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  1. So weams, has anyone really impressed you so far? Obviously it’s just anecdotal at this point.
  2. I just liked re-telling that story. One of the top 10 baseball books ever written, IMO. Arguably, the best.
  3. One of my favorite anecdotes from The Boys of Summer was the Dodgers had a player, George Shuba, who Roger Kahn covered as a reporter who he always thought had a beautiful, natural swing. Years later he visited the player (long retired) and he showed him his basement where he used to swing a 44-ounce bat at knots on a rope hanging from the ceiling 600 times a night to hone his swing. So much for “natural!” My point is that there have always been players who worked very hard at their craft. It’s a very competitive environment.
  4. If so, that’s the second year in a row.
  5. I’m pretty sure I could recognize Miguel Castro. Hard to miss a 6’7” 205 lb. guy with his looks. But I think a fair number of our players would escape my notice. Years ago I was walking out an airport door just as Lauren Bacall was walking in. I recognized her, but the people with me didn’t. Sometimes you overlook what you’re not expecting to see.
  6. I think it’s mainly a matter of exposure. You see a lot of these kids, so they’re eventually easy for you to recognize. Most of us have only seen a very occasional photo of them, usually while batting, throwing or fielding so not really focused on their facial features. So, we don’t recognize them in street clothes. Plus, somehow it seems like a fish out of water. I might not recognize Richard Bleier on the street, because I’m not expecting to see him there and there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about his appearance, even though I know what he looks like.
  7. No, you are right. Pretty much all the guys in the first two rounds of “cuts” will be players who never had any chance of being on the OD roster. My big question now is whether Alex Wells will even gets to throw an an inning before he gets cut. He reportedly hadn’t pitched yet because he’s going through a “dead arm” period. But he figured to be an early cut anyway.
  8. I do remember Urrutia as having disproportionately long legs.
  9. I wonder why Laurila sat on that interview for five months? It’s pretty enlightening. And I love Trey.
  10. “They were here to see JC Escarra and Adley and I was surprised nobody recognized the guys who may one day fill this stadium.” Really? I’m not. I generally wouldn’t recognize 90% of our minor league players if they passed me on the street, even if I could recite what level they played at last year and what their stats were. I’ll never forget that I followed Nick Markakis for three years in the minors without realizing that his last name was pronounced mar-KAKE-is, rather than mar-KACK-is.
  11. He’s barely played AAA, and struggled in the AFL. He’s not on the 40-man roster. I don’t see him starting the year with the team. He could play his way up to Baltimore during the season.
  12. That’s a great article. Bailey sounds like a fascinating character. I’ll be rooting for him even harder now. And by the way, kudos to Joe Trezza for going into depth on the Chickasaw tribe and Bailey’s background, rather than just covering it in a paragraph or two. That’s one of the best articles he’s written.
  13. At least, the only one who has played full season ball. Henderson (if he sticks at SS) and Hernaiz probably qualify as prospects but they haven’t really proven anything yet.
  14. You’re probably about right. MiL camp starts on March 4. Last year first cut was on March 3.
  15. My vote goes to Jeff Stone, who played in the first 20 games of the Orioles’ 21-game losing streak that opened the 1988 season, before being sent to the minors. Never saw a worse judge of fly balls. He racked up a -6 Rtot in only 130 innings of outfield play. And, he was personally responsible for extending the O’s losing streak beyond 8 games by missing a fly ball with 2 outs in the 9th in Game 9 to allow the winning run to score. (OK, it was a tie game so the O’s probably would have found some other way to lose if he’d caught it.)
  16. If spring training stats were a good gauge of performance, Daniel Cabrera would have been an ace. By the way, Dylan Bundy struck out 4 batters in two innings yesterday, allowing no hits and one walk.
  17. Great stuff as usual. Do you think the opposite handed hitting was some type of drill, or just a few players horsing around? And what’s the point of Gunnar using an aluminum bat in the cage? Just saving money on broken bats? Was he the only one doing that?
  18. I’d rather keep giving Nunez chances in spring training. His defensive stats were “mixed” in 2018* when he played a good bit. He looked pitiful last spring but was dealing with a sore arm, so I’d at least like to see how he looks when he’s healthy. Granted, the early returns this spring are not promising, but the first four days of spring training games aren’t the best basis for judgment (heck, even Iglesias made an error yesterday). I’d rather know how Nunez is looking in mid-March after getting some consistent reps. I want to emphasize, I’m not optimistic about the outcome. But this is what spring training is for. * 2018 advanced metrics: UZR: +3.9 Rtot: 0 Rdrs: -1 OAA: -8
  19. Wow, he’s really into Adam Hall. Hope he’s right about that one!
  20. Dylan Bundy had his spring debut with the Angels yesterday, allowing only one baserunner (via a walk) in two scoreless innings, striking out four.
  21. Already did that. 7 times.
  22. “It’s more important to hit the ball in the sweet spot when you hit it hard. Balls hit above 95 mph and between 20 and 35 degrees produce a wOBA 696 points higher than hard-hit balls that fall outside those angles. The difference is a mere 441 points for soft-hit balls in and out of the optimal launch angle range. This means that hitting the sweet spot is 1.58 times as important on hard-hit balls, and we’ll appropriately weight the number of hard-hit balls based on that. “Without further ado, the true sweet spot leaderboard: True Sweet Spot% Leaders Mike Trout 30.1% Cavan Biggio 29.2% Austin Riley 28.1% Chris Davis 27.8% Joey Gallo 27.6% Brandon Lowe 27.6% Anthony Rendon 27.5% Kyle Seager 27.4% Ronald Guzmán 27.4% Brandon Dixon 27.4% Omar Narváez 27.4% Jorge Polanco 27.4% Eric Thames 27.4% Brandon Belt 26.7% Cody Bellinger 26.5% “Now we’re talking. Trout and Biggio stand alone at the top, and the leaderboard is filled with interesting names. Chris Davis also makes an appearance to keep things mysterious. “ https://blogs.fangraphs.com/a-sweet-spot-by-any-other-definition/ Well, that is rather mysterious. And it probably reflects Davis’ propensity to hit the ball into the shift. When he hits the ball, he hits it hard, but right where all the fielders are standing waiting for it.
  23. Definitely some good points here. People who are minorities generally have more places they can go where they are accepted. Not everywhere, by any stretch of the imagination. I do worry a great deal about the entitlement culture. God forbid that a politician say that we need to sacrifice something now in order to reap a benefit (or avoid a catastrophe) in the future.
  24. Not so sure about that. Saturday’s game was broadcast on 105.7 but not streamed there, but it was available on Orioles.com. And no I didn’t pay for it.
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