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  1. I'm sure someone has done it in Spring Training. 😄
  2. Thought this might be a fun and interesting one. What is a feat or accomplishment you've never seen the Orioles accomplish, be it as a team or an individual player, that you'd want to witness. I'm adding the handicap now, not including winning the pennant or the World Series, I'd hope we all want that! Here's a couple of mine: 1. No-Hitter or Perfect Game. I was too young remember the tandem no-hitter against Oakland in 1990. I was in the stands for Mussina's near perfect game against Cleveland in '97. 2. 100 team win season. They've come close a couple of times in my lifetime. 3. Batting title winner. Frank is still the only one to do it. 4. Pitching Accomplishments: Cy Young, Strikeout Leader, 20-Game Winner, etc. For a long time it was see someone hit for the cycle, because it took a long time to get from Cal to Aubrey Huff.
  3. Brad Bergesen would have to make my list. I know it's kind of unfair considering the circumstances of how his rookie season ended, and then the fluke injury in the offseason, but I have to go off of pure statistics that he never came close to replicating his rookie success. Not to mention that with his paltry strikeout numbers it's certainly debatable he would have actually come close to it anyway. Another would be Rocky Coppinger. Sure he only put up a 1.3 WAR that season, albeit possibly the "greatest" offensive season in MLB history, but he was a producer on a playoff team that never came close to replicating it again.
  4. I know we're all feeling the weight of reality of everything going wrong in the world, because today would have been Opening Day. Doubly so for me because I can see the stadium lights from my office window. But much like the sun shining outside, good days will return eventually, and even though we can't have Opening Day today, I figured that didn't mean we couldn't talk about it. What are some of your favorite Opening Day memories? I've only actually been to Opening Day twice, but the first one I went to is still one of my favorites. https://youtu.be/HqJUVvtuSaY Hope usually springs eternal on Opening Day, but entering 2002, the first season without Cal since 1981, and opening against Clemens and the NYY there wasn't much reason to be optimistic. For one day though, man that was a good day.
  5. Joe Carter is the first name that pops in my head whenever something like this comes up, and for good reason. One of the many reasons the '98 team underachieved significantly; old and well past his prime.
  6. I suppose you could fit him in both the IF and OF category, but Jeff Conine part II definitely fits the bill. I loved Conine during his first go round with the team, he was a bright spot during some absolutely awful years. But, 2006 he was 40 and was the textbook definition of "veteran presence" that the Orioles loved to emphasize back in those days. While his overall slash line could have been much worse for a 40 year old, you could have probably gotten it with much younger and cheaper alternatives. Someone who you can unquestionably fit into the IF category was Miguel Tejada part II. There really wasn't anything that could be salvaged from his second go around. I guess the fact that they got anyone back in a trade for him, that counts for something. But veteran presence on a terrible team, blech.
  7. At the very least we won't have to worry about going up against Tommy Milone this season. My memory had me convinced he was somewhat of an Orioles killer, and sure enough he is. 7 games, 6 starts, 2.65 ERA, .686 OPS.
  8. When I think of Harvey I think that a middle ground comp for him to end up being is Aaron Crow. Solid middle reliever, bouts of high walk rates that will drive you crazy, but overall dependable, hopefully with a longer career. Best case scenario is Andrew Miller circa 2014-2017, but he'd need to prove he can stay healthy first.
  9. Man I clearly have been out of the loop for a while that they turned Top Hat into a "family friendly" establishment. I haven't been there in over 15 years and never in my life would I have thought they'd try to make that place anything more than a pool hall.
  10. Scott Rolen has jumped from 10% to 35% in three voting cycles, I'm curious how he isn't getting more support. 10th highest WAR all time among 3rd basemen, 8 Gold Gloves, got both the counting states and the advanced stats. I can't remember if the guy was just a nothing or jerk personality, aside from Philly fans being Philly fans because he wasn't the second coming of Mike Schmidt and tiffs with Tony LaRussa because who didn't have a tiff with Tony LaRussa. In some ways he's a contemporary Craig Nettles, coincidentally two spots behind Rolen on the career WAR list if you don't count Edgar Martinez as a 3rd baseman. Similar career numbers, lauded for the glove, but overshadowed by someone else. Nettles played in the era with Brooks and Mike Schmidt, Rolen played in the era of Chipper Jones, Adrian Beltre, and ARod.
  11. When Maddux and Griffey didn't get 100%, that was enough for me to say there needed to be even more of a purge.
  12. I'd be inclined to agree...if there wasn't a good argument to be made that a lot of it was Buck's doing. I know he wasn't the GM, or the owner, but it's hard to argue that a lot of the moves that were made that contributed to the dumpster fire weren't from Buck's influence or preference in players. It's impossible to assign blame to one person, but Buck's fingerprints were all over that team, and I acknowledge I'm still fully butt hurt and bitter about two years ago, but he lost a lot of luster in my eyes because of it. If he gets another job then great, good for him, but if he doesn't I won't be surprised, and can't say I disagree with it.
  13. First round byes haven't exactly been the best for the Ravens. 2006 they had the bye and lost to the Colts 15-6, and 2011 they beat the Texans but it was against a backup QB and the Ravens didn't have the best performance. My heart still says the 2006 loss hurt far worse than this one. That one was flat out demoralizing because the game was in reach pretty much the entire time, and that you had Peyton Manning have a bad game and STILL couldn't win. This one the game never really felt within reach once the second half started.
  14. Having gone to a number of Fan Fests in the last dark ages, they weren't exactly better in instilling faith and optimism. You can put the event in any venue you want, confidence and optimism is grounded in the team and the players on it. If you're not looking forward to that, you're not going to see much to find enjoyable.
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