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  1. I wouldn’t bet either way on that line. But if you ask me to choose, I’ll say a game or two over.
  2. It isn’t showing now, but it was downvoted previously. Hopefully by accident.
  3. Hyde didn’t appear to have the same concerns Eric did.
  4. On our team, for sure. That would be an A+ development for the O’s.
  5. Yes. Am I right in thinking he’d been in law enforcement previously?
  6. Is there a schedule of who’s doing which TV games? I hadn’t seen that. Where is it?
  7. I see no reason at all to think Elias was involved. Simply put, the major league team wasn’t in any way within his realm of responsibility. I do think he probably heard about it. Sig, on the other hand, oversaw the analytics department, and we know that group was involved in Codebreaker so he might be more culpable. Though I’ve heard it said that Codebreaker itself wasn’t against the rules, it was just the way it was used in-game.
  8. Eric-OH mentioned today that our new announcer Geoff Arnold, who used to broadcast for the Keys, is high on Tim Naughton, discussed in this thread. I can’t say his stats impress me other than his high K rate, but we’ll see.
  9. While I don’t mind having a few empty srats around me, I’d rather sit in a section that’s 1/2 - 2/3 full than one that’s 10% full. It makes things feel more exciting.
  10. He’s alluding to the Houston sign stealing thing. Because it hadn’t been discussed enough here.
  11. I’d guess that by today they’re being pretty competitive. They used to have 1-2 intrasquad games right before the ST games started. They don’t seem to be doing that this year but I’d still assume the pitchers are at full go, more or less.
  12. I’d be very interested to hear Eric’s impressions of guys he saw in the GCL in previous years who have now climbed their way up the ladder a ways, like Hall, Rodriguez and Rom. To see what changes he’s noticed in the last year or two with them.
  13. No doubt. Manfra was terrible at that, and at describing any play where something unusual happened. Nice guy, but I don’t miss his PBP. He was solid doing color and had a good rapport with Joe Angel that I enjoyed.
  14. The main thing I did like about Hunter was how excited he’d get when the O’s came through in a dramatic moment. Yeah he’d often get too enthusiastic over plays that were unimportant, but when the plays actually were important, his enthusiasm was fun to listen to.
  15. Herrera definitely looks like he’s got a bit of pop in his bat — .193 ISO in 266 PA in the majors, .176 in the minors. He’s got a fair bit of swing and miss, though, 29.7% in the majors and 20.2% in the minors. I agree he could be an interesting one to watch.
  16. Wow, you are a longtime member of this site, aren’t you? I’d completely forgotten about Mr. Hoffman. Wasn’t he a retired law enforcement officer or something? I’ve forgotten his first name, so maybe @Tony-OH, @weamsor @PaulFolkcan refresh our memories. He loved to report on the guys who weren’t really prospects but baseball rats. Good times!
  17. For what it’s worth, here’s a 6-1/2 minute highlight reel of Melanie Newman doing various play-by-play and sideline assignments (first minute or so is all male voices talking about her, but it eventually turns to her work). My assessment: voice is pleasant enough, delivery seems very professional, and seems to know her stuff. I hope she does get to do some PBP this year so I can form a more detailed opinion. https://www.melanielynnen.com
  18. I don’t agree with Moose’s position, but I understand his point. I’m sure it’s not going to affect how often he watches or listens to games, and hopefully she will do a good job and those who don’t think they’ll like listening to her will find out that they do in fact like her.
  19. Looks like the weather will be really nice this weekend when the games start. Can’t wait!
  20. If the contract had started in 2019 (Betts’ age 26 season) and continued though 2030 (his age 37 season), you could make a straight-faced argument for 12/$420 mm, though I’d still say that’s a significant overpay. He certainly won’t get 12/$420 when he becomes a free agent. Such a contract would cover his ages 28-39 seasons, and there’s just too many older years packed in there.
  21. Saw this article yesterday. I thought it was incredibly long-winded for an article that really added nothing new. In my opinion, Fangraphs has really taken a heavy hit over the last two years, with most of their more interesting writers getting hired by major league teams or by other media outlets. They are still cranking out a lot of content but it isn’t as interesting or well-written. And, many of the articles are way longer than they need to be, including this one.
  22. A good voice is important, but I sure wouldn’t hold out Suzy Waldman’s voice as what you typically might get from a female announcer.
  23. The current Orioles are as close to being in the minors as a major league team is going to get, so she should feel right at home! It only matters to me whether she’s good at it. I see no reason at all why a woman can’t accurately and enthusiastically describe a baseball game and entertain the fans.
  24. Oh, get off your high horse. I once had to report an attorney who was my co-Counsel in a matter, and who I was very friendly with, to prosecutors for tampering with evidence. I then had to testify against him in the grand jury and at a trial where my testimony lasted several days. Try it sometime.
  25. Sure they did. John Russell, Buck’s bench coach, was in charge of working with the catchers and caught 150 games in the majors and 250 in the minors, compared to Cossins’ 219 games caught in the minors. The O’s also had a minor league catching coordinator, Don Werner, who caught 85 games in the majors and 983 in the minors. But Cossins came to the O’s with a stellar reputation as a catching coach, and of course Brandon Hyde and Freddie Gonzalez were both catchers as well. If Sisco believes he’s getting better coaching from Cossins than he got from Russell and Werner, I have no reason to doubt him. Hopefully it will help his defense to improve.
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