once again, but I would like for you to consider keeping Michael in your prayers or thoughts on a daily basis. My friend is fighting the fight of his life and I know the continual outpouring of love, appreciation, prayers and thoughts can only help him during this fight. So with that in mind, I'd like to ask you to posts some kind of interaction, whether online or personal, that was a great memory of you with weams. I'll start. I met Michael through this message board and it was apparent from the beginning that he was a special person behind that keyboard. H
    11 points
  36. He has an honorary spot on my team forever just from slugging Bautista in the face.
    11 points
  37. Over the next couple of days I will release a State of the System Analysis and Grade for the following: Tuesday: Starting Pitching Wednesday: Relief Pitching Thursday: Catcher Friday: Corner Infield Saturday: Middle Infield Sunday: Outfield With two seasons under his belt, Elias has done a lot to try and address the organization's needs from top to bottom. How does each part of the roster look heading into the future? First up is Starting Pitching. State of the System: Starting Pitching Present Situation: The MLB rotation is still thin alth
    11 points
  38. In our OF pecking order, DJ Stewart probably ranks pretty low. I don’t know if he’ll have much of a major league career. But after a lot struggles and, at times, ridicule, it’s nice to see him have his moment in the sun. Four homers in three games — how many major leaguers ever do that in their career? Not very many. I’m really happy for the guy.
    11 points
  39. Came into my job. We chatted briefly and I got an autograph. Curses a fair amount. Also apparently not a fan of Mike Elias not hiring him. Too funny. Cool experience.
    11 points
  40. While some may consider Covid-19 to be not highly fatal for younger people, it is still dangerous in terms of lung scarring, heart damage, etc. The saying, "Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger," is false in almost every case, but it is absolutely false with this virus.
    11 points
  41. I really like the Hangout. Been a longtime reader, recent poster. It's easily the most knowledgeable community of Orioles fans. Tony, you deserve props for building it. I'm just going to be honest right now, because I think it's important to be transparent - but Tony, you're one of the most political posters on here. There's a no politics rule, but you're one of the first people to get into it. You've frequently called things misinformation or shut down threads just because you don't agree with it. I keep hearing about this no-politics rule, but it always makes me chuckle because it's rea
    11 points
  42. It has been very real, my friends. Obviously some great people on here and I wish you all well. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have met a lot of you. I don’t pretend to think that baseball is gonna miss me at all, but the politicization of one of my first loves is enough for me to turn my back for good. I’ve got a 2 year old boy and we are expecting another on Monday. I’m hopeful that they will play the game as Daddy did and grow to love it as well. Hopefully by then the world will have unplugged its head from its ass. Thank you Tony for providing a fantastic place to dis
    11 points
  43. New for 2021 is our Prospect Power Rankings. Think of these rankings like an unofficial prospect rankings that will be adjusted throughout the year. To be eligible for the rankings, a player must still be considered a rookie by MLB standards and assigned to a minor league team. Players placed on injured lists are eligible once they have played in 2021. Orioles Prospect Power Rankings (as of June 21st) Orioles
    10 points
  44. This is where we will track significant activity throughout spring training. This will be updated with cuts and additional players acquired throughout the spring. Starters John Means (3/1) Will make his spring debut tomorrow against the Yankees and lines up for the Opening Day start on April 1st (3/2) Wasn't able to get through his two innings due to pitch count, allowing one run on four hits in 1 2/3 IP. Was removed in the 1st due to pitch count but came back in the 2nd. Was reportedly 94-95 MPH and looked sharp but gave up some soft contact. (3/7) Struggled putting batters a
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  45. Just something to wet the appetite for the 2021 season. http://www.orioleshangout.com/2021/01/17/beyond-the-2020-top-30/
    10 points
  46. I've mentioned some of these things before, but: a. Ha-Seong Kim is 25 and has been playing in a league whose overall quality is probably about AA level, with a wider spread in talent and ages. b. Kim's 2020 was his best season in Korea with a .921 OPS. c. The KBO's run context is about 5 runs/team/game. Kiwoom was right in the middle. About half a run higher than MLB. d. Byung Ho Park has had OPSes in Korea over 1.000 four times. In the majors he hit .191/.275/.409. e. Hyun Soo Kim had almost the same slash line as Ha-Seong Kim in Korea last year and has comparable
    10 points
  47. With no 2020 minor league season and a five round draft, this is one of the most difficult top prospects lists to develop. But, after receiving information about the auxiliary camp, and doing some video scouting of new players acquired in the draft and in trades, we've put together or top 30 prospects. 2019 Prospect List Grading System: Grade Hitters Starters Relievers 80 HOFer HOFer #1 75 Top 1-2 Top 1-2 #1 70 Top 5 Top 5 #1 65 All-Star
    10 points
  48. Well now you're just throwing bombs and being fussy. No one disagrees that black on black crime is a problem. I am sure you're very concerned about it and wouldn't dare to bring it up unless you can use it to punch down on other topics. I'm also pretty sure you've dedicated a lot of your time to researching black on black crime and working to raise awareness about the issue and how you can help stop it. I can tell it's an issue near and dear to your heart. But black on black crime isn't how BLM started. It's very simple, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Lives
    10 points
  49. Maybe this thread would have been more productive if it went more like this: Kjerstad is #99 on the BA list. Yep, Martin is higher, wish they'd taken him instead. Well, the strategy was to take the cheaper player so the overall draft class might be stronger. Sure, but I'm not convinced it'll work out. Yea, nobody really is. Wanna get a beer? Sure.
    10 points
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