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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
    54 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. They were both more or less resigned to the fact that they would never marry. He, because he had been married before and divorced .He didnt want to do it again. She, because having never married and now at age 50, felt even getting an engagement ring this late in life would have been a miracle. But baseball was their matchmaker. Baseball was their “miracle.” Their names were Michael and Denise, and both of them separately were passionate Oriole fans. I met them
    34 points
  6. https://www.orioleshangout.com/2021/09/05/honoring-michael-weams-williams-the-heart-and-soul-of-the-hangout/ We're having trouble with images appearing right now so I will update this with more once we get it worked out.
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  7. I just wanted to publicly thanks Chuck Boemmel Jr for stepping up this season and doing every game and minor league summary recap this season. In the past, he's shared the duties with Weams who filled in when needed, but this year he did the entire season. While I know not everyone reads them everyday, its always good to see the front page updated every day and appreciate all of Chuck's hard work. Please throw chuck some rep!
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  8. Of course one doesn't know for sure, but he seems to have slipped into final unconsciousness this evening, after watching the win today. That 8th inning was rough, but we were distracted during that time anyway, so just got to see a win instead. It's pretty cool that with all the losses, they eked out a win for what will likely be the last game we watch together.
    25 points
  9. Now it can be told, one night in June around 10 pm, Mike texted me that he needed help getting into his wheelchair so he could get outside to see the sunshine the next day. When I arrived, @justDmet me outside and thanked me for coming. "He had his first good night's sleep in a while knowing you'd be here today." A more touching and humbling compliment I could not have received. Of course, Mike had MLB network on the TV, but over the course of 3 hours, we talked about his first date with Denise, and their cross-country trip a few years ago. Not wanting to talk about anything depressi
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  10. He passed last night around 11pm. I can’t tell you how much the comments in this thread have meant to both of us. He was incredibly fortunate to be able to receive these sentiments while still here, right? He was, amazingly, awake and aware yesterday and did see the win. Charmed for sure. Thank you all again. Memorial service will occur some time in the future, will pass the word on then.
    22 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  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. So many beautiful thoughts here of Weams. I'm at a loss of what to say as they have all been written so wonderfully and with love. I just want to add my voice to those who loved this truly special man. From my vantage point, I think of him as someone I associate with his love of music as much as his love of Orioles baseball. May we all live our lives so that we are as much loved and then mourned as Weams. The outpouring for Weams in recent months really amplifies the kind of life he lived and how he touched so many and how much he was loved. And he loved us back. I feel so fortunate that my fa
    17 points
  15. Penalizing teams for losing is not addressing the real problem. The great disparity between the rich team's resources compared to the smaller market teams is the issue. The tanking to get high draft choices is just a symptom of the real problem.
    17 points
  16. @bobmc and his lovely wife and I had a chance to visit with Michael and D today. It was great to see both of them. D gave us a tour of their Orioles/baseball shrine upstairs that includes a really impressive array of signed baseballs and photos, including one of Michael with Eddie and Cal. Things are not easy but the love in the house really shone through. They’re in my prayers daily and I was glad we made the trip. I know both Michael and Denise have really appreciated all the support expressed in this thread and otherwise.
    16 points
  17. 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
    16 points
  18. Win 3 Cy Youngs, 3 World Series and a WS game in 3 decades and you can be as arrogant as you want. Palmer rules.
    15 points
  19. Thoughts and good vibes from the Toronto Blue Jays community. I know we've had our little rivalries in the past but we are all united in our love of sports. Rest in peace, Michael.
