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  1. My impression is that even "slowed down," Bergesen is a very fast worker. That tends to bother the hitters and help the fielders, so good for him. I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. The guy I like watching today who is like this is Mark Buehrle. The batters never get comfortable before he's firing the next pitch.
  2. http://masnsports.com/2009/03/zaun-thinks-bergesen-has-the-r.html
  3. I doubt many posters have made up their minds, nor have the Orioles made up their minds.
  4. Roch's latest: http://masnsports.com/2009/03/another-update-on-hill.html
  5. Well, your statement is certainly true. However, whether I've seen someone pitch certainly has something to do with whether I'm in any position to second-guess the professionals in the organization who (1) have seen him pitch many times, and (2) know what to look for to determine if someone is ready for the majors. I mean, a smart 10-year old kid can look at Bergesen's minor league statistics and read someone else's scouting report. That still doesn't mean his opinion as to whether Bergesen should be in the rotation is a valid one. By the way, don't interpret my comment to mean I think Bergesen is not ready for the majors. I just think that any opinion formed on March 2 about this is bound to be ill-informed.
  6. As big a fan of DH as I am, he isn't going to be on the 25-man roster under any circumstances. He was sent to major league camp to get some exposure to the coaches and the veteran pitchers and get a sense of what he needs to work on this year. If he gets another inning or two, good, but I assume he's been throwing bullpen sessions and getting other exposure even if he hasn't gotten into games. Please don't take this the wrong way, but the fact that Bergesen, Tillman and Arrieta have all gotten more work than DH probably tells us that the team thinks those three are closer to being ready for the majors than he is. That's not a knock on DH, who I think has an opportunity to be a fine major league pitcher.
  7. It does not make sense to say that bringing him to spring training is not a bad move, but that putting him on the roster would be a bad move. If we weren't considering putting him on the roster, then why bring him to spring training at all? If the fix is in for Eaton to make the team, then I'd be very unhappy. He's not very good. But if he's being brought in to compete for a spot, that I have no problem with. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I believe that more competition is a good thing, so long as the results aren't preordained. I think one thing is very clear - MacPhail doesn't want to give a spot to Bergesen or someone else who hasn't gone through AAA unless they prove definitively that they are better than some replacement-level guy who they can sign for the league minimum. He'd rather have them get some AAA experience than rush them.
  8. http://masnsports.com/2009/03/updating-hill-and-parrish.html
  9. Here's a poll I'd like to run -- of the 25 people who voted "yes" or "no" in this poll, how many of you have every seen him pitch, even once?
  10. That will be worth a 12-page thread, alright.
  11. I can't believe there is a 12-page thread about signing this guy to a minor league contract. Much ado about nothing.
  12. Any time a guy has elbow stiffness, you have to be a little concerned. However, I don't think this is any more concerning because it's Hill. There's no reason at all to think he's had this kind of problem in the past.
  13. But the more I see of Arrieta, the sooner I hope to see him in an Orioles uniform.
  14. Frobby

    2008 Redraft

    Superman wears Justin Smoak pajamas.
  15. Frobby

    2008 Redraft

    Yes, but was Mickey really "complete?" Perhaps he was filled with self-doubt and longing to know his inner self, a state Smoak already has obtained.
  16. Frobby

    Reimold

    That scenario will put Trembley and MacPhail in a very tricky spot. But I think it's Pie to LF, Reimold to Norfolk almost no matter what. Now if June 1 rolled around and Pie still isn't hitting and Reimold is, at that point maybe they make a move.
  17. Frobby

    Reimold

    The good thing is, Reimold has other good RH hitters on the same team who we can gauge him against. Let's say he's putting up a .775 OPS. There's a temptation to say, "oh, Harbor Park is dampening his stats." But what if Salazar and Montanez are both raking at an .850 - .900 level at the same time? Then aren't we in a position to say Harbor Park isn't really the issue? 2008: Salazar hit .316/.371/.512 with 13 HR, 85 RBI in 112 games and 492 PA 2008: Terrero hit .274/.339/.447 with 13 HR, 88 RBI in 129 games and 569 PA 2007: House hit .298/.365/.463, 11 HR, 66 RBI in 110 games and 471 PA 2007: Knott hit .250/.356/.451 with 13 HR, 34 RBI in 87 games and 340 PA I think those data points plus the performance of Salazar and Montanez in 2009 give us some guideposts for what a good RH hitter should be able to do in Harbor Park.
  18. How about Snyder going 2 for 2 in his first spring training game? He's not going to be in the majors on opening day, but he continues to serve notice that he's coming like a freight train.
  19. Frobby

