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About mojmann

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  • Birthday 9/9/1967

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    fly fishing, reading
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    Afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Nick Markakis
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Brooks Robinson
  1. The Yankees were doing this already a couple years ago. Scanning the cell phone was the only way to get into the Stadium.
  2. It's permanent. The emotions about it are to be expected ... and that's OK. But as a longtime business reporter and editor, I have to say the business model makes perfect sense. Every MLB team now has the same amount of affiliates and players -- who are getting higher pay than before. Cities that lost franchises are now have the opportunity to be in the MLB Draft League (Frederick), partner leagues (Atlantic, Pioneer and more) or collegiate summer leagues (Appy). From a business point of view, it should have been done a long time ago. Change hurts, and I understand that. It had to happen, though.
  3. Good points, but Baltimore Metro punches above its weight in per-capita income. It's 13th. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_metropolitan_areas_by_per_capita_income
  4. This is a key point. Metro area means everything. If you look at the latest metropolitan data, the Baltimore metro has about 2.8 million people; Nashville has about 1.9 million. Nashville metro is growing faster (17.5% since 2010) than Baltimore metro (3.3% since 2010), but it's going to take a long time to catch up. (For what it's worth, the Cleveland and Pittsburgh metros actually lost population since 2010, -1.39% and -1.64% respectively.) What's more, Baltimore is hardly the smallest market in MLB: St. Louis 2.8M Baltimore 2.8M Pittsburgh 2.3M Cincinnati 2.2M Kansas City 2.2M Cleveland 2.1M Milwaukee 1.6M Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_metropolitan_statistical_areas In addition, we have 16.1 million people within a 100-mile radius of Camden Yards. That's a marketer's dream. Source: https://www.statsamerica.org/radius/big.aspx
  5. It's all about memories of a simpler time when Boh was brewed here and everybody's father and uncles worked at Sparrows Point or GM. Everybody drank Boh and Natty Premium, including Wild Bill. Memories, nostalgia ... That's what it's all about. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I hear this a lot. But, serious question, what do you think they can do to fix that?
  7. You weren't the only one. During one of the last Stallions games in Baltimore, I was a reporter shadowing Jim Speros for the day. I'll never forget when he came out of the tunnel, there was a huge chant of "Art Modell can go to hell!" Hard to believe, but true. People didn't embrace the Browns right away.
  8. Thank you for saying this. It's shocking how little stock Americans put into their cultural institutions. The BMA is magnificent and so is the Walter's. But Camden Yards was one of the best things, if not the best thing, to happen to modern Baltimore.
  9. Now the publicly funded hotel NEXT to Camden Yards -- that was a stupid idea.
  10. http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/morning-edition/2013/11/bloomberg-report-makes-camden-yards.html?ana=e_bal_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-11-26 A ridiculous analysis. It's also interesting that they make Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed seem heroic for not supporting the Braves -- even though he just gave the Falcons a $1 billion stadium deal for 8 games a year.
  11. It's about time we start taking head trauma seriously. Baseball -- unlike that other dangerous, ridiculous spectacle that gets played on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays in the fall -- is reformable without changing the nature of the game. I say this as a former catcher who was knocked out cold 30 years ago in a play at the plate.
  12. It's interesting how often these conversations are coming up these days. We didn't talk about this stuff 10 years ago. Recently, I was on a tourist bus in Boston and the guide said something about the Patriots preseason game the night before. Somebody on the bus yelled out, "I wonder how many people got hurt?" That led to a short discussion about head injuries. The NFL should be very nervous ... more and more people are going to come to the conclusion that modern football, like smoking, slowly kills many of its participants solely for our entertainment. That's too much for many people to handle ethically. Soldiers, firemen, policemen face danger -- but for the benefit of society.
  13. Very interesting analysis, but you also have to keep in mind that in 1975 General Admission seats were $2.00 and you could bring in a cooler of your own beer. Also, in 1975, the population in Baltimore City was much more dense. Transportation wasn't as much of an issue.
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