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  1. On 7/24/2020 at 6:16 AM, Roll Tide said:

    I know some folks are hung up over this...But really it’s time to move on!

    As the saying goes, there is no use to cry over spilled milk!

    This thread should be moved to the MLB Forum, just like all the other threads about ex-Orioles are.  

  2. 4 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

    He's got a -1 OPS+ and has been worth -.3 rWAR in three games.


    In three games, it is possible to look good and yet have bad results.    I think I’ve only seen a couple of his at bats (one of which happened to be his double off the Monster), so I really couldn’t say if he’s looked good or not.    He’s only struck out once, so that’s a plus.    I have no real idea how hard he’s been hitting the ball.    

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  3. 2 hours ago, weams said:

    That's fantastic!

    The woman who makes the dough had started publicizing her product on a local listserv as “Dough on the Go.”    Then somebody reported her to the authorities for running her operation without a license.    So now she only sells to people who already were customers and calls it “Dough on the Down Low.”

  4. A woman who lives in our area has been selling delicious fresh pizza dough delivered to our house for the last couple of months, so we’ve  made pizza 6-7 times.    Our method is to preheat a pizza stone at 475 degrees for at least 30 minutes, then cook the pizza for about 12 minutes.    It’s been terrific, though my digestive system isn’t always too happy once I go to bed.   

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  5. 3 hours ago, webbrick2010 said:

    The issue is that people who do risky activities - like going to bars - just don't stay in bars forever. They go to the grocery store, they walk in their neighborhoods, they possibly are going to work, they come in close contact with people.

    When they are in grocery stores, etc they are mandated to wear masks and the vulnerable people (who should not be in grocery schools or at work) also wear masks, and there is no need to have close contact with anyone if you feel vulnerable. Covid 19 is not some magic ether. All the data indicates that you need to be with a contagious person in a confined (indoor space) for a significant amount of time (definately > 15 minutes). We can ( and should have) protected the vulnerable without shutting down the economy and the schools. The damage from printing fake money and isolating children will be far greater and last far longer than any direct effects of the virus. Our public policy has been a dissaster.

    I think you have ventured into political discussion the last couple of posts.   So I won’t respond other than to say I agree with some of what you said and disagree with some.   

  6. 11 hours ago, spiritof66 said:

    This is :bs: , IMO. The fans deserve, especially this season, to be told something about why a player is "unavailable" and hasn't shown up for a game. If a player's got a personal problem or a family emergency or is grieving, or needs a day off to get his head straight, that's all we need to know. If (hard to believe here), he's not playing because there's a trade under discussion, he should be with the team, and you can say what you want, or even lie if you want, about why he's on the bench.

    But to say that a player is unavailable and is not with the team, and it's none of the fans' damn business why, doesn't strike me as right for a sport that has a real problem with its public.

    Meh.   This is Chris Davis we’re talking about, and the 2020 Orioles.    It’s not like Mike Trout suddenly decided to skip a day in the waning days of a September pennant race.    I really couldn’t care less if Davis needs to skip a game.

  7. 2 hours ago, OFFNY said:





    I wasn't watching, but I'm sure that they were ........ it occurs when the batter swings the bat, and the bat catches a piece of the catcher's mitt.

    It's a rare call, but it is almost never disputed when it happens.



    Knocked the mitt clean off both times.    

  8. 12 hours ago, webbrick2010 said:


    It's not me who decides

    In a free country the players get to decide. They get to do their own risk assessment.

    Personally I have climbed over 25 14 teeners in Colorado many of which people have died on. It was my free choice to take that risk

    The bigger question is exposing others to risk, not the risks the players are taking.    I have zero issue with the players electing to play, as 98% did.    I also have no problem with the 2% who opted out. It’s a personal choice.    I have a much bigger problem with people going into bars, not wearing masks and not caring who they come into contact with.    

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  9. 6 hours ago, Philip said:

    I agree it is a bit tricky, but regarding your question, “that’s baseball.” A dying quail scores a run just as much as a solid single or a ringing double. The point is that the previous pitcher didn’t let the guys score.

    maybe he would have, but that’s idle speculation. The reliever DID let the guy score and it is moot whether it’s a dying quail or a heroic homer.

    I always hated reading about what a fantastic reliever Brian Matusz was because his era was so marvelous, but he was letting inherited runners score right and left.

    First of all, I don’t remember anyone saying Matusz was a “fantastic” reliever.    He was an OK LOOGY and took tons of criticism here.   

    Second, the average percentage of inherited runners allowed to score is about 29%.    Matusz had a 23% average in his career, which is better than average.    But he got worse as his career progressed: 0% in 2012, 14% in 2013, 20% in 2014, 37% in 2015, 50 in 2016 (small sample, 2 out of 4).    

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  10. 2 hours ago, CharmCityRocker said:

    First time that no team has started 3-0 since 1954.

    And there were a lot fewer teams (16) in 1954, so the odds of it happening then were only about 10-1 rather than the current 75-1.     

  11. 17 minutes ago, Philip said:

    Well I don’t want to get contentious, but like I said you and I am not doctors, and we cannot comment on odds because we don’t know so it is not productive to make suggestions otherwise.

