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  1. I mentioned the premise of the article in the original Cobb trade thread. I posed it more in the form of a question. I think that your point about the college bats kind of points in the same direction and not away from it. He drafted college bats that are usually 2-3 years away. As we see those bats getting closer to or entering the upper levels the Jones deal slides right into that timeline. But, I am not certain that is ME's plan I wondered out loud if it could be.
  2. I don't disagree but I think this is one of the few times he has acquired a true prospect (via trade) who has already made his MLB debut. It may be his first such player but, I have not researched that.
  3. I like the timing of this... I don't trust Cobb and his health enough to wait until the deadline.
  4. I tend to see it as the later. I like the idea of getting a guy close to MLB ready and still with potential to get better. I never thought I'd type these words but I trust our PD department to get the most out of him. I wonder if this is a turning point in the type of prospects ME is looking at adding. Getting guys closer to MLB ready could be a sign that he thinks the O's are getting closer to changing gears in the rebuild. It could also be an aberration.
  5. I think that TB has proven that it's better to replace them (assuming you have the prospects) than to let them go via FA. The Os will never be able to keep someone like a Snell so they need to do the exact same thing. They need to be smart about it and have the scouting and PD departments to pull it off. They have not had that in the past. I am more optimistic that Elias can/has a good PD plan.
  6. I don't know and I don't care. My point was only this... the O's continued to make silly decisions to make quick fixes to what was systemic and long term failures. I would love to be in the position that the Rays are in now. I just pointed out that it took them a long time to get here. They've been a strong organization since 2008 but they were laughing stocks the first 10 years. They were good from 2008 - 2013 with 2-1st place, 2-2nd place and 2-3rd place finishes. They stunk again from 2014 - 2017 with 4 consecutive losing seasons. They've never won 100 games as a franchise nor the WS. That's all I was saying. For all I know they could win 4 of the next 6 WS. That wasn't my point.
  7. Well, they had their years in the desert and were historically bad for a long-long time. They came out of it with the pipeline and have been bold in trading away stars for future pieces. I would hope that the Os approach that level of quality and sustainability. With all that being said, they have the same number of rings and the Os do since they've been in existence.
  8. I would have to say that the Dodgers system in the late 70s and early 80s is probably the best I've seen. They had four consecutive ROY winners and several more that were in the discussion. Of course we are in the midst of the Rays prospects so we may look back and say that they were better. I think the Rays and their prospects get tremendous hype (earned) and they get every benefit from it. That being said... I'll wait to look back in 10 years and see if the hype was correct.
  9. I think the jury is still out on him. Not having a minor league season last year prevented us from seeing the full scope of the PD departmental changes that he and Sig have implemented. I have been very encouraged with what they have done so far but, this will be a critical year for me. I think that has been the big difference for me. I now have some belief that if we acquire good talent the PD department will be able to develop it. I thought that DD did a decent job in acquiring talent given the restrictions in the International market but the PD stunk!!!
  10. Could very well be a Stewart type. I believe they gave him a ML contract last year. I don't expect it to be much more than that.
  11. Wow, that is pretty shocking. I am surprised. Thanks as always!!
  12. The press release says it will work on Roku and others.
  13. I found this quote interesting. “MASN will continue, as we have for the last 15 years, to broadcast more than 300 baseball games and 600 30-minute pre- and post-game shows,” said John McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Marketing and General Sales Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. I guess that could mean two 15 minute shows but that's not how it reads to me...?
  14. Can't tell if this is sarcasm or not? I think most fairly educated fans knew it was a bad deal when he signed it. I don't think we knew that it would be arguably the worst deal in MLB history.
  15. Yes, the O's are big users of OnBase U which is an offshoot of TPI ) Titleist Performance Institute. Dr. Greg Rose developed OBU and he also runs TPI. They are co-located and several of their key movements are similar to golf. I am an OnBaseU certified pitching coach and I can tell you after coaching for 30 years it was like someone provided the last few pieces of a puzzle. They really blend the old school knowledge with new school proof/research specific to movement. The have adapted their movement assessment from golf to baseball and they have been on the forefront using technology to identify and train proper movements. Most of the technology used is directly from golf. Their kinematic sequencing is adapted from golf and is really invaluable to a player and coach. The MOTUS sleeve, Blast and K-Vests all originated in golf. It is fascinating stuff. Driveline, the Ranches and others talk about hyperperonalization and do a great job but, OBU really takes the eyes out of the assessment and pinpoints the movements exactly which lessens trial and error. It also makes it much easier to get buy in from the players. As soon as I heard that the Os where all in with OBU, I instantly became more confident that the PD would improve drastically and I think we've seen that with the pitching.
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