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  1. If it already wasn't obvious enough this was lazy reporting and a hit job, the author and the NYDN retweeted the article again today, after MLB clearly debunked it. Furthermore, from Camden Chat: A cursory Googling by an interested observer turns up this link on the MLB website, which appears to be the current document outlining the MLB pension plan. It specifies the following under “Who Is Eligible”: This language is clearly inclusive of coaches beyond simply uniformed personnel on the MLB staff, contrary to what Madden says. Trainers and physical therapists do not get uniform numbers, yet they can be designated.
  2. I'm hoping this is a situation where it's a very mild injury and the FO is being overly cautious with this crazy season.
  3. From Fangraphs review of the Rockies top 30: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/top-31-prospects-colorado-rockies/ 6. Terrin Vavra, 2B Drafted: 3rd Round, 2018 from Minnesota (COL) Age 22.6 Height 6′ 0″ Weight 190 Bat / Thr L / R FV 45 Tool Grades (Present/Future) Hit Raw Power Game Power Run Fielding Throw 35/55 40/45 35/45 50/50 50/55 50/50 Vavra had a statistical breakout during his junior year at Minnesota — .386/.455/.614 with 10 homers, and everything way up from his sophomore year — and ended up going on the high end of the third to fifth round range where teams were considering him. He’s a patient hitter with an athletic swing who gets the most out of his slight build without often compromising his feel for contact. His swing is kind of grooved, but Vavra is a pitch selection savant, adept at picking out pitches he can drive until he has to expand with two strikes. We think he’s going to hit, have doubles power, and reach base at an above-average clip. That could play every day at shortstop, but we think Vavra is much more likely to end up at second base, where his range could make him an above-average defender. There’s not enough power for an impact regular here, but the athleticism and feel for contact should make Vavra either a low-end regular on the middle infield or a valuable, multi-positional role player. 15. Tyler Nevin, 1B Drafted: 1st Round, 2015 from Poway HS (CA) (COL) Age 22.5 Height 6′ 4″ Weight 200 Bat / Thr R / R FV 40 Tool Grades (Present/Future) Hit Raw Power Game Power Run Fielding Throw 50/55 50/55 40/45 35/35 40/45 50/50 The list of current first baseman with premium contact skills but middling game power is full of players hovering around replacement level. Overripe Albert Pujolsand Daniel Murphy, last year’s Joey Votto. This seems to be Nevin’s fate. We’ve seen him hit oppo homers but it comes from quality, barreled contact rather than raw strength and power. He tracks pitches beautifully and can make quality contact with pitches all over the zone, but it’s very tough for a righty-hitting first baseman without big power to profile. Nevin’s reps at third base have dwindled, and he played a few games in left field last summer. He’s on the 40-man and looks like a corner bench bat.
  4. #31 Samuel Basallo Dominican Republic C Notes: Born: Aug. 13, 2004. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt: 198. Report: Basallo is one of the youngest players in the class—he will be eligible to sign once he turns 16 on Aug. 13—and was once connected to the Yankees, but he's now expected to sign with the Orioles for a bonus near $1.5 million. Basallo is a tall, physical catcher with a plus arm, above-average raw power and a sound swing from the left side. Already 6-foot-3 at 15, Basallo might outgrow catcher if he keeps getting bigger, but right now he's lean and agile with good flexibility behind the plate for his size. Basallo trains with Ivan Noboa. https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/2020-mlb-international-prospects-class/
  5. I'm on the same level, there's just a different "feel" to the people and the organization now. A good one.
  6. Steve Melewski had his own article about Eve with some more information and background. https://www.masnsports.com/steve-melewski/2020/02/former-os-ticket-holder-will-try-to-help-team-become-a-winner-again.html
  7. Another great article from Jon Meoli from the Sun, who I have to say has really been killing it and really is a very good writer, particularly in the longer form. I really think this was a great hire, not only from her clearly sparkling skills and resume, but the fact that she grew up as and is a die-hard orioles fan. She attended her O's game at 9 weeks old and her family attended 60+ games a year with their season tickets. It's nice to have a qualified die-hard local in the front office, and I wouldn't be surprised to see her continue to rise up the ranks in the Orioles front office. https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-eve-rosenbaum-20200214-f7nzucklpnfunf6kzjupccfcfy-story.html
  8. It's funny, on the Locked on Orioles Podcast, I think yesterday, they had a Reds podcaster discussing Jose Iglesias, and how the Reds used his defensive capabilities to cover a deficient 3B on the left side of the infield. That could potentially help get Nunez into the lineup more as a 3B, and maybe reduce Ruiz to more of a platoon role.
  9. Agreed here. While there can be debate about the three batter rule, I hardly think that it falls to the category of ruining baseball.
  10. Absltgreek

    Adam Stauffer

    From your keyboard to God’s ears.
  11. I vaguely remember seeing on Twitter a few weeks ago they were in Sarasota with a lot of the O's development team for meetings/seminars...
  12. In that specific post nowhere, but you've posted numerous times about the FO's failure to sign free agents to improve their record for the upcoming season.
  13. What specifically did DD do on the field to turn around Tillman, just out of curiosity? You seem to be ignoring a number of things in your argument. First, for a player to be able to improve under Elias/Sig's program, they have to have the specific traits that could result in improvement via their approach. Given that management has only had a little over a year to identify, learn about, and self-scout our own players, then begin to apply techniques to players in the hope that they will not only buy in to, but take to the new methods. Maybe the changes won't take? Maybe they just don't have the right traits that this regime believes is necessary for success. Maybe who we have isn't as talented as previously thought? The regime has been clear in their belief that investment in the draft and player development is the best pathway to success. And while by no means a guarantee, the best way to replenish and build a minor league system with "your" players is by having higher picks in every round vs. lower picks. While success can be found and developed in the draft, there is more success near the top. The inference that the regime believes that spending money to improve to 70 wins, in the second year of a long term rebuild, under their approach, is a waste of money, while they continue to employ their program with existing and new players, while discarding those who they believe won't be able to improve in the short term, or be part of a competitive core in the long term.
  14. While this specific proposal might not be perfect, the idea of expanding the playoffs (realistically alongside with expansion to 32 teams) seems inevitable. I'm personally a fan of the idea to expand to 6 playoff teams, give the top 2 teams a bye, while teams 4-6 play in a best of three series; second round best of five; etc.
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