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  1. I hate to say it, but he looks like a bust to me. I saw him play last week against Lynchburg and he struck out on every trip to the plate. His bat looked slow. And I think he and Corey Patterson could compete for who has worse pitch recognition. The thing I liked least was when he got called out looking and got all petulant with the ump. The pitch was definitely borderline, but aren't you supposed to protect the plate on a ball like that? I did like what I saw about Joe Mahoney. He went yard in a clutch situation, which seems to be becoming a habit of his.
  2. I've seen Reimold in the minors and (on TV) in the majors and got to see Snyder in Bowie, and neither one got a base hit that I witnessed in person. But both of them absolutely <i>smoked</i> line drives in my presence, the sort of screaming LDs that take the heads off unwary, Chardonnay-sipping non-fans. The difference, as I recall, is that Snyder was much more aggressive without chasing a ton of bad pitches and hit everything really hard, whereas Reimold seemed a lot more selective and was happy enough to take a walk. I give the edge to Snyder because of his age and his body (and despite the fact that he wouldn't give my kid an autograph just seconds after he gave one to my nephew:(). The kid can add 20 pounds of muscle to that frame and the Brob level of doubles he's capable of can then start to translate into dingers. I don't see him ever launching moon shots or hitting the wall at Camden Yards, but people sitting by the foul poles better be paying attention when he's at the plate, because he could become the king of the frozen rope (which I think is my favorite baseball expression).
  3. There's a vote of confidence to inspire. If Old#5Fan weighs in (or has weighed in), we have all we need to know.
  4. Please, sir, can you prove that you are <i>not</i> a Communist and that you do <i>not</i> beat your wife?
  5. And you know what? You'll be missed about as much as your brother. Your contributions here have been a godsend. Good luck to you and George wherever you end up.
  6. All I know is that you can tell by their acne that we should have taken 1 and 4, regardless of their signing demands. Further proof that MacPhail is squeezing the Oxy 5 budget!
  7. When I worked at the once-great Crown station on York Road in Towson, I got to see lots of the Robinsons -- Brooks, Connie, Brooks David and Chris. The latter two worked with me there, and Brooksie used to come by with their dinner on occasion. He was also technically a Crown VP, so we had to walk on eggshells around him lest the franchisee lose the franchise, but he was a real sweeatheart. I met him numerous times, as I did Unitas and the immortal Eddie Murray, but my most memorable encounter with an Oriole player came at that very same Crown station in 1982. It was a weekend morning, absolutely beautiful day, and a baby blue Porsche Targa or 911 comes roaring in at around 10 in the morning. I go out to serve the guy, but he's already out of the car asking if I mind letting him pump the gas. He hands me a paper towel and asks if I'll hold it inder the filler spout to protect the paint job. Really, I want to be annoyed, but the guy is as friendly as a human being can be, laughing and joking. Also, I'm looking with SERIOUS admiration at the long, golden legs of the blonde in the passenger seat. So we fill the tank for all of $14 or something like that, I wipe one or two drops of gas off the baby blue paint and return the nozzle to the pump and the guy gives me a Crown credit card wrapped inside a 10-dollar bill (one of maybe two tips I received in a year as a pump jockey). I run the thing through the machine and bring the carbon out for him to sign, and when I get back to what we called the hut -- the glassed-in cabin in the middle of the forecourt -- Chris Robinson asks me if I enjoyed my bit of stargazing. "Huh?" I asked. "Check out the carbon, dude." I look down and see the name for the first time: Steve Stone, en route to a Cy Young award but taking a day off to entertain an amazing blonde in his baby blue Porsche. "Damn, Chris, whyn't you tell me?" "Sh*&, let the guy have his day. My dad says Stoney woke up one day and realized he could be a so-so pitcher for a long time or he could throw tons of curveballs and win a Cy. Guess we know which one he picked." Later that same day, a complete jack*&* in a Jaguar X12 with New York plates came into the station and after berating me for leaving a trace of gasoline fume on his car, asked how to get to Catonsville from there. I told him to turn right and head up York Road until he saw the signs for 695 East towards Essex. I hope he's still circling the Beltway 27 years later.
  8. Sheesh, this feels like a rerun of the runup to the Iraq war. Seriously, though, I do have confidential information that Scott Boras has weapons of mass destruction, or at least WMD program-related activities. (I keed, I keed.) The Baseball Prospectus thing that was posted yesterday really got me jazzed about the prospect of Tex playing for us, but it won't be the end of the world if he doesn't. I feel that way, in part, because the BP thing made it clear that this team is pretty close to being something special: Roberts, Jones, Weiters, Markakis, Tillman, Arrieta, Matusz. Having Teixeira in that mix would be nice, but I think you could then trade an Erbe or a Spoone for a big bat, and still have the likes of Bergesen and Hernandez left over to trade for other needs. We're getting close, with or without Teixeira.