    15 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Please feel no obligation to attend, you've all shared so many great memories here already, but if you choose to, let me know via PM so I'll know how much food is needed 😉
    14 points
  24. I was able to go spend a few hours with Dee and weams today and I wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread. Dee mentioned how much of a gift this thread was for Michael to read or hear those wonderful words everyone has said about him. Dee said they've been so thankful for all who have visited him or reached out. He truly is an amazing man and it's clear how many people he touched during his life. While it was heart wrenching to see my friend in his current condition, I was so proud of Michael and Dee to see them fight this together. Dee told me how special it is to hav
    14 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. In the 13 games since the 2021 draft class joined the Shorebirds, they’ve scored 104 runs, an average of 8 per game. They’ve hit double digits 5 times, scoring 18, 17, 11, 10 and 10 runs. The team is 10-3 in that window. Standouts during that time: Cowser .934 OPS (1st rounder) Teter .891 (13th rounder) Mayo .880 (4th rounder 2020) Norby .848 (2nd rounder) Pavolony .812 (7th rounder) If you follow the games, collectively this is a team that just grinds and grinds. Long at bats, lots of walks, few strikeouts. It feels like in a lot of games the other
    13 points
  28. Over in the Draft forum, 7Mo asked a few weeks ago what was the median value of a team draft. I took a guess that it was in the 20-25 rWAR range, but the topic has been eating at me, so I decided to take a close look. For my study, I used 1998 - 2005. I used 1998 because that was the first year that the major leagues had 30 teams, and I stopped at 2005 because I figured as I got further beyond that, more and more players would still be active and accruing more WAR. And so, I looked at every draft of every team for those 8 years, a total of 240 team drafts. In summary, here is what
    13 points
  29. Cowser singled in his first professional at bat, There is no truth to the rumor that @Can_of_corn believes he should be immediately sent to the big leagues and that Elias should stop gaming his clock.
    13 points
  30. Like the previous years, this will be the thread where we will keep the draft picks and follow them through signing. Post any signings in this thread, or in the forum, and I'll keep this post updated. Thanks. Player will become bold when he signs. Rd Player - Position - Status (Prep or College Team) - Stats 1. Colton Cowser - OF - (Junior) Sam Houston University - Stats 2. Connor Norby - 2B - (Junior) East Carolina University - Stats 2B Reed Trimble - OF - (Sophomore) Southern Mississippi - Stats 3. John Rhodes - OF - (Sophomore) Kentucky
    13 points
  31. So here's the visit my family had with Weams and JustD a week ago. Hope you enjoy. It was a delight to see our old friends and to hear Weams comment on the random stack of vinyl that she pulled from his collection. JustD adds a lot to the conversation too! The video format was in keeping with last year's half hour music show we did for 19 weeks during the lockdown. But instead of our usual 7 minute segment as part of several usual segments, we extended "I Want My Daddy's Records" to about 40 minutes for this special one. We shot it more like a documentary with 3 cams than the way we usual
    13 points
  32. You keep saying this like it's fact, but are you talking about the Austin Martin with two home runs and slashing .773 in 198 AA PAs while splitting time between SS (.908 Fld %) and CF? Clearly with Kjerstad's illness, and Baumler's injury, it certainly doesn't look good, but Martin has already shown some of the issues people had concerns with including a lack of position and power. Whether Elias did the right thing will be determined years from now, but it's not like he passed over a Machado-like talent to draft Kjerstad.
    13 points
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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 September 6th) Last one until final Prospect List.
    12 points
  37. He homered in his second at bat. CoC is now demanding potential legal action if he's not immediately recalled to the Orioles 26-man roster.
    12 points
  38. As we all know, we won't really be able to judge and assess this draft for many, many years. But there are certain overall facets/trends of this Orioles draft that jump out that we can analyze and wonder what they mean in terms of what Elias is trying to do, and the state of our farm system. First we have to keep in mind that there was one unique thing about this draft: college seniors were a huge part of it for the first time ever. Because last year's college season was truncated/cancelled, and last year's draft was only 5 rounds, a lot of prospects who would normally have gone pro
    12 points
  39. Hi all -- hope you enjoyed the first two days of draft. By my count Orioles could have up to $2.3MM available and certainly at least $1.7MM. Some of the higher-profile names have pulled their names from the draft but definitely room for up to three high-six-figure to low-seven over-slot kids *averaging* around $700-800K apiece or one big seven figure name and maybe one or two kids with more low-to-mid-six-figure asking prices. Only way there aren't a couple decent over-slot selections today is if Trimble or Rhodes has a high asking price because of age and ability to go back without being "ol
    12 points
  40. Thanks Tony! Happy to help.
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  41. 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
    12 points
  42. 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
  43. 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
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