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Matt last won the day on January 14 2005

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    Plus Member Since 4/08
  • Birthday 12/9/1980

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  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Erik Bedard (when I created this profile in '03). Now? I don't even know.
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Andy Van Slyke
  1. Before this season, I would have said 2006. I now say 2019. That ‘06 defense was incredibly talented, and McNair helped the offense be just good enough for the team to be great overall. But Lamar has propelled this team beyond anything I’ve seen in the regular season. Hopefully we can have the argument about best Ravens playoffs/Super Bowl team in a few weeks...
  2. Just want to echo everyone’s sentiments. Fantastic job.
  3. What a gut punch it would be if the OH closed up shop. I'd be absolutely devastated. I've read this board almost every day since the Syd Thrift days--it's a part of my everyday life. I've been a plus member in the past and would happily do so again, or contribute via Patreon, if that would help.
  4. This is a fair point, but it is not a large adjustment between 1B and RF for offense, and his defense at 1B would be less of a liability.
  5. Mancini currently has a 1.3 oWAR. Tops on the team. That would be 3rd place on the Yankees, for instance. I think he has at least some value. More than what Atomic thinks, but probably less than what some might imagine.
  6. Matt


    Why are we talking about batting average in 2019? Some of these opinions in this thread seem like blasts from the past. If Davis is on base over 30% of the time and slugs over .420, he at least won’t be completely worthless. If the guy can be penciled in for a .750 OPS, that’s a win. And the lower his BA, the more interesting the stats become—and the more HRs he’d need to hit to have a decent SLG. He’d probably have to hit over 40 HR.
  7. That’s an extra 2.25 million in each owner’s pocket. I doubt they’re giving it to charity.
  8. Seems like a reasonable compromise. Count me in for this idea.
  9. If that’s “to say the least,” could you say more? I am dubious about your wild pitch theory. I imagine they want to keep it as is because the commercial breaks give them $$$. I think your idea about increases in wild pitches is pretty far-fetched.
  10. I’d see it as a way of making frequent, mid-inning pitcher substitutions somewhat less appealing for managers, in addition to speeding up the game in and of itself. Basically, it might go a significant way toward doing what the proposed three-batter-minimum would accomplish.
  11. Decrease in effectiveness would be a feature of this rule change, not a bug, in my opinion.
  12. I don't doubt for a second that the various analytics/marketing departments have a bunch of cool information, which the CEOs/decision-makers end up not really using -- which would explain why the Orioles have been behind the curve in various areas for years. Hard to say what MLB knows or has been doing, but if they were at an all-time-high, say, 10 years ago in attendance and are at a current all-time-high in revenue, my guess is they're going to be pretty conservative with their changes, rather than wondering "how do we get back to how it was in 1979." Much to our chagrin. But anyway, maybe there really is something about the modern game, or, say, the game as it was in 2009 (e.g.) that really spoke to people.
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