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  1. A little sarcasm, but on Burch's high A team there are nine pitchers with 12+ K/9, and the team is 33-41. Used to be if you had Burch's K rate and K:BB ratio you were on the fast track to the majors, on the cover of Baseball America. Now I don't even know if he's a prospect.
  2. Sounds reasonable for two months of a 1-2 win player making $1.5M. Burch does have 49 strikeouts in 29 innings this year in A ball, which can't be much below average even in 2021.
  3. But in June he had a .938 OPS, if only we'd called him up then! Weird how talent swings back and forth so much in such little time, it's hard to tell if a guy is a star or a bum. On the plus side, he's only a couple weeks removed from a six game hitting streak, so maybe all hope isn't lost just yet. Although that 1-for-his-last-15 might be the end of his career before we can find out.
  4. I mean he was the 19th-best hitter on the 66-74 2019 Reno Aces. And that was 80% of his AAA time.
  5. That's exactly what we said at this point in 2011, except we had a worse farm system then along with a higher payroll and much more dead weight on the roster. I'm sure you can find threads from 10 years ago wondering if it would be 2015 or 2018 when they break .500.
  6. I think most teams will bring up two arms. If rosters expanded by five they'd bring up five arms. The appetite for pitchers has no limit. If they did away with roster limits some teams would carry 50 pitchers and have them each pitch an inning a week.
  7. I think it's less likely to have a linear progression of 70, 80, 90 wins than it is to go 70, 67, 90. Just look at the Orioles history. They've gone from 76 to 91 to 109. Then 54 to 87. Then from 67 to 89. Then 71 to 88. Then 69 to 93. Then 75 to 47.
  8. Then you have teams like the 2014 Orioles who were Manny (who only played 82 games) and a bunch of pretty good players and they won 96 games. It's not about how many stars you collect.
  9. C'mon, @bobmc! The Browns were the Browns, the Orioles the Orioles, and they don't share anything. All that ignominious history belongs to St. Louis. In 1939 the Orioles finished 68-85 under Rogers Hornsby, 21 games back of the Jersey City Giants. It was common at one point to have two umps, although I thought they'd gone to 3-4 by that era. In the 1800s it was common to have just one, which led to all kinds of problems not only seeing the whole field at once but being overwhelmed and intimidated by players and fans.
  10. I almost never pitched, but I did throw batting practice once in a while and I got nailed in the shin by a line drive. Black and blue for weeks. I haven't played regularly in 15 years. Wife gave me a choice when kids came, and I picked soccer so I could stay in better shape. Also, my arm was shot. Now with kids' schedules I haven't played anything in over five years.
  11. I prefer "table setter". On a good day I could drive a softball 250', and I'd drive both the opposing pitcher and my own team insane by almost never swinging until I'd seen 3, 4, 5 pitches. Yes, I was a banjo hitter.
  12. So I was just in a batting cage in Little Rock, Arkansas last week where every pitch was 90mph at eye level. Would be great practice for him. 70 miles an hour, yea... whatever... grrr.
  13. Completely guessing here, but I think 20 years ago any sharply hit grounder or line drive through the box* had a BABIP of .750 or .800. Today? There always seems to be someone standing right around the second base bag and that number can't be half that high. My entire game in slow-pitch softball was to line the ball past the pitcher into center for a single. If they shifted on me I'd have had to completely changed how I hit. * Love how "through the box" is a thing that most fans understand despite the last time a pitcher's box was used was 1892.
  14. A counter-argument is soccer. In soccer you can go to another team and say "Hey, I want your star midfielder who's still under contract for three years. I'll give you $100M and then sign him to a 5/50 deal." And if the teams and the player agree, off he goes. There's no guaranteed six years of team control, each player (or his agent) can negotiate whatever contract he can get whenever. And soccer is easily the biggest sport in the world. I guess you could argue baseball and its fans are different, but from my experience people (especially older people who were alive for the pre-free a
  15. We're dealing in hypotheticals here, so in the end we can speculate but don't know. Soccer is probably the closest comparison, but there are limitations there, too, because there are almost no payroll constraints and teams are free to sell/buy players instead of having to work out trades. I think that it's at least plausible that the smaller teams could make lots of money on player sales (or I guess trades if sales are still irrationally illegal) and turn young talent into less expensive older or not-yet-established talent. I don't know that the old player bargain bin is worse than
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