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Pat Kelly

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  1. From Baseball America 19 MLB Prospects Who Impressed Scouts At Instructional League In 2020. Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles Rutschman refined his swing at the alternate site over the summer and showed off the finished product in instructs. He showed the ability to hit for power, hit for average and played at least above-average defense behind the plate. Beyond his tools, Rutschman’s polish stood out prominently—evaluators opined he was not only ready for the major leagues, but that he would be one of MLB’s best catchers immediately.
  2. IMO the Davis comments are positioning. If rosters are at 26 players next season they will be squeezing out a better player like Nunez, DJ Stewart or a 3rd catcher to retain Davis and ride the bench. If Mancini is able to pay 1B, backed up by Mountcastle there will be no place to play Davis - better to use the roster sport for a no hit great defensive 3B/SS/2B or C all of which would add more value than CD. So, I think Elias and ownership are waiting to see about length of 2021 season (if reduced to 120 games will save 25% of $ owed Davis) and Mancini readiness while leaving the door open for Davis to approach the team about retiring - a lot can happen in the next 6 months. The only issue is keeping the spot for Davis for the next 6 months and missing out on acquiring a better player. I think Davis is gone by ST or at the latest by end of April allowing him to retire in front of the fans. I don't agree with a lot of the ownership decisions but deciding to handle this in a certain way - they don't have to decide now - is not a fatal move and doesn't belong in the large bucket of the ownership stinks and are holding Elias back.
  3. Looks like it will be based on 2020 W-L records. Next 6 games will make a difference in terms of having a Top 5/Top 10 pick.
  4. Problem is the infield defense - 1B and 2B are not first division starters on defense, Nunez is a really subpar 1B. Davis is fine but he hits like 1960's SS. 3B is up and down and Ruiz is effectively the only legit 3Bm on the team with limited options in the org.
  5. agree. not sure what upside Phillips has.
  6. Takes 7 of 30 road games off the schedule and moves them to Baltimore. Limited travel gets even more limited with two trips to Boston, 1 to NY (Mets and Yankees) Tampa and Miami, Buses to Philly and DC. 19/22 in Baltimore from Aug 14-Sep 6.
  7. At least for 2020. Oh the irony. https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/baltimore-emerging-possible-site-blue-jays-2020-home-games/
  8. 90's. Camden Yards opens in 1992, 89-73 third place finish. Averaged well over 3m in attendance throughout the decade, leading MLB. Highest payroll with top players wanting to play in OPACY. Ripken Sep 6 1995. Playoffs 96-97. Five of the ten years winning record but should have been more if it weren't for two pitching coaches - Phil Regan and Ray Miller managing the team - 95, 98, 99 + run differentials (95 +64!) and managed to finish 71-73, 79-83 and 78-84 respectively. Strike impacted 1994 and 1995, Ripken "saved" baseball. Amazing crowds every night, the newest and best stadium in baseball, in sports, so much was lost in the 2000-2010 decade that followed.
  9. DJ Stewart is just not an impressive player. Bases loaded weak grounder to first.
  10. Except for VVM piece which maybe was a good thing. Substitute Santander, draft AR, sprinkle in the emergence of John Means and arguably things on are slightly ahead of plan.
  11. 421-393 overall, .517. Without DSL 359-323, .526. Likely best overall record in awhile.
  12. Chris Davis. At this point CD is blocking DJ. Mancini to 1B, Núñez DH Stewart to RF, Stevie W can back up all OF and INF. Or you go to a four man bench and send down a pitcher.
  13. IMO He will never be “the guy” and still has not matured into a leader...does things where everyone perceives the worst - sometimes perception is reality. His upside is still HOFer but becoming harder to root for.
  14. Used to be a big fan but not longer miss him on the team. He needs to be surrounded by good players and still has not matured into a leader. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26428126/green-tossed-arguing-machado-interference
  15. I think Jim Hunter will do most of the games and a new announcer will be hired to do the rest.
  16. Brilliant move putting Mancini 2nd today.
  17. Will NOT miss Machado’s play at SS. Zero range hurt more than helped on defense this year. That was a tailor made DP ball for an above average SS. Machado’s range and play at SS is Jeteresque!
  18. agree no adjustments, stubborn, uninspired to the last.
  19. Really growing tired of watching AJ. He is an amazing person and leader, just not convinced he is a great baseball team leader.
  20. Agree with all of this. My frustration is at this point you need to begin to signal things by saying and doing. When Andy, Buck and even Dan came in they advocated for change, evoked the team history spoke to the fans and media in a direct and honest way. The players and fans bought in. This needs to happen again and if they can’t do it they need to go. Time for new or re engaged leadership and we can only hope it’s as good it was in 2012.
  21. Here’s the thing. There is no defending the decisions and rationale behind the composition of the 25 man unless the real plan is to tank. You cannnot talk about how important defense is and attempt to build stronger pitching with an OF with no range or speed, an infield where he left side positions are WIP - even with a healthy Beckham, and a right side that features two players with limited range. This is coupled with a bench that is platoon based, hit first, horrific defensively except for a journeyman 34-year old who is your fastest player but hits like a AAAA middle infielder. The lineup has one great bat, a bunch of declining players, 2 trying to find their way after early season injuries (Schoop and Mancini) and a WIP catching tandem that has barely hit all year. Do Buck and Dan believe this team is a good product and worth the payroll, worth watching on TV or going to see? We love this team, and we are all fans but everyone wants something to get behind and cheer for...it is almost impossible to be a fan of this team, its leadership and whatever approach seems to be in place now - Buck what exactly are you seeing that is enjoyable? Dan are you proud of this team? What exactly would you like to say to the fans? In my 40 years of Os fandom I have never seen a more unwatchable, unlikeable, aimless confusing team.
  22. Really strange managing by Buck. Castro could have started the 8th inning. Why not? Of course Thorne keeps banging on about how the White Sox finally break through. The O's should hire Brockmeier and get relegated to a lower league. Buck looks like he is phoning it in.
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