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Frobby

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  1. I really like Jerry as a possible uti guy. He had a very good year for the Reds last year, although he had several injury interruptions as usual.
  2. From Schmuck: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/schmuck/2008/12/what_happens_in_vegas_1.html I'd certainly be interested.
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    Naysayers????

    I'd like some of what you're smoking!
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    Naysayers????

    Now why would you say something like that? You would be sorely missed! But what's your beef with Teixeira?
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    Naysayers????

    I'd be extremely excited about that. However, I'm pretty sure there was a thread about this before.
  6. That is pretty amazing. I sure hope we're not hearing that Wieters, Matusz and whoever we draft in 2009 were busts, when folks are looking back 5 years from now.
  7. I agree that Markakis for Kemp and Kershaw wouldn't happpen. But why do you say Kemp will have a better career than Markakis? He's a year younger and he's a bit behind where Markakis was statistically at the same age.
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    Brandon Snyder

    I think you are both right. Snyder so far appears to have a little less HR power than Huff, but probably will hit more doubles. He probably will strike out more often than Huff. But I think his overall BA/OBP/SLG will be close to Huff's.
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    Brandon Snyder

    I don't agree there. Snyder will hit .300 a few times I'll bet.
  10. Eddie played in a very low-offense era for most of his career. Also, the 1981 strike would have broken any streak like that he could have had. However, it took him three years before he really hit his stride in any event.
  11. I think you've described well the type of thinking that would lead Burnett to sign here. Our job, I think, is to make sure we give him an offer that he can justify as being close to the other offers he's getting. We can't offer him 3/$39 with an option for a 4th year and expect that to get anywhere.
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    Brandon Snyder

    You want a comp for Snyder? Aubrey Huff. Corrner IF, not particularly good with the glove, .287/.344/.483 career line. Since reaching his prime, he's had years as good as .311/.367/.555, and as bad as .261/.321/.428. I think Snyder's pretty similar.
  13. First, it's not like we have a long track record in Norfolk, as our AAA affiliate has only been there two years. Olson and Liz are really the only serious prospects to graduate from Bowie to Norfolk since then, and look how much trouble they've had when going from Norfolk to the majors. Second, I don't think the answer's the same for every pitcher. For Bergesen, whois very ground ball oriented, the larger dimsensions of Harbor Park don't help him much. The chance to see more sophisticated hitters outweighs any danger of bad habits in his case. Anyway, all I'm doing is giving some reasons why the O's might prefer to keep Tillman in Bowie even though he had a good ERA and a lot of K's. I'm not necessarily advocating for it.
  14. Tom Boswell had a good column on Tex today, though from a Nats' point of view. Unfortunately I can't access the link from this computer. Maybe someone else can post a link.
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    Brandon Snyder

    Snyder won't have Youkilis' plate discipline, but he may hit for more power.
  16. That is not what happened at all. Robbie Alomar skipped an exhibition game with the Redwings, without permisison and without informing the team, and Davey Johnson disciplined him by requiring him to make a contribution to some charity in which Johnson's wife was involved. Angelos decided to make a big deal of Johnson's "conflict of interest" and had Johnson twisting in the wind for about a week as to whether Angelos was going to fire him for this trivial offense. Finally, Johnson got tired of waiting and resigned, on the same day he was justifiably named manager of the year. Absolutely terrible handling of this by Angelos IMO.
  17. Two things to think about: 1. Bowie is actually a more difficult environment in which to pitch than Norfolk, due to the cavernous dimensions and wind conditions of Harbor Park. The O's may feel that sending a strikeout/fly ball pitcher like Tillman there will get him in sloppy habits because long fly balls that might be HRs in Bowie are routine fly outs in Norfolk. If they want him to work on command and getting more ground balls, Bowie may be a better place to force him to do that. 2. Tillman was very good last year but he had very low IP/start, probably because the O's didn't want to push him at such a young age. If he goes back to Bowie but is asked to throw 6+ innings per outing, that's still a developmental step he hasn't been through. It's not like he's just repeating what he's already done in 2008. I'm more interested in where Tillman ends the year than in where he starts it.
  18. Who are "they" in your sentence? If you mean the media, it's not their job to campaign for a player, it's their job to report facts and provide honest opinions (in the case of opinion pieces). If you mean team officials, I agree they've done nothing to put their best foot forward in the media. Does any of that matter? Do you think Tex is going to be influenced in his decision to come here or not because Andy MacPhail says in the Sun, "we need and want him?" I don't. Now, what might matter is what MacPhail says to him directly. He doesn't have to communicate through the press.
  19. PA was on quite a roll between 1996 - 2000. 1996 - blew negotiation with Jon Miller to remain our PBP announcer 1997 - tossed Davey Johnson over a bridge 1998 - blew the Raffy negotiation 1999 - fired Wren, promoted Thrift 2000 - blew the Mussina negotiation His fingerprints were all over every bit of that.
  20. I think you need to treat Arrieta and Matusz separately, rather than lumping them together. Matusz has much better command and a greater repetoire of secondary pitches than either Tillman or Arrieta. My impression is that Matusz doesn't really have skills he needs to work on, he just needs some experience facing profssional hitters before jumping to the majors. Both Tillman and Arrieta have command and "pitchability" issues to work on a bit.
  21. If so, Nick's probably telling him not to hold his breath waiting to be bowled over by an offer.
  22. Yes, I completely rewrote my post after reading that. It really does beg the question, if Boras and Tex are right here, how could the Orioles possibly pass up the opportunity to meet with them. I hope Tex's family is letting him know how much the local fan base wants him to come to Baltimore.
  23. If we'd known Tex was going to be in Maryland to visit his family, we should have thrown a parade.
  24. Sounds good. 2009 is going to be a fascinating, critical year down on the farm.
  25. How does Arrieta get to the majors ahead of Tillman if Tillman has spent a year in AA already and Arrieta has only played high A? I noticed in the milb.com blurb on Arrieta, they quote Joe Jordan as saying he thinks AA is very important for Arrieta because in Frederick he was able to get away with relying on his fastball a lot without using his other pitches as much as he'll need to against better competition. Wouldn't that suggest that Tillman is likely to reach the majors first? Believe me, I'm neutral on who gets there first, just so long as when they get there, they are ready to succeed.
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