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  1. #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/
  2. I'm on the same level, there's just a different "feel" to the people and the organization now. A good one.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Agreed here. While there can be debate about the three batter rule, I hardly think that it falls to the category of ruining baseball.
  7. Absltgreek

    Adam Stauffer

    From your keyboard to God’s ears.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Yeah the Blue Jays hat is sharp. Most of the rest terrible. Particularly the O's. They could have gone in so many better directions with it...
  13. Eric Loganhagen's chat of about an hour ago noted that Baltimore was next.
  14. Both of those teams (Delmarva and Frederick) would be super exciting. I like this.
  15. I believe you can’t have more than 13 pitchers, hence the additional slot inferrred as positional only.
  16. It's not that strange given such a thorough investigation combined with the regular departure of front office personnel over the years (e.g. Sig not renewing his contract, a number of others (big name to Atlanta if I recall)) and that the scheme was run by the major league players. Plus given his focus on scouting/minors/international, the optimist in me says that while there may have been rumors or distant knowledge, our multiple FO members formerly of the Astros were separated enough to not be implicated. Further, there were simultaneous rumblings of FO personnel unhappy with Luhnow's leadership/culture, again potentially reflected in personnel leaving for other organizations, that hopefully we've gotten lucky and have inherited a FO that wants to take the best from the Astros (player development, scouting, analytics) while developing their own culture with the Orioles (a more positive one).
  17. Given how often Cora is mentioned, I'd say harsher penalty. Anywhere from 2 years minimum to lifetime i'd bet.
  18. Wow, multiple Tweets including Rosenthal that Jim Crane has fired both Luhnow and Hinch. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1216813978988490752
  19. After having read the report it seemed pretty clear the baseball operations department didn't know or wasn't involved. There were no indications or mentions that Mike or Sig were anywhere close to being involved.
  20. Old: 2, 31, 40, 76(?) New: 2, 30, 39, 74 Looks like MLB actually already updated the order and removed the Astros' picks. I have to say three of the top 39 sounds really good to me! https://www.mlb.com/draft/2020/order
  21. Old: 2, 31, 40, 76(?) New: 2, 30, 39, 74 Looks like MLB actually already updated the order and removed the Astros' picks. https://www.mlb.com/draft/2020/order
  22. The penalties, according to sources with knowledge of Manfred’s decision, include: • A one-year suspension for general manager Jeff Luhnow. • A one-year suspension for manager A.J. Hinch. • The forfeitures of first- and second-round draft picks in both 2020 and ’21. • A fine of $5 million, the maximum allowed under MLB’s constitution. • The placement of former Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman on baseball’s ineligible list. https://theathletic.com/1529253/2020/01/13/exclusive-mlb-hands-down-unprecedented-penalties-for-astros-after-sign-stealing-investigation/
  23. Congratulations and best of luck!
  24. "Hiring González will allow the Orioles to move major league coach José Hernandez into the assistant hitting coach role for his second year on the big league staff. Before joining Hyde’s coaching staff in 2019, Hernandez had been a field coach in the Orioles’ farm system since 2010."
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