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  1. I hope afterwards Tony or weams might have a Luke insight or two whoever we end up with, but I double hope that if we end up going Gonzales as I remember Luke being pretty bullish on him before signing on. I am sure Sig has the park effects thing in the Decision Sciences toolkit.
  2. I do expect the parties to avoid harming the golden goose somehow, but today's the first time it's occurred to me that if they don't, how would the 2021 draft order get made? I don't think there's ever been no season at all to go off. #Kumar??
  3. https://nypost.com/2013/12/15/finleys-free-agency-idea-was-chaotic-but-captivating/ Make 'em all free agents!
  4. Costas tidbit that Surhoff's NBA dad played 3 minutes in the Knicks 1953 Finals loss to Mikan's Minneapolis Lakers.
  5. And on the first play of the Bottom of the 1st, Raines "doubles" to LF Surhoff on a batted ball can of corn with probably 0.1% hit probability. Morgan thinks lost in upper deck white shirts.
  6. A painful one, to be sure. But my DVR did pick up its rebroadcast on NBCSN, and it is rare to have a vintage rebroadcast that isn't a handpicked MASN classic with the hometown announcer spin - Costas, Morgan and Uecker in the booth. I've only done the Top of the 1st, and 2020 me has... cringed at Todd Zeile and his 91 OPS+ batting 2nd, even as a righty masher vs. Pettitte. -been Costas reminded also we picked up Incaviglia too to remedy issues v. LHP, and that the '96 Orioles were MLB's first playoff team with a 5.00 ERA. -observed Parent batting 9th (along with Jeter) that day, though Hoiles was the regular that year. Hoiles in Game 2, guess Parent was Erickson's personal catcher. Skimming the series on B-Ref, I knew we took Game 2, but hadn't remembered in the 9th Davey had to pull Myers (had given up Bernie 11th inning walkoff yesterday) in favor of Benitez (had given up Jeter 8th inning fly out). Of course a fresh cavalcade of Alomar boos in the Top of the 1st, as the spitting incident recent then.
  7. Sensible long range plan for the FO. Who knows who could be in a new ownership group some day? I imagine the sons aim to keep if they can, but I don't know it's 100% the estate will transfer smoothly or if MLB will try to influence. I remember big hurt the first time the org strained the relationship letting go of his dad. He did get a midseason promotion and up the OBP a tick in first AA cup of coffee. I'd DH him in a Mets game if they'd use Tebow.
  8. Phases of my life are blurring weirdly as FS1 has Gary Thorne narrating this program.
  9. 5-rounds confirmed. I guess supplemental picks get proportionately more valuable for those that have them with so few rounds. https://www.rotoworld.com/baseball/mlb/player-news It is a little sudden this is just 5 weeks off. Martin or not is the biggest driver I see for if we are Lindor Cohort bidders in 18 months if the world gets back to normal and the Orioles to relevance.
  10. Today is the first time I've seen this "real" Grapefruit and Cactus League notion. Bleacher Report guessed these divisions, which seem great for out-Rockering the Tigers and Pirates: GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE NORTH: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates SOUTH: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles. Anyone want to hazard a guess at projecting an in-division winning percentage there?
  11. Just four years ago, Porcello's 22 wins got him a narrow Cy win over Verlander despite lagging him by 2.5 rWAR. https://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/awards_2016.shtml#all_AL_CYA_voting
  12. I remember a Palmer anecdote about being a young pitcher going right after a vet with his wickedest stuff, the vet handling it and Palmer's conclusion "well, I suppose he's better than me", and think that anecdote was about Kaline. A regular HOF at baseball, but an absolute inner circle HOF at person whose name makes a word. Kaline's ascent following his early peak season didn't flatten nearly so much as Markakis's. https://www.fangraphs.com/graphsw.aspx?players=1006678,5930&wg=2
  13. The Orioles 10 sim games at a time: Davis 1-for-15. Can't be fooled by spring training! Can we release him now? Hunter Harvey 2.000 OPS and 0.21 WHIP - team MVP? Has the league figured out John Means? 3 HR and BABIP of only .286 say he's earned his 9.00 ERA. Is Renato more or less than Ty Wigginton on the guys you would never believe are 1-time All-Stars scale?
  14. Cal Ripken once saw me homer off the Memorial Stadium scoreboard. It was a tarp crew wiffleball game on a maybe it will rain, maybe it won't kind of day (the best!) where home plate was beyond the fence, but still. That job also afforded rare opportunities like lingering as close as one dared to the bullpen batters box while Nolan Ryan warmed up, nodding in commiseration with Age-19 Ivan Rodriguez as he plopped grapes into the pants of relievers leaning too far forward watching the game, and once relaying a message for Curt Schilling where an attractive fan should meet him in Fells Point later that night.