    Reimold

    OK, we are all going back to the high road, which I always prefer. And I am sorry if the tone of my prior post seemed offensive to you. Please accept my explanation that I felt you had been unfair and had used an unbecoming tone to hoosiers, and so any snarkiness on my part was just an overreaction by me in coming to his aid. Frankly, attacks on other posters who I feel are good posters usually bother me a lot more than attacks on my own posts. But I now see that was not what you intended, so please accept my apology. As to the Bradford thing, I assure you, I hated that trade but never used it to support a theory that MacPhail had tanked the 2008 season. What I did say was that I thought it was unfair to the players who had busted their butts for 3/4 of a season to trade one of the team's best relievers just to save some money, at a time when several other relievers had gone down with injuries. I went so far as to call it a "breach of faith" with the players, but I never, ever thought MacPhail was intentionally tanking the season, I just thought it was a very bad decision. As to what I said that disappointed you, I suspect it may have been this thread from late December: Later in that thread I explained: And then: In hindsight, I wish I had not used the word "tank" in that thread. And in any event, MacPhail's actions after I wrote it included acquiring Hill, Pauley, Zaun, Wigginton and Pie, and dispelled any question whatsoever about how MacPhail was treating the 2009 season.
  20. Frobby

    Reimold

    Not only did I never say this, I adamantly opposed that suggestion - consistently. It was JTrea81 who said that, and I repeatedly said that was unfounded. Just for example: http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1501264&postcount=92 I hated the Bradford trade, no doubt, but your accusation is completely unfounded. I'm not picking a fight here - if you feel I've "jumped the shark" you are entitled to have that opinion. But I bet you couldn't find five other posters who'd say I'm a "conspiracy theorist."
  21. Frobby

    Reimold

    That isn't fair at all to hoosiers. He's one of the most knowledgeable posters on this board, and he surely understands the value of speed and defense. What YOU don't seem to understand is that in a year or two, if Pie shows he can hit, he may have more value to another team than he does to the Orioles, becuase a great fielder has more value in CF than he does in LF, and our CF spot is already taken. And that means we might be able to get something back in a trade that is more valuable TO US than Pie. Before that happens, however, we have to let Pie play and establish that value.
  22. Frobby

    Billy Rowell

    Rowell is essentially in exactly the same spot Brandon Erbe was in last year. Erbe played at Frederick as a 19-year old and struggled terribly, despite some flashes of brilliance. There were indications he was resisting some of the things the coaches were telling him. He repeated the league at age 20, listened to his coaches, had a very good year and put himself right back on the map. Now that is exactly what Rowell needs to do. His numbers don't need to be amazing, but they do need to be very solid and then he'll be on track.
  23. Frobby

    Reimold

    You are absolutely correct. Because we have two guys capable of playing a great CF, one of them may have more value to another team than he does to us. Let's say Jones and Pie both turn into .825-850 OPS players with great defensive skills. Let's say Pie could be the starting CF on 22 of the 30 teams in MLB. In that case, he'd bring back a huge package, and we'd lose nothing in CF because we have Jones. We'd lose some defense in LF but that could easily be compensated by what we get in return for Pie. Just to be clear, now is not the time to contemplate this. It's a year or two down the road after we see how Jones and Pie both pan out.
  24. Frobby

    Reimold

    I can imagine hypothetical scenarios where Reimold makes the team, but they are very remote. And I see no reason to obsess about it. If Reimold hits .330/.400/.550 in spring training, I will worry about it then. My main hope is that he gets a fair number of ABs this spring, and not just a token look.
  25. Frobby

    Reimold

    Exactly. If we are getting to the point where we can be patient with good prospects, we are finally getting this organization where we want it to be. And even though I don't see Reimold on this team on opening day, he's got a good chance to be up before the year is over. All it takes is one injury. Of course, he'll need to do well enough to justify being called up ahead of Montanez. And with any kind of decent year I'd expect him to join the team in September and get some playing time.
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