    As an example, my right collarbone was destroyed in a bicycle accident, and I have recently started suffering nerve numbness and tingling in my right arm. It’s never happened before so I made the assumption that there was some kind of pinched nerve somewhere caused by the lack of collarbone support in my right shoulder. I finally was able to see the neurologist and mentioned the possibility to him and he laughed and said “no there is no connection”

    Just today I visited the oncologist and we were looking at my bloodwork and I asked him if my diet could have anything to do with the results and he laughed and said “no there is no connection“

    So it is possible that Rodriguez’ problem Is related to Covid, but it is only possible and that’s why we need to wait until the doctors speak up.

    The doctors won’t speak up unless EdRod wants them to.     If I had to guess, there’s a good chance this is connected to his COVID case:

    Human coronavirus-associated myocarditis is known, and a number of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)–related myocarditis cases have been reported. The pathophysiology of COVID-19–related myocarditis is thought to be a combination of direct viral injury and cardiac damage due to the host’s immune response. COVID-19 myocarditis diagnosis should be guided by insights from previous coronavirus and other myocarditis experience. The clinical findings include changes in electrocardiogram and cardiac biomarkers, and impaired cardiac function. When cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is not feasible, cardiac computed tomographic angiography with delayed myocardial imaging may serve to exclude significant coronary artery disease and identify myocardial inflammatory patterns. Because many COVID-19 patients have cardiovascular comorbidities, myocardial infarction should be considered. If the diagnosis remains uncertain, an endomyocardial biopsy may help identify active cardiac infection through viral genome amplification and possibly refine the treatment risks of systemic immunosuppression. Arrhythmias are not uncommon in COVID-19 patients, but the pathophysiology is still speculative. Nevertheless, clinicians should be vigilant to provide prompt monitoring and treatment. The long-term impact of COVID-19 myocarditis, including the majority of mild cases, remains unknown.”


    But I agree with you that we can’t just assume that’s the cause.     In any event, I hope he recovers fully.   

    Edit - I wrote this before I saw the CBS Sports article.   

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  12. After three games, every team in baseball is either 2-1 or 1-2.    The statistical odds of having 15 three-game series and zero sweeps are about 75-1.     Interesting way to start the season.    Let’s just hope it’s also not an interesting way to have finished the season.    

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  13. 1 hour ago, Redskins Rick said:

    According to the news last night, California was the current state in crisis with COVID. Of course the shear numbers of the state population doesnt help.

    My son, who stayed with us for three months after the TV pilot he was working on in California got shut down due to the virus, flew back out to LA yesterday because his lease is expiring and he needs to move.     We’re worried about him in that environment, but at least he’s young and in good health, and is relatively careful for a 24-year old.    Keeping my fingers crossed.    

  14. On 7/20/2020 at 2:49 PM, Frobby said:

    Deaths in Florida last 3 weeks: 312, 511, 740.    New cases still increasing over that period (59k to 70k to 80k), so I’d expect deaths there to go over 1000/wk, maybe significantly more, during the next 2-3 weeks.     

    Meanwhile, Maryland’s cases have shown a significant increase 3 weeks in a row, going from 2471 to 2855 to 3477 to 5756.   We aren’t out of the woods locally by any stretch.    Deaths are very low here right now (63 last week) but will probably reverse course soon.    

    1,064 deaths in Florida last week.   Texas and Arizona also set new weekly records.    The good news is that new cases declined a bit in all three states last week.    Hopefully that continues and the death rate will drop off in a week or two.   

    In Maryland, we had our first weekly drop in new cases since the week ending June 22, and we only lost 58 souls, which is our lowest total since the week ending April 6.    

  15. 7 hours ago, Philip said:

    I understand that LeBlanc let them on, but Castro let them in.

    I have always thought that saying a guy had a clean outing when he allowed a bunch of runs that count on someone else’s ledger Was disingenuous.

    That’s why with relievers ERA isn’t very significant. 

    The point is, Castro didn’t really do anything wrong.     He induced a grounder on a pitch that was about 4-6 inches off the plate, that happened to find a hole.   And yes, it’s too bad it affects LeBlanc’s ERA.    

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  16. 1 hour ago, Can_of_corn said:

    If Bunting is so easy why'd he only have a .144 career batting average?


    It’s not easy to bunt for a hit when the fielders aren’t shifting, and are probably playing a little shallow since, well, you’re a .144 hitter with zero power.   It’s a lot easier when the 3B is playing 20 feet to the left of 2B at a normal depth.   

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  17. 29 page game thread (per my phone) today, so it seems like there’s plenty of interest right now!    There were only 6-7 game threads longer than that last year, the most recent of which was a May 20, 2019 Yankees game.    To be fair, the longest last year was a 50-pager during the first week of the season.    Interest tends to be higher at the start, at least when the team is bad.  

  18. I was a little surprised to see most of the players just acting as though there’s nothing happening.    Obviously they are in close quarters, but really I only saw a couple of the coaches wearing masks and players with their arms on the railing right next to each other just talking away.    Among the 30 teams, I think we are going to see some situations where 6-10 guys on a team all test positive at the same time.    That will be interesting.    

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  19. I didn’t see it, but I’d nominate the 1960 World Series where they Pirates beat the Yankees on Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off homer.    The Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27 in that Series and lost.   I would have enjoyed watching that live!


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