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  1. My favorite quotes (as best as I can remember) about Belanger: "He didn't even wear a cup. His hands were that good". From Brooks - "When there was a high popup, we all just stood around and waited for Belanger to get it". From guys in front of me at Memorial Stadium with runners on and Belanger up next. The first guy says "Belanger's due". His buddy says "Belanger's always due". I recall Ozzy being flashier than Belanger, but I saw Belanger many, many times, and I just saw highlights and occasional games with Ozzie. Belanger seemed to make all of the plays. You had to see him often to truly appreciate him. Hot smashes and bad hops that ate up other infielders were routine plays for the the blade. He made tough plays look easy. You got used to seeing him make the tough plays seemingly without max effort, so maybe that's why he isn't remembered as flashy. With Belanger and Brooks, Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell would remark about how it was hardly worth it to try to hit a ball to their side of the infield. Few balls ever got through. It was truly a special time to watch defense in Baltimore, and you also had Paul Blair making plays in the outfield.
  2. We need to give Núñez more reps at first. Maybe he is re-not-an infielder, but it helps the team if he can become an average defender.
  3. Here's my Chuck Thompson straddle the fence on this topic: Prospect evaluation is difficult. It is more difficult with players who have played zero games of pro ball, and even tougher this year due to the small sample size. I wouldn't put too much weight on these rankings, but objectively, this says that the evaluators believe that we picked the 8th best prospect with the 2nd pick. I was encouraged by the Vandy coach Corbin talking up Kjerstad on MLB network before we chose him. He is clearly one of the top coaches in college baseball, and he saw him several times in conference play.
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    Ump Show

    Best umpire moves since Leslie Nielsen
  5. He's batting .500, he pitched an inning, and how often do you see a guy with a career sub .500 ops pinch hit for a guy making $161 million? I'm anticipating a walk off.
  6. Chris Davis. The bar is so low that Eddie Gaedel couldn't limbo under it.
  7. I was going to say that Roy hit it out of the park, but that would be an understatement. You could put a 'Here' flag on this post. The quote that TonySoprano references is brilliant. I was just telling my wife that I suspected that most superstars weren't great people. How would you keep your ego in check with so many adoring fans? This was never an issue with Brooks. I recall so many times when interviewers would tee up Brooks to toot his own horn, and he would never take the bait. He would praise Clete Boyer, but he wouldn't praise himself. Brooks is more than a Hall of Fame baseball player. He is a Hall of Fame human being.
  8. If you believe we can win it all, I think you give up the picks. There are many variables, and you don't know how long the window will be open. We haven't won the World Series since 1983. If you have a shot, take it. If you don't think Gallardo and/or Fowler can take you to the promised land, keep the picks.
  9. Grich was a real badass. You could count on him to be front and center in any brawl.
  10. When you have a chance to get to the World Series, you need to take some risks. Those opportunities don't come along often. In our case, we haven't been to the World Series since 1983. I would make the Miller trade without hesitation.
  11. Steve Johnson had a 1.07 whip in limited innings in 2012. He struck out 11 per 9 innings in the majors. He is 26 years old. His 68 mph off speed stuff has to mess with hitters' timing. I would like to see him stick with the Orioles.
  12. All we are saying..............is give Schoop a chance.
  13. Times have changed. I remember when a guy brought a sheet to Memorial Stadium and hung a big banner on the fence at the top of the upper deck. The banner said 'Everybody must get stoned'.
  14. Earl was a brilliant manager. I loved how he stuck to the 4 man rotation after other teams had gone to 5. He was a master at getting the most out of his bench, and you always felt like you would win a close game. You knew Earl could get a great matchup at the key time of the game. My favorite Weaver momemt came in a Weaver/Billy Martin clash at Memorial Stadium. After a hotly disputed play, the PA announcer said "Billy Martin is playing the game under protest. Earl Weaver is protesting Billy Martin's protest". I can still hear the fans calling him out on to the field after we lost the last game of 82. May he rest in peace.
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