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  1. Life has really been showing me lately that I am old. I used to post a bunch at one time. Now I usually just read what posters have to say. I am in the process of moving from Florida to Wisconsin complicated by having a heart problem a week ago. When I get settled up there I will renew my long overdue subscription. I will probably never post like I used to as I coach football and in Florida that is basically year round. I do really miss the conversations with bunch of guys on here that I used to participate in. Just haven't felt like I had kept up well enough to contribute much. But this is the best site on the Web and has been for decades.
  2. Pleasant surprise for you, disastrous result for her, jk. Matter of perspective.
  3. I went with 82+ just because. I know I am wrong.
  4. I was impressed he did not strikeout yesterday. Maybe sig found away to stop the Ks. 😆
  5. You are wrong. One of the things that hurts sec teams in bowl games, they really play for NC and there is a let down. The sec has the best inter-conference record. They have the best players. There really are only a few teams that can play at their level.
  6. I came out of a posting hiatus to say this is the hangout I loved. I sure hope the antylitic guys have the name thing built into the program.
  7. Hey this is not Little League and the players in the game have always gotten back when players cross the line. I don't know if he meant it but Panda put his spikes into Schoop's ankle. He got beaned, probably for doing that, it is how the players regulate themselves. Even Panda showed he knew why he got plunked with his gesture to Schoop at the end of the inning.
  8. Was his Hr today out on Eutaw St?
  9. It seems to me that it is lost on some posters that Hader was a great pick. It is also true that the trade was at least a very good trade for the Orioles. We got great value for a 19th round pick and traded a lot of maybe for a much more proven Now asset in Norris. Some good prospects have to be traded to fill needs, especially when your a winning team. I mean the A's just traded Addison Russell a guy who is likely to be a star. But the A's got what they needed and the Russell pick is a settled transaction now, i.e. the Russell pick was successful. Over the long view the A's might lose this trade but they are close enough to make the deal and try to win it all this year. If Bud Norris helps the O's win the AL East this year or next year then That is one hell of a good value for a 19th round pick even with the supplemental pick going also. There comes a time where you are going to have to pay some of the future for today. Thankfully it appears that the O's have positioned themselves to get some talent back with there own FAs over the next couple of years. Anyone that can't see that the current FO is so much better at working to get quality assets than the pre-AM regimes just does not want to see it.
  10. The FO probably screwed the offense up somehow with how they handled the off day.
  11. I agree with this completely. I would like to add that on occasion Nick can look lazy because he is actually making the smart play. Nick almost never over runs a ball off the wall or into the corner. You just don't ever see him chasing the ball along the wall the often, he will wait for the ball to come to where he goes. Sometimes when doing that he looks like he is not going all out. BTW on the Triple he did nothing wrong the ball was a true gapper to the wall, hit by a guy with blazing speed. Really nothing that a OFer could do except possibly play it into a inside the park HR. Yes AJ looked much faster than Nick but guess what AJ is actually going to look very fast compared to almost all RFers.
  12. You know I agree with most of what you say here. I just don't think it ultimately means what you probably think it means. I think many of these un-measurable factors actually do have some effect. I also think some guys in baseball have either a feel or system to use this information to make decisions. I think it is a factor making some guys better at putting teams together than others. I agree with you it is voodoo and most can't do the calculus. I also think this voodoo is worthless with out great analysis of the measurable factors. I just think the voodoo exists in the baseball decision process of great baseball men.
  13. Then: I had 6 kids at home at the time. I was the CFO for a distribution company that was a turn around project that we had just sold to a large publicly traded company. I was given a 18 month contract to do nothing except look pretty in an office. Basically spent most of the day on the hangout during that period. Went on to a start up CFO gig and surfed a lot less during the day. Had my run ins with SG, old fart and Trea. But loved to banter about the birds. Now: After a serious health problem I semi retired only doing consulting gigs that only take a couple of days maybe a week to complete. I spend most of my time coaching HS football. I am not a full time school employee but on most days I run the schools ISS (in school suspension) class. Sort of a part teacher, part warden position. One of my only regrets in life is not entering coaching when I first finished school it has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I am a much easier person to be around now. All of the kids except for my youngest son are on their on now with 2 still in college and 3 graduated for college. My youngest son is a pretty good football player and is entering his Jr year so we are on the recruiting trail a lot this year. I don't have nearly the time to spend on here that I once did. I guess like many old farts I miss the old days on here. I think it took a different type of person to be on here all the time during the dark years and many new posters don't seem to remember how bad it was just a few short years ago. But even saying that the hangout is and probably always will be my most visited site not related to football coaching.
  14. The problem advanced stats guys have with momentum, protection and the like is it is not really measurable and even less provable. But baseball is not really predictable to the degree that splitting out what causes deviations is easy or in many cases even possible. The deviations the advanced stat guys can't explain by normal patterns are simply put in the random (luck) bin. I suspect that a lot of the deviations are not random but rather hard to identify.
  15. Back in the day the O's relied on Dempsey and they got the job done. Is there that much difference between what we are getting out of our catchers and what Dempsey gave us? Joseph has been pretty good behind the plate, IMO. Sure he is not going to hit that great and the good defense has been a little bit of a surprise but I think we can survive if we get production from all the other pieces. Don't confuse me with the crowd that thinks Matt is not a huge loss, he is. However I don't believe it is the death nail, provided the others produce. It takes CD, Manny and Hardy getting better and I think a big key is Nick continuing to have a rebound year. This is a real concern as Nick really is not that far ahead of where he was at this point last year at the same time. For me the encouraging thing is Nick is hitting the ball with authority this season far more often. Last season even when he was rarely hitting doubles my memory says that the were the over the bag type not gappers and off the wall type. I guess the question is has Nick been hot so far this year or is he primed to actually show the production he had early in his career. His second half of 2012 production would be huge.
  16. Within a season no one is consistent IMO. I don't know if CD can repeat last year's numbers but I do expect him to produce at a level that will get him "big money". The test is will he be able to make the necessary adjustments to end up with good numbers by the season's end.
  17. I think the drop in OBP is not from his approach as much as it has been a change in the way pitchers are pitching him. From the sound of things he has developed a flaw with his hands and pitchers think they can pitch to him right now. It is known they are trying to fix this and I bet they do at least for awhile. Once he goes through a period where he is fixed the walks will come back. He is missing balls currently that he handled last year. But this is how baseball goes if it was not this way it would be easy. I expect him to go on a tear and go back to instilling fear in pitchers sometime soon and then pitchers will go back to not giving him anything to hit.
  18. ESPN's guys said they think they have a window around 10:45- 11.
  19. Flosman

    Nick's Knocks

    I suspect it was the core injury that caused the collapse. I think he was able to work on that in the off season and he is getting his stroke back. Last nights HR was, IMO, the hardest he has hit a ball in a couple of seasons. It surely showed more power than a guy that is going to hit 10-15 HRs. I keep worrying if he is really back to what he was several years ago, but currently the results are promising.
  20. Flosman

    Nick's Knocks

    I suspect it was the core injury that caused the collapse. I think he was able to work on that in the off season and he is getting his stroke back. Last nights HR was, IMO, the hardest he has hit a ball in a couple of seasons. It surely showed more power than a guy that is going to hit 10-15 HRs. I keep worrying if he is really back to what he was several years ago, but currently the results are promising.
  21. I think the x-boxing of American sports is a much bigger problem then the "pussification". I think the only things worthy of being booed is poor effort, stupidity and being an a-hole. The x boxing has caused a bunch of "fans" that never were good at anything, judging failures by absolute elite athletes. JJ has lost something and he is not doing well but his effort still deserves respect. If you had ever competed beyond little kid ball you might understand that. The zero sum nature of big time sports will end his career soon enough and at least in Baltimore he deserves the fond memories of the extremely productive time he had for us. Yea you have the right to get your rocks off booing him, but at least he will have to live with the knowledge that he was better at something than you will ever be at anything. He earned the respect of the fans in Baltimore. Booing hims is something that the pink hats would do. In the dark years I really hoped that we would be immune to the pink hats but more and more of them show up every day. Climbs off soap box.
  22. You know everyone says dumb things every now and then, but it is a rare talent to prove it was not an accident with every post.
  23. Well first because if he recovers he has proven he can produce at the ML level. But Buck revealed the biggest reason earlier in the off season. The guy hurt himself diving into the stands and there was a sense of loyalty within the organization. Buck even threw some credit towards PA for his willingness to make the offer to Nolan. I think it shows some character within the organization to give him every chance to make it back.
  24. It is not even a sure thing that e would have an opportunity to work something out. He has to clear waivers before we even have that as an option. To a team that has no chance this year he might be attractive if their are scouts out there that like his upside. So unless the O's are on alone in their love of Almanzar we may never even get a chance to work something out with Boston.
  25. I agree playing against LH SP will hurt RF's numbers. He is the LH side of a platoon. We have plenty of ABs to give to that type of guy especially as he can play every infield position well.
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