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spiritof66 last won the day on June 22 2017

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    Retired lawyer
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    I dunno. Who's left? Mancini?
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  1. For what it's worth: With the poundings they took from the Astros, the Orioles are creeping up on Arizona for the worst run differential in MLB. The Orioles are at -105 and the D-Backs at -109. The Pirates are next at -95.
  2. Nah. Just a little slow — like Stewart running after a fly ball.
  3. That map doesn't give you a true picture of Cardinals fans. The entire western half of the country (not the West Coast) is full of Cardinal fans who inherited that status from generations before them who listened to Cardinal games on their radios before there were Royals or Rockies or Twins. I guess that legacy will continue to erode over time, but it's taking its sweet time.
  4. There's no comparison between the Cardinals and Orioles from a revenue point of view. While the teams' revenues from cable rights is similar, St. Louis is, year in and year out, among the leaders in MLB attendance despite the small size of its metropolitan area/TV market. There a few reasons for that: St Louis is, and has been for some 80 years, as baseball-mad as any city anywhere; the Cardinals have maintained much of the huge regional following it built almost a century ago, when St. Louis was the southwestern outpost of MLB; and consistently good on-field performance. (A lack of other
  5. My point isn't that Duquette was a good GM. I can see both sides of that question, and to me evaluating his performance gets tricky because it's not clear what decisions he made and what decisions were made by others. My point is that the rot that put this team in the predicament it's in came only in small part from Duquette's moves, even his bad ones, and mainly from the ignorant, meddling, selfish, megalomaniac owner, who thought he knew as much as or more about building a team than anyone in his employ but really knew close to nothing at all, and who drove the strategies, if not all t
  6. I thought Jannis's spin rate is like Daniel Simpson Day's grade point average: Mickey Jannis . . . has no spin rate.
  7. Where do you think that objective might have come from? Do you think it may have had anything to do with the guy he reported to, who was nearing the end of decades of ownership without ever having a team that reached, let alone won, a World Series? You know, the guy who thought that keeping that core group together, adding a few veteran pitchers and keeping Chris Davis around to hit HRs for another decade would enable the team to remain competitive, at the same time refusing to spend money on an international program that might have been producing productive talent by now. I think that might h
  8. By fielding a team that was built to be neither competitive nor temporarily non-competitive in order to give younger players opportunities and experience, the Orioles (and some other clubs) are disrespecting and harming the game that provides their livelihood. The Orioles compound that misconduct by repeatedly failing to make plays, in the field and on the bases, that a good high school team should make and a decent college team would make -- and apparently making no serious effort to correct those glaring errors. If they have a manager and coaches who are working to improve their level of pla
  9. The randomness that he injects into the game could be helpful against a clearly better team like the Astros.
  10. Thanks. Pretty much consistent with my recollection, though I'd forgotten (or just missed) many of the specifics. But my point is that, so far as I know, the Astros model of rebuilding has been pursued to completion only by the Astros. Are there any other examples? I don't think the Padres provide one. I raise the question partly out of curiosity, and partly because I think the huge differences between Houston and Baltimore, and between the team's situations, make it problematic to copy the Astros' approach.
  11. I think there's a difference between a guy who gets injured repeatedly and a guy whose ability to perform is weakened because he plays with an injury that's not yet full healed. A guy can be both, obviously, and at some point a player (Mickey Mantle comes to mind) has so many and serious chronic injuries that he's got to play with injuries or he won't ever play at all.
  12. They may have mentioned this on the broadcast -- I've caught only a little of the game. Cedric's .958 leads all AL OFs in OPS and is fourth overall in the league.
  13. Maybe he'll get plunked and the BJs will get tossed out of the league.
  14. Interesting route taken by DJ on that fly ball -- went pretty much straight back on it, then a sharp turn toward right-center where the ball was headed.
  15. Thanks. I think of the Padres as being built on more of an sort-of ad hoc basis, through trades and free agent signings more than high draft picks, all backed by a decision to loosen the purse strings the last couple of years. But that's just a vague impression. Since having no first-round draft pick in 2015, they have picked 8th/24th/5th (three picks), 3rd, 7th, 6th and 8th, and I don't see any of their first-round picks on the 25-man roster yet. (C.J. Abrams is in the system, and there are probably others.) I will take a closer look when I get a chance. ,
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