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  1. 1 hour ago, Going Underground said:

    Garceau and Thorne are doing almost all the TV games. Brown a few. Maybe she will do some radio PBP?

    Is there a schedule of who’s doing which TV games?    I hadn’t seen that.   Where is it?

  2. 1 hour ago, sportsfan8703 said:

    When will the full story come out?  It eventually will, someone will spill all the beans.  It's just really naive to think that Elias and Sig not only knew nothing, but also weren't contributors.  

    Then again, I'm cool with winning and cheating.  Just being realistic that Elias and Sig were likely involved more than the 0% that people on here are willing to admit.  

    I see no reason at all to think Elias was involved.   Simply put, the major league team wasn’t in any way within his realm of responsibility.    I do think he probably heard about it.   Sig, on the other hand, oversaw the analytics department, and we know that group was involved in Codebreaker so he might be more culpable.   Though I’ve heard it said that Codebreaker itself wasn’t against the rules, it was just the way it was used in-game.

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  3. 23 hours ago, Es4M11 said:

    Strictly an economic/efficiency ploy. Won't have to staff those areas during games, or clean up after the game. Also forces fans to sit in higher concentrations in the open sections which could look better on camera -- if you care about vanity.

    While I don’t mind having a few empty srats around me, I’d rather sit in a section that’s 1/2 - 2/3 full than one that’s 10% full.   It makes things feel more exciting.

  4. 1 hour ago, Redskins Rick said:

    I believe the ban was for an ADHD medicine that he had previously been approved for, that MLB changed their policy.

    Are there other signs of Steroid use, like anger management, mood swings, etc?

    What exactly did Elias and Sig do in Houston? Please explain.

    He’s alluding to the Houston sign stealing thing.    Because it hadn’t been discussed enough here.   

  5. 39 minutes ago, interloper said:

    I'm unclear on how full-go these BP pitchers are. Looks like Cobb struck out Mancini in another video Roch posted, but like, is Zimmermann out here "throwing BP" or is he trying to get it by Davis? 

    I’d guess that by today they’re being pretty competitive.    They used to have 1-2 intrasquad games right before the ST games started.   They don’t seem to be doing that this year but I’d still assume the pitchers are at full go, more or less.

  6. 49 minutes ago, canonfaz said:

    @Eric-OH Loving all the info. Thank you!

    Do you plan on going to the minor league facility next week sometime to see what is going on there? 

    I’d be very interested to hear Eric’s impressions of guys he saw in the GCL in previous years who have now climbed their way up the ladder a ways, like Hall, Rodriguez and Rom.    To see what changes he’s noticed in the last year or two with them.   

  7. 20 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

    I'll never forget how worked up you'd get when Manfra would misjudge flyballs. 🤣 Pretty sure I've seen you rant on that a time or five. 

    No doubt.    Manfra was terrible at that, and at describing any play where something unusual happened.   Nice guy, but I don’t miss his PBP.    He was solid doing color and had a good rapport with Joe Angel that I enjoyed.   

  8. 5 minutes ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

    I’ll check this out later, but if I never hear “two game hitting streak” uttered again it’s a win for me. 

    The main thing I did like about Hunter was how excited he’d get when the O’s came through in a dramatic moment.    Yeah he’d often get too enthusiastic over plays that were unimportant, but when the plays actually were important, his enthusiasm was fun to listen to.   

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  9. Herrera definitely looks like he’s got a bit of pop in his bat — .193 ISO in 266 PA in the majors, .176 in the minors.   He’s got a fair bit of swing and miss, though, 29.7% in the majors and 20.2% in the minors.    I agree he could be an interesting one to watch.   

  10. 3 minutes ago, Dreadnought said:

    The minor league correspondent of this website - i believe it was Mr. Hoffman? - during the period around 1998-1999 -used to drive between Bowie, Frederick, maybe Delmarva and Aberdeen during those summer baseball seasons.  He described his pain at having to listen to the fool Hunter instead of  Miller.  

    Wow, you are a longtime member of this site, aren’t you?    I’d completely forgotten about Mr. Hoffman.   Wasn’t he a retired law enforcement officer or something?   I’ve forgotten his first name, so maybe @Tony-OH, @weamsor @PaulFolkcan refresh our memories.     He loved to report on the guys who weren’t really prospects but baseball rats.    Good times!