  15. This was a fun read. https://www.camdenchat.com/2013/1/18/3889674/reggie-jackson-baltimore-orioles-year-in-orange-and-black-a-lost-classic I never knew the baseball card air brushing stuff. I wasn't there but had heard Reggie wasn't happy at all to be here and kind of dogged it early in the year. I can also see the 2nd half surge once the team was well out of it in that vein too. If ever I get to a library with 1976 Sun microfiche, I'd love to see the quotes Earl gave the paper as this stuff was going on. Hank Peters was only hired as GM in November 1975 after Cashen resigned.
  16. In terms of cost control, the 10K limit for UDFA seems like the meatier part than the 5-round structure. I think it does level the field for the lower revenue clubs. Anyhow, here's what Elias and team would have faced with last year's class. ADLEY 2A Gunnar v. 8 McLarty 2B Stowers v. 7 Rizer 3 Watson v. 6 Handley 4 Ortiz v. 5 Hernaiz
  17. Agent of the Year just got decided for me. Just randomly encountered a new to me Eugenix commercial - I know Frank Thomas has done several ads for them, and this one included expanded athletic endorsers. Doug Flutie I get as still having a pulse of a global Q. But the "other" new guy...Andy Van Slyke. My kudos to his representation in the Year of Our Lord 2020.
  18. So much this, and I say it just as a boxscore observer born in the 1970's. https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN196610050.shtml The line even can please the 21st Century DIPS connoiseur, never mind that it was the team's 1st WS game ever as massive underdogs to the '63/'65 champs going for their 3rd championship in 4 years. I think it is clearly Drabowsky and nothing else is too close. In my personal memory, Boddicker Game 2 after Hoyt beat us in the first of a 5-game ALCS stands out the most.
  19. He is a Super 2 making $10M this year in his Arb3 year. We made a likely mistake paying Britton full arb for an injury-shortened and hampered season. Seems like the Mets ought to consider non-tendering, putting him in the Garrett Richards 2-year category for 2021/2022. An early favorite play for us if that scenario comes to pass next offseason (and the world gets back to normal by then). I'm one of the some who feel the Syndergaard clay might be like the Cole clay, and the Orioles do now live by the high fastball. That said, Cole's arm has never blown up, a big mark in his favor.
  20. Can someone explain the context of this deal to me? MLB is randomly showing a Fidrych-mania game from June 28, 1976. He is being opposed by Ken Holtzman, and this is the first time with the aid of B-Ref I am appreciating the Tippy, McGregor, Dempsey deal was in mid-June that year, as it was only Holtzman's third game after coming from us. I had always kind of figured a straightforward buy/sell kind of structure, except that in the 1976 AL East, the Orioles were 2nd to the Yankees. In 1975, the second place Orioles beat the Yankees. Were we breaking up an aging nucleus early the way Duquette didn't? Elrod homered off Fidrych for the Yanks only run this game. https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BAL/1976-transactions.shtml It is also crazy to me the Orioles first transaction after the big deal was signing Nate Snell as an amateur FA. Yes, the same Nate Snell that didn't come through the big league team until the mid-80's.
  21. I hope our young couples considering this as a self-isolating time passer just remember to factor in this isn't quite a "blizzard of the decade" scenario in that delivery of normal prenatal services these next nine months aren't the lock they typically would be if crisis level load on the healthcare system ends up persisting all year long.
  22. The record is three by nine guys - I think only Dock Ellis did it starting out the game. https://thestacks.deadspin.com/eleven-pitches-three-hit-batters-the-day-dock-ellis-w-1695974523
  23. IIRC one of the analyses of the deal at the time it was struck highlighted the Mariners AA situation as one of the pitcher-friendliest in the entire minors, so some of the same stuff where Diaz's 2019 was closer to Mountcastle's than some might guess could be at play there. I think both sides are valuing around full Overbay cromulence here.
  24. As is the norm when mainstream media does a "deep dive" for them, there still isn't much new that we don't discuss every day here. In terms of nuggets from the segments, or new stuff to me: MEANS - hasn't been announced, but his answer sounded like it came from a place of expecting to face Cole on OD. GIVENS - talking about catching, mentioned Severino but not Sisco MANCINI - learned he grew up a tennis player (Pedroia's the other prominent MLB'er I know of who did a lot of that as a kid) - I think maybe that translates a bit to quick hands from the faster ball/lighter equipment. He also reviewed the higher aim goal, saying it originated from Hyde in September, and put flesh on the bones by sharing his targets moved up from 2nd baseman's head to CF batter's eye. HYDE - on question about rotation behind Means/Cobb, he launched into vets and young guys and I thought he was going to expire the whole 30 seconds without specifying a human, but near the end he did say "LeBlanc". In handicapping the field, I guess that means Wojciechowski is perhaps not above the fray.
  25. Our episode on MLB at 400 this afternoon (assuming the 100 telecast finishes on time), before they also show this afternoon's Rays game at 600.
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