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About NCRaven

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  • Birthday 5/31/1960

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    Anthony Santander
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    Boog Powell

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  1. As a state employee, I enjoy watching people dig themselves deeper into holes.
  2. True. But, Hays has made it to the bigs - twice - and shows promise at that level. Diaz, Baumann and Kremer haven’t had a cup of coffee yet.
  3. Only irrelevant if you choose to ignore history and assume that Elias is able to create trades out of thin air. It takes another GM to make a trade, not just Elias. Most teams have set their roster and are waiting to see what they have in house before making trades. Very few major trades (and for the Orioles, trading Mancini would be major) are made that early in the season. If Mancini isn't traded by the start of the season, I very much doubt he'll be traded before the weeks approaching the trade deadline.
  4. I've seen Akin pitch twice. I went to a late season game last year at Bowie and it was one of Akin's worst performances of the year. Then I saw him in the AAA All-Star game this year. Based on that sample of two short appearances, I must declare him a bust. So much for my scouting.
  5. The Twins could be a match, as well.
  6. You almost never see trades in April/May of the season. If they are going to trade Mancini, it will be during or shortly after the winter meetings or at the trade deadline next year. If they find a good match for Mancini this winter, Mountcastle will likely see more playing time to start the AAA season at 1B. It they don't / can't make a Mancini trade, Mountcastle will likely see more playing time in LF. In either case, I expect him to be in Baltimore by the end of April.
  7. I'm with the majority on Hays and Baumann. Hays is a former top 100 prospect who only got knocked down because of injuries. The potential is still there. Baumann seems to have more upside than Kremer, although Kremer is closer to ML ready. Much like Diaz may have more upside than Hays, but Hays is closer (as in already a ML player). [After re-reading this, I'm pretty sure I just contradicted myself with these two points.] Having said that, these are all strong choices for the next tier of prospects. I think all of 5-10 could have their names put in a paper bag and pulled out by a random fan and the order could be justified.
  8. Or he’s a good guy that just appreciates what he has and wants to give back.
  9. Glad to see you!
  10. NCRaven


    True, but the image of Brooks leaping into the air as Etch and McNally ran out to him remains one of sports most iconic photos. Staring at the poster on the wall of my office right now. My mom's ticket to game 3, lower reserved $8.00, is in the frame.
  11. No ill will to the Nats or their fans at all. Now, the Redskins, where should I begin the tirade?
  12. Did they all flunk out of Faber College? ~Knowledge is good.
  13. Drungo, I just want to thank you for the historical content that you bring to the Hangout. It puts the modern game and the changes that it's going through today into context and it allows me to see baseball in ways that I would never have come up with on my own. And, I should add Spiritof66, as well. Thanks!
  14. He did say that the personal automobile would be dead, so I would think that includes time traveling Deloreans too!
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