  11. For what it’s worth, here’s a 6-1/2 minute highlight reel of Melanie Newman doing various play-by-play and sideline assignments (first minute or so is all male voices talking about her, but it eventually turns to her work).     My assessment: voice is pleasant enough, delivery seems very professional, and seems to know her stuff.   I hope she does get to do some PBP this year so I can form a more detailed opinion.   


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  12. I don’t agree with Moose’s position, but I understand his point.    I’m sure it’s not going to affect how often he watches or listens to games, and hopefully she will do a good job and those who don’t think they’ll like listening to her will find out that they do in fact like her.    

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  13. 1 hour ago, weams said:



    If the contract had started in 2019 (Betts’ age 26 season) and continued though 2030 (his age 37 season), you could make a straight-faced argument for 12/$420 mm, though I’d still say that’s a significant overpay.    He certainly won’t get 12/$420 when he becomes a free agent.    Such a contract would cover his ages 28-39 seasons, and there’s just too many older years packed in there.     

  14. Saw this article yesterday.   I thought it was incredibly long-winded for an article that really added nothing new.    In my opinion, Fangraphs has really taken a heavy hit over the last two years, with most of their more interesting writers getting hired by major league teams or by other media outlets.    They are still cranking out a lot of content but it isn’t as interesting or well-written.   And, many of the articles are way longer than they need to be, including this one.  

  15. 5 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

    I'll take your bait.  Ready for the sexist comment of the day? 

    Per my previous post, I know she knows her stuff.  I'm not questioning her knowledge of the game.  

    I simply don't like the sound of a woman's voice in the broadcast booth.  Don't like Jessica Mendoza.  Don't like Suzyn Waldman's voice.  I'm not saying they don't know what they're talking about, I just don't like how it sounds.  Mendoza has made some good points, provided good insights, still don't really care for her.  

    Flame on, tell me how backwards and unprogressive I am.  To be clear, I'm not saying they can't do the job, I just don't like the sound of the voice.

    A good voice is important, but I sure wouldn’t hold out Suzy Waldman’s voice as what you typically might get from a female announcer.    

  16. 5 hours ago, PaulFolk said:

    Why? Because she's only done it for the minor leagues? You gotta start somewhere. I don't see any reason she wouldn't be able handle the majors.

    The current Orioles are as close to being in the minors as a major league team is going to get, so she should feel right at home!

    It only matters to me whether she’s good at it.     I see no reason at all why a woman can’t accurately and enthusiastically describe a baseball game and entertain the fans. 

  17. 1 hour ago, UpstateNYfan said:

    Yep, most would stay silent. So, it's ok??? Really, you are on that moral plane? Nice to know and congrats.

    Oh, get off your high horse.   I once had to report an attorney who was my co-Counsel in a matter, and who I was very friendly with, to prosecutors for tampering with evidence.    I then had to testify against him in the grand jury and at a trial where my testimony lasted several days. Try it sometime.    

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  18. 2 hours ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

    Very. Sisco had an interesting quote:

    Sisco thinks back to life before working with him and wonders how they caught before he was hired.

    Sisco said: “The stuff that he says is like, ‘Oh my gosh, how did we not know any of this stuff before?’ It’s been awesome to have him, and the drills, the mindsets, the stuff he relays to us — it’s A-plus.”


    Did they not get any training or stuff before Cossins?

    Sure they did.    John Russell, Buck’s bench coach, was in charge of working with the catchers and caught 150 games in the majors and 250 in the minors, compared to Cossins’ 219 games caught in the minors.    The O’s also had a minor league catching coordinator, Don Werner, who caught 85 games in the majors and 983 in the minors.    But Cossins came to the O’s with a stellar reputation as a catching coach, and of course Brandon Hyde and Freddie Gonzalez were both catchers as well.    If Sisco believes he’s getting better coaching from Cossins than he got from Russell and Werner, I have no reason to doubt him.    Hopefully it will help his defense to improve.   

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  19. Just now, Big Mac said:

    And Hess was one of those last year to an extent. 

    I don’t know if I’d say he was “good” in 2018, but he did kind of close the year on a semi-roll, so it was pretty disappointing to see how 2019 unfolded, especially after he teased us with that 6+ inning no-hitter at the start of the year.    Despite his struggles, memories of that one brilliant game give me some hope that he can pull it together more often.   

  20. 1 minute ago, Moose Milligan said:

    Yep, they're right every so often.  It'd be cool if it were Hess.  If he can be the Means of 2020 and if Means can maintain what he did last year, we'd be in a decent spot.

    Of course, at least once a year there is a guy who’s previously been good who suddenly sucks.    We had several last year.   I wonder who it will be this year.   

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