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  1. It really is disheartening to read about the feelings expressed in this thread from diehard, baseball aficionados. As an O’s fan since 1954, who lived through those lean early years of rebuilding a new franchise, I would be dismayed to think that baseball might be entering a slow dissolve phase, due to lack of interest by the masses and greed by owners/players. Baseball has such a long and storied history filled with stats and memories. I remember those bygone days of Paul Richards, masterminding the signing and development of the “bonus babies”, which helped toward winning the first modern era World Series for the Baltimore metropolitan area. Of course the trade later for Frank Robinson certainly enhanced the achievement of that accomplishment. Let us hope that “America’s favorite pastime” has a long and prosperous life ahead of us.
  2. My understanding is that the Astro’s spring training cap will have a Trash Can logo on the front. Just saying.
  3. Hmmmmm... I wonder what that could be that Chirinos is working so hard to retrieve and conceal back into his pants’ pocket? Notice how the catcher has the same look of interest on what the heck is that?
  4. The MLB wants the Astro cheating scandal to quickly die down and go away. I suspect it will not. The NY media will be all over this tomorrow and I expect the buzzergate story then to explode. The MLB will be pressured to reopen their investigation.
  5. I am having a bad feeling about Mr. Altuve quickly running off into the dugout and down into the runway right after hitting his walkoff. Why would he do that?
  6. This is a very interesting reading not only about Rick, but his high school friend, Jim Loll. Just look at that image of Loll’s swinging at bat during high school. That is definitely a look of a true MLB prospect. There is much revelation about the character of Dempsey in this article. Very uplifting. https://www.latimes.com/la-sp-col1-dodgers-dempsey-2019-story.html
  7. Was that the greatest catch of all time, or what?
  8. Santander’s “eyes got big”. You just have to love Ben.
  9. Wilkerson has a great “drop” pitch. It is a wonder why pitchers do not use it occasionally during a game. Maybe they are afraid it will mess up their mechanics.
  10. I know this has been talked about ad infinitum, but Davis looked absolutely awful at the plate as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of today’s game. He casually gazed at a called second strike as a fastball wizzed by him waist high right down the middle of the plate - he didn’t even pretend he intended to swing. He then watched a breaking pitch go by for a called third strike. Again, he did not even attempt to protect the plate. The guy is totally lost as a hitter. He still has not attempted any adjustments to shorten his swing just to make contact with the ball. It is all so difficult to watch as a fan.
  11. Maverick just picked off the runner at first base during the Mississippi State game. Ben MacDonald, the play-by-play guy, said that was his ninth pickoff this year. It was a strong, accurate throw. He followed that up with a swinging strike out on a sharp breaking ball the following inning.
  12. The runner did not touch the plate. The catcher did not tag the runner. A run was not scored and an out was not recorded. Therefore, yesterday’s game is still live. I figure all that Sisco needs to do is tag Gurriel before today’s game commences and Hyde needs to appeal the MLB to reverse its decision. Game over - O’s Win! 😉
  13. AR doubled in his first at bat. He has good wheels for a catcher.
  14. I see that Davis was 0 for 3 today with three strikeouts and one walk. For the last 7 games he has 17 SO for 27 AB (OPS=.320); for the last 15 games, 27 SO for 50 AB (OPS=.601). It looks to me like regression back to the mean. How long will management keep sending this guy to the plate?
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