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    Orioles in the AFL

    Snyder 1 for 3 with a double plus a walk in last night's late action. That's 13 walks in 17 games for Snyder. Bell didn't play, while Angle went 0 for 4 with a BB.
  2. I wish I had a dollar for every pitcher who came along who "just" needed to improve his command. It ain't that easy to do it! I think Tillman will be a very good major league pitcher, as he gains experience. But I'm not expecting some big leap in his command.
  3. I was really impressed with Tillman's change-up last year. No doubt that when he's able to throw it where he wants, it's going to be unhittable and make his fastball that much better. I think Matusz's is a bit more reliable from game to game.
  4. I think the two are going to be different kinds of pitchers. Matusz has (and will continue to have) better command and a wider assortment of pitches. Tillman has three pitches that can all be pretty devastating. I don't expect his command to develop to Matusz's level, however. I expect Matusz to be the more consistent of the two, but Tillman will be the more unhittable one when he is on his game.
  5. Let's not forget that Matusz isn't exactly old. He's 10 months older than Tillman, and had a lot less minor league experience. It's a mistake to assume that Matusz isn't going to continue to develop, learn and improve.
  6. I find it interesting that even sabermetric gurus who spend a lot of time thinking about defense have a hard time agreeing on who is the best defender at a position. In the Fielding Bible voting, here is how many different players got 1st place votes: 1B - 4 2B - 7 3B - 4 SS - 4 LF - 2 CF - 3 RF - 4 C - 3
  7. Pretty good validation of Tony's list here. I'm glad to see Tony's not the only one ranking Coffey pretty high. I'm not sure I agree that Bell is a 4-star prospect. Or another way to put it: I think Bell and Snyder belong in the same category.
  8. Wiggy certainly underperformed his contract last year, but you make it sound as though that was a foregone conclusion. It wasn't, not at all. That move was widely hailed as a smart one by the Orioles. It just didn't work out -- in 2009, anyway. We will see about 2010. I agree Delgado coming off a hip injury is no sure thing. I'd still make that move at the right price. The reward's pretty high if he's right.
  9. "It was announced today that Adam Jones was the Gold Glove award winner among AL centerfielders for 2009. In related news, it was announced that last week Rawlings sold its sponsorship of the Gold Glove awards to Bazooka gum."
  10. Wow, I hadn't realized we'd been shut out for a decade. Truth is, we haven't deserved too many, either. But Mike Bordick definitely deserved the Gold Glove in 2002, when he made one error all season and set the major league record for most consecutive errorless games at SS. His range numbers and other stats also were better than A-Rod's (who won the award). I will congratulate Jones if and when it is announced that he won. But it is not deserved.
  11. Last year's GG's were announced Nov. 5-6, so the timing is right. This may be a credible report -- not that the award itself is credible.
  12. Frobby

    Orioles in the AFL

    Nice clip. I like the look of Snyder in that "Baltimore" uniform! And, he looks a lttle faster than the last time I saw him. Though I think a major league OF catches that ball he hit.
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    Orioles in the AFL

    Well, that stinks. I'm more annoyed that he's missing a start than I am that he's missing this game. Now Erbe will pitch twice more at most and his oinnings will be very limited.
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    Orioles in the AFL

    Snyder: .373/.465/.627 Bell: .309/.373/.409
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    Orioles in the AFL

    I think you have to wait 20 days if the player is on the 40 man roster.
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    Orioles in the AFL

    Snyder is reinforcing the high opinion I've had of him for 2+ years now. I know it's a hitters' league, but this guy rakes. And, he's been taking his share of walks. If I am not mistaken, Snyder has only played one game this Fall where he failed to get on base.
  17. It seems to me that the Tampa Rays went to the World Series and won the AL East just last year...... It seems to me that the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007..... Let's not understate the difficulty of beating the Yankees, but let's not overstate it, either. It's possible, it just takes patience, intelligence, and at the right time, a reasonable amount of money.
  18. I will leave it to those of you who have seen these guys play and who try to really understand scouting techniques to debate the ceilings of Hobgood and Green. But I will say this: there is no doubt that Jordan is out there on a limb with this pick. If Hobgood pans out, Jordan is going to look like a genius who wasn't afraid to believe in himself and his scouting team. If he fails, then he's going to look like a fool who lost an opportunity to choose a more highly regarded and much safer player and got burned. Only time will tell what it will be. I would have picked Green, but then again, I'm not a scout. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping Jordan will be proven right, or at least not proven horribly wrong.
  19. This is what happens when too much time passes with no real news to discuss.
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    Orioles in the AFL

    I see that Brandon Allen also made the team. Where's Brandon Waring?
  21. The term "hired gun" may have been a tad off, but the point Old#5Fan is making is that A-Rod had a no-trade clause and chose to allow the trade to the Yankees to happen, in fact he was desperate to get out of Texas and onto a contender. So, he was willing to move to 3B to achieve his objective, and it's hard to see how that's Jeter's fault.
  22. Question: did anyone ever ask Jeter whether he'd be willing to move? If so, I don't remember hearing about it. The way I remember it, the Yanks talked to Texas about trading for A-Rod, but sounded him out first as to whether he'd be willing to move to 3B. I don't think anyone ever approached Jeter about it. It wasn't for Jeter to go to management and say, "I'd be willing to move if you think A-Rod can play SS better than me." It was management's responsibility to ask him (or tell him) to move if they thought that was best for the team.
  23. What happened to the Yanks in 2008 is simple: Wang got hurt, and Hughes and Kennedy didn't pan out as starting pitchers as expected. Solution? Go spend $220 mm on Sabathia and Burnett. Problem solved. Also, Posada was hurt, and Cano and Cabrera had unexpectedly bad years. All three bounced back nicely in 2009. If you really look at it, a ton of things went wrong for the 2008 Yanks and they still won 89 games. This year, an amazing number of things went right. 4 of 5 starting pitchers stayed 100% healthy, several aging players had near-career years, and oh yeah, Tex didn't hurt either. Result: 103 wins in the regular season. There's a pretty decent chance the Yankees will slip a bit next year, and "only" win say, 95-96 games. That would be halfway between their unlucky 2008 and their very fortunate 2009 seasons.
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    Orioles in the AFL

    I think Erbe has been pretty successful throughout his minor league career, except 2007 when he played at Frederick at age 19. He was very good in 2008, except for a few starts that really skewed his ERA. If memory serves, his ERA in 20 of his 27 starts was a shade under 2.00, while the other 7 here up over 7.00 (and those came in little bunches).
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