  9. A five-run inning followed by a seven-run inning? Adam, you have the choicest job on OH! The Keys have their own mini Murderers' Row going. It kills me that during my first visit to Baltimore during baseball season in four years, the schedules didn't allow me to get to Frederick. At least I got to see the O's twice, and the Nats (who really suck) and Baysox once. The Bowie game featured Tillman, who can bring it, with lots of movement, and a curveball that bites like a piranha, and Mickolio, who's got future closer written all over him. He'll be scarier than Goose Gossage ever was. I also got a chance to see Nolan Reimold, who was slumping but still smoking the ball straight into people's gloves; Blake Davis, who looked lost at the plate (but seems to be coming around) but looks to have all the defensive tools; Lou Montanez, who's supposed to be more or less a AAAA player, but looks determined to prove that wrong (walk-off homer that game); Jonathan Tucker, who looks too small to get to the bigs, but plays a bigger man's game; and Ben Davis, who's huge, and who knew every swear word in the book, something he proved when he got run by the umpire late in the game (we were in the front row, just behind the plate). Also got to see Chorye Spoone warm up in one of those silly exercises baseball players do, and the kid looks like a bulldog. He was really into the exercise, but the others were really into making Chorye run 20 yards to retrieve a ball he couldn't handle. It reminded me a lot of how Eddie Murray used to try to hit second base on warm-up throws to Cal. (On one of the two occasions I met Eddie, I asked him about that, and he laughed hard. "That boy's going to Cooperstown, no doubt about it. So I figure he needs to be reminded every now and again that he's gonna have to catch a few balls first. I'm just trying to keep his feet on the ground." Damn, I loved Eddie.
  10. Here's something Roch added in the comments to that post: It sort of puts things in perspective, though it doesn't tell us all that much that we didn't already know.
  11. One other possibility. The commissioner would need to approve the deal if it involves paying more than $1 million of a traded player's salary, so could Payton be involved somehow? I know davearm said at one point that there was some interest.
  12. I noticed that one of the commenters popinted out that trades are more likely to happen when Krivsky goes quiet. On the subject of a possible trade with Seattle, I just came across this on a Mariners blog from the middle of Clement's absolutely torrid June of last year, and it has me a little worried. It's the writer's recounting of a conversation he had with a scout: And the numbers do seem to back him up. There's also a lot of talk around that Clement may not be up to catching at the Major League level. I had wondered what Bavasi was thinking if he was willing to trade a top catching prospect when the incumbent is a guy who's 31 and whose numbers have been declining for three years. But maybe the Mariners have simply soured on the guy.
  13. I like the idea, but I hope he can escape the fate that befell Sammy. Really, really sad.
  14. From The Sun, May 27, 2003: No deal yet for Orioles, Loewen Club still negotiating with last year's top pick as deadline approaches By Joe Christensen Facing a midnight deadline to sign last year's first-round draft pick Adam Loewen, the Orioles' front office spent Memorial Day cloistered in the B&O warehouse, still hopeful they could work out a deal with the 19-year-old pitcher. "It's moving along," Orioles vice president Mike Flanagan said at 3 p.m. "We're still feeling very good about it." About four hours later, Flanagan relayed a message through his executive assistant, Ann Lange, saying, "We've still got a ways to go," and the situation was still unresolved going into the 11th hour. Loewen's adviser, Michael Moye, declined to comment on the negotiations, keeping consistent with the policy he has maintained since the Orioles made Loewen the fourth overall pick in the June amateur draft. The Orioles failed to sign Loewen last summer, so he attended Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. The sides were unable to negotiate until Chipola's season ended on May 10. A 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher, Loewen went 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA this season, and the Orioles had scouts and front office officials at every one of his outings. Last year, Moye told the Orioles that Loewen would not sign for less than $3.9 million, and they said they would not offer more than $2.5 million. In recent days, Orioles officials indicated that the gap was narrowing, but they declined to reveal dollar amounts. If Loewen didn't sign last night, he'd be available again in the June 3 draft, and the Orioles would receive a supplemental round pick (No. 37 overall) as compensation.
  15. Thanks for the dose of reality, John. I'm a member of the media but a great admirer of Eddie Murray, but I still think Erik needs to grow up a bit in this regard. Eddie at least was able to tell reporters he didn't feel like talking that night.
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