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  1. Nor the Rays and Jays. But I know what you mean.
  2. More excitement in that list than I can remember toward a group of O's prospects.
  3. This conversation never goes away, but it always comes back to the same variable: pitchers get injured more often than hitters. However, conclusions and implications for strategy are also variable: Free agents & trades--Durable pitchers are more scarce, hence more valuable. Drafting--Drafting pitchers is more risky: but does that mean draft fewer to lessen the risk, or draft more to cover the attrition? Int'l/Amateurs--Get BPAs, but also load up on cheap pitching prospects/projects Personally, I find having endured the failure of so much "cavalry" (especially 1998-2011
  4. Despite all the drek, it was gratifying and entertaining to watch some individual breakouts and inspired team efforts from time to time. Mullins, Mountcastle, Tyler Wells, Hays... even plucky K. Gutierrez or R. McKenna with some moments. In the end, even Skanky fans are reduced now to the same kind of consoling nostalgia, as will the other playoff contenders yet to fall, when only one team stands alone. Except, for them the memories will be all the more bitter, from high expectations.
  5. Is that true? How many career wins differential does that represent? Judging from Elias's remarks on the draft ("It doesn't matter what pick we get"), he'd probably say, "I don't know and I don't care"--since you can only calculate retrospectively, not predictively... or something like that.
  6. Cool list! You stumped me on Minor (played after Ripken? drafted instead of...?) and Quirk. ??
  7. Hmm, are you Elias under an alias? Sounds like an accurate summary of his remarks on that topic today.
  8. I agree with the first two paragraphs; but as for the need for veterans, I'm not so sure. If our crop of new stars matures quickly with steady progress, I'd be content with sticking with them for an extra year or two. Never did like the free agency model as much as the homegrown model, for sentimental reasons. Then again, hard to say no the the import of a F. Robby, a Singleton, a Robbie Alomar or Jimmy Key, and yes, even Palmeiro and Tejada. Of course, there were more than our share of failed saviors along the way too, which caused not only disappointments but lost draft picks and devastating
  9. now

    Rat in Stands

    All the rat lines lead back to you know who.
  10. And a 9:3 strike to ball ratio. Which seemed even higher (context is everything).
  11. Dang, I was afraid that miracle win would carry a hidden cost. Like the year (I forget) we had one too many rare wins in Sept and lost the chance for, was it Teixeira?
  12. Just wow. Exhibit A for robo-umps. Good catch!
  13. Coggins, Bumbry, Baylor and Blair were all outfielders on the team in 1973-74 (Coggins traded for Singleton for '75 season)
  14. Today Melewski in his column points out that Bowie's current record (.598) surpasses previous highs of .592 in 1994 and 2008. Those dates seem significant as they predate our last windows of playoff contention, beginning in 1996 and 2012. So the 1994 Bowie team foreshadowed an Orioles playoff team by 2 years, and the 2008 team foreshadowed the 2012 playoff team by 4 years. I don't know our farm rankings then but they were certainly well below our current top rank. So does this mean Bowie's high achievers indicate Baltimore playoffs in 2-4 years? Sounds good to me